February 19, 2024

Amazing experiences in India

*This is a collaborative post*

India is a vast, beautiful country with way too much to cover in one trip. But any one of these highlights will give you a tantalising glimpse of the real India. Whether you want to sample the organised chaos of India’s megacities, enjoy a more serene experience at a wildlife park or just say ‘wow’ when visiting one of the world’s great architectural wonders, a taste of India is all you need.

amazing things to do in India including visiting the Taj Mahal

Kolkata

Formerly Calcutta, Kolkata is India’s third-largest city – its urban sprawl is around 15 million people and rising – and its intellectual, artistic and cultural capital. The city has firm roots in the past which is not surprising given its colonial history. The monolithic, marble-stoned Victoria Memorial built by the British Raj is a testament to that. The Marble Palace is another jaw-dropping, neoclassical marble building to tick off.

But the city isn’t just architectural grandeur. Its bustling street life has many treats to enjoy. On the university quarter’s College Street is the world’s largest second-hand book market. And foodies should feast at Terreti Bazaar which serves specialities from the city’s Chinese Indian community. Rise early, as stalls open at 5 am and can sell out by 8 am. Do so, and you’ll be rewarded with fusion cuisine such as fish momos, fritters, and spicy, herby chicken kabobs.

Kaziranga National Park

Escape the city to Kaziranga National Park in the heart of Assam. This park is one of the last areas in eastern India undisturbed by human development. It houses the world’s largest population of one-horned rhinoceroses, estimated at around 2,000 animals. At the turn of the century, the species was almost extinct but was saved by the park’s magnificent conservation work.

Other globally threatened species live in the park. There are tigers, Asian elephants, water buffalo, panthers and sloth bears, plus myriad bird species. You can take an India river cruise and sail upstream along the Brahmaputra River to observe all this wildlife from the sun deck.

Taj Mahal

Situated in the city of Agra is The Taj Mahal. Shah Jahan built this stupendous mausoleum for his second wife who died in 1631 whilst giving birth to their fourteenth child. It has stood as an awe-inspiring testament to love ever since. Everyone from Princess Diana to Tom Cruise has posed in front of the UNESCO World Heritage Site for an iconic photograph. Although perhaps the most stunning time to view this man-made wonder is on full moon nights which occur five days in every month.

Delhi

Delhi is big, brash and it has been populated for 3,000 years. Of course, it’s crammed with historic sites, such as the Red Fort, India Gate, Qutub Minar and the Lotus Temple, but it also has fantastic shopping. At street markets and covered malls, you can buy real pashmina shawls and scarves but be careful. Check that you’re buying the real thing so you don’t get ripped off.

There are street food tours around Old Delhi if you want the tourist experience with added local knowledge. Chaat papdi (fried wafers with potatoes, chickpeas, yoghurt, and chilli) or golgappas (fried hollow dough filled with chickpeas and spicy potatoes) are among the lip-smacking treats in Old Delhi.

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