Trip to India
(Updated in 2/2023)
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India is a diverse country with rich history, culture, and traditions that attract huge amount of tourists every year. From the snow-capped Himalayas in the north to the tropical beaches in the south, India offers a wide range of experiences to travelers. This visual guide is designed to inspire you and help you plan your trip to India, whether you are a first-time visitor or a seasoned traveler.
In this guide, you will find information about the best places to visit, the best time to travel, and the most efficient way to get around. You will also learn about the local culture, customs, and etiquette, so you can make the most of your trip while respecting the local way of life.
One of the most important things to keep in mind when traveling in India is that it can be overwhelming. The country is huge, and there is a lot to see and do. Therefore, it is advisable to plan your trip well in advance, to make the most of your time and avoid missing out on any must-see sights.
When planning your trip, it’s essential to consider the best time to visit India. The country has a tropical climate, and temperatures can vary greatly depending on the region. The hot Finnish summer heat temperature +25 might feel cold in Delhi winter. The monsoon season, which usually lasts from June to September, can make some areas difficult to access, so it is best to avoid traveling at this time if possible.
India is also a country with a rich and diverse cuisine, and trying local food is an essential part of any trip. From spicy curries to sweet desserts, there is something for everyone, and tasting local food is a great way to immerse yourself in the local culture. When dining out, people often recommend to try street food, as it can be some of the best and most authentic food you can find. But remember to take care of hygiene. In addition I would like to recommend you to taste simple Indian home made food.
Getting around India can be challenging, but there are several options available, including trains, buses, and taxis. Trains are the most popular mode of transportation, and there are several types of trains available, including express trains, local trains, and luxury trains. Buses are also a popular option, especially with locals, and there is a wide range of bus services available, including local buses, long-distance buses, and luxury buses. Taxis are also a convenient option, but it’s important to agree on a price before setting off, as some drivers may try to overcharge tourists.
When traveling in India, it is essential to be respectful of local customs and traditions. This includes dressing modestly, avoiding public displays of affection, and taking off your shoes before entering temples and homes. Additionally, it is important to be mindful of your surroundings and to be cautious of pickpocketing and other petty crimes.
In conclusion, India is a country that is full of adventure, history, and culture. Whether you are interested in visiting bustling cities, stunning beaches, or impressive mountain ranges, India has something to offer for every taste. With a little bit of planning and preparation, you can make your trip to India a once-in-a-lifetime experience. But be warned, like in the case of this Finnish travel blogger – India might make you want to come back.
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Agra is a city in northern India, known for its rich cultural and historical heritage. The city is famous for the Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Taj Mahal is a mausoleum built in memory of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan’s wife Mumtaz Mahal and is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful buildings in the world.
Aside from the Taj Mahal, there are many other historical monuments and landmarks to see in Agra. The Agra Fort, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a red sandstone fortification that was the main residence of the Mughal emperors. Another popular attraction is the Itmad-ud-Daula, a mausoleum known as the “Baby Taj”.
To get around Agra, tourists can take taxis, rickshaws, or auto-rickshaws. Many tourists choose to hire a private car and guide to see the city’s sights and get a deeper understanding of its history and culture. There are also various tour packages available for those who want a more structured itinerary.
In conclusion, Agra is a fascinating destination for tourists interested in history and architecture, with many cultural and gastronomical experiences to be had. The city offers a unique glimpse into India’s rich heritage and is a must-visit for those traveling to the country. As the city can get very hot in the summer, it is recommended to visit in the cooler months of October to March.
- Agra exhibition
- Art and travel tips for Agra
- Hotel: Hotel from where you can see Taj Mahal
- Sunset behind Taj Mahal
- Taj Mahal after sunset
- Taj Mahal in one minute
- Taj Mahal with compact camera
- Taj Mahal with iphone4
- Taj Mahal with Nokia phonecamera
- Taj Mahal with SLR camera
Chennai is the capital of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, and it is a popular travel destination located on the Bay of Bengal, known for its beaches, temples, and churches. The most popular beach of Chennai is the Marina Beach, which is the second-longest urban beach in the world and it is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. For a spiritual experience, visitors can visit the Kapaleeswarar Temple, a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is known for its intricate carvings and sculptures, and it is a popular site for Hindu ceremonies and festivals.
Chennai is also known for its cuisine, with traditional South Indian dishes such as idli, dosa, and sambar being particularly popular. The city has also a vibrant street food scene, with popular dishes such as bhel puri and pani puri being widely available, even on the Marina Beach.
One must-visit place near Chennai is Mahabalipuram, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is known for its rock-cut temples and bas-relief sculptures that date back to the 7th century.
Overall, Chennai offers a unique blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. Visitors can explore its rich heritage, sample its delicious cuisine, and relax on its beautiful beaches. Whether you’re interested in history, spirituality, or just looking for a relaxing getaway, Chennai has something to offer for everyone.
