Travel Opus to India

INDIVUE started as a travelblog from Mumbai, India, in 2005 and by the year 2019 a huge amount of Indian sights has been blogged according to European standards.

Below you will find listed links to articles related to India, Indian cities and Indian sights, in addition to travel tips and over 500 other photo and video articles about India and Indian culture.

Travel Opus to India has still got plenty of stories coming up and it will be updated with real travel experiences and beautiful images – so welcome to read INDIVUE! Subscribe the blog and follow also in social media to be the first to know!

Indian states and state capitals

Here are all the 29 Indian states in an alphabetical order. The list has been updated in 04/2019. The states written with capital letters are states in which INDIVUE has been able to visit, photograph and write about. Names are also links to the subject in guestion, so take your time and read them through.

INDIAN STATESSTATE CAPITALS
Andra PradeshHyderabad
Arunachal PradeshItanagar
AssamDispur 
BiharPatna
ChhattisgarhAtal Nagar
GOAPANAJI
GujaratGandhinagar 
HaryanaChandigarh
Himachal PradeshShimla
Jammu and KashmirSrinagar 
JharkhandRanchi
KARNATAKABangalore
KeralaThiruvananthapuram
Madhya PradeshBhopal 
MAHARASHTRAMUMBAI
ManipurImphal 
MeghalayaShillong
MizoramAizawl 
NagalandKohima
OdishaBhubaneswar
PunjabChandigarh
RAJASTHANJAIPUR
SikkimGangtok 
TAMIL NADUCHENNAI
TelanganaHyderabad
TripuraAgartala
UTTAR PRADESHLucknow 
UTTARAKHANDDehradun 
West BengalKolkata

Indian union territories

India has got 7 union territories, which don’t have their own government like states do. Here is a list of those territories in an alphabetical order. The list has been updated in 04/2019. Names written with capital letters are territories in which INDIVUE has been able to visit, photograph and write about. Names are also links to the subject in guestion, so go ahead and read further.

INDIAN UNION TERRITORYUNION TERRITORY CAPITALS
Andaman and Nicobar IslandsPort Blair
ChandigarhChandigarh
Dadra and Nagar HaveliSilvassa
Daman and DiuDaman
DELHINEW DELHI
LaksahdweepKavaratti
PUDUCHERRYPONDICHERRY

Indian cities and villages

Here’s some other Indian cities and villages INDIVUE has visited, photographed and blogged about. Read on –

CITY or VILLAGESTATE or TERRITORY
AgraUttar Pradesh
GokarnKarnataka
Mahabalipuram Tamil Nadu
Mussoorie Uttarakhand
RishikeshUttarakhand

Videos inspired by India

Authentic Goa Video collection
Travel & Art Goa Video collection
Authentic IndiaVideo collection
Travel & Art IndiaVideo collection
All the Goan beaches in 1 minute
Gokarn in 1 minute
Taj Mahal in 1 minute
5 most beautiful sunsets in Goa
Bridge over Ganges
Essential Delhi sights
From the beaches of Gokarn
Jaipur, the Pink city
Landing in Mumbai
Marina Beach in Chennai
INDIVUE Travel Opus -works
INDIVUE Travel Opus -works

Read and watch all the other works in this series as well:

Travel Opus to GoaTravel in Goa
Travel Opus to EuropeTravel in Europe
Travel Opus to BollywoodGuide for Bollywood
Matkaopus EurooppaanTravel in Europe in Finnish
Matkaopus IntiaanTravel in India in Finnish
Matkaopus GoaanTravel in Goa in Finnish
Matkaopus BollywoodiinGuide for Bollywood in Finnish

5 reasons to visit the amazing Gokarn in India

Gokarn, also written as Gokarna, is a small village in the West coast of India, in the state of Karnataka, which is a neighboring state to Goa. Gokarn is located some 145km towards South from Goa, and it is a religiously significant place for Hindus, which is why it is very common to see there pilgrims dressed in black.

