India, located in south-central Asia, is the second most populous country in the world, just behind China.
India holds great allure for tourists, for a variety of reasons. The culture, history, religious history, and other factors mean there are a plethora of sights to see, places to visit, and things to learn and experience.
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From the famous Taj Mahal in Agra, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World, to the national parks and wildlife sanctuaries spread throughout the country, to the religious and historical sites like the Lotus Temple, the Gommateshwara and Bahubali statues, the temples and mandirs, there’s something for every tourist to enjoy.
At the same time, the geography of the country is quite varied, once again meaning that there’s a huge range of climates and associated activities to enjoy.
For a start, India is surrounded by water on its southeast, south, and southwest sides, making up over 4700 miles (7500 kilometres) of coastline, approximately evenly split between beautiful sandy beaches and important wetlands/mud flats teeming with plant and animal life.
Inland, there are many waterways, fed by mountain sources, and at the same time, notable deserts as well.
Forestlands and plains intermix with hills and valleys, moving towards the hilly mountainous landscapes near the Himalayas in the northeast, and other impressive mountainous regions along the north and eastern portions of the country.
As with many other Asian countries, the diversity of climate and geography means there are nearly unlimited outdoor adventures for active travellers.
Of course, hiking and walking, especially in the cultural and historical sites, as well as the many nature reserves and national parks, are popular.
Camping is popular, too.
Cycling in many areas is also a great way to get around and see the sights.
Camel-back travel in desert areas is definitely worth trying.
You can even take a safari on an elephant!
If water is more your thing, well relax, India has you covered. From swimming and sailing along the coastal beaches, to boat adventures in the inland waterways, such as the famed Ganges River, there are more than enough water-based activities to keep any traveller happy.
And on the opposite extreme, some of the world’s best mountain climbing, skiing, and winter sports activities can be enjoyed in one of the many mountainous regions of India.
True adrenaline junkies can have their fill here, too. Skydiving? Check. Cave exploration? Definitely. Scuba, kite surfing, white water rafting, bungee jumping, paragliding, hot air ballooning, surfing, and even walking on the ocean floor are all possible on a Designer Active Holiday trip to India.
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