India is a vast country, full of life and they have so many festivals to celebrate the importance of just that.
There is much more to India than meets the eye than simply the Taj Mahal and a curry! From the tigers in Ranthambore to a houseboat cruise on the Kerala backwaters, or the iconic Palace on Wheels train journey – it is really something that needs to be experienced.
India certainly entertains you in every sense and is a country which really embraces visitors into their country. Anyone can attend a traditional Indian wedding and walk into any church or mosque – offering you the chance to truly delve into their culture first-hand.
Furthermore, every town, animal, river has significance. Each town has their own colours; in Jodhpur, it's blue – originating from when the priestly caste painted their homes blue generations ago to separate themselves from the rest of the citizenry. Whilst in Jaipur – the capital of Rajasthan and the most visited by tourists, is bathed in coral pink – which represent hospitality, originating back in 1876 when the Prince of Wales and Queen Victoria toured India.
Here lies the Taj Mahal and featuring the Golden Triangle, North India can be seen as the cultural heart of the country.
- Follow the iconic Golden Triangle visiting Delhi, Agra and Jaipur
- Seek out the elusive tiger in Ranthambore National Park
- Take a boat trip down the holy Ganges River at Varanasi
- Visit one of the countless striking mosques and markets OR if the beach is more your style then Goa, located in Western India, is the place to head to.
Head to South India if you’re looking to improve your health. Yoga was born here in the foothills of the Himalayas and where Ayurveda started – the alternative to western medicines.
- Cruise the backwaters of Kerala
- Explore Chennai city – the biggest cultural, economical and educational centre of South India
- Visit Madurai – one of south India’s oldest cities
- Discover the breathtakingly beautiful hill stations reaped with tea plantations, waterfalls and lakes.
“Where there is love, there is life.”
(Mahatma Gandhi) There’s simply no denying that India captures and entertains you in every sense. They are a welcoming and want you to experience their culture first hand.
So the burning question is when to visit? October to March is the best time to visit owing to the better weather, and November features the country’s biggest festival. However with so many festivals celebrated throughout the year, there’s also chance to tie one into your trip.
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