India is a massive country with a lot to see. Its numerous, unique cultures and huge land area offer something for everyone to enjoy, yet trying to tackle India from the backpacker’s approach would be almost impossible or at least ill-advised. In comparison, the entire length of India is similar to the distance between Canada and Central Mexico. Traversing even half of the main sights is an exhausting feat. There is just so much to see in the short amount of time that a typical vacation lasts. Therefore, a tour is the norm and always the best option in this Asian country, so it isn’t hard to find a reputable company to lead the way. The real challenge comes in deciding where exactly to explore in the country with the 2nd largest population in the world.
With 29 different states and 7 provinces, it can be hard to narrow it down to just one area. Most likely you’ll end up sightseeing in a few different states to catch most of the big sights. An easier choice to make, rather, would decide on whether to visit the northern or the southern half. Of course, it isn’t a mutually exclusive choice, but each part has its own unique perks that offer something different depending on the traveler. For example, the southern half of India is home to almost all of India’s coastline. Its vast access to the sea has greatly affected the southern culture throughout the course of India’s history. Because of its better accessibility to the sea, trade routes give a slight economic benefit to the south. Expect prices to be a bit higher close to the coasts and its affluent communities (as is the case in almost all countries). However,it would be the better choice for the avid beachgoers or water enthusiasts.
On the other hand, the North houses some of the most magnificent architectural structures in India, if not the world. Most tourists decide to skip the beach and spend a few days touring some of north India’s most famous sights and marveling at the incomparable cultures. For that same reason, there isn’t an exact location that might be classified as the absolute best place to tour in the North, but there are many North India tours that Complete India & Asia, a high quality touring company, offers that allows travelers to explore a few different Indian attractions for one low price. What is probably the most worthwhile is their Golden Triangle Classic tour that visits some of the famous sights that are not to be missed while vacationing in India. The following of a few of the examples that one would expect to see on the Golden Triangle Classic.
The Taj Mahal is one of the best and most popular examples. With anywhere between 2 and 4 million visitors in a given year, this Wonder of the World is just one reason an extraordinary amount of tourists that flock to Northern India annually.
Old Delhi is a city that was once known as Shahjahanbad. It’s 7 miles of walls enclose its historic sights and residential sectors. In Old Delhi, one can find the popular Red Fort, Friday Mosque, and Chandi Chowk.
Adjacent to Old Delhi is New Delhi. New Delhi is actually a district of Delhi where it is the capital of the territory as well as the capital of India as a whole. Its historic beginnings can still be witnessed today, something not typically seen in India. Delhi is the city to visit for ancient ruins such as Humayun’s tomb or QutubMinar as well as multiple modern activities such as shopping, festivals, bars and delicious restaurants. It’s hard to get bored in this well-rounded city.
Although not as well-known, Fatehpur is also a must-see while in India. This former capital of Mughal Emperor Akbar is a treasure chest full of architectural wonders. Ancient concert halls, palaces, and tombs make Fatehpur an eye pleaser.
Jaipur is known as the pink city and for good reason. Much of the city is painted pink as it is the color of hospitality in India. It is rich in heritage and explodes in the summer with beautiful and unique festivals. The painted elephants are a sight of their own!