Here are my top 5 places to visit in India:
- Taj Mahal in Agra: The Taj Mahal is one of the seven wonders of the world. It’s a monument that represents the immense love followed by the grief the Emperor Shah Jahan had for his late wife. It took between 20 to 22 years to build, about 1000 elephants and 20,000 workers to build it. It’s truly breathtaking. The perfectly chosen white marble decorated with gemstones inlays that create beautiful flowers and ornate designs, and the intricate carvings and decorations make the Taj Mahal a work of art.
- The Red Fort in Agra – After exploring the Taj Mahal a visit to the Red Fort is a must. The Red Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s the emperor’s home a massive structure made of sandstone. Our guide told us that Emperor Shah spent his later years as a prisoner of his son who deemed him unfit to rule. Emperor Shah’s room overlooked the Taj Mahal so he could be reminded of his late wife.
- The Lotus Temple in Dehli is an architectural beauty. This temple has won multiple awards and it’s inspired by the Lotus flower. It is formed by 27 free standing marble slabs to give it the beautiful shape. This Temple welcomes everyone from all religions to walk the well-manicured gardens. Once you are inside the temple you welcomed by a sense of peace that begins to seep into every part of your body, mind, and soul.
- Rishikesh is known as the yoga capital of the world. It is revered as a highly spiritual place and thousands of people go there as part of their spiritual pilgrimage. I highly recommend experiencing the Ganga Aarti ceremony in the evening in front of the magnificent Lord Shiva white giant statue. Also meditating by the Ganga River each morning was one of the highlights of our trip.
‘Mother Ganga’ – The Ganges, begins at the foot of the Himalayan mountains at Rishikesh and gives life to India. A place of being born.
- Kerala is known for its beautiful beaches. The energy here is different from what you find in Delhi, Agra, and Rishikesh. Kerala has beautiful beaches and small resorts where you can experience Ayurvedic treatments, meals, and great specialized massages. This is a great option if you are looking to unplug, relax, and restore your mind, body, and soul.
Things to keep in mind when traveling India:
- Only drink bottled water
- Use bottled water to brush your teeth
- Avoid eating salads
- Bring a shawl to cover your shoulders
- Only eat at places that the hotel or travel guide can recommend that are safe for tourists
- Be prepared to get sensory overloaded with the constant honking, the people, and different smells
- You will share the road with cows and monkeys, motorcycles, cars, buses, and rickshas
- You will see entire families traveling in one motorcycle so don’t be alarmed
- Tips are extremely important and many locals depend on tips
- You have to remove your shoes to enter temples and people’s home
- Incredible hospitality
- Don’t overpack. You can have your clothes washed at an incredibly low price
- You can get custom clothes made and tailored at really inexpensive prices.
Relax and renew your mind body and spirit as you immerse in the healing energy of India.
Are you ready for an experience of a lifetime?
Join me on my next retreat to India in October 2020. During the retreat, you will explore amazing sites, experience the culture and cuisine, and have downtime to relax, renew and connect with Spirit.