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From the lush tranquillity of Mumbai’s hanging gardens to the lively street vendors of Old Delhi, the spiritually-infused yoga vibes of palm-tree lined Goa to the pink hues of Jaipur’s Amber Fort, India’s pure scale will have you spoilt for choice, no matter what brought you there. Here's our top 5 picks to get you started.
Let’s face it: Delhi is a lot to take in. What with all the colours to see, action to catch and general hustle and bustle of the city, you could easily end up feeling utterly overwhelmed. To get you acquainted with what’s what, this city is best explored from the (albeit rickety) comfort of your rickshaw as you weave through the busy backstreets. That way, you’ll take in the sights without losing out on the electric atmosphere and delicious aromas of the passing street vendors.
Varanasi is known as the spiritual capital of India, home to over 2,000 temples, and people journey from all over to bathe in the sacred waters of the Ganges and give holy rites to their loved ones. As you can expect, the streets of Varanasi are bursting with life and colour at all hours of the day, but a sunrise boat ride along the river provides a serene and gorgeous view of the ancient city walls and ghats, before the bustle of the day takes over. This boat ride will be one to remember.
Agra is home to two of India’s most famous and most visited buildings: the simply breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage site of Agra Fort, and the ivory palatial glory that is the Taj Mahal. It’s an impossible choice, and one you don’t have to make. We’ve got you tickets to both. Don’t say we don’t spoil you…
In the city where old meets new, colour meets chaos and cars meet camels, it’s tough to know where to even start. A guided tour will give you the very best of this complex city, including the chance to explore the colourful bazaars to stock up on souvenirs (or just gifts for yourself) and a chance to explore the impressive courtyards and gardens of the City Palace. giving you a glimpse into the alluring world of medieval India.
There’s no better way to set your wanderlust alight than with a tour around the gob-smackingly magnificent palace complex of Udaipur, with its intricate decor, arches that can be seen anywhere and cupolas that tower over the city’s lake. What could top that? Perhaps a visit to the stunning serenity of Jagdish Temple, a 16th-century Hindu temple. With the Hindu god Vishnu carved into black stone and steps flanked by tiny elephants, this is a temple like no other.
In India, Bollywood is king - so much so that’s it’s become part and parcel of Indian heritage. Its influence is felt everywhere, with the music blasted through the streets and the Bollywood stars sitting at the centre of Indian celebrity life. India and Bollywood go hand in hand, so whether musicals are your thing or not, it's practically a must to get your dance on in a fabulous Bollywood dance class.
Mumbai is India’s powerhouse city, but dawn is when its true beauty reveals itself - the city transforms and the breaking sunlight illuminates its unique Indian charm. You’ll rise with the locals, and see the city come to life as you visit the fish market, newspaper stand and flower market. You might not be a morning person now, but we guarantee once a cup of of warm chai hits your soul, your day will be off to an awesome start.
Goa sets itself apart from the rest of India for being an international hub and hotspot for trance-lovers. But above that, Goa is decidedly zen. You'll get back in touch with yours with yoga on the gorgeous sandy Goan beach, recharging, clearing your mind and giving a stretch to those travel-tired limbs. Far from the trappings of your phone (leave it in your room) and surrounded by baroque architecture, hippie markets and palm trees, this is self-reflection the Goan way.
As well as being equal parts super cool and totally terrifying, the Bengal tiger is India’s national animal. Ranthambore National Park is the home of the Bengal tiger and dedicates itself to their preservation and protection. A safari experience at this unique park will bring you just close enough for comfort, and you’ll share the life-changing experience of spotting your first tiger or adorable tiger cub.
Some sites are just worth trekking for, and Jaipur’s famous Amber Fort (a.k.a Amer Fort, Amer Palace or Amer Palace) is no exception. This gorgeous 16th-century fort is the jewel of Jaipur, the extensive complex is made up of palaces, stairways and balconies, and the amber hues and pink sandstone of this stunning site will have you utterly captivated.
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