New Delhi in Delhi is the capital city of India, and Delhi is a popular travel destination known for its rich history, culture, and architecture. It is a blend of ancient and modern, with monuments such as the Red Fort, Qutub Minar, Humayun’s Tomb, and Lotus Temple, which showcase India’s Mughal heritage, and contemporary structures like India Gate and the Akshardham Temple. Delhi is also famous for its street food and markets such as Chandni Chowk, and its vibrant street life. Other popular attractions in Delhi include the Lotus Temple, Rashtrapati Bhavan, and the Jama Masjid mosque. Delhi is well connected by air, road, and rail, making it an easily accessible destination for travelers from around the world. Read and watch my travel stories and recommendations for Delhi here –
- Delhi domestic and international airport restaurants
- Delhi traffic without a chaos
- Delhi winter
- (video) Dilli Haat
- Essential sights in Delhi
- Flight from Delhi to Helsinki
- (video) Flight from Delhi to Goa
- (video) Hauz Khas
- (video) Hauz Khas village and the shops
- Humayun’s Tomb with sunset
- Lotus Temple
- (video) On the road in India: Delhi, YouTube 2007
- Qtub Minar
- Red Fort
Goa is a state located on the Western coast of India, and it is a popular tourist destination known for its scenic beaches, vibrant nightlife, Portuguese architecture, and delicious cuisine. Every year it attracts hundreds of thousand visitors from all over the world, who come to relax on its sandy beaches, explore its historic churches and forts, and try its famous seafood. Other popular activities in Goa include water sports, shopping, and exploring its vibrant cultural heritage. With its tropical climate, beautiful scenery, and rich history, Goa is an ideal destination for those seeking a mix of adventure, relaxation, and cultural immersion. I have blogged about Goa since 2005 – so you can read more about Goa from my guide Indivue – Trip to Goa –
- All the beaches and hotels in Goa
- All the beaches in Goa in 1 minute
- Central Goa
- Goa beach with the fishermen
- Good Bollywood movies filmed in Goa
- INDIVUE – Trip to Goa – Visual travel guide
- North Goa
- South Goa
- Travel and music videos inspired by Goa
- Traveltip for Goa, India
- (video) Morjim beach
- (video) Most beautiful sunsets in Goa
- (video) Monsoon and cricket on the beach
Gokarna is a popular tourist destination located in the Indian state of Karnataka. It is known for its beautiful beaches and is a destination for backpackers and beach lovers and also pilgrims. The most famous beaches in Gokarna are Gokarn Beach, Kudle Beach, Om Beach, and Paradise Beach. Gokarna has also several ancient Hindu temples, including the Mahabaleshwar Temple, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Gokarna is a peaceful and laid-back destination with a unique blend of beach life and spiritual experiences. Read and see more of my experiences from Gokarn –
- (video) First time in Gokarn
- (video) From Goa to Gokarn
- (video) Gokarn in one minute
Jaipur is the capital city of the Indian state of Rajasthan and it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. Known as the “Pink City” due to the color of its buildings, Jaipur is famous for its rich history, cultural heritage, and stunning architecture. It is home to several historic palaces and forts, such as the Hawa Mahal, Amber Fort, and City Palace, as well as temples, museums, and gardens. Jaipur is also a hub for traditional crafts and textiles, making it a shopper’s paradise. The city offers a mix of modern amenities and traditional charm, making it a must-visit destination for travelers to India. Read and see more about this one corner of the Golden Triangle in India –
Mumbai, also known as Bombay, is the financial capital of India and one of the most populous cities in the world. It is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city, known for its rich history and diverse culture. The city is famous for its iconic landmarks, including the Gateway of India, Elephanta Caves, and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station. Mumbai is also a hub for Indian film and television, with Bollywood being based here. You can read more about Bollywood in my separate work Indivue – Trip to Bollywood.
