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Plan Your Next Trip to India

It's easy to become overwhelmed while planning a trip to India due to the vastness and diversity of the country. Many travelers are unsure about where to start their research or where to go - this beginner friendly guide to India will help you in planning for your next trip to this beautiful destination.

Top Things to do in India

For most people, their first journey to India is to the north (Delhi, Rajasthan, Agra, and so on), but India is much more than that. The south of India is actually a lot easier to travel through a fantastic food and places to visit!

5. Agra

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Agra is known for its magnificent sights that harken back to the Mughal Empire. It's a dream for architecture and history fans both, with the iconic Taj Mahal and 16th-century Agra Fort, as well as the ancient city of Fatehpur Sikri.

4. Gulmarg, Sonmarg, and Srinagar, Kashmir

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Kashmir is a breathtakingly beautiful area that will captivate you. Riding a shikhara (a flat-bottomed boat unique to the area) on the Dal lake will give you a true taste of the area.

3. Taj Mahal, Agra

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The Taj Mahal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Agra, is the most popular tourist attraction in India, and it's easy to see why. We would recommend visiting the Taj Mahal as early as possible from Monday to Thursday to beat the queue.

 2. Kullu & Manali, Himachal Pradesh

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The twin towns of Kullu and Manali in Himachal Pradesh are among the most frequented hill stations in North India, thanks to their lush foliage, crystal clear streams, flower-filled meadows, and comfortable climate.

1. Coorg, South India

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Coorg, which is located in Karnataka, is known for its tea and coffee plantations. Abbey Falls, Madikeri Fort, and Iruppu Falls are among the many tourist attractions in the area. Aside from that, if you're an explorer, go trekking, camping, jeep safari, hiking, quad biking, and other activities.

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  • City Palace, Jaipur

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The City Palace, located in the heart of the city, is a remarkable mix of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. There are beautiful courtyards, gardens, and homes inside the complex, where the last royal family still lives in the private section of the palace.

  • Tomb of I'timād-ud-Daulah, Agra

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It was built before the Taj Mahal and is the first Mughal tomb to be built entirely of white marble. The main structure is an exceedingly ornate façade and interior that provide a wonderful opportunity to picture its beauty.

  • Spiti


    The colorful monasteries contribute to the allure of the area, which is already noted for its spiritual tranquility. It's a favored spot for photographers and filmmakers from all over the world.

Hidden Gems of India

India is a land full of surprises, treasures, and experiences. Though tourism is a rapidly increasing industry, there are numerous unique destinations and hidden gems that most travelers aren't aware of

Arch Bridge, Kerala

The 13 Arch Bridge of Kerala is located in the Kollam district's Kazhathuruthi. This architectural masterpiece is breathtaking. The 13 Arch, which was built with only rocks over a century ago, is likewise an architectural masterpiece.

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Adalaj Stepwell, Gujarat

It is regarded as one of India's best examples of ancient architecture. The stepwell is a historical site that can make even the most seasoned traveler pause and take in the sights.

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Murud

Not only does it appear to be a massive edifice in the middle of the ocean, but the fact that it contains a saltwater tank adds to its allure.

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Chembra Lakes, Western Ghats

There is a lake in the Wayanad range of the Western Ghats that is believed to never dry up. Not even drought or heat has ever been able to dry this lake.

The most appealing feature of Chemra Lake is its heart-shaped shape.

2 Weeks Itinerary to India

Planning a trip to India might be daunting to some, especially considering it's vast size - which is almost the size of a small continent, and there are so many towns and cities to pick from that it's difficult to know where to begin.

In this itinerary we are squeezing in all the must see spots in as little as 2 weeks.

Day 1: Visit Chandni Chowk, Red Fort, Lotus temple, Akshardham temple, and Qutab Minar in Delhi.

Day 2-3 Agra: Visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise (we would recommend arriving as early as possible to avoid the crowd), and the Agra Fort.

Day 4-5: Experience the tiger safari in Ranthambore.

Day 6-7: Visit Jantar Mantar observatory, Water Palace, Hawa Mahal (Wind Palace), and Galwar Bagh in Jaipur (Monkey Temple).

