Deciding if you should visit North India or embark on a South India tour? The contentious north-south debate rages on. Enchanting Travels provides a lowdown on the differences.
A Vast Continent
It is indeed a daunting task to select a single itinerary that can truly capture the quintessence of India.
A tour begins with the knowledge that no matter the length of your vacation, it will never be long enough!
India is such a vast country, each area differing from the next – the motley colors, the rich Mughal grandeur, spiritual mysteries and a quicker paced life of the north, versus the tropical climate, warm waters, verdant green landscapes and gentler life of the south.
The number of things that you can do in India and the varied experiences you can have are limitless.
North or South? The dilemma begins
So now begs the question, which is best for you – North or South India? It’s all about your personal preferences and the experiences that really appeal to you. Allow us to prevail upon a few brief insights into the myriad facets of the enchanting world of North and South India.
North India Tours
What you see is what you get is the mantra of North India.
If you thought north India is only about the Golden Triangle, think again!
The north is a veritable gold mine of cultures and exciting places like Delhi, India’s capital and gastronomical destination and Agra, home to the epitome of love, the Taj Mahal. There’s vibrant Rajasthan, the land of kings, resonant of folklore, romance and heroism in its formidable monuments.
And that’s not all, we’re only just getting started!
Explore the Golden Temple, a religious epicenter and architectural marvel.
Unravel the revered River Ganges, or experience the bonhomie of the Wagah Border.
Rendezvous on the wild side at some of the finest National Parks.
Embrace spirituality at Varanasi.
Revel in a riot of Holi colors in Vrindavan.
Visit Khajuraho, where passion is not a sin.
If you never did believe in fairies and wonderland, then visit Uttarakhand, the Valley of Flowers, to have a change of heart!
The north tends to be cooler, while people tend to be fair complexioned, tall and strongly built.
Dressing styles traditionally include the salwar kameez for women and the salwar by men.
The food is quite different – lots of milk products and Chinese influences. Street food sure packs a punch for those fraught with excitement and craving variety.
South India Tours
So, what makes the South different from the north? Its distinct identity and culture sets it apart.
On South India tours, the first thing that strikes you is the climate, which is more tropical with its humidity and warmth. The pace of life is more laid back and gentle, without the hustle and bustle evident in the north.
South India is home to fantastic wildlife, great beaches, serene backwaters and wonderful examples of Indo-Islamic architecture.
Tour Goa’s old churches and peek into its Portuguese past.
Visit the celebrated village of Hampi, walk amid the ruins.
Relive your childhood with a stay in a tree house amidst a coffee plantation in northern Kerala.
Enjoy bamboo rafting in Periyar or wash elephants at Dubare Elephant Camp, where kids are sure to have a splash.
Don’t miss a trip to Nagarhole Wildlife Park, a wondrous haven for elephants, gaur and tigers.
Ever seen both the sun setting and the moon rising above the same sea? Visit Kankakumari!
This amazing phenomenon is possible during the full moon phase in April at Kanyakumari, the southernmost tip of India
Climatically, the South is warmer and humid, interspersed with heavy rains. People are darker complexioned, lean, and generally not too tall. Traditionally, South Indian women wear saris, while men prefer dhotis.
Chilies, spices, coconut and tamarind feature generously in the cuisine. Coastal Karnataka is a seafood paradise, while Pondicherry’s cuisine has distinct French influences.
Enchanting Travels invites you to awaken your senses with the colors and smells, fall in love with the chaos and whet your taste buds with oodles of food.
Encounter a mind-boggling mix of landscapes and cultures.
Get married the Hindu way.
Meditate on high mountains.
You can be anywhere, north or south, for Diwali, the festival of lights!
Traveling to India will surely leave an indelible mark on your memory.