India

Incredible India

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Capital: New Delhi
Largest city: Mumbai
Population: 1,210,193,422 (2011 census)
Time zone: IST (UTC+05:30
Currency: Indian rupee (INR)

India

About India

India is a huge country and to describe it in a short sentence is nearly impossible. But it’s incredible! We have visited four of the many states that India is divided into. Rajasthan, Goa, Karnataka and New Delhi. Altogether, our trip to these states took 5 months, and we could easily spend more time there. So India is not a 2-weeks holiday if you really want to experience this place.

Highlights:

  • Jaiselmer Jaisalmer Fort. Built in 1156 AD by Bhati Rajput ruler Rao Jaisal. It one of the largest forts in the world and It is situated in Jaisalmer city. » Video
  • Agra Taj Mahal is a white marble mausoleum. Built for the Queen in memorial by her husband Shah Jahan. » Video
  • Hampi Located in the northern Karnataka state. Former capital of the Vijayanagara Empire. Most beautiful place I have ever visited (Leonardo Mahzouni)

Goa:

Sandy beaches, local markets and a lot of hippies, musicians and artist. There are also a LOT of sellers on the beach trying to sell you anything that they can carry. Don’t be afraid when a cow comes along and eats all of your snacks while tanning/sleeping/taking a swim, it’s quite common. 

In the northern parts of Goa, like Arambol beach and Ashvem beach you’ll find most of the arty people the vibe is very shanti shanti. If you travel 20 minute south and get to Anjuna and Vagator beach you will find the hippies.

In Anjuna you can find Anjuna Market, one of the oldest markets started by hippies. It’s held every Wednesday and you can stroll down the market finding everything from tea, spices and designed clothes from the local hippies. A lot of jewelry aswell.

But be careful, all silver is not pure silver. And a lot of people try very hard to rip you of, so be sure to check the market before purchasing anything.

If you want a more commercial India, you can go 30 minutes south from Anjuna to Baga beach and Calangute and there you can find most things like home. Almost like the western standard we’re used to with McDonald’s, Subway and clubs for night clubbing.

In the southern parts of Goa you’ll find calm beaches like Palolem, where  the vibe is more relaxed. No sellers and no cows on the beach. Restaurants and bars have to stop playing music after 10pm, so there’s not much to do unless it’s Monday, Wednesday or Saturday. These nights are for Silent Parties (headphone parties). Pay 500 rubies (approximately) for entrance and you are good to go.

Karnataka Hampi

The most incredible place ever visited!!  Hampi is a village located in the northern Karnataka state.

Take a sleeper bus from Panjim (Goa) to Hampi. This will take you approximately 12 hours, and a tip is gone by night. There’s no air-conditioned and you might see the sunrise when you reach Hampi in the morning.

If you want live amongst  locals, then stay in the small village or if you want to stay amongst backpackers, take the small (really small) boat to the other side of the river.

In the village there are a lot of temples and on the other side you’ll fin the most amazing landscape. It looks like giants have placed rocks with such precision and you are so amazed of how the rocks are placed on top of each other. Stunning!!

A tip is:

If you are short of time you could rent a bicycle but we strongly recommend using your own to feet, to see the beauty in this place.

Don’t ever rent a motorcycle, this will ruin it all for you. Don’t be afraid of asking a local, the will guide you to the right place.

New Delhi

We didn’t see much of this place since we only had two days here. The place was so polluted and we got “Dehlibelly” (food poisoning)

Rajasthan

This place is big. It offers everything from big deserts to national parks. Rajasthan share borders with Pakistan so the west is heavily guarded by the military.

Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan and the largest city in the state. The vibe is chaotic with its modern feel.

There is a big bazaar and you can also get a cultural glimpse of the city by visiting the Place of the Wind (Hawa Mahal) with its beautiful pink sandstone structure.


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