India Travel Guides

Top Things to See

India has so many highlights it’s simply impossible to touch on them all. Each region has dozens of world-class historical sites, religious temples and fascinating cities worth exploring at length. The best strategy for travelling in India is to allow plenty of time and focus on one or two regions. Whether it’s the Taj Mahal in the north or the Kerala Backwaters in the south, you are guaranteed the journey of your life.

Ajanta Caves
These ancient Buddhist caves dating back to 200 BC are one of India’s many UNESCO World Heritage sites. Located in Ajanta, the temples - cut out of the rock face - are in incredibly good condition considering their age. The walls are adorned with pristine religious paintings depicting various aspects of early Buddhism in India. The caves are a bit out of the way, but that’s what makes them so special.

Delhi
Behind the startling veneer of Delhi's poverty-stricken streets littered with cows, traffic jams and heart-wrenching beggars is a city rich in cultural diversity, intriguing architecture and great food. Old Delhi is the place to find the most adventure wandering its labyrinthine streets and gawking at its ancient temples and colourful bazaars. New Delhi, by contrast, is a land of gleaming skyscrapers and broad orderly boulevards.

Jaisalmer Fort
India’s liveliest fortress was built in 1156, but around 25 per cent of Jaisalmer’s local population still resides within its mazelike streets, giving it a special feel. Massive stone gates provide entry into a timeless world of colourful shops bedecked with brilliant cloth, mirrored tiles and amazing handicrafts. Head to the top of the fort and you’ll get panoramic views of entire valley.

Kolkata (Calcutta)
India’s third-largest city is a seething metropolis on the rise. The capital of West Bengal is a fascinating city to explore for its crumbling British colonial architecture, chaotic markets and heady community of artists, writers and political activists. If you can handle the snarling traffic, suffocating pollution and depth of poverty you will find many hidden treasures in this culture-heavy Indian city.

Mumbai (Bombay)
The home of Bollywood is everything you’d expect it to be. Shopping malls featuring the latest fashions rise out of a surprisingly Victorian cityscape dotted with green parks, some of the most interesting street life in India, and an incredible array of traditional bazaars. Head down to Chowpatty beach on the Arabian Sea to and watch families enjoying a day off, or catch a cricket match at the legendary Oval Maiden grounds. This is modern India at its finest.Visit this website for further information about Most famous landmark of Mumbai - Gateway of India

Taj Mahal
One of the world’s most perfectly designed structures is as surreal as you’d imagine. Built as a monument to love by Shah Jahan in 1631, the symmetry of the architecture is perfect. Although it’s always crowded, the best time to visit is at sunset, when the white marble gradually fades from gold to pink and then blue. The Taj Mahal is located in Agra.

Top Things to Do

Explore the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur and get a true feel for the culture of Rajasthan.
Jaipur gets its name from the pink hues of its buildings, but there’s plenty of colour to lend contrast to the city. At the heart of Jaipur is the City Palace complex, where the highlight is the striking Palace of the Winds where the royal ladies once watched street life from the privacy of their amazing little windows. There are dozens of other historical highlights, addictive bazaars and fascinating locals. At dusk when the whole city glows with the fading light you know you’re in a magical place.

There are more than 400 wildlife sanctuaries, 70 national parks and 24 tiger preserves in India. Every region has its own highlight park, but a couple really stand out. Birders will want to explore Keoladeo Ghana National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to nearly 400 species of amazing birds. Bharatpur National Park in Rajasthan is a popular site for Indian tigers and other big beasts, while West Bengal’s Sundarban National Park is famous for Asiatic elephants, tigers, rhinos and just about every other big game creature.

Hit the beach for a reminder that India isn’t all just heat and dust.
India is a giant peninsula, with thousands of kilometres of coastline and some of the world’s finest beaches. The southern regions are where most of the action is found, especially at the renowned beach town of Goa. Despite its hip and laid-back reputation, Goa boasts some of India’s most exclusive seaside resorts such as Aguada. Kerala’s best beach is Kovalam, while Chennai’s Marina Beach is the second-longest in the world. Near Mumbai you can escape to Juhu or Chowpatty.Visit this website for further information about Where to Beach in Goa

Revel in the incomparable religious fervor that envelopes the Ganges River at Varanasi.
The scene along the banks of the sacred Ganges is indescribable. Varanasi is India’s holiest city, and is always thronged with Hindu pilgrims and holy men performing rituals and prayers. As bloated dead animals float in the river and the charred funeral pyres of Indians line the shore, devotees bathe in the water to purify themselves. At night candles are released into the river against a background of droning prayers and beautiful singing. It’s truly one of the world’s most inspiring places.

Sip a cup of tea in the cool climes of one of Darjeeling’s hill stations.
Built by the British as a restful retreat, Darjeeling is a wonderful blend of green tea plantations, Buddhist monasteries and towering Himalayan mountain peaks. This is a great place to chill out from the bustle of lower India. The Zoological Park has red pandas, snow leopards and Siberian tigers, while the distinctly British Gymkhana Club is just what you’d expect with your cup of afternoon tea. Take the 10-hour miniature train from the plains up to Darjeeling for a real adventure.

Take a cruise on a traditional kettuvallam boat in the Backwaters of Kerala.
This beautiful and fascinating region of southern India is one giant web of rivers, canals and lagoons that spill out into the sea. There is a thriving riverside scene all over the area as people eek out a living raising crops and livestock along the few patches of dirt that exist. The traditional boats are a great way to see a unique side of Indian culture. Trips can last a few hours or a few days, as some boats are equipped with bedrooms and kitchens.