Travelers to India are often overwhelmed by the many outstanding sights, sounds, and smells of everyday life they are presented with all at once. So much so, that they might forget to seek out some of India’s most exhilarating sights and destinations. While we do love the colorful scenes that India’s streets and marketplaces offer, here are our five suggestions for the most mysterious, serene, spiritual, and invigorating sights to see in India.
1. The Taj Mahal
Built between 1632 and 1653 under the orders of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, the Taj Mahal is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. And just like another wonder of the world, the Colosseum in Rome, it doesn’t matter how many pictures of the Taj Mahal you’ve seen, when you see it in person you will still be completely floored by its unbelievable grandeur. Constructed in memory of Shah Jahan’s favorite wife, the Taj Mahal features a vast white marble mausoleum, vivid reflecting pools, deeply bewitching ornamental gardens, and several other immensely beautiful buildings. You can easily spend an entire day here absorbing the exotic beauty of the Taj Mahal.
The spiritual heart of what’s already considered an extremely spiritual country, Varanasi is centered around the banks of the holy River Ganges, where pilgrims travel to wash away their sins and cremate the bodies of their loved ones. Floating along the River Ganges you can see one of the most impressive sights in the world as you witness residents and pilgrims carrying out their religious devotions against the gorgeous backdrop of centuries old temples.
The glorious gateway to the Himalayas, Ladakh is one of the most exotic indian travel destinations. It’s also one of the most sparsely populated and remote regions in India. Roughly translated as “land of high passes,” Ladakh features stunning landscapes as well as some of the most beautiful and serene Tibetan Buddhist monasteries you’ll ever see. We think you’ll find the trekking here rivals that of Tibet and Nepal, and you’ll also find the devoutly Buddhist locals to be just as welcoming. You won’t be able to avoid being moved by the omnipresent humanity, soul-soothing peacefulness, and natural beauty of Ladakh.
4. Ajanta Caves
The brilliant Ajanta Caves in the city of Aurangabad are monuments cut out of the rocks that date back to the second century B.C. As they were abandoned and forgotten until 1819, when they were discovered by the British, they are in a high-quality state of preservation. In fact, many of the Caves’ paintings and murals still remain today, depicting scenes of battles, Indian city streets, sailing ships, forests filled with animals and much more. Don’t miss this spectacular rocky marvel, as well as the equally awe-inspiring Ellora caves nearby.
Located close to the Pakistani border in Rajasthan’s most western corner, Jaisalmer is the archetypal desert town, featuring the popular Jaisalmer Fort, Jain Templer, and desert safaris. While in the “Golden City” you can explore the fort which is amazingly constructed out of yellow stone, tour the seven magnificently curved temples, or tour the desert by way of camel.
If you’re looking to take a journey that will shift your perspective, India is an experience not to be missed.
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As sales manager of Absolute Travel, Brooke Garnett has been to many locations around the world, including India. In addition to traveling, Brooke loves adventure sports, painting, photography, and cooking. Ensure you have knowledgeable guides to make sure that your customized luxury travel tour to India is a truly unforgettable experience.