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Have you ever considered going on the trip to end all trips but you aren’t sure where that trip should take you? Perhaps you have a general idea of where you’d like to go, but you’re a bit worried about getting there, making it work and having a good time. If you’ve been trying to think of the perfect place that has a bit of everything for everyone, consider India. This enormous subcontinent is home not just to many different ways of living and landscapes, but many different experiences that you can have that will help you carve memories that will last a lifetime. Sound interesting? Read ahead to learn more about this unique country and why you should visit.
The Golden Triangle
Probably one of the most popular tourist ‘attractions’ in the country, the Golden Triangle is actually a small triangle featuring three cities – New Delhi, Jaipur and Agra. These cities are each unique, with New Delhi being the most likely place that many travellers to the area will enter the country through. Travelling the Golden Triangle will take travellers on a bit of an introductory journey through Indian life and to the most famous Indian monument of all – the Taj Mahal in Agra. This beautiful mausoleum is the depiction of love, having been built by a prince for his princess when she died so that he could see her resting place from afar. Jaipur is known as the Pink City due to the general pink sheen to the houses and buildings, including the fort that stands overlooking the city from the top of a hill. If you want the perfect introduction to India before venturing further afield, this is the activity to do.
One of the most eye-opening and somewhat difficult places to visit in all of India, Varanasi is considered the most holy of sites by Hindu people. This is where many people endeavour to come to either pass away or to be cremated with their ashes thrown into the holy Ganges river. Varanasi is home to a whole meticulous network of unique back alley-style streets, lined with shops and cafes selling bhang lassi and all manner of local cuisine. The general air of the city is that of a culture so rich and traditional that you can’t help but get swept up in the excitement and the ambience.
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If you’re already in the area visiting India, one of the best things to do is to pop north of the border and into Nepal. This beautiful and unique country is home to the Himalayas including Everest and is popular for backpackers. Visiting Nepal is a wonderful experience with many options for those who like hiking to get out into nature to experience all the country has to offer. Make a plan to climb the Annapurna mountain range – a trek you can do in about two weeks if you’re dedicated, stopping at little guesthouses along the way.
So if you’ve been looking for a great getaway that has a little something for everyone, India is the perfect place to head to in order to have a truly eye-opening and beautiful experience. Enjoy!