India has to be up there on most people’s to do list. Words can’t describe the incredible diversity. The contrasts and challenges are some of the most colourful on the planet. Whatever you want India has it, from luxurious beach holidays, to magical lake getaways and spiritual centres. It has mountains a plenty and rivers flowing with life and ceremonial meaning. Here are some of the most vibrant cities of earth where historical palaces live next to business districts and fabulous ruins. India is fast becoming one of the world’s top economies in the world. You will be bowled over by your experience wherever you go. Here are a few ideas to start you off planning your trip.
Wow, this amazing city is a culture shock for sure, but you simply can’t beat this spellbinding city for a taste of India. From incredible mosques and ancient forts, one-half of Delhi sits in a historically rich and poignant past. One the other hand there is New Delhi, which is just as incredible in its way.
The winding streets and crumbling old city is juxtaposed against the great grand avenues of the New. The traffic is legendary and presents first time visitor with a shock. But the public transport is some of the best in India with air conditioned trains and buses. Taxis are plentiful or you could take the rickshaw. Just ensure you get the correct fare established before your journey.
One of the Eight Wonders of the world is simply, an Indian must do. A testament to love, the Taj Mahal is India’s top tourist attraction.
Formerly known as Bombay, Mumbai has become a legendary Indian city. It’s chaotic streets are like the scenes of a movie and people watching is compulsory. You will wonder how people survive here, but the outdoor bazaars are fascinating. Take some time out to watch the sun set over the sea down on Marina drive.
Built in 1577, the Golden Temple in Amritsar is the spiritual and cultural centre of the Sikhs. It’s stunning setting nestled in the middle of a lake has to be seen to be believed. It is in fact India’s second most visited site, attracting pilgrims from all over the world.
Hang out at Goa in Baradez, and you might never want to leave. A whole culture has grown up here and if the beach scene is your thing, then this is the place to gaze at the sea.
The Venice of the East is no understatement. Beautiful buildings, sparkling lakes and magical hills. Being here is an enchanting experience.
For an experience of a completely different type make the capital of British India on your list. You’ll be in good company in the old Port City that came to fame during British Rule. Today it boasts more than 4.5 million inhabitants, among them a mix of people and cultures from all over the world.
It is truly a captivating place and the gateway to an exploration of north eastern India all the way up into the Himalayan foothills. Take a look at the Kolkata city travel guide to get a real sense of this place and opportunities it will give you to see the real India and the best of Bengal.
There probably is no end to any list of things to do and see in India. You really have to come and experience the place and its people for yourself. India is vast. From Varanasi on the Ganges with its river ceremonies to the ancient Meenakshi Temple and the captivating ruins of Hampi. You might never be able to take it all in! But don’t let that stop you giving it a try!