Tips you should know when travel to India

India is a beautiful country, including culture, landscape, custom and even the local. When travel to India, you can discover a wide range of knowledge about diversity of the human life.

To prepare your trip safely, you should know some special things in India. Following this article to know tips for any foreigner to go to India.

1/ Make plan for your trip before action

India own a various range of bustling destinations without missing attractions. However, they are located along this nation from majestic temples to natural landmarks or beaches and cities. It’s better that you make a plan detail where you should go during travel. You should spend time to explore stunning beauty at some specific landscapes rather than wasting time to travel all places. It wastes time and makes you tired.

There are some famous destinations like recommendations: the Golden Triangle as a taste of classic, Delhi, Agra or Jaipur, the Goa’s coast, Mumbai so on.

2/ Be careful about what you eat

India is a developing country therefore there are many street restaurants. Although it is a special thing in its cuisine but it’s better you should avoid street food carts, including curries and street-side snacks to have a good health for the trip.

In general, the street food carts are not complied with strict health codes of the Government so it can contain harmful components for your body. You only should eat fresh fruits and vegetables from the famous restaurants or hotel.

3/ Book a reliable hotel

We can’t deny that some great cities can be dangerous about safety, security or depriving. So, to avoid being robbed, you should stay in a reputable hotel where they can support for the foreigners to solve all problems related. Good hotels also offer good services about dining, spacious room or English-speaking staff to support you.

Best Tiger Safari In India (Part 3)

 Tadoba National Park

Tadoba is the oldest and biggest park of Maharashtra, being famous for spotting tigers from open air gypsy. Safaris begins from either of the two entrance gates, namely the Mohurli Gate and the Kolara Gate. Besides tigers, the park is filled with jungle cats, crocodiles, barking deer, sloth bear, small Indian civet, Indian python, sambar, Indian leopard, nilgai, wolf spiders and others.

The best tiger spotting area is the Mohurli gate region. There are also extremely good accommodation facilities in this region. The region will be extremely hot during summer time. If you are determined to visit the region for some tigers spotting action, it is better to explore this forest region during height of summer.

Best Time For Tiger Spotting is between March to May

Safari Timing begins from 5:30 am to 10 am and 3 pm to 6:30 pm (timing changes with season)

Closest Airport is Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar International airport, which is 150 km away from the park

Nagarhole National Park

Named after the Nagarahole river of Karnataka, this national park belongs to Mysore and Kodagu and is a part of the well-known Nilgiri biosphere reserve. The park is famous for being a protected habitat for wild animal such as tigers and elephants. Apart from the majestic tigers of the land, the park is filled with leopards, wild boars, sloth bear, bison and more than 260 species of birds.

There are three entrance points for safari; the Veerana Hosahalli, Nanachi and Antharasanthe gates. There are two options to spot tigers. Visitors can take the canter safari or jeep safari which runs deeper into the forest and covers top tiger habitat sites. The second option is boat trips which are open during peak season.

The Best Time For Tiger Spotting is between April to June

Safari Timing begins from 6am to 8 am and, from 3 pm to 5 pm

Closest Airport is Mandkalli airport, which is 100 km away from the park

Best Tiger Safari In India (Part 3)

Satpura National Park

Tigers are born predators by nature, familiar with lurk and survive in silence. Expecting such an animal to appear in front of a long row of canters and jeeps is unreasonable. Thus, Satpura permits only 12 vehicles per day. The best venue to find tigers is Sonbhadra River. During summer, visitors can spot tigers swimming in the river to avoid the heat. This is one of the very few tiger preservation sites where walking tours are allowed. Besides tigers, visitors can find chital, gaur, leopard, porcupines, wild boars, chinkara, hyena, black buck and others.

Best Time For Tiger Spotting is between April and May

Safari Timing starts from 7 am to 11 am

Closest Airport – Bhopal Airport, which is 140 km away from the park

Pench National Park

This park is situated in the heart of the country, spreading 760 square kilometer of forest area. It nurtures 43 tigers within its boundaries. The lake regions are usually the most common tiger spotting areas. This park is one of the best sites to spot diverse wild animals. Besides the royal Bengal tiger, visitors can find sloth bear, wild boar, wild dog, barking deer, hyena, Indian leopard fox, and others.

