What can be more special than meeting citizens of world’s second most populous nation, meeting them over one of the largest rail networks in world, the Indian Railways. The Indian Railways are an integral part of nation’s diversity, economy and culture. Starting from the British Era period, some trains from that Era are still working showing the experiences people were having back then. Despite the fact that Indian trains donot have the same comfort as available with European trains but it is still one of the must experience one should feel during travel in India. The best way to divulge in it is to take either overnight trains or day trains as it provides with opening to interact with the locals.
Accessibility : One can access Indian Railways from any railway station.
Home to India’s most prolific film industry, some of Asia’s biggest slums, the world’s most expensive home, Mumbai is India’s financial powerhouse, fashion epicentre and a pulse point of religious tension. Called as the “city of dreamers”, it is buzzed with people in ever corner. It’s home to country’s biggest stars having followers worldwide with some of them accounting their names in the forbes richest celebrity list. The city is home to some of the country’s most dazzling nights and biggest festivals.
On the stark contrast its home to the Asia’s largest Slums depicting lives of both strata’s of the society. The Oscar Winning Movie Slumdog Millionaire shot most of its part here. Mumbai promises a tale entwined among rich and poor, dreamers and doers.
Accessibility : Mumbai has International airport which is served by all major international airlines. Also it is well connected to other Indian cities by regular domestic flights.
Not to miss : We suggest early morning cycle ride and tour to Dharavi
As the former capital of British India, Kolkata retains a mass of colonial-era architecture contrasting starkly with urban and dynamic new-town suburbs. The imposing Victoria Memorial, vast, beautifully proportioned festival of white marble showcases the British influence in best manner. Another prime attraction of Kolkata is the Belur math, set attractively amid palms and manicured lawns, it serves as the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Mission and a religious centre.
Kolkata is home to the Missionaries of Charity’s Mother House and was established by the Saint Mother Teresa in 1950 with the purpose of selfless service to mankind. Saint Mother Teresa lived most of her life in India dedicated to causes like HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis and serving the poorest of the poor. The Missionaries of Charity’s Mother house carries one through all the memories and highlights of Mother’s life . Kolkata is also the culinary capital of Bengal and is the ideal place to experience the mild yet complex tang of Bengali cuisine.
Kolkata has International airport which is well connected by some regular flights and is also well connected with in India from major metropolitan cities.
The Indian capital is conglomeration of Hindu, Mughal and British History accounting for the architecture of the city. The capital is home to the biggest and renowned monuments of India such as the Mughal Era Red Fort, Hindu’s Akshardham Temple and the Britishers Connaught place, city is filled with such imposing and important monuments. The city is filled with local bazaars promoting the cultures and native cuisines to do the city.
Delhi has International airport which is served by all major international airlines. Also it is well connected to other Indian cities by regular domestic flights.
Not to miss : We suggest to visit ChandniChowk (local market is closed on Sunday) in Old Delhi. Also you can experience Delhi by using cycles in early morning hours.
Udaipur, the royal city and home to the most beautiful of lakes in India the city is a class different to others. In the lap of lush green hills and habited by most friendly of the people Udaipur is right called as the Venice of the East. The city was established as the capital to the prosperous and the powerful Mewar Kingdom.
The capital was built from strategic point of view and was guarded by 6kms long city wall and seven huge gates! City is home to the renowned City Palace, Jagdish Temple, Lake Palace and Jag Mandir with each of them holding cultural and historical references.
Udaipur has airport which is well connected by regular flights from Delhi and Mumbai. Other option to reach Udaipur is by train from Delhi and Mumbai.
Not to miss : We strongly suggest to do boat ride on Lake Pichola to admire the beauty of Lake Palace and City Palace and also do walking tours to nearby villages and walk through colourful bazars of Udaipur.
Ladakh and Spiti Valley form a stretch of rugged roads coupled with the views unparalleled to any place on earth. Wide, sky touching mountains lapping charming villages under blue skies the view out here is breath taking. Limitless roads grazing mountains make as the perfect destination for adventurous bikers, at night the valley becomes the brightest and shiniest of the ones. Stars laddened deep dark blue skies provide the best of the time and moments to get in beauty of mothernature.
