There are many different Indias to visit—each with its own sights, smells, flavours and tempos.This journey of 12 days visits old colonial India, via the towns and villages built up over that period and the wildlife sanctuaries where live some of the exotic animals that India is so well known for.
Delhi- The Arcade Of All Travelers
It is Delhi where you are first welcomed at. A city built, destroyed and rebuilt several times, particularly during the medieval era, as outsiders who successfully invaded the Indian subcontinent would ransack the existing capital city in Delhi. Mughal architecture juxtaposed against sky-scrapers, slums in the back alleys of multi-storey shopping malls, 5-star monoliths beside derelict buildings, sedans alongside rickshaws and aristocracy amidst poverty; the city will thrust you into a whirlwind of firsts. From the bustling market of Chandni Chowk and Jama Masjid- India’s largest and best-known mosque where you get the essence of medieval India to India Gate and Connaught Place which showcases a uniform architecture of modern and new India you have a lot to discover in your pockets.
Sound and Light Show at Red Fort
Hauz Khas Complex
Jaipur – The Culture Of Colours And Traditions
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The state capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur lies on the edge of the Thar Desert, surrounded by the Aravali hills. One of the earliest planned cities in India, Jaipur was founded in 1727 by Sawai Jai Singh II of the ruling Rajput dynasty as his new capital. Its remarkably well-preserved heritage – which includes hilltop forts, bustling old markets, and lovely palaces – has made it a part of the golden triangle of Indian tourism.
For the best shopping experiences that will teach you the art of bargaining you got to visit city’s old bazaars of Jaipur located in the walled city, around the two main blocks called the Badi and Chhoti Chaupar. Start from Johari Bazaar, also known as the jewellers’ market, it consists of rows upon rows of jewellery shops to Tripoli Bazaar which is situated close to the City Palace and Chhoti Chaupar, this is the best place to purchase iron, stainless steel and brass utensils.
Not to forget the City Palace where you can see Rajasthani artisans play music and relish your memories for an unforgettable experience.
Agra – The City That Holds One Of The Seven Wonders In Its Laps
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The city of Agra made its mark on the global map as home to one of the seven wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal. But there’s more to the city than just the Taj. From monuments, shrines and tombs dedicated to love, to the most intricately carved handicrafts, sprawling landscaped gardens, and delicious food, there’s a reason why Agra is one of the country’s prime tourist attractions.
Here lays the beautiful memoir of white marbles that glows in the midnight with the shimmering Jamuna river situated just across. The architecture uses the interlocking arabesque concept, where each element is singular in its entirety, but integrates seamlessly with the whole. Walk a few steps from Taj Mahal and you come across one of the finest Mughal forts in India, the Agra Fort. A massive red sandstone structure located on the banks of the Yamuna river.
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Agra’s favourite sweet: Petha
This crystalline Indian sweet is one of Agra’s largest exports. Available in popular variants like Kesar, Angoori and even Paan (betal leaf), it’s a sweet treat every tourist should sample when visiting Agra.
Khajuraho- The History Buff
Famous for its sensual sculptures, this UNESCO World Heritage Site contains one of the best examples of temple architecture in India. Khajuraho’s temples were built by the Chandela dynasty, who ruled over central India between 950-1050 AD. Out of the 85 original temples, only 20 survive today. Most of them have soaring vertical spires or shikharas, which are believed to represent the Himalayas.
Bandhavgarh- Tiger Safari
Established in 1968, the Bandhavgarh National Park is located in the Vindhya Hills of the Umaria district in Madhya Pradesh. The park is known for its prodigious tiger population (the highest in any Park in India) and also has a large breeding population of leopards, and various species of deer. Bandhavgarh got its name from the most prominent hillock of the area of Umaria.
Varanasi- The Oldest City Trails
One of the oldest living cities in the world, Varanasi needs little introduction. Travellers can love it or hate it, but they certainly cannot resist getting infected by its eccentric vibe—be it the effervescent narrow streets that zig-zag behind the ghats, the rush to see the evening aarti, the irresistible food or the long boat rides along the stretch of ghats by the Ganga. Considered to be the holiest place for Hindus to cremate their loved ones, the ironic celebration of life around the business of death is hard to miss. Thousands of travellers descend on the ghats each year to immerse in the spirit of Varanasi. Garbled conversations with paan-filled mouths, a cup of tea with strangers in a tea shop, sizzling street food, ancient havelis from which the sound of instruments still wafts into the streets and the all year round celebration of festivals are just a handful of things that make the city nothing short of intriguing!
Chet Singh Ghat
Evening prayers at Dashaswamedh Ghat