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Expanded over an area of 308 sq km, Jim Corbett National Park was established in the year 1936 and is one of the oldest national parks in the country. Situated at the base of the magnificent Himalayas, it is the first Tiger Reserve in the country and stands to be one of the most popular weekend getaways from Delhi. Though visitors are allowed to certain parts of the reserve, the park makes for a fun and exciting wildlife tour.
The national park is the perfect place for those wildlife species that seek refuge in its wonderfully green thickets. As the first national park to introduce and execute the ‘Project tiger’ campaign, Corbett national Park has been repeatedly termed as one of the best national parks in the country! So get your cameras and binoculars ready to go wildlife exploring soon!
Distance from Delhi: 254km
Best time to visit: November to June
Attractions: Bengal Tigers, Indian Elephant, Wild Buffaloes, Leopards, Crocodiles and Gharials
Activities: Jeep Safari, Elephant Safari, Wildlife Tours and nature photography
Known as one of the most ancient and sacred cities in India, Haridwar is situated on the banks of the Holy Ganga River and is one of the few places near Delhi to visit at any time during the year, and if you are an ardent devotee, then there are specific times during the year that you can visit this place.
Revered by Hindus all over the country, Haridwar is one of the seven holiest cities of India and widely known as home to the Panch Tirth (five pilgrimage destinations) and three Siddha Peetha (a place where desires get fulfilled). A pious and holy place, Haridwar is a haven for photographers who can capture the deep beauty of the place and raw Indian culture.
Distance from Delhi: 208km
Best time to visit: February to March and August to October
Attractions: Har Ki Pauri, Holy Ganges, Shantikunj, Chandi Devi and Mansa Devi Temple
Activities: Rafting, Temple Visits, Cable Car Ride, Boat Rides and Ghat Visits
Visit the adventure capital of India, the marvelous and thrilling city of Rishikesh on your next vacation with your friends and family! The 'Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas', Rishikesh is located at the base of the Himalayas and is blessed with the gorgeous, thundering river of Ganga, the popular trek friendly rugged terrains, challenging peaks, strenuous rapids and dense forests! If you are an ardent traveler, then Rishikesh makes for one of the most ideal weekend getaways near Delhi.
Being one of the holiest cities in India, Rishikesh is quite famous for its scenic landscape and serves as a gateway to other important religious centers such as Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. The adventurer paradise is a happening hub of many ancient temples and attractions such as Gita Bhawan, Laxman Jhula, Bharat Mandir, Neelkanth Mahadev, Swarga Ashram, Triveni Ghat amongst others! Grab your cameras and adventure gear and head to Rishikesh for an adventure packed holiday!
Distance from Delhi: 228km
Best time to visit: Throughout the year
Attractions: Triveni Ghat, Ram and Lakshman Jhula, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple and Vashista Cave
Activities: River Rafting, Bungee Jumping, Camping, Rappelling, Rock Climbing and Trekking
If lush green plains and misty clouds allure you to nestle in a hammock and read a good book, far away from the city life then you need to head to Nainital, a stellar getaway place near Delhi for trekkers and nature lovers alike! Situated in the Kumaon foothills of the Himalayan ranges, Nainital is also known as the 'Lake District' of India.
It has also been termed as a pious place for Hindus and is one of the most popular hill stations near Delhi due to its fascinating hills, picturesque plains, enjoyable climate and stunning lakes. Adventurers engage in trekking activities and hike to the top of the beautiful hills just to witness the beautiful view and the wispy sky.
Distance from Delhi: 278km
Best time to visit: March to June and October to February.
Attractions: Nainital Lake, Governor's House, Eco Cave Gardens, Naini Peak and Snow View Point
Activities: Lake Visits, Village and Wildlife tours, Cable Car Rides, Rock Climbing and Trekking
Chopta Tungnath trek is a relatively unexplored trekking destination, which is known for its mesmerizing scenic beauty. The trek towards Tungnath, the 3 from Tungnath takes you to Chandrashila, which is situated at an altitude of 4,000 meters above sea level.
Chopta is blessed with rich flora and fauna as it is located in the midst of dense forests, with a beautiful floor of rhododendrons, interspersed by deodar and pine trees. During the first one and half kilometers, you will pass through a sea of brightly coloured rhododendrons and silver oak forests. Following this the vista opens to green alpine meadows which take you to the Tungnath temple.
