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India, is as diverse with its culture and food as it is with its landscape and appeal. From regal palaces to serene gardens, dense verdant forests to wide open deserts, villages in the clouds to bustling metropolises; India's diversity is much more than just the Taj Mahal.
With such variety, it can be an assault on the senses, and yet an incredible experience for those who venture. It can be overwhelming to decide where to visit and how to get around this large country. Try not to do "everything" in one trip; rather focus on a few regions at a time. Here's our quick overview of India's regions.

 

Taj Mahal

Delhi, Agra, Jaipur (Golden Triangle)

Delhi has been the capital for centuries, and is a good introduction to India. The imposing Jamia Mosque looks over the bustling streets of the Old City and across to the Mughal Red Fort. Humayun's Tomb, the precursor to the Taj, is worth a visit, as are the ruins at Qutab Minar.
The Taj Mahal, an eternal monument of love, is worth every dazzling description. Elsewhere in Agra, the history of the Taj unfolds itself in the many monuments laid by and in honour of the Mughal emperors.
The third city to complete the Golden Triangle is the pink city of Jaipur, built by the Rajphuts and featuring some opulent palaces.
The Golden Triangle is popular for first time visitors to India. We've included three suggested itineraries that include these cities: Golden Triangle, India Highlights and Palaces and Tigers. However, a visit to these cities can be included on any customised itinerary.

 

 

Rajasthan

Rajasthan

"Colourful" is synonymous of this vibrant state, and is a descriptor of its architecture and landscapes, its people and their dress. Apart from Jaipur, the most striking towns include Jodhpur (with its Mehranghur palace), Udaipur (with its palaces in the lakes) and Jaisalmer (for its beautiful havelis and desert setting). There are many small towns along the way that are worth stopping at. Rajasthan is also ideal for textile shopping.
The India Highlights itinerary includes Rajasthan, but we can include it on other tailored itineraries as well.

 

 

The Hill Stations

Escaping to high altitude towns in the hot summer months has been a favourite pastime since colonial days. Today, there are many picturesque towns, often alongside lakes or with mountainous backdrops that are worth visiting. Nainital, Shimla and Manali are just a few popular towns. See our suggested Hill Station itinerary, which is convenient as an extension from Delhi.


 

Dal Lake

Kashmir

Crowned as Paradise on Earth by the Mughals, Kashmir lies between the Himalayan and Pir Panjal ranges. Picturesque valleys and lakes abound. Srinagar, the capital has beautifully laid out Mughal gardens, and Gulmarg is known for one the highest golf courses in the world. See our suggested Kashmir itinerary for some ideas.

 

 

Darjeeling

Darjeeling and Sikkim

Darjeeling, popular for its tea estates and railway gauge, has verdant settings in the North East of the country. Close by in the state of Sikkim are scenic towns with picturesque views of the Himalayas and valleys, including Pelling and Gangtok. Our North East Highlights itinerary features these places, but there's so much more to explore and which can be tailored for you.

 

 

Ladakh

Ladakh

Another high altitude destination, sandwiched between the Himalayan and connected ranges. Harsh landscapes give way to picturesque tablelands with snow-capped peaks. It's also a region that lends itself to adventure trekking and is also home to ancient Buddhist monasteries. See the suggested Ladakh Explored itinerary for some ideas.

 

 

Mumbai

Modern yet deep in its cultural roots, Mumbai is a bustling city, and popular for shopping. It is centrally located on the western coast and is ideal as a stopover for journeys to the South.
On our Indian Highlights suggested itinerary, we've included Mumbai. However, we can include a stopover if your flights depart to or from Mumbai's large international airport.

 

Kerala

South India

The language and cultural differences when compared to the North are vast. South India has the perfect combination of culture, history, nature and beach.
A tapestry of verdant hills, paddy fields, coconut palm beaches and a network of backwaters, Kerala affords relaxation in a natural setting. See our suggested itinerary that includes Kochi, Munnar, Periyar and Kumarakom in Kerala.
Once a Portuguese enclave, Goa is a fusion of cultures and is more than just the beaches that make it famous.
Another popular route includes the bustling city of Chennai and the historical and architectural sights in Pondicherry, Mahaballipuram, Tanjore and other areas.

 

 

Elsewhere

India is vast, and it is seemingly impossible to capture each area in just a few words. There are many more areas that we have not mentioned in here. Tell us what type of holiday you like and we can help tailor an itinerary to suit you.

 

 

For more about India, read our blog at: travelblogger.co.za. Here are some featured blog entries:

Darjeeling: Not just a cup of tea

Darjeeling steam train engine

The first thing I noticed when I arrived at Bagdogra airport in West Bengal was the different faces to the India I’d seen before. It’s diversity became all too apparent. Had my driver not spoken in Hindi, I would have been convinced I was in another country. Read more...

 

Delhi: Beyond the mayhem

Delhi - The white marble mihrab (prayer niche) at Iltutmish’s tomb

Leaving the airport, I began questioning why I wilfully chose to return to Delhi. Incessant honking, traffic and people everywhere… What was I thinking? I began searching for that allure that brought me back to Delhi. Read more...

 

Palaces & parks - Mysore & Bangalore

Mysore Palace

Bangalore and Mysore – a mere 160km between them and yet worlds apart. These were the first cities on my most recent trip to India as I returned to explore more of this incredible country. Both impressed me, but for very different reasons. Read more...