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Travelling in India

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    The beautiful Udaipur in the western part of India as taken from my camera
    Snow-peaked mountains, jungles, hot and cold deserts, Great Plains, salt flats, rain forests, tea gardens, a huge coast line, pristine beaches, volcanoes, islands… 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. They are not even familiar with so many other landmarks and unique landscapes that this country should actually be famous for. The nature, architecture, culture, food, language, traditions, people – diversity of India can be found in every aspect of this country. One life is not enough to explore this land. That is why you have to be really wise picking 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.
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    Standing in front of the most famous landmark of India

    What you should know?

    Internet is full of India travel tips. Before you listen to anyone make sure that this person actually was in India many times and, what is also very important, visited this place in the recent years. This country is still evolving and many problems that travelers encountered in the past may no longer appear. There are plenty of tips and rules for foreigners in India and I will focus on it in one of the next posts but there is one thing that you should know – most of the people in India are very friendly to strangers and they will help you if once asked for help. But on the other hand, don’t trust everyone; see if someone may take some advantage of you. This may happen especially in very touristic areas where you have to be twice as careful as normally but that is common to every famous place in the world. From my personal experience, I can tell you that I feel safer in the Indian cities than in many European places.
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    Yaks roaming in the cold desert of Nubra Valley in the Ladakh region (Himalayas) of nothern India

    Variety of landscapes

    In Northern India, the landscape is mostly made by the highest mountain range in the world – Himalaya Mountains with the third highest peak in the world – Kanchenjunga (8 586 m). Cold climate makes it hard to survive for an average human but those who were climbing in the Himalaya Mountains would surely see people living in  some extremely hard conditions not only because of the freezing temperature but also the difficult terrain that they have to encounter almost every day. But northern part of India is not only about mountains, you can also find there 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 spreads 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) – the capital and the second (after Mumbai) most populated city in India is located.
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    Spectacular Akshardham temple in Delhi
    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. Thanks to this natural barrier the east part of Rajasthan was protected from invaders and was not as looted as other parts of this country. Palaces flowing on the water, palaces built on the hills, spectacular forts – this is what Rajasthan can offer to you.
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    Breathtaking Khimsar dunes in Rajsathan
    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 south part of India and this is where you can find impressive tea and coffee plantations where you can totally forget the world. In Gujarat, you can experience amazing feeling of walking on salt flats. Western part of peninsular is full of spectacular cliffs – that is why this region is called “Ireland of India”. Southern India has a tropical climate so you should be prepared that temperatures will not go below 30C through the whole year. Of course, there is also something for beach lovers – very long coast line on both sides of this peninsula with the most famous Goa and Kerala beaches. But you must not forget the islands of Andaman and Lakshadweep. Almost in every region of India you can observe wild life during unforgettable wild safaris. Also, if you want to see how people live far away from any civilization you can go to tribal lands and observe different life habits.

     Diversity of India

    As you have noticed in this variety of climate zones in India, everyone can find something suitable. The same goes with cultural diversity of India – Indian art and culture is second to none with its diversity, colors and unique nature. Every region has something different to offer not to mention linguistic diversity in India. 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. Looks impressive but if you just look at the size of its land and population this is something expect-able. Different region means also different cuisine – every place has its own food culture with some specialties.
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    Beautiful tea plantations in Munnar
    People say that you love or you hate India. But what they forget is that to make an opinion you should see the whole picture, not just a small part. With India, it is almost impossible to explore its every corner 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 in diversity) but if you’ve never visited small ashram in Rishikesh how can you say that you don’t like it? 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.

About Karolina Goswami

Hello everyone! Welcome to my blog! I hope you enjoy reading the stuff that you will not easily find on the mainstream media. I am a 26 years old girl from Poland who is living, travelling and working in India. I am a seeker and I share my thoughts through this medium with all of you. For more details, check 'about me' section in the top menu bar. To contact me, write to me on indiaindetails@gmail.com or simply write on the comment section below every post.

