India

Things to do in India

No visit to India would be complete without first going to the Taj Mahal. This beautiful, white domed mausoleum is known as the "crown of palaces" and took 21 years to complete. You can't help but be awestruck when entering this gorgeous edifice. Delhi is nearby the Taj Mahal and has many historic ruins that travelers will want to checkout.

When planning your India travel during the winter months, make a trip to Gangtok when the Khecheopalri Lake is frozen. It is absolutely stunning, with the trees blanketed in thick white snow and the lights shining off the lake. The lake and surrounding land is considered sacred and wish-fulfilling.

Varanasi is another must-see location. It is considered the holy city and people come there to receive water from the Ganges River. Bombay is another city that has a lot of exciting attractions that you won’t want to miss. It is a modern city that is known for business and many business travelers land up there.

For a primer on antique Indian ornaments, arrange an appointment with jeweler Vinay Gupta, whose family has been dealing Raj-worthy gems since the 18th century.

One of the world's greatest urban parks, the treetops are aflutter with birds: black drongos, Indian tree pies, mynahs, red-vented bulbuls.

The gallery represents luminary painter Atul Dodiya.

Stop in for beautiful crepe tops, silk dresses, and pearl jewelry.

Unbeatable access to experiences around the globe—learning firsthand about a family-run organic coffee plantation in the Galápagos; dining in a private home in Delhi—are woven into every walking-based excursion, from Ireland to Bhutan.

One of India's most celebrated brands offers Rajasthani block-printed linens and clothing in tasteful florals and paisleys at ridiculously low prices.

Best for: Tigers, spotted deer, wild boar, jackals, painted storks (300 bird species overall), plus impressive ruins, forts, and temples

 

A bookshop filled with travel guides, maps, and limited-edition photographic essays.

Check out the innumerable starfish that wash up on this 550-yard beach.

A. A. Wazir and his sons have been collecting embroidery and textiles that are true to their shop’s name for more than 25 years.

A heritage-house museum with a lovely restaurant.

Owner Sangita Sinh Kathiwada carries more than 20 mostly eco-friendly brands, including classic kurtas, tunics, and caftans with a modern spin.

This India-based women's collective sells silk scarves embroidered in the centuries-old chikankari style, as well as handbags and kurtas.