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Explore the Wonders of India

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India is a vast country with diverse landscapes and topography. It is an amalgamation of different aspects such as rich heritage, deep-rooted history, varied culture, and numerous languages. Though, India is well-known for its multiple scientific and historical wonders. But there are many hidden gems that allow visitors to experience an array of revered sites. Discover some historical treasures of India. Let’s take a look at some of the most amazing historical wonders this country has to offer.

Taj Mahal- Wonder of the World!

Sunset view of Taj

It took more than 2 decades and 20,000 artisans to construct this ivory-white marble structure. One of the biggest mausoleums ever constructed, this symbol of love of Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan for his beloved third wife Mumtaz Mahal. It is truly one of the most iconic places in India. It is not only one of the wonders of India but also the world. This stunning masterpiece is one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. Millions of people visit this magnificent wonder to admire its intricate carvings and outstanding architecture. Though it is open throughout the day, seeing the Taj Mahal at night bathed with moonlight is a magical experience.

Ruins of Hampi

Historical Hampi

Located in Karnataka, Hampi is a spectacular temple town and is one of the most visited places in South India. Part of the ancient kingdom of Vijayanagar, it was one of the wealthiest cities in the world. Moreover, with 100 plus locations to explore, the striking relics and ruins of the temple leave its visitors awestruck. The Queen’s Bath, Virupaksha Temple, Archeological Museum, Monkey Temple, and the Vittala Temple Complex are some of the most iconic monuments in Hampi. There is no doubt that this marvelous temple complex makes it to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Konark Sun Temple

Sun Temple at Konark

Built-in the traditional Kalinga style of architecture, the Konark Temple is situated in the coastal region of Orissa. Constructed by King Narsimhadeva I of the Ganga dynasty, this majestic temple comprises of 3 depictions of the Sun God, with elaborately carved pillars, wheels, and walls. The sundial is fascinating with seven horses pulling 12 wheels, and has all reasons to be in the list of wonders of India. It is used to predict the time of the day with the help of sun rays and moon rays falling on it.

Statue of Unity

Statue Uniting India

A new and impressive addition to the list of outstanding monuments of India is the imposing structure Statue of Unity. This colossal statue is 182 meters in height and is a tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, also known as the ironman of India. Built-in the vicinity of the Sardar Sarovar Dam on the Narmada riverbed near Ahmedabad, this is the tallest statue in the world. It offers panoramic views of the dam and the Satpura and Vindhyachal mountain ranges from its visitor gallery.

Golden Temple

Shining Golden Temples

Located in Amritsar, the Harmandir Sahib temple, famously known as the Golden Temple is the holiest and revered pilgrimage sites of the Sikhs in the world. It is open to people of all religions and thousands of tourists visit this beautiful temple every day. Built on a manmade waterbody the fa├žade of the temple with the dazzling golden dome and gold covering the upper floors of the temple looks brilliant, especially when illuminated at night. The temple houses the holy book of the Sikhs called the ‘Adi Granth’ and the ‘Akal Takht’ which means the throne of the timeless one.

Amer Fort

Royal Amer Fort

Rajasthan is known for its marvelous forts and opulent palaces. But one fort that stands out is the imperial Amer Fort. This architectural masterpiece was built by Maharaja Maan Singh and boasts of attractions such as Diwan-e-Aam, Sukh Mandir, Jai Mandir, and Sheesh Mahal. Strategically located in the hillside, the fort can be accessed on foot or via shuttle rides from the town below. Take a guided tour and explore the curved staircases and maze-like passages and learn about the history of this mind-blowing place.

Nalanda University

Remains of Nalanda University

One of the earliest universities in the world, this Buddhist monastery dates back to the 7th century AD. Many of the ruins found here are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The university saw its golden days during the reign of the Gupta empire, and later during the rule of Emperor Harshavardhana of Kannauj. It boasts of a flourishing past when scholars from Tibet, China, Persia, and Central Asia came to learn here. Some of the attractions here are Nalanda Archaeological Museum, Hiuen Tsang Memorial Hall, Pavarika mango grove, Surya Mandir, and The Great Stupa.

The above list of Wonders of India does not even scratch the surface of the list of wonders this exotic country can offer. These monuments add glory and prestige to the history of India and woo visitors from all over the world. India is vast and to experience the real colors of India, check out the Tips to take the Perfect Trip of India. So, what are you waiting for? Book your tickets and come and soak yourself in the beauty of these places.

Solo Trip in India: Reasons, Tips and Destinations to Visit

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Solo Female Travel
Trust Yourself

Solo trip is still a hard question in India. Though growing and developing India is proving it right with fun and amazing answers of experiences. I have enough of my share of stories of potholes and fun on solo trips. To make it possible was a tough journey but a great destination of experience. After all, experiences are what counts for a lifelong. Are solo trips your choice also? Do they become your dream to fulfill? Does solo trip sound a question to you as ‘how’? Where to travel solo? – If these are your questions then find out answers to it with our Solo Trip Guide.

Reasons: Why you should travel solo once?

