This exotic and colourful country, with its delicious spice-filled delicacies, magnificent landscapes, and ancient traditions - is a must see for any tourist or traveller.
India is also one of the most diverse countries in the world. So while you know you want to visit and begin to unravel its mysteries, you still have one crucial decision to make - should you go to the north or the south? Here are some of the highlights of both, to help you decide.
The north is home to the country's capital, New Delhi. Fly into the capital and you are perfectly situated to follow the popular Golden Triangle tourist circuit. This takes you down to Agra and across to Jaipur – the three, as you might expect, form a triangle.
You can’t go to India without visiting the iconic Taj Mahal. It is one of the best-known and arguably most beautiful buildings in the world, situated right here in Agra.
From here, you are just a short distance from the icy-peaks of the Himalayas, home to many of the Earth’s highest mountain peaks. There are a variety of ways to explore this mountain range, with trekking being the most popular. It is also one of the few destinations in the world where you can go heli-skiing.
If you find yourself visiting this country in March, then the north is ideal to experience the Holi festival, which blends traditional and modern celebrations with plenty of colour thrown in.
The temperatures tend to be cooler in the north and it’s the busier region of the two. It is slightly cheaper than the South, and has lots of Chinese influenced street food.
Compared to the hustle and bustle of the north, the south is much calmer and far more relaxed.
The climate is more tropical, but while it is warmer and humid, this is interspersed with heavy rain. Typically the south will receive more rain during monsoon season, which lasts from July to September.
The south is far more urbanised, and the pace of life is incredibly laid back. Alongside this, the palm-lined, golden beaches are the perfect place to enjoy the weather. It is the region of choice, and therefore slightly more expensive, particularly in Goa and Kerala. The Indian food here is packed with chillies, spices, coconut, and tamarind as well as seafood dishes along the coast.
So, which one will it be – north or south? It is a tough decision, but you won’t regret either one. Once you have decided, book a flight with flydubai and you can begin to explore this beautiful country.
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