Sightseeing on the India Route

Sightseeing on the India Route

India’s vast rail network offers one of the most atmospheric ways to explore this vast country, despite aging facilities. Unreserved 2nd class trains can be affordable but overcrowded – for short journeys through rural India they should be used.

Start in Delhi and make your way north towards Dharamshala and Amritsar before turning southwest towards Rajasthan (Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur). Finally arrive in Varanasi – one of India’s oldest cities!

Delhi

Delhi is India’s vibrant capital and a dynamic blend of tradition and modernity, boasting many UNESCO World Heritage sites that include Old Delhi landmarks like Red Fort from Mughal-era India and Jama Masjid mosque. There’s also a bustling bazaar filled with food carts and spice shops nearby.

Delhi’s city centre features wide boulevards and roundabouts featuring colonial-era architecture, making it an appealing shopping destination. Connaught Place (Rajiv Chowk) is the primary shopping area, while Khan Market and Paharganj offer inexpensive hotel options nearby.

Public transportation in Delhi is reliable and plentiful, including busses, trains and taxis serving most areas. Taxis tend to be the more costly yet more convenient option, and drivers usually speak English fluently.

Metro stations can be found near most major attractions, with bilingual signage that speaks both Hindi and English; announcements can also be heard either way. Also worth exploring in Delhi is its tourist-oriented bus, known as HOHO Bus.

Indian Railways provide an array of train options, with different classes and services available. The Rajdhani Express provides fast, comfortable travel that includes meals and bedding on overnight journeys; other trains such as Shatabdi Express offer less luxurious journeys that still provide meals and bedding on overnight journeys.

Dharamshala

Dharmshala is an ideal destination for all travelers, be they pilgrims, devotees or simply tourists alike. From mountain peaks and majestic tea gardens to stunning vistas and charming towns like Dharamshala itself – visitors will surely be charmed.

One of the top things to do in Dharamshala is visiting the Dalai Lama temple complex. Not only are monks present here; this peaceful space also provides peace and serenity to visitors seeking respite from daily life.

Dharamshala offers breath-taking views of its mountain surroundings from Triund Hill, one of the city’s highest points and one of the most sought-after trekking destinations. Additionally, Triund Hill hosts many local restaurants serving exquisite fare.

Bhagsunag Waterfall in Dharmshala is another must-see attraction, offering visitors a tranquil sanctuary from city life while radiating spiritual energy.

Discover the culture of Dharamshala at the Kangra Art Museum, situated near Kotwali Bazaar and housing Kangra school paintings and Chamba rural embroidery. Although small in size, there are plenty of items worth seeing – plus it’s free! So make sure to visit it during your next trip to Dharmshala – you won’t regret it!

Amritsar

Amritsar is a sacred city that honors its noble ancestors in Northwestern India’s Punjab region, famous for its vibrant culture, glorious sites, and delicious cuisine. Additionally, Amritsar houses some significant landmarks – among them is the Golden Temple – the highest seat of religious authority for Sikhism.

The Golden Temple, also known as Amrit Sarovar, was first begun by Guru Ram Das in 1574 on land purchased for 700 rupees from Tung village for 700 rupees. Subsequently, Guru Arjan Dev completed it, placing Harmandir Sahib at its core.

Behind the Golden Temple stands Jallianwala Bagh, a public garden dedicated to remembering those killed during a violent massacre by British soldiers during a peaceful Baisakhi celebration in 1919. The memorial features an inspiring array of portraits as well as an everlasting flame.

Other notable attractions include Khalsa College, which was constructed by Maharaja Ranjit Singh and known for its elegant onion domes. Additionally, its grand main building has provided the setting for several Bollywood films.

Attracting many tourists, Amritsar’s key sights include Akal Takht, one of five takhts (thrones) of Sikhism and considered to be its highest temporal seat, is located within Golden Temple complex and features an elegant baroque garden surrounding it. Furthermore, The Partition Museum gives insight into traumatic events during India’s Partition.

