India is the timeless dream of every traveler. Only the size of the country can make you dizzy. A vast country full of colors, images, myths and amazing landscapes and cultures. No matter how much time and money you spend on it, you can never say “I saw India”. You need, inevitably, to focus somewhere in specific, spatially or thematically.
Backside of the Palace of the Winds, India
If you are interested in wildlife and activities, the North of India and the huge area at the foothills of the Himalayas is offered both for observation of animals (eg tigers in the national parks of Kanha, Corbett, Ranthambore) and for exciting overland explorations to areas like Nepal, Bhutan or China. If you want furniture, endless beaches, tropical forests and pictures taken from a movie you should turn to the south. Goa and Kerala have amazing beaches and landscape. The backwaters of Kerala is a whole world, there are fabulous spa resorts, with many super- specialized ayurveda centers. The art and architecture are also a must see: To go to India and not see the 22 temples Kajuraho, with erotic performances curved on their stone – an ode to the Kama Sutra; Or not photograph the Taj Mahal?
Bike driver in India
Are you a retro traveler? Enjoy the magic the famous Golden Triangle (Delhi, Jaipur, Agra) an experience of traveling by train in India which has an extremely adequate rail system. Are you a slow traveler and you like the Mughal aesthetics? Explore the all time classic Rajasthan. Enter with camels in Jaisalmer with it magnificent palaces in the middle of the desert, drink tea in fabulous hotels in the lake in Udaipur, the Venice of India, stay at one of the palaces in the middle of nowhere where the Maharajas owners of the palaces have turned them into hotels. All of them are a must see for the traveler – hence indeed most travel agencies worldwide face the Rajasthan as a separate destination. Rajasthan makes you realize the power and the symbolism of colors: from aqua blue to the parrot green and the striking pink to the orange flame and the honey tones of the desert, the color here is the message.
Waterfalls in India
The celebrations and rituals here are part of everyday life, while decorative, jewelry and objects of art is truly breathtaking: the area is a paradise for shopping at reasonable prices. As in all of India, the temples, the worship, traditional music and dancing are full of color and emotion and offer plenty of material for unforgettable memories.
India photos: Carl Parkes, Ancilla Tilia, Marcin Baranowski, hatschiputh.