A trip to India is an amazing and unforgettable experience. Only people who have been there will fully understand the significance of that statement. India is the world’s largest democracy and the United Nations estimates that India will be the most populous nation in the world by 2028.
With over a billion people, it is currently only second to China in terms of population. India has some of the finest cuisine in the world and amazing wildlife, including the magnificent tiger. Let’s look at some of the best things to do when you visit on India tours.
1. Check Out The Big Cats
India is home to some of the big cats that can strike fear in the hearts of even the bravest people. Everyone knows about the tiger. India is one of the few countries that is home to this ferocious and rare beast, but did you know India has other big cats as well? India is home to some of the leopard species. Not many people realize that India also has lions. Apart from the African continent, India is the only other country in the world that has lions. The Asiatic lion is rare and these cats are very much protected by India. They can be found in the Gir Forest. If you visit India, you must take in the national parks to catch a glimpse of the elusive tigers and Asiatic lions.
2. Visit The Temples
Whether you are religious or not, you should try to visit the temples of India. There are many religions in India and a large number of deities. Many people are of the Hindu faith and if you can, some of the temples to visit should include the Lord Jagannath temple in Orissa; take in the erotic carvings found in the Khajuraho temple in Madhya Pradesh; the incredibly colourful gods, demons and animals of the Meenakshi Sundareshwar temple in Tamil Nadu and of course the world famous Golden Temple of Amritsar, the holiest shrine of the Sikh faith.
3. Trekking In The Himalayas
If you want an awe-inspiring time in India, why not consider trekking in the Himalayas? The Himalayas have become accessible to walkers. The Himalayan range consists of some of the world’s highest peaks, including of course, the very highest – Mount Everest. The range stretches over several countries. Many people have died trying to climb Mount Everest and sadly, some of their bodies are still laying there where they fell on their last day of life. You, of course don’t have to walk the whole stretch or climb the highest peak! With a backdrop of magnificent mountains, a trek in the Himalayas and witnessing the communities who live there will be a very humbling and perhaps even a life-changing experience.
4. Take A Train
Here’s another experience that you will never forget. You can ride India’s rail system and probably live a lifetime in just that one day! Make sure that you book yourself a sleeper and choose a class that your budget will allow. Depending on where you go, you could see the beautiful countryside and witness cotton plantations as well as mango, tea and coffee plantations.
You may also be lucky enough to see some of India’s most colourful festivals. You could see rural India in a peaceful, serene setting by being in a houseboat in Kerala. India is also a spiritual land and you would feel right at home if you like to meditate. India is huge and there are just too many interesting places to visit that you may have to go several times to truly appreciate all it has to offer.