There is no better place than Udaipur to witness the splendor of India. It is the most beautiful town in India, too! Who could resist the appeal of its beautiful old mansions, beautiful gardens, elaborate temples and fantastic palaces with a view of the vast lakes. A splendid combination of the Rajput military architecture and the decorative techniques of the Moughal style lends a city palace along the east coast of Pihola lake. In a part of it, the Mewar royal family still lives! This is what Udaipur can see and do. Try to fit into some of these Udaipur side trips and day trips.
Jaisalmer, a fairy-tale sandstone town of Rajasthan, has a magnificent living castle, built in 1156. Indoors there are palaces, temples, some exquisite havelis and shops. Camel safaris in the forest are a big operation, but Jaisalmer has plenty more to do. Tourists are encouraged to stay out of the fort and shield the fort from harm from flooding. Choose from the hotels with strong views in Jaisalmer. And, live at one of these desert tent and desert camp hotels in Jaisalmer.
Haridwar and Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
Haridwar and Rishikesh are sacred places on the foothills of the Himalayas not far from each other. Nonetheless, they are vastly different! While Haridwar is the main attraction of Hindu pilgrims, Rishikesh is recognized by the Western spiritual seeker as the birthplaces of yoga. See both, including the Ganga Aarti, in every location if you have room. Figure out what one would do instead. Take a look at how these top Rishikesh ashrams will bring if you’re thinking of doing yoga in Rishikesh.
Old Manali, Himachal Pradesh
Manali is here— and New Manali is here. The village of Old Manali is a world away from the crowds, a little uphill from Manali city. The house is surrounded with apple orchards and snow-covered hills, typical residences and picturesque guest houses. Old Manali is one of India’s top destinations for backpacking in the pure mountain air. Enjoy. Many cheap places to stay in Old Manali, including many great new backpacker hostels, are to be selected. Plan your trip there with this Manali guide or read more about Manali and its locations.
Since its opening to foreigners in 1974, Remote Ladakh has become an increasingly popular tourist destination. Leh, the region’s most famous entry, is bordered by two of the world’s highest cliffs and is encircled by the alpine desert. Buddhist monasteries and chances for trekking are the main attractions for tourists. The Nubra Valley is a perfect side trip from Leh. Pangong Lake is also the main tourist attraction. For budget tourists, there are many homestays in Leh. Read more about Ladakh’s best time.
Spiti, Himachal Pradesh
Was Ladakh too busy and overloaded with tourists? Spiti, though already’ discovered,’ is a close but slower alternative. Only a long drive from Manali or Shimla in Himachal Pradesh will enter this remote high altitude alpine desert region. Happily, the utter inaccessibility keeps other people away. Check out these stunning pictures of the Spiti Valley with this Spiti guide to plan your trip there.