India is one of the most amazing, interesting and beautiful places I ever been to. It’s an enormously big country, full of beauty, surprises and diversity. Visiting only one place in India would be just like visiting only one of the European countries. There are all different and unique. You can’t get a taste of real India without traveling around the country.
The big cities in the North are busy, crowded and often quiet chaotic. Beautiful temples, colourful saris, flowers, children and animals running around on the streets; extreme wealth and poverty blend into each other. I the North I visited New Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and Varanasi. All these cities were very different form each other. As a tourist it’s not always easy to navigate and move around. Especially when your appearance makes you stand out from the crowd. The best advice I could give to anyone who wants to do some sightseeing is to rent a driver. Distances between major attractions can be very big, and one rickshaw or taxi ride can cost you as much (if not more) as the whole day with a driver. Negotiation with taxi and rickshaw drivers can also big quiet unpleasant experience. So if you want to safe time and energy driver could be a very good option (and it not very pricey).
My favourite cities in the North were Jaipur and Varanasi. Jaipur is located in the middle of the dessert and it’s also known as the pink city. Building in the city are usually pink or nude. There are animals running around on the streets, you can spot monkeys, pigs and camels. On markets you can get all kinds of colourful spices, fruits and beautiful Indian jewellery. It really feels exotic. Varanasi is the holy city, the spiritual capital of India. Pilgrims from all around the country come to Varanasi to bath in the Ganga river. One of the best experiences was the sunset cruise on the Ganga river. All the colourful Ghats, people and animals bathing in the river, a very unique and memorable moment. Varanasi is probably one of the most fascinating cities I ever seen.
The south of India is completely different. Way more calm, full of palm trees, vegetarian dishes on the menu and also culturally very different. My favourite place was Kerala. Heaven on earth. The most beautiful beaches, forrest of palm trees, exotic fruits, canals and even more colours everywhere. Some of the trains we took in the south didn’t have glass windows, and usually they didn’t go very fast, so we could easily admiring the beauty of Indian countryside.
In all we visited about 10 different places and I have so much more to share. So if you’re interested to know more about this fascinating place, my next monday traveling post will be about my tips and recommendation in India. Have a great week everyone! 🙂
New Delhi, Red Port
Humayun’s Tomb, New Delhi
Qutb Minar, New Delhi
In front of India Gate, New Delhi
Streets of New Delhi
Jama Masjid, New Delhi
Hawa Mahal, Jaipur
Kids in “school rickshaw”, Jaipur
Camels in the middle of the city, Jaipur
and pigs, Jaipur
Galwar Bagh (Monkey Temple), Jaipur
By the Jahl Mahal, a palace located in the middle of the lake, Jaipur
View of Jaipur
Streets and markets in Jaipur
Taj Mahal, Agra
Varanasi, the holy city
Ganga River, Varanasi
Varanasi seen from The German Bakery
Sunset cruise on the Ganga river
Train station in Kerala
In the rickshaw, Kochi, Kerala
Church in Kochi, Kerala
Victoria Train Station, Mumbai
Crawford Market, Mumbai