India is an explosion of amazing architecture, colorful fashion, incredible food, and beautiful traditions. Therefore, the country has much to offer. Here are the top experiences you must not miss while visiting India.
Take A Boat Ride On The Ganges River
The Ganges River is sacred to Hindus and is worshipped as a goddess. Take a boat trip at dawn or dusk to see the locals’ devoutness come alive. In the morning, bathers head to the river to purify their bodies. In the evening, diyas (clay lamps) are lit and sent to drift in the river.
Try The Street Food
Each region in India has its specialty street food. Some popular dishes are papri chaat (fried wafers piled high with potatoes, chickpeas, yogurt, and chilli powder), pakoras (battered and fried vegetables, cheese, or chicken), and the Mumbai delicacy, bhel puri (spicy rice with bits of onion). Visit local markets to get the best street food.
Ride A Camel
Take a walk (or ride) on the wild side with a camel ride through the Thar desert. The seemingly never-ending sand dunes will be a nice escape from the bustling cities of the country.
The people of Indian are very devout, and daily trips to the temple are not uncommon. Learn more about the local faith, and visit the temples throughout the country. Many are open to nonbelievers. Visit temples such as Jama Masjid in Delhi, the Kalighat Kali Temple in Kolkata, and the Siddhivanayak Temple in Mumbai or Golden Temple in Amritsar.
Receive A Blessing From The Dalai Lama
Take a trip to Dharamshala, home of the exiled Tibetan government, and the Dalai Lama. Although it is hard to get a private audience with the Dalai Lama, upon occasion he holds public teachings. During public appearances, the Dalai Lama gives everyone in attendance a personal blessing.
Tour The Taj Mahal & Beyond
Of course if you are in India, you must see the Taj Mahal. The grandeur building has unbelievable architecture and lush gardens. However, many leave the city of Agra, after visiting the famed mausoleum. However, there is so much more to see. The city of Agra has an extensive, rich history with many other interesting sites such as the Agra Fort, Etmad Ud Daulla’s Tomb, and Mehtab Bagh.