Hello guys, In this blog I am going to tell you about the Union Territories of India and some famous places to visit there. So let’s see what a Union Territory actually means and talk about some places that you must visit once in your life!
India the “Land of Diversity and Amazingness” is the 7th largest country in the world in terms of its area and surrounded by the Bay of Bengal on the southeast, the Arabian Sea on the southwest, and by the Indian Ocean on the south.
Along with this India shares its land boundaries with 6 countries, Pakistan to the west, China, Nepal, and Bhutan to the north, and Bangladesh and Myanmar to the east.
To the south, in the Indian Ocean India is in the proximity of Sri Lanka and the Maldives whereas in the sea one of its union territories “Andaman and Nicobar” Island shares its naval boundaries with Thailand and Indonesia.
Until now there were only 7 union territories in India, which has now become 8 and their names are “Jammu and Kashmir“, “Ladakh“, “Delhi“, “Dadra & Nagar Haveli And Daman & Diu“, “Chandigarh“, “Andaman and Nicobar“, “Pondicherry“, “Lakshadweep“.
But before diving deeper into each of these UT and their popular places to visit, let’s know what the union territory means to?
What do you mean by Union Territories of India?
Union Territories are the Federal Territories or a type of administrative division of India that are directly governed by the Central Government of India.
Union Territories are administered by the Lieutenant Governor, the representative of the President of India. These administrators are directly appointed by the President on the suggestion of the Prime Minister of India.
Except for Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi and Puducherry, the other Union Territories have no representation in the Rajya Sabha. But for effective governance, these Union Territories are further sub-divided into small administrative blocks.
The union territories that are recently added to its list are Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
So far, we have seen what UT’s are, now the time came to move toward the list of these Union Territories.
Jammu And Kashmir
Jammu & Kashmir known as “Paradise on Earth” has been recently declared as one of the Union Territories of India on 31st October 2019. The beauty of this place is as much mesmerizing that everyone wants to witness and sense it at least once in their lifespan.
This place is famous for its delectable sites, beautiful snow-capped mountains, unblemished beauty, vibrant flora and fauna, and well-known historical and religious places.
The famous and most tried dishes and drinks in Jammu and Kashmir are Tabak Maaz, Rogan Josh, Dum Aloo, Aab Gosh, kawa, etc.
The popular and the highly visited places in J&K are:
Religious places: Amarnath, Vaishno Devi, Katra
Others include natural beauty, mountains, adventurous places: Srinagar, Gulmarg, Patnitop, Pahalgam, Sonamarg, Nubra Valley, Hemis, Sanasar, etc.
Ladakh has been also recently declared as one of the Union Territories of India on 31st October 2019. There is no other land on earth that has such an overabundance of attraction toward its nature along with having amazing people and culture over there.
Ladakh is distinguished from Kashmir valley geographically via the Himalayan Range. The frozen glaciers, chilling surroundings, rare sand dunes, etc makes Ladakh the most fabulous and wonderful place to explore in the world. It is also known as the coldest desert in India.
Some of the most tried local foods and drinks of Ladakh are Chutagi, Skew, Butter Tea, Paba, Momo, Dumplings, Thukpa, etc.
The popular places to visit in Ladakh are:
Mountains: Zanskar Valley, Magnetic Hills, Nubra Valley
Others include Parks, Pass: Spituk Gompa, Hemis National Park, Shanti Stupa, Hemis Monastery, Khardung La Pass
National Capital Territory Of Delhi
Delhi is the National Capital Territory of India which consists of the capital of India, New Delhi. It is the most synchronized place which consists of sites ranges from historical sites to exciting clubs, the religious feasts to fun-filled adventures, and so on.
The popular places to visit in the National Capital Territory Delhi are:
Historical places: Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb, Qutab Minar, Bahai (Lotus) Temple, Lodi Gardens, India Gate, etc.
Religious places: Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple, Jama Masjid, Laxminarayan Temple, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Cathedral Church of Redemption, etc.
Others: National Museum, Rashtrapati Bhavan, etc.
Dadra & Nagar And Daman & Diu
Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu has been recognized as a single Union Territory on 26th January 2020 and Daman is declared as a capital of this united union territory.
