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India is blessed with stunning beauty and a rich culture that give globetrotters massive travel goals. With its diverse and enchanting natural elements like the mighty mountains, the thriving valleys, the long meandering rivers, the lively sea coasts and more, traveling in India is truly an incredible experience. Here are some of the best ways to explore India in all its glory.

Stunning Ways to Experience India

1. Corners of the Himalayas


We went to Key, one of the most impressive sites we have ever been to. We can observe the residence of the kings of this small principality who still reside on the banks of the river, as well as its market and temples. After seeing a spectacular sunrise in front of the impressive peaks of the Himalayas, we left for Nako. We visited the Dhankar monastery.

The rest of the day passed without further problems until we arrived in Tabo. Shortly before arriving at Sumdo we had to stop the march because the road was cut due to a detachment. There between the huge scree we stayed almost a couple of hours, seeing what happens and if the mountain was finished falling. The climb is long but the scenery is incredible and we finally reach the small town of Nako.

At dusk we enjoyed a tour of medieval Tibetan village. The most similar to how I imagine it is Upper Mustang, but in miniature, of course. We reach a police barrier where we have to present a permit for entry into the restricted area (border with Tibet) and register our passage.

One of the signs in Kinnaur proclaims: You are going through the most dangerous road in the world. The roads have been carved on the slopes of the mountains, and some of the roads are hardly credible. It almost feels like heaven.

We also could not resist making a small march to a nearby town called Roghi. The most impressive thing is not the villa but the access road to it. It is really not suitable for people with vertigo. The road is excavated in the mountain passes through several places where the fall is vertical to the river.

You can arrive at its point culminating in a place called the suicide point where the fall is 900 vertical meters to the river, immediately rising to the other side, 4,200 meters of rock to the summits of the Kinnaur Kailash massif of about 6,000 meters.

In Roghi we visited some temples similar to those of Kalpa and we mixed a little with their inhabitants. The eagles that we found here have a huge size. All the way we had them circling overhead and occasionally diving down to reach their prey.

Stunning Ways to Experience India

2. Sikh hospitality in Amritsar


Amritsar is the city of the turbans and where spirituality is breathed in every corner, besides being one of the main cities of the Punjab state. The main attraction of Amritsar is the Golden Temple. It is a little difficult to explain in words the great beauty of this complex and all the environment that surrounds it. The Golden Temple is just one part of a large complex that houses other rooms. This great complex is known as Harmandir Sahib.

The entrance of white marble is large and majestic, and the sight of the gold at the bottom of the entrance arches is incredible. The gigantic kitchen, known as Guru Ka Langar, feeds between 60,000 and 80,000 people each day. Five minutes from the Golden Temple is Jallianwala Bagh Park. In your walk through the city you can go in search of the different temples that you can also visit, such as the Sri Durgiana Temple or the Mata Temple.

If you have time you can also go up to the Gobindgarh Fort. Better known as Wagah Border, a rather interesting change of guard ceremony takes place on this border.

Stunning Ways to Experience India

3. Modern Punjabi city of Chandigarh


Chandigarh is an exception in India. It may seem like a small and visionary Brasilia, with its modern architecture of the 1950s. The city is divided into identical sectors, crossed by large avenues. In the north, the sector 1 concentrates the Capitol and all its official and administrative buildings. It is worth going up to the terrace of the Secretariat, the headquarters of the governments of the two states, to admire the fantastic views.

On the one hand, the modern city to the south has the first foothills of the Himalayas. Take a tour of the administrative district and visit its large 220-hectare artificial Sukhna Lake, very close to the High Court. In the sector 10, discover 5,000 years of history of North India in the Museum of Evolution of Life.

Let yourself be drunk by the immense Rose Garden, in the sector 16, where more than a thousand varieties are cultivated (ideal between December and February). To do some shopping, nothing better than the spacious commercial center of the sector 17, in front of the bus station.

Ludhiana is another traditional Punjabi city near Chandigarh, famous for its woolen clothes and cotton t-shirts. The month of February hosts the infamous Mach Auto EXPO, which takes place at the Glada Ground. Automotive enthusiasts from around the world come to this expo which is the largest one in India.

