Even if you live there, a trip to India stirs, shakes, confuses and fascinates. There is so much to see that the country is ideal for a road trip. Discover some of the must-see destinations for your trip as well as some tips on how to organise it well.
Some tips to plan your road trip
Choose your destination and list all the points of interest you want to visit (the following paragraphs will certainly help you! ). Choose a means of transport: the car is certainly the one that allows the most autonomy and flexibility. You can also opt for a camper van or a converted van to avoid having to book accommodation. You can also opt for public transport such as the train or the bus. It’s a great way to meet people, relax and take time for yourself. On the train, for example, you can read a book or write. In the bus, you can spend time listening to music or playing online casinos such as Casumo Casino. Once you know how you are going to travel, draw up an itinerary and a schedule. Be flexible, the road trip must allow time for the unexpected. Before you leave, make a list of everything you plan to take with you to make sure you don’t forget anything. Keep a diary, either online or on paper, where you can write down good addresses, impressions, etc. This will help you get organised but it will also make a wonderful memory.
How can we talk about India without mentioning its most emblematic monument? The Taj Mahal, literally the “Palace of the Crown”, a true temple of love. 200 km south-east of Delhi, in the state of Uttar Pradesh, Agra was the capital of the Mughal Empire and is home to some of the most beautiful jewels of Mughal history. The Taj Mahal was built in the 17th century by Emperor Shah Jahan in honour of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The city is home to other remarkable relics of the Mughal Empire such as the Agra Fort. Standing on the western bank of the Yamuna River, this majestic red sandstone fort, the work of Emperor Akbar, offers a breathtaking view of the Taj Mahal. The perfect spot for an Instagram picture !
Delhi is extremely well located for travelling in North India. From the various railway stations you can board a train and travel to the four corners of the country. The Indian capital is fascinating in many ways. In this megalopolis, treasures from the past and fast-paced modernity rub shoulders. The soul of the city lies in Old Delhi, an old Mughal city that contrasts with New Delhi, founded in the 20th century by the British. Visit historic relics such as the imposing Jama Masjid mosque and the Red Fort. Wander through the bustling bazaars and spice market. In Connaught Place, shop and dine in the capital’s many restaurants. In the south of the city, visit Humayun’s Tomb, a magnificent Mughal tomb, Qtub Minar, a huge minaret, or the contemporary Lotus Temple. Delhi retains a unique identity and the journey back in time is permanent.
On the southeast coast of India, 150 km south of Chennai, Pondicherry is a former trading post of the French East India Company. In Pondicherry, nicknamed ‘Pondy’, the architectural heritage blends with the local atmosphere, offering a surprising Franco-Indian mix. A sort of nostalgic atmosphere in a colourful bustle. It’s great to stroll through the “white city”, along the cobbled streets dotted with colonial villas where French cafés and restaurants are located! Don’t miss a visit to the ashram of spiritual master Sri Aurobindo. At sunset, stroll along the Waterfront Promenade while eating an ice cream.
The sacred heart of Hinduism, Varanasi, formerly Benares, lies on the shores of the Ganges in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The holy city of Varanasi is one of the oldest cities in the world, inhabited for over 4000 years. One loves to lose oneself in its maze of alleys, amidst the fabric stalls and vendors of chai, sweet milk tea. At dawn or sunset, take a boat cruise on the Ganges. Stroll along the ghats, the huge staircases that run alongside the Ganges.
Have you ever had a cup of Darjeeling tea? This highland resort created by the British in the 19th century and its valleys covered with tea plantations is located in the north-east of India. From Darjeeling, you can enjoy breathtaking views of the Himalayan range, including the imposing Kangchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world at 8,586m. This is also an opportunity to visit a famous Darjeeling tea factory, to learn more about the national drink. While in Darjeeling, board the Toy Train, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed steam train, and enjoy a scenic ride through the surrounding mountains. Don’t miss out on a visit to the many Buddhist monasteries in the region.