The Indian cities are filled with magnificent treasure houses, architectural marvels, eclectic bazaars and delicious cuisine to leave you with a long-lasting flavour of happy memories.
But there are some unique experiences across the length and breadth of India that give you an authentic insight into what makes the country truly special.
Let’s take you through the best ways to dive into the Indian diversity!
1. Walk amidst the Himalayas
Be it the high-altitude desert of Ladakh, the lush valleys of Himachal or mountain stretches of Uttarakhand, indulge in a hike or a trek in the Himalayas to witness the enthralling beauty of the snow-capped peaks and a culture that will leave you enchanted. It is a chance to see a way of life that hasn’t changed for centuries.
2. Take in the beauty of Taj Mahal
Rise early and enjoy a spectacular sunrise tour of the famous Taj Mahal. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1631, and is believed to have taken 18 years to complete, with over 20,000 craftsmen working around the clock. The design and construction are said to be that of the legendary architect, Ustad Ahamad Lahori. What makes the Taj Mahal unique is its perfect proportions, distinct femininity, precise and detailed construction and decorative architecture. Its marble exterior reflects rose and golden tints at sunrise and sunset, while it is dazzling white during the day.
3. Stay in a royal palace
India is home to some of the most exquisite forts and palaces which have been converted into boutique and heritage hotels. From the royal castles in Rajasthan to the vibrant Chettinad mansions in Tamil Nadu, these historic abodes welcome you into their stunning interiors, offer traditional cuisine, impeccable hospitality, relaxing treatments and a stay that will leave an imprint in your heart forever.
4. Cruise down the Ganges
Wake up to a musical journey on the holiest river of India – the Ganges in Varanasi. Welcome the sunrise with a boat ride accompanied by a local musician as you soak in the views.
Pilgrims flock to this destination to pay their respect to this holy river and a dip here is believed to absolve them from all sins cleansing them physically, mentally and spiritually. Get a glimpse of the gorgeous morning Arti (prayer ceremony) as you see floating candles drift away on the river along with chimes of the bells.
This experience is sure to soothe your mind and soul.
5. Ride on India’s lifeline
Riding the rails in India is a rite of passage. No visit is complete without negotiating the organized chaos that is Indian Railways. Travel intercity, overnight or take a narrow-gauge “toy train” into the hills. Your journey will take you through the beating lifeline of India sprinkled with stories worthy of a diary.
6. See the Big Cat
Home to the Royal Bengal Tiger, a wildlife safari takes you through the secrets of the stunning Indian jungles. The country boasts of many impressive national parks like Ranthambhore, Bandhavgarh, Pench, Jim Corbett and more. The pristine landscape is dotted with alluring valleys, narrow ravines and vast grasslands. It is a delight for wildlife photographers and enthusiasts. Hop onto a safari in one of the legendary parks to enjoy the animal kingdom in India
7. Sample spices and relax in a houseboat in Kerala
Welcome to the enchanting network of lagoons, lakes and rivers that run along the coast of Kerala - the famous Backwaters. When in Kerala a stay on the houseboat is an absolute must to soak in the beauty of the Vembanad lake that lies at the heart of the backwaters. While in ‘God’s Own Country’ take a walk into the fragrant spice gardens as you relish the tales of the spice traditions and secret recipes created from these aromatic ingredients.
8. Enjoy a village stay
Indian villages are the guardians of tradition, culture, places where much is still made by hand, from pottery water jars to woollen dhurries. Make your journey an off-beat adventure with a village stay and experience a meaningful interaction with the local community. Meet talented artisans, enjoy a local home cooked meal or walk on the quiet paths of the countryside, here is where you can enjoy the tranquil pace of life.