India is a huge country – 3.3 km2, inhabited by over 1.3 billion people, which is 1/6 of all inhabitants of the Earth. It is the second most numerous country in the world, with over 200 cities with a population of over 250,000. residents! The two largest cities – Delhi and Mumbai each have more than 18 million and 25 million inhabitants, although these numbers will never be accurate and correct because of the innumerable number of homeless people who do not have passports, are born and die in huge slums that are an inseparable part of the Indian agglomeration.
Here we discuss the best places that you can visit in India are:
Agra, rising on the banks of the Yamuna River, certainly belongs to the most important cities in India – this is where one of the seven wonders of the world is located – the famous Taj Mahal. Due to the huge number of visitors Agra in recent years has become one of the most expensive Indian cities (in many other cities a double room with a bathroom can be booked even for 800 rupees, or about PLN 42 – course on 24.12.2017 100 rupees – 5.53 PLN), prices in Agra are definitely much higher. Being in Agra, you can also visit. To visit the monument and see the city, you will definitely need one day.
If you go to Agra from Jaipur, it is worth stopping under the road in Fatehpur Sikri, the ghost town, which in the past was the capital of the Mughal kingdom, abandoned due to lack of water.
The best time to go to Agra?
It’s best to go to Agra in the dry season, which falls on Polish winter and spring. From the beginning of May to June you will find the greatest heat in this part of India, and in July and August, you will be welcomed by the rainy season.
2. New Delhi
The capital of India, located in the north of the country is one of the largest cities in the world, it has more than 19 million inhabitants! Coming to New Delhi you have to prepare for huge traffic jams, smog, noise and deafening sound of horns, as well as higher prices of food and taxis, than in other cities of India. The city is a treasure trove of Indian culture and art and a testimony to the rich architectural past, so to get to know them and see the most beautiful places it is worth booking at least 2 days.
It is Called the miniature Taj Mahal, a beautiful construction from the 16th century, whose construction lasted over 16 years. In a tomb made of red sandstone, brick and marble, surrounded by an elegant garden lies emperor Humayun of the Mughal dynasty, who died in unexplained circumstances at the age of 48 years.
A huge building, the construction of which began in the 16th century did not capture our hearts. In the middle, there are gardens and smaller buildings worth seeing. The perfect place for a walk with a child, you can easily get a trolley everywhere. Lal Quila, because this is the original name of the fort was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The pink city is a real architectural pearl of India. In addition to the very center of Jajpur, you will find beautiful royal palaces, the Temple of monkeys and much more. In my opinion, the capital of Rajasthan is one of the most interesting places in India – two days is enough to see all the attractions by travelling through the India’s Palace on Wheels train.
An impressive building erected on a hill, a few kilometers behind the city. In the middle of a fort is a real labyrinth and you can easily get lost in it. Nothing terrible about it, because every room and every courtyard impresses with its craftsmanship and originality. In the fort there is also a temple, you can see what Hindu religious sites look like, and even take part in them. From above, there is a magnificent view of the city. You can climb to the fort on foot, drive a rented jeep or ride on an elephant.
A complex consisting of many courtyards of gardens and buildings that can be visited in the company of a guide. Construction of the palace began already in the eighteenth century, to see the interior you need to buy an additional, more expensive ticket (about 140 PLN), which authorizes you to see the royal chambers of all three floors of this magnificent building.
Astronomical Observatory – Jantar Mantar, built at the beginning of the 18th century
10. Nahargarh Fort – The Fort rising above the city was built to defend the inhabitants against hostile invaders.
The most romantic city in India – you must visit them during your trip to Rajasthan.
City Palace – Construction began in 1553 and lasted almost 400 years, when the city experienced its greatest development in the seventeenth and eighteenth century, the most important part of the palace was created. Later, its surface was enlarged many times. Currently, it is made up of four buildings connected by numerous corridors and narrow passages, creating a real labyrinth.
Moonson Palace – Sajjan Garh Palace
Nehru Gardens, Fateh Sagar Lake – a tiny island located in the middle of Lake Pichola, where you will find beautiful gardens and a charming cafe.
Right in the center, right at the entrance to the City Palace is the most important temple in Udaipur, Jagadish Mandir, dedicated to the god Vishnu.
Vintage and Classic Cars Collection
A collection of royal family cars from Udaipur, in which over a hundred years they have collected rare specimens such as Rolls Royce, Cadillac and Mercedes. It makes you think about it, keeping in mind the crowds outside walking barefoot on the streets.
The best time to go to Udajpur?
The best time to go is between October and March. From April to June the temperature rises significantly and can reach up to 40 °, whereas in the months from July to September there is a monsoon season that can effectively hamper the city’s sightseeing.
Spiritual capital of India located on the banks of the Ganges – the sacred and at the same time the most polluted river in India. It is one of the oldest cities in the world, the most controversial place of numerous pilgrimages of Hinduism and cremation of corpses arriving from all over the country.
What to see in Varanasi?
Ghats – stairs stretching along the Ganges, immersed in water, in which hundreds of pilgrims perform a ritual bath every day. According to the beliefs, washing out in the water of the Ganges is for the Hindus not only a spiritual cleansing and getting rid of sins, but also a chance for a better life. The corpses are burned in public every day on the same river, and their ashes are thrown into the holy water. Bodies that can not be burned (bodies of newborns, pregnant women, people belonging to the lowest class, the so-called untouchable and bitten by a viper) are thrown into the river as a whole.
A boat trip on the Ganges river – the most impressive view can be seen at sunrise
Old town with narrow, narrow streets full of cows and local small shops.
Jodhpur is the so-called a blue city located on the border with the Thar desert. Founded in the 15th century. You can not see such incredible views and colorful, blue-painted buildings in any other place in India.
Umaid Bhwan Palace
One of the largest private residences in the world. The construction of the palace began in the thirteenth century
The best time to travel to Jodhpur?
The best time to go is between October and March. From April to October temperatures are very high, in July and August there is a monsoon season
Mysterious Mumbai is a very interesting and dynamic city that can overwhelm its vastness, dirt and high prices for tourists. There are over 18 million people here (some sources give 21 million), but in my opinion, to see all the most interesting places, one full day is enough. In Mumbai you have to prepare yourself for the intrusive Indians, whom you will surely meet at the airport and the most important monuments in the city.
Here’s what to see in Mumbai:
Gate of India – Gateway of India
Public laundries in the open air – this is one of those places that makes a huge impression. Laundries are surrounded by a high wall and can be viewed from above by watching hundreds of women in disgusting conditions, washing clothes or clothing for the whole family by hand.
The Ghandi Museum, decorated in his home (address: Laburnum Road, Near Gamdevi Police Station, open daily from 10.00 to 18.00)
Take a stroll along the Marina Drive along the coast
Visit the temples created in the rocks on the Elephant Island, which can be reached by ferry from the Gateway of India (cost 150 – 200 INR, the cruise lasts about an hour).
Embark your journey and get to know more about the fares of Palace on Wheels train for the peak season and lean season.