India attractions can be broken down into a few different categories. Many travelers are drawn to the country for its impressive temples, palaces, and shrines. The most famous of these attractions in India are the Taj Mahal, the cave temples at Ajanta and Ellora, the temples of Khajuraho, and Mehrangarh Fort, just to name a few. All of these different India tourist attractions feature different architectural elements, from intricate erotic sculptures to entire temples carved into mountains, and Taj Mahal photos are the quintessential souvenir of a trip to India.
When planning India sightseeing trips, other travelers are interesting in visiting the major cities of the country. The culture of India is alive in its people and street markets. For instance, the sprawling Indian city of Kolkata is home to thirteen million people and includes a museum, housed in the Victoria Memorial, about India during the British Empire, brightly colored neighborhoods, and rickshaws waiting to give visitors a ride to their next desired location. A great way to see the city from the street, rickshaws are usually inexpensive, but be sure to negotiate a price before your journey begins.
In Mumbai, the best India sightseeing happens off the bustling boulevards. On back streets and alleys, produce is sold and the occasional scampering goat might surprise the unsuspecting foreigner. India attractions can be found throughout the various cities, and visitors will experience a more authentic trip especially if they leave behind the popular tourist attractions in favor of the lesser-known ones. It is usually best to visit these best-known attractions as early in the morning as possible to avoid crowds and leave the afternoons for shopping, eating, and people watching. Many attractions in India will be most crowded from November through March, so consider traveling in the off-season to avoid crowds.
Many other India attractions are centered on nature. From the soaring beauty of the Himalayas to wildlife preserves that raise and take care of rare animals, it is possible to travel to India and never set foot in a city, outside of arriving at one of the airports. Adventure travelers are drawn to the Himalayas for biking, hiking, fishing, and white-water rafting. Devotees to yoga are drawn to yoga tours and retreats, on which they learn to operate on the sun’s schedule. The Himalayas are also home to some of the most interesting animals on Earth and have become major attractions in India. The northern part of the country, including Shimla and the state of Jammu and Kashmir, is an excellent area to spend time in the mountains.
Whether temples and shrines, cities, or wildlife is the center of your India sightseeing, months could be spent exploring the massive country. Cuisine and traditions vary by region, and a grand tour of the country can be possible by train and flights within India. It may be worth it for visitors to consider festivals when planning a trip to India, as these can be unique attractions and definitely spectacles worth attending. It is important to keep safety in mind at any attraction in India, and be sure to only purchase tickets from designated vendors.