India is a land of many wonders, steeped in rich history and culture along with natural beauty and spiritual significance.
It is a vast country stretching from The Himalayan peaks in the north to the Indian Ocean coastline in the south – and has a history reaching back 5 millennia.
Where could your dream Indian vacation take you?
Rise early and head into one of India’s national parks for an exhilarating tiger safari. Move through the park in search of tigers and the park’s other wildlife including the ubiquitous chital, nilgai, and sambar deer, grazing herds of gaur (bison), and wild boar.
Jaipur also known as the Pink City is the capital and largest city of the Indian state of Rajasthan in Northern India. An erstwhile princely state and capital of the modern state of Rajasthan, Jaipur’s palaces, forts, and bazaars evoke memories of a bygone era and an aura of the kings who once ruled here.
In Mumbai visit The Gateway of India, The Elephanta Caves on Elephanta Island, visit a Jewish Temple and learn all about the history of the Jews in India – Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue, Kala Ghoda and/or Gate of Mercy Synagogue ( Shaar Harahamim in Hebrew). A visit to Shree Siddhivinayak Temple is a must.Visitors to Mumbai MUST see the well known open air laundromat called Dhobi Ghat. The washers, locally known as Dhobis, work in the open to wash the clothes from Mumbai’s hotels and hospitals.
A trip to India would not be complete without a visit to the mystical Holy city of Varanasi in the state of Uttar Pradesh dating back to the 11th century. It is regarded as the spiritual capital of India and draws pilgrims from all over the country who bathe in the Ganges sacred waters and perform funeral rights. Along its winding streets are some 2,000 temples including Kashi Vishwanath, the “Golden Temple” medic ate to the Hindu god Shiva.
During the 16th and 17th centuries, Agra rose to a position of immense importance as one of the Mughal dynasty capitals, and it was here that the empire reached the zenith of its artistic elegance.
The Taj Mahal in Agra – a white marble mausoleum located on the southern bank of the Yamuna River in the Indian city of Agra. It was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to house the tomb of his favorite wife of three, Mumtaz Mahal.
In the north, Delhi – The Mughal Empire landmarks include Delhi’s Red Fort complex and the massive Jama Masjid mosque. A visit to Qutb Minar, Chadni Chowk and Old Dehli on a rickshaw for the experience of a lifetime is difficult to describe. It is a sensory overload Navigating cows, pedestrians, goats, dogs, people, tuk-tuks and motorcycles. Sights, sounds (lots of honking), smells and thrills.