While traveling to India for holidays do ensure that you are covered for any risks. Here's why travel insurance is important when traveling overseas. Tips on traveling with kids and keeping your home safe while traveling are provided at the end of this post.
In the recent years India has become a hotspot of the global tourism and deservedly so. People from around the globe travel to India for vacation to immerse in its diversity and myriad hues.
Build by Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan for his favorite wife Mumtaj Mahal, this white marble wonder is voted one of the seven modern Wonders of the World and is recognized World Heritage Site.
It took 20 years and 20000 masons, designers, architects and workers to build this greatest symbol of love on the planet.
Need more information? Here's more on the iconic Taj Mahal.
|Top 10 reasons why you should visit India: Taj Mahal in Agra|
Varanasi – one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities located at the confluence of Holy Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati River – is the spiritual nerve center of Hinduism and beckons people with its offer to salvation.
People from around the globe come to India in their quest for spirituality and self discovery. Major spiritual centers in India include Bodhgaya, Benares, Pushkar, Rishikesh, Hardwar, Auroville and Dharamshala.
|Top 10 reasons why you should visit India: Evening aarti at the ghats of holy Ganges in Varanasi|
Originated in India, Yoga is an ancient art of transforming the static body to the level of vibrant mind in order to unite one’s body and mind into one with the tranquility of the self or soul.
Yoga tours provide both physical and mental therapy. India has been the land of saints and sages who mediated, practiced and perfected Yoga.
Yoga and meditation are India’s gift to the world and the Rishikesh and Hardwar, situated at the bank of the holy Ganges are the ideal place to visit for those looking for a spiritual awakening.
|Top 10 reasons why you should visit India: Yoga session at Ananda in Himalayas, India's first destination spa|
A trip to India is never complete without touring the land of fearless Rajput princes: Rajasthan. Some of the bedazzling destinations of Rajasthan include the “Pink City” Jaipur, “City of Lakes” Udaipur the “Golden City” Jaisalmer and the “Blue City” Jodhpur.
One of the most exclusive and luxurious way to travel Rajasthan is its award winning luxury cruise train service Palace on Wheels designed to recreate the age of princely traveling of maharajas of a bygone era.
|Top 10 reasons why you should visit India: Oberoi Udaivilas in the "city of lakes" Udaipur|
You may also want to check out our list of 5 most popular beaches of Goa.
When it comes to Goa, it is said that you don’t have to go to Lisbon if you've been to Goa. The distinct colonial charm of the Portuguese legacy is pervasive in the environs of Goa.
Be it the tantalizing cuisines, convivial hospitality and architectural heritages, Goa blends the best of its legacy with contemporaneity reflected in its vibrant nightlife, suave bars and premium resorts.
Check out some more information on Goa.
|Top 10 reasons why you should visit India: Tropical paradise Goa|
One of the most expensive and considered to be India’s answer to the Orient Express is the Maharajas Express. Offering 3 tastefully crafted journeys to bring out myriad facets of this incredible country.
Here's more on how to see India by luxury train.
|Top 10 reasons why you should visit India: The Indian Maharaja chugging along rolling hills and breathtaking vistas|
|Top 10 reasons why you should visit India: Ayurvedic message session at Wildflower Hall, Shimla|
Himalayan mountain range is endowed with lush meadows, panoramic views, salubrious weather, cascading streams and waterfalls which is well complimented by the serenity and splendor of a rejuvenating experience that ensnares the eyes, bedazzle the heart and touches the soul, bringing about a harmony of being.
Here's our recommended 5 Places to visit in Ladakh or check out our 1 page hand book on Ladakh travel.
Then there are charming hill stations sprinkled across North India which includes Shimla, Dalhousie, Mussoorie, Rahikhet, Kullu and Manali which offer perfect oasis to the travelers.
Here's an account of trekking in Himachal from McLeodganj to Triund for your inspiration.
For those looking for adventure and adrenaline rush, Himalayas offers some of the most adventurous trekking trails and stair case rapids for white water rafting.
Here's another of our favorite trek in Himalaya to Deoriatal in Uttarakhand.
If you are looking for complete information on trekking in Himachal, we'd recommend that you go through this guide on trekking in Himachal.
|Top 10 reasons why you should visit India: Mystical Ladakh|
Besides, the vibrant culture, succulent cuisines, Ayurveda and eco tourism add to the mystique of this incredible destination in India. Check out our Kerala Travel Guide for Beginners.
|Top 10 reasons why you should visit India: Chinese Fishing Nets at Kochi, Kerala|
These wildlife sanctuaries are the best place to come face to face with the abundant wildlife in India. Species such as royal Bengal tiger, Asiatic lions, blackbuck, antelopes and single horned rhinoceros are present in India.
India is also renowned as birding paradise with the World Heritage Keoladeo National Park alone recording 350 bird species including migratory birds and Periyar National Park close second with over 320 species of birds recorded till date.
Here's a rough guide to some of the top destinations for wildlife tours in India.
|Top 10 reasons why you should visit India: King of the jungle, Bengal tigers|
Thanks to the ancient Indian philosophy of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” meaning that the whole world is one single family, India has seen assimilation of various creeds, religion and culture unwitnessed anywhere else.
This cultural assimilation process manifests itself in many of the stunning landmarks and monuments since ancient time. Ajanta & Ellora Caves, Mahabalipuram Shore Temples, Khajuraho Group of Monuments, Hampi Group of Monuments, Forts and Palaces in Rajasthan are some of the supreme example of the cultural heritage and various architectural forms.
In newly declared list UNESCO has inscribed Hill Forts of Rajasthan as World Heritage Site (Updated July 2013). Read more detail on hill forts here.
Many of these are recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site and beckons tourist from around the world to witness their exquisite workmanship.
|Top 10 reasons why you should visit India: Famous Stone Chariots at World Heritage Site of Hampi|
And hey! If you are in for a long vacation you would want your home safe. Here's some tips on how to keep your home safe while traveling.
With colors as varied as a kaleidoscope and its rich heritage, tours to India is beyond a doubt memorable experiences with sweet surprises. Adventure follows at every nook and corner in India so be on your toes and travel with an open mind.
Looking for more tips? Check out tips on traveling in India with kids.
Contributed by Nikhil Chandra