Discover the top ten things to do in India, divided by region: North India, South India, Central & West India, East India, Himalayas and India’s Islands and Beaches. From Indian safaris to authentic food and fabulous monuments, we’ll plan the best India tours for you.
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The world’s monument of love, the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Taj Mahal is the most popular with tourists who visit India – and it is understable why. Morning sunrise and evening sunset visits are the best time explore. If you are lucky enough to visit on a full moon night, you may be able to witness this beautiful white marble structure change colors as the reflection hits the facade.
What better way to get a taste for the country than with a private cooking class in the home of a local cook? Understand the complex spice combinations that make the signature Indian dishes the world has come to love.
Considered one of the top highlights of India, take a wildlife safari into North India’s national park of Ranthambore where you can experience the joy of India’s wildlife. The jungles are home to India’s national animal, the tiger. If you are lucky, you can have your own close encounter with Shere Khan!
Where life and death coexist in harmony, the River Ganges is India’s holiest river and a major pilgrimage site for Hindus, the world over. The best way to explore the River Ganges is with morning and evening boat rides, where you can respectfully observe the busy ghats where hundreds of people gather.
For a more unusual village experience, we highly recommend a visit to the desert outside of the blue city of Jodhpur. Meet the ethnic Bishnoi, a community of nature worshippers who live simply in harmony with their environment and learn their time-honoured rituals, both weird and wonderful.
Built in the center of Lake Pichola which gives it the impression it is floating, Taj Lake Palace is one of the world’s most extraordinary hotels. Even if you aren’t staying there, a lunch or dinner is a wonderful and romantic reminder to your time spent in Udaipur, the City of Lakes, with its authentic and regal Mewar cuisine.
The UNESCO World Heritage site of Khajuraho with its exemplary ancient temples and erotic Kama Sutra style carvings pay testament to rich Hindu mythology. The Sound & Light Show, which happens in Khajuraho most evenings, is a colorful and vibrant testimonial that shines a light on the fascinating heritage of the Chandela kings.
The holiest shrine for Sikhs, the Golden Temple – officially known as the Harmandir Sahib, brings together pilgrims from around the world. Best visited at night when it is beautifully lit up, you can witness the Palki Sahib ceremony when the Guru Granth Sahib (the central religious scripture of Sikhism) is carried in procession along a human conveyor belt of male pilgrims, from the main shrine to its night time abode.
Gain a most local experience of rural Rajasthan aboard a small train, as it travels through viaducts and tunnels across forested hills. Little has changed in these villages, and time will appear to have stood still as you meet and converse with friendly people, delighted to see a visitor using their local rail service!
Discover the days of the British Raj with a unique guided walk through the spaghetti streets of Lucknow, where you call learn all about the colonial history and legacy of the East India Company. Learn how the British impacted arts, literature, architecture and culture – including establishing a nation of chai or tea lovers!
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1. Stroll through the streets of Pondicherry and enjoy the French flair of the coastal town during your tour of India. Try the unique regional cuisine, a fusion of Indian and French cookery.
2. The palaces and temples of Hampi, and former capital of the Vijayanagar kings, are found in the midst of a barren rock landscape. Discover the mystical beauty of the ruins, which still puzzles archaeologists.
3. The Meenakshi Amman Temple in Madurai impresses with its bright colors from afar, making it one of the best-loved highlights of India. The city’s market is just as colorful.
4. The Tea Museum of Munnar tells you everything about the history of tea cultivation in South India. You can also explore the lush, green plantations on foot or by bicycle.
5. Find peace and relaxation in the backwaters of Kerala. Lie in a hammock and let your mind wander, or taste delicious regional fish specialties on your Kerala trip.
6. A network of canals, lakes and rivers connects the dreamy little villages of Kerala. Explore the backwaters on a houseboat from Kumarakom and visit Alleppey, also known as the “Venice of the East”.
7. At the Kodanad Elephant Camp in Kochi, you can take a safari on one of the backs of the pachyderms. The colorful harbor town also offers numerous impressive temples, churches and synagogues.
8. Climb the 432 steps of Rock Fort Temple in Trichy – the view will spoil you! Also visit the imposing temple town of Sri Rangam, the religious center of Hinduism.
9. Relaxation and culture can be combined in Mamallapuram Visit the impressive temples, which are part of the UNESCO World Heritage site, and watch the sunset from an inviting sandy beach.
