Hundreds of India travel destinations are possible to those who plan to visit the seventh largest country in the world. You can explore the wild jungles, experience the thrill of river crossing or bungee jumping or enjoy the rich cultural diversity in festivals and museums.
Rajasthan: The Desert Region with Many Lakes
The Northern state of Rajasthan is famous for immense forts, intricately carved temples and decorated havelis. The extraordinary textiles, semi-precious stones and handicrafts that can be found in Rajasthan make it a shopper’s paradise.
Since the vast majority of the region is made up of The Great Desert, the annual desert festival is a big event that is commemorated with great enthusiasm. A couple of important cities in this region include Jaipur and Udaipur.
In Jaipur, you will want to visit the Amber Fort. You can ride up to the palace courtyard on an elephant. Also, be sure to visit Hawa Mahal or “Hall of the Winds” where you will be amazed at the detailed design and 953 small windows.
Udaipur is known as the City of Lakes or Venice of the East. Of note here is the City Palace which was built in 1559 A.D. The palace is actually a huge complex of palaces that house numerous antiques, paintings, ornamental furniture and utensils. You will also want to take advantage of the peaceful atmosphere and natural beauty of the many lakes.
Kerala: The Land of Spices
Kerala is wedged between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats Mountain range. It’s natural wonders include lush hill stations, spectacular waterfalls, expansive plantations and paddy fields and exotic wildlife.
Besides the natural attractions, Kerala has a rich cultural heritage. The state is one of the few of India that was not under British rule but governed by Indian kings. Millennial traditions have been preserved in many aspects of the culture.
There are numerous historical and cultural monuments to visit, enchanting festivals in which to participate and local cuisine to enjoy. It is no wonder that Kerala is one of the most sought after travel destinations by tourists from all over the world.
The religious diversity can be witnessed in Kolchi, the commercial capital of India. Travelers can visit an old European church building, a Jewish synagogue and many mosques. Just be aware of dress code and other rules for entrance into each one.
From the small town of Kollam, you can take a boat ride to the market town of Allappuzha. This is a great place to find traditional handicrafts that you can take home as souvenirs or gifts.
Now matter what your personal interests, you will be sure to find something to enchant you on a vacation to India. Just be prepared to return again in the near future, Rupees in hand. Don’t forget your India visa.