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  • The fabulous Taj Mahal - a popular site to be seen on all India tours.
  • The bright colors of an Indian market
  • Blue city of Jodhpur with Mehrangharh Fort
  • The elusive tiger in Ranthambhore National Park
  • The riverbanks in the holy city of Varanasi
  • Take an incredible hot air balloon ride in Jaipur

It is said India is experienced as much by the senses as well as the eye. There is no doubt that it is one of the most colourful and dynamic destinations in the world where one should expect the unexpected. It has so much variety on India tours be it the geography, the culture or the people themselves. 

Here is a short list of some of the attractions on a trip to India–snow-capped mountains, dense jungles, arid deserts, sandy beaches, animal sanctuaries, interesting backwaters, cool hill stations, fascinating urban cities and lush countryside plus other typically Indian attractions–temples, palaces, forts, yoga, tea plantations, Bollywood and on and on.

Here are some interesting facts about India. There are four religions which originated here–Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. Bollywood is the world’s largest movie industry. India is the world’s largest democracy. The Bengal tiger is its national animal. Cricket, introduced by the British, is a fanatical sport and pastime. India is the largest producer of tea in the world. 70% of the world’s spices come from India. The country invented chess and the numbering system. Cows are sacred as is the lotus flower to Hindus and Buddhists. 

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India celebrates many festivals but one very important and lavish festival is Diwali, also known as the “Festival of Lights”, a celebration of Lord Rama-chandra returning to the capital of his kingdom after being in exile. This can be fitted into a trip to india.

For the shopper, while staying in India, the following are excellent purchases – wood carvings, marble and stone carvings, silk products, jewellery and paintings.  

Where does one start to make sense of this vast country? Not an easy decision so here is a synopsis of some of the major attractions on India tours.

 


Delhi, the nation’s capital, includes Old and New Delhi. By way of explanation, the atmospheric old part is a comparatively small section of the city and includes the  imposing city within a city Red Fort built in the 17th Century, the huge and awe-inspiring mosque, the Jama Masjid and the heart of the Old Delhi, the teeming Chandni Chowk.  New Delhi refers to a larger part of the city which contains the Secretariat Building, Parliament, Connaught Place, Lodhi Gardens and India Gate. Other highlights include Humayan’s Tomb, burial site for several of the Moghul emperors and the Qutub Minar, the tallest tower in India and made of sandstone.

Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay, is the commercial and cultural capital of India and a major port located on the Indian Ocean. The most irecognized and imposing landmark here is the Gateway of India perched on the edge of the sea, constructed to commemorate the visit of King George V. The sweeping and attractive Marine Drive is home to some of the city’s luxury hotels.  Two heritage buildings are the Prince of Wales Museum which houses many interesting artifacts and the ornate Victoria Terminus Railway Station. Mani Bhavan is the former residence of Mahatma Gandhi and now a museum and well worth a visit. Another fascinating site on a trip to india are the Dhobi Ghats, a very large and fascinating outdoor laundry. Various parks and gardens can be found within the city of Mumbai as well as beaches. Mumbai’s bustling markets are a must-see and can offer an interesting insight into the daily life of the locals. 

India’s number one attraction on trips to india is, of course, the Taj Mahal located in Agra. This white marble mausoleum was built by order of the emperor Shah Jahan in the 1600’s as a memorial to his wife who died in childbirth and is a universally admired masterpiece of architecture. Also worth visiting in the city is Agra Fort, one of the finest Mughal forts in India once destroyed but rebuilt by Emperor Akbar. Not far from Agra is Fatehpur Sikri, a now deserted city which was once the capital of the Mughal Empire in the 16th century but abandoned by its occupants after only 15 years due to an insufficient water supply.

Jaipur is known as the “Pink City” because of the colour of many of its buildings.  This is a city to experience first hand the lifestyles of past maharajahs and Indian royalty with its magnificent palaces. The City Palace has been converted partly into a museum that houses handcrafted products. The other part is the living quarters of the current Maharajah. The Palace of Winds is a colourful  façade constructed in 1799 with five floors that contain rows of small windows and screens. The wind used to flow through the openings, giving the palace its name. The dramatic and fairy-tale like Amber Palace is located high on a hilltop normally reached on the back of an elephant. It contains a number of breathtaking palaces, halls, gardens, and temples. The Jantar Mantar Observatory from times gone by had a specialized astronomical function. There are 14 structures in total which measured time, predicted eclipses and tracked stars.

Udaipur is arguably India’s most beautiful city on India tolurs and is famous for its attractive lakes and marble palaces.  Situated on the banks of Lake Pichola is the City Palace made up of various palaces, gardens, and museums within its complex and offers fine views of the lake and Udaipur from its upper terraces. The Lake Palace is a luxury hotel situated in Lake Pichola accessible by boat, used in the James Bond film, Octopussy and has been frequented by the world’s rich and famous.

The number one attraction in Jodhpur has to be the Mehrangarh Fort which rises above the city and is one of the largest forts in India. As impressive as it is as a well preserved structure, thereis much to see inside such as the museum which houses an outstanding collection of fine and applied arts from the Mughal period of Indian history. Nearby Jodhpur are the Mandore Gardens, worth a visit for the amazing architecture and history of a bygone era shown here. 

