Many people believe that escorted tours in India are one of the best ways to experience all that the country has to offer, as the guide will have spent a lot of time there and will know where to go. If you are planning on travelling through northern India, here are the top 5 attractions that your tour should visit.
- The Taj Mahal
This would have to be India’s most recognisable tourist destination and is actually listed as a world heritage site. It is found in Agra and was built by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, in memory of his third wife. Many people like to arrive early to see the sun rise over the palace.
- The Abandoned City of Fatehpur Sikri
The city of Fatehpur Sikri was built in 1571 and used as emperor Akbar’s imperial capital until it was mysteriously abandoned in 1586. The city has actually been preserved astonishingly well and tours often take you through its meandering palaces and courtyards.
- The Ranthambore National Park
This is actually one of the largest national parks in northern India – it covers 275 square kilometres. It is one of the best places in the world to see tigers in their natural habitat and is home to 270 different species of bird. Safaris run daily for you to see these creatures up close.
- The Red Fort
This structure is found in Agra and was rebuilt in 1573 by emperor Akbar using red sandstone (hence its name). It once served as the headquarters of the Mogul Empire and contained the largest state treasury and mint. Now, the large fort is a beautiful place to spend the day.
Delhi has some of best heritage monuments to see – the world heritage sites of Qutub Minar, Humayun’s tomb and Red Fort should not be missed, while in Delhi. A walk or a drive through the British Lutyen’s Delhi – will take you to a different era that existed here a century back.
If you are interested in taking an escorted tour in India, you should make sure that it covers some of the more impressive attractions that the country has to offer. This is why, if you are travelling to the northern regions, you should try to visit each of the attractions outlined above.