Waterfalls in Mirzapur
Solo Sighting
  1. Gross plenty of self-confidence: When you travel alone, you have to look after yourself. You overcome every situation on yourself without anyone’s back, you come up with much greater confidence in self. It makes you self-dependent.
  2. You become responsible: Plannings, responsibilities and decision making are greater on solo trips. This attitude helps you later in life also. You act much wiser and responsible in every situation.
  3. To get some time for yourself: This is the perfect time to know more about yourself. Also, you get answers to many questions of your life. Solo trips give you perfect time for yourself and to think about your life.
  4. You become pro in problem-solving: Traveling alone teaches you to come out of problems on your own and this makes you a great problem solver. And then this again helps you lifelong. You look smart among your group in handling difficult situations.
  5. It gives you freedom: Solo traveling gives you all freedom. You make your itinerary, your plans and your choices all the time. Get a chance to travel according to the choice of your traveling activity. When traveling in a group, you have to do things according to the group mutuality and plans. But on solo trips, you are your only Boss!
  6. Know the world closer: Being alone, you get in close contact with society and the world. Making new friends become easier. This makes you in greater contact with locals. Also, it increases your proximity to nature and the world.
  7. Learn to be great with your company: You learn not to depend on others for the happiness of your life. This makes you self-dependent both in your good and bad times. And I guess this is the best thing to achieve in life.

Tips Required For First Solo Trip

Trip Planning
Trip Planning
  1. Keep an outline of your plan: Always go out with some plan. Book your travel and accommodations beforehand. Hostels and homestays are the best options for solo travelers. Uncertainty, in any case, is natural but always have some backup ideas and sources with you.
  2. Pack Lightly: While you are traveling alone try to have light and easy to carry goods. You are alone to take care of you and luggage so be prepared accordingly. Carry only as much you can easily carry. This will make your trip easy and safe.
  3. Connect: Make new friends, communicate with co-travelers, connect with locals and the surroundings. Open up for wider experience. Also as they are the only help in a new place, if in need.
  4. Essentials to Carry: Local maps of the place traveling, list of emergency contacts, travel insurance are some important things to carry. These might look of no need but it is always good to be prepared beforehand than to be sorry later. Mobile phones have become a new need as it might help you out in many cases.
  5. Stay Super and Pro-Active: Be aware of all the circumstances and the place you are traveling. Stay sober and attentive. Trust your instincts. Protect your belongings and take care of yourself. When in a new place, trust everyone but no one.
  6. Let someone know about your plan: Always leave your rough itinerary or plan with your friends or family. Keep updating someone with your plans. Do this as a favor to yourself and to your loved ones.
  7. Stay Confident and Smile: Pretty smile and confidence will come out as your positive attitude at a new place. Don’t be afraid of asking and confirming when in doubt. Stay bold and optimistic all the time. Self-confidence will also keep you safe.

Also, We have some Tips, Advice & Plannings for your first trip to make your happy travelling memories.

Solo Trip Destinations in India

Now, this can be something being judgemental. No place is ever known to be under the category of solo traveling. The world is vast and you can travel anywhere on your own. Only if you trust the idea of being in the company of yourself. We can help you with the list of places, you can travel for your initial solo trips. Here they are:

1: Mcleodganj

This tiny hill station will give you a sudden vibe of positivity just as you reach. A peaceful location and the home to The Great Dalai Lama can be your perfect solo trip decision. Also, an easy, neighbor trek to Triund will give you the chance of camping in the lap of mountains with some fit-bit tour.

Triund Trek
Triund Trek

2: Hampi

Hampi History

If you love being lost in history, then this should be your destination. No one will disturb you with your loneliness here amidst the ruined building of ancient temples. Take out some time at River Tungabhadra and experience a unique fun of coracle ride to cheer your soul.

3: Ziro

Ziro Music Festival
Charm of Music Festival

Another lone, silent place which will listen to all your talks. Ziro Music Festival is the biggest event and the best time to visit the place. Although a perfect go-to destination whenever you are in need of some solo time. Homestays will be a great suggestion when you reach this pretty place to experience it the best. Involve in activities with the locals and you will surely fall in love with the place.

4: Pondicherry

This city already has a great companion for you. ‘The sea-side evenings’- lay back with all your conversations and end up sharing it with the waves coming to you. Take up a cycle and ride all through the French-Colonial buildings. ‘Auroville’ is a must visit for some spiritualism within you.

Pondicherry
Cycle Tour in Pondicherry

5: Rishikesh

Bunjee Jumping in Rishikesh

Rishikesh has a lot many things to do already that you won’t ever miss a company. Yoga, camping and all sort of adventure. Throw out all your fears in one go, try out everything. Jump and shout back to all your problems, zip line to every negativities and raft the best days of your life with river camping nights. Later attain the peaceful mornings with sunrise yoga sessions.

6: Jaisalmer

This city in Rajasthan can be a fun, royal date to yourself. Ahh..!! the list is full of activities when you are here. Have a bumpy camel ride, dance and learn the local culture with the ‘Kathputli Shows’. Stay at royal forts being the king of your life. Explore the old buildings of ‘hawelis‘ and dive in the largest sand dunes of India. And forget not to binge eat all the Rajasthani cuisines.

Jaisalmer
Camel Ride on Sand Dunes

7: Mumbai

Gateway of India
Gateway to the serenity

If you have never been to a metropolitan city, then Mumbai should top your solo trip list. This city will teach you to be yourself. It is the city which never sleeps and never judges. Hop out all the places and get lost in this city of glamour. Dance your heart out as no one is watching you at the nightclubs to find back yourself. Take your best moments at Marine Drive and Band Stand with your sea friend. This city will give you all the reasons to end up saying ‘Mumbai-Meri Jaan’.

Head up and shout out to your solo trip destination and do let us know your post solo trip story of experiences. Happy Traveling!!

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Professional Travel Blogger and founder of The Ghumakkads. Bhawna Mohinani is graduate in Mass Communication & Postgraduate in Travel and Tourism Management.

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