6 Breathtaking Places in India You Need to See Right Now
There’s simply no straightforward way to define a place of that magnitude. As such, the best way to experience the country may be to just get in there and see it for yourself, and the easiest way to do that is to look for the best travel tour or agent, if you don’t feel like moving around independently. Meanwhile, read on for a list of locations and attractions that should definitely go on your must-visit list:
One of the most well-known stories about the city of Jaipur is that it was painted pink in 1876 in preparation for a visit from the then-Prince of Wales, Albert Edward. The colour was chosen because it represented hospitality, and to this day locals have kept up the tradition.
Jaipur is not only visually stunning, but it’s also full of some of the warmest and friendliest people you’ll ever meet during your travels. It’s a major tourist destination, currently ranked 7th on Conde Nast Traveller’s list of the best places to visit in India.
Main draws include:
It was designed this way so that noblewomen could observe the street below without being seen, in accordance with purdah, a practice in certain Hindu and Muslim groups that mandated they stay out of sight of strangers.
It’s an architectural marvel that was built in 1592 and was used by the royal family until the capital was moved to Jaipur proper and the City Palace was completed for them to reside in. The sprawling complex is divided into six main sections that can all be explored for a small fee.
Going around with a bulky camera can be daunting. When I go backpack, I usually bring my favourite action cam and also a helmet mount (for adventurous activities) to safely capture stunning shots.
Nicknamed “The Blue City”, Jodhpur is arguably the most photogenic destination in India. Its oldest sections are painted in bright shades of blue, creating a striking contrast when viewed against the backdrop of the imposing Mehrangarh Fort at its centre.
Jodhpur’s claims to fame include its incredible local food scene, a thriving handicrafts industry, and the aforementioned Mehrangarh being used as a key location in the 2012 Christian Nolan film, The Dark Knight Rises.
Don’t miss the chance to see:
Mehrangarh Fort and Museum
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There are a total of seven-period rooms and six galleries that showcase the heritage of the Rathore, the Rajput clan that founded and ruled over the area. Of particular interest is its collection of houdahs, those carriages set upon the backs of elephants for kings and other members of royalty to ride on.
There’s also the gallery of palanquins, which were mainly used by noblewomen. If history and culture isn’t your thing but adrenaline-pumping pursuits are, try out the Flying Fox zipline adventure courses on the north side of the fort, where you can whizz around and above the fort’s battlements like a video game character.
Toorji’s Step Well
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The best vantage point for watching these kids is from the café that has occupied a space atop the well. Make sure to order a refreshing lassi, and situate yourself on the viewing deck for great action shots. The steps leading down to the water are also a fantastic textural backdrop for your next display photo.
Maintaining your health condition while travelling is extremely important to ensure you have a smooth and memorable trip.
1. The quality of air in some cities in India can be unhealthy for travellers, I suggest you wear sawdust and reusable face mask.
2. Bringing your own bottle when travelling is great. Use the LifeStraw Go Bottle to ensure the water you consume is clean. Easy!
3. For ladies, it is highly recommended to wear decent attire when they are out in public. Always bring a scarf to cover up.
This group of islands off the coast of Kerala in the Laccadive Sea is, in a word, paradise. It is composed of about 39 islands and islets that include 12 atolls, 3 reefs, and 5 submerged banks. Only ten of the islands are currently inhabited, and permits are required if you’d like to visit, making this one of the last truly unspoiled coastal frontiers left in the continent.
If you’re tired of taking your white sands, pristine waters and coral reefs with luxury resort trappings and gaudy developments (as well as the inevitable damage to the local ecosystem that results with their presence), the archipelago of Lakshadweep is for you.
For views and experiences that will blow your mind, head to:
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Your efforts at obtaining one will be richly rewarded, though—imagine having virtually no competition for real estate at the spectacular beaches, nor will there ever be a need to fight through crowds to see and swim in the island’s magnificent lagoon. The coral reefs surrounding the island are in excellent condition and teeming with life, making this one of the more popular spots for indulging in the sport, too.
The Princess Royal wreck
How about you? Which place in India would you like to visit next?
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