Destination Highlight: India
As a travel company, we pride ourselves in not only helping our customers discover new destinations for their next trip but helping them with an itinerary that would suit the kind of experience they’d like to have. Every so often, we recommend a destination that a traveler would’ve never considered otherwise. Thus, we’re starting an edition on the blog that’ll highlight underrated destinations that you should definitely add to your travel list.
We couldn’t pick a better country for our first edition of Destination Highlight. If there’s anything India lacks, we’ve yet to hear about it. This country boasts diverse landscapes and is native to some of the most incredible and incomparable regions of the world. Sure, you’ve heard about the infamous Taj Mahal and the stunning beaches of Goa in the South but did you know about the line of peaks, the oldest mountain range in India? Aravalli Range plays a very important role in Indian climate as it blocks wind carrying rain to reach Thar Desert. Let’s not forget the Himalayas bordering Nepal. And the pink city. The blue city. Oh India…we can hardly keep up.
Here’s what we suggest if this is your first trip to India.
Duration: 8-12 days.
This is enough time to get a great introduction to India and will ensure you get to do everything a first-time traveler needs to see and do. It will also give you a good taste of what the country has to offer so that you know just how long you’ll want to stay when you return. Because you’ll want to return!
Itinerary: The Golden Triangle.
This is a tried and tested itinerary, even by the team here at Symplyfly. This will allow you to see the capital of New Delhi, a bustling town teeming with traffic, venture into Agra to see the Taj Mahal & Fatehpur Sikri and allow you to visit a known traveler’s favourite, Jaipur (The pink city). Depending on your travel palate, we might just recommend that you extend your time in each location so you can enjoy more experiences, like partake in a Rajasthani folk dance and dinner in a local village, get fitted for a custom saree, learn how to make your own tea blend. Or you can add on to your itinerary an experience or destination in India you’ve always been curious about.
Other suggestions based on things the Symplyfly team did in India:
Partake in a chai tea ceremony. We call this a ceremony as it lasted a few hours and we tried all types of teas while being taught how to make them, where they come from and how they’re made. Jasmine. Green tea. Coriander seeds. Dried ginger. So much tea!
Visit an astrologer. Science and astrology coexist in India and we were able to experience this firsthand by exploring the Jantar Mantar, an astronomical observation site, before going to see a renowned astrologer.
Jewelry making. Gems, stones and how they’re cut, polished and shined to perfection. Wallets everywhere, beware!
Hotels we recommend for your comfort.
Le Meridien New Delhi. A modern hotel perfectly located that blends local culture while honouring foreign influences as well. The first time I visited India was a culture shock and I was grateful for the odd night when I could order pasta - made with local ingredients, of course.
Radisson Blu Agra. Situated a mile away from the Taj Mahal, this hotel stands out because of the delicious breakfast spread which is included with a night’s stay.
ITC Rajputana Jaipur. Jaipur is a vibrant city and you’ll see upon entering why it’s called the pink city. This hotel is a short distance from the markets and its neighbourhood snake charmers, the palace and all the exciting things happening but tucked into a little reprieve you’ll appreciate after a full day spent touring the city.
Note: Canadians require a pre-approved travel visa to visit India.
Message us if you need any help deciding on or booking a trip. Our services include booking your flights + accommodations and helping you navigate the country based on the type of experience you’d like to have.