Unique Things to See and Do in India
- Wander through the Taj Mahal
- Explore the Agra Fort
- Admire the Elephanta Caves
- Find the best deals in Paharganj
The Tourist Track in India
The “Golden Triangle” is the most popular itinerary for travelers, which consists of Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur. You’ll need a least 2 weeks to cover all the major sights. The entire route is just over 1000 km and it takes about 4-6 hours (depending on your travel method) to get to each city.
When you plan a trip to India you probably have a good idea of what you’d like to see, however the charm of India is the beautiful architecture that you’ll find in these tucked away little towns. After leaving Delhi, be sure to visit the Shekhawati area for their “painted towns.” Throughout these towns there are murals/frescos on the sides of buildings available for everyone to see. Mandawa is a particular favourite with the Mandawa castle. Inside are the most beautiful and intricate walls.
The popular towns for Rajasthan to visit are Nawalgarh, Fetehpu, and Mandawa. The next stop is Jaipur, famous for its shopping, particularly fabrics, jewelry, and saris. Tiger lovers will surely enjoy the next stop – Ranthambhore park. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Ranthambore Fort which was constructed in 944 AD and was at one time a royal hunting reserve. Today you travel through and if you’re lucky you might catch a glimpse of a protected tiger. No hunting or poaching is allowed today.
Getting Around India
Navigating through India can be quite the experience, and if you plan ahead you can reduce a lot of stress. There are several options. The main ones are typically trains, buses, taxis and flights. Flights are the quickest and easiest way to travel. There are many lower cost domestic airlines, such as Air India and Spice. One tip is to arrive 3 hours prior to a flight, as the line-ups are long and the check points are thorough. Travelling by train is another option, but be sure to get an air-conditioned first class and don’t book second class. Second class is stifling hot and intimating with the pushy crowds.
Going by car, we recommend you hire a driver for long trips. Renting is possible, but the conditions are unlike most countries and not recommended for average tourist. Mob attacks can happen if you get into a car accident killing a cow or a person. If that happens get away from your car as quickly as possible and notify the car rental company. The last option of buses we don’t recommend for the faint of heart. Many budget travelers who ride the buses will often retell the stories of their near death experiences – driving incredibly fast around deadly corners, flipping over, and being overcrowded. Risks exist with this kind of travel, and we recommend you go by flight if possible.
Did you know…?
The Indian government has legally protected snakes used by charmers under the Wildlife Protection Act, causing a significant decline in the number of performances available to tourists.
Did you ALSO know…?
The air is so dry in Shekhawati that it preserves the frescos in this region.
Best Time of Year to Travel to India
The best time of year to travel to India is through the high season which is winter (November through to March). The temperatures are lower which is still hot, but the night can be a little cooler. Summer months are from April to June. The summers have a crippling heat that even the locals have difficulty with. Monsoon season is from June to September, which results in a beautiful countryside, however, the floods, malaria, and washed out roads are difficult and makes this time of year not the most enjoyable.
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