Day 8-9: In Kochi, see the Chinese Fishing Nets, Pardesi Synagogue, St. Francis Church, and Mattancherry Palace, popularly known as the Dutch Palace (Cochin).

Day 10-14: See the tea plantations, the Mattupety Dam, Echo Point, and top if off by visiting the beautiful town of Munnar.

Cost of Traveling to India

India offers a wide range of choices from budget to luxury trips - from 5-star hotels to mid-range boutique hotels and resorts, elegant train trips, private automobiles, and gourmet and international restaurants.

We would recommend an average of €35 per day for your stay in India.

Accommodation

it varies to where your choice of accommodation is at, expect to spend around €10-14 for a hostel room and €28 for a hotel room.

Transportation

For public transport or taxis prepare to shell out at least €5 depending on where you are going.

Food

While meal costs in India vary, the average daily food cost in India is Rs682 or €8.30.

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How to Get Around India?

By Train

By far the most efficient mode of transportation in India. Trains are plentiful, simple to book once you know how, comfortable (especially in the upper classes), and reasonably priced.

There are many different types of trains, but the following are the most common: 2S - Second Seating Class, SL - Sleeper Class, 3A - AC 3 Tier, 2A - AC 2 Tier, 1A - AC First Class

By Bus

Buses, India's second most popular means of transportation, are an excellent and affordable way to travel small distances. Buses are used for routes that cannot be covered by rail, notably in more remote areas of the country, and there are multiple classes, just like trains. You have the option of taking a standard excursion for 100 rupees (£1) for a 5-6 hour ride or upgrading for a little higher rate.

By Motorbike

Motorcycle taxis can be found in India on many occasions. Simply signal them to come over and get on the back. Just like with taxis, make sure you agree on a price before embarking on your excursion.

By Rickshaw

They would have a rolling meter, just like taxis, to cover the cost of your trip. You can, however, bargain with the driver about the price before you leave to see if you can obtain a better deal. However, they are fairly reasonable, so you may not feel compelled to use them.

Must-Try Foods in India

Masala dosa

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Dosas are a type of Indian pancake prepared with a thin batter of rice, wheat, and lentils. Making dosas is a time-consuming process that requires the batter to soak in water for at least 24 hours before it can be formed.

Chaat

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The traditional chaat is a delightful combination of diced potato pieces, crispy fried bread, and chickpeas topped with fresh coriander leaves, yogurt, and dried ginger and tamarind sauce, though there is now a profusion of different versions.

Pani Puri

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Pani puri is hollow deep-fried balls made of semolina or wheat that make a great street snack. They're served with spicy potatoes, chickpeas, and tamarind water with a kick.

Biryani

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Biryani is a traditional Indian dish brought to India by the Mughals from Persia. This delicious "dry dish" since there is no creamy gravy is made by preparing rice and meat or vegetables separately, then combining them and slow-cooking them in the oven.

Travel Tips for India

1. Focus on covering a few destinations instead of hopping to every single one

One of the most crucial pieces of advice we can give you about traveling in India is to limit yourself to a few locations on your itinerary and spend more time in each one, rather than trying to see everything.

2. Take off your shoes before entering temples

Before entering many temples, you will be asked to remove your shoes. Wearing shoes that are easy to slip on and off, such as sandals, is a smart choice.

3. Dont be afraid to bargain

Haggling is a normal aspect of buying in India, but if you come from a society where haggling is not the norm, it may feel foreign and daunting at first. The most important thing to remember is that this is a pleasant dialogue, not a conflict.

4. Watch out for pickpockets

Keep your wallet, passport, and phone in your front pocket or a zipped pocket instead of your back pocket. Keep it simple and only take the essentials instead of a bunch of pricey jewelry or accessories.

5. Dress appropriately

Be mindful that India's culture is relatively low-key. Covering your arms and legs is an easy way to show you care. Before entering someone's home, you can also take off your shoes. At temples, you should also cover your shoulders and wear dresses or shorts that reach your knees. Also, if you notice shoes outside a store, it's an indication that you should take off yours.

The best time to visit India

Winter is the greatest time to visit India, from December to early March. From April onwards, the country becomes extremely hot, and most parts experience the summer monsoon in June, July, August, and September.

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