Ancient heritage, a rich culture, verdant jungles, striking beaches, great wildlife sanctuaries and stunning hill stations – you name it and India has it. My Motherland offers diversity within its boundaries. From braving extreme weather conditions on the Chadar trek, to exploring the backwaters of Kerala, to the pristine beaches of Goa, to the lush North East, there are endless possibilities for exploration. Whether you wish to spend a few months in India or just about a few weeks, there’s a whole lot of things to see in India.
Having spent most of my life in India, I can say the least that you won’t run places to visit or have any problem coming up with activities to do here in this world of beauty and charm. If not instantly, you’ll end up falling in love with the country in the process of exploring all the major attractions. There’s so much diversity and a whole lot of ways to get around things to do in India. Be it unraveling the mysterious lanes of Varanasi, or twirling and twisting around the colourful palaces of Jaipur, you’ll be at a loss of words. I know it is difficult to get around India, find accommodation, and find the most important places to do here. That is why I am here to help you travel India better on your visit.
Our guide will give you a complete overview of India travel and I’ve tried to share travel guides of prominent destinations around India so you can travel clever, smarter, and safer.
So, just get a cup of coffee and enjoy our India guide!
Things to See and Do
1. Go to Jaipur
There’s a certain royal feel and charm to this city! Harsh and I love Jaipur so much that we plan on visiting this city at least once a year and just get prance around the beguiling lanes, shop local handicrafts, and become royalty for some days. Spend your days on the wide streets uncovering City Palace, Jaigarh Fort, Amer Palace and Hawa Mahal.
2. Hop on an Adventure Ride in Leh Ladakh
The Land of high passes, Leh is not just one of the most beautiful places to visit in India but in the world. This region is renowned for it’s pristine blue Pangong Tso, famed Alchi Monastery, strikingly beautiful Nubra Valley, and world’s highest motorable pass, Khardung-la. The landscape of Leh is such that you can enjoy a host of adventure activities such as trekking, mountaineering, ATV rides, etc.
3. Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Pristine natural paradise replete with white sandy beaches, best diving locations, lagoons of turquoise blue waters and mangrove forests, this is Andamans for you. There’s no better place in India where you can find a fine amalgamation of sun, sand and sea. This tropical paradise boasts of numerous gorgeous beaches including the famous Radhanagar Beach. However, our favourite of all is Neil Island. Those seeking solitude can choose to laze around on the tranquil shores whilst watching the sun go down or explore the immaculate backwaters on a leisure vacay. After all this, you can also go ahead and discover colonial past of Andamans in Port Blair.
4. Find a Slice of Paradise in Kashmir
Nature has blessed Kashmir with prodigious beauty, picturesque landscapes, meandering rivers and prolific meadows. This region can be well compared to Switzerland alps and calling it paradise on Earth isn’t an understatement. It offers you everything from snow-capped mountains to rugged trekking routes, to religious shrines and gushing streams. Professional and novice skiers can make the most of this snow haven tucked in the Himalayas. Take my suggestion – don’t forget to visit Gulmarg and Pahalgam during your visit to Kashmir.
5. Hangout in Goa
Goa is a city that never sleeps. It literally remains awake 24×7 and parties till dawn. However, there is much more to this party destination like wildlife sanctuaries, churches, colourful flea markets & night bazaars, and Dudhsagar Falls. Want adventure and sports fun? Find it all at Baga Beach. Wish to party like the hippies? Head to Arambol. Wander past old Portuguese homes, relax on the white sandy beaches, whizz past the art galleries and are sure to give into Goa’s undeniable charm.
6. Find Eternal Peace in Varanasi
It wasn’t love at first sight with Varanasi. It was only after an intimate rendezvous with this Hindu city and a powerful confrontation with the ritual of life and death that I feel in love with this magical city. The oldest inhibited city of India, you can do endless things here or simply choose to wile away your time at ghats by watching sunrise and sunset. Head to Blue Lassi Wala for a refreshing glass of lassi that you wouldn’t find anywhere else in the world, or take a boat trip early morning to just see this world from a fresh perspective.
7. Get Enchanted by Taj Mahal in Agra
Rudyard Kipling once said that Taj Mahal is “The embodiment of all things pure”. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Taj Mahal is an ivory-white marble mausoleum that is also counted amongst the Seven Wonders of the World. Begin your honeymoon escapade from the Taj and explore all nooks and crannies of Agra.
8. All Foodies Hail Delhi
In Delhi, you’ll find a perfect concoction of history and modern life in the perfect dose. Where I’d easily recommend you a quick few hotspots to start your Delhi Darshan, but one place you cannot leave without visiting is surely the Old Delhi. Every corner, you are bound to hear honk-honk-beeeep!! And there lies the beauty of Old Delhi! Either you end up loving the capital of India or hating it completely. But for a fact, you cannot ignore it. It’s chaotic, fast, and highly photogenic at the same time.
In Delhi, you’ll never have to sleep hungry. Delhi is a foodie’s paradise. The street food at Atul Chat Corner, South Indian idlis at Sarvana Bhavan, punjabi chole bhature at Gopal Ji, sizzling kebabs at Karims, aloo Tikki at Daulat Ram, and Mughlai Cuisines at Al Kauser will tantalise your taste buds. Give this fast-paced capital a chance, it won’t disappoint.
India Travel Costs
Accommodation – India is a country of great contrasts and while it is usually not very expensive to travel around the country, it also depends on one’s personal interests and liking as to how much they wish to spend.
Budget travellers and solo backpackers can relish scrumptious street food, sleep well in budget accommodations, and end up spending anywhere between $5-$15 a day. That would be the highest of budgets but you could survive in India with that kind of money.
Expanding your budget a bit, say $35-$45 would mean more comfort while traveling in India. This means you can stay in a nice budget hotel with better amenities and WiFi connection.
High-end travellers or luxury travellers will be equally delighted by the options available at their end in India. From staying at palace-turned hotels to stunning boutique hotels like Taj Palace, there are a lot of delightful options to choose from. The budget can go anywhere from $100-$5000 for this category! Don’t believe me? Check out luxury suite category option at The Oberoi Udaivilas Udaipur. Thank me later!
Food – The cultural diversity of India can be witnessed in its food. It wouldn’t be wrong to say Indian food is legendary as there’s so much variety that comes from different food preparations from different states. I am North Indian who loves South Indian food. And take my word- finding places to dine in India can never be a struggle. Throughout North, West, South, East, you can find small stalls and cafes where food doesn’t cost much. You can get Maggi, sandwiches, patties, pizzas, and sweets for as low as $1 – $5. A good meal at a restaurant can set you back by $10-$20. There are buffet options at Punjabi Grill and Barbecue Nation where you can eat one lavish meal for approximately $10.
You can find 24×7, 7×11 stores in major cities but always trust small kiosks and shops to stock on your midnight meals. Almost all Indian cities have amazing fresh fruit and vegetable markets. You can also cook your own meals if staying in Airbnb and save a lot of money. Raw ingredients come at a cheap price. Head to any local grocery store, grab some cheese, bread, juice, and biscuits, and rush to a park for a picnic.