India is not just a country, rather a melting pot of cultures. India is probably the only country in the world which celebrates diversity at its best. Whether it is the cultural heritage, unfathomable faith in various religions, un-scalable Himalayas, ancient civilization, rich wildlife, architectural legacy or language variety, India flaunts multiculturalism in the most vibrant way. A land of spirituality, India is one unique country that has a glorious past and a celebrated present. It has a vast landscape that offers deserts, hills, beaches, mountains, wildlife, metros and rural life. You just name it and we have it.There are very few countries in the world which have an impressionable impact on your body, mind and soul when you first visit them and India is one such country which compels you to come back again to indulge in the magnetism of its rich cultural legacy. It is impossible to cover India during one’s lifetime. You will be besieged on each turn you take on the road, as it not just leads you to an absolutely new destination within a few Kilometers, but introduces you to a new culture, language and lifestyle, completely unique from one another. India can be overwhelming at times, but once you embrace the beauty of this country, it charms you for life.
Here are the top 5 places you must visit on your very first trip to incredible India.
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Delhi is your touchdown city from wherever you are flying from. Being considered as one of the cosmopolitan cities in the world, Delhi is basically a good blend of traditional and modern lifestyle. Where the great infrastructure, broad roads, flyovers, skyscrapers will amaze you at the very first glance of Delhi, at the same time, the tiny, chaotic alleys of Old Delhi will give a taste of the real India as well. The national capital has had a rich history from the times of Mahabharata. Delhi has been ruled by several dynasties including native ones such as Tomars, Chauhans and foreign invaders such as Mughals, Persians, etc. So, the influences of various cultures are seen in the lifestyle of the city. Delhi is home to some of the astonishing architectures like Jama Masjid, Qutub Minar, Red Fort, India Gate, Humayun’s Tomb, etc. Visit to these rich heritage sites are highly recommended.
Agra needs no introduction in the world map. The famed Taj Mahal, an architectural marvel, is the main attraction of the city. Your visit to India is incomplete if you miss visiting the Taj Mahal, arguably one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. The dazzling white marvel architecture is one iconic landmark of India, which stuns each visitor. It draws millions of tourists across the globe throughout the year. Apart from that, the Agra Fort is another attraction in the city. The view of Taj Mahal from the fort is mesmerizing and shouldn’t be missed.
When it comes to India, Kerala is one prominent state that pops up on the bucket list of everyone visiting India. The very first introduction to this beautiful state is through its city Kochi. Also known as Cochin, the beautiful place will introduce you to India’s most favorite coastal towns and popular destination among tourists. If you are a beach lover, relish seafood, and also an admirer of Portuguese culture and laid back lifestyle, Kochi is the place for you to unwind. The backwaters of Kochi will take you on a journey of serenity by giving you the most peaceful environment to indulge in pure luxury of the houseboat. Watching the sunrise and sunset with the soothing sound of water and the picture perfect landscape gives you all the more reason to come back here again. Not only that, you can also enjoy traditional Kathakali Dance performance at the cultural center in town.
Jaipur, also known as the Pink City of the state of Rajasthan will mesmerize you with its royal lifestyle beyond your imagination. The towering forts, palaces and traditional Rajasthani Havelis take you back to the bygone eras of Maharajas. One of the most picturesque cities in India, Jaipur is a gateway to the princely state of India, known as Rajasthan. The lavishness of the palaces, the larger than life lifestyle of royal families and rich culinary history will surely seduce you. Rajasthan is one state in India, which celebrates colors in the most extensive way. So, don’t be surprised by the explosion of colors there. Also, if you are a photographer, Jaipur is a paradise to capture into your lens. The places like Amer Fort, Hawa Mahal, Nahargarh Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Jal Mahal, etc will leave you spellbound.
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One of the most recommended places to visit in India is surely Amritsar. The city is famously known for the Golden Temple, Wagah Border and the celebrated food culture of Punjab. A visit to the Golden temple is a must. One of the remarkable things about the temple is that it has the 24*7 kitchen, which is considered as the busiest kitchen in the world. No one returns home hungry from the Golden temple. They serve “Langar” (free meal) to each devotee on every single day. The beauty of Langar is that everyone is treated equally irrespective of their class, caste and creed. No hierarchy is maintained out there. It is said, “All men may not be equal outside the temple in terms of status, but they are all same in the eyes of god.” Whenever you are in Amritsar, don’t miss visiting the Wagah Border between India and Pakistan. The Wagah Border Flag Ceremony is the highlight of the place where both India and Pakistan’s flags are lowered, folded, border gates are opened and the army from both the countries salute each other before the border gates are shut again. The patriotic spirit of the people with the most dramatic music in the background, is a treat to watch. Also, whenever you are in Amritsar, don’t miss sampling the delectable food of the region. The rich taste of the food will linger in your mouth, even after you are done with it.
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