Snow-peaked mountains, jungles, tribal life, hot desert, cold desert, salt flats, rain forests, tea gardens, a huge coast line, pristine beaches, volcanoes, islands, modern metropolises and modern lifestyle… India has it all. Diversity of India can surprise every traveler. Most of the people who are asked about the recommended places to visit in India will answer- ‘The Taj Mahal’. But do not believe them as there is so much in India apart from the famous Taj Mahal. Nature, architecture, culture, food, language, traditions, people – India is greatly diversified. One life is not enough to explore this land. That is why you have to be really wise when it comes to choosing the places that you should visit. My blog will answer many of your questions and help you choose the best places for you to see in India.
What you should know?Internet is full of India travel tips(travel tips for India). Before you listen to an advice from others, you may want to ensure that the adviser has been to India many times or lived and traveled in the country and also that the person has done it in recent years.This country is constantly and rapidly evolving and developing and many problems that travelers may have encountered in the past may no longer exist. There are plenty of tips and rules for foreigners in India and I will focus on it in one of the future posts but there is one thing that you should know – most of the people in India are very friendly to strangers and they will be ready to help you. But on the other hand, like it happens in most places… don’t trust each and everyone who you meet as you may end up encountering someone who may take an advantage of you. From my personal experience, I can tell you that I feel safer in the Indian cities than in many European places.
Variety of landscapesIn Northern region of India, Himalaya Mountains stand tall with the third highest peak in the world – Kanchenjunga (8 586 m). You can find cold deserts and the highest motorable road in the world – Khardung La (more than 5 000 m above sea level). In the south of the mountains there is a huge fertile land called the Indo – Gangetic Plain, which is named after Indus and Ganga rivers. This is where Delhi (with its breathtaking Akshardham temple that you can get to know more here) – the capital and the second (after Mumbai) most populated city in India is located.Western India is famous for one of the biggest deserts in the world – Thar Desert which covers more than a half of one of my favorite states in India – Rajasthan. Palaces on water, palaces built on hills, spectacular forts – this is what Rajasthan can offer to you (see my short movie on Udaipur – one of the cities of Rajasthan).On the other hand, in eastern part of India you can also find one of the wettest place on earth – Cherrapunji. Huge Peninsular Plateau covers most of the southern part of India and this is where you can find impressive tea and coffee plantations. In Gujarat, you can find salt flats. Western part of peninsular is full of spectacular cliffs – that is why this region is called “Ireland of India”. Of course, there is something for beach lovers – very long coast line on both sides of this peninsula with some of the most famous beaches from Goa and Kerala. But you must not forget the islands of Andaman and Lakshadweep. Almost in every region of India you can observe wild life as national parks are almost everywhere. Also, if you want to see how people live far away from any civilization you can go to tribal lands.
Diversity of IndiaIndian art and culture is second to none with its diversity, colors and unique nature. Every region has something different to offer, its a country with hundreds of languages. Go to the south and it will be easier to communicate in English than in Hindi. India has more than 300 major languages and at least 3000 different dialects. Different region means also different cuisine – every place has its own food culture with many specialties.People say that you love or you hate India. But before giving an opinion on the whole country you should see the whole country and not just a small part. With India, it is almost impossible to explore it completely but to have a proper view, don’t conclude after one visit. You may hate hustle and bustle of Delhi (to be precise Delhi is also like a country due to its size, population and diversity) but if you’ve never visited a small peaceful ashram in Rishikesh how can you be so confident in generalizing the whole country? Start with a blank paper – prejudices and stereotypes that you hear from others will only make you biased. Be open and make your own opinion about this country. Don’t conclude too early as diversity of India will surprise you every day.There are many tourists who complain of not getting the groceries of their choice while travelling in India and sometimes it may happen due to a language barrier or for some other reason. When I travel in India, I use online e-commerce stores like BigBasket which can deliver the items of your choice to your address in a few hours. India also has its own versions of websites like Amazon, which includes the likes of Snapdeal, Flipkart, TataCliq etc.If you want to rent a car in India- Zoomcar is one of the options.Click here to see a film(made by me) which explains why India is so unique- ”Why I love India-by Karolina Goswami”And here is another movie that I recommend to you- Is India Worth A Visit- Karolina Goswami