Must Do In India
Must Do in India
See the Colors of Life Come Alive
The physical, geographical, architectural and geographical diversity in India is worth appreciating and the country offers so much to the travelers that it is virtually impossible to see the whole of India in one go. People from across the globe including the scholars and explorers came to this rich country and tried to grab all the treasures. The travelers believe that one who visits India will witness the most exotic mix of traditions and find everything that suits his tastes. Indian tourism is vast and our description of some of the most coveted vacation places is just a sneak peek of what lies inside this rich and marvelous country.
Trail in the Sands with the Ship of the Desert – Camel
The small villages in Rajasthan present the real scene of the authentic desert lifestyle of the state and if you wish to see it on your own, consider taking a camel safari.??Camel safaris can well be called as a soft adventure and is much popular with the people. There is nothing better you can choose to get around and see the desert life and the barren lands that beautifully cover vast areas and present a picturesque view. See the momentary sand dunes changing shape and reflecting the colors of the sky. Although the clouds are nowhere to be seen in the skies, you would still find the view to be breathtaking.??It is unbelievable to see the forts, palaces and temples standing in midst of the deserts. If you need to go on a camel ride, you need more stamina and energy levels to successfully see the vast lands. The land may prove to be a bumpy tread while you are riding on the camel.
India- a Centre for Holistic Healing and Birthplace of Ayurveda
The Vedic Culture of India boasts of Ayurveda that originated almost 6000 years ago and is the most ancient healing science. The science includes healing through Yoga, herbal medicines, massage therapies and breathing exercises, alternative lifestyles, Naturotherapy and diets. The science is proven to heal some of the most serious of the illnesses and give a fresh start to the body along with mind and the soul. ??India is well known as the land of ayurveda for thousands of years. The sadhus and Rishis in India have tried and tested the curative powers of the science and have been carrying on the research, study and practice in the field. Ayurveda helps a person attain the perfect health and live a longer and quality life.
Experience the Wildlife at Its Best in India
There are a whopping 441 wildlife sanctuaries and 80 national parks in India. There are some breathtakingly wonderful sanctuaries like the one in Bharatpur named the Kaladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary that can well be called the Ornithologists’ paradise. The place occupies the number two place in the as the resting place for the migratory Siberian cranes. You find a blend of exotic bio diversity, scenic landscapes, exquisite geographical features and the forest lodges dating back to the medieval ages. Out of the total tiger population of the world, half is in India. If you wish to see the tigers and go on photography tours, consider visiting the Corbett and Ranthambore national park. To see rhinos, you can go to Kaziranga national park while to catch a glimpse of the wild Asian elephants you must visit Periyar. When you are in India, you can witness the wildlife at its best and get to see the endangered and rare of the animals while touring through the jungles.
Witness Timeless Glory of the Ancient Rulers and Their Creations
Rajasthan has some of the largest forts in the world and you can see them while on a tour in the exotic city. The forts were built were built intelligently at strategic locations and have magnificent architecture while employing the best defense strategies and colossal proportions. Not just the exteriors of the fort are magnificent; the interiors are even better and put on display the royal and the luxurious lifestyle of the ancient rulers. The forts are huge and perfectly show how the rulers used to live a splendid life. The forts are built over vast areas and have great heights. You can get a picturesque vie of the city around the fort while standing in any of those forts.
Let Adventure Take Its Toll on You in the Himalayas
Those who fear nothing in their life have just one place to go in the whole world, The Himalayas. If you are the one made for taking up the fears, thrills and strenuous tasks, the snow caped peaks of the mountains are your destination. The Himalayas proudly stand rugged, sloppy and full of big boulders and housing the melting glaciers and the holy rivers. If you wish to test your stamina and will power, pay a visit to the Himalayas and take the trial of your life. You can either choose to go through the easy and safe trails or tread on the most deadly ones while heading to the snow covered peaks. Some of the routes are dangerous and the foreign tourists prefer to opt for them as they offer the most panoramic views. The highest points of the mountains have freezing temperatures and you can go paragliding, skiing, surfboarding, snorkeling and heli-skiing. Water sports like rafting are also popular.
