The rich culture of North India is a blend of the glorious past and the glittering present of the country. Be at the Paradise on Earth Kashmir or at the royal state of Rajasthan, it is a journey through the chronicles of the subcontinent.
The Golden Sands of Rajasthan
A trip to the royal kingdom of Rajasthan is a power packed journey to the cities of Jaipur, Udaipur and Jodhpur. Enjoy a majestic ride on elephants to the Amber Fort at the Pink City of Jaipur, or witness the amazing architecture of the Rajput artisans at Hawa Mahal. While City Palace is a treasure of royal belongings, antiques and rich paintings, the evenings are entertaining with folk song and dance programmes.
Udaipur, the Lake City offers you respite from the scorching heat of the deserts. While stay at Jag Mandir Palace, located at the heart of the crystalline waters of Lake Pichola is rejuvenating, the Monsoon Palace gives you a birds’ eye view of the whole city. Be at Jodhpur to experience the rustic life of the hamlets of Rajasthan or spend a night under the star studded sky at the desert camps. While camel ride over the Thar Desert is a lifetime experience, the mighty Mehrangarh Fort exhibits the prowess of the Rajput clan.
The Snow White Kashmir
Jammu and Kashmir is just like a crown to India. Encircled with the Great Himalayan Range, Kashmir is breathtakingly beautiful. Spend some memorable time on the houseboats of Dal Lake or hike to witness the exquiaite beauty of Thajiwas glacier. Enjoy pony rides over the carpets of flowers at Gulmarg or ski at one of the highest points on earth. Kashmir is also gateway to the pilgrimage of Amarnath, where the ‘Shivalingam’ is formed of ice every year.
The Lively Delhi
While the narrow lanes of Old Delhi narrate the legends of Mughal era, the Jama Masjid and the Qutb Minar stand as epitomes of Mughal grandeur. New Delhi is spectacular with the beautiful Lotus temple and 1000 year old Akshardham Temple, to name a few. Taste the authentic Mughlai cuisines at the Parantha Gali of the heart of India or shop your heart out at the vibrant shops of the city. Agra, the nearby city of Delhi is also a reflection of the passion of Mughals for art and architecture; while the white marble memorial of Taj Mahal stands as the epitome of love, the Mehtab Bagh is aromatic with the fragrance of bright flowers.
The Soothing Himachal
Himachal Pradesh is a dream destination for tourists tired of crowds commotion. As the shepherds play Himachali melodies on flutes, the Valleys of Himachal rejuvenate your soul and mind. While prayers come from the deep core of heart at the shrines of Kullu, skating and trekking through Manali boosts your adrenaline. While the spellbinding beauty and greenery of Dharmashala, Dalhousie and Shimla is a feast to the eyes, the tea gardens of these hill stations keep you warm as the mercury drops.
The Pristine Uttarakhand
While the Valley of Flowers of Uttarakhand is a carpet of varied, colourful blossoms, the endangered species of Asiatic black bears, snow leopards and musk deer stroll in their mood at this land of God. While the challenging trekking trip to Leh Ladakh starts from Uttarakhand, enjoy Ladakh tour packages and warm hospitality of the villagers of the state brings you close to real Uttarakhand.
Hence inhale the fresh air, dive into the proud culture or relish some of the best Indian cuisines on your North India travel and Rajasthan trip this vacation.