In the western part of India, Dadra and Nagar Haveli is famous for its lush green forests, gigantic waterfalls, flourishing rivers, pre-eminent flora, and fauna. Apart from the natural beauty, it is also famous for its Portuguese architecture and the well-marked tribal culture followed in its capital city, Silvassa.
As Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu are also known for their incredible architecture along with its natural beauty.
Some of the popular places to visit in Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu are:
Lakes: Dudhni Lake, etc.
Gardens: Vanganga Lake Garden, Vandhara Udyan, Hirwa Van Garden, Mirasol Lake Garden, etc.
Others: Madhuban Dam, Daman, Devka Beach, Lighthouse, etc
Chandigarh, being the capital of two states Punjab and Haryana, is also one of the Union Territories of India. It is a perfect definition of the word “city” as its culture evidence the instances of traditional Punjabi along with modernity.
Chandigarh offers a way to people heading towards Himachal, especially Shimla.
The popular places to visit in Chandigarh are:
Lakes: Sukhna Lake, etc
Religious Places: Chandi Devi Temple, etc
Gardens: Rock Garden, etc.
Andaman And Nicobar
Andaman and Nicobar Islands, an archipelago is famous for its beautiful beaches. The beaches here are the homes to the energetic coral reefs.
Most of the food items here include rice, coconut, and spices. It is the best place to try the rarest seafood in India.
Some of the popular places to visit in this one of the Union Territories of India i.e – Andaman and the Nicobar Islands are:
Beaches: Swaraj Beach, Radhanagar Beach, etc.
Islands: Havelock Island, Viper Island, etc.
Others: Bartang, Scuba Diving In Andaman, etc.
Pondicherry also called Puducherry is a perfect combination of French Architecture with Indian culture. The colorful boulevard of Pondicherry leads to the amazing seaside walks, shows the panoramic sites of Bay of Bengal.
Puducherry is also a home for the famous French bakeries along with the French Architecture, as mentioned above.
Some of the popular and highly visited places in Pondicherry(Puducherry) are:
Beaches: Paradise Beach, Rock Beach, etc.
Others: Aurobindo Ashram, Auroville, Cafes in Pondicherry, etc.
Lakshadweep is also one of the Union Territories located near the coastal area of Kerala. It is comprised of 36 islands out of which only 10 are accessible to humans and merely 5 are open for tourists.
Lakshadweep island is famous for its varied flora and fauna. Some of the popular dishes to try over here are rice, sambar, Avial, idli, potato curry, puri, etc.
The most visited places on Lakshadweep Island are:
Islands: Minicoy Island, Kadmat Island, Kavaratti, Minicoy Island Agatti Islands, Bangaram Island, etc.
The Union Territories of India are the type of administrative divisions that are governed by the Lieutenant Governor, the representative of the President of India. These administrators are directly appointed by the President on the suggestion of the Prime Minister of India.
The name of these Union Territories of India along with the popular places in that UT’s are listed below:
Jammu and Kashmir – Srinagar, Kishtwar, Gulmarg, Jammu city, Vaishno Devi, Patnitop, Amarnath, etc.
Ladakh – Nubra Valley, Magnetic Hills, Zanskar Valley, etc.
Delhi – India Gate, Red Fort, Rajiv Chowk, Rashtrapati Bhawan, Purana Quila, etc.
Dadra & Nagar Haveli And Daman & Diu – Dudhni Lake, Vanganga Lake Garden, Madhuban Dam, Vandhara Udyan, Daman, etc.
Chandigarh – Sukhna Lake, Rock Garden, Chandi Devi Temple, etc.
Andaman and Nicobar – Swaraj Beach, Viper Island, Radhanagar Beach, Bartang, etc.
Pondicherry – Paradise Beach, Cafes in Pondicherry, Aurobindo Ashram, etc.
Lakshadweep – Kavaratti Island, Agatti Island, Minicoy Island, Kadmat Island, etc.
I hope, after knowing about all these amazing and adventurous places in India, you would definitely plan your next vacations to one of the above-mentioned places.
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