Things to Do in Northern India (part 1)

If you plan to visit Northern India, there are a whole lot more to the region than the well-known Golden Triangle, the popular route of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur such as the peaks of the Himalayas tower over the far north, tigers roam in the jungles and the scent of toasted spices fills in the air.
No matter how many times you visited India, the country ever fail to blown your mind by the chaos, colour and culture of it. Here are our top suggestions for what to do while you’re here:

Watch the sunrise over the Taj Mahal, Agra

Watching the sunrise over the Taj Mahal is the sight of the lifetime, if you are in India. The delicately designed façade of the Taj Mahal is a monument commissioned by Shah Jahan Emperor in 1631 to honour of his queen Mumtaz Mahal. The building changes its colour throughout the course of the day. In the early morning, it is purples and pinks; in the late morning, it is bright gleaming white and in the late afternoon, it is soft orange and peach. If you want to see a different perspective of the Taj reflecting romantically in the calm waters, head across the Yamuna River to the Mehtab Bagh Gardens.

Hike up to the Amber Fort, Jaipur

The Amber Fort stands at the top of a large hill in Amber, around seven miles outside Jaipur, which can easily be accessed at day through ascending the steep pathways. It takes around 10 minutes in a sweaty walk, or take a taxi (or an elephant); however, the walk is a much better way if you want to take a look at the pretty views down to Maotha lake and the Kesar Kyari Gardens. As soon as you reach at the fort, it’s time to admire the gorgeous mosaics and colourful courtyards at one of Rajasthan’s stand-out architectural sights.

Free Things to Do in India ( part 1)

Of course, people love free stuff, especially on holiday in a new country. Fortunately, plenty of the best things in India won’t cost you anything at all. Here are the top free things to do in India.

01. Enjoy a Festival

As a spiritual country, there are numerous free festivals that are held throughout the year which offer a unique way of seeing Indian culture at its best. You can experience dancing with Lord Ganesh in the streets during Ganesh Chaturthi fest, throwing colored dust all over people on Holi fest, watching beautiful fireworks displays at Diwali fest, seeing camels converge on Pushkar during the camel fair, and admiring the floral displays during Onam. Each Indian festival is exquisite and unforgettable!

02. Visit a Temple

If you love to join spiritual journey, India’s temples are the perfect choice which is magnificant in their construction, with so much intricate details such as the Golden Temple in Amritsar, the Jama Masjid mosque in Delhi, the Haji Ali mosque in Mumbai, the Galta Monkey Temple in Jaipur, Buddhist Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya, and so much more.

Besides temples, there are numerous holy Hindu places are free to offer visitors such as Haridwar, Rishikesh, and Varanasi, etc. And if you visit Ganga, be sure to join the evening candlelit Ganga aarti prayer ceremonies by the river.

03. Admire Indian Art

Art lovers outthere must remember to visit Kolkata – the cultural capital of India where you can find the Academy of Fine Arts on Cathedral Road absorbing which is one of the oldest art societies in India. You can also participate in a fascinating journey through the Gallery of Contemporary Art, and carpet museum. You must also visit Mumbai where home to a dedicated arts precinct called Kala Ghoda (Black Horse), between Colaba and the Fort and art galleries, with the most famous one is the Jehangir Art Gallery. In these galleries, you will find many interesting displayed works by Indian artists.

04. Learn About Indian History

If you are an enthusiastic learner and want to study the history of India, let visit Mahatma Gandhi in Delhi. He is referred to as the “Father of the Nation” who has a special place in Indian history for his efforts in facilitating the country’s freedom. You will be shown the exact spot where Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated on January 30, 1948, the house where he lived for 144 days up before his passing.
In Mumbai, you can visit the engrossing Mani Bhavan museum where Gandhi stayed from 1917-1934 in which you’ll find the room that Gandhi occupied, his picture gallery, and the terrace where he was arrested on January 4, 1932.