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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.

Stunning Ways to Experience India

1. Diamond Triangle of Odisha


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

2. Boat Trip on the Ganges


Ganges is considered a river Goddess, and people rever it. If you first visit the shores, you will need to take a boat trip and release a lotus flower making a wish. If you are lucky, the Goddess will listen and it will come true. There is nothing quite like a night boat ride on the Ganges, but you should be aware of the fact that it is one of the most polluted rivers in the world, too. Just because the yogis on the shores of Varanasi wash in it, it might not be safe for you.

3. Riding on an Elephant


If you visit any of the large forts of North India, you will be offered the chance to take an elephant ride. It is not only a great photo opportunity, but you will also see more of the town below. You can travel in comfort, but be sure to arrange your tour ahead, or you might end up paying extra for a few bananas for the beautifully decorated elephants.

4. Visiting the Temples


On the Trikuta hills, about 13 kms near the Katra village which is about 50 kms from Jammu, is the famous cave temple of Mata Vaishno Devi. It is one of the oldest of all temples in India. Ayodhya, the temple city, with a sacred site around each corner is best discovered at a leisurely pace. Visit Ram Janmabhoomi, Kanak Bhavan, Nageshwarnath Temple, Treta Ke Thakur, Lakshmana Ghat, Mani Parbat, Hanumangarh.

In Delhi, you will find a special temple. The Lotus Temple is not dedicated to one god or religion, but all of them. You will see respect and positive vibes in the interior, and it is a great place to try to meditate and see clearer about your life.

In Chhattisgarh you will find the Teevardev Mahavihara. Visiting the temple is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and you should not miss it. Jogimara cave is next to Sita Bengra in Ambikapur. The ceiling and walls of this cave is filled with drawings of birds, flowers and human figures executed to perfection in red, yellow and black, dating from the 3rd century.

Madhya Pradesh has a number of important pilgrimage centers. Indore is the most important city in the region, where you can visit visit Lal Bagh Palace, Rajwada and Kanch mandir or crystal temple. Padavali and Bateshwar Padavali is famous for the magnificent temple built in the Padavali fortress. The temple shows classical architecture, which can be equated to any of the famous temples.

This wonderful temple represents the ten incarnations of Vishnu, Mahabharata, the marriage of Ganesha, and Samudra Manthan. Saas Bahu Temple, located in the east of the Gwalior Fort, attracts not only the devotees, but also the tourists for their artistic value. A temple recently built and dedicated to the Sun God, the Sun Temple is located in Morar. It is a facsimile of the famous Konark sun temple, Orissa.

Teli Ka Mandir at the Gwalior Fort is distinguished from the other compositions of its time, due to its unique architecture. Although the roof of the temple has a Dravidian look, the sculptures are typical of northern India. While Ujjain and Omkareshwar have a special meaning because of the sanctuaries that two of the twelve jyotirlingas, Maheshwar, Mandleshwar, Amarkantak, Hoshangabad are also important in their own right.

Omkareshwar is an OM shaped island at the confluence of Narmada and Kaveri. In Ujjain, one of the sacred cities of India visit some of the oldest temples, Bhartruhari Caves, Khamba Chaubis Temple and Gopal Mandir, before proceeding to Bhopal.

One of the main tourist destinations related to archaeology and a bit of history, are the famous ones Bhimbetka cave paintings. The Bhimbetka Rock Shelters are located in the hills of Vindhyan, on the southern edge of the central plateau of India.

Within the outcroppings of massive sandstone, above the relatively dense forests, there are five groups of natural rock shelters, showing paintings that seem to date from the Stone Age cultures from the end of the Acheulian at the end of the Mesolithic period.

Considered as one of the sacred cities of India, Dwarka is one of the four char dham in India, being a pilgrimage destination for devotees and home to the colorful Krishna Janmashtami festival, as it is believed that here was located the first kingdom of Krishna. A monumental complex in the epic mouth of the Gomti River is famous for the presence of temples such as the Dwarkadhish, built 2200 years ago.

Around it white houses hugged by the mysticism of gods still seem to whistle among its streets.

5. Seeing a Palmist


If you believe in Vedic astrology, you might want to find out what traditional palmists have to say about your future. Palmists do not charge an arm and a leg in India, and you will be surprised how much they will know about you in just a few minutes. You can ask them any questions and their predictions are said to be pretty accurate.

6. Visiting a Market


If you would like to try the local Indian cuisine, you might want to avoid the tourist areas and go to any of the local markets to taste the real street dishes offered for Indians like chhena poda. You can also shop for fabric, get a kilt or a local garment made in just a few hours to measure for much less than it would cost you to visit any tailor shop at home.

Be sure to make the most out of your money, though, and always use the local currency. Check out the Currency exchange prices and compare them as the rates vary at different locations. If you are visiting India, you need to engage with the locals and experience life through their eyes.

Stunning Ways to Experience India


7. Make Time for a Comfortable Farm Stay


If you like it simple and want to get back to the roots, organic farm stays are your best option. Listen to the sound of birds chirping, know how your food grows and eat it fresh, smell the fragrance of the rich soils and view India in its most rustic form. Break away from the shackles of the urban life for a while and keep yourself grounded in the simplicity of life on a farm.

8. Attend the Holi Festival


In India each year, spring is welcomed in a very special way. Holi, is the festival of colors and one of the most important festivities in the country. During this celebration, people paint and throw colored powders called Gulal. The party begins on the first full moon night usually at the beginning of March, with the one known as Holika Dahan, which revolves around the bonfire.

During this evening, people take the opportunity to prepare sweets such as a pie filled with dried fruit, or succumb to the romance between fire shavings and sandalwood aroma.

One of the most famous versions is Lathmar Holi in the state of Uttar Pradesh, more specifically in the villages of Vrindavan and Barsana not far from Mathura, during which the women of the village go to the square where they beat the men with a stick. In Delhi, different parties vibrate around the city between DJ's, colors and laughs in a much more cosmopolitan atmosphere.

Jaipur welcomes even more colors and even a festive Elephant that is celebrated on the same day as Holi. The powerful intoxicating effect of the bhang is an important part of the celebration of Holi, a festival that knows no restrictions. Its consumption is especially rampant in the north of the country, where it is celebrated with a special enthusiasm.

The drinks and food is impregnated with bhang. The bhang ki thandai, a cold drink made with almonds, rose petals, ginger and spices such as garam masala, the pakoras and the vadas, all hide that secret and sacred ingredient that helps to intensify the festive spirit of Holi. One of the most popular variants is bhang lassi, a drink made from fresh leaves and cannabis seeds and a yogurt milkshake with spices.

Shantiniketan, in the state of Bengal, gathers Tagore recitals among colored powders, games and women dressed in yellow representing abundance. A version called Basant Utsav that links with the turmeric color that invades Manjal Kuli, the discrete Holi of Kerala. In Punjab, Holi is celebrated as Hola Mohalla, a day reserved in honor of the Sikh warriors through more solemn but equally enjoyable rituals.

Visiting the Lotus Temple

Stunning Ways to Experience India

9. Spa in the Himalayas


It is situated near the cities of Rishikesh and Haridwar. Ananda in the Himalayas is one of the best spa hotels and amazing destinations which gives you unprecedented experience an amazing luxury. It is a wonderful place for recreation and relaxing which is added with adventure and fun games like nature trek, golf, billiards and wildlife safaris. Located about 260 kilometres from Delhi, Ananda is accessible by train, road and air and is considered one of the most luxurious experiences in India.
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  • Thursday, August 23, 2018
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