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Amazing Holidays in India

Updated on November 23, 2015
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I visited Bangladesh years ago, but sadly I’ve never been to India, but I shall get there one day!

So I have asked my friend, Baan to write a few words for me to give us feel of this incredible country and what we can expect from holidays in India.

Baan writes:

"The first thing I would like to say is that self-discovery is the best quest for any traveler. For the more adventurous it is a virgin destination that offers a variety of adventure opportunities, fascinating diversity, endless choices; and exotic India welcomes you.

There is more to India than just its diverse culture.

You will find inhospitable peaks, rocky crags, forbidding ice fields of heights of over 6000 meters, safaris in the harsh deserts, the cool soothing waters of India's unexplored islands - these are just a tip of the iceberg.

So if you're looking for adventure travel India will not disappoint.

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There are so many things to do in India

Some things are not common knoweldge, for example although mountaineers have plenty of scope in the Indian Himalayas, trout fishing is possible too at the Himalayan foothills and the Nilgiri Hills of the south.

There's skiing at Gulmarg in Kashmir, Auli in Uttarakhand, Kufri, Narkanda, and Solang Nullah, in Himachal Pradesh can be a rewarding experience. Ski courses that sound a real bargain are offered in some places, but you should book these well in advance because skiing is a very popular activity in India.

And of course you can go trekking in Himachal, Pradesh, Darjeeling, Uttarkhand, Sikkim and also at remote locations of Western Ghats at Karnataka, Tamilnadu and Kerala.

Jaipur Water Palace
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Wildlife tours in India:

Spectacular wildlife and nature in India is another amazing attraction. For the nature lover, India offers more than 450 national parks and sanctuaries. For example, the Marine National Park in Andaman is a place where you can see turtles, octopuses, dolphins, and rare starfish, sea cucumbers and sea horses. And of course there is the tiger and the elephant to admire.


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Indian Culture:

Try India off the beaten track at Kullu Valley; travel over the Rohtang Pass to Lahaul & Spiti and visit Keylong. Visit remote tribes of north east India, dance with them, stay and learn about their unique culture in that difficult terrain.

Spend the night at the elegant Neemrana Fort, have a special dinner at the famous Chokhi Dhani in Maharashtra. Go for an Elephant ride at Amber Fort in Jaipur. Take an early morning Ganges boat ride at Varanasi. Learn Kathakali dance at Cochin, and sleep over in a Houseboat at Alleppey.

India has so much to explore, you can just slip out of the cities and you will never know where you are.

Beauty of the Indian countryside:

Southern India has a pace of it own. Kerala is a colorful kaleidoscope full of surprising countryside like nowhere else. It is a land of lagoons that are studded with lively palm-fringed white sandy beaches. Mist shrouded mountains look down on limitless stretches of lush vegetation. It is truly very, very beautiful.

Apart from Kerala, remote areas of the north east like Assam, Tripura, Meghalaya, and Mizoram are some of the most beautiful rural places on earth.


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Culture and cuisines of India:

You will find a sumptuous feast in every part of India.

The Persian cuisine of north Indian food, the Mughal influenced fragrant rice dishes, such as pulav and biryani.

Eastern India has many varieties of fish based dishes, and the ghee based cuisine of western India is delicious.

Also, there are the finest vegetarian dishes of Gujarat, Goan cuisine mixed with Konkan and Portuguese flavors, South Indians' hot and spicy mouth-watering dishes like dosa and idli will be served in authentic restaurants - expect delicious regional food.

Advantages of traveling with expert guides:

I would say that it is better to travel in India with a tour guide because they are experts and very enthusiastic. They will make sure you have a fantastic time.

You will benefit from their intimate knowledge of the country, its past and present. They will help you with all matters regarding the well-being of your trip and ensure that everything goes as smoothly as possible. Also, your travel guide will be able to assist you should you have an emergency while on tour.

Women are safer when escorted by locally aware guides and traveling in smaller groups rather than going alone in India is better for many reasons and I strongly recommend it.

Put in simple words, if you do go on holiday in India or tour around India, be aware of the choices you make, they will have an impact on you as well as on the country.