There are seven safari zones in this park. The Turla region is the most popular region for spotting tigers. The regions around the stream in Turla are filled with tigers during summer season. Night safari is also permitted in this zone. Canter and jeep safaris are common transportation to discover the region and spotting tigers.

Best Time For Tiger Spotting is between March to June

Safari Timing begins from 7:30 am to 10:30 am and 4 pm to 6:30 pm (timing changes among season)

Closest Airport is Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International airport, which is 95 km away from the park

Best Tiger Safari In India (Part 2)

Kanha National Park

This national park is best known among many famous national park as the background for Jungle Book of Rudyard Kipling, featuring a very high visibility due to the fact that a large part of open meadows cover this park. Besides tigers, you can spot many other wildlife animals such as gaur, black buck, jackal, porcupine, palm squirrel, striped hyena, chinkara, mouse deer, sambar and others. The best way to see tigers is by joining the early morning elephant safari trip from Mukki gate of the park.

Best Time For Tiger Spotting is between April to June

Tiger Safari Timing is from sunrise to 10 am and, from 3:30 pm to sunset

Closest Airport is Jabalpur airport, which is 180 km away from the park

Jim Corbett National Park

This is one of the oldest and the most prestigious national parks in India. Situated in the mighty foothills of Himalayas Mount, this park nurtures a diverse landscape making it a favorable home for animals to thrive. Top animals to find in this park besides tigers are sloth bear, fishing cat, leopard, goral, chital, barking deer and others. The best way to sê tigers is by coming to the eastern part of the park, Bijrani. You can also get a panoramic view of the park to sê tigers from top of watchtowers in Dhikala as well as other regions.

Tourists have the tendency to stay in forest common houses in Dhikala zone overnight to see tigers in action. Bijrani zone is the one features the highest density of tigers while in Jhirna zone visitors can spot tigers more frequently.

Best Time For Tiger Spotting is between March to June

Safari Timing from 6:30 am to 10 am and, 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Closest Airport is Pantnagar Airport, which is 55 km away from the park

Best Places to Celebrate New Year in India (Part 2)

Bangalore

The city is not only famous for its IT industries and hardworking people but also for throwing great parties. If lush green opened space, huge shopping malls, and beautiful weather are inviting you, Bangalore is the must travel place in order to celebrate the new year. The city can inspire you to tap your feet on beats of music without any hard attempt. A rocking crowd and live music can help you enjoy every bit of the celebration.

Puducherry
This place has always had a hipster charm and is gradually becoming as the new hip place to replace Goa. The French colonial charm of the Puducherry streets combines in harmony with the mix of cultures of peaceful Ashrams as well as ancient French architecture.

Similar to Goa, Puducherry provides a large selection of charming French style cafes, bars and lounges with affordable alcohol, visited by people around the world. If you want a relaxing New Year’s Eve then this is the ideal place to be.

Udaipur, Rajasthan
The city of lakes offers something more than just a historical place. Popular with its clear lake waters, massive Rajput Palaces, friendly people with colorful handicrafts and surrounded by the Ravalli range with its amazing wildlife.

All of this gets Udaipur to suit the title of“Kashmir of Rajasthan”. If this New Year’s Eve you would like to experience the past in royal style, then visit the heritage city of Udaipur in Rajasthan.

Gokarna, Karnataka
Gokarna is another beautiful untouched beach destination that offers a serene environment for a relaxing holiday. Gokarna has a dual life of both religious spot for the Hindus as well as the abode of Lord Mahabaleshwar.

On the other hand, it is a lover’s paradise featuring peaceful beach, the blueness of the ocean, secluded and peaceful, all of which is away from the chaos of the city. You can also get affordable accommodation at Gokarna for a relaxing New Year’s with close friends and family if you book in advance.