Rishikesh

Rishikesh, India’s seventh holy city, provides an ideal environment for exploring spirituality and wellness. Packed with energy and breathtaking natural beauty, it also houses numerous yoga studios and meditation retreats for visitors.

Ganga Aarti, an annual river ceremony at Triveni Ghat or Parmarth Niketan, attracts locals and tourists in large numbers each day. Be sure to arrive early so as to capture the best views of this breathtaking ritual, offering milk, food for fish, oil lamps or flowers as offerings to show your respects to Mother Ganga.

Neer Garh Waterfall in Rishikesh is an exceptional attraction that you should visit, making an itinerary must. Ideal for enjoying nature with family and friends while taking breathtaking photos, Neer Garh Waterfall makes for an incredible day trip experience and photo opp!

Rajaji National Park is an idyllic destination for wildlife enthusiasts and one of Rishikesh’s most beloved tourist spots. Here, visitors will discover an impressive variety of animals and plants – such as majestic tigers – along with lush forests filled with teak and sal trees, lush grasslands covered with teak trees, as well as sightings of sambar deer, bears, wild cats, monitor lizards and much more!

Rishikesh offers numerous hotels near Lakshman Jhula and Swarg Ashram for lodging during your trip, as well as numerous ashrams and camps offering comfortable lodging accommodations for short and extended stays.

Jaipur

Jaipur is an excellent city for sightseeing in India. The many palaces known as havelis can be an enjoyable exploration and showcase Rajasthani art and architecture, many having been converted to hotels while others remain intact and beautiful – an absolute must-see if you enjoy palaces and are curious about India’s long history! Additionally, Jaipur boasts the iconic Hawa Mahal which stands as a five-storied pyramidal structure resembling a honeycombed beehive!

Plan a visit to the Pink City to admire its historic palaces, discover its royal past or indulge in world-class cuisine – it has something for everyone and is easy to explore with plenty of transport options available to you.

Jaipur’s urban morphology marks an extraordinary departure from typical city development practices in South Asia. Its large public squares stand out among others. Additionally, unique bazaars add character, as do its single and multicourt havelis.

Jaipur bazaars include Bapu Bazaar, an ancient 300-year-old market renowned for selling Mojari shoes made of camel skin as well as Rajasthani textiles and textiles. You’ll also find jewelry, silver and brass-ware, pottery and natural stones here; as souvenir hunting can often yield up to 60% discounts off original prices! Don’t forget to haggle; that way you may score yourself some deals that make for unforgettable keepsakes!

Agra

Agra is an essential stop on any classic India tour, featuring iconic monuments such as the Taj Mahal. Additionally, Agra Fort, Mehtab Bagh, Itmad-Ud-Daulah’s Tomb (known as “Baby Taj”) and Fatehpur Sikri are must-visits. For an ecotourism adventure visit nearby National Chambal Sanctuary which houses endangered Indian gharials and Ganges River dolphins.

Travel to Agra between November and March when the temperatures are cool and dry; summer temperatures tend to become quite uncomfortable; crowds will also be smaller at this time, making it easier to view Agra’s many historical landmarks.

Agra’s most well-known landmark, the Taj Mahal is an architectural marvel dating back to 17th-century. Built for Shah Jahan’s wife, its intricate carvings, latticework and sandstone inlay work make this mausoleum one of the Seven World Heritage Sites listed by UNESCO. Another top attraction is Agra Fort, offering spectacular aerial views of Taj Mahal and other city landmarks. Additionally, many shops sell stone products, such as jewellery or small boxes/plaques with intricate inlay work that resembles that of Taj. Agra is well known for its leather goods, so don’t miss visiting Sadar Bazaar to purchase some leather goodies. Other attractions in Agra include Ram Bagat Temple and Iskcon and Banke Bihari temples; furthermore, October/November brings Agra’s Bateshwar Fair for an incredible shopping experience!