Between the Taj Mahal and Delhi, India is often the travellers favourite and for good reason, but perhaps you’ve conquered India’s golden triangle and you’re keen to discover more. India is an incredibly vast country with a multitude of cultures, textures and places to explore. If you’re unsure where to start, here are a few places we recommend if you’re looking for an extra bit of adventure.
1. Tawang Monastery
India is the birthplace of Buddhism but statistics today do not reflect this fact. A recent census show that 80% of the population practice Hinduism whilst only 0.7% practice Buddhism. Across India you will find multitudes of Hindu temples, however the Tawang Monastery is an exception. The temple is a celebration of Indian Buddhists and the birth place of the 6th Dalai Lama. The mountain village of Tawang was established at an altitude of 3025m above sea level and provides breath-taking panoramic scenery. Whilst the town adorns the natural landscape with colour, you will be confronted with snow topped mountains, blue rivers and glaciers. Tawang is a wonderful reminder of India’s diversity and natural beauty and you can get there by air, railway or by road.
2. Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Located in the Thar Desert, Jaisalmer has roots that go back to the medieval era when it functioned as a trading centre. Today, the Jaisalmer Fort marks the desert landscape with its huge walls. It is known as the ‘Golden City’ due to the combination of desert, sunny climates and the yellow sandstone architecture. As well as the Jaisalmer Fort and Palace Museum, people still reside in the city walls today.
The city is spotted with uniform temples with sandstone colouring from across the centuries. Particularly stunning temples can be found sitting in Gadsisar Lake. If you visit during February you can experience the Desert Festival that brings colour and cultural celebration to the streets of Jaisalmer. There is a local airport and buses you can use to access the city.
3. The Vitals Rosary Church, Shettihalli, Karnataka
A Floating Chapel sits just outside Bangaluru in Shettihalli. The church was originally created in the 1860s by French Missionaries for British estate owners and marks the spot of a village that once occupied the area. Now abandoned, the structure goes in and out of submersion throughout the year. This chapel is a haunting reminder of both India’s colonial history and the torrential monsoons India experiences every year. The area is a bit tricky to get to, but not impossible as there are a number of coach or train services available.
4. Osian, Jodhpur
Rajasthan is located in Western India and is another occupant of the Thar desert, described by many as an Oasis. The Osian Temple is the highlight of the town as well as a myriad of different temples to discover. The Surya Temple is a standout temple that attracts many tourists. In proximity to Osian, you will find white tents billowing in the desert wind. Safari camping is offered in this area where you can travel to by camels and admire the desert sunset.
5. Morjim, North Goa
In any India travel guide you come across, Goa will most likely be mentioned in all its splendour. Goa has many beaches and fantastic architecture each with their own benefits, but Morjim in North Goa stands out for its clean beaches and the exceptional sunsets. A popular location for fisherman, you have the option to try out surfing as the tide is safe for learners.
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