Traveling to India: What You Need to Know
A country as ancient and expansive as India is sure to hold countless gems for tourists who are willing to put some time and effort into planning their trip. Between all the incredible landmarks, natural beauty, and sites of cultural and historical significance, it can be difficult to know where to start when traveling to India for the first time.
With such a rich history and vast landscape, there are activities available in India to satisfy the interests of any tourists- you just need to know where to look. Let’s explore some popular travel packages for tourists that address your specific interests while traveling to India.
As a country that is urbanizing at a rapid pace, India has much to offer tourists looking to shop while on vacation. If you are looking for a luxury shopping experience, consider visiting cities like Mumbai and New Delhi. You will find stores, hotels, and restaurants in these large cities that cater to any taste- and budget.
Mumbai specifically is famous for its connection to the Bollywood film industry. Film buffs will want to visit the impressive Goregaon Film City in Mumbai. A sprawling complex that offers a variety of attractions for tourists to peruse. Best of all, the complex offers free admission and is open from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
When you are finished at the Film City, the Goregaon & Borivali National Park is only a short walk away. It is a great place to unwind and get away from the busy city life for a moment.
If natural beauty interests you, the world-renowned beaches of Goa, Kerala, and Tamilnadu might be the perfect destination for you. While all three states have world-famous beaches. In particular, Goa is home to the stunning and unique black sand beach, Tilmati beach. Located in a quaint small town, the unspoiled beauty of Tilmati beach is a favorite among locals and tourists alike.
If you prefer to visit lakes instead, the lakes of Udaipur, attract thousands of tourists every year, for good reason. Rajasthan has some of the most beautiful natural scenery that India has to offer.
In addition to its natural splendor, Rajasthan has a rich cultural background. It is home to breathtaking sites such as its abundance of palaces. Famous for the palaces of its capital city, Jaipur, Rajasthan is known internationally as one of the best places to visit to see countless beautiful and well-preserved palaces, such as the unique Hawa Mahal or the splendid Rambagh palaces, which is now operated as a luxury hotel.
Rajasthan is also known for its forts, several of which have placed on the World Heritage list. These stunning desert forts are a must-see attraction that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
India is home to a number of stunning spiritual monuments from multiple major world religions. The famous Ganges river alone draws thousands of Hindus every year to bathe in its holy waters. Additionally, travelers to Odisha India can bask in the brilliance of the ancient Sun Temple in Konarak. Built-in the 13th century, the Konarak Sun Temple is a monument to the Hindu sun god Surya and is famous for its stunning architecture and artwork.
Visitors to Uttar Pradesh, India, can visit two of the holiest sites in Buddhism: Sarnath and Kushinagar. Both of these sites were at one point home to the Buddha and are among the four sites officially sanctioned by Buddha for Buddhist pilgrimage.
Sarnath is home to the famous Ashoka Pillar as well as various other ancient ruins and monasteries. Kushinagar, the site of the Buddha’s death is home to the massive Mahaparinirvana Temple as well as an ancient sandstone statue of a reclining Buddha measuring an impressive six feet in length.
If you are traveling to India you must include a trip to the Hill stations. Hill stations are towns in India and throughout Southeast Asia in mountains and often near lakes built by British colonists to escape the intense heat of the summer months.
Today, these scenic locations are popular tourist sites on account of their striking landscapes and mild climates. Shimla is perhaps one of the most famous of these sites.
A thriving hub of education and bureaucracy outside of tourist season, Shimla attracts thousands of tourists each year with its striking natural scenery and adventure tourism activities such as hiking, skiing, and fishing. Less active tourists can enjoy shopping at the Central Mall of Shimla or sightseeing the Old English architecture of Shimla.
Nestled in the Himalayan Mountains not far from Shimla is the lovely resort town of Manali. Considerably smaller than Shimla, Manali makes a cozy getaway for travelers looking to take in beautiful mountain scenery in a quiet environment. A bit further away, the Ooty hill station in the Nilgiri Hills is another popular tourist destination.
Like the other Hill Stations, Ooty is home to a number of impressive natural attractions, including the largest rose garden in India, the Government Rose Garden as well as the equally impressive Ooty Botanical Gardens.
Wherever your interests lie, a trip to India is sure to satisfy your wanderlust and more. With a vast array of cultural, historical and natural tourism sites, the hardest travel decision you will make is how to fit everything into one trip.