The most multidimensional of all the countries on the globe, India is famous for its exuberance, radiance and vibrancy of life. The diversity of India’s cultural framework, the plethora of exquisite handicrafts, and the colorful ebullience of Indian couture attracts the world to its core. Be prepared for a mix of travel of encounters which can be exciting, thrilling, frustrating, confounding and inspiring all at once.
Home to more than a billion people, and a mind boggling diversity of geography, culture, religion, language; India is an experience waiting to be lived. Photo from Flickr
Home to more than a billion people, and a mind boggling diversity of geography, culture, religion, language; India is an experience waiting to be lived. Keep in mind the eclectic mélange of ethnic groups, the intoxicating cultural cocktail, sacrosanct sites, stirring philosophy, grand vestiges of the ancient architecture, magnificent forts, picturesque country fields and great outdoors comprising of shimmering waters, palm fringed beaches, adrenaline pumping safaris, rejuvenating jungle trails; plan your Indian sojourn.
An Indian safari
If you are a wild life lover and looking for thrilling snippets of wild life in the most beautiful of settings, this trip is specially tailored for you. Full with captivating national parks, inhabited by some of the most wild, ferocious and exotic creatures from Tigers to Lions and Elephants to Rhinos, this trip are especially tailored for wild life fun. Early morning or the late afternoons are the best time for a jungle safari on a jeep or from the back of an elephant.
Starting off from Delhi, the first stop is Uttaranchal’s Corbett Tiger Reserve where you can spot your first tiger and then move on to Ranthambore National Park where you can find deer and tigers playing among the temple and fort ruins. From enticing Rajasthan move on to little Rann sanctuary and Sasan Gir wild life sanctuary in Gujarat. Rare wild ass and Asian lions can be spotted here during the jungle safari. Indian bison at Karnataka’s Bandipur National Park and wild elephants in Kerala’s Wayanad wild life sanctuary and Periyar wildlife sanctuary are the major attractions in the steamy south. You can also watch the elephants tramping the jungles of Madumalai National Park in Tamilnadu.
Moving on to the heart of India, the jungles of Madhya Pradesh burn bright and vigilant with tigers, best captured at Pench tiger reserve, Kanha national park, Bandhavgarh national park and Panna national park.
Go on further east for spotting wild elephants and witnessing amazing waterfalls in Simplipal national park in Orissa. Take on a boat ride through the rain drenched waterways in Sunderbans Tiger reserve in West Bengal. Bringing a closure to your wild life adventure visit the Manas national park in Assam to spot wild life through a river tour and communicate with the one horned Indian Rhinos at Kaziranga national Park.
Destination India for thrill seekers
For those who love to burn out their energies playing with adventure and are constantly on the lookout for adrenaline pumping activities, India is one big sporting arena. From skiing to white water rafting India offers it all subject to season and climatic conditions.
What better to start your trip at the mighty Himalayas looming overhead. Trekkers come in hordes for taking on spine chilling and thrilling treks on the high altitude trek routes of Zanskar and Ladakh.
The churning Indus river near Leh is a great spot for rafting, move south to Manali for more trek routes, rafting, hot air balloon rides, paragliding, rock climbing, zorbing and skiing. Go on to Gulmarg for world’s best skiing and snowboarding experience for all levels of expertise. Move on to the mountains of Uttaranchal and experience excellent rafting in Rishikesh and skiing and snowboarding in Auli. Come down to West coast in Lonavala, Maharashtra to experience paragliding.
Away from the mountain chills bathe in the sun and fun of driving and water sports in Goa and paragliding over ocean of Arambol and Anjuna. Move down south for a serene experience of still water rafting in the Dobare forest reserve in Karnataka. Rafting trips up to Grade IV are available here.
Head across the country to Chennai and fly to Andaman Islands for best scuba diving experience in India,. There’s still left if you have more time in hand. Go north of Kolkata to Darjeeling for rafting trips and excellent trekking routes in Sikkim’s Goecha La for breathtaking views. Move on to Cherrapunjee in Meghalaya for an offbeat trail, canyoning over living double decker root bridges.
From sea beaches to sacred sites
A route from Mumbai to Chennai brings out the best of the sea beaches and exquisite southern temples. Start off the sand and sea exploration at Mumbai’s Chowpatty beach overlooking the Arabian Sea. Take a trip to the amazing rock cut temples on Elephant Island and then travel down south to the sun kissed sands and beaches of Goa. Goa’s beaches Arambol, Vagator and Palolem are a confluence of color and cultures. Next, travel inland to the capture the beauty of ruins of Vijaynagar temples at Hampi and the Hoysala temples of Belur and Halebid.
Take the trip of Kerala’s sea side face through Mangalore and Kochi. Enjoy the peace and solitude of waves at Varkala and Kovalam beaches. Take off a train to visit the captivating architecture of Meenakshi temple in Madurai. Go towards north passing through the historical temple towns of Tiruchirapalli, Thanjuvar and Chidambaram. Break the journey at the Aurobindo Ashram of the sea side town of Puducherry which resembles a French colony. Take a detour to the famous rock carved shore temple in Mahabalipuram and wind up your journey on the Marina beach of Chennai. Seal off your beach therapy with the sun soaked beaches and the lively undersea flora and fauna.
India is a place which will affect you to the core and no matter wherever you go; Indian experience will forever be etched in your memory’s slate.