You can reach Gokarn easily by train, bus or car, from Goa, but of all these 3 the busride will most likely consume most of your energy, though nothing beats the warm wind blowing through the bus windows during sunset time.

Here’s 5 reasons to visit Gokarn –

1. If you are hippy minded missing the good old days of Goa, you can get some of those hippy vibes back from Kudley Beach, Om-beach and especially Paradise Beach in Gokarn. Paradise Beach you can reach by boat and sleep overnight there in some very simple huts by the sea. Sunbathing also allowed.

2. Sunsets by the sea in Gokarn have been a way more beautiful than in many other places in India. One of the best places to enjoy sunset in Gokarn is on top of the hill between Kudley Beach and Gokarn Beach. The wind is very smooth. Just remember to return to the village before it gets too dark.

3. Gokarn will show you the real beautiful India, which is not too modern. It will also show you some incredible things as well, like a man and a woman walking on the same street without a shirt and without any problem from other people. See the attached photo if you don’t believe it.

4. The small streets of Gokarn will give you an idea of the real life of dedicated Hindus.

5. Restaurants in Gokarn are often very spicy for the Western tongue, but one small cafe there used to make really fabulous uttapams. That taste could make the customer come back all the way from Finland. Don’t know if that place exists anymore, but at least in Om Beach there’s one very nice restaurant, namely Namaste Cafe.

Hill between Kudley and Gokarn beaches
Watching the sunset on the hill between Kudley and Gokarn beaches
People swimming during sunset in Gokarn Beach
People swimming during sunset in Gokarn Beach
Religious vehicle in the center of Gokarn
Religious vehicle in the center of Gokarn
Pilgrims in Gokarn dressed in black
Pilgrims in Gokarn dressed in black
Commercial wall paintings in Gokarn
Commercial wall paintings in Gokarn
Religious sight in Gokarn, India
Small religious sight in Gokarn
Sunset and sea in Gokarn, India
Sunset and sea in Gokarn, India

See also the previous post about Gokarn with videos!

5 reasons to visit Old Goa

Old Goa is a historically significant area in-between North Goa and South Goa, little bit towards inland from the capital of Goa, Panjim. Several Christian worship places are located in there, and because of them Old Goa is a World Heritage site.

Here’s five reasons why you should visit Old Goa –

1.Basilica of Bom Jesus, located in Old Goa, is the most spectacular Christian building in Goa, India. There is a lot to see in the walls and aisles of Basilica of Bom Jesus for people interested in church art. Inside the building there is also a beautiful garden.

2. Basilica of Bom Jesus keeps the grave of St. Francis Xavier and through the glass cover you can see the remains of his body and pay respect. St. Francis Xavier was a Roman Catholic missionary whose 500th birthday was celebrated in 2006, from the time of which these photographs are also from.

3. Old Goa in India is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

4. The nature and trees in Old Goa are beautiful. You can also see lot of Portuguese-style architecture and one Mahatma Gandhi statue there.

5. There’s also few other Christian churches for a cultured person to see, such as the Church of St. Francis of Assisi.

You can read this article in Finnish here: Viisi syytä vierailla Vanhassa Goassa

Find more inspiring places to go from Indivue’s Travel Opus to Goa!

Basilica of Bom Jesus, Old Goa
Basilica of Bom Jesus, Old Goa
Wall decoration in Basilica of Bom Jesus
Wall decoration in Basilica of Bom Jesus
The grave of St. Francis Xavier in Basilica of Bom Jesus
The grave of St. Francis Xavier in Basilica of Bom Jesus
St. Francis Xavier 500-year-birthday in 2006
St. Francis Xavier 500-year-birthday in 2006
Park in Old Goa
Park in Old Goa
Church of St. Francis of Assisi, Old Goa
Church of St. Francis of Assisi, Old Goa
Gandhistatue in Old Goa
Gandhi statue in Old Goa