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.
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.
Variety of landscapesIn 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 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. 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 (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 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 IndiaAs 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.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.Click here to see a film(made by me) which explains why India is so unique- ”Why I love India-by Karolina Goswami”
When someone asks me which city in India I would recommend for sightseeing I always …