Wildlife and Safari
India is home to a diverse range of wildlife species and has a number of wildlife national parks, consisting of some of the richest biodiversity in the world and home to many fascinating species, both big and small. There are approximately 400 species of mammals, 1250 birds, 460 reptiles, 240 amphibians and 2550 fish.
Best known for its elephants, tigers, monkeys, leopards, antelopes and rhinos, you may be lucky enough to spot the elusive tiger during your travels through the reserves. Even if you don’t see any, you will no doubt enjoy wandering one of India’s many forest wildlife reserves on the back of an elephant.
The more well-known wildlife reserves in India consist of:
Bandhavgarh National Park- located in Umaria District, Madhya Pradesh.
Ranthambore National Park-located near Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan.
Kaziranga National Park- located in Golaghat, Assam.
Kanha National Park-located in Mandla District, Madhya Pradesh
Royal Chitwan National Park (Nepal)- located in South West Of Kathmandu, Nepal
Eravikulam National Park- located in Munnar, Kerala
Meditation and Yoga
India invented Yoga and meditation long before they became popular anywhere else in the world, so there is no better place to experience these two practices than here. Travellers to India will find a large selection of programs and facilities that strive to heal the body, mind and spirit, with some being offered within luxury accommodation while others in small, basic dwellings where you need to commit to a vow of silence during your stay.
Temples and Monuments
The temples and monuments in India stand witness to the rich cultural heritage of the country that dates back many centuries. Whether you travel to the north or south of the country you will find temples and heritage sites that will take your breath away.
From the popular forts of ancient Rajas and Maharajas to sculpted temples and caves, the monuments in India take you on a journey through the past. Taj Mahal is one of the Seven Wonders of the World and is a must see for all tourists traveling to India. As you move from the northern part of India, you can visit Agra Fort, Lotus Temple, Qutub Minar, Red Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, and India Gate. Agra fort has been counted as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for good reason.
For the energetic traveller who likes to experience places by foot, India offers many world-class trekking opportunities. From staggering views of the snow-clad peaks of the Himalayas, to traditional tribal villages, sacred Hindu sites, Buddhist monasteries and incredible landscapes, you will no doubt experience India at its best whilst trekking through this diverse country.
Routes range in difficulty from easy half-day outings to strenuous week long expeditions. Many places still feel wild and relatively unspoiled, and exhilarating scenic treks can take you through craggy gorges, mountain passes and intimate villages.
India truly is a shopper’s paradise offering an incredible variety of exquisite items, most often hand-made, at much lower prices than what you would expect to pay. Delhi undoubtedly has the best markets in India and features handicrafts from all over the country.
India is famous for its textiles such as cotton and silk clothing, bed covers, table cloths and wall hangings, as well as jewelry, pashmina shawls, shoes, scented products and spices, teas, arts and crafts and Ayurvedic products.