India is known for its plethora of beautiful temples, wildlife, and chaotic traffic in the huge cities! What people don’t realise about India is that it is a huge country, full of welcoming locals, life-affirming experiences, spirituality, colour, diversity, and some of the most stunning sights you will ever lay your eyes on.
Getting to India is much easier these days thanks to a range of much less of a price tag than previously now on offer, for much less of a price tag than previously. This is great news for anyone wanting to experience the hustle and bustle of the major cities, such as the capital, New Delhi, or the serenity of Rishikesh, where you can practice and learn yoga, or perhaps head into the Himalayas for a spot of trekking – a truly life changing experience!
Known for the Taj Mahal, the Ganges River, the aforementioned Himalayas, and delicious cuisine, India is becoming a destination that many people dream of visiting, and one thing is for sure – one visit will never allow you to see everything.
The best time to visit is between the end of October and the middle of March, to avoid the monsoon season; having said that however, even during the monsoon season it is unlikely to rain constantly.
Where to go is your next question, and it’s impossible to list everything that India has to offer; the country is huge, but the perk of this is that getting around is relatively easy, with a good quality rail network connecting major towns, cities, and sights.
Here’s a few highlights you shouldn’t miss.
Taj Mahal – Located in Agra, this is without a doubt India’s most famous and popular attraction, and is also one of the Wonders of the World. Completed in 1653, this was built in honour of the wife of Mogul Emperor Shah Jahan, and is a stunning example of not only architecture, but true love.
Lotus Temple, New Delhi – If you’re visiting the capital then you shouldn’t miss this beautiful temple. Obviously India is packed with temples, and some are more unusual than others in terms of architecture, but this one is huge, peaceful, serene, and one not to be missed.
Mysore Palace, Mysore – This is the country’s second most popular attraction, and is especially popular during September and October when the Mysore Dasara Festival takes place and the palace is decorated with thousands of twinkly lights.
Skiing in Kashmir – Yes, you can ski in India too! Between December and March you will find countless visitors heading to not only Kashmir, but also Gulmarg and Jammu, where there are top class hotels on offer and plentiful skiing opportunities for every ability.
Golden Temple, Punjab – Also known as the Harimandir Sahib, the top floors of this beautiful temple are covered in gold, literally, and it is a truly a sight to behold.
Nilgiri Mountain Railway, Tamil Nadu – This railway boasts the steepest train track in Asia, and takes visitors through some of the most breath-taking scenery anywhere in the world. This is a steam locomotive railway ride, which takes about nine hours to complete in total.
Goa – This is obviously India’s premier beach destination and is one of the most popular parts of the country. The northern part of Goa is the most popular, with Anjuna a very busy spot. Here you can enjoy Indian cuisine sitting next to breathtaking beaches, whilst chilling the hell out in some of the most beautiful scenery you will ever experience.
These are just a few of the highlights which India offers, and there are countless more. One visit will not show you everything, but it will give you an overview, and if you choose to travel around this fascinating landmass, you will give yourself an adventure to remember for sure.
Have you ever travelled to mysterious India? If so, do you have any favourite highlights to share with us?
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