The latest in engineering machinery, automotive tools and parts, hand tools and machine tools and much more are exhibited at this event. During one of the largest business conferences in India, this is also the ideal time to enjoy the traditional city and culture of Punjab during the month of February.

Patiala is known as the city of forts and gardens; With its intricate and beautiful works of art, the bright colors of the gardens and the beauty of its temples and the royal residence of Qila Mubarak make the city of Punjab very interesting to visit. Qila Mubarak, located in the heart of the city, was the resident of the Patiala royal family before the former Moti Bagh palace.

Baradari gardens are an unmissable attraction for its colorful range of flowers and the royal house, the cricket stadium and an ice rink. Sheesh Mahal is a work of art, famous for its mirror works and the nearby lake enhances its beauty. The Gurdwara Dukh Nivaran Sahib and the Gurdwara Moti Bagh Sahib are important religious destinations dedicated to the Sikh Guru Teg Bahadur.

Lachman Jhoola connects the Sheesh Mahal with the Banasar Ghar and is a beautiful suspension bridge built on a small artificial lake. It is a replica of the famous Lakshman Jhoola in Rishikesh. The tree-lined parks in front of the villa feature exquisite marble statues, including a 1903 sculpture of Queen Victoria.

4. City of the Nawabs: Lucknow


To begin with, Lucknow is a big, stifling capital of Uttar Pradesh. The arts, painting, music and dance, flourished under the generous patronage of the last Nawabs of Awadh. Take your time to visit the monuments, especially the Bara Imambara with its three-dimensional labyrinth known as Bhul bhulaiya, Chota imambara, Kaiserbagh palace, the Chattar manzil and the Residency.

The buildings of the three sides of the quadrangle Qaisarbagh once provided rooms for the ladies of the harem of Wajid Ali Shah, the last ruler of the Awadh kingdom. In the center rises the white Baradari, a large white stone building that was previously paved with silver. This historic palace is considered one of the beautiful royal buildings of India.

5. Kumbh Mela in Allahabad


Among the four cities, the place where this pilgrimage is most important is in Prayagraj, the city where the most sacred river Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati converge. Kumbh Mela is considered the largest pilgrimage in the world and in 2018 was named Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. An event that brings together more than 100 million people who come to the banks of the river to bathe.

In Allahabad, people go by boat to the point of union of the three sacred rivers. It is a pilgrimage that takes place four times every twelve years.

6. Diamond Triangle of Odisha


Bhubaneswar is the capital of the state of Odisha, in eastern India, until recently known as Orissa. About 100 kms from Bhubaneswar is the ancient Buddhist Centers of Lalitagiri and Ratnagiri, which together with the site of Udaygiri form what is known as the diamond triangle of Odisha.

On a day trip from Bhubaneswar, visit the ancient Buddhist sites of Lalitagiri and Ratnagiri, dating from the 1st century BC to the 12th century AD to see the stone coffin containing the relics of the Buddha in Lalitagiri, standing statues of the Buddha and sculptures of the Gandhara School of Architecture.

Drive to Chilika Lake and then to Gopalpur along the sea. One of the longest dam in the world in the largest artificial lake of Asia, Hirakud Dam is in the solitary majesty through the great river Mahanadi.

Drive to Konark, where the Sun Temple that is on the beach of the Bay of Bengal is an architectural marvel. Of particular interest to tourists are the southern coasts of Gopalpur and Dhabaleswar, which have long been surpassed by the more popular ones near Puri.

Puri, the popular beach, is one of the four char dhams in India. It is very famous for the Jagannath Temple, which contributed with the word juggernaut to the English language. The temple is famous for the Ratha Yatra that is held annually.

Spend the day in the artisan village of Raghurajpur near the lace that specializes in paintings of Patachitra, an art form belonging to Batik using bright colors painted on palm leaves. Continue towards Bhubaneshwar and stop at Dhauli Stupa where Ashoka of Kalinga dynasty embraced the teachings of Buddha.

Stunning Ways to Experience India

7. Cruise in Papikondalu, Andhra Pradesh


The trip to Papikondalu or Papi Hills, a picturesque region in the Eastern Ghats, traversed by the Godavari River, is an unforgettable experience. The best way to get to see these hills covered with deciduous tropical forests is by taking a seven-hour cruise along the Godavari River, one of the largest in India and the largest in southern India, from Kunavaram to the confluence with the Sabari river, where its waters turn brown and turbid.

