Traveling thru any country can be mind-blasting experience, especially if you got time and money, and I mean a lot of money, particularly if you want to see India, or at least parts of India, because it is a huge country. When I say huge, I mean the 7-th largest country in the world and a country with a history dating 30,000 years in the past. Normally, the best way to travel round India would be by car or using ground public transport, that being if you have a lot of time, at least a year. As we all don’t have that much time, maybe the best option is to plan a trip to few cities, and use air transport, saving time, and surprisingly money. The option to travel by air we researched was by spicejet flight booking.
If you are traveling on budget, and expecting a comfortable and fast boarding and an array of destinations, this is a nice choice. When booking use the usual tactics, choose your departure city, choose your destination, find the best price, and voilà.
You can check in online, 48 hours prior to boarding, print it and you’re set to go. Don’t worry; you don’t have to think of snacks and sandwiches during your flight, you can pre-order a hot meal, from a variety of menus, vegan, vegetarian or regular. Baggage policy is same as everywhere, free carry-on bag, and a checked baggage up to 20 kg, for a nominal fee of course. And you don’t have to bother waiting in front of the gate, there are lounges on all the main airports. What differs from many other companies is the free privilege to choose your seat when using the “SpiceFlex” class, and with it you can make free changes to your booking as well. Other fine options are also complementary water, sale of alcoholic beverages, and many other options to make your flight as pleasant as one can be. Still, bear in mind that it is a low-budget company, so leg room is approximately as the price you will pay, so if you are as tall as I am, better choose a large space seat, pay it, it’s worth it.
Now you are set to go, you got the means, and now you need to see WHERE TO GO! This question has no simple answer; as a matter of fact it has tons of answers. Think of India as a small planet, with all the seasons happening at once on different locations, and it is impossible to see all of India in one trip, even if you spend a year trying, believe it, impossible. So, here are few trip hints to make you decide easier:
– Classic – Try the most popular India tour called the Golden Triangle, featuring a visit to Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, visiting Humayun’s Tomb and the Red Fort in Delhi, then heading to Agra and visiting the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri, and finish with Jaipur and the Pink City and the fort at Amber.
– Beaches – the south of India has many of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and if this is what you are after, you won’t be sorry. Of course you have to visit Goa beach, than the Mumbai’s Girgaum Chowpatty beach where you’ll try bhelpuri (puffed rice, noodles, green mango and a tangy sauce), than the black sand beaches of Kovalam and Varkala in Kerala. Normally you would want to miss the beautiful Dal Lake in Srinagar in Kashmir, rent a water cabin and enjoy the wonderful mountains hiding in the morning mist.
– Spiritual – if you are on a spiritual journey, or you just like visiting temples, in India you find plenty, there is a temple almost everywhere, in every town, village or habitat. But, the most glorious temples are settled in north and central India. Visit the Golden Temple in Amritsar, the edifices of Khajuraho, the Sun Temple in Konark, then go south and visit the gopuram towers covered with statues, and the uniquely decorated temple caves at Ajanta and Ellora. With this few suggestions bear in mind that we have only scratched the surface, the choices are many, much many more!
– Hinging and trekking – not much need to be said when it comes to this subject, after all, we are taking of the mother country of the Himalayas. If you are up to this, then visiting some hiking club would be a better idea, because you can choose from high mountain tops, to water rafting, skiing and many more. The destinations range from the Kullu Valley to the high reaches of Himachal Pradesh and Uttar hand. Do this ideally in September or October, after the monsoon.
– Wildlife enthusiasts – again, a horde of choices, just find what you want to see most. There are national reserves all over India, wild elephants in Wayanad and Kerala, tigers in Madhya Pradesh, lions in Sasan Gir and rhinos in Assam. Still just scratching the surface, the option to travel and see wildlife is huge!
Just find your trigger, book in time, have nice flight, and enjoy India!