Chennai, formerly known as Madras, is the gateway to Southern India and has a long colonial history. It has a large number of ornate but interesting temples. Not far away are the pilgrimage city of Kanchipuram, known as a temple city and considered one of the Hindu’s holiest, Pondicherry, once a French colonial town and considered the ‘French Riviera of the East’ for its many beaches making it a popular tourist destination on a trip to India and Mahabalipuram with its many temples and monuments made of granite.

An unusual city is Khajuraho with its medieval Hindu and Jain temples famous for their erotic sculptures depicting scenws form the Kama Sutra. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, the temples, originally built in the 10th Century,  were excavated as late as the mid 1800’s. 

Varanasi is referred to as the holiest city in India and has been a pilgrimage site for Hindus for many centuries. It is also where Buddhism was founded. Situated on the River Ganges, one must take an early morning or sunset boat cruise along the river to observe the various rituals that take place such as funeral pyres, cremations and locals bathing and washing themselves on the ghats, which are sets of steps leading into the river. As India’s spiritual hub, Varanasi’s intriguing sights make it an unforgettable place to visit.on india tours.

In the far south of India, Cochin is the largest city in the state of Kerala. There are many forts, churches and temples, a result of both European and Indian influences.  Matttancherry is an old neighborhood full of colonial buildings which includes the Dutch Palace built by the Portuguese with a small museum including paintings of previous kings and some beautiful murals from Hindu epic tales. The Jewish Synagogue is at the heart of what is locally called Jew Town, a fascinating mixture of shops, warehouses, and spice auction rooms. Not far from Cochin are the Backwaters of Kerala where one can take a short day cruise or one for several days through the scenic network of rivers, lakes and canals while observing in the villages and their interesting local lifestyles. 

Yes, India is the home to Tigers and one of the places to view this elusive animal is at the large Ranthambore National Park, a well known tiger sanctuary. It is also home to a wide variety of animals, trees, plants, birds and reptiles. One can take safari rides through the park.  Ranthambore Fort is located in the park and offers majestic views of the surrounding plain. Built in the 10th century, the fort features three stone temples which were built in the 12th and 13th centuries.

Goa offers dual attractions to the visitor on a trip to India. It is famous for its excellent beautiful beaches and resorts which make it an ideal stopover after visiting other parts of India. However, formerly a Portuguese colony, Goa has a long history and includes a blend of Portuguese, Indian, and Islamic architecture in its temples, houses, and buildings.  Goa attracts many artists and painters and offers many art galleries and museums to visit on Indian travel.

Amritsar, located in the north west of India, is the spiritual centre of the Sikh religion. The most important Shrine for the Sikhs is the Golden Temple, a stunning complex always full with thousands of pilgrims from all over India and an excited venue. It is worth visiting twice: once during the day and once at night when it's beautifully illuminated.

The State of Himachal Pradesh is situated in the foothills of the Himalayas and is made up of a series of valleys and snow covered peaks. Highlights here are Shimla which used to be the summer capital of the British Raj when they ruled India. This wonderfully cool and charming town sprawls along a mountain ridge surrounded by oak, pine and rhododendron forests. It is famous for its colonial style buildings and historic railway. Kulu and Manali are two charming small towns with a backdrop of the Himalayas offering  both tranquility and adventure. They are magical places bordered by both forest and raging rivers.  

In Rajhastan, there are two interesting destinations on India tours. Jaisalmer is located deep inside in the famous Thar Desert. The attractions here include the Jaisalmer Fort which rises from the desert sands like a mirage with its 99 turrets, the Patwon-Ki-Haveli a massive five-storied construction made of yellow sandstone. Out of the five havelis, one is converted into a museum. The third haveli houses the works of local craftsmen from a bygone era and the Sam Sand Dunes to have a safari on camelback to watch the picturesque sunset on the desert. Jeep safaris are available as well. Pushkar is famous for its colourful annual camel fair which attracts hundreds of visitors. It also has many interesting temples and palaces.

Mysore in southern India has a rich cultural heritage and is of historic importance with its magnificent palaces, stunning gardens and colourful festivals. The Mysore Maharajah Palace is one among the largest palaces in India. The stunning interior is a display of intricate craftsmanship. Not far from Mysore are a number of ornately built temples. 

For those interested in archaeological findings on a trip to India, they need not look no further than the caves of Ajanta and Ellora near Aurangabad. The Buddhist cave monuments at Ajanta date from the 2nd and 1st centuries B.C. The paintings and sculptures of Ajanta, considered masterpieces of Buddhist religious art, are very important findings. The Ellora Caves contain 34 monasteries and temples extending over more than 2 kilometres/1 mile and dating back to 600 to 1000 AD. 

A very special and relaxing way to travel around India is by a one week luxury private train tour such as the Palace on Wheels which covers the highlights of Rajasthan plus Agra and the Royal Rajasthan on Wheels which includes stops in Agra, Varanasi and Khajuraho. Both depart from Delhi. 

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