The 7th largest country in the world, India stretches from the tropical greenery of Kerala to the high mountains of the Himalayas, and from the sands of the Thar Desert to the sacred Ganges. It is home to 2,000 ethnic groups that speak over 200 different languages, so the country is full of diversity, with vast differences in culture, geography, ethnicity and language, across its expanse. India’s heritage and culture are a rich combination of the past and the present. Here, you can have a view of fascinating ethnography, religions and monuments that have been present for millenniums. As it opens up for globalization, the country still has intense culture and deep history to share with tourists. It offers great opportunities for travel, sightseeing and activities, so your holiday here will definitely be an interesting one.
Places to visit in India
To be able to see all the places that are worth visiting in India, it is recommended that you should apply for a 6-month tourist visa, which is even argued to be enough, considering that vast amount of attractions the country offers. There are more tourist destinations in the country that can be mentioned here, as every state has over a dozen major attractions. Some of the best places that should be included in your holiday packages for your Indian trip are The Taj Mahal, Sundarbans, the Hill Stations, the Sangla Valley, Leh, Bishnupur, the Tirupati Balaji temple, the Golden Temple, Kashmir vally, Kerala and many more!
Things to do in India
- Join the festivals - The Indian calendar is full of festivals, but there are those that you should not miss. If possible, schedule your visit that it will coincide with the Goa Fair or Carnival, which is considered by many as a complete sell out when it comes to tourism capacities; Surajkund Mela, which adorns itself with colorful traditional craft by craftsmen from all over the country; the Holi festival of colors; the Diwali; and the Pushkar Mela.
- Visit its national parks - National parks in India provide plenty of opportunities to travelers to experience close encounters with the wild. As you will see, these p[laces offer a great range and variety of activities and attractions, which include observation of avifauna, aquafauna and flora, as well as witnessing wild creatures on foot, on an elephant or from inside a jeep.
Aside from these activities, you should also do what tourists would usually do, which are shopping and trying the destination’s most exotic food.
Top attractions and landmarks in India
India has an almost endless number of ancient ruins, diverse landscapes, exotic cities, and fascinating religious structures, but the following attractions never cease to fascinate every traveler.
- Taj Mahal - This is an immense white marble mausoleum that was constructed between 1632 and 1653 by order of Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife Arjumand Bano Begum. One of the masterpieces of Mughal architecture, the Taj Mahal is called “a teardrop on the cheek of eternity”.
- Varanasi - One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Vanarasi is not scared to Hindus, but Buddhists and Jains as well. The scene of pilgrims in the Ganges showing their devotion at sunrise, which is set against the backdrop of the centuries-old temples, is a very impressive sight to see.
- Ajanta Caves - These are rock-cut cave monuments that date back to very old times. Though forgotten and abandoned, they were rediscovered 1819, when a British hunting party stumbled upon them. Their well-preserved murals depict everything from sailing ships to battlefields.
When creating your itinerary or choosing holiday packages for your Indian vacation, make sure you include the things mentioned in this article.