Located at Agra in the state of Uttar Pradesh, this remarkable monument is one of the wonders of the modern world and it’s easy to see why. Constructed entirely from white marble, the Taj Mahal is now visited by over two million tourists every year making it a must see attraction during your stay in the country. Most people spend a day there as the grounds surrounding the Taj are equally as impressive so do allow yourself plenty of time. It is worth nothing that the monument is closed all day Friday but opens from 6.00am until 7.00pm all other days. There are also no official guides on site but these are usually provided by your accommodation and always accompany organised tours.
Currently the capital of India, Delhi offers a unique blend of the old and the new and while it may well seem a little off putting to the first time visitor, it is certainly worth your while spending some time there. With forts, mosques and temples at every turnit also serves as the gateway to Northern India. Add to this the natural culture which exudes from the city and its people, the vast and varied nightlife and the beautiful parks and gardens on offer and you will soon be glad you decided to give it a chance.
Formerly known as Bombay and located in the south west of the country, Mumbaii, like Delhi is a city of contrasts. Over forty per cent of its population live in slums and yet despite this, it boasts some of the most spectacular natural beauty that you will see in the region. As well as this it is awash with a vast range of different architecture including the most impressive collection of Victorian buildings on the entire Asian continent. And, of course no mention of Mumbaii would be complete without a reference to Bollywood – the centre of the Indian film industry where even a lowly backpacker can become a star.
The perfect destination for the beach bums among you, mile long stretches of golden sand, crystal blue water, and tropical weather conditions are synonymous with this getaway on the west coast of the country. As well as the beaches, however, you can enjoy the wonderful shopping, the warmth and friendliness of the locals, the beauty of the churches and temples. Need we go on? The best time to visit is between October and February although it is worth a visit at any time. The perfect contrast to the bigger cities which we have already mentioned.
Our final pick couldn’t be more different from any of the above. That’s the thing with India, it really does have something for everyone no matter how extreme you are. McLeod Ganj is located in the north of the country and is home to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Home to hosts of Tibetan monks as well as the headquarters of the Tibetan Government in Exile and located at the foot of the Himalayas, this place will really leave you spellbound. Visitors to McLeod Ganj avail of things like philosophy courses, Tibetan cookery courses, intense yoga courses and the like so you can imagine just what a different destination this is.