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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
I used Bombay as my base and place to stay when I visited India. It's an enormous and chaotic city, with a population of around 23 million. Bombay is something of a shock at first, but it's enjoyable getting to know it.
The Malabar Coast stretches along the Laccadive Sea to the south west of India, running from Goa to Cape Comorin.
At the centre of Arunachal Pradesh, in the tribal States of the North-East, Daporijo, although often described as a dirty, uninteresting small town, is still worth a visit during yourtrip to India.
To the south of Gujarat, this former Portuguese island is a favourite with backpackers, thanks to its laid back atmosphere.
Elephanta Island is off the coast of Mumbai and is one of the best day's out during a holiday in the city.
Halebidu lies just 16 kilometers from Belur and 45 minutes from Hassan and contains three interesting temples to visit – two constructed at the time of the Hoysalas dynasty – as well as a group of Jain buildings and a lake that provides a source of life for the local inhabitants.
One of the oldest cities in India, located in the State of Tamil Nadu, in the southern part of the country.
Kargil is a stop-over town midway between Srinagar in Kashmir and Leh in Ladakh. It's an obligatory stop-off point for a bite to eat or to spend the night, but above all, the surrounding landscapes are fabulous.
Lying in the far south of India, and though less well known than Rajasthan, the region of Kerala is actually one of the most beautiful in the whole country.
At 3350 m above sea level, Keylong is a major stop between Manali and Leh, and allows for a stopover on the tiring journey between the two cities.
The village of Kibber is located in the extreme east of Himachal Pradesh and sits deep within the mountainous and arid valley of Spiti.
At 56km from Alleppey, Kochi is a collection of three isles. Despite a dirty, industrial port, it also has an amazing part that includes the famous Fort Kochi.
A peaceful haven, nestled in the Tamil mountains, Kodaikanal is the perfect place to go hiking or to take a relaxing break.
Located east of Manali, the beautiful Lake Chandra Tal is a good trek arrival or departure point.
Lake Tso Moriri is located in the Indus Valley, to the south east of Leh at the border with Tibet. Its turquoise colour draws in travellers.
At 58km from Madras, sits the village of Mahabalipuram, also known as Mamallapuram. Situated on the shores of the Indian Ocean, it breathes peace and tranquility.
Manali is a little oasis, loved by backpackers. During your trip to India, you'll find that, after having landed in New Dehli, going there will be a breath of fresh air...
A city steeped in spirituality in the state of Himachal Pradesh, at the gateway to the Kullu Valley.
Mandvi, on the Gujarat coast in northwest India, is famous for its shipyard.
Marari is an idyllic beach in Kerala, to the southwest of India. Well off the tourist trail, it's the perfect place to recharge your batteries in a seaside setting.
"Little Lhasa", residence of the Dalai Lama and Tibetans in exile, attracts large numbers of visitors, as much for its wonderful Himalayan scenery as for the Tibetan community who have found refuge here.
A little hill station in Rajasthan, Mount Abu is right in the middle of stunning nature. There are plenty of hikes where you'll encounter wildlife or discover some amazing hidden temples.
In a mountainous region 165km from Madurai and perched at an altitude of 1,600m, Munnar sits in stunning countryside surrounded by tea plantations.
A town in Madhya Pradesh, known for its 16th Century palaces.
Pemayangtse Gompa is a superb monastery a stone's throw from Pelling, in Sikkim.
Pin Valley is a national park located in the Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh.
A 160 km de Chennai, Pondicherry is a former French trading post from the colonial era. It's almost a haven of tranquility. Something that is so rare in India.
Beautiful temples and a beach worth lazing on... Puri is certainly a seductive place!
Tanjore, located on the south bank of the Kaveri River, is also known as "The rice bowl" of Tamil Nadu and contains the Brihadeeswara Temple, which is inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage.
Alleppey is a coastal city approximately fifty kilometers south of Cochin. It serves, in particular, as the ideal departure point for exploring the backwaters of Kerala.