Places in India that don't look like India

India or French Provence?

In each of our trips we like that this brings that “something” different to other countries visited. However, what happens when places like India have a “literal” world of possibilities? Welcome to an exotic Big Ben, a piece of the Côte d’Azur with massala scent or the next Angkor Wat. To those places in India … that don’t look like India.

 

Rajabai Clock Tower … or Big Ben?

Rajabai Tower in Mumbai and Big Ben in London

Rajabai Tower, the ambassador of Big Ben in Mumbai.

Undoubtedly, British culture has had a great influence in India, especially when the Raj spent almost a hundred years in the land of curry . An episode that inspired buildings like the Rajabai Clock Tower, cousin of Big Ben’s tropical sister in London, which was completed in 1878. His goal? Become the main pride of the University of Mumbai and, specifically, of the Victorian and Art Deco Ensemble of Mumbai , which was designated a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 2018.

Kerala … or the Mekong Delta?

Kerala and Mekong backwaters in Vietnam

Venecio in Asia: Kerala and the Mekong Delta.

When we think of Asia, palm trees, mystical rivers and tropicalism are some of the first concepts that come to mind. However, when it comes to immersing yourself in the “Natural Venecias” of the East , the two best examples are the backwaters of Kerala , in South India , and the Mekong Delta, in southern Vietnam . Two spaces characterized by a set of canals, marshes and rivers lost among an exciting vegetation of palm chocitas, secret rice fields and coconut trees that barefoot men face. However, if you want to sleep in a typical rice boat, Kerala is more recommended while the delta invites you to travel downstream for a shorter period.

Find the 7 differences between Jodhpur and Chefchaouen

The blue cities of Jodhpur and Chaouen

Blue paradises: Jodhpur and Chefchaouen.

When it comes to finding the two blueest places in the world beyond, of course, the ocean, the two options that are always drawn on any map are divided between the town of Chefchaouen, north of Morocco, and the dreamy Jodhpur , in The Indian state of Rajasthan . Two chromatic paradises where the blue color spreads between walls and doors, terraces and fountains, giving rise to a unique space that, in the case of Jodhpur, is complemented by the presence of the imposing Mehrangarh Fort , complex erected in honor of the sun god 125 meters high above the city. The best viewpoint from which to contemplate that blue spot in the middle of an arid desert.

Pondicherry … Or Nice?

Notre Dame de Pondicherry and Notre Dame in Nice

Two cathedral, two worlds, a link.

In a certain place in South India, colorful boulevards invite you to take the bike, breakfast is not lacking in croissants and the Mediterranean gardens are wrapped in bougainvillea clouds. But wait: Mediterranean? Yes Yes. In fact, Pondicherry evokes the charm of a French country that for years found in this small town its best colony. An example of perfect fusion in which unavoidable comparisons stand out, such as that of Notre Dame des Anges, built in Pondicherry in 1855, and the Notre Dame de l’Assomption of the famous city of Nice , completed 10 years later in the great jewel of the French Riviera

Hampi is the new Angkor Wat

Hampi and Angkor Wat, big Asian cities

Hampi (left) was built 200 years after Angkor Wat (right).

Much of the Asian countries have that ancient city that once exerted capital inspiring the splendor of ancient cultures. And in the case of India, this is undoubtedly Hampi , a set of up to 350 temples erected between the 14th and 16th centuries by the Vijayanagara Empire. Described as “great” by the many travelers who visited it during its status as the second largest city in the world (only after Beijing), Hampi still evokes the potential of a state of Karnataka that just awakens the public and whose angular piece he remembers, undoubtedly, the most crowded Angkor Wat of Cambodia , also of Hindu influence.

Tell me about rice paddies!

Indian and Philippine rice paddies

India Chamba and Filipino Luzon united by rice paddies.

In the state of Uttarakhand, in North India , there is a town called Chamba that has become one of those irresistible places of retreat still unknown to the general public. An enclave that spreads over a hill that unfolds (almost) infinite rice terraces just conquered by those instagrammers in love with rice plantations in Luzon, in the Philippines, or especially those in Ubud, in Bali.

The triumph, according to East and West

India Gate in New Delhi and Arc de Triomphe in Paris

Similarities between India Gate and Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

The colonial influence that India has received for years finds in its famous India Gate another of its best exponents. Built on the so-called Rajpath, the royal avenue of New Delhi that houses much of the national marches and celebrations, the India Gate was built between 1921 and 1931 with the aim of commemorating all the Indian soldiers who died fighting in the First War World . An icon that drinks from different inspirations, with the Arc de Triomphe in Paris being the most obvious of all.

Which of these places would you like to travel during your trip to India ?