When you think India you think crazy and chaotic, maybe smelly or people living in squalor. Most of all, however, you probably think complex.
Visiting India isn’t for the faint of heart. The cities in this majestic country can be a wave of confusion for first time visitors. The internal structures will seem extremely foreign and the streets non-navigable.
It is important to do your research and learn key aspects of the country before arrival to not only help you to navigate around safely and effectively but also to respect the local people and culture.
There are some places in India that are not to be missed and that tailor a bit more to first time visitors than other areas.
The Golden Circle of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur are perfect starting points for first time visitors to India.
Chock full of history and culture, plan a stop in this city with bustling streets and majestic relics of lost empires. While in Delhi, visit the Red Fort, infamously known for its red sandstone walls. Visit the Red Fort any day but Monday for the sound and light show within its walls.
Also, in Delhi, first time travellers shouldn’t miss Humayun’s Tomb. Both the gardens surrounding the tomb and the tomb itself are not to be missed on a trip to Delhi. This mausoleum has been beautifully restored and is a great example of Islamic geometry.
Finally, don’t miss out on Delhi’s famous bazaars. Here is where you should get all of your shopping done. The avenues are winding, and the trinkets are vast so shop wisely and keep your wits about you!
Agra is home to the Taj Mahal. This is one tourist attraction that lives up to its hype. The Taj Mahal is every bit as majestic and wondrous as it is in stories and pictures. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to get a photo in front of the man made pond in front of the building.
Also in Agra is the Agra Fort. Red-sandstone adorns the walls of this fort, giving it a majestic and unique character. This Mughal fort is a great place to explore, from winding paths to tiny staircases, see what you can find.
The City Palace of Jaipur is a perfect stop for a first timer’s visit to India. The Palace holds a maize of gardens, courtyards, colors and buildings to explore. The entire structure is a blend of two styles of architecture famous in India, Rajasthani and Mughal.