The valley is home to the oldest and biggest of monasteries and the valley is influenced by all the Buddhism culture all around. Key Gompa and Toba Monasteries are the oldest and renowned monasteries of region housing ancient artifacts and cultures.
Ladakh has airport in Leh which is connected by regular flights from Delhi. Other option to reach Ladak is by road which comes via Manali through Keylong and Sarchu.
Spiti valley is accessible only by road.
Not to Miss : Do not miss to carry camera with you as every moment will be worth capturing. We strongly suggest to attend monastery festival in these regions.
Varanasi is well connected with Delhi by regular flights and trains. Also it is well connect to Kathmandu and with roads to Buddhist sights of Badhgaya and others.
Not to miss : While in Varanasi donot miss to attend arti ceremony on river Ganges and early morning boat ride on river Ganges.
Location: TajMahal is located in city of Agra in the state of Uttar Pradesh.
Jodhpur has airport which receives regular flight from Delhi and Mumbai. It is also accessible by regular trains from all main Indian cities.
The backwaters of Kerela are a magnanimous network of more than 900 Kms of waterways renowned for the serene, subtle, amazing backdrops surrounded by lush green fields populated with towering coconut trees. The backwaters are filled with some of the unique and beautiful aquatic wildlife like crabs, mudskippers and water birds such as terns, kingfishers, darters and cormorants.
To experience backwaters and life on the banks of backwaters, we strongly recommend to stay for atleast one overnight on Houseboat which are also known as Kettuvallam or “boat with knots – as it has coir ropes tied in knots which hold the entire structure of the boat together”. Houseboats though look traditional has all modern facilities like air conditioned bed room, wc, hot and cold water shower and freshly cooked food.
Location : We recommend backwaters around Alleppey which is located in state of Kerala.
Location: TajMahal is located in city of Agra in the state of Uttar Pradesh.
Closest airport to Alleppey is in Cochin which is just 2 hours drive. It is well connected by road to Periyar, Munnar and Kovalam. Kerala has international airport which makes it well connected globally and by regular flights from within India.
Not to miss : While staying in houseboat, we recommend you to take small canoe boats to explore the backwaters area more closely. Big houseboats normally can not go inside the narrow canals which can be experienced using small boats.
The holiest gurudwara(shrine) of Sikhs, The Golden Temple is regarded as the abode of God’s spiritual attribute and pilgrims from all over the world travel here to connect with the omnipresent, almighty and to take dips in the holywater. The four entrances representing the four directions to get into the Golden Temple symbolises the openness of the Sikhs towards all people and religions. Every morning and evening Palki Ceremony is executed to bring one closer to the preachings of the almighty. With the Over 100,000 people visit the holy shrine daily for worship, and partake jointly in the free community kitchen and meal (Langar) regardless of any distinctions. This community Kitchen is the world’s largest and can serve free food upto 300,000 people in a day and is open to people of all religions and castes. Vegetarian food is served to ensure people with dietary limitations can eat together as equals.
One has to follow certain guidelines while visiting the Golden Temple because of the religious sentiments it carries
• Maintaining the purity of the sacred space and of one’s body while in it:
• Upon entering the premises, removing one’s shoes (leaving them off for the duration of one’s visit) and washing one’s feet in the small pool of water provided;
• Not drinking alcohol, eating meat, or smoking cigarettes or other drugs while in the shrine
• Dressing appropriately:
• Full body must be covered, no shorts
• Wearing a head covering (a sign of respect) the gurdwara provides head scarves for visitors who have not brought a suitable covering
• Not wearing shoes
• How to act:
• When listening to Gurbani, one must also sit on the ground while in the Darbar Sahib as a sign of deference to both the Guru Granth Sahib and God.
Location : Golden Temple is located in city of Amritsar in the state of Punjab.
Accessibility : Amritsar has International airport and well connected to all major cities. It is also accessible by regular trains from Delhi and by train and road from Chandigarh.
Entry and information : Golden temple is open throughout the day and night.
Not to miss : We strongly suggest to attend morning and evening ceremony at Golden Temple and also to take excursion to Wagah border.