10. The huge selection of spices, flowers, fruits and vegetables transforms the Devaraja Market in Mysore into a splendidly brilliant sea of colors. From the Chamundi Hills you can enjoy a panoramic view of the city.
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1. Relax on trips to West India: The legendary beaches of Goa are not the only highlight of the city. In addition to Hindu temples, you will find magnificent church buildings that recall the Portuguese past of the city.
2. On a tiger safari in the Tadoba National Park you will see the wild cats, Sambar deer, Nigai antelopes and many other animals. Panna Tiger Reserve or Pench National Parkare also ideal to encounter these majestic big cats.
3. The salt desert Rann of Kutch is a wide, barren landscape away from the beaten track. In the small villages of this secluded region, traditional customs have managed to survive the test of time. In the winter thousands of flamingos and pelicans inhabit this surreal yet beautiful area.
4. The old town (Pesha) of Pune charms travelers with its narrow streets, charming wooden studios and the lively Mahatma Phule market.
5. Experience a lively and modern metropolis with all its facets on a tour of the Bollywood capital, Mumbai.
6. From Aurangabad, you can reach Ajanta and Ellora, spectacular cave systems that are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Their impressive murals show scenes from the life of Buddha and the history of India.
7. The mosques of Bhopal are among the most magnificent in the world! The Jama Masjid Mosque is the largest in Asia, while the Taj-Ul-Masjid Mosque with its imposing pink minarets is considered the “mother of all mosques”.
8. From the city of Gir, you can reach the imposing Jain Temple on the Shatrunjaya Hills. The Jain National Park is home to lions.
9. The Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya should not be missed during your Indian cultural trip. This 2nd century temple complex is believed to be where Buddha achieved his enlightenment.
10. Nashik, a place of pilgrimage, hosts every twelve years Kumbh Mela, the largest religious festival in the world. The spiritual city also houses a variety of fascinating temples and forts.
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1. The seat of the Tibetan exile government, Dharamsala, is one of the spiritual centers of India and one of the most popular destinations on Himalayan trips, with its impressive cultural and natural delights. You can go hiking, mountain biking and, with a little luck, you may even get to see the Dalai Lama very personally.
2. The lush landscape of Ladakh is a true paradise for hikers. Follow the winding mountain trails and enjoy the view of snow-capped peaks, warm yourself in one of the cozy tearooms or visit the impressive Tibetan monasteries.
3. The Nubra Valley one of the major highlights of India, offering a change to the green mountains of the Himalayas with a sparse lunar landscape, sand dunes and pasturing camel caravans.
4. On a train ride with the narrow-gauge Kalka-Shimla-Railway, you will discover the Himalayas in a very special way. In cozy historical wagons you will see the mighty mountains past.
6. From Manali you can take a hike over the Rohtang Pass. Here, surrounded by mighty mountains, there are many interesting Tibetan, Buddhist and Hindu temples.
7. Once the charming small town of Leh was an important trading point. The colorful markets in the mediaeval streets of the city are reminiscent of this. Here you can buy handcrafts and filigree jewelery.
8. In the mountain village of Alchi, Tibetan culture and tradition are particularly lively. The Alchi Monastery is one of the most important Buddhist centers in the region.
9. A historic tour through Shimla, once a summer residence of the English, will take you to numerous impressive churches and stately villas. But beware! Watch out for your belongings, for the secret rulers of the city are the ruffian monkeys.
10. The spiritual Himalayan region is also a popular destination for yoga trips – find your inner center and bring your mind, body and spirit together.
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2. Visit the tea plantations of Darjeeling and learn all about cultivation and production of one of the best tea varieties in the world.
3. The monastery town of Gangtok houses some of the most important Buddhist monasteries, including the Rumtek Monastery and the Labrang Monastery.
4. On an elephant safari in Corbett National Park, the oldest wild animal reserve in India, you can observe majestic pachyderm, swamp crocodiles and numerous bird species.
5. In the picturesque Himalayan town of Kalimpong, you will find colorful flower gardens, lush green tea plantations and a fantastic mountain panorama.
7. On a boat trip through the Ganges Delta in the Sunderbans, experience rich mangrove forests and Indian tigers living wild.
8. The picturesque Yungsom is a paradise for hikers. From here you can visit the unspoiled mountain world and the mystical Dubdi Monastery.
10. Watch the colorful hustle and bustle around the Jagannath Temple in the pilgrimage town of Puri, or visit the Atharnala Bridge, an example of 13th-century Indian engineering.
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