44 comments

  1. I am from Udaipur and I am happy that people like you are writing in beauty of my country. Very nice feeling.

  2. I am Jeremie from France. I did not know that India has tea plantation and I am very impressed. Instead of Sri Lanka we will now plan India next year. I think your this post convinced us.

    • Karolina Goswami

      Hi Jeremie! Happy to hear that 🙂 So, in that case I already wish you a nice trip in India!
      Greetings 🙂

    • Eastern India: (Tea Plantations)
      Daarjeeling in West Bengal and Assam

      Southern India: (Tea Plantations)
      Munnar(kerela), ooty & Mettupalyam in Tamil Nadu

      Southern India:
      Chikmagalur, Coorg (Coffee Plantations)

  3. I have been in India several times and can’t agree more, its a magical country. Thank you for bringing information in a such rich manner 🙂
    Kind regards from Russia

    • Many thanks for your honest comment. I love Russia and I love India too 🙂 The whole world deserve to know the truth and the mainstream media should be rejected if they do not show it to us.
      Best regards,
      Karolina

  4. Have you been to Northeast India?
    India is very diverse country and I encourage you to dig a little bit of Northeast India.

    • Shiv,
      thank you for your suggestion.
      I have never been to Northeast India but I will definitely visit this region one day.
      My husband who is an Indians has many good memories from there so for sour we will want to go together and explore this place 🙂
      Best regards,
      Karolina Goswami

  5. Hi Karolina,

    Loved your video in facebook – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijvVHdF7Ekc.
    You really made me feel very proud about my country, thanks a lot.

    I guess you just love being in India, and have embraced its culture in both the hands, do you visit your motherland Poland often?

    Would like to hear from you.

    Thanks.

    • Jayanta,

      thank you for your kind words.
      Of course, I enjoy my time here but I also like coming to Poland as often as possible 🙂

      Best regards,
      Karolina Goswami

  6. Hi Karolina,

    I loved your entire blog and really impressed by your work specially being a non indian and not knowing anything about India couple of years ago, salute to you!!

    I am from UK but was born ad raised in India so I exactly knows what people in west think about India. Within my known group of people I found many of them have no clue about India for them your video India – the future superpower is an eye opener. They have got no choice but to educate themselves about India and am doing my bit by sharing your video link through my social networks and personal messages, so far I have shared your video link with more than 5000 people and will continue ….

    On the travel tip I highly recommend a place called kutch in Gujarat, not because I was born there but it has its own incomparable beauty which includes desserts both sand and salt, beaches, palaces, forts, food, culture, people and their hospitality, Indus Valley civilisation site, the list is long….

    Once again I highly respect you for what you doing for my country ( now it’s yours too ) and would love to meet you in person one day if I given an opportunity to!! Thanks for bringing the facts out about India.

    Happy to help anytime if you required!!
    Kind Regards,
    Dharmesh Thacker

  7. Hi Karolina,

    I’m so glad that I stumbled upon this…it’s the best thing I’ve seen for quite some time, not just about India, but anything that has ever made me happy 🙂 I see that you’ve been to Bangalore as well…how was it? I’m from Bangalore 🙂

    Thanks for all that you’re doing, and wish you the very best in my country 🙂

    Regards,
    Vivek

    • Banglore was awesome. I will soon write a post on Banglore as well. Please send me a private message on indiaindetails and we can discuss a few things about Banglore.
      Many thanks

  8. Hi karolina..i am really touched, surprised and really really impressed by ur knowledge and the way u write ur blogs.. i just read few of ur blogs and can’t resist myself from reading it.
    Amazing work.
    It would be great if u would describe every state of India. I am from gujarat but right now in Canada so i appreciate if u write couple of blogs on gujarat as well.

    Namastey,
    Rashmin

  9. Hi, Please make sure to visit Hyderabad (Telangana). You can experience something Awesome.
    Old city , new city , Hindu , muslime , Christian,Jains. Telugu , Hindi , Urdu. Temples , mosques ,church, Charminar , Golkonda, makka masjid, Hitech CIty, Yadagiri Gutta Temple. Safest and one of the best cities in india

    Kishore

    • Kishore!