Please browse in advance advice and articles, and remember to be a responsible traveler. With the opportunity to travel far away, however, comes an added responsibility to all travelers to ensure that their activities do not upset or destroy the very cultures and environments they choose to visit.

i hope you have found my words useful and I thank you for your time.

Baan."

The Sounds Of India
The Sounds Of India

The legendary sitarist and composer Ravi Shankar

 

I would like to thank Baan very much indeed for contrubting this very interesting article.

Click on this link Holidays in India to find more information about amazing holidays in India.

© 2014 Giovanna Sanguinetti

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 2 years ago from London UK

      Thanks very much indeed for reading my hub. I really do appreciate your time and your comments.

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      Neha Sharma 2 years ago from United States

      Thank you for this wonderful article on travel destinations in India! I have been there a million times but unfortunately have never traveled to the south. I would love to make a trip down there sometime as well.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 2 years ago from London UK

      I would love to! Thanks very much for your visit.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 2 years ago from London UK

      I would certainly love to visit Kerala, I have heard about it's beauty. Thank you very much indeed for your kind comments. I shall enjoy reading your hubs about India.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      You should visit the kuil, temples, historical places worth to know

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 2 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Wonderful presentation on my country-The incredible India. You have said it right India is simply superb and has to explore in length. I live in a state known as Kerala often called The God's own country! I have done a couple of hubs featuring the unique diversity and spectacular features of India. Hope you will find them. I hope you enjoyed well your visit here. Please do visit my home state Kerala once when you have the time as it is one of the most beautiful places in India. Keep on exploring and writing more. All the best.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 2 years ago from London UK

      Thank you so much for your visit and kind feedback. I really do appreciate it.

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      Besarien 2 years ago

      I think I could happily spend years in India. The food alone would take months to explore properly. What a beautiful hub! Voted up!

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 2 years ago from London UK

      Thanks for your visit. Don't. Forget to let us know when you get back!

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      Mike 2 years ago from Wales, United Kingdom

      Thank you for such an informative post about India. It is somewhere I have always wanted to go. My grand parents travelled to Goa a few years ago and loved it. Keep up the great hubs

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 2 years ago from London UK

      Thank you for your visit. I'd love to go there too.

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      Joyfulcrown 2 years ago

      India is somewhere I would really love to visit one day. I loved the pictures.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 2 years ago from London UK

      You're welcome. India has a lot more to offer than I have written about here. It really is a remarkable place full of incredible places. Thanks very much indeed for your visit.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 2 years ago from London UK

      Some people find India a very difficult place to be because of the poverty. But it is well set up for tourism and has some breathtakingly beautiful places to visit. I have been to Bangladesh, which is not set up so well, but I wasn't there as a tourist, I was working and traveled around the country for about 1 month. I found it quite hard to cope with the poverty and it upset me greatly. I have also been to Bolivia, one of South America's poorest countries and had the opposite experience. It didn't feel like Bangladesh somehow. It's hard to explain. Thanks very much indeed for your visit.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 2 years ago from London UK

      Yes that is true. Are you from India? Thanks very much indeed for your visit.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 2 years ago from London UK

      Thank you so much for visiting my hub and for leaving such wonderful comments. I am going to visit you now - I can't wait to read more about India. Happy New Year!

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      freecampingaussie 2 years ago from Southern Spain

      I enjoyed your hub as I didn't realize everything that India has to offer. You have some lovely photos here !

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      india sounds like a nice place to visit, I thought that poverty made it a not suitable tour place. Guess i was wrong

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      Sachin 2 years ago from India

      India is a place any would love to explore and visit. The culture, people, places, languages, dances, and much more makes India really proud.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 2 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      India is simply incredible. It has several features to attract any visitor. You have beautifully narrated some points here. I hope you find more of India's vibrant and diverse striking attractions in the coming days. I have done a couple of hubs highlighting these aspects well. Hope you will find the same and leave your precious comments. Keep on writing. All the best.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 2 years ago from London UK

      Thank you so much for your visit. I am really glad you enjoyed the hub. Happy Christmas!

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      India sounds like a very interesting country to explore! I would love to visit the country to observe and photograph its wildlife and plants. Thanks you for sharing the useful information.