According to folklore, the arms of Lord Shiva are believed to have emerged here. On trekking a kilometer further ahead, you will reach the Chandrashila peak from where you get spectacular views of the snow capped peaks of the Himalayas glistening in the sun rays. The grassy meadows of the region make it an ideal spot for camping too.
Chopta is well-connected by roadways connecting Guptakashi and Gopeshwar. The weather is lovely and the views are simply breathtaking.
Best season: May to June and August to September
Duration: 3 Days
Altitude: 3680 m
Known as the ‘Queen of the Hill Stations’, Mussoorie is situated in the foothills of the Himalayas and was discovered by Captain Young in the 18th century. It serves as a perfect getaway to escape from the heat of Delhi summers and is located at an altitude of 2000m above sea level. Mussoorie has its emerald hills enveloped in thick, rich greenery and attracts tourists from all over the country! You can explore the quaint marketplaces in Mussoorie and sightsee some of the popular landmarks in the area such as Landour Bazaar, Lal Tibba, Chaar Dukkan, Gun Hill, the Mussoorie Library and the Savoy Hotel.
Mussoorie is undoubtedly one of the best hill stations in the country. Home to some of the most stunning waterfalls in Uttarakhand, Mussoorie offers the most enchanting panoramic view of the Shivalik Ranges and the Doon Valley.
Distance from Delhi: 270km
Best time to visit: March to June and September to November
Attractions: Gun Hill, Waterfalls, Lakes, Benog Wildlife sanctuary, Tibetan Buddhist temple, Sir George Everest's House and Nag Devta Temple
Activities: Trekking, Nature Walks, Bird Watching, Boating, Ropeway Rides and Temple Visits
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25 June 2018
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24 October 2015
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26 July 2018
It was a very well organised trek by friendly and courteous hosts. Shahid, Danny, Habib and Avinash were great and were fun to trek with. Homestay near Shuntikoppa was beautiful with coffee plantations...
12 July 2018
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12 July 2018
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There are a number of foreigner tourists visiting India and hence, there are a lot of scammers who try to fool tourists by selling souvenirs, local dresses, jewelry and a lot of other things. So, do not speak to strangers easily.
Always carry sufficient cash with you but take care of it because incidences of pick pocketing and stealing are very common here.
Do not trust any tourist agency unless you check for their authorization. Usually book your tour facilities from an authorized tour agency.
Do not travel alone at night in lonely areas.
Carry your passport and other identity proofs at all times.
Try to find fellow travelers from your city/country and keep in touch with them if you are a solo traveler.
People can fool you and send you to wrong addresses and hence, carry a map and GPS device and trust only the given directions.
The drinking laws in India are different for every state, being from 18 years to 25 years, but in most of the states and Union territories, it is 21 years.
The drinking laws in India are different for every state, being from 18 years to 25 years, but in most of the states and Union territories, it is 21 years.
The best time to visit India is from October to March. India is large with diverse weather patterns. The Himalayas stop cold winds from reaching most of India so winters remain warm and summers can get very hot. The majority of India is tropical and is affected by three main seasons; summer, winter and monsoon.
Fly to India from any corner of the world. Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad are some major international airports in India. These airports serve traffic across the globe and are tend to be situated on the outskirts of the cities, not all though. To get in and around the city, there are prepaid taxis and auto rickshaws stationed outside the terminus.
Visa is required to everyone who is traveling to India. A 60 day, double entry electronic visa for citizens of 161 countries was introduced by the government of India, for further inquiries check on the official website. One can obtain a tourist visa for maximum of 6 months.
Rupee is the currency of India and you can exchange your money on arrival at the airport of India. There are several booths for currency exchange where you can get your money exchanged, which are usually available before you leave the custom area so keep checking. Always insist on a currency exchange receipt.
There are myriads of things to do in a country like India which is so huge, diverse, colorful, unique and simple.
Indian people live around food and just food; boasting a taste for uniqueness and varieties, here are some of the famous local foods which Indians are fond of.
