A holiday in India is not just a holiday, it mesmerises the senses with sights and sounds that become treasured memories for life. Th e country is full of surprises and delights, with glorious culture and breathtaking attractions. India is the seventh largest country in the world by area and has the second largest population at 1.2 billion. Th e sheer size of the country may initially seem daunting when choosing where to visit, however there are several attractions that are a must see to make the most of this enthralling land.
India is the seventh largest country in the world by area and has the second largest population at 1.2 billion. Th e sheer size of the country may initially seem daunting when choosing where to visit, however there are several attractions that are a must see to make the most of this enthralling land.
Sunrise and Sunset at the Taj Mahal
Visiting the Taj Mahal is mandatory for a first trip to India. Considered as one the words greatest architectural achievements it is best viewed either at sunrise or sunset. Stay overnight in Agra to catch the first light then take a local boat across the river to witness the sunset from the other side of the Taj.
Dawn on the Ganges
As the mist swirls and the chants of priests echo across the water, experiencing the magical dawn on the Ganges is unlike anything else. Thousands of people flock to the river’s edge to bathe and worship. The Golden Temple in Amritsar Th is iconic temple is a place of great beauty and tranquillity. Built on a small lake it is the central worship place of Sikhs all over the world. Its proper name is Harmandir, which means “Temple of God” and is respectfully referred to as Darbar (meaning “court” Sahib (meaning “Lord”): Darbar Harmandir Sahib.
Rajasthan the land of palaces
With India’s oldest mountain range as a backdrop, Rajasthan is a mystical land of palaces and forts, Havelis (private mansions) and spectacular desert scenery; the mix is quite compelling. Visit the Ranthambore National Park which is one of the largest national parks in Rajasthan and one of the best locations in India to witness rare tigers in their natural habitat.
Cruise through Kerala in a houseboat
Kerala is networked by 44 rivers and one of the most popular attractions in India is a trip in a houseboat. Present day houseboats are huge slow moving barges with all the creature comforts of a good hotel. Sail along the palm fringed back waters taking in the breathtaking view of the otherwise inaccessible rural Kerala.
Kashmir – a land of snow clad mountains
Known for its natural beauty, it is no wonder the Mughal Emperor fell in love with Kashmir. He said that “If paradise is anywhere on earth, it is here.”
Spend relaxing nights onboard a houseboat on Dal Lake which is also known as “Srinagar’s Jewel”, or tee off at the world’s highest green golf course in Gulmarg. India is a diverse and unique destination that will delight and enthral visitors for decades to come.
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