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There are so many things to do in India, from celebrating Diwali in Varanasi - the eternal capital of the north - to learning about the heritage of Fort Cochin in the south, from the glittering celebration of Durga puja in Kolkata- the city of joy- to the murals and frescoes of Mandawa.
 
  1. Experience the riot of flavours on food tours- Food does more than stuff the stomach for many visitors. It's also a way to connect with the community and people through desserts and flavors. India is only one place where the food nourishes both the body and the soul. From aromatic and extensive walking off tour of Old Delhi- to taste paranthas, kachoris and kulfis- to making your way in the narrow lanes of Varanasi- to taste lassi and launglatika, the vada pav and parsi cuisine in Mumbai and an overwhelming Rajasthani Thali to Kolkata’s puchkas and kathi rolls and Darjeeling’s Momos and Thukpa, the food stories are endless. A local guide is the best person to fulfill your quest of knowledge about the city while you gobble on various sumptuous dishes. Ask us for your special tour.
  2. Indulge in the religion of brotherhood, Sikhism- Guru Ram Das founded Amritsar as a holy town in 1574, and it is the heart of Sikh culture in India. Guru Ram Das, the fourth Sikh Guru, excavated a tank and converted it into the holy water or Amrit lake (sarovar). Aside from its numerous temples, gurudwaras, and museums, the city has katras (narrow lanes), which are essentially self-contained residential units that provide special security during the day, Golden Temple stands out. The place is sacred to Sikhs and is known for free meals (langars) to anyone and everyone who comes.
  3. Witness the expert craftsmanship in Khajuraho- A cultural tour of India will be incomplete without seeing the ideal blend of religions for which the country is known. That is why, with its Nagara-style architecture displaying the best of Indian culture, the Khajuraho Group of monuments with Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain temples goes above and beyond on the historical places in India list. This shining beacon of Indian social values, adorned in the motifs of the ‘Kamasutra,' concretizes that love and romance are not sins. You don't have to be a scholar to appreciate this fine work of art. To appreciate its elegance, all you need is an admiring eye.
  4. Celebrate Diwali in Varanasi- Varanasi, the holiest city in India for both Hindus and Jains, is steeped in heritage. Visiting Varanasi is a perceptual rush but it is an experience that will last a lifetime. The impressive rivers of 'Varuna' and 'Assi' give the spiritual capital of the North its name. Thousands of pilgrims flock to Varanasi's riverbanks to pay their respects to the Ganges, the world's holiest river. Thousands of candles light the banks of the Ganges during Diwali (which falls in October or November each year). The evening aarti prayer, known as the "ceremony of light," becomes even more special on Diwali since thousands of devotees gather to wave lit candle wicks in front of deities, which is thought to infuse them with love, energy, and blessings.
  5. Bask in the culture of Kolkata- Kolkata brings every imaginable cultural fantasy to life, immersed in the poetry of literary legends and relishing in the beauty of a heritage unlike any other. The exceptional fine arts and fond impressions of the British era redefine Indian cultural ideals here. Your bucket list will be ticked off when you hear the songs of upcoming authors and visit a museum with a majestic aura. Unmistakable is the aroma of fresh flowers sold early morning by Howrah bridge and an infinite variety of Bengali sweets. If you are visiting the city in the months of October-November, do not miss the soul stirring celebrations of Durga Puja. The city celebrates the festival with so much joy and grandeur that one can even feel the presence of Goddess Durga.
  6. Learn from Experts, cooking class at Home- India's cuisine is popular all over the world, and the country's gastronomic journeys are enough to entice tourists. Food patterns, which have been influenced by religious traditions, social practises, and foreign infiltrations, provide a fascinating glimpse into the complex cultures of this exotic subcontinent. Learn to cook Indian food in home cooking classes while learning about local culture and social values with the family and experiencing the best that India has to offer. Delhi, Udaipur, Jaipur, Kochi, Mumbai, Kolkata are some of the big places where you can easily find the facility. If you are interested in exploring the cuisine of rural India as well, contact us here.
