India should be high on your bucket list for so many reasons. Taking a trip there is like being thrown in to the deep end of culture, history, art, religion and so much more. Whether you’re walking the pink city of Jaipur or gasping in wonder at the beautiful Taj Mahal, or navigating the insanely busy roads by tuktuk in Mumbai, India always leaves its mark on all who travel there. Its almost impossible to describe quite the visceral sensation India provides but one thing I can share is my take on the best places to visit in India in 2018. You can easily combine more of these destinations by searching for the cheapest air tickets available for domestic flights. So lets jump right in to India!
This north Indian state borders with Pakistan and a tour of the cities here is a must for anyone wanting to understand the history and culture of India a little better. Endless palaces, forts and historical buildings paint a picture of India’s rich heritage and ancient customs, long before the British arrived. The cities here compete for colour with Jaipur known as The Pink City being one of the most colourful. Be sure to visit the City Palace built in the 18th century, and Amer Fort which you can’t miss perched high on a hill, built in the 17th century.
Jodhpur is also worth a visit, known as The Blue City and very photogenic! I’d also recommend taking a trip out to the City Of Lakes aka Udaipur which features some truly stunning landscapes. It was once the capital of the Mewar Kingdom founded by Maharana Udai Singh II in 1559. The lakes are actually artificial, built as pleasing views for the Royal residences. City Palace being the most impressive, overlooking Lake Pichola and features 11 palaces, courtyards and gardens.
Another state in western India, Goa is a coastal region along the Arabian Sea and has a rich and chequered history thanks to various colonial powers and a more recent tourist boom. A visit to Baga is a must, famed for its perfect sandy beach and real hit with all those that love water sports. There’s also a beach market here every Saturday featuring a lot of locally crafted items from locals. Further along the coastline here you’ll find Calangute Beach which is a bit more lively and popular with tourists. You’ll find plenty of places to eat and drink here.
Goa is somewhat synonymous with the hippy scene in the 1960s and this has somehow been preserved especially in Anjuna. Grab yourself a cheap sarong and get involved at its famous flea market. Very popular with backpackers looking to “find themselves” Anjuna beach is where the party is continuously at and a growing scene restaurants and bars too.
Another coastal area of India but one definitely worth mentioning for its 600km of Arabian coastline. Situated in the south of India. Definitely a world apart from what you’ll find in Goa, Kerala is more famed for its national parks, wildlife, pristine beaches and quiet little backwaters. You’ll find a local trade here of spices, tea, coffee and local crafts.
Arguably one of the most beautiful regions of India, Kerala is relatively calm, serene and the perfect place to unwind. The tea plantations of Western Ghats are worth a visit, endless rolling hills with glistening tea trees, remember to bring your camera!
getting back to nature is definitely the aim of the game in Kerala. The National parks are a must, especially Eravikulam and Periyar where guided treks and rural homestays are a possibility for eager tourists. There’s also plenty of animal sanctuaries to visit and give your support to. The Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is home to tigers, leopards and Asiatic elephants.