Attractions and Activities in India
If you want to travel to India then it is possible that you are planning your trip for some time, it is normal. To travel to India it takes a lot of time to enjoy everything that it can offer, a trip of just a few days would be too short. Also, if you want to travel to India you should also know well where you want to stay and the budget you have. In India there are prices of all kinds, but depending on the prices you can also be with more or less amenities, this will depend on your personal tastes.
But in addition to having all this in mind when travelling to India, you will also want to know what are its most popular attractions and activities to better organize your trip. Today I want to talk to you about some of the most important attractions and activities in India so you can better decide your trip.
New Delhi is divided into two parts, the old Delhi and the modern or New Delhi. The latter is a modern city with many activities to do and modern constrictions that will take your breath away. The old Delhi has narrow streets and incredible temples; no doubt many visitors prefer to get lost in the ancient Delhi. You cannot miss the Red Fort and Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, nor can you miss the splendid Outab Minar Tower.
If you want to see an amazing image you cannot forget the visit to the Golden Triangle. The Golden Triangle is located on a line drawn between Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. . In the southern corner of the triangle is Agra, known for the Taj Mahal. In the southwest corner is Jaipur, in Rajasthan, home of the Amber Palace and the Palace of the Winds.
The parks of India
India has no less than 70 national parks and also has 24 tiger reserves and 400 wildlife sanctuaries in the country. Just to have time to visit them all you would need several months of vacation … so one idea is to look for information on each of them and that way you can choose the one you most want to go or the one that is closest to the place where you will stay
The Indian tiger and the Asian elephant are all over the region, but if you want to know the most famous nature reserve and want to visit it to be able to fall in love with everything it has to offer, then do not miss the Rajasthan’s Bharatpur National Park and the Bengal National Park Sundarban.
The Great Desert of India
In the northeast of India you can find the Great Desert also known as Thar Desert. This desert covers an area 804 kilometers long and 402 kilometers wide. Almost nothing! There are cities among this entire desert like the desert cities of Rajasthan and if you visit them, you will realize that they are incredibly dazzling. The most famous cities to visit are Jaisalmer thanks to its Desert Festival that is celebrated in the months of January and February or the city of Pushkar where the Camel Fair is held in November.
Besides all this, you can also find fortresses, palaces and temples of great historical and architectural importance. But if you want to visit Rajasthan you cannot forget about Udaipur, an excellent place to go with your partner since it is very romantic. Imagine if it is so romantic that there are people who call this place “the Venice of the East”. The city is built around Lake Pichola and the Lake Palace is a place where you can stay to support life in the desert (thanks to the lake).
India is a country that does not leave indifferent and that can hardly be described in words. Not even in images. It is necessary to travel through it, live it and feel it in the first person to get an idea. It is a country that changes people. It is not a topic, it is true. I think it affects the travellers because of the poverty that they can see in it, the dignified and positive way in which the Indians face it and the religiosity present in every second that passes there.
If you really want to travel through India there must be a certain predisposition to adventure because, as you can imagine, public transport is not very comfortable or very well organized but, yes, it reaches almost everywhere. My only advice is that you go as long as you can because the country is huge, the transports are slow and especially because the body and the head need some time to adapt to India. In my case I think I started adapting to the country after 2-3 weeks of being there. I was 4 months and I went from south to north, travelling mainly by bus and train. In the northern states, Ladakh and Cashmir, I also traveled by hitchhiking. In the attached map you can see the route.
Haridwar and Rishikesh
Haridwar is in the north of the country, in the state of Uttrakhand. Haridwar signifies the door to God and also passes the Ganges River for him. Although here it is clean. This town is famous for the Kumbh Mela festival. A festival that is held every 12 years and that in 2003 brought together 70 million people. So it’s the biggest festival in the world and probably in the history of mankind. The next will be held in 2016.
Rishikesh is close to Hariwdar, so if you travel through this area it is a good idea to visit both villages. Rishikesh is the Mecca of yoga. Since the Beatles came here to do yoga, the people have seen how every year more and more foreigners came in search of inner peace. The river Ganges also passes through the town and at this point it is very clean so it is highly recommended to bathe in it.
Mc Leod Ganj (near Dharamsala)
When the Dalai Lama had to escape from Tibet in 1959 he came to here and since then Mc Leod Ganj has become the capital to the exile of Tibet. Mc Leod is a small village on top of a hill and surrounded by nature and mountains. Here you can get to know the Tibetan culture in freedom and if you are lucky you can attend some of the conferences that the Dalai Lama gives from time to time. The surroundings of the village are also perfect for excursions.
Manali is a village in northern India at more than 2000 meters above sea level. This town is famous among travellers for being the place where those who want to smoke xaras (Indian hashish) go. And it is true that there are many people who go to that (especially Israeli), but Manali is also a good place to go on excursions. The forests around the town are beautiful and are made up of giant trees with huge waterfalls. There are also several sites with thermal waters. If you are interested you can do climbing or paragliding.
Leh is the capital of the northernmost state of India, Ladahk. Leh is located at 3600 meters high and can only be reached by plane or from Manali on a road that only opens summers and reaches more than 5000 meters in height.
The city, like the entire state of Ladakh, is mainly Buddhist and looks more like Tibet than India. The lunar landscapes and mountains of Ladahk are impressive and make it one of the best places to go hiking.
