Home to the world’s oldest civilization, birthplace of 4 major religions in the world, India owns a unique beauty in its history and its variety of cultures and religions. It is reported by India’s Ministry of Tourism that India attracted almost 8.9 million visitors in 2017. If you are looking for an adventure full of excitement, colorful religious experience or strive to find your inner self, India is absolutely your next move.
Best time to travel to India
India has a variety of weather patterns. Most of India is tropical and has three main seasons: summer, winter and monsoon. Winter from October to March when the weather is dry and cool is the best time to give India a visit.
Where to visit
When it comes to tourist attractions in India, there could be an endless wish list for any travel lover. There are even 32 spots in India listed as UNESCO World Heritages. Here are some highlights that you will definitely not want to miss.
1. The Taj Mahal
Known as one of the seven wonders of the world, Taj Mahal has become the iconic symbol of India. The perfect symmetry mixing with the white color of marble are a perfect combination, not mentioning the impressive gigantic, sky-high dome tower structure, which is significant in Islamic and Hindu structure. The Islamic and Hindu faithful believe that standing under the center of the dome in silence make them feel the power of energy of a celestial presence.
Picture 1 - Taj Mahal, India - one of seven world's wonders
Taj Mahal gains its reputation from not only its typical structures and stunning beauty but also the love story behind it. It was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, and probably also a symbol of his power. It took 22 years and at least 20,000 people to complete the mausoleum. The Taj Mahal was constructed using white marble obtained from Makrana in Rajasthan, the jasper from Punjab, jade and crystal from China. It is extremely fascinating just to watch the marble mausoleum change its color throughout the day and try to listen to it echoing the ancient stories.
If you are a history lover and want to dive in ancient atmosphere, Mumbai will definitely satisfy you. Formerly the famous city Bombay, Mumbai nowadays is combination of both ancientry and modernity and Indian most prolific film industry and financial powerhouse.
Picture 2 - Gateway of India, Mumbai
When in Mumbai, you will find it worth to visit:
1. Marine Drive: it consists of 3 km arc shaped coast of Arabian sea and is the best place to watch the sunset in Mumbai. The Marine Drive is also called the Queen’s necklace because of its shape and yellow streetlights. People also enjoys its stunning view at night with the glowing lights, the sound of the waves and starry sky.
2. Gateway of India: Built in 1924 by famous architect George Wittet as a commemoration of the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Mumbai, the Gateway of India has become a popular tourist destination in the city. It is a marvelous mix between Indian, Arabic and Western architecture
3. Siddhivinayak Temple: the temple was built in 1801 by Laxman Vithu and Deubai Patil, a couple not having any children of their own and wanting to have a place to fulfil the wishes of other infertile women. In the temple is the statue of Lord Ganesha, who is believed to be self-manifested.
A travel tip for you is to respect “no selfie” zones, especially in Arabian Sea, or you will be fines up to ten dollars.
3. Ajanta Caves
The Ajanta Caves are approximately 29 Buddhist cave monuments dating from the 2nd and 1st centuries BC. The caves are located on the side of a rocky cliff that is on the north side of a U-shaped gorge on the small river Waghur, in Aurangabad District of Maharashtrastate of India. Around the gorge, there are numerous waterfalls, which are audible from outside Ajanta Caves when Waghur river is high. Inside the caves are paintings and rock sculptures that, according to UNESCO, are masterpieces of Buddhist religious art representing ancient Indian art and having had a considerable artistic influence.
Picture 3 - the Ajanta Caves, Maharashtrastate, India
The Ajanta Caves were mentioned in Chinese Buddhist travelers’ memoirs in medieval era and by a Mughal-era official of Akbar era in early 17th century. They were covered by jungle until accidentally found and brought to Western attention in 1819. Since 1983 the Ajanta Caves have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With calm but breathtaking natural view outside and artificial masterpieces inside, Ajanta Caves are absolutely worth your visit.
- Opening time: 9AM – 9.30PM every day, Monday closed.
- Entry fee: INR 250/a tourist, INR 25/a camera and no charge for children under 15.
India is an amazing place for traveling on account of its charming in history, cultures and religions. Whether you are a religious believer or a travel lover, India is a worthwhile destination. Nowadays with technology enhancement, you can easily get an Indian eVisa, which is much more economic and time-saving. Take 5 – 15 minutes to fill in online application form to issue an Indian eVisa.
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