You want to go on a trip to India and do not know which places to visit? And yes, hard to sum up India in a few words, as this vast country offers different facets to explore! Arid landscapes of the far north, carved by the cold of the Himalayas to the beautiful beaches of the Andaman Islands, or the lush jungles of Kerala, you will have little choice during your tour to India.
India is also a country of great historical and cultural richness. The architectural wonders of Rajasthan Golden Triangle alongside the palaces of Maharajas, Buddhist and Hindu temples and ancient ruins. To help you see a little clearer, I’ve prepared the top 20 places of interest and things to do in India.
Ladakh, Indian Himalayas
Land of extremes and contrasts, Ladakh is nestled in the Upper Indus Valley. Protected by the Himalayas, the “Great Country” spared monsoon is surprisingly dry.The treks in the high mountains (about 5000m above sea level), is one of the essential activities of the region. Most departures are from Leh, the capital of the province, situated at 3500m altitude.
At 2200 meters, difficult not to feel dwarfed the grandeur of the Himalayas. The state capital of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla, offers a haven of freshness welcome over the sweaty cities. It is for this reason that the British Empire chose her as the summer capital.
To see Shimla
- The Mall Road, a long avenue lined with shops
- The Jakhu Temple to admire the famous statue at the top
- The Shimla State Museum and its collection of jewelry, region suits
You’ll understand that summer is the ideal time to visit this part of India.
Dharamsala has gained its fame by becoming the place of exile of the fourteenth Dalai Lama, in 1959. Many Tibetans joined him and settled at McLeod Ganj, in the upper part of the city, overlooking Dharamsala the nickname ” little Lhasa“- named after the capital of Tibet.
In the Himalayan foothills stands a well-known city of Eastern spirituality fans Rishikesh. In March, the city organizes the increasingly th International Yoga Festival attracts crowds of visitors came to see the principles of yoga under the aegis of the greatest yogis worldwide.
Golden Temple of Amritsar
The Golden Temple of Amritsar is the most sacred building of the Sikhs. It attracts many faithfuls came to pray, sing and purify themselves in the sacred waters. As the name suggests, it is entirely covered with gold and I must admit that the effect is rather successful.
The former capital of the Mughal Empire, registered in the World Heritage of Unesco, has all the charm at only 40 km from Agra. The one we nicknamed “The City of Victory” was built by Akbar, one of the greatest Mughal rule.
Looking Taj Mahal at Sunrise
Located in the city of Agra, the Taj Mahal is the most famous landmark in India. It is among the new 7 wonders of the world.
Dawn is the ideal time to admire this sublime white marble mausoleum. The sun rises on Eastern Esplanade, a famous spot for photographers. The crowd is sparse, the place is quieter and the play of light on the basin and chiseled stone to allow the perfect shot.
Capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur is distinguished by its architecture in pink sandstone which earned him the nickname “Pink City”. The city is part of the Golden Triangle of India.
Beautiful monuments are also to see:
- City Palace consists of two palaces and museum
- Nestled on a hillside of the city Rose, Amber Fort is also worth visiting.
Take a rickshaw in Old Delhi
It’s quite an experience during your stay in India than take a rickshaw in the chaotic Old Delhi. Besides the bazaar of Chandni Chowk, one of the main attractions of Old Delhi’s Red Fort, the little brother of the Taj Mahal. This huge fortress in Mughal architecture listed in the World Heritage of UNESCO.
Attend the camel fair in Pushkar
Between October and November, the floor of the city of Pushkar vibrate the passage of more than 10 000 animals and thousands of pilgrims. While the faithful bathe in the sacred waters of Lake Pushkar camel sell and negotiate livestock compete in camel races or beauty contests. This is an opportunity for you to see the spectacle of a camel with colorful ornaments very worked!
Former stopover on the Silk Road, the city of Jaisalmer is well worth a stop for 3 days. Between exploring the city, camel ride and night in the dunes, you will have to do!
Located close to the Thar Desert, the city is nicknamed “The Golden City” with its other walls in golden color. The city is famous for the magnificent fortress that overlooks it. It houses several temples and its walls can observe a panoramic view of Jaisalmer.
Known as the Venice of the East, Udaipur, with its palaces and romance, is an emblematic city of Rajasthan
Here’s a quick overview of places of interest of Udaipur:
- The Jagdish Temple with many sculptures.
- The city Palace, a palace complex with stunning views of the city.
- The Sahelion Ki Bari, a garden with fountains and lush vegetation.
The temples of Khajuraho
The temples of Khajuraho are world famous for their erotic frescoes. If you want to improve in the Kamasutra is ideal. Some scenes of up to 9 participants, not, however, you can put it into practice so easily !
Many kings and princes of the Bundela dynasty have succeeded in that which is called “ The Hidden City.” Lost in time, Orccha has retained its medieval charm. Its sumptuous ruins make it one of the jewels of Madhya Pradesh near Khajuraho.
The Mysore Palace
The Mysore Palace is located in the South of India, in the city of Mysore. Easy to understand when it is discovered inside richly decorated with stained glass windows, carved doors and floral frescoes. In the center of Dunbar Hall dominates its majesty a throne of gold and diamonds, a symbol of the dynasty Wodeyars.
Manali, aux properties of Himalaya. This makes it one of the most popular destinations of north India tourism. You can do as little or as much as you want there. It is a magical place surrounded by a pine forest and fresh rage Beas River.
Attend a Kathakali dance performance at Cochin
Oil lamps light up a stage on which actors with makeup and elaborate costumes evolve dancing. Amid all the arts of Indian show, Kathakali has established itself, inspired by the oldest forms of world theater. A spectacular combination of dramatic narrative, dance, music, and ancient rituals, Kathakali literally means ” tales of representation.”
Coming in Pondicherry is to discover the curious mixture of French and Indian culture.
Former counter of the East India Company, the city amazes with its calm and beautiful European villas adjoining Hindu temples. Another curiosity of the White City: practical yet present bocce. He would not miss that southern accent and a glass of Pastis to believe the old port of Marseille!
Partying on Goa beaches
Goa is like no other state in India. White churches and European villas testify to its past Portuguese colony.
Since 1961, Goa and India are again turned into a paradise for tourist’s followers of yoga, veganism and alternative therapies.
Legislation on alcohol being more flexible than in the rest of India, the place was quickly prized as a festive place. Many tourists come to make the party on the beaches or in the many clubs Anjuna, although the government has recently toughened laws.
Dip the Andaman Islands
Secret paradise in the heart of the Indian Ocean, the Andaman Islands are confidential as the Maldives while matching their beauty.
Mangrove landscapes, kilometers of fine sand, turquoise waters with perfect clarity in the 204 islands of this archipelago are an invitation to calm and romance.