India is a land of amazing diversity, with a rich cultural heritage, stunning landscapes, and beautiful people. There are forts, palaces, tombs, temples, mosques, churches, all crowding together, creating a dazzling kaleidoscope of colour. In fact, there's so much to see and do that it can be difficult to figure out what to include in your trip, and what to drop!
If you're in India for a couple of weeks or more, it is probably a good idea to break the trip into two or three parts. That way, you can cover all the must-see tourist attractions, but also have time to truly discover the essence of the country - its people, cuisines, art forms and religions.
In North India, you can easily spend a week visiting Delhi, Agra and Rajasthan. Delhi is a city rich in Mughal history. Agra is home to the Taj Mahal, Emperor Shah Jahan's memorial to his wife. The desert state of Rajasthan is stunningly beautiful, with its grand forts and palaces and camel safaris. If you have time, you could visit Varanasi, an ancient pilgrimage spot on the banks of the Ganges. If you enjoy wild life, try a visit to Rajasthan's Ranthambore tiger sanctuary, or to Corbett, or Kanha and Bandhavgarh in Madhya Pradesh. And if you want to get away from it all, there are spas and retreats in the Himalayas.
South India is home to lush tropical forests, beautiful beaches, temples and ruins. Starting at Mumbai, you could visit Goa (relax on the beaches of this old Portuguese colony), Hampi (the magnificent ruins of the Vijayanagara Empire), Nagarhole (elephant sanctuary), and Kerala (God's own country!) to experience the unique culture of the southern states.
This is just a small sample of the things you can do. Depending on your interests, there are several other options. You can visit the mountain state of Leh-Ladakh, or follow the Buddhist trail that leads to Bodh Gaya, where the Buddha attained enlightenment. If you're interested in trekking, wildwater rafting and climbing, there are several possibilities in the Himalayas. For food enthusiasts, there are excellent cuisine tours. If you're spiritually inclined, perhaps you'd like to spend a week or two learning yoga and meditation in a quiet ashram. For those who wish to volunteer with NGOs, there are several possibilities in small villages as well as large cities.
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