The number of things you
can do and the experiences you can have in India are uncountable.
There are thousands of things that can be done within a small region
We have listed the major
things to do in India which are a must for getting a feel of real
India. Move away from the usual hill stations and wildlife
sanctuaries. Though they are great to visit, there is so much more to
be explored in this fascinating land.
When listing the things one must do in India, you can’t leave Taj Mahal out. Built in
the 17th century, this white marble monument attracts thousands of tourists from
all over the world. It is the epitome of love as the world knows it. While a
visit to Taj Mahal at any time of the day is exciting, consider visiting it
during night, preferably on a full moon night. The charges are a little higher
for night visits, but it is worth the experience.
In the 17th century, the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, made his capital in the
area that broadly covers present-day Old Delhi—he called it Shahjahanabad.
Today, it is one of the city’s most crowded, chaotic. and captivating areas,
with a bamboozling orchestra of sights, smells, and sounds. This walk takes you
through the rambunctious bazaars and historic shrines around Old Delhi’s main
strip, Chandni Chowk.
One of the highlights of a visit to the stunning Amer Fort is the chance to ride
an elephant up the hill to the main entrance. These wonderful animals are
painted with traditional designs and almost effortlessly transport visitors up
the steep slope to the fort. The Amber Fort elephant ride is fantastic
experience but visitors must arrive early.
Shekhawati has earned the sobriquet "open art gallery of Rajasthan" as the
region has the largest concentration of frescos in the world. Situated in
northeastern Rajasthan, Shekhawati is a semi-arid historical region rich in
culture and history.
At Karni Mata temple in Rajasthan, rats aren't shooed away — they're worshipped.
Thousands of the rodents scurry across the temple's checkerboard floors, getting
tangled in each other's tails and fighting for access to huge saucers of milk.
Far from being regarded as vermin, the rats are venerated as the holy
descendants of Karni Mata, who was worshipped as an incarnation of the Hindu
goddess Durga during the 15th century.
Visit SAM or KHURI SAND DUNES for brief Camel safari & a typical Rajasthani
Desert Village. View the sunset from the dunes, as the sky is set on fire.
Return to the village for dinner amidst Rajasthani musicians playing haunting
tunes. Stay overnight at the SWISS TENT CAMP.
The natural setting of the place is actually perfect to justify the “Most
Romantic” epithet that has been bestowed on the city. The shimmering tranquil
lakes, the majestic hills, the flora, the fauna in the hilly forested areas and
the colorful markets add magic and offer a romantic destination, par excellence.
The dramatic collage of diversified pictures of Pushkar mirrors the vibrancy for
which this gracious state of Rajasthan is lionized. And the sprawling annual
festivities of Pushkar Camel Fair take its horizons to one another level.
Portraying the marvelous cocktail of wonderful art and architecture from the
bygone era, the Pushkar Fair creates a stir among the travelers with its
awe-inspiring celebrations good enough to make everyone wide eyed.
In the nesting season the sound of birds can be so loud as to drown out human
conversation! And the buzz of insects pervades the air, always. Grass grows out
from the still waters of the many wetlands, together with lotus, duckweed, water
fern and sedge – food for countless living things such as frogs, snails,
mosquitoes, dragonflies, fish, water snakes and birds that collectively conspire
to make the Keoladeo Ghana National Park in Bharatpur, Rajasthan, a World
Heritage and Ramsar Site.
The temples at Khajuraho were built during the Chandella dynasty, which reached
its apogee between 950 and 1050. Only about 20 temples remain; they fall into
three distinct groups and belong to two different religions – Hinduism and
Jainism. They strike a perfect balance between architecture and sculpture. The
Temple of Kandariya is decorated with a profusion of sculptures that are among
the greatest masterpieces of Indian art.
Talking of spirituality, you just cannot leave the beautiful Varanasi out. While
here, consider taking a walk from Dashashwamedh Ghat to Assi Ghat. The
Dashashwamedh Ghat remains crowded most times of the day. In fact, watching the
religious ceremony which happens every evening at 7 is a must have experience.
