India, or Republic of India, can be found in South Asia. It is the seventh largest country and the second most populous country in the world. Tourists and travelers visit India mainly because of its rich culture built for hundreds of years. It is also known for beautiful travel spots including Taj Mahal, City Palace, Amber Fort, and many more. Thar Desert, also known as Great Indian Desert, which is the 17th largest desert in the world exists in India, too. There are so many amazing places and activities to visit and do while travelling in India.
How to get to India
If you are coming from UK, these are the flights that you could take:
From London to New Delhi, go with GotoGate for an 8.5-hour trip that costs $394.
If you’re from Birmingham, you can take an 8.5-hour flight with BudgetAir to New Delhi as well. It will cost you $437.
If you will come from London, you can also choose to arrive at Mumbai for a 15.35-hour trip which costs $341 with BudgetAir.
If your preferred departure and arriving areas are not stated above, don’t worry cause SkyScanner got you! Just go to their website and you’ll know what’s the best flight for you.
Applying for your Visa
Decided to travel in India? Be sure to organise your Indian Visa in advance to save disappointment. With the current technology, you can easily grab your visa in no time! Just fill out your visa application, pay a total amount of £84.95, wait for them to process your visa, and poof! As easy as that, you’ll have your Indian visa. Don’t worry because this is legitimate and hassle-free as well.
What to Do and Where to Go in India
India is a very big country so a week is not enough to explore the whole place. I suggest that you choose the most interesting places to you and plan visiting them ahead of your trip. However, these are the places you should consider visiting.
This is India’s largest state and one of the most touristic states in North India. Rajasthan is where Thar Desert is located. In fact, during my past trip in India, I spent a week walking around Thar Desert with a camel and a guide. I had fun with the experience because it was new to me and it was really great meeting local people. I enjoyed eating different local food, sleeping with the view of the stars, and watching campfires.
Take note that temperature here can go as high as 54 degrees Celsius but can also go below freezing point during winter. Plan when you will do the trip to avoid disappointments with the weather.
In Rajasthan, you should definitely visit Jaisalmer Fort. It is a World Heritage Site and one of the largest fully preserved fortified cities in the world. Did you know that the fort is also called the Golden Fort? It’s because its massive yellow sandstone walls are brownish orange in color during the day but when the sun sets, it fades to a golden color which camouflages the fort in the yellow desert. No wonder Golden Fort is a very touristic place.
Don’t forget to visit Jodhpur as well when traveling to India. It is known as the Blue City because of the beautiful blue colors that decorate the old houses. Jodhpur is famous to tourists because of the palaces, forts, and temples it boasts.
This is where the famous Taj Mahal is located. Taj Mahal is a beautiful ivory-white marble mausoleum built for a deceased wife of an Indian Emperor. It is very famous among tourists because it is a World Heritage Site. Agra is also the home of two other World Heritage Sites – Agra Fort and Fatehpūr Sikrī. You should surely not skip visiting these places.
Of course, you can’t miss India’s capital city. It is a cosmopolitan city where people of different religion reside. If you love meeting and interacting with different cultures, you will like New Delhi. This place is where you can also maximize tasting different local food due to the variety of establishments like restaurants and stores operating here.
Have you decided to visit India soon? For sure, you’ll love it there as much as I did!
If you want to know more places to visit around Asia, click here to read our 27 Hidden Gems in Asia and let us know in the comments which one is your favorite one. And read here for more travel tips in India.