According to legend, Rama and Sita lived in Papikondalu and therefore it is a sacred place. In a summit called Perantalapalli there is a temple dedicated to Shiva, venerated by resident tribes whose rituals, if one visits the place, must be strictly followed. Here you can stop the boat and enjoy the nature, before the exuberance of the vegetation dotted by waterfalls.

You can also extend the trip and spend the night in the Kolluru village, on the banks of the river, in authentic bamboo huts. At night, sit around a campfire while the fishermen clean the catch of the day. Next day, walk through the hills and visit the tribal village. Do not be surprised if everything seems different with the new day. They say that the stars and the river Godavari have worked at night to awaken the poet in you!

Papikondalu is also one of the most recognized places in the Eastern Ghats as a habitat for big cats, wild boar, deer and a treasure for birds.

Do not forget to enter the Borra caves, which are one million years old, with splendid stalagmites and stalactites. The city is surrounded by ancient Buddhist centers, most of them recently discovered. The list includes places such as Thotlakonda, Bavikonda, Sankaram, Pavuralakonda and Gopalapatnam. Nagarjunasagar has a rich and interesting past.

Tirumala and Tirupati receive millions of visitors every day. The temple of Venkateswara, on the hill of Tirumala, is one of the most important places of worship in India. There are another eleven in different states of India, among which include Puttaparthi. When you are in Andhra Pradesh, be sure to attend a classic Kuchipudi dance show.

Of the best places for a summer getaway in South India is Anantagiri, one of the corners of greatest natural beauty 5 km from Vikarabad city of Rangareddy. The Anantagiri hills, in the Telangana region has magnificent views of the coast. The landscape is completed with wonderful waterfalls, cliffs and an unsurpassed nature.

Ananthagiri Temple is located in this forested area. There is a small village near Ananthagiri called Alampally and much smaller village near Alampally called Nalapur.

8. Rock Climbing in Bhuvanagiri, Telengana


Bhongir Fort is located in Bhongir, Bhongiri or Bhuvanagiri in Nalgonda district in Telangana. This fortress is based on a unique rock formation perched on a hill. More than 500 meters high and extending over an area of ​​40 acres, the fort was considered practically impregnable by the invading armies. It is located on National Highway 202 about 48 km from the state capital, Hyderabad and built in the 12th century by the western ruler of Chalukya Tribhuvanamalla-Vikramaditya.

It has a unique egg-shaped construction with two access points protected by huge rocks. A moat that surrounds the fortress, a large underground chamber, trapdoors, an armory, stables, ponds, wells offer a fascinating insight. The view from the top of the surrounding countryside is simply stunning.

Surrounded by mountains and lush green forests, Adilabad is sanctified by the rumination of blessed souls like Ved Vyas. It is a place where you can see the waterfalls that sprout rivers, invigorating and interesting fauna, encourage the nerves.

The main attraction of Hyderabad is Charminar, built in 1591 in the center of the old perimeter of the city. The majestic Haveli Purani, the palace acquired by the second Nizam, has now become a museum with a fascinating collection. The museum exhibits gifts and souvenirs presented to the past Nizam. A 1930 Rolls Royce, Packard and a Jaguar Mark V are some of the antique cars shown here.

In the middle of Lake Hussain Sagar, located in the center of the city, stands a gigantic Buddha statue. From Hyderabad, you can visit Fort Golkonda. In the vicinity, one kilometer from the Banjara Darwaza of Fort Golkonda, are the tombs of the legendary Qutb Shah.

A place worth visiting is the Salargunj Museum, which houses one of the largest collections of antiquities in the world. Do not miss the temple of the thousand columns, the Warangal Fort, the temple and the Ramappa lake; Kush Mahal, Pakhal Lake as well as wildlife reserve, Tadwai, Bhadrakali Temple, Khazipet Dargha, Fatima Churches, Kolanupaka, Pembarti, Eturungaram, Cheriyal.

Stunning Ways to Experience India

If you are thinking of exploring India during your next vacation, make sure you take a peek at various forms of culture and the vivid natural beauty. Take your time and travel your heart out in this beautiful land.
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