Colorful India with 20 beautiful tourist destinations (Part 2)

Cape Kanyakumari, also known as Comorin, is located at the southernmost tip of India. There is a memorial stone Vivekananda – a guru – located offshore, on a small rocky island.

Famous for its hills and tea plantations, Munnar is a peaceful hill region in the southern Indian state of Kerala. It is also home to the highest Anamundi mountain in southern India, and is home to the highest number of Nilgiri short-horned goats.

The Lotus Temple in New Delhi, with its elegant lotus-shaped architecture, has welcomed more than 70 million worshipers since it opened in 1986. It is one of the Baha’i religious centers.

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The list of the most beautiful places in India cannot be complete without the Taj Mahal in Agra, Uttar Pradesh. The white marble tomb was built in the 1600s by Emperor Shah Jahan of the Mughal dynasty in memory of his third wife Mumtaz Mahal.

The Shekhawati region of Rajasthan still houses lavish mansions of Indian billionaires, called havelis. Once a symbol of wealth, the façade and interior of the havelis are covered with exquisite and dazzling paintings on the walls, content depicting the owner’s journey or myths.

Dubbed the world’s wildest road, Chadar Trek is made up of ice on the Zanskar river, connecting the remote village of Zanskar with the town of Leh in the state of Ladakh. This rugged path features spectacular views, from glaciers to river rapids and semi-ice caves.

Humayun’s Tomb in New Delhi was declared a World Heritage Site in 1993, the resting place of Emperor Humayun, who headed the Mughal Empire in the 16th century. This is India’s first garden-grave, inspire other large mausoleums of the country, including the Taj Mahal.

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Originally a secret project of Indian artist Nek Chand Saini, the Rock Garden in Chandigarh City has now become a large park that attracts tourists around the world. The park was built for 18 years, decorating sculptures made from recycled industrial and urban waste.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Red Fort in New Delhi has been the main residence of Mughal emperors for nearly 200 years. This is one of the city’s most popular attractions with many museums.

The Sundarbans Forest in West Bengal is the largest mangrove forest in the world, located on the Ganges Delta. It spread throughout West Bengal and Bangladesh.

With 3,500 steps of perfect design, the Chand Baori ladder well in Abhaneri village (Rajasthan state) is one of the most beautiful wells in India. This 1,200-year-old area is open to local residents for several hours a day.

Harmandir Sahib is a religious community of Sikhs, including the Golden Temple symbol, located in the middle of a large lake. The mirror image of the gilded dome shines in the waters of Lake Amrit Sarovar (meaning Spirit Wine Lake), welcoming guests coming in from the north gate.

Bandhavgarh National Park in the state of Madhya Pradesh stretches more than 100 km2, which is home to more than 50 tigers.


Colorful India with 20 beautiful tourist destinations (Part 1)

Rich in natural scenery with clear blue lakes and majestic mountains, India also attracts visitors with historical sites recognized as world heritage sites.

The National Park of Flower Valleys (Uttarakhand state) is a UNESCO world heritage site, discovered by a climber in 1931, hidden between the Himalayas and behind the Zanskar mountain range. When the weather is warmer, the valley comes alive with hundreds of flowers blooming. The most appropriate time to visit is between July and October.

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Wind Castle was built in 1799 as an extension of the Royal Palace in Jaipur, Hawa Mahl. It was originally designed so that royal women could see the streets without being seen.

Ladakh is one of India’s most spectacular scenic areas, with towering mountains and deep valleys. The Nubra valley is located in the northernmost part of Ladakh, with the Shyok River crossing.

The Adalaj stairwell in Ahmedabad is typical of Indonesian architecture and design in the Islamic style. The Adalaj Well consists of 5 floors, dating from 1499. All the walls are intricately carved with patterns such as flowers and birds, or scenes in myth.

460 km off the coast of Kochi, the small island of Agatti is part of Lakshadweep – the smallest Indian territory. The sandy beaches, rich coral reefs and turquoise sea make the beach an ideal resort, although visitors need to be licensed to come here.

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Considered as the “crown jewel” of Kashmir, Dal Lake is a must-visit when visiting Srinagar, with its beautiful gardens and snow-capped mountains. The best way to enjoy the scenery is to take a traditional wooden boat on the lake.

The Sam dunes located on the outskirts of Jaiselmer (Rajasthan) are one of the most accessible areas of the Great Thar Desert – aka the Sahara of India. A tour on the back of a camel to watch the sun rise and set will be a memorable experience.


5 common fears about travel to India

Not all tourists are brave enough to set foot in India because of preconceptions ranging from food safety, culinary culture, to the most common issue of rape.

Jo Stewart is a travel blogger in charge of Intrepid Travel. When she announced that she was going to India, her friends were all excited but full of fear. After the journey to explore the land of the gods, Jo proved to his friends that India is not as dangerous as people think. Here are the confessions of Jo’s friends about India and the true story of female blogger.


