Is traveling to India on your list of things to do before you die. If not, it should be. You can not find anywhere else so intense, diverse, colorful and wonderful. Or with such an incredible meal.
Here are 15 reasons you should travel to India:
1. The most famous building in the whole world
“The Taj Mahal is the best known building in the world and probably the most beautiful,” writes Telegraph Travel India expert Gill Charlton in his travel guide. “The architecture is sublime but it is the story that the stone personifies that attracts 7 million visitors every year.”
Seven million people visit the Taj Mahal every year
2. The Food
Maybe no other country can offer you the variety of cuisine that India can. There is nothing like Indian typical food; From Kerala to Kolkata there is a buffet-all of fabulous regional dishes to be discovered, beyond the familiar favorites of chicken tikka masala, rogan josh, malai kofta and tandoori naan with butter that can often be harder to find in India than in the United Kingdom.
3. The madness of Delhi
The capital of India is a vibrant megalopolis that suffocates and stimulates in equal measure (like many of the cities of India). But be patient with this boiling metropolis and slowly reveal a side you have not expected; discover leafy parks with your early morning yoga classes, be lost in its dusty bookstores, roam its lavish Hindu temples, listen to the call to the echo of the prayer of old mosques, do the shopping in lively markets, go to a club of the comedy and take in a Bollywood show.
4. The Wagah border ceremony
Since 1959, on the border between India and Pakistan, the border guards of both nations have participated in a strange border ceremony that, according to Telegraph Travel Jack Palfrey, evokes “the poise and elegance of ballet and the spectacular and aggression of struggle free professional “. Expect goose steps, shouts and lots of excitement from the crowds that gather to see every day.
5. You can live in a palace
Live like a Mughal king in one of the ancient palaces of India, many of which have been converted into luxurious hotels. There are many to choose from – find some inspiration below.
6. The wildlife is amazing
Experience the India of Rudyard Kipling with a wildlife viewing excursion to one of the country’s many national parks, where visitors can see everything from tigers and elephants to rhinos and red-bellied hawk eagles. Notable parks include Ranthambore, Pench, Kanha and Bandhavgarh.
The sight of a tiger in the wild is up there with the best experiences of wildlife.
7. Indian art is resurgent
According to the Telegraph’s arts editor, Alastair Smart, these are exciting times for Indian art, which is going through something of a renaissance, led by creative people in Mumbai. Read all about this in your office in the hot Indian city.
8. There are wonderful trips of the railways
Nothing compares to traveling around India by train, an experience that engenders wonder, nervous anticipation and intoxicating euphoria in equal measure. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that meanders through the narrow streets of Darjeeling, is an obvious highlight, but there are many others.
9. To cross the backwaters of Kerala
The backwaters of Kerala are a labyrinth of winding rivers, canals and lakes that extend almost 50 miles, and are best explored on one of the old rice barges, which were previously used to transport the grain but have been converted to a Transportation that takes tourists around Kerala.
10. To see Varanasi
“Varanasi is India for him with experience,” writes Gill Charlton. “Its narrow crowded alleys can induce claustrophobia even in seasoned travelers: the mourners carry their dead in coffins to the burning terraces above the river; the holy men and the pilgrims bathe in the dirty waters frankly from above and consult the astrologers and fortune-tellers; and the cows, the goats and the ragged children rummage in the Ghats – the flights of stairs to the Ganges “. Not for the fainthearted, but a good show.
11. There is a Golden Triangle
The cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur are known as the Golden Triangle as their cultural splendor that includes the iconic Taj Mahal and Ranthambore National Park. The cities form the basis of a classic tour of North India.
12. To go on a hike to the Himalayas
Although the star attraction of the Himalayas, Mount Everest, is located many hundreds of kilometers from India, on the border between Nepal and China, the Indian portion of this epic mountain range offers many views that capture attention and excellent walks.
13. It ‘s a little franc é s
At least it’s in Pondicherry, a former pocket colony that France ruled between 1672 and 1954. “They left a legacy that is revealed in surprising ways,” said Mick Brown of Telegraph Travel.
“The long, sweeping seaside promenade – the Rue de la Marina – that borders the Bay of Bengal carries echoes of Deauville or Biarritz. The street signs would be at home in any French provincial city; “And this is the only place in India where the police use red kepis.”
14. The Havelock Islands
Forget Goa ; if you want swaying palm trees, golden sand and turquoise waters, then set off for the Havelock Islands. Floating in the Bay of Bengal, this tropical archipelago offers perhaps the best diving in India and is, by most definitions of the word, paradise.
The impressive Havelock Islands are a respite amidst the madness of the peninsula.
15. To watch a cricket match
Cricket is the national obsession in India; From dusty parks to large stadiums, the game is played with gusto across the country. There are excellent cricket grounds in many of the main cities, but for something extra special to get on the way to HPCA Stadium in Dharamshala, which is incidentally, is where the exiled Dalai Lama lives. The terrain is possibly the best backdrop of any in India; framed as it is by snow-covered Himalayas. Exquisite.
The HPCA Stadium in Dharamshala is probably the best place to watch a cricket match.