India is quickly becoming a hotspot for adventurous travellers. It’s no wonder – the country offers a plethora of natural wonders, historical sites and cultural value, unmatched by any other. Here are just six of the must-visit destinations to consider on your Indian holidays.
No visit to India is complete without experiencing the Taj Mahal for yourself. The majestic mausoleum sits on the south bank of the Yamuna river, almost glistening with its pristine ivory white detailing and magnificent towering pillars. Pictures don’t do it justice – you need to see it for yourself.
You can enter the Taj Mahal, but it gets extremely busy during the daytime – consider visiting as soon as the sun begins to rise in order to miss the swathes of tourists flocking in. Security is also very strict here, so you’ll need to be aware of what you can and can’t take in with you.
For a sense of India heightened to the extreme, visit Delhi. As soon as you step foot in the bustling city you’ll be swept away by a wealth of culture, cuisine and energy that rivals the best around the world.
It’s in Delhi you’ll find the best examples of the Holi festival, taking place every March. It’s best known for the colour explosions, but there are plenty of musical opportunities too. The Holi Cow Festival, for instance, is a raucous and colourful occasion, oriented around music and showcasing the best upcoming and mainstream bands in the country.
Formerly known as Calcutta, the capital of Kolkata is considerably muted when compared to cities such as Delhi. That doesn’t make for a less interesting experience, though – the city is full to the brim with cultural value, whether it be through art, food or even simply the sense of community.
Be sure to interact with the locals here in Kolkata, as they’re often willing to show you around and tell you more about the city’s history. And, if you’re into art and film, make sure you’re visiting at the right time – the Film Festival here is renowned by fans and critics worldwide.
Great Wall of India
You may not have known that it exists, but the Great Wall of India is slowly becoming the must-see attraction for travellers from all over. It sits undisturbed in the depths of Kumbhalgarh, undiscovered by many despite being the second longest continuous wall on the planet, just behind its Chinese counterpart.
The wall surrounds a fort that hides some 300 ancient temples, of which you likely won’t be able to get to any – traps may still lurk within the depths of the wall if you’re not careful. Regardless, the sight of the complex is enough to satisfy even the most adventurous tourist.
If you’re looking for an authentic Indian getaway, head to Kerala. It’s here, according to this travel blog, that you can experience the best homestays, where you’ll get to stay with Indian families and learn about their lifestyles. And it’s also the best way to get to sample some true Indian food, which you’ll more than likely play a part in making.
Some homestays are admittedly more luxurious and developed than others, but it’s the feel of family and community that makes for Kerala’s appeal. Head into the town and you’ll discover rustic architecture that gives way to an abundance of natural sights you’ll fall in love with.
The town of Darjeeling is surprisingly skipped over by many travellers – it’s unfair, as it has a wealth of offerings in every sense. Whether it be hikes through the Himalayas, spotting red leopards in their national habitat or sampling the finest and best tea in the world, Darjeeling has it all.
It’s actually a hill station, meaning that it’s elevated much higher than sea level. The views from Darjeeling of the towering Khangchendzonga, at a height of nearly 9000m, are unparalleled. It’s a slice of India’s diverse and massive appeal, showcasing the natural beauty and charm of the country.