Srinagar is the capital of the famous Kashmir. A land that has been facing India and Pakistan for decades. Srinagar is a city with a huge lake in the middle, full of houseboats where you can stay. A very recommendable experience is to spend a day in a boat walking around the lake observing life in it.
Things to see in Delhi (India)
Delhi is not the most beautiful city in India. But it is the gateway to the country for most European travellers, so it’s worth it to schedule at least one night in the city because it has several places of interest that are worth visiting. Are these:
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib
A Sikh temple very interesting and also very friendly and open with visitors, where they let you get into the kitchen (literally). On Saturdays there is prayer and much atmosphere of the faithful praying and purifying in the annex lake. As in every Sikh temple, both men and women have to cover their heads.
A classic in every visit to the capital. The old city is actually the 7th historical city of Delhi, which the British found when they arrived here in the 17th century. Within its walls live 3 million people in a chaotic labyrinth of alleys and alleys, bazaars, mosques, cables, dirty water puddles, street food stalls, markets … A sensory trip and a first immersion in authentic India. On Sundays the stores close but open a bulwark market of clothes and second-hand objects.
It is one of the best-preserved palace ensembles of the Mughal era in the country. Built in the traditional red sandstone, it includes the tomb of Emperor Humayun and several mosques and buildings. It is declared a World Heritage Site.
This beautiful minaret from the 12th century is the icon of Delhi. It was built around 1192 by the Mughal emperor who brought Islam to the north of India. With the remains of Hindu temples they built an enormous mosque, whose ruins can still be seen next to the minaret. The columns of that mosque – beautifully carved – form a really surprising stone forest.
Gateway of India
A large triumphal arch built as a memorial and tomb to unknown soldiers fallen by the country. It is in the new zone, Old Delhi, and forms a large monumental complex with the Rashtrapati Bhavan , the presidential palace. It is surrounded by large landscaped meadows. It is better to go on a holiday, when hundreds of Indian families go to the gardens to walk, picnic and spend the day.
Gandhi Memorial (Raj Ghat)
Beyond honoring the figure of the most famous character in the history of the country, the place has nothing particular. It is a garden area around a black marble slab on the place where Ghandi was cremated after his murder in 1948
Many tourists ignore it, but for me it is the most amazing resorts near delhi ncr. It is the largest Hindu temple in the world and despite being of new construction, the quality of stone carving work has nothing to envy other historical monuments. The gigantic temple was raised by the Hindu current Swaminarayan, whose faithful worked voluntarily with thousands of stonemasons and artisans to carve an architectural marvel in red sandstone and white marble. The conditions of access are very strict and cannot be accessed with anything above, from a pen to any type of electronic device (not even the mobile).
The Friday mosque is the largest mosque in Delhi. Built by the same emperor who built the Taj Mahal, it forms a gigantic open space that sponges the motley fabric of Old Delhi. Good views from the arcades of the courtyard of the Hindu and Muslim districts and the Red Fort.
Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand
The Jim Corbett National Park, located in Uttarakhand, is the oldest national park in the country. It is the natural axis of many wild animals, especially the Bengal Tigers. There is also the wonderful and great variety of flora and fauna in the park. The illuminated and wonderful views of the park captivate the attention of tourists and offer an unforgettable experience.
Distance from Delhi: around 258kms.
Mathura, the birthplace of Lord Krishna, is one of the recognized religious tourist destinations in the country. It is located on the western bank of the Yamuna River in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The city is also known as ‘Brajbhoomi’, which represents the culture and civilization of 3000 years of the country. This pilgrim destination is visited not only by Hindus, but also by followers of other religions, as well as by Buddhists, Jain Brahmins, etc.
Distance from Delhi: around 182kms.
Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh
Vrindavan is a transcendental of Lord Krishna. It is located in Uttar Pradesh. There are a number of ancient and modern temples, which are famous among tourists of the pilgrimage. According to Hindu mythological scripts, Lord Krishna resides eternally in Vrindavan and never leaves this place.
Shahji and Bihari.
Distance from Delhi: around 181kms.
Haridwar is one of the most famous religious destinations in the country. It is located in the foothills of the Himalayas, in the state of Uttarakhand. It is one of the seven most sacred places of the Hindus. The large crowd of tourists and devotees here comes from all over the world.
Distance from Delhi: around 220kms
Rishikesh is a small mountainous city of Uttarakhand. It is a beautiful mixture of spirituality and natural grace. Located on the incredible curve of the mighty Himalayas, the city has a wonderful natural beauty, a religious fervour and a climate that attracts a lot of backpackers throughout the year. However, what attracts most visitors is an incredible range of adventure activities offered by Rishikesh. You can enjoy several fascinating adventure activities in Rishikesh, such as trekking, rafting, hanging cliffs and much more.
Distance from Delhi: around 239kms
Dozens of tourists throughout the year visit Agra, known for the monument that is an eternal symbol of love: the Taj Mahal. It is the land of architectural wonders that were built by the Mughal rulers. Distance from Delhi: around 230kms
Located in the state of Rajasthan, Bharatpur is a captivating and well-planned city. It is known for the Keoladeo National Park also known as Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. This national park is a paradise for bird watchers and you can find many beautiful types of migratory birds, such as the Siberian crane, pelicans, herons, cranes, geese and ducks.
Distance from Delhi: around 220kms.
You can enjoy also Camping in Dhanaulti.