Northern India feels like an entirely different world, full of unique places to see and amazing experiences. Let’s look at why this country should be at or near the top of your destination bucket list.
This incredible country is found at the southernmost part of the Asian continent. India has a large selection of geographical views, ranging from mountains to sunny beaches. There are numerous buildings and landmarks you may recognize, but many more you have likely never seen or heard of before. With almost 1.3 billion inhabitants, the country of India is the second most populated country in the world. Only China has more with nearly 1.4 billion.
As the birthplace of both Hinduism and Buddhism, you’ll find a wealth of religious culture all across India. The area has been shaped over thousands of years into what it is today. Known for their distinct food, music, and architecture, visitors will feel like they can’t see or learn enough about this beautiful country. Similar to the US, India has 29 different states, each with their own unique culture and people.
As a large country, India has a wide variety of weather climates. From the tropical areas nearest the equator to desert landscapes on the west side and mountainous regions up north, you’ll often feel like you aren’t in the same country as you travel through. Depending on where you go, the weather will fluctuate in each area from cold and rainy to warm and dry. We’ll be discussing many of the things to do in India around the Himalayas and the Indus-Gangetic Plain.
Things to Do in Northern India
Voted as one of the seven wonders of the world, probably the most popular destination in northern India, is the Taj Mahal. Located in the city of Agra, this breathtaking piece of architecture is a mausoleum that was commissioned by Emperor Shah Jahan to be built in his late wife’s memory. Surrounding the structure are beautiful gardens and a reflecting pool. Although the Taj Mahal is only open for entry from sunrise to sunset, you will also be able to see nighttime shows around the building.
While the Taj Mahal is the most well-known structure in all of India, it is not the only piece of architecture you should visit during your time there. With hundreds of other amazing buildings to see, there are a few that stand out among the crowd. Not far from the Taj Mahal is a place called the Agra Fort. Also known as the Red Fortress, it is built entirely of red sandstone and has an immense amount of history. From there is the Qutub Minar in Delhi, a tall tower standing behind one of the first mosques ever built in India. One more place to add to your list is in the city of Jaipur. There you will find the Hawa Mahal, a huge, pink building boasting over 950 windows. You won’t want to stop bouncing from building to building, catching glimpses of the amazing construction.
Another popular piece of India to traverse is the Himalayan mountains. Those who enjoy hiking and great nature views will love the many ancient sites and wild frontiers. Trek through the Markha Valley for a chance to see the largest monastery in Ladakh along with mountain scenery. You can also hike through Singalila National Park surrounded by pine trees. If you’re up for a challenge, try going white water rafting down the River Ganga from the top of the Himalayas. For a look at some unique wildlife, you can go on a yak camping safari. These experiences will give you a chance to learn more about these massive animals and their history in the area.
To go along with the yaks, you animal lovers out there will have the chance to spot the five big cats that are local to India: Bengal tigers, Indian leopards, snow leopards, clouded leopards, and Asiatic lions. Many of them are seen in the wild around specific regions, but you can also find them in numerous national parks that are protected by local governments.
For a truly incredible experience, join a camel safari and ride through the Rajasthan Desert. Your travel guide will lead you toward Jaisalmer, stopping at small villages and sleeping in tents along the way. Every year in November, the area plays host to the Pushkar Fair, a camel trading festival. You’ll be able to join in the festivities with great food, traders selling their wares, as well as cultural music and dancing. Pick up a pair of camel leather shoes as a souvenir.
In a future blog post, we’ll focus on exploring the treasures of Southern India. But if this post has you as excited about traveling to spectacular India as it does for me, reach out to us today to learn more about the country and the experiences you can enjoy. We can help you get your entire trip scheduled, booked, and ready for your journey.