As you walk from Dashashwamedh to Assi, you come across several small ghats,
where people are seen revering the Ganges.
India is worldly known as a land vibrant celebration; one can see the culture
and life of India during the celebrations of various fair and festivals,
celebrated with high sprit in each and every town in India. By and large the
flow of festivals continues through out the year in India. There are noble cause
and meaningful identity behind each fair and festival, based upon rituals,
traditions, legends, monsoon, history, while many express devotion to the
deities of different religions.
As Gautama sat in deep meditation, Mara, Lord of Illusion, perceiving that his
power was about to be broken, rushed to distract him from his purpose. The
Bodhisattva touched the earth, calling it to bear witness the countless
lifetimes of virtue that had led him to this place of enlightenment. "Bodh Gaya
is the place where Gautama Buddha attained unsurpassed, supreme Enlightenment.
It is a place which should be visited or seen by a person of devotion and which
would cause awareness and apprehension of the nature of impermanence".
Come summers, and the place comes alive with the Hemis Festival. Hemis Monastery
is one of the oldest and the most beautiful monasteries of Ladakh. In summers,
it plays host to a 2 day festival, which sees traditional dances, and beautiful
paintings being drawn by the villagers. The sound of drums, cymbals and trumpets
which echo off the Himalayas is a treat for the ears.
The backwaters of Kerala are unique and unlike anything else in the world. In
essence, the backwaters are a network of lakes, canals, estuaries and deltas of
44 rivers that drain into the Arabian Sea. The backwaters of Kerala are a self
supporting eco-system teeming with aquatic life. The canals connect the villages
together and are still used for local transport. Over 900 km of this
labyrinthine water world is navigable.
Backwaters host many special events during August to September. The electrifying
races by carved wooden boats set the backwaters on fire. Traditional fishing
Kumarakom Boat races are held in connection with Onam, the harvest festival in
August/September. Scores of long snake boats and other smaller crafts
participate in these events. The largest team sport in the world, the snake boat
races are preceded by colourful water parades. Usually a snake boat is manned by
four helmsmen, 25 singers and 100 - 125 oarsmen who row in unison to the fast
rhythm of thevanchipattu (song of the boatman). Thousands of people crowd the
water's edge to cheer the huge black crafts as they slice through the waters to
a spectacular finish.
Kalaripayattu the martial art form of Kerala is regarded as the oldest and most
scientific of its kind in the world, dating back more than 2000 years and said
to be the forerunner of popularly known Chinese martial arts, as the Buddhist
monk Bodhidharma took this knowledge from India to China.
Valley of Flowers is a fairy-land situated high in the Himalayas of the
Uttaranchal, at an altitude of 3,600 meters above sea-level, protected by snowy
mountains. Unknown to humans, for centuries this enchanting valley lay frozen
during the colder months, and burst into its youthful beauty every year, as the
snow melted with the advent of summer. Every year, the valley was splashed with
color as it bloomed with hundreds of kinds of flowers, taking on various shades
of colors as months progressed. Finally one day, nature condescended to bless
humans with this heavenly sight.
There might be no better place in the world to be lazy than on one of Goa’s
spectacular beaches. With palm-tree groves on one side of the white sands and
gently lapping waves on the other, the best of the beaches live up to your image
of a tropical paradise. Whether time is of the essence or you’ve weeks (or even
months) to spend in Goa, locating the perfect beach is the secret to making the
best of your stay.
The enormous temple complex is dedicated to Shiva, known here as Sundareshvara
and his consort Parvati or Meenakshi. The original temple was built by
Kulasekara Pandya, but the entire credit for making the temple as splendid as it
is today goes to the Nayaks. The temple dates back to 1623 CE and is an
architectural masterpiece, with an estimated number of 33,000 sculptures.