Travel around the world and India is one country that should never be missed. From the frozen summits of the Himalayas to tropical playgrounds in regions such as Goa or Kerala in the south. Magnificent and awe-inspiring architecture, colourful festivals, and melting of combined communities add a multitude of intriguing layers to this inspiring and illuminating country. India's food is world renown and its various delicious combinations, delight and differs from one town to another.
First-timers have to include the ivory-white marble Taj Mahal - sunrise is a good time to visit, expect the crowds, no matter what time of day. Consider an overnight stay in Agra to experience some of the city's hot spots by day and night. The Agra Fort is a UNESCO world heritage site and only a mere 2.5km northwest of the Taj Mahal. Streets with local stalls sell handicrafts from stone, leather, and other local products.
Mumbai is a dazzling sophisticated chaotic metropolis, while ancient Jaipur is known as the pink city due to its coloured architecture. It's the Rajasthani capital and home to the Amber Fort and famous textile and gemstone bazaars. If you need a souvenir or special gift, this is the place to shop. Mahe Beach, a fishing village is lesser-known and boasts picture-perfect white-sandy beaches, swaying palm trees perfect for some seaside relax time. India boasts the world's largest delta and the Hindu sacred city of Varanasi, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. The scene for many religious Hindu rituals on the mighty River Ganga at sunrise is a sight one will never forget.
Keoladeo National Park is unspoiled and brilliant for a bicycle ride within the best bird-reserve of India. Rare sightings are not uncommon in the peace of this unique park and little-known reserve.
Holi, the 'Festival of Colours,' is one of the best-known in India. It's centered around the burning and destruction of the demoness Holika; however, the fun part involves people throwing coloured powder on each other and squirting water guns. Bhang (a paste made from cannabis plants) is traditionally consumed. It's a carefree fun festival if you don't mind getting wet and dirty. Our tip: is research before you go to enjoy the best of this chaotic, at times crazy yet beautiful, and inspiring country.
New Delhi is the busiest, most crowded, and most chaotic capitals on earth; however, it's worth a day exploring as you let your tastebuds indulge in Indian cuisine, explore the sites and dive deep into the intriguing heart of India.
The weather will be varied, and the wet season brings high temperatures, humidity, and summer storms. Peak season is from October to March, with temperatures allowing sightseeing in a more sublime climate. However, each season in India has something on offer: from festivals to incredible vistas in national parks, yoga retreats, and colourful commemorations.
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