The history of India dates back thousands of years and is a tribute to both history and modernity. Whether you want to take an adventure and learn about the past, take a break from the city and meet nature, treat your taste buds to authentic Indian cuisine, or be the first to see what will be trending in the electronics and apparel market, India’s calling you. These four Indian destinations are among the favorite destinations for tourists and residents alike.
The state of Goa is an international tourist hotspot in western India known for beautiful beaches, late-night parties and outdoor adventures. But there’s more to Goa than partying on the beach, although the 7,000 licensed bars (and countless unlicensed ones) may reinforce the party theme of India’s smallest state.
Best Time to Visit Goa: December and January
What to do: Go to at least one beach party or nightclub, dine at sunset in one of the beach restaurants (they are on and directly facing the ocean!), do some night-market shopping, spend an enchanting night on the beach watching the stars, visit the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary and meet exotic jungle animals, visit the Naval Aviation Museum, or take a ride on a 2-wheel taxi.
Interesting facts: Goa was the location of the very first English school in India.
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Walk into another world and be romanced by the majesty of Agra, home to the Taj Mahal, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Iconic photos throughout history have been taken at the seat outside the Taj Mahal, and you too could take one of these photos and create a memory that even your grandchildren will cherish. There’s so much to do in Agra, you may want to visit more than once.
Best time to visit Agra: November to March
What to do: Visit three World Heritage Sites (the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, and Fatehpur Sikri), tour the Itmad-ud-Daulah’s Tomb, take some walking tours and learn about the empire that created much of what you’ll see. Be sure to dine at the local restaurants to be delighted.
Interesting Fact: The Mughal Empire, who ruled when the Taj Mahal was built, had a policy forbidding modifications to constructions, so the Taj Mahal had to be built to precision because had there been any problems with it no alterations could have been made.
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Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay)
Mumbai is modern city life meets rich culture, and a top destination for anyone looking for a fast, fun, and fantastic vacation or staycation. Mumbai is known for unbelievably scrumptious food, shopping, nightlife, art, concerts, and Bollywood.
When to visit Mumbai: All year round
What to do: Get your photo taken at the Gateway of India — a monument to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary) — and do a Heritage Buildings tour. If you go in monsoon season, rent a car and go for a drive to Marine Drive and enjoy a cup of chai while watching the sea get lashed by rain, or shop on Bandra Fashion Street. Ask your hotel receptionist what’s on in your area and enjoy your experience as a local would.
Kochi is a peaceful fishing and merchant town in India. A relaxing boat ride will take you from the city out to Cochin. Once in Kochi, it’s time to become a local. Get comfortable and be immersed in the city life by walking almost everywhere. Look around the town, and meet the merchants from diverse cultural backgrounds who have come together and built this harmonious area filled with culture and life.
Best time to visit Kochi: All year round
What to do: Visit the Kerala Kathakali Centre, discover in the Maritime or the Indo-Portuguese Museum, relax at a local cafe, take in the art scene, sit back with a book at the library, or explore Fort Kochi.
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India is a vast country with the second largest population on earth, so it will probably take more than one trip to discover all of it. But each trip will be an entirely new experience to open your eyes, heart, and soul to a land you’ll fall in love with.