Mumbai city is famous for its street food and local delicacies, as well as its nightlife and shopping options. It is a melting pot of cultures and offers a unique blend of traditional and modern experiences, making it a must-visit destination for travelers to India. Read and watch my travel experiences from Mumbai here –
- Elephanta Caves
- Hotel: Oberoi Trident at Nariman Point
- INDIVUE – Trip to Bollywood – Guide with sounds
- Landing in Mumbai
- (video) Chowpatty beach
- (video) Flight from Mumbai to Goa in 2006
- (video) Hotel experience from Bandra
- (video) On the road in Mumbai, YouTube 2006-07
Mussoorie is a hill station located in the state of Uttarakhand in northern India. It is a popular tourist destination known for its scenic beauty, pleasant weather, and colonial-era architecture and it offers stunning views of the Himalayan Mountains. The town is also known for its lush green forests and it is a popular destination for trekking, hiking, and nature walks. The town offers a variety of tourist amenities, including hotels and restaurants, and it is an ideal destination for both adventure-seekers and those seeking a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Read and see more about Mussoorie here –
- (video) On the road in India: Uttaranchal, YouTube 2007
- (video) On the road to Mussoorie
- 5 reasons to see Mussoorie
Pondicherry, also known as Puducherry, is a Union Territory located on the south-eastern coast of India. It was a French colonial settlement and has a rich cultural heritage, with influences from French, Tamil, and Indian culture. It is a popular travel destination known for its serene and peaceful atmosphere, charming colonial-era architecture, and long beaches. Some popular tourist attractions in Pondicherry include the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, the French War Memorial, the Botanical Garden, and the Beach Promenade. Visitors can also enjoy shopping for souvenirs at the local markets, trying the local cuisine, and practicing yoga and meditation at the many wellness centers. Read more about Pondicherry from my visual travel guide –
Nestled in the foothills of the mighty Himalayas, Rishikesh is a serene and spiritual haven that has captured the hearts of travelers for decades. Often referred to as the “Yoga Capital of the World,” this enchanting city offers a perfect blend of natural beauty, spiritual rejuvenation, and thrilling adventure activities. With the sacred Ganges River flowing through its heart, Rishikesh provides a captivating backdrop for those seeking solace, self-discovery, or simply an unforgettable travel experience.
VIDEOS AND POSTS INSPIRED BY INDIA
India is a diverse and culturally rich country that offers a wide range of travel experiences for visitors. From stunning natural landscapes, such as the Himalayas, beaches, forests, and deserts, to historic and spiritual sites, like the Taj Mahal, Ajanta and Ellora caves, and the holy cities of Varanasi and Haridwar, there is something for everyone. Additionally, India is renowned for its delicious cuisine, vibrant festivals and cultural events, and diverse wildlife. Visitors can experience the rich history of the country by visiting the many forts, palaces, and monuments, and by exploring the vibrant cities, such as Delhi, Mumbai, and Chennai. India is also a great destination for adventure activities, such as trekking, rafting, and wildlife safaris. Overall, India offers a unique and unforgettable travel experience for those seeking a blend of cultural immersion, natural beauty, and adventure. Here’s some of my blog posts and videos about Indian sights –
- Buland Darwaza at Fatehpur Sikri
- Bicycle rickshaw in Europe and India
- Crocodile park in Tamil Nadu
- India in photos: black&white and sepia
- India in photos: color
- Indian birds
- India photography on and off the road
- Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram
- Taste trip around the world
- (video) Foreigner traveling in India
- (video) On the road in India: Karnataka, YouTube 2007
- (video) Rocking East and West, India and Finland
Indian cities, states and villages
India is a federal union of 29 states and 8 union territories, with a population of over 1.3 billion people. Some of the major cities in India include Delhi (the capital), Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, and Pune. The country is also home to a large number of villages, which form the backbone of rural India and contribute significantly to the nation’s agriculture and economy. Here below are the cities, states and territories from which you can see my photos in this visual guide. Names are links to the subject.
|INDIAN CITY or VILLAGE||STATE or TERRITORY|
Indian states and state capitals
India is a vast country comprised of 29 states, each with its unique culture, history, and attractions. To help you navigate this incredible country, I’ve compiled a comprehensive list of all 29 Indian states, presented in alphabetical order. This list was updated in Jan 2023, so you can be sure the information is up-to-date.
I’ve had the privilege of visiting, photographing, and writing about some of these states, which are denoted in capital letters. Each state name is also a link to the corresponding article, providing you with information on what to see and do. So take your time, click on the links, and discover the wonders of India for yourself.
|INDIAN STATES||STATE CAPITALS|
|Jammu and Kashmir||Srinagar|
Indian union territories
Indian Union Territories are administrative divisions of India that are directly ruled by the federal government. They are distinct from states, which have their own elected governments. There are currently 8 Union Territories in India (as of 1/2023): Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Chandigarh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu, Lakshadweep, Delhi, Puducherry and Jammu and Kashmir. These territories have a Lieutenant Governor as the head of the territory, who is appointed by the President of India.
Names written with capital letters are territories in which I have been able to visit, photograph and write about and names are also links to the subject in guestion, so go ahead and read further –
|INDIAN UNION TERRITORY||UNION TERRITORY CAPITALS|
|Andaman and Nicobar Islands||Port Blair|
|Dadra and Nagar Haveli||Silvassa|
|Daman and Diu||Daman|
|Jammu and Kashmir|
I’ve been writing and photographing this visual guide in Finnish since 2005. You can find the Finnish version here: Indivue – Matka Intiaan
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