Attractions in India
Delhi is comprised of two cities. New Delhi is a more modern city, where anybody can enjoy Lutyens' architecture; ‘Old' Delhi is many more centuries old. Characterised by old buildings and winding alleyways where one can stumble upon a bustling bazaar at any moment, Old Delhi is an explorer’s paradise. In Delhi, you can visit the Jama Masjid, built by the Mughal’s in the mid-17th century, it is India’s largest mosque. Nearby you can see the Red Fort as well as the tower Qutab Minar’s. There are many more countless attractions for you to enjoy in Delhi and New Delhi. Delhi can be broken up into two, New Delhi is a modern city, offering Lutyens' architecture; ‘Old' Delhi is several centuries old, with narrow, winding streets, ancient shrines and rambunctious bazaars. You can Visit the Jama Masjid which is India's largest mosque. Nearby you can see Red Fort and well as the tower Qutab Minar’s
Discover the ‘Golden Triangle', a circuit of cities with Delhi in its centre. It is comprised of two other cities; Jaipur and Agra.
Located in the southeast of the Golden Triangle in the city of Agra. The Taj Mahal is one of the most iconic buildings in the world, like the Great Wall of China and the Colosseum in Rome, it is one of the seven modern wonders of the world. The Taj Mahal was originally built as a tomb by a grief-stricken prince for his deceased princess; it has since become a tourist hotspot for visitor’s far and wide.
On the southwest of the Golden Triangle, in the state of Rajasthan, is the city of Jaipur, the vibrant ‘Pink City'. In Jaipur, you can see such sights as the Amber Fort and the Palace of the Winds. In Rajasthan, you can also travel to the city of Udaipur, built around the picturesque man-made Lake Pichola, famous for the Lake Palace Hotel, and known globally as the ‘Venice of the East’. On the southwest of the Golden Triangle, in Rajasthan, is Jaipur, the vibrant ‘Pink City'. Visit the Amber Fort and the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds). Visit the beautiful city of Udaipur, built around the lovely Lake Pichola and famed for its spectacular Lake Palace Hotel, and known as the ‘Venice of the East'
To the southeast of the golden triangle lies Khajuraho with its famous erotic friezes.
Along the River Ganges banks is the astonishing city of Varanasi. Varanasi is renowned as one of India's holiest Hindu locations.
Darjeeling is a hill town in West-Bengal. We had to include it in this list because of the breathtaking vistas you’re likely to experience travelling here. Darjeeling is well-known for its tea plantations, where you’ll breathe in the green sloping hills covered by lush grasses and tea plants. In the distance, through the shrouded mountain mists, you’re likely to spot Kangchenjunga – the world’s third highest mountain. If you don’t want to walk on foot the whole time, take the Himalayan Railway (UNESCO heritage), a train through the Himalayas where you can take in all the sights and sounds of Darjeeling.
The capital of Maharashtra, Mumbai (formerly Bombay) is a city that is quintessentially Indian. A large, sprawling metropolis that meets the waters of the Indian Ocean, there is nothing you can’t see in Mumbai. The home of Bollywood, skyscrapers and slums alike, Mumbai is a city that embodies the word joy, and nowhere else in the world will you experience all India has to offer than in the city of Mumbai.
Kolkata is the capital of West Bengal. Kolkata is the doorway to South-east Asia, and as well as being distinctly Indian, the city has a rich colonial history. Kolkata used to be a trading hub between India and the rest of Asia. When India first became independent, they decided to keep many of the colonial buildings that typified Kolkata. We recommend you visit the Bengal Club to get a full breadth of India’s colonial past
India's beaches are both beautiful and unique. The warm sands of India’s coastline, populated by tropical palm trees and fruit-swilling merchants, contrast the deep-blue hues of the Indian ocean. Mumbai has Juhu and Chowpatty to swim, but we recommend you get out of the big cities if you want to go to the beach. Head to Goa, a beach destination for people from all walks of life. In Goa you can find global cuisine at bargain prices, beach parties, and day spas. If you’re after something quieter, then trip south a little, you’ll find Gokarna. Further south still and you’ll come to Varkala, our favourite beach. Varkala hasn’t yet fully been commercialized, so it’s a great place to unwind after your long trip south through India.
India is dotted with thousands of unique and breathtaking temples, it would take a lifetime to see them all. In the Maharashtra state, you will find the Kailasa temple, in Ellora. This temple was carved from one giant piece of rock and is believed to be about 1300 years old. Brihadisvara temple is located in the southern part of India in the state of Tamil Nadu. This temple is around a thousand years old and is characterized by its intricate architecture and great height. Finally, you should make time to visit the Golden Temple, in Punjab (India’s north). This temple is the home of the Sikh religion and is a place of cultural and historical significance for the Sikh people, and the country of India. As we mentioned, there are thousands of significant temples in India, and we recommend looking further on the internet for some you might like to visit.
People always talk about going on safari in Africa, little do they know it’s more affordable to safari in India. India is well known for its tiger and elephant populations, but in India, you can also find Asiatic lions, rhinoceros, antelope, leopards and many more. There are around 93 national parks in the country, 486 wildlife sanctuaries and 14 unique biosphere reserves. The best-known reserves are Ranthambore National Park (Rajasthan), Keoladeo Ghana National Park (also Rajasthan), Corbett Tiger Reserve (Uttarakhand) and Khana National Park. If you do plan on going on a safari in India, we urge you to take out travel insurance.
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