Enjoy a Festival
Being a spiritual country, festivals are at the heart of people’s lives in India. The numerous and varied festivals that are held throughout the year offer a unique way of seeing Indian culture at its best. ??Dance with Lord Ganesh in the streets of Mumbai for Ganesh Chaturthi, throw colored powder and water all over people on Holi, watch brilliant fireworks displays at Diwali, marvel over guys forming a human pyramids on Krishna Janmashtami, see 50,000 camels converge on the small desert town of Pushkar for the camel fair, and admire the beautiful floral displays during Onam. Kerala is also renowned for its magnificant temple festivals, featuring parades of decorated elephants. Indian festivals are unforgettable!?
Relax on the Beach
If you’re feeling tired from traveling, or just love the beach and want to chill out for a while, there are plenty of options for an India beach vacation. Forget the beaches of Ibiza, Rio, or even Australia. These days, India’s beaches are where it’s all happening.??India has some incredibly scenic beaches that offer everything from action to solitude, and of course parties. The best India beaches can be found on the west coast. The beaches on the east coast tend not to be as clean or appealing, with Mahabalipuram near Chennai being the pick of the bunch on that side. ??Most people flock to the beaches in Goa, however Gorkana, Kovalam, Poovar, Cherai and Varkala beaches are also picturesque and popular. ??If you really want to relax and unwind, try Marari Beach.
Go for a Nature Walk
There are some very enjoyable gardens in India. Many of them are in Delhi. One of the best is Lodi Gardens, built around the tombs of 15th and 16th century rulers. The Garden of Five Senses is a sprawling 20 acre site designed to awaken all five senses. ??In Mumbai, the Hanging Garden and Kamala Nehru Park are both free. Hanging Garden has an unbeatable view of Marine Drive and the beach, and a giant shoe for children to play in. The quirky Kamala Nehru Park is home to a motley menagerie of topiary animals. ??The extensive Botanical Gardens in Kolkata feature a massive banyan tree.??India’s mountains and hill stations are also full of refreshing scenery, perfect for hiking or a relaxing walk.
Window Shop at a Market
The markets in India are so lively and absorbing, you don’t have to buy anything to enjoy them. These include Chandni Chowk in Delhi, New Market in Kolkata, Johari Bazaar and Chameliwala Market in Jaipur, and Chor Bazaar and Crawford Market in Mumbai. These chaotic and congested markets will keep you absorbed for hours, as you explore their winding lanes, marvel at the array of goods for sale, and watch the interaction between buyers and sellers.??The Kolkata flower market also makes interesting viewing. After seeing it, take a walk over the Howrah Bridge.
Get a Taste of Indian History
Mahatma Gandhi, affectionately referred to as the “Father of the Nation” has a special place in Indian history for his efforts in facilitating the country’s freedom from the British. ??In Delhi, a visit to Gandhi Smriti will show you the exact spot where Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated on January 30, 1948. He lived in the house for 144 days up until the time of his death. The Gandhi Memorial Museum, at Raj Ghat where Gandhi was cremated, displays the pistol with which he was assassinated. ??In Mumbai, the engrossing Mani Bhavan museum is where Gandhi stayed during his visits to the city from 1917-1934. You’ll be able to see the room that Gandhi occupied, picture gallery, library hall, and the terrace where Gandhi was arrested on January 4, 1932.
Admire Indian Art
Kolkata is well regarded as the cultural capital of India. Art enthusiasts will find the Academy of Fine Arts on Cathedral Road absorbing. It’s one of the oldest art societies in India, and offers a fascinating journey through history of Bengal art. The Gallery of Contemporary Art, and carpet museum are part of the complex. ??Mumbai has a dedicated arts precinct called Kala Ghoda (Black Horse), between Colaba and the Fort. It’s full of art galleries, with the most famous being the Jehangir Art Gallery. It displays interesting works by Indian artists. ??In Jaipur, head to the Juneja Art Gallery to see artwork by contemporary Rajasthani artists. The Modern Art Gallery there is also worth a look.??The Delhi Art Gallery in Hauz Khas Village is popular.
Check Out the Nightlife
If you’re a female, you’re in luck! Many bars in Indian cities have ladies nights during the week, where admission and drinks for women are on the house. The easiest way to find these events is to have a look at the local entertainment guides, such as Time Out or ask you your friendly travel agent, when you arrive in a city. ??Monday nights are ladies night at Firangi Paani in Mumbai (Andheri West), while Bootleggers (Colaba) and Zenzi (Bandra) have ladies night on Tuesdays, and the Wink Bar at the Taj President Hotel (Colaba) and Vie Deck and Lounge (Juhu) have ladies nights on Wednesdays. Underground, Shisha, and Venom hold ladies nights in Kolkata.