With travel having undergone several changes of late, now is the time to explore different places.
Californians, how many times have you been to Hawaii? Yeah, too many to count.
New Yorkers, you know London and Paris as well as your own neighbourhood, right?
Well there’s places all over the world that are good destinations for travel and the time for you to expand beyond your comfort zone is right now.
One place to explore is the country of India. It is rich in culture, has several beautiful landscapes and is incredibly easy to get there when you use airindia flight booking.
With all that in mind, here are five reasons to make India your next travel destination.
1.) The Taj Mahal, ‘Palace Of The Crown’
One of the most recognized landmarks in the world, The Taj Mahal is the most prominent monument of India and stands as a timeless symbol of love. Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, who created of the Taj Mahal as a memorial for his wife, said it made “the sun and the moon shed tears from their eyes.” Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore described it as a “teardrop on the cheek of eternity.”
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Taj Mahal is one of the seven wonders of the world.
The name is believed to have a Persian heritage: taj meaning crown and mahal meaning palace, literally making it the “palace of the crown.”
2.) Goa, The Party Island
Yes, India has beaches. And party beaches, too. Called by some a “pocket paradise” this small area is a poor-man’s Ibiza or Mykonos. The Goa party scene starts at the beaches of Ashvem, Arambol, Anjuna, Vagator, and Morjim Beach and moves to any of its almost-to-many-to-count bars and clubs.
The best ones are Baga Beach, Candolim Beach Road, Titos Night Club, Mambo’s Night Club, Club LPK, Bora Bora, Curlies and Hill Top.
3.) Gokarna, Where Surf’s Up In India
Hey dude – India has surfing, too! Gokana is one of the few places in the world where (as for now anyway) you won’t have to worry about somebody dropping in on you and cutting you off from a killer wave.
That’s because this is a secluded surf spot near Bangalore and Goa with consistently warm water, good waves and friendly locals. Some of them even give surfing lessons and the beach is framed by coconut trees.
And when you’re not in the water, you can admire it at Jog Falls, the second highest plunge waterfall in Asia.
4.). Kochi, Land Of Waterfalls (And More)
Speaking of waterfalls, Kochi is the land of waterfalls in India. Athirappilly Waterfalls are the most famous falls in the state of Kerala. Just 5K away are the Vazhachal Waterfalls.
This area has many outdoor activities as well, including hiking and river rafting.
Kochi also has several festivals, among them the 10-day Onam, which celebrates the colours and cultures of the state. On the first day, a street parade includes caparisoned elephants, carnival floats, brightly dressed dancers and musicians. It is celebrated each year between August and September and marks the end of monsoon season and the beginning of the harvest season. Think of it as India’s version of Munich’s Oktoberfest.
Among the foods to try here are the Malabar prawn curry, prepared with prawns cooked in tamarind, coconut and jaggery; and biryani, an aromatic layered rice dish that is made with chicken, fried onions, dry fruits, nuts and ghee (clarified butter).
5.) New Delhi, The Capitol Of India
Full of busy street markets, the sprawling area is also known as Deli. New Delhi is actually one of the 11 territories that comprises Delhi. Like Athens in Greece, it’s a must-stop destination for first-time travellers to India before going on to other parts of the country.
It is home to most of the country’s museums (if you’re into that kind of thing) and is as beautiful as it is busy. This is in large part to the number of gardens in it. The biggest ones are Buddha Jayanti Park and the historic Lodi Gardens. There are also gardens in the Presidential Estate, the gardens along the Rajpath and India Gate, the gardens along Shanti Path, the Rose Garden, Nehru Park and the Railway Garden in ChanakyaPuri.
There is also a garden adjacent to the Jangpura Metro Station near the Defence Colony Flyover and gardens in neighbourhoods at the city’s many roundabouts.
India’s Independence Day, Aug. 15, is a major celebration in the city.