India is on all of our bucket lists. After all, who wouldn’t want to experience the sights and sounds of such a culturally rich country? But what if you can only go once? In that case, you have to make sure that you manage to pack only the best into your adventure. And with that in mind, let’s take a look at three destinations which could be on your list.
The Taj Mahal
Whether you visit on your own or during a tour with a trusted travel company, the Taj Mahal is unmissable. This breathtakingly beautiful complex, built in the 1600s, comprises a mausoleum, mosque and guest house all set in formal gardens. The decorative elements are considered to be some of the finest in India and the world. In fact, it’s not only a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but also a winner of the New7Wonders of the World initiative. No wonder the Taj Mahal is visited by almost 8 million people a year. If you do manage to visit, it could be a good idea to go in the cooler months between October and February.
This cultural centre, nestled on the banks of the sacred Ganges River, is known as ‘the City of the Living’. Despite this name, it is a place of pilgrimage for many Hindus who believe that dying there will bring salvation. The city features picturesque sets of stone steps, known as ghats, along the river, which are the places where pilgrims perform their rituals. Aside from these, there are many other cultural attractions to discover in Varanasi, making this a city well worth adding to your list. As Varanasi experiences temperature extremes, marked by cold winters and hot summers, it is best to visit just at the onset of winter. Although, with so much to explore, any time of year could be a magical time to enjoy Varanasi.
Rightly declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with five other forts in the state, Amer Fort is a stunning palace compound which you can’t miss if visiting India. This palace is in fact connected to the beautiful Jaigarh Fort, and the two are considered to be a single complex. They are connected by an underground passage which was intended to be used as an escape route in times of trouble. Visitors to the two number some 5,000 a day – giving an idea of just how popular this complex is. Again, the best time to go is between October and March, when the cool breeze makes visiting a pleasure.
There are, of course, many other incredible sites to see in India and if you are going, be sure to take in as many of them as possible. And when you come back, it could be a good idea to share your knowledge on sites like this one. Good luck in your travels!