India is one of the most populous countries in the world and has a history reaching back at least 5 millennia. This is a country that is both magical and plentiful in history, culture, food, adventure, and natural beauty.
The Taj Mahal is a magnificent ivory-white marble mausoleum in the city of Agra that was commissioned by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, to house the tomb of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahaj. The Taj Mahal is not only a global destination, but forms one third of India’s Golden Triangle, which also includes Delhi and Jaipur. Not only are the three cities equidistant from each other, but also form one of the most popular tourist circuits. Visit all three to see majestic mosques and forts left by the Mughals, like Red Fort Complex in Dehli and the Hawa Mahal (Wind Palace) of Jaipur.
This mountain range stretches from India to the Tibetan plateau and is home to some of the highest peaks in the world. This region offers a wide range of options for visitors. Choose a route and trek the one of the mountain peaks, although this will require careful planning. Alternatively, other options include the breathtaking Sikkim, with its enchanting snow-capped mountains, quaint little villages, pristine lakes and vibrant Buddhist monasteries; or Meghalaya (also known as the abode of the clouds) with its lush slopes, gushing waterfalls, mystic caves, dense forests, sparkling lakes and living root bridges that have been grown.
Nestled between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats, this city has immense natural beauty and is a travel favourite. Kerala offers numerous wildlife sanctuaries, colorful festivals, kathakali performances, and coconut lined beaches.
India is the birthplace of yoga and offers wellness-seekers a range of options to practice all kinds of yoga, meditations or try ayurvedic therapies. Head to the ‘Yoga Capital of the World’, Rishikesh, where yoga is practiced along the holy river, The Ganges, with the Himalayas as your backdrop. Even The Beatles stayed at an ashram in Rishikesh to practice yoga here in the 1960s.
Jim Corbett is one of the most famous national parks in India and is famous for Indian tiger sightings.
For an offbeat experience, head to Prashar Lake to enjoy one of the most beautiful views in India. The trek ends at the lake and the three story pagoda-like temple dedicated to the sage, Prashar.
The best time to visit is between October and March.
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