      Thank you for your suggestion, I will definitely visit Hyderabad in the future.
      Best regards,
      Karolina Goswami

  10. I’m so glad that you being a non-Indian describing India that we don’t even know. By now I’m totally in love with your blog and Youtube channel. I live in Assam, North-eastern part of India. I invite you to visit my place.

    • Thank you, Jagat!
      I heard many good things about Northeast India and I will definitely visit this part one day 🙂
      Best regards,
      Karolina Goswami

  11. Hello Karolina,

    I would like to thank you about portraying India so beautifully. If you deem it fit, you may also include unexplored beaches in Konkan region of Maharashtra and natural mangrove forests (one of its kind) of Sunderbans (West Bengal) which are very quiet when compared to other popular places of visit. Although beware of Royal Bengal Tiger and aligators in Sunderbans 🙂

    Thanks,

    Nivedita

    • Namaste Nivedita,

      Thanks for the suggestions 🙂 I heard a lot about the beauty of these regions and I want to visit them one day.
      Best regards,
      Karolina Goswami

  12. Hi,
    I read your blogs. I liked it as well. Very nice. And also I like you to write aboutTamilnadu and Chennai. And also if possible you can do some research and write about Ancient Tamil Language and its rich culture as well.
    Thank you.

    • Namaste!

      Thank you for your kind words and your suggestion 🙂
      Stay tuned for new posts and documentaries!
      Best regards,
      Karolina Goswami

  13. Hello Karolina
    Your blog is very interesting, but don’t mistake me, your travel covers mostly northern India. Please try to cover southern India also, there are many things to explore here in Tamil nadu also, especially in Tanjore Temple, Madurai Temples and other history’s too.

    • Of course, there will be places described from all around the India.
      However, the blog is new so be patient and more parts of India will be covered including South India 🙂
      Best regards,
      Karolina Goswami

  14. Hello Karolina,
    Loved the article and glad that I stumbled upon your blog. Being an Indian and having lived here for 23 yrs in 5 different states and having shared classrooms with people from all parts of India and it is still the ” Land of Unknown” for me. Hope all of us can embrace everything this vast country has to offer.

    • Namaste Ankesh ji!
      Thank you for your comment.
      India is a vast topic and every day I am learning something new about this country. And it has so many great places to see! Everyone will find something nice here 🙂
      Best regards,
      Karolina Goswami

  15. Hi every one,
    Thank you Mrs.Koarolina for great work. Being Indian Bahu (daughter in law) your posts are amazing for whole world and for most of Indians too. I too am getting to Know a Lot about my beloved mother land. I am from Bangalore(karantaka). I will be happy to share rich culture of Karnataka , which is diverse in its culture , like any part of Indian . I will keeping supporting your work about Bharath(I prefer that) and i will share this details to as many as possible.Being a doctor, I come across people from all around the world and would serve by referring your message.
    thank you

    • Namaste Dr. Vijaymahantesh,
      Thank you for your kind words.

      This project belongs to me and my husband who is from India and together we want to correct the image of India around the world.

      I had the chance to visit Bangalore once and I really enjoyed my time there. Of course, slowly I will cover more states and places around the India but this is, as you are aware of it, a very vast topic.
      However, I appreciate your offer and suggestion.

      I appreciate also that you would like to share my blog.
      We will stay in touch – you can contact me on indiaindetails@gmail.com

      Best regards,
      Karolina Goswami

  16. Hello Karolina. I came across your video and now after reading every blog , I am happy I did. It makes me very happy to see that you have searched so much and gathered information about so many things. I bet that many Indians too would not have known about some of the things that you hav mentioned in your blog. I loved everything that you have written in it. But one suggestion that you can include more pictures in the upcoming posts, so that even foreigners who read your blog can see what India actually is!!( And not just make their own assumptions about our motherland) I’m really proud of you karolina for making my country proud!!

    • Dear Ashwini,

      My humble thanks for your kind words.

