Travel to India to See The Ellora Caves

Ellora Caves is a sacred place found in Maharastra in Central India. It is a World Heritage Site, and it is celebrated for its Hindu, Buddhist, Jain temples, and monument carvings. Here are incredible tips to keep on mind while visiting Ellora Caves 
 
Location of the Ellora Caves.  
The Caves are located in Northern Maharastra, 400km from Mumbai. 
 
Timing  
Opening hours for the Ellora Caves is all day long, from sunrise to sunset. Typically from9:00 am to 9:00 pm. Be sure to get there before 9:00 am as this place receives innumerable visitors daily. Besides, Ellora Caves all days along the week except Tuesdays. The best month to visit the caves is between March and June as the climates are favorable. 
 
Entry fee  
For the locals, it is 40 Rs and 600 Rs for foreigners. 
 
What to Bring 
Wear comfortable shoes since there is considerable walking when exploring the caves, bring shades and hats to protect you from heat. Don’t forget to carry several bottles of water, a camera, and a flashlight to use in dark places. 
 
Due to the amount of artistry and architecture available for viewing, Ellora Caves is a destination everyone ought to visit. Therefore, it is best when you set aside enough time to explore the caves and appreciate all it has for you. Come today with your loved ones for a remarkable exploration. 

Travel to India to See The Taj Mahal

When I went to visit India’s Taj Mahal the first time, I experienced massive crowds making it difficult to enjoy my time there. Recently, I went again, but this time I employed a different strategy. 
 
Get There Early 
The ticket booth at the Taj Mahal opens at 6 AM, but you want to get there about 45 minutes earlier. The best time to visit is between November and February when it probably will not rain and temperatures will remain cooler. While you will probably not be the first in line, you will be close. Speed up the process by having the exact change for your ticket. As of 2020, that is 1,100 rupees if you do not live in India. There is an added advantage of going as the sun rises because the light makes the building look magical. You will also beat the heat later in the day. Arriving before the crowds also gives you the advantage of seeing more because your ticket is only good for three hours. You may also want to plan your trip around the full moon as the temple is open two nights before and after the full moon along with the night of the full moon.  
 
Enter Through the West Gate  
There are three gates to the Taj Mahal. You will want to use the west gate. While it is a little further from many hotels, it is also less crowded so that you can get in faster. The east gate also opens early, but the waiting lines are usually longer. The south gate does not open until 8 AM, and it is near vendors who can be pushy.  
 
Plan Ahead 
You will be put in lines at the Taj Mahal based on your sex. If you are traveling with someone of the opposite sex, make sure that you agree on a meeting place inside the gates. Traditionally, the lines for men move faster than the lines for women.  
 
Visiting the Taj Mahal is a marvelous experience that many find incredibly spiritual. Follow these tips to make the most of your time there. 

Travel to India to See The Red Fort

The iconic Red Fort in Delhi is one of the country’s most popular attractions. The massive complex was commissioned by Shah Jahan in 1648 and required just under nine years before completion. The location served as home to India’s royal for nearly 200 years. The fort is octagonal in design and quickly became famous for the structure’s ornamentation, gardens and water channel. The Lahori gate serves as the main entrance, which is bordered by the Chatta Chowk bazaar. Guided tours are available.  
 
What to See  
Upon entering the fort, guests encounter the Naubat Khana or Drum House. Musicians entertained royals here on special occasions. The structure has since been converted into the War Memorial Museum with exhibits that include weapons dating back to the Mughal era. The stunning array of buildings includes the Mumtaz Mahal that was once the palace of the Shah’s wife before becoming an archaeological museum. Additional museums include the Drishyakala, which exhibits hundreds of historical artworks. Touring the palaces provides a glimpse into the opulent lifestyle back in the day.  
 
When to Visit 
The best time of year to visit India and the Red Fort is between the months of November to February. In this way, the weather is not too hot and guests avoid the rainy season. The fort is open every day except Mondays from 6:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. In the evenings, the staff presents a special multimedia show to further provide the fort’s history. Visitors are allowed to take small bags into the complex. But, all items are inspected by security first. The lines are separated for man and women. Thus, groups must decide where to meet to prevent losing each other in the crowd. Visitors must exercise caution, as the site is known to attract pickpockets.  

Travel to India to See The Golden Temple of Amritsar

If you are planning to visit India, there are many beautiful sights to see. However, there is one particular spot which stands out from the rest. Visiting The Golden Temple of Amritsar is a beautiful, once in a lifetime experience that you cannot afford to miss. As Sikhism’s holiest site, this temple offers all of its visitors a beautiful and spiritual experience. Your faith, race, and culture do not matter, as everyone is welcome to visit India’s shining star. The Golden Temple of Amritsar is located in Punjab, about 460 km from Delhi. 
 
It is important to note that both men and women cover their heads out of respect before entering the temple, and you will be expected to as well. It is also expected that you wear long pants and cover your shoulders. In addition to this, you are not allowed to wear shoes inside of the temple, like most other holy places. Do not fear, however, as there is a foot bath you must walk through prior to entering to make sure your feet are clean. Surrounding the temple is a moat, known as the holy tank. It is filled with holy water, which many people bathe in to wash away their sins and keep illness away. Men have an open area in which they can bathe in public, however, women have their own private area in which to bathe. Once you have bathed, you are allowed to walk to the most sacred and central temple, the Harmandir Sahib. What makes this temple special is that it is gilded in 750 kg of pure gold, not something you see everyday. 
 
In general, crowds are large for the better part of the day, but you are allowed to spend as much time in the temple as you like after waiting in the long line. Up to 100,000 people are usually expected at the temple each day. Locals are also very friendly, and will take the opportunity to speak with you and educate you about the temple and their religion. If you ever get the chance, visiting this site is truly a life changing experience. 

