One Hindi word to describe India could be Dev Bhoomi (Land of the Gods). Even I have never been there, I found myself involved in some conversations about this country and its culture. I have heard many different opinions. For some people it could be a chaotic place and for other people, an amazing land with many spots to discover.
What life has taught to me is you can’t judge a book by its cover so, once I have the chance to organize a trip outside Europe, I won’t hesitate to visit my friends in India. Getting close to Riddhi and Aditi, has given to me the opportunity of learning a bit about its culture and it has made me open my mind to new ways of life and new ´spicy´ meals too.
We only can understand a culture if we share time with local people. And in India you could also appreciate their huge language diversity. It is said there are at least 22 different official languages… After meeting Aditi and Riddhi and sharing a piece of my life with them, I´m looking forward to discover their country too. What about you? Let’s have a look to their favourites places around their country.
This Indian city, certified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO, could be called the city of the palaces. The most important place in Jaipur is its Old Town, also known by ‘ Pink City´. The reason behind that name is that when it was built under Jai Singh II, they wanted to imitate the sandstone so they used pink stucco. They painted it again with the Prince of Wales´ visit. You shouldn’t forget to visit Hawa Mahala (also called Palace of the Winds), the City Palace and the Palace of the Water.
This place is a former French colony in the center of India. What Aditi like the most about Puducherry is the peaceful atmosphere and its beaches. She fully recommends the Rue Romain Roland in this French town.
*LEH – LADAKH
In the heart of the Indian Himalayas, we can find Leh and Ladakh valley. Going to Leh could be one of the best road trips but you need to be careful as some mountain passes could be higher up 5000 metres. As a curiosity, this is the only region in India where Buddhism is the majority religion.
Visiting the Gold City should be a must in your trip to India. The meaning of Jaisalmer is the fort on the hill of Jaisal but they used to call it by the name of Gold City because of the colour of the sand in this desert area. Inside the fort, you could visit the seven Jain temples.
This place, which is located in the region of Kerala, is really famous for its mountains full of tea plantations. The secret of this amazing green place is its mild weather. For this reason Munnar is also a common place to escape from the warm Indian summer.
Located in the Maharashtra State , is one of the most touristic cities in India and also one of the cities that has grown the most. Aurangabad, which means built by the throne, is plenty of touristic monuments. One of the main spots is the Bibi Ka Maqbara mausoleum that has a reasonable resemblance to the Taj Mahal. Sanctuary caves are another attraction in this Indian place.
Even it’s not a really easy accesible place, you will be amazed by the nature of Coorg. This green Indian paradise, which is also called the Scotland of India, is up to all the nature lovers but also to coffee ones. There you could see all the rice and coffee plantations. If you fancy a morning hiking with a lovely coffee, that’s your perfect destination.
We couldn’t leave India without visiting this unique and hidden paradise. Lakshadweep is an archipelago of 36 islands but not all of them are inhabited.You must ask for a permit to discover the beauty of its coral reefs.
I don’t know you but I wouldn’t miss all these places in my list of What to see in India. What do you think of them? Do you have any other recommendations for this country? And If you liked this ‘virtual trip’ through a native or resident’s favourite places, stay tuned for the next post.
Thank you Aditi and Riddhi for sharing with us these amazing Indian corners.
*Aditi Sharma https://www.instagram.com/resilient_94/
*Riddhi Mastakar https://www.instagram.com/lakir__/
*Blog de Travelogy India https://www.travelogyindia.es/blog/hawa-mahal-palacio-del-viento-jaipur-lo-saber-ir/
*Our Life Unfolded http://www.ourlifeunfolded.com/2015/03/18/big-pictures-munnar-india/
*Khidma tourism https://khidmatourism.com/location/coorg/
*Plan Journey http://www.planjourney.in/lakshadweep/