Bhel Puri and Sev Puri in Mumbai
Malaiyo and Rasmalai in Banaras
Chhole Bhature, Golgappe, Haleem and Nihari in Delhi
Apang, Arunachal Pradesh
Gushtaba, Rista, and Roghan Josh in Kashmir
Biryani in Hyderabad
Galawati beef or mutton kebabs in Lucknow
Dal Bati Churma and Laal maas in Rajasthan
Paratha and Lassi in Amritsar and Delhi
Darjeeling Tea and Kerala coffee
Dhokla, Khakra, Khandwis and Thepla in Gujarat
Litti Chokha and Jhaal muri in Bihar
Dosa and Idli in Mysore
Sondesh and Gulab jamun in Kolkata
In metro or big cities, auto rickshaws and Taxis are available. If you plan to travel interstate of inter cities then planes and trains are some good options, however trains in India can be notoriously crowded and may exceed the expected arrival or departure time, hence try to book in advance for a confirm seat.
Another great option is hire a cab or a car with a driver and wander if you wish to travel at the ease of your comfort.
Confirm with your health specialist about your routine vaccination. Besides the routine vaccination, all the travelers are also advised to get travel vaccines like Hepatitis A and B, typhoid, Japanese encephalitis, typhoid, and rabies after discussing with your travel health specialist. As India is a developing country, the effect of food and water content may vary from individual to individual but getting the above mentioned vaccines can ensure a safe travel in India.
There are more than 20 languages which are spoken across the country and each region can have a different local language than the other. Hindi is spoken widespread but not by everyone and English can be understood in most part of the country.
"Namaskar" (hello), "shukriya" (thank you), "aap kaise hai" (how are you), "kitna hai" (how much) and "naam kya hai" (what's your name), these are some of the common greetings, expressions which are used in India and can be helpful on your trip to this country.
If you do not shop in India on your visit, you are doing injustice to yourself as where else can you find the colorful, varied and multitude of art inspired stuffs?
India is a land of diverse flora and Fauna and a unique Himalayan jungles. This list of famous wildlife sanctuaries and National Parks in India is given below:
This seven days celebration is held on the auspicious day of full moon in Kartik month which falls between October and November. This year the Puskar Mela/ Pushkar Fair is from 28th October till 04th November.
This is an annual camel and livestock fair, which is celebrated in the town of Pushkar. This fair is famous for being one of the world’s largest cattle fairs.
The places which are famous for water-sports activities are Goa, Andaman Islands, Gokarna, Lakshadweep and Maharashtra. If your trip is solely dedicated to water sports activities then head to Goa, Lakshadweep and Andaman islands to experience the best of India.
The eco friendly way of exploring India can grant you some of the best routes and trails to pedal through and enjoy the scenic panorama.Also there are some best motorbike tours in India that is the dream of every bike rider. Take a note of these routes for the best cycling tours in India:
The impressive interiors, breathtaking carriages and opulent lights of the luxury trains are just not enough. You get to live the royal lifestyle of former rulers of India while travelling on these trains. Trains visiting Rajasthan can be an impressive journey across the breadth and length of the state that displays the heritage, culture, richness and the traditions of this country in its hospitality, opulence and grand luxury.
India is a vast and bewildering country, it is a huge land so this is literally can give a culture shock but some things which are to be kept in mind while traveling to India are mentioned below:
The Thar Desert is the main desert land in India, however sand dunes and deserted areas can be found in some more regions of India which are listed below:
There are uncountable treks to which India can serve as a base, given below are some of the famous trails which are trekked with sheer fondness and love.
The coastal region of India is quite large and phenomenal for activities such as scuba diving, check out these destinations for watersports like Scuba.
Listed below are the most famous Hill stations in India; as being the popular destinations, you can find a swarm of tourist in these hill stations but these main stations can connect you to some equally majestic location in villages nearby or towns which are less famous but are less crowded too.
o India is a land of history, regal lineages and archeological ruins. Here is a comprehensive list of the ageless forts and palaces which were crafted ages ago yet they stand testimony to the test of time.
