Marked by an incredible diversity of landscapes and cultures, India will transport you to a place beyond time. Travelling in this country will leave you with surprising and fascinating memories. So how can you make the most of your journey there? Here are a few ideas for you to explore.
Choose your own adventure
With its multi-millennial culture still deeply rooted in today’s traditions, India offers to foreigners a wide choice of activities.
One of the most popular one is practicing yoga. If you are into relaxing methods and meditation, why not going to practice it and learn everything about it in the country where it was born? The most famous place to do so is the city of Rishikesh, a sacred town in the lower foothills of the Himalaya. As the city offers many options regarding yoga centers to take classes from, you can expect to meet other tourists there too. Be careful: yoga classes aren’t necessarily cheap, but you can be sure to have a very good value for money considering the quality of teaching. Yoga is a very serious practice in India – huge national fairs and events are dedicated to its celebration every year in different parts of the country.
If you are into more extreme challenges and looking to push yourself beyond your own limits, you can do a full-time program in an ashram. Ashrams are spiritual centers where followers dedicate their whole time to meditation and yoga – with the objective of being completely stress free and personally fulfilled. If you register for this type of program, you will have to follow a specific schedule of your day and eat exclusively vegetarian food (no eggs included). Some ashrams also obligate to remain completely silent. How about challenging yourself and trying not to speak for a week?
If instead of staying at one place you prefer to be on the move, why not try some motorcycle touring ? As two-wheels are deeply part of the Indian culture, bike rental shops are everywhere: from small cities to the biggest towns. Renting a bike can be quite cheap, depending on the engine power and age of the model you choose.
WHERE TO GO
So now, how to choose where to head to? Once you know at which period of the year you will be travelling, make sure you check out the seasons and weather conditions in different regions. High temperatures season tend to be longer in the Southern part of the country than in the North.
Regarding motorbike tours India provides a huge choice of places to go. But watch out for the monsoon – it can be dangerous to ride on slippery roads, not to say annoying. Same thing if you have decided to discover the country in a private vehicle with a driver, which is a well-known and cheap way of touring in the country – especially if you are a group of 3 or 4 people. Even if it doesn’t rain every day, when it’s the case it comes out very strong and for several hours. In the North, monsoon season goes during July to September, whether it’s earlier in the South, from May to July. Try also to avoid the dry season that happens right before the monsoon.
Now that you have a couple of ideas of how to make your trip in India unforgettable, be safe and have fun!