How to choose the itinerary of your trip to the north of India?
The North of India is full of contrasts, color, spirituality and the incredible aromas of its cuisine of the species. From the bustling city of Delhi to the relaxed beaches of Goa the traveler will find in India a welcoming country, which welcomes its visitors.
India is the second most populous country in the world. Within its territory are some of the most famous architectural works on the planet, such as the Taj Mahal in Agra, or the Lotus Temple in Delhi, which is the most visited temple in the country.
In the north of India there are cities or regions essential to visit such as the Golden Triangle Tour (Delhi, Agra and Jaipur) or Benares. This area of India is also border with Nepal, a perfect destination for those more adventurous or enjoying surrounded by nature.
If you would like to visit the north of the country, we help you choose the perfect route for your trip to India:
Essential places for your trip to the North of India
Be the type of traveler you are and regardless of the time you spend in India, there are four places you cannot miss:
Delhi, with more than 20 million inhabitants, is a challenge for the senses. The climate of this region is semi-arid subtropical which represents great contrasts in temperature, with cold winters and hot summers.
In the capital, New Delhi, you can visit countless palaces and monuments, some of them World Heritage Sites. The crowds of New Delhi merge with the vehicles generating an absolutely frenetic pace and worthy to be seen at least once in a lifetime.
It is advisable to take a ride in rickshaw, a kind of rickshaw pulled by a man, with which you can tour the old streets of the city or the vicinity of Chandni Chowk market.
Some of the most remarkable monuments that can be visited in Delhi are:
The Lotus Temple, an Adoration House in the shape of a lotus flower. It is the most visited monument in India.
The Red Fort, considered a World Heritage Site, has a wall of 18 meters high and several buildings and interior gardens.
The Jama Masjid Mosque, the largest mosque in India.
The Temple of Akshardham, the largest Hindu temple in the world.
The city of Agra was founded at the beginning of the 16th century on the banks of the Yamuna River. Located 200 km north of Delhi and about 235 km from Jaipur, Agra is world famous for hosting one of the Seven New Wonders of the World: the Taj Mahal.
The Taj Mahal, an architectural work built for love. The Taj Mahal was built between 1631 and 1652 at the request of the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, who wanted to build it in honor of his late wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died after giving birth.
This mausoleum was built in white marble and although it seems formed by a large dome it is actually made up of several buildings. The Taj Mahal is surrounded by Persian-style gardens ( Chahar Bagh ) that lead to the doors of the building.
In Agra you will also find other outstanding architectural works, such as the Red Fort (also called Agra Fort) , whose construction was prior to the Taj Mahal (1565-1573) and is located about 2 kilometers from it. The Red Fort is considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1983.
Jaipur, popularly known as “The Pink City “ because of the characteristic color of its buildings, is the capital of Rajasthan . With a population of 3.2 million inhabitants, it is one of the most visited cities in India. Strolling through its bustling and chaotic avenues is essential to enter and know this city.
With the passage of time the city of Jaipur has been growing beyond its original fortified confines. Most of the attractions for the traveler are located, but, within the pink walled city , northeast of the city.
Some of the points of interest in Jaipur are:
The Johari Bazaar market, which stands out for its jewels
The Jantar Mantar, an important astronomical observatory
The Hawa Mahal or Palace of the Winds, an architectural work of the late eighteenth century that is located in one of the main streets of the city.
Benares or Varanasi
Benares, also known as Varanasi, is a city where spiritualism is breathed. It is one of the seven sacred cities of Hinduism in India, where worshipers of Buddhism and Jainism go.
The city is located on the banks of the Ganges River, where people bathe to cleanse themselves of their sins. Its population is more than 1.3 million inhabitants, and is considered one of the oldest cities in the world.
Benares stands out for its temples and for the ghats (or stairs that lead to the river) and for the many activities that take place during the day, from purifying rituals to the famous aarti ceremony at sunset, a spiritual ritual with fire, dance and lights that is staged in an old theater.
Places of India that you cannot miss depending on the type of traveler you are
For lovers of nature, culture or fun, India is a country where all travelers will find places that suit what they are looking for. Then we help you outline your route according to the type of traveler you are.
Khajuraho and Orchha
Khajuraho and Orchha are the cradle of some of the most outstanding temples in the country . If you are a traveler with cultural concerns, you cannot miss these two villas as you will have the opportunity to delve into the history of the country.
The monumental complex of Khajuraho was considered a World Heritage Site in 1986. Its temples include erotic representations, as can be seen in the Temple of Kamasutra or the Temple of Lakshamana.
Other temples include the Kandariya Temple or the Varaha Temple. This historical legacy dates mostly from the tenth and eleventh century.
On the way to Khajuraho is Orchha , a city founded in the sixteenth century, noted for its fort , located on an island on the River Betwa. In its interior are several palaces such as the Jahangir Mahal or the temple of Ram Raj.
Bombay or Mumbai
Mumbai, also known as Mumbai, is the most populous city in India, with more than 14.5 million inhabitants.
Among its streets are some important monuments and one of the most visited is the Gateway of India , an arch of 26 meters in height. It is located on the waterfront and was built in honor of the Indian soldiers who died during the First World War and the Afghan War.
Other places of obligatory stop in Mumbai for culture lovers are the Chhatrapati Shivaji Railway Station, declared a World Heritage Site in 2004, the Elephanta Caves, located on Elephanta Island 10 kilometers from the Port of Mumbai, or the Siddhivinayak temple, a Hindu architectural work built in the 19th century.
Beaches of Goa and Maldives: for travelers seeking relaxation
If you are a traveler looking to relax the beaches of Goa or the Maldives islands are two of the best options if you travel to India.
Beaches of Goa
The beaches of Goa are located in the south of the country and are ideal for resting on its 100 km of coastline. There you can enjoy a few days of peace, especially in the south of the region, although there is also a wide range of leisure activities.
It highlights its lush vegetation and its beaches, among which we recommend Colva Beach, Anjuna or Galgibag. The beach season starts in October, so it is advisable not to go to Goa from May to October due to weather issues. The city of Goa was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Ranthambore National Park
The Ranthambore National Park is located about 160 kilometers from the city of Jaipur. In its wide expanse of meadows, rivers and lakes you can see tigers in their natural habitat. In addition to tigers during the tour you can also spot hyenas, crocodiles, leopards and hundreds of species of birds. You can visit the park on board a 4 × 4.