The thrilling unpredictability of life on the streets is what make sightseeing tours in India such an eyeopener. Explore Delhi’s Red Fort and Agra’s Taj Mahal before heading into the deserts beyond Jaipur or to the tropical beaches of Kerala, and you’ll discover India’s many treasures for yourself.
The Indian capital is an extraordinary living record of the country’s history. The bazaars of Chandi Chowk are filled to bursting with exotic offerings, Old Delhi hosts a range of important Mughal-era relics including the Qutub Minar and Red Fort, while British-built New Delhi includes attractions from India Gate to Rajghat, the national shrine dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi.
One of three points along India’s Golden Triangle alongside Delhi and Jaipur, Agra is home to the unmissable Taj Mahal. Needing no introduction, be sure to stroll beyond the gardens of this white marble masterpiece, to the immense Agra Fort and the Tomb of Akbar the Great, one of the Mughal-era’s most important leaders.
These Golden Triangle sightseeing tours in India continue in Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. With many of its buildings, including the Hawa Mahal Palace of the Winds and City Palace Museum constructed in a rich red-orange stone, the ‘pink city’ is well named, although the hilltop Amber Palace expands the color spectrum further. Having absorbed the sights of the city center, head out into the warm sands of the desert, or take in the strange structures of Jantar Mantar astronomical complex.
Sightseeing in Varanasi
With a history that dates back some 3000 years, Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh is considered Hinduism’s holiest city. Pilgrims flock here, to pay homage at the Kashi Kalash temple, hidden among the winding streets, and bathe in the River Ganges at Dashashwarmedh Ghat. History lovers will also adore Buddhism’s ancient Dhamek Stupa and Chaukhandi Stupa located at Sarnath.
With the sparkle of sunlight on gold leaf reflected by the watery surrounds of Amrit Sarovar Tank, India sightseeing trips take in the glory of Amritsar’s Golden Temple. The holiest religious site for Sikhs, the walled city also boasts the incredible Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum, and the historic gardens of Jallianwala Bagh.
Sightseeing in Kerala
The sleepy backwaters of tropical Kerala can seem a world away from the streets of Delhi or the hubbub around Amritsar’s Golden Temple. While it would be easy enough to flop down on a different palm-lined beach each day for a year, other Kerala attractions include the chance to catch sight of tigers in the jungle of Periyar National Park, explore the region’s Portuguese past at the Mattancherry Palace, or take a romantic wander around the heart-shaped lake of Chembra Mountain.
India sightseeing tours span the full length and breadth of all this nation of one billion has to offer. From the relics of former ages to modern city streets, sublime beaches and impressive peaks, India is there for the taking.