This is a land with 1.2 billion people spread out over 1.2 million square miles, that's been colonized and independent, where cows are sacred, and a tomb is one of its most famous sites.
One thing that's constant in India is its weather. To put that in a nutshell, its hot most of the time. It does cool off some November to March, and the Western Himalayas experience some pretty cold winters.
The monsoons come from June to October, dumping rain, rain, rain. This time of year many roads aren't so well-traveled. One of the best ways to experience India is by rail, which has six classes of service to suit every need & budget. Rail passes make it even less expensive, but there are luxury trains if you decide that's the way you want to go.
Besides being a total hustle and bustle place, India doesn't experience much of a nightlife. You will, however, find casinos in Goa.
Goa, by the way, is known for its beaches. While places like Jaipur and Agra (found within what's called the Golden Triangle) delight the history lover. This is where you'll find the Taj Mahal, a world-famous tomb to a beloved wife.
Another holy site in India the Ganges River itself. At the ghats, the little stairs leading to the water, you'll see many local folks at the waterfront at dawn.
India is also known for its wildlife, and not just the cows that walk around since they're sacred. There are 17 biosphere reserves, some 400 animal sanctuaries, and 70 National Park. All the better to see the Asian Elephant and the amazingly beautiful tiger.
As exotic as the many animals in India are, eating is also an exotic activity. Try some spicy curries, some Kulfi (Indian ice cream), and many dishes are vegetarian. Try some Indian coffee or beer with it all.
One thing to watch are the seals on bottled water. And be sure to drink only bottled or boiled water, and eat only cooked veggies and fruit is peeled. A salad isn't a good option in India.
Before departure make sure you've gotten all your vaccinations up to date, and avoid mosquito bites since Dengue Fever and Malaria are possible.
Many visitors can get a visa upon arrival, but it's always best to check before you leave. No return ticket out of India is necessary, but a passport is.
You don't want to let something like paperwork to keep you from taking a camel safari, desert trekking, partying at a Hindu Festival in Calcutta (called Kolkata), or visiting tea plantations, right?
India Man - M M
Varanasi - Juan Antonio F. Segal
The charm, the grandeur and royalty is how India is sometimes described. Not only in monetary terms but the country is also rich in terms of culture, traditions and heritage sites. It is because of this reason that the country was once called “Golden Bird”. Fascinated by the beauty and the charm of the country or rather the finances that come from plunder, many rulers have invaded over the years.
From Aibak the slave who would one day rule India (Qutb-ud-din Aibak) to Mughals to the British, the country has been ruled and evolved a unique way. These times has created a teaching to the people of India including the importance of our country and being patriotic. Today India stands as a word economic power with such wealth and poverty juxtaposed among the streets of Mumbai to the beaches of Kerela.
Traveling always gets a new experience and when one chooses train to do it, the excitement just triggers to another level. The luxury train experience introduced in India takes this experience several folds higher with the royalty and comfort that is offered during the entire trip. These trains have been designed to fulfill the adventurous desire while keeping the passengers safe. A best way to explore India when visitors come for the first time is taking a tour with any of the five trains. These take separate tours in different regions and have the lavish set up to treat the passengers majestically throughout.
My dear frined Minesh went to India and shared his story with me via this website. I like real travel blogs.
"I couldn't believe it, I was literally on Indian soil for 2 minutes and I had been robbed"
Well leaving for Hong Kong, I would have to make the now obligatory stop in Bangkok (just cant avoid it) but my 3 hours here were spent in the luxury of the business lounge which gave me the ideal opportunity to eat, drink and surf to my hearts content!
Had a very good flight in to Mumbia, got talking to an American guy (Brian) and an Aussie chick (Sarah). Sarah and Brian as it turned out were staying in the same guesthouse as luck would have it. I was meeting a friend from UK, and she was meeting me at the airport. Finally clearing immigration and customs I was so happy about my first visit to India, that I had to call home and let my mum know that I was finally here, however my jubilation was short lived as some light fingered bugger helped him (or her) self to my mobile. I couldn't believe it, I was literally on Indian soil for 2 minutes and I had been robbed.