Kerala is another southern resort in India with gorgeous beaches and amazing tropical nature.
The most famous beaches of this resort are Kappad, Kovalama and Alaluja. Those who like a quiet holiday prefer Marari and Varkala.
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Kovalam as a whole is almost the best beach in all of India. It is divided into three more zones, of which young people prefer the northern Lighthouse, lovers of wild recreation – Samamundra, and Khavah offers something in between.
Another beach, Marina Beach, is chosen by the locals, so it’s pretty dirty here.
Kerala has many natural attractions – jungles, reserves, plantations, backwaters and lagoons will not leave anyone indifferent. If you are more interested in architecture, then you can look at Cochin – a city on a dozen islands, in which almost all the peoples of the world have left their mark. Tourists also like the Krishna Temple in the village of Guruvayur and the Javhar National Park.
There is a large shopping center in Kovalam where you can buy fabrics, jewelry, Ayurvedic preparations and souvenirs. The resorts sell wooden products, coffee, tea, as well as jewelry with precious stones.
Agra is not a beach resort, but the lack of the sea is compensated by amazing architectural sights. You can relax here all year round, and in winter it is even more comfortable.
Agra is an ancient city whose main attraction is the Taj Mahal. Thousands of tourists from all over the world come here to see it – the building is really majestic.
At a distance of two kilometers from the main attraction of India is the 16th century Agra Fort with palaces, mosques, terraces and amazing gardens.
And in the vicinity of Agra is the city of Fatehpur Sikri, the former capital of the Great Mongols. Tourists and pilgrims flock here to the tomb of St. Chishti.
There are small shops all over Agra, but many tourists note that shopping is better in shopping centers. The largest are Sadash, Oswal, Akbar International and Sadar Bazar. There are also large clothing markets near the mosques where you can buy traditional clothes.
Mumbai is Indian Hollywood, a city with numerous attractions. Although it is located by the sea, this place is not very suitable for a beach holiday.
Although there are beaches here, you should not swim here – the sand is dirty, the sea is also not very clean, and strong currents dominate during the monsoons. And locals look askance at open swimsuits. If you still want to swim, then pay attention to the beaches in the Northwest Mumbai area or the Girgaon Chowpaty beach in South Mumbai.
In Mumbai, you should definitely visit the island of the Elephant and look into the galleries and museums of the Kala Goda area. The local fort with the station, the University and the Supreme Court is also interesting. And tourists often climb Malabar Hill with the Walkeshwara Temple, Hanging Gardens, Jogeshwari Caves, Banganga Tank springs and Zoroastrian “towers of silence”.
Mumbai is just an ideal place for shopping, trading in it has been going on since ancient times. Here you can find everything from Indian spices to Japanese household appliances, and at affordable prices.
It is best to buy clothes and shoes on Fashion Street. Many outlets are concentrated in the areas of Linking Road, Pherozeshah Mehta Road, Cuffe Parade and Colaba Causeway. Clothes are also sold at Chowk Fountain. And in the hotels Oberoi and Taj you can buy jewelry.
If markets are your thing, be sure to check out Chon Bazaar, which sells the work of local craftsmen, “Zaveri” with jewelry, the market on Dhaboo Street with leather goods, and “Crawford”, which sells vegetables and fruits..
In addition to the usual recreation, India offers outdoor activities in the Himalayas – a vast mountain system in the north of the country. It will appeal to those who are interested in the ancient religious culture of India with its monasteries and shrines. And the Himalayas offer tourists ample opportunities for hiking and skiing.
Every year, outdoor enthusiasts flock to the Himalayas to go skiing. Of all the resorts, Gulmarg is the most popular – it has existed since 1998. The resort is famous for its long, up to 15 kilometers, descents, virgin tracks and excellent forest freeride.
Another famous resort is Auli, with the best slopes, a four-kilometer cable car and 10 kilometers of slopes. It is mainly aimed at beginner skiers.
If you want to relax in an Indian-style resort, then you will like Solang – a picturesque place with slopes for skiers of different skill levels.
The main attractions of the Himalayas are Tibetan monasteries and various temples. Tourists really like the temples in Badrinath and Kedarnath, the Golden Temple in Amritsar and, of course, Shambhala. Many look into the schools of martial arts and meditation, not only for training, but also just out of curiosity. Also, tourists like to visit the sacred city of Haridwar, the city of Rishikesh and Ladakh ashrams. Routes to many attractions are difficult, so mentally prepare for long walks.