Travel to India to See The Holy City of Varanasi

India is a culturally diverse land of enchantment and spirituality with a lot of mysterious and unique places to visit. One of them is Varanasi – a cultural capital of the country and one of the most unique and fascinating destinations on the planet. Only in this city full of contrasts you can become shocked, impressed and fascinated at the same time. However, before visiting Varanasi, you should be well prepared and understand certain nuances of this holy city.  
 
The best and most comfortable time for visiting Varanasi is winter (from November to February) when the temperature is low and humidity is not too high.  
 
When traveling to Varanasi, try not to miss its famous spiritual and cultural festivals and celebrations. One of them is Mahashivratri (in February or March depending on the lunar calendar) – a religious festival worshipping Lord Shiva. During the festival, you can enjoy dancing performances, fairs, and temple rituals. Another event you should definitely see and experience while traveling to Varanasi is Holi. It is the most colorful Indian festival held in March. People throw water and color powders on each other by celebrating the victory of good over evil.  
 
Your visit to Varanasi will be incomplete if you do not visit some of the city’s famous attractions. They are ancient temples, River Ganges (the Holiest Hindu river), the sleepy village of Singhpur, and Ramnagar Port on the eastern bank of River Ganges.  
 
As for the money, one day in Varanasi will cost you approximately $17. This includes about $3-4 a day spent on food, between $1 and $1.5 on local transportation, and $13-14 on housing. So, a one-week trip to Varanasi will cost you about $240. 

Travel to India to See The Gateway of India

The Gateway of India remains one of the most popular attractions in the country and is situated in the southern region of Mumbai. Construction on the massive and intricate structure began in 1920 and was completed four years later. Yellow basalt was used to create the gateway, which is designed in Indo-Saracenic style with Gujarati features that include complex latticework. The Mumbai harbor and the famous Taj Mahal hotel are nearby.  
 
The arch is rectangular and contains three distinct sections. The center of the structure rises 85 feet into the air. The top boasts a dome that is 48 feet in diameter. The dome has four turrets adorned with latticework. On either side are expansive halls covered by intricately carved stone. The interior of each is large enough to hold 600 guests. Behind the arch are steps that venture down to the Arabian Sea.  
 
When to Visit  
Making the journey to India after September spares guests from the monsoon season. Venture to the site in the early morning hours or after sunset to see the structure illuminated. The entrance to the gateway is free. However, visitors are advised to bring cash in the event they decide to make purchases from local vendors who frequent the gateway.  
 
Additional Attractions  
As the gateway is situated along the harbor, guests often take boat trips to see the city from the waterfront. Local boats also venture for six miles to the Elephanta Caves, which involve a series of temples constructed in the caves to honor the Hindu God Shiva. The caves are open to the public daily from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Entrance fees for visitors is 250 rupees. One can easily spend up to five hours touring the site. 

Travel to India to See Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary

I recently returned from my trip to the 485 square mile Periyar National Park. While I had a wonderful time, there are some things I would do differently next time. To save you the hassle of having to visit this national park that costs 300 rupees to enter for foreign visitors, here are some of those things. 
 
Expect to Pay Extra 
Make sure to bring extra rupees with you. You will need to pay 100 more rupees for every still camera and 250 rupees for every video camera that you bring. You will also have to pay 50 rupees to bring a vehicle in. Each activity has its fees attached.  
 
Best Time to Go 
While October to February are popular times to visit this park, if you want to see elephants, then go in March or April. The elephants will be in the water, which makes them much easier to spot. Try to plan your trip on a weekday that is not a public holiday to avoid crowds.  
 
Take the Early Boat 
The best way to see the animals at Periyar National Park is from a boat. These 90-minute rides leave throughout the day, but the best chance to see the most animals is on the 7 AM trip. You may also want to opt for a night-time safari as many animals are more active at night.  
 
Go Trekking 
You will also want to go trekking while you are at Periyar National Park, but avoid the whole-day excursions. Instead, look for opportunities to go with local tour guides on trekking trips lasting about three hours. First, the whole-day trips are filled with too many people to make them worthwhile. Secondly, the local guides are former poachers and loggers who are now doing eco-tourism to make their living. 
 
Visiting Periyar National Park is a wonderful adventure. Follow these tips to make the most of your time in the park. 

Travel to India to See Amer/Amber Fort

If you are planning on visiting Amber Fort and Amer, then following some tips will help you maximize your time there. 
 
Use a Hired Car 
When visiting Amber Fort, go ahead and rent a car with a driver. The public buses in this area are dirty and very crowded. There are very few parking spaces available, and someone needs to design a better road system. Go ahead and rent a car with a driver for the day so that you can enjoy your time in Amer. 
 
Take the Jeep 
When you arrive at Amber Fort, you will see that it is located on the top of a steep hill. You have three choices on how to get up the hill. You can choose to walk, but that can be hard as temperatures are often hot. You can also choose to ride the elephants, but that is very expensive. Instead, choose to take the jeep, which brings people up the hill once an hour. 
 
Best Time to Visit  
Escape the summertime crowds and the brutal heat by touring Amber Fort between November and March. Try to go during the week and not on a public holiday. This is one attraction where going later in the day pays vast dividends because you can tour the fort, watch the nightly sound and light show, and have dinner at the restaurant inside the fort. 
 
Costs 
You can expect to pay 100 rupees to get into the fort. The sound and light show will cost you 295 rupees. Dinner at the 1135 AD restaurant within the fort can be expensive, but it is worth the splurge. 
 
Visiting Amer Flor is a memorable experience. You can expect to spend an hour touring the fort, 90 minutes at the sound and light show, and a couple of hours dining at the restaurant. Speed up the process by going during the week and taking the jeep up the hill when you arrive.