Thursday, 19 September 2013

Highlights of an Indian Tour

With a country as big as this, if can be hard to know where to begin your India tour. There are so many highlights across India, and so much to see and do, it definitely pays to make sure you know your non-negotiable sights before you set off, so you can custom-build your own perfect India tour. From the tigers to the Taj Mahal – here are a few of India’s famous (and some not-so-famous) highlights.

Delhi is a kaleidoscope of Indian culture clash. There’s a vibrant mix of architecture (including the Red Fort and Jama Masjid), medieval bazaars and old world charm in Old Delhi, and more cafes, restaurants and bars than you can shake a stick at in New Delhi - a visit to this incredible location a must for any India tour.

Taj Mahal
Any India tour that claims to be comprehensive can’t get around visiting the Taj Mahal. Taking in the fine Mughal architecture of this stunning site is a must for any visit to the country. Widely regarded as the “jewel of Muslim art in India”, the Taj was originally built by Emperor Shah Jahan, in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Construction began around 1632 and concluded in 1653, and the Taj has since become one of the India’s most universally recognised icons. A tour here offers a real glimpse of India’s heritage.

Golden Triangle
Follow the famous Golden Triangle on an India tour and you won’t be disappointed. From Delhi, to Agra and Jaipur – travelling here allows for an immersive experience into Indian culture. Indian icons are scattered all around, including huge forts, the pink-hued streets and incredible palaces of Rajasthan and traditional markets and bazaars. A trip to India isn’t complete with a Golden Triangle tour – a real highlight of India.

Indian Wildlife
As well as all the man-made marvels, Indian wildlife is another highlight of any India tour. Chickens, goats and cows abound at every turn, but it’s the likes of the tigers, lions, leopards, snakes, camels, elephants, bison, monkeys and deer that are sure to really impress. With many options for travellers to get up close to some of this amazing wildlife, India is as good a wildlife destination as it is a fascinating cultural melting pot. Some would argue that the Indian wildlife is the highlight of the country, but whether you set out to see the wildlife or not, most India tours will end up taking in a fair amount of it regardless. There’s no avoiding the natural world!

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