Best Places to Celebrate New Year in India (Part 1)

New year is the time that everyone loves to celebrate and to welcome it with happiness but it’s hard to choose the perfect destination really. So, if you are wondering where to go to celebrate the new year this time? Here in this article, we would like summarize and bring to you the best, wonderful and fun places in India where you can have a pleasant time with whoever you are going to celebrate this special time with. Visiting any of these places to make the start of your new year perfect.

Goa
New year celebration will be incomplete without live music, unlimited beverages, and all night long party. Goa can give you all these things with a affordable price for pocket-size budget. In addition to that, many exotic accommodations at the beachside on the night of December 31st can make your new year celebration super fun, exciting and memorable. The young crowds and tunes of music throughout the night can definitely make your new year eve celebration amazing. So, if beaches, unlimited booze, and delicious dishes intrigue you enough, you must visit Goa for the new year celebration. For an intimate party, you can visit bars on Anjuna beach which is famous for throwing Greek-style party.

Mumbai
Mumbai is well known as the city never sleeps. And, on new year’s eve, we hope, this is what you expected. A night-long party in this coastal city with amazing enthusiasm is the thing that you must try. The people of Mumbai is quite liberal and really into celebrating every special occasion with lights, music, drinks and delicious food. The city gives you an opportunity to enjoy and welcome the new year to the best of your possible imagination. Here, Marine Drive is know  as one of the best places to enjoy every sip of your beverages.

Overview of the unique culture of India (Part 1)

India has a unique and rich cultural heritage, and it seeks to preserve its traditions throughout history while absorbing customs, traditions and ideas from the side, both invaders and immigrants. Many cultural activities, languages, customs and structures are examples of cultural intercourse over the centuries.

Famous buildings such as the Taj Mahal and architectural structures with Islamic influence are the heritage of the Mughal dynasty. They are the result of a tradition of uniting all elements from every part of the nation.

India is the birthplace of four important religions in the world including Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. Before independence, India was part of the British Indian subcontinent. The establishment of this country was greatly attributed to Mohandas Gandhi, who was hailed as the “father of India”.

Indian music is expressed in many forms. The two main forms of classical music are Carnatic from South India, and Hindustani from North India. Popular forms of music are also popular, the most famous being Filmi music. There are also many different traditions of folk music from every part of the country.

There are many classical dance forms present, including Bharatanatyam, Kathakali, Kathak and Manipuri. They are usually in the form of narrative and mixed with devotional and spiritual elements.

The earliest literary tradition in India was the oral form, and later in the written form. Most of them are sacred works such as the Vedas and the epic Mahabharata and Ramayana. Sangam literature from Tamil Nadu embodies one of India’s oldest traditions.

There have been many famous modern Indian writers, both with works in Indian and English. The only Indian writer to win the Nobel Prize for literature is the Bengali-language writer Rabindranath Tagore.

India also produces the highest annual number of films in the world. The main production area is in Mumbai, producing almost all Indian commercial films, often called “Bollywood”. There are also a number of cinematographic works using Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Bengali.

Most Important Buddhist Pilgrimage Places (Part 2)

Rajgir, Bihar

The capital of the Magadhan Empire followed by Pataliputra, Rajgir is popular for its curative hot springs (although the bathing enclosure lefts much to be desired). During the rainy season, Buddha would stay at Griddhakuta Hill, a section of the Ratnagiri chain of hills. On the other part of the Ratnagiri is the Saptaparni Cave which is the place that the first international Buddhist council was founded after Buddha’s death after writing down his teachings. To honor the 2,500 years of the first council, the Japanese Buddhist Association established a stupa above the cave and an aerial ropeway bridging it with the bottom of the hill. The ruins of the famous Nalanda Mahavihara, the university town discovered in 411 AD, is about 11km away from here.

Kapilvastu, Uttar Pradesh

Named as Piprahwa now, a part of archaeologists and historians are determined that this is the old site of the palace where Shakya Prince Siddhartha once lived when he dreamed the three sights that changed his life forever. He was urged to find out why people suffered from mystery and travelled for six whole years until he reached the place that later came to be called as Bodh Gaya which is 110km away from Gorakhpur and has a UPSTDC tourist lodge. Tourists can visit Nepal from this site to see Buddha’s birthplace, Lumbini.

