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An update from Evaneos

Best places to visit in India

A trip to India guarantees a real change of scene and the presence of a big cultural shock in many senses. Smells, colours, heat and the crowds disturb perceptions and upset your emotions. India can leave you with unforgettable memories if you are well prepared.

The community of seasoned Evaneos travellers give you their advice. You'll discover their favourite stop-off points and especially a wealth of tips of the best way to behave because India is somewhat... disconcerting the first time round! There are as many trips in India as there are travellers so make the right choices. That said, nothing stops you from going back there again and again. It is said that the majority of travellers can no longer go without it!

A trip to northern India often starts with Delhi, the capital, and with the Taj Mahal in Agra. It's up to you to choose between the luxurious Mysore Palaces in the touristic region of Rajasthan, or immersing yourself in Hinduism around Varanasi, the cradle of this religion and the prettiest city in India, famous for its ghats on the Ganges River.

Not as exotic but more rich, the southern part of the country seduces for its backwaters in Kerala. It's also an opportunity to relax for a week on the mythical beaches of Goa's hippies.

In the summer months, you can get to the Buddhist region of Ladakh from Srinagar in Kashmir. That's where you'll find the best treks in the world in the mountains around Leh. For an off the beaten track trip, head t the North-East of the country, in the Ziro Valley and on the island of Majuli.

It's up to you to browse pages for inspiration and create a spiritual, historical, cultural, out of the ordinary trip... in your own way!

Julie Olagnol
Badami is a small town in the State of Karnataka, in the South of India. Known for its temples, it was the capital of the Chalukya dynasty.
Chamba is a small town nestling at the foot of the Himalayas mainly visited for its architecturally astonishing Hindu temples.
The largest lagoon in Asia, Lake Chilika and the many birds and dolphins that live there invite relaxation and serenity!
Located between Manali and Leh in the Lahaul region, the village of Darcha is best known as a starting point for treks.
Diskit is one of the main stop-off points of the Nubra Valley, North of Leh. The enormous, coloured Buddha looking over the Valley.
Gangotri is a holy place of Hindu pilgrimage sitting perched in the Himalayan foothills.
In the Nubra Valley, the cold desert of Hunder is one of nature's wonders just after Diskit, on the road to Turtuk.
Indus is a river with its mouth in the Himalayan region of Tibet. It crosses Ladakh and Kashmir, from east to west, before joining Pakistan. During your trip to India, you'll hear people talk about the Indus Valley.
The Kaziranga National Park is a must-see in Assam. It's the only reserve in the world where you can observe one-horned rhinoceroses on elephants' back, if you wish!
400 km from Agra, Khajuraho is an absolutely unique archaeological site. Lost in the countryside, the village contains erotic sculptures famous all over India.
Khardung La is the Pass at 5602 metres that you travel through to enter the Nubra valley, to the north of Leh.
Konark is a small town in Odisha State (once called Orissa) and is home to the famous Sun Temple.
The small village of Lamayuru is perched in the Ladakh mountains. It's the starting point for treks in the Zanskar and must-see stop-off point on the route between Srinagar and Leh.
Leh is the capital of Ladakh. We toured the area around it, and God knows there's a lot to do there. The place is a hiker's and trekker's dream.
The river island of Majuli is located on the Brahmaputra River, the river of Assam, a State of north-eastern India.
Deep in the Parvati Valley lies Manikaran, a sacred site for both Hindus and Sikhs and, with its hot springs and the spectacular mountains all around it, an enchanting place for visitors!
If you do the Markha Valley Trek when visiting India, you'll spend the fourth and final night at the Nimaling camp , at the foot of the Kongmaru La pass.
Palitana, a holy city famous for its sacred mountain and its Jain temples, mainly frequented by pilgrims.
Raghurajpur is a small village in the state of Odisha famous for the quality of the work produced by its local artists, who specialize in creating Pattachitra scroll paintings and Gotipua and Odissi dances.
Rishikesh is a small village on the banks of the Ganges in the foothills of the Himalayas.
Rumtse is a tiny village located at kilometre 394 on the road between Manali and Leh.
The Sangla Valley is located in the extreme south of the state of Himachal Pradesh, in the Himalayas.
Shantiniketan is a cultural and artistic hub in West Bengal. Welcome to the world of Tagore, the famous Indian literary figure!
Sonamarg Glacier is the first stop on the road between Srinagar, Kashmir and Leh in Ladakh.
The summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir State, built on the banks of Lake Dal.
The Tawang Valley, on the border with Tibet, is one of the essential places to visit in Arunachal Pradesh, Northeast India's most northerly state.
Thikse is an impressive monastry near to Leh in the Ladakh region. Its special feature is its giant Buddha.
At 400km from Jaipur, Udaipur, the 'White City', is undoubtedly the most beautiful of Rajasthan's towns and one of the most admired in India.
Yangthang is one of the most charming Ladakhi villages to the west of Leh. It is located on the road to the north of the principal route between Khalsi and Leh.
In Zanskar you can do the most physical treks which are also the most interesting of Ladakh.