“I’m afraid I’ll get diarrhea.”

People are often more curious as to how Jo’s stomach reacted to Indian food than to the beauty of the Taj Mahal. In fact, during his trip, Jo tried local dishes from traditional restaurants to luxury, or sidewalk bars. No one in the crew had a stomach ache in the middle of the road or had emergency diarrhea medication, only one had constipation, Jo didn’t understand why? Of course, Jo’s group used bottled water, but they still tried many foods on the street and no one showed signs of intestinal illness due to eating.

“I scared that India would not be clean.”

Of course, not every country visitors can get used to the sight of the herds of cattle, goats, pigs, camels, horses, and dogs on the road like in India. So the best way is that travelers should abandon all unnecessary comparisons. Jo admitted she was a bit surprised to see locals drinking holy water at the place where thousands of pilgrims had just stepped on bare feet.

However, she also reminded herself not to compare anything with her home town. Because if you keep paying attention to everything based on personal hygiene standards, you will probably miss a lot of interesting things about the culture of the new land. For example, Jo was almost unable to enjoy the spiritual atmosphere when people drank holy water in a Sikh temple in Delhi.

“I don’t want to be the harassment victim”

In recent years, the media has reported a lot of violent crimes against Indian women. The country is in the process of changing the concept of feminism, so Jo believes that should not be the reason why people are hesitant to explore.

It is undeniable that India is a challenging destination for female solo travelers, but these incidents cannot confirm that all Indian men are abusive to women or every woman in the country. are victims of violence, harassment or rape. Once you are aware of your own safety, you should go in a group and female travelers always choose a women’s cabin.

“I don’t think I would suit Indian food”

Indian food is not always hot and spicy. Jo shared that all the dishes she tried were not very spicy, except that she inhaled paprika when going to the spice market in Delhi. Visitors can avoid spicy dishes by staying loyal to curry sauces like dhal, korma, tikka and tandoori, especially away from spicy curries like phaal or vindaloo. If you can not eat spicy, visitors can use chapatti or naan.


“I’m afraid to use a squatting toilet”

On the way from Agra to Delhi in the heat of 45 degrees Celsius, Jo gave up using the usual flush toilet, instead she went to buy an ice cream and ate it right after using the squatting toilet. Jo expressed her point of view that it would not be too great if everyone accepted it instead of taking it seriously.


Top favorite extreme sports you should try when travelling in India

Its vast and diverse terrain in India makes it a hotspot for many of the most adventurous and diverse sporting activities. There are many adventure activities done here by many adventure lovers. The following is a list of the top 5 extreme sports in India.

1. Ski or ski with helicopter

Skiing is an attractive winter sport in India. The most adventurous sport in India and it is quite popular among experienced skiers. It may not necessarily be a good choice for beginners to ski, or lack of professional skills when skiing.

Skiing in India helps you enjoy the beauty of the snow-covered mountains of the Himalayas. Destinations for Heli-Skiing in India: Gulmarg (Kashmir), Manali (Himachal Pradesh)

2. Scuba diving

Dive into the sea to help you discover the beautiful and exotic life underwater. Swimming down the sea is done from the surface of the water. Includes: special diving mask, snorkel and swimming fins.

On the other hand, this sport requires a bit of skill training. Sometimes well aware of the existence of some risks – some obvious potential. This is a great sport and is very popular among beginners as well as professionals. People who really want to experience the magic. Enjoy colorful sea life and coral reefs.

Destinations for scuba diving and snorkelling in India are Andaman, Goa, Netrani (Karnataka), Netrani Barracuda Islands, Lakshwadeep Islands

3. The most extreme sport – Paragliding

Paragliding is an adventure sport with free skydiving. When the operator is sitting on the belt, it is suspended. The wavy shape in the air depends on the hanging wires on the glider and the air pressure.

4. Hot air balloon

The hot air balloon is the best way to experience the vast sky and enjoy the view of the land below. The most adventurous sport in the top 4 helps you explore great perspectives. Even undiscovered perspectives with breathtaking views of the sky.

A hot air balloon ride is also a great activity. It usually applies to some special people in your life who need a connection.

5. Mountain biking

The mountainous regions of India will be the place for those who love the most adventurous sports to find and be curious about. You can ride a solo bike or go in a group.

When riding a mountain bike in India, you will have a feeling of some wild adventure lingers on. These beautiful bike trips are surrounded by flora and fauna. Beautiful valleys and hills. Add to that the excitement of mountain biking.


How to safely self-sufficient travelling in India? (Part 2)

In big cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, metro is also a convenient transportation. Each train has a separate car for women. Ladies should use this wagon during rush hour or late at night.