There are all types of places in India for a family holiday. From the architectural trails of the past to the serene valleys of Himalayas and Nilgiris, religious getaways to ocean hideaways; India is a package that no one denies.
o The paradise of India: Himachal Pradesh
o Heaven on Earth: Kashmir
o The Golden Triangle: Delhi-Agra-Jaipur
o Northeast: Meghalaya, Darjeeling, Assam, Nagaland.
o The religious and adventurous combo: Haridwar and Rishikesh
o Rajasthan Jewels: Jodhpur and Udaipur
o Nainital and Jim Corbett National Park
o The Indian Islands: Andaman and Nicobar
o God’s own country: Kerala
o The holy city: Banaras
o Puri in Orissa
o City of Dreams: Mumbai
o Kashmir of South: Coorg, Ooty, Kodaikanal
There are myriad of things which a couple can enjoy in India depending on the interest of a person. Some of the things which are trending as couple activities are mentioned here:
A comprehensive list of places which are mostly visited for a honeymoon in India are:
o Srinagar (Kashmir)
o Jaisalmer (Rajasthan)
o Agra (Uttar Pradesh)
o Andaman Islands
o Manali (Himanchal Pradesh)
o Udaipur (Rajasthan)
o Alleppey (Kerala)
o Coorg (Karnataka)
o Gangtok (Northeast India)
o Munnar (Kerala)
o Coonor (Karnataka)
o Matheran (Maharashtra)
o Mussoorie (Uttarakhand)
o Mt. Abu (Rajasthan)
o Lonavala and Khandala (Maharashtra)
o Hampi (Karnataka)
o Meghalaya (Northeast India)
o Leh (Ladakh)
There roads are scenic and loaded with adventure on these routes. Make your India bike trip an exhilarating experience by riding on these terrains.
o Guwahati to Tawang
o Manali to leh ladakh
o Shillong to Cherrapunjee
o Jaipur to Jaisalmer
o Mumbai to Goa
o Delhi to Nainital
o Ahmedabad to Kutch
o Shimla to Spiti Valley
o Valparai to Vazhachal Forest
o Chennai to Pondicherry
o Delhi – Ranthambore
o Darjeeling to Sikkim
Himalayas are the strength of India and is considered a shield that is worshipped by the people in India. The magnificent appearance and firmness of these mountains can be experienced from many places in India, some of which are listed below.
o Suru Valley, Zanskar Valley, Nubra Valley (Leh Ladakh)
o Parvati and Tirthan Valley, Himachal Pradesh
o Spiti and Lahaul Valley, Himachal Pradesh- Kaza, Tabo, Nako.
o Betab Valley
o Kinnaur Valley, Himachal Pradesh- Sangla, Raksham Chitkul
o Bhagirathi Valley, Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand
o Brahmaputra Valley, Assam
o Doon Valley
o Har ki Doon Valley, Uttarakhand
India is surrounded by the Ocean on three sides and that denotes the presence of endless beaches. The most famous beaches in India are:
India is known as the birthplace of Yoga Vidya. The best places where you can find numerous yoga retreats to learn and practice are:
If you don’t find timeless temples in India, where else in the world will you find then? The most famous temples in India are:
India is a treasure trove of archeological sites, some of the most famous UNESCO world heritage sites in India are:
A large chunk of the Indian land still belongs to rustic and raw villages and the best way to experience them is by taking a village safari on the given routes and destinations:
Some of the must carry things to your trip to India are listed below based on people’s experiences.
Ayurveda healing in India is an art of medication since inception and the best places to enjoy a retreat can be:
India is known for its heritage and cultural diversity; some of the famous heritage destinations in India are:
India is a very vast countries and not every city is a night city. The nightlife culture is mainly seen in the metro cities of India such as:
There are river and ocean Islands in India and some of the best islands are listed below:
Being surrounded by the sea from three sides, India is an ideal cruising destination. Some of the destinations which can serve your desire of cruising at the best are:
There are many water parks in India to beat the summer heat but the best and the craziest ones are listed below:
India is a gifted land, bestowed with some of the famous rivers in the world. Almost all the rivers of India makes good tides for rafting adventures, some of the places where you can enjoy rafting are:
India celebrates every month with one or the other festivals and the most famous ones are:
Some of the famous and old museums in India are:
The Himalayan slopes make India an idyllic destination for ski enthusiasts. Some of the destinations where you can slide and plunge with your ski gears are:
The North India has Himalayas, river Ganges and Indus; this is side of the country is rich in beautiful places to enjoy a scenic sojourn.
South India is the land of culture, tea, spices and coffee cultivation and beaches.
West India envelops the famous Thar Desert in its lap, the heritage forts and the economic capital of India- Mumbai.
East India is a slice of India and a well kept jewel, the Himalayan ranges are also found in the east India.
The most famous waterfalls in India are scattered across the country’s length and breadth and are listed below: