India- A land of remarkable diversity is roughly 30% the size of the US but has 1.2 billion people who speak nearly 1600 languages and around 30 of those are spoken by at least a million people. India, the extensive splendid land, is not only blessed with diverse culture and extraordinary beautiful landscapes, coastlines, and deserts but also you can look forward to a tasty buffet of regionally prominent recipes, all with their own traditional preparation techniques and presentation styles.
Oh yes! Brace yourself – If you are coming to India, you’re about to take one of the most memorable trips of your traveling life. One of the reasons why you must travel to India is because of it’s geographical and cultural diversity with of course significant historic and mystical relevance to various places. That adds to its mystery in its own way.
Some of the top experiences in India that are not to be missed while you are here –
#1. Goan Beaches
Sun, Sand, and Sea….The Goa Beaches, a place to be! This is what the Goa effect is. You tend to become carefree, lively and high spirited once you land in Goa. Boasting 105km of stunning coastline and an endless list of idyllic beach settings, there’s no surprise so many people flock to Goa for their beach holidays. The laid-back and picturesque state is all about relaxation, and in fact, the only stress you’re likely to encounter is in choosing which beach to visit during your holiday in Goa. wink wink!
#2. Jaisalmer’s Desert Fantasy
Shining sand dunes and royal turbans, graceful women in delicate veils and mirror-worked skirts, decorative camels and a fortress in shades of bright gold Jaisalmer in the desert state of Rajasthan where Arabian Nights fantasy come alive. Jaisalmer literally means ‘the Hill Fort of Jaisal’. The desert city is also called the Golden city thanks to the color it gets from the yellow sandstone used for the construction of the buildings.
A symbol of the country’s rich past and thriving present, Delhi is a city where ancient and modern blend seamlessly together. Delhi majorly can be divided into three zones- Old Delhi, famous for its narrow lanes, old havelis, and colourful bazaars where rickshaws wind their way through this crowded, bustling capital of the Mughals; Central Delhi, with its imposing structures and buildings such as the Rashtrapati Bhavan, Parliament House and India Gate, reflects Delhi’s colonial past and the modern Delhi that has a modern, well-planned and extensive Metro network that connects all corners of Delhi, New malls and entertainment centres, revamped IGI.
Udaipur, also known as the “City of Lakes” is a major tourist attraction in Rajasthan, India. Founded by Maharana Udai Singh II in 1559, it sets around a series of artificial lakes and is known for its lavish royal residences. City Palace, overlooking Lake Pichola, is a monumental complex of 11 palaces, courtyards and gardens, famed for its intricate peacock mosaics. surrounded by the Aravali Range, it is around 655 km from Delhi.
Often referred to as the ‘Venice of the East’, it is a city in Rajasthan that has a stunning location and rich cultural background with a great history. Besides lakes, Udaipur is also popular for its massive historic forts and palaces, museums, galleries, natural locations and gardens, architectural temples, as well as traditional fairs, festivals and structures.
#5. Amritsar’s Golden Temple
The second most populous city of Punjab, Amritsar is the spiritual capital and a major pilgrimage spot for the Sikhs. Its name is derived from the Amrit Sarovar (pool of nectar) surrounded by the Golden Temple, the most sacred of Sikh shrines. Apart from the tourism, carpets, handloom fabrics and handicrafts, the city is also famous for its amazing Punjabi cuisines. Major attractions are Golden Temple, Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar Heritage Walk, Wagah Border Ceremony etc makes Amritsar, a must-see place in Punjab, India.
#6. The Taj Mahal, Agra
A cosmic mausoleum of white marble, built in Agra between 1631 and 1648 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife, the Taj Mahal is the gemstone of India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage. Taj Mahal, “the epitome of love”, is “a monument of immeasurable beauty”. The beauty of this magnificent monument is such that it is beyond the scope of words. A Walk along the pathway beside the reflecting pool with fountains to the mausoleum crafted in soft & pure marble and jeweled with semi-precious stones, where the Queen rests in peace with her King gives a serene experience of a lifetime.
#7. Backwaters of Kerala
The Kerala backwaters are a chain of brackish lagoons and lakes lying parallel to the Arabian Sea coast (known as the Malabar Coast) of Kerala state in southern India. These are a network of interconnected canals, rivers, lakes and inlets, a labyrinthine system formed by more than 900 km of waterways. With the sound of leaves rustling as the wind blows through the coconut palm and banana trees shading the canal and the early morning chanting wakes you up to a fascinating morning view of the murky stretches of backwaters and enchanting vegetation in surrounding villages.
#8. Holy Varanasi
Varanasi, the holy city of India, is also known by the name of Kashi and Benaras, the city of Moksha for Hindus since centuries. It is known for its holy Ganga ghats, fine-quality silks, ‘ paan’, perfumes, ivory works, sculpture and Benares Hindu University. Varanasi is more than 3000 years old and is famous as the city of temples.
The holy city has been a symbol of spiritualism, philosophy and mysticism for thousands of years and has produced great saints and personalities like Gautama Buddha, Mahavira, Kabir, Tulsi Das, Shankaracharaya, Ramanuja and Patanjali.
Located where the Ganges River comes down from the Himalayas, Rishikesh is a small town in the northern state of Uttarakhand, India. It is known as the ‘Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas’ and ‘Yoga Capital of the World’. It is a famous tourist spot, a major pilgrimage spot for the Hindus and adventure sports. Rishikesh is the starting point for traveling to the four Chota Char Dham pilgrimage places — Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri.
#10. Leh and Ladakh
Leh -Ladakh is situated in the Leh district of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. Leh-Ladakh gives the sights of the boundless and bleak stretch of hills and valleys combined with the thrilling experience of enduring the harsh climate is one of its kind adventures. Ladakh is also called as the adventure capital of the country. With the top three highest mountain passes in the world, the journey gives you a mesmerizing experience. The place has strong links with Buddhism and Tibetan culture.
#11. Ajanta Ellora Caves
Located near Aurangabad in Maharashtra, Ajanta Ellora Caves are known for their beautiful carvings and paintings dating back to the period between 2nd century BC and 6th century AD. The Caves are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are 29 caves in Ajanta while Ellora has 34 caves. The cave temples are dedicated to Buddhist, Hindu and Jain faiths. These Ancient Rock-Cut Caves are One of India’s Top Historical Attractions in India.
#12. Hampi – An Ancient Indian village of Karnataka
Hampi, also referred to as the Group of Monuments at Hampi, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Karnataka, India. With beautiful temples, ruins of palaces, remains of aquatic structures, ancient market streets, royal pavilions, bastions, royal platforms, treasury buildings, Hampi is a backpacker’s paradise and a pilgrim’s delight.
#13. The Havelock Islands
Havelock Island is the largest of the islands that comprise a chain of islands in the Andaman Islands. It offers one of Asia’s best beaches, famous for its swimming, elephants and unbeatable reef. It’s beautiful beach shores lined with slivery and white sands with crystal clear waters and plenty of coral to watch, makes it a must visit beach destination for every traveler. There are many Andamanese-style cottages all set in a tropical garden a stone’s throw from the beach to let travelers stay in the picturesque beauty of the place.
About 175 kilometres of Jhansi, the Khajuraho Group of Monuments are temples are famous for their nagara-style architectural symbolism and their erotic sculptures. Built between 950-1050 AD by the Chandela Dynasty, these temples depict various forms of meditation, spiritual teachings, kinship, wrestling, royalty and most significantly, erotic art. The temples consist of stunning displays of fine sculptures and exceptional architectural skill, making them one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India.
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Whether you are an adventure lover or a seeker, an archeology geek or a botany scholar, a shy guy looking for some quiet time or a culture explorer; India is the place for you. And if you think you can see it all in one trip, let us tell you, you are mistaken.
So, pack your bags and get ready to start an impassioned and soul-stirring journey of your life.