Delayed trains are a daily affair in India, ranging from half an hour to seven hours. The reason is due to traffic chaos or also due to demonstrations (when there are protests, all public transport vehicles are not allowed to operate from 6 am to 6 pm). You should regularly check the train schedule on the electronic board or on the phone app.

If traveling by train, you should book first class ticket (1st class) or second class (2nd class) on A.C. trains This is a high-class ship class, mainly for tourists and natives with well-off economy. The train is quite clean, with air conditioning turned on and handing blankets and pillows to passengers.

It is advisable to arrive at the station 1 hour early to wait for the train because you can hardly find the station staff among the crowds and also to find the train station’s stop because the platform is very wide. In addition, you also need to set the time to get up when you arrive at the station because there is no notice on the train.

When pointing the way, Indians can talk 4-6 times, but still not sure. If accompanied by a “ha” sound, you should not rely too much on that instruction.

In India, there is frequent power outage and street light is not bright enough. If you have ever wandered in the dark on the “land” of cattle and scattered potholes, you will see the usefulness of the flashlight.

Shopping issue

Indians rarely buy whole kilograms, usually they only buy half a kilogram or 250 grams. Therefore, sometimes the price offered by the seller is the price for a half kilogram. You need to ask clearly to avoid confusion.

In any case, everywhere, for all goods and services, you always need to remember: Bargain. Service workers in India often shout very high prices at an acceptable level, sometimes the price goes up five to eight times. If you’ve finished the price and still feel sorry, you can change your mind, just pay a lower price until it is reasonable.

Above are some basic tips you should keep in mind when travelling in India. Hopefully, the information is helpful for you.


How to safely self-sufficient travelling in India? (Part 1)

That is the question that many people wonder when they intend to travel to this South Asian country. For a long time, Indian tourism has been associated with not so good reputations such as pollution, hustle, slash.

In fact, just equip yourself with health, knowledge, skills and caution. It is entirely possible to explore this vast and magnificent country. would like to send you instructions for a safe, fun trip to India.

The “bait” hotel is very popular in India. The taxi driver will ask if you have booked a hotel. He will then pretend to call and say that the hotel you have booked is full or closed. He even offers to “help” you to find another nearby hotel (where he gets a commission for a guide). Do not believe, ask the driver to take you to the right hotel to confirm.

Even if you haven’t booked a hotel yet, act as if you have it. Ask the taxi driver to let you down to a specific location and book from there.

You should bring a small lock to lock the hotel room door. Hotel locks may not be trusted.

Electricity in India is not stable. In rural areas, sometimes there is only 30 minutes of electricity a day so use electronics economically, even at hotels. Carrying a spare battery is also a good idea.

Transportation when traveling in India

On busy roads at rush hour, people, cars, cows, and dogs intertwine from every direction, without any order or rule. But also only a distance of half a meter, the rickshaw drivers can cross, turn left or turn very cleverly.

Vehicles in India circulate to the left.

To travel around the city, the most popular means are auto rickshaw cars or subways (in big cities). If traveling between provinces, most tourists choose trains or airplanes.

Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi practices silent airport standards. You will not see the presence of speakers in the area of ​​departure station, arrival station, lobby or check-in counter. Therefore, before leaning back to wait for the check-in counter to work, you should schedule an alarm and check information on the electronic boards to avoid missed trips.

Preferably use taxi service at the airport. These taxis are managed by the Indian government, the amount is agreed upon in advance, all vehicle details will be recorded, so you can be assured.


Things to keep in mind when traveling in India (Part 3)

Climate in India

India is a large country with many different terrains, from snowy mountains, plains, deserts, forests to coastal areas. Therefore, India also has many different types of weather, even – extreme atrocities associated with diseases.

Due to its vast country, the climate of India varies by region. But overall, the climate is divided into three seasons: summer, winter and rainy season. The ideal time for travel to India is from September to March next year.

India is very hot and dusty. During the period from April to July, daytime temperatures can be over 400. Therefore, masks, hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, long-sleeved clothes are indispensable items.

Therefore, you should wear dark clothes, limit bright clothes, especially white because easy to get dirty and change to other colors.

Meals, and hygiene

In general, Indian cuisine is not suitable for other countries’ tastes, quite salty, using a lot of grease, spicy spices. Beef and pork are not used in dishes because cows are sacred animals of Hinduism and pigs are considered dirty animals according to Islamic beliefs. The staple food is whole grains and some chicken. If you find it difficult to eat, you should have prepared food for lining such as shrimp, instant noodles, bread, etc.

Every street in India is selling junk food, fruits and vegetables along with dirt and flies, looks unhygienic and easily causes abdominal pain. If you want to enjoy street food, it is best to choose fruits with shells and wash them before eating.

Bottled water should be used when traveling to tourist destinations. If you buy bottled water, you need to check that the bottle is intact. You can also drink water from pumps like locals but it takes time to get used to it. Do not drink water from skylights, ponds or water from filters without filters.

