Home : Destinations : Asia : India:

Things to Do in India


Top Places to Go

1. Agra: Located in the north of the country.

Taj Mahal: One of the Seven Wonders of the World and famous as the most beautiful mausoleum in the world. It is a must for India travel. This palatial mausoleum is made from pure white marbles decorated with various diamonds. It combines Indian and Persian architecture style and shows a symmetric beauty. This splendid building is built by Indian emperor Shah Jahan to commemorate his deceased empress Mumtaz Mahal. Famous Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore described it as "a tear on the cheek". It should be noted that visitors are required to remove their shoes when entering the halls of Taj Mahal.
Open Time: From sunrise to sunset from Monday to Sunday, except Friday.
Ticket Price: For visitors from abroad it is 1,000 rupees, while for kids younger than five it is free of charge.

Agra Fort: Near Taj Mahal across a river. The fort is made from red sandstones, a representative stone in the country. Although some parts of the fort are damaged and need repairing, the wall sculptures and paintings are still well preserved. It is said that the emperor Shah Jahan usually looked at Taj Mahal from the fort to miss his deceased empress.
Open Time: From sunrise to sunset from Monday to Sunday.
Ticket Price: For visitors from abroad it is 550 rupees, while for kids younger than fifteen it is free of charge.

2. Jaipur: The pink city located in the northwest of the country.

City Palace: One of the best-preserved relics in the country. The wall of the palace is made from red and pink sandstones, making it a pink city looking from outside. The palace consists of several halls, taking almost one fourth of the Jaipur old city. Now parts of the palace have been rebuilt as a museum storing the treasures used by the king of Jaipur who built the palace.
Open Time: 09:30-18:00 from Monday to Sunday. Ticket selling stops at 17:00.
Ticket Price: For visitors from abroad it is 400 rupees and for kids it is 250 rupees.

Amber Fort: It is on a hill in the north suburb of Jaipur. The fort is made from milk white, pure white, yellow and rose stones, looking like amber from a distance, so it got the name as Amber Fort. One of the fun things to do here is to ride an elephant to climb the hill.
Open Time: 08:00-18:00 from Monday to Sunday.
Ticket Price: For visitors from abroad it is 200 rupees and for kids it is 100 rupees.

3. Delhi: The capital and second largest city of the country.

The Qutub Minar: One of the world cultural heritages with over 1,000 years' history. It is a typical building of Indian and Islamic style made from red sandstones and marbles. The body of the minar is engraved with the content of the Quran, the scripture of Islam.
Open Time: From sunrise to sunset from Monday to Sunday.
Ticket Price: For visitors from abroad it is 500 rupees.

India Gate: Used to be called All India War Memorial. It separates Delhi into two parts as New Delhi and Old Delhi. The gate is a symbol of the city, similar to the Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile in Paris, France.
Open Time: All day.
Ticket Price: Free.


Top Activities

Boat Ride on Ganges River: Ganges River is the Mother River for local people. The water in the river is regarded as holy and pure. Local people take baths in the river to get rid of the dirtiness of their body and soul. Take a boat ride on the river to have a view of local people's life living with the holy river.

Wear Saree: Saree is a traditional costume for Indian women. It is usually made from silk and shows the status of women. Ladies can have a try on the suit to fuse into the local culture.

Yoga and Meditation: Yoga, a popular relaxing method nowadays, is originated from the country. Try yoga and meditation to get your heart purified and have a rest away from the stressful life.

Have a Henna Tattoo: Henna Tattoo is a skin art welcomed by women in the country and Middle East countries. It is a temporary decoration by painting on arms or face. It can only remain a few days and weeks, different from common tattoos.


Top Dishes and Snacks

Roti Prata: A typical snack in the country. It is a crisp pancake with different fillings like beef, egg or onion.
Mutton Curry: Curry is the most commonly used seasoning in local people's daily cooking. You can find this dish in a lot of local restaurants.
Pilaf: It is rice adding meat, vegetable and species. Indians usually mix all the materials and eat with their hands, but only at home or in informal places.
Lassi: A kind of yogurt that people usually drink after eating main dishes. As curry and the taste of local dishes are mainly salt and spicy, people like to drink some lassi to keep fresh.
Others: Thali Platter, Samonsa, India milk tea, Biryani, Chapati...


Further Reading: 
India Transportation   Useful Travel Tips