Steeped in history, with fascinating culture and an atmosphere that will awaken your senses, India offers a completely unique holiday. A country of contrasts, vibrant colours and incredible sights, it is perhaps one of the ultimate destinations for a truly unforgettable adventure.
While our travels around Asia have taken us to countries like Sri Lanka, Thailand and Cambodia, we have yet to visit India. However, we cannot deny that touring through India would be an amazing opportunity.
A country filled with historical sights from palaces and temples, to forts and ruins, India has a long history and currently boasts 37 UNESCO sites on the World Heritage List. The monuments here display India’s rich heritage, from religious influences to colonialism and as such, the architecture is very diverse.
When it comes to exploring India’s history, many head to the country’s most popular tourist destination in the country: the Taj Mahal. But among the UNESCO status sites, you can find the Ajanta Caves filled with paintings and sculptures that date from the first century, as well as the Historic City of Ahmadabad, an ancient walled community founded in 1411.
Sights and Scenery
While India is synonymous with bustling city streets and chaotic crowds, it is also a country with incredible natural landscapes. This includes vast national parks and reserves, waterfalls and lakes, beaches and deserts, as well as mountains and jungles. This provides travellers the opportunity to discover some of India’s diverse wildlife, such as elephants and tigers.
Visit valleys and meadows filled with wild flowers at the Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Parks, or schedule Khangchendzonga National Park into your itinerary for forests, glaciers and the third tallest mountain in the world.
Spirituality and Religion
As the founding place of many faiths, including Buddhism and Hinduism, religion and spirituality are a part of everyday life here. Many people travel to India solely for the purpose of spirituality, for yoga and meditation retreats, for example. While others simply want to experience a different culture and way of life.
As a deeply religious country, you can visit a large number of temples and monuments all across India. This includes the golden and intricate Padmanabhaswamy Temple, or the waterside and serene Ananthapura Lake Temple.
A country that offers travellers the opportunity to uncover history, explore spirituality and see amazing scenery, there is little wonder India is popular with so many. Plus, with regions home to different cuisines and cultures, there is so much to discover.
This post has been contributed by Jules Verne.