Most Indians use their hands to eat rice. If you’re concerned about hygiene, bring a pair of chopsticks from home.

There are no public toilets for women on the street, only toilets for men, where people simply stand face to face on the wall.

Indian people, after using the toilet, will wash water instead of using paper, so toilet paper is not popularly sold. It is essential to bring hand wash water, wet towels and toilet paper.

Do not accept food and drinks from new acquaintances. There have been a number of incidents of drugging visitors to rob or rob.


Things to keep in mind when traveling in India (Part 2)

Safety attention

Traveling to India, travelers need to pay attention to travel because the traffic here is quite complex. In addition, visitors should also keep personal belongings and identification documents carefully. It is advisable to keep identification documents in a private place and should not be shared with your money.

When traveling with a tour, you should follow the group and do not split the group without the permission of the tour guide. In India, in particular, you should not show affection in public because the Indians think it is an insult.

Bargain when buying things

In India there are all kinds of items from crafts, jewelry, gems, etc. to souvenirs, clothes. If you intend to buy as gifts, visitors also need to know about bargaining here.

You should pay the pseudocode lower and higher, if it is too high then leave, so you will most likely be invited to return. In addition, you need to prepare small change because the money can be rounded and the real loss is still the buyer. In particular, if you do not intend to buy, definitely because the customers here are very popular.

Beware of scams

In addition to often attracting tourists, in many places in India there is still the problem of fraud. When you realize that someone has an intimate attitude, intentionally approach to take you to the money exchange, booking, hotel, beware of scams. There were many people who had previously paid the package fee for the tour, but it was not and visitors had to accept to lose money.

What to buy as a gift when traveling India

In India, there are many interesting cuisines you can buy as gifts for family and relatives such as Kashmir towels, traditional Flip Flops sandals, spices, Ganesha idols, bodhi leaves, wood products. sandalwood, bracelets, jewelry, tea, etc. You can buy at shopping places like Delhi Baba Kharak Singh Marg Market, Aparant Market or major shopping centers such as Chennai, Calcuttabad, Bangalore.


Things to keep in mind when traveling in India (Part 1)

Pay attention when communicating with native speakers

When communicating with Indians, if you see them shaking their heads at your offer, don’t rush to think that they refuse. Here, people expressed their agreement by shaking their heads instead of nodding like other countries.

For Indians, the body parts are hierarchical, with the highest being the head and the lowest being the legs. If you go into someone’s house, you have to leave your shoes outside and not step on anything because Indians think the foot is the dirtiest thing. If you meet older people in your home, bow and touch their feet to show respect.

If you’re invited to dine, remember the rules of hand-feeding. You can only use your right hand to eat, and not use your left hand when eating or giving something to others. Because Indians think the right hand is a show of right and right things, and the left hand is a symbol of wrongness and elimination.

Also, it’s normal to stare at someone in India. They are often curious and staring at tourists to observe. So, if you come here and catch a glimpse from them, make sure you smile and get a friendly smile.

Besides, some of the actions considered rude here are pointing at others, whistling in public, not leaving your wallet in your back pocket, not introducing yourself to women walking on the road …

Cuisine in India

Food in India is quite specific and smelly. For first-time visitors, you may not be able to eat or have a digestive disorder. However, visitors should also try a few typical dishes because there is no place that has a typical taste like here, typically curry. This dish in every state in India will have different ways of processing and taste very attractive.


Seven things you need to notice when traveling in India (Part 2)

India is a vast country with many different religions and cultures. To travel to India, travelers need to note a few things below for a safe and complete trip.

4. Food

If you have not been to India, it is hard to enjoy Indian food no matter how elaborate it is. Suppose you eat Indian curry at a restaurant in the US, it will be completely different than when you eat in India itself, because there are many different states in this country, and each state has its own flavor. The taste of the food is different but nothing like it.

5. Medicine

Especially digestive medicine, remember to give it a place in your luggage heap. When you come to another country, you can not get used to the cuisine of that place so if there is a digestive problem, it is a very normal thing.

In India, do not drink tea in toad bars, remove the skins of any fruit you want to eat and if you like to learn about street food, try to enjoy the food that they are. Processing right in front of you.

6. Select location

India possesses many wonders as well as famous tourist areas, so please choose for yourself a list of places and the most reasonable travel schedule to be able to fully enjoy the trip. Should not be greedy but go to many places and ultimately nothing is complete to the end.

7. Dressing

When traveling to India, travelers should choose to wear discreet, polite costumes, avoid wearing short, revealing or tight clothing.

Since March to May is the summer in India, many places have daily temperatures ranging from 40 degrees C to 45 degrees C. Long pants and towels are costumes to help you avoid the sun. In addition, visitors should remember to remove shoes, remove when visiting temples, pagodas in India.