INDIA! Where to even begin?
To me, India’s always represented ‘everything’; it represents ‘all.’ Everything is here. You can stay here forever, and you’ll never feel like you’ve missed out on life.
India is the first country which we visited on our six month sabbatical. We had no idea what to expect. We spent a month in the country visiting the mountain city of Leh at the bottom of the Himalayas, through to Delhi, Rajasthan and Mumbai.
In this blog, we will be sharing our favourite destinations and cities in India for you to see and discover yourselves. We have included a round-up of our route in India below for you to check out and help with planning your future trips.
ARRIVING IN DELHI
Most trips to India usually begin with an arrival at either Delhi or Mumbai. We chose Delhi, the capital which is a well connected city to get you pretty much anywhere in India. You can begin your India trip with a night or two adjusting to the new pace of life in Delhi before heading off on the rest of your trip. It’s like no other capital city we have visited before, so prepare for chaos for fun.
Duration of time: 1 – 2 nights
Best things to do: Have a meal in Bukhara
Standing at an altitude of between 2,300 to 5,000 metres above sea level and framed by the breath-taking jagged figures of a few different mountain ranges (the Himalayas, the Zanskar, the Ladakh and the Karakoram), the district offers incredible views and the chance for true cultural immersion.
Why visit here? It is a unique experience and is one of the most remote places in the world we have visited. It is a 1.5 hour trip from the capital Delhi. The temperature is much cooler as nestled in the mountains at a high altitude. The scenery and landscapes are vast. It is also home to the highest road in the world – here you can either take a road trip with a tour guide by car or the braver people can hire a motorbike and take on the roads.
Duration of time: 1 week
The magical allure of the Taj Mahal draws tourists to Agra.
Why visit? The Taj Mahal is one of the most beautiful places we have visited. One of the seven wonders of the world it wouldn’t be right to visit India and not visit. There are some great places to eat as well in the area.
Duration: 1 – 2 days (or even do this as a day trip)
In the heart of the desert, Jodphpur fondly known as the blue city due to the pastel colour of the buildings is incredibly charming. The old city is a tangle of winding, glittering, medieval streets, which never seem to lead where you expect them to, scented by incense, roses and sewers, with shops and bazaars selling everything from trumpets and temple decorations to snuff and saris.
Duration: 2 days
Why visit? Udaipur has a charm which can’t really be explained. So many travellers arrive in Udaipur and decide to stay for much longer than initially planned. Snuggling beside tranquil Lake Pichola, with the purple ridges of the Aravalli Range stretching away in every direction. Palaces, temples, havelis (traditional, ornately decorated residences) and countless narrow, crooked, timeless streets add the human counterpoint to the city’s natural charms.
Duration: 2 – 3 days
Why visit? Mumbai, formerly Bombay, is big. It’s full of dreamers and hard-labourers, starlets and gangsters, stray dogs and exotic birds, artists and servants, fisherfolk and crorepatis (millionaires), and lots and lots of people. It has India’s most prolific film industry, some of Asia’s biggest slums (as well as the world’s most expensive home) and the largest tropical forest in an urban zone. Mumbai is India’s financial powerhouse, and fashion epicentre.
Duration: 5 days
Why visit? A thriving, vibrant metropolis, Pune is a centre of academia and business that epitomises ‘New India’ with its baffling mix of capitalism and spiritualism (ancient and modern).
Duration: 2 days