Why You Should Travel to India at Least Once in Your Lifetime

India could very well be the most perfect place to start your world adventure because of its immense cultural diversity, vibrant economy, and dramatic natural beauty. Here are some great reasons why you should travel to India at least once in your lifetime.

Goa Backwaters

The Goa backwaters are a network of still and slow-moving waterways that wind through the rice paddies, coconut plantations, and fishing villages of southern India. To get there, you have to travel by boat for about an hour from one end of the bay to the other.

Explore Hampi and Aihole

Pattadakal is a group of monuments in the Indian state of Karnataka. It was an important cultural center of the kingdom of the Chalukyas, who ruled much of southern and central India between the 6th and 12th centuries CE.

World’s Second Largest Desert At the Jaisalmer Fort

The Jaisalmer Fort is a massive structure, and although it's been standing for hundreds of years, it still feels like a modern marvel. The fort is situated on the edge of the Thar Desert, which is the world's second largest desert.

One Of The Seven Wonders Of the Modern World - Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal is more than just a building, it is a symbol of the love between Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and his wife Mumtaz.  Erected on the banks of the Yamuna River, the Taj Mahal stands as one of seven wonders of the modern world.

Delhi's Oldest Bazaar Chandni Chowk

If you are looking for a bazaar that is filled with all of the hustle and bustle, Chandni Chowk will not disappoint. This bazaar is Delhi's oldest one and has been around since the Mughal era. It's open 24 hours, but if you go there during the day you'll be able to see a different side of Delhi - it's like stepping back in time. Vendors sell anything from carpets to fruits and vegetables, pots and pans, clothes and jewelry.

Dine With Royalty At Rajasthan’s Historical Havelis

Havelis are mansions that were built by the wealthy during the Rajput era. The word haveli means palace and these mansions were designed for royalty. Some of the most famous Havelis can be found in Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur and Ujjain. These stately mansions are a must-see when traveling to India because they provide a glimpse into an affluent culture that has largely disappeared from the country.

The Heart Of The Subcontinent On the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

The DHR is one of the most beautiful train rides you will ever take. It starts in Kolkata and goes through the mountains, plains, valleys, and tea plantations of Northern India before finally ending up in Darjeeling. The scenery is absolutely stunning with local vendors walking alongside the tracks selling goods and food while children wave from their homes.