  7. Experience the royalty of bygone times in Rajasthan- When it comes to culture and heritage, the Rajputana grandeur of the numerous places to visit in Rajasthan rivals the best of the best. The nearly 5000-year-old community is an excellent example of a harmonious fusion of tradition and history with modern living. This state is home to some of India's most culturally significant cities. There's a lot in Rajasthan that makes it one of the best places in India to experience culture and heritage, from vibrantly coloured dresses to folk music and dances, and from local cuisine to Rajasthani festivals. Tourists may visit Rajasthan's numerous historical sites or attend one of the state's many cultural events and fairs, which paint a colourful picture of the state. Amer Fort, Mehrangarh Fort, City Palace, Sajjangarh palace, Jaisalmer Fort, Jal Mahal, Chittorgarh Fort are just a handful of famed places one can explore in Rajasthan.
  8. Encounter the thrill and adrenaline rush- The Himalayas, the world's highest mountain range, are located in India but that's not all. There are many hiking trails through hills, valleys, and tropical rainforests, raging rivers to raft on, several of the world's highest peaks with difficult summits, and a wide coastline for snorkelling, scuba diving, canoeing, and other water sports. These activities, which come in a variety of difficulty levels and terrains, are sure to keep you entertained. We believe there is no one place you can find without a factor of adventure in India, however, states of Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Kerala, Jammu & Kashmir are exceptional. Get in touch with us for your safe and perfect adventure tour.
  9. Wander in Open Air Art Gallery- Mandawa, the entire town is lined with a variety of magnificent forts and havelis, earning it the moniker "Open Air Art Gallery." These havelis' walls are decorated and serve as stunning examples of Indian art and architecture. During the 18th century, Mandawa was a major stop for wealthy merchants travelling the Silk Road. The majority of them chose to build their homes in this area, resulting in the development of a plethora of exquisitely built grand Havelis that are popular tourist attractions in Mandawa. As a result, this small town became an open art gallery for visitors from all over the world, bringing the art and culture of different clans into it. Mandawa fort is an example of the vivacity of art in this region, with traditional Rajputana-style architecture mixed well with Mughal influences as well as colonial arches and gateways. The odd cacophony of images in Mandawa's havelis represents the changing times. Mandawa is distinguished from other towns by the use of pastel colours and drawn chants and verses in the paintings. Jhunjhunwala Haveli, Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli, Hanuman Parsad Goenka Haveli and Murmuria Haveli are some other popular monuments and havelis of Mandawa.
  10. Learn the heritage of Fort Kochi- Fort Kochi, in Kerala's palm arrayed state, is a lovely place to spend a few days of peaceful recreation. Portuguese, Dutch, and British colonial influences have all left their mark on this region, giving it a distinct blend of Indian culture with others. This seaside town's cuisine is focused entirely on fresh seafood; fishermen bring in their catches straight from the sea for this Chinese fishing net technique is a spectacle to see. The Santa Cruz Cathedral and St Francis Church, as well as the Dutch Palace and Cemetery, are remnants of a bygone era. Jewish Town, located in Mattancherry area of the city, is another crowning gem. A traditional Kathakali dance performance will enable visitors to continue their exploration of Fort Cochin's history. Be amazed at the spectacular performance of Kalaripayattu artists, a martial art- one of a kind.
  11. Ditch the Hotels for a Homestay- With the vastness area wise and diverse topography with even more varied religious backgrounds have resulted in beautiful amalgamations of culture in every region of India with its glorious past. To experience even a bit of this massive culture story, is every traveler's dream. Here we are to provide one simple idea to experience it, ditch the luxury hotels and stay with a local family. Over the years, with a boost in tourism many families across the nations have built homestays which provide clean and basic accommodation and sightseeing facilities. The food provided is freshly home cooked and experience to share your conversations with local family cannot be put in words. Ask us for recommendations.
  12. Book for a folk Dance Performance- The dances of a country speak massively about the people and their culture across the nations. India is no different when it comes to dances, however you will be confused as to which ones to miss out. From Kathak to Kathakali, Bhangra, Garba, Kuchipudi, Mohiniattam and so many more display the perfection needed to perform each set of performances. Dance Festival of Khajuraho, Konark Dance Festival, Bihu Festival and others can be joined in for breathtakingly beautiful performances. If you are confused which dance to book for, ask us!
 
 

 

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