Shravasti

An ancient city, one of the biggest during the Buddha’s lifetime and become a significant pilgrimage site for Buddhists and travellers as Buddha once spent most of the time after enlightenment at this place.

The Twin Miracle was believed to have happened here, where the Buddha emitted flames from the upper part and water from the lower part of his body. Destinations of interest are Jetavana Monastery, Anandabodhi Tree, Anathapindika and Angulimala Stupas. All of which are located near West Rapti River, Uttar Pradesh

Top popular festival in India (Part 2)

Diwali celebrates the victory of good over evil and darkness. It honors Lord Ram and his wife Sita coming back to their kingdom of Ayodhya, after the defeat of the evil Ravan and rescue Sita on Dussehra. It’s called the “Festival of Lights” due to the lighting of all the fireworks, small clay lamps, and candles. For the majority of Indian, Diwali is the most popular festival of the year.

Onam is the biggest  harvest festival of the year in the South Indian state of Kerala, marking the homecoming of mythical King Mahabali, and honoring the state’s culture and heritage. Indian decorate the space in front of their houses with flowers arranged in beautiful unique patterns to welcome the king, feasts served on banana leaves. Many activities such as dancing, sports, games, and snake boat races are organized.

Krishna Janmashtami, also called Govinda, celebrates the birthday of Lord Krishna. A specially interesting part of the festival is teams of guys climbing on each other to create a human pyramid to break open clay pots filled with curd, hanging up high from buildings. This activity, known as dahi handi, organized on the second day of the fest. It’s best experienced in the city of Mumbai.

A plenty number of camels gathered, dressed up, paraded, shaved, entered into beauty contests, raced, and of course traded on the tiny desert town of Pushkar, in India’s state of Rajasthan, for the Pushkar Camel Fair. Be sure to arrive soon before the start of the festival since it gets underway and winds up early.

Temple Festivals in Kerala

There are many temples that organized this annual festivals in honor of the presiding local god or goddess with different set of legends and myths, depending on the temple deity. However, most revolve around the presence of elephants feature towering effigies of horses and bulls to celebrate the deity. The large processions of elephants, resplendent in ornaments, and colorful floats, drummers and other performances by musicians are the main activities.

Most Popular Festivals in India (Part 1)

Festivals is the way to experience Indian Culture at its Best as India is a highly spiritual country with many holy festivals at the center of Indian’s lives. There are numerous festivals held throughout the year featurinh unique customs. 

Holi

Holi, also known as the “Festival of Colors”, is one of the most famous Indian festivals outside of India. The festival is mainly about burning and destruction of the demoness Holika by the unwavering devotion to Lord Vishnu. However, the most fun part is the fest when people throw colored powder on each other and shoot each other with water guns. This activity is associated with Lord Krishna, a reincarnation of Lord Vishnu, who liked to prank village girls by throwing at them water and colors. Bhang (a paste made from extract of cannabis plants) is also widely consumed during the celebrations. Holi is an enjoyable festival with great fun for participants if they don’t mind being wet and dirty.

Ganesh Festival

The amazing Ganesh Chaturthi festival is the occasion to honor the birth of the beloved and well-known Hindu elephant-headed god, Lord Ganesha. The festival lasts 11 day starting with huge, beautifully decorated, elaborately-crafted statues of Ganesh installed in homes and public podiums. The god statues are worshiped everyday during the festival. On the last day, people paraded through the streets with the statues accompanied by singers and dancers before submerged the statues in the ocean. The best place that host this festival is Mumbai.

Navaratri, Durga Puja and Dussehra

The Navaratri festival is the time to honor the mother goddess Durga in all her incarnations. The festival lasts 9 days and in the tenth day, called Dussehra, is the time to celebrate the defeat of the demon king Ravan by Lord Ram and monkey god Hanuman. It also is the time that Durga’s victory over the evil buffalo demon Mahishasura. In eastern India, the festival is known as Durga Puja which is the biggest festival of the year in Kolkata, featured Huge statues of the Goddess Durga being made and immersed in the river. In Delhi, nightly plays are organized around the Red Fort, illustrates episodes from the life of Lord Ram.