I have shared Indian culture through my previous blogs about our festivals, language, food and its multi-diverse nature. Keeping up with the theme, I thought I would share a small travel guide and recommend some places in India you should go to visit, experience, be one with its culture and learn more about it…
One of the major symbols representing India, and people know instantly about it, is the Taj Mahal. One of the world’s seven wonders, it already inspires millions of tourists to come and visit Agra to see the monument in its full glory and learn more about it. With seeing the magnificent structure on the banks of the river Yamuna, Agra also has other Mughal monuments full of history and another world heritage site, Agra Fort, to experience too. With many wonders in one place, Agra definitely is a place you must visit, especially if you are coming to India for the first time.
Haridwar or Rishikesh
If you want to experience the more spiritual side of our culture and see how important our religious beliefs are to us, places like Haridwar and Rishikesh are the ones to visit. Be part of the Ganga Aarti in Haridwar or take a dip in the holy water of the Ganges river, or visit the two suspension bridges in Rishikesh and take part in the action or just enjoy the sounds of the temple bells and sightseeing. Both of them would give you a memorable insightful experience which you won’t forget.
Rajasthan, which translates to ‘land of kings’, brings you closer to the history of kings and queens of past centuries with its glittering palaces, forts and lively festivals throughout the year. Jaipur, also known as the ‘Pink City”, is one of the top places to visit in Rajasthan. The ‘Paris of India’ is known for its pink buildings and city palaces (Hawa Mahal being the top one). Other cities full of centuries of history in Rajasthan include the “Blue City” Jodhpur, Udaipur and Jaisalmer. You might get tired of exploring, but the offerings this state has won’t stop.
The “Jewel of Punjab”, as they say, its claim to fame is its remarkable Golden Temple. One of the holiest places for our Sikh community, the magnificent golden structure is eye-catching and a sight to behold, shining in full glory in the sunlight. The attraction also holds the world’s largest community kitchen, which serves around 100,000 diners (including tourists!). No matter which country or religion you belong to, you are always welcomed with open arms. While in Amritsar, visit the border of Pakistan to see the Beating Retreat Ceremony and visit the Jallianwalla Bagh as you walk back from the Golden Temple to learn about its history.
With all other places, you can’t forget the capital itself, which has a lot to offer apart from crowds and chaos. The capital of India is a perfect combination of heritage and modernity, with Old Delhi containing some of the country’s most treasured attractions like Red Fort, and countless other sites tourists can explore holding spiritual and cultural importance. The other top attractions in Delhi include the Lotus Temple, India Gate, Qutub Minar and Humanyun’s Tomb. During your exploration, when you get tired, the city also has loads of high-end restaurants and traditional street food for you to try.
The recommendations could go on and on, and my blog would never end – I probably will continue it in my future blogs. I know at the moment you can’t really travel to India but making a plan for the future never hurts. It just gets you more excited and gives you something to look forward to 🙂