      Indians are always so nice to me that this is the least I could do for them and that is to report about this country to the world 🙂

      Thanks for suggestions!

      Best regards,
      Karolina Goswami

  17. Hello karolina. Today I came across a video of yours and got to know about this blog. ( I am glad I did) It is really nice to see that you have so much of knowledge and love for our country. From your blog I can see that you have spent a lot of time in knowing this country and more importantly in loving it. I’m quite sure that most of us Indians are also not aware of some of the things that you have described. I enjoyed reading all your posts and felt proud of being an Indian. However I would like to give you a suggestion to include more pictures in your upcoming posts so that foreigners ( and also Indians) who read your blog get to know what India actually is!! ( and not just have their ideas and opinions about our motherland) Apart from that your blog is definitely amazing and educating. I’m really proud of you for making India proud !!

  18. it is really awesome for me to watch your youtube videos and blogs..u know the real truth of my country and u had the potential to share it with the world.. thanks a lot..

    • My humble thanks!
      However, I am just a learner and I keep studying the great ancient knowledge from India 🙂

      Best regards,
      Karolina Goswami

  19. hi Karolina,

    I thank you once more for your love on India. Your post on traveling in India is simply awesome. But You missed so many places to mention.
    I hope you will post about more places in your future posts.

    By the way, I am from TELANGANA state.
    I heartily invite you to visit my state
    Where you can find unique places, culture, and even Tribes.

    I suggest you to watch some videos on Telangana tourism on YouTube.

    Here are some links:

    https://youtu.be/Zv8uHQ157oA

    https://youtu.be/d0ttbdHKuG0

    https://youtu.be/_wW7QvBMr4o

    https://youtu.be/01kO0wbnfPA

    • Samhith,

      Thank you for your kind words!

      India is such a vast and diversified country that it is impossible to mention all the beautiful places in this country in one article. That is why in the future, you can expect many more travel related posts which will cover different places in India.

      Stay tuned.
      Best regards,
      Karolina Goswami

  20. cześć Karolina or i’ll prefer to say bhabhiji instead of your name
    so first of all thanks to Anurag brother because of whom we got such a beautiful bhabhi and an admirer of our beloved motherland, Bharat and secondly to you and this one is BIGger 😉 for your hard work and completing the dream of not only your husband but all of indians, to show real india to the world. keep it up!!!
    One thing which enlarged my pupil in the very begining of video was you in saree and i must say that saree suits you very much and you look very gorgeous in that, also make me jealous of Anuragji 😀
    by the way Anurag sir i have seen your creation and just like your soulmate your designs are also very beautiful. my well wishes to both of you for your future endeavors.
    happy new year and stay blessed!!

  21. Hi Karolina , it’s just simply beautiful to read your blog. I wish you all the best in what you doing and I wish millions smiles surround you everyday. 🙂 just can’t express my feelings in words after reading your blog.
    I can only say that , you made a very big difference in my life today.

    Kind Regards
    Wish you Success and happiness 🙂

    JATIN BUDHIRAJA.

    • And Happy New Year . 😛

      • Namaste Jatin!

        Pleaase accept my humble thanks for your kind words and appreciation!
        Together with my husband who is from India we want to correct the image of India around the world by speaking the truth 🙂

        Happy New Year to you and your loved ones!

        Best regards,
        Karolina Goswami

  22. I can honestly say, I have read the best and most thorough reviews, which talks about reasons, west interpretations/ perceptions, your personal experience. Every review when I read, I feel it is written with a passion but unbiased mind. You have not just given your reviews but done a lot of home work for so many details, facts, figures. I absolutely loved each and every word you have written, not just the good, the bads also.

    Is there any possibility, I can connect with you by email or anyway you like? I am in US and I have several things that you may be interested in knowing (after reading your blog, I feel like i am ignorant) – I used to share science behind indian structures, some of them are very interesting to know – like – musical pillars, fort where sound can travel upto 3km without any amplifiers and many many more. there are so many other things that I want to mention to you, so please let me know if you won’t mind me contacting you

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