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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
The Buddhist site of Sarnath is a popular excursion from Varanasi. It's there where Buddha came to preach after his enlightenment.
The capital of Himachal Pradesh and a ski resort, at 2000 meters above sea level in the Himalayas.
Like Jorhat, Sivasagar is a border-crossing town with Assam, located near to the Brahmaputra River. We pass it to go to Nagaland from Majuli or from Kaziranga.
South of the state of western Bengal, the region of Sundarbans is made up of canals with a large biodiversity. It takes its name from a plant present in the mangrove forest.
Bangalore is the high tech city.
The fortified city of Bikaner stands in the north of Rajasthan. Tourists know it for its fort and the inhabitants of the Thar Desert know it as the place that hosts the camel festival at the beginning of January.
Capital of Bihar State, one of the highest populated, yet poorest parts of India.
The capital of Kerala, located on the coast in southern India.
The main reason to come to Wayanad, up in the Kerala hills, is to visit Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, where the chances of spotting wild elephants are actually quite slim.
Lying 160 km from Pondicherry, Chennai, aka Madras, is the main city of the Tamil Nadu region.
Gorakhpur is a town in Uttar Pradesh and sits on the banks of River Rapti, a tributary of the Ganges.
Hassan is an ideal base camp to visit Halebidu, Belur and Shravanabelgola.
City located deep in India, in the state of Mahrashstra
Jorhat is a transit town in Assam beside the Brahmaputra River. People go through there to reach Majuli in particular.
Pasighat is the main town in the east of Arunachal Pradesh. The only two areas where tourists can freely circulate are the Tuting Valley and the Namdapha National Park.
The second largest city in Maharashtra, Pune is a significant industrial center to the country.
To reach Bodhgaya, the birthplace of Buddhism, during your trip to India, you'll probably need to pass through Gaya, which is a three-hour bus ride from Patna, the capital of Bihar.
Hospet is the long-distance bus terminus for people wishing to visit the Hampi temples.
Siliguri is the town that links Sikkim and India's 'Chicken Neck' to the rest of the country, via a 21km corridor. It's a changeover town for buses, trains and Jeeps that leave for numerous destinations.
19 km from Orchha, the city of Jhansi is an unavoidable junction in the Ganges Valley.