A trip to India offers visitors the opportunity to visit sun-kissed Goan beaches, national parks teeming with exotic wildlife and majestic Himalayan peaks. The vibrant, colourful streets of New Delhi and Mumbai are peppered with modern skyscrapers and ancient temples, buzzing with activity night and day and are home to many of the top attractions in India.
Stretching southward to the Indian Ocean, India was once ruled by emperors and sultans, and later by the British, before gaining independence in 1947 under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi. It’s the birthplace of Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Jainism, and remains a deeply spiritual nation.
Among the must-see places to visit in India are the white marble Taj Mahal in Agra and ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur. To appreciate the diverse natural beauty of India, explore the backwaters of Kerala and the deserts of Rajasthan. Fortunate visitors may spot snow leopards near Ladakh in the Himalayan foothills, or glimpse the resident tigers of Bandhavgarh National Park in Madhya Pradesh.
Beyond its natural beauty, there are endless opportunities to discover its rich heritage, from Mumbai’s monumental Gateway of India and ancient cave temples on Elephanta Island, to New Delhi’s colonial splendour, including Rashtrapati Bhavan Palace and the triumphal India Gate.
One of the favourite places to visit in India is the imposing Red Fort in Old Delhi, known for its Mughal architecture and archaeological museums. Highlights along India’s southeast coast include the fantastical facade of the 16th-century Hindu Kapaleeshwarar Temple (Chennai), and the nearby ancient Hindu Shore Temple complex next to Mahabalipuram Beach.
For art lovers, a trip to India is an opportunity to view contemporary masterpieces at the National Gallery of Modern Art in the Indian capital New Delhi, while history buffs shouldn’t miss the magnificent tombs in tranquil Lodi Gardens. And your list of things to try should certainly include sampling spicy regional specialties like bhajis from the street stalls of Mumbai, and dosa pancakes in the south.
If your ideal holiday includes fine dining and nightlife, India’s major cities feature a cosmopolitan dining and nightlife scene with a dash of Indian spice. On the west coast, Mumbai has plentiful stylish restaurants and bars, while the modern suburb of Gurgaon, near New Delhi, is known for its lively clubs and lounges.
Visitors to India are awestruck by its iconic temples, amazed by its heritage and forever inspired by its natural beauty, making this diverse, multi-faceted country the ideal vacation choice.