✅ Retrace the footsteps of the Maharaja, among the colorful cities of Rajasthan
The Rajasthan is India magic we all dream of. It represents a bit ‘the realization of the collective imagination: Maharaja, elephants, camels, palaces, peacocks … and then Blue City, Red City, Golden City . These are the nicknames of places like Jodhpur, Jaipur and Jaisalmer that are part of the classic route for those who decide to make an unforgettable trip to Rajasthan. Blue because the houses of Jodhpur are painted blue, a substance that serves to keep insects away. Red for the dominant color of the palaces of Jaipur. Golden for the shade that Jaisalmer’s buildings take at sunset.
✅ Fall in love with the Taj Mahal
Do you know what the origin of the Taj Mahal is , one of the most important monuments in the world? First of all it was wanted and built by SHAH JAHAN , emperor from 1628 to 1658, belonging to the Islamic lineage of the Mughals and descendant of the Mongol tribes led by Attila and Genghis Khan. To give birth to the Taj Mahal, it is the great love that a man had for his woman. Emperor Shah Jahan built this unrivaled masterpiece as a mausoleum for his wife, Mumtaz Mahal (from which the building takes its name), who died after giving birth to a child, while following her husband in a military campaign in southern India. Six months after the queen’s death, her body was brought to Agra and was temporarily placed in a crypt near the site destined for the construction of the final tomb which, in the intent of Shah Jahan, was to be the most singular monument ever built for a woman … and she is still!
✅ Admire the Indians as they descend the ghats and bathe in the Ganges in Varanasi
Every morning in Varanasi at dawn, thousands of Hindu devotees make their way down the ghats, the steps that lead directly to the river, to immerse themselves in the sacred waters of the Ganges. With the water up to life the faithful turn to the sun, murmuring the prayers and performing a complex series of Hindu rituals. Even if each member of the faithful performs the rituals provided for by their own caste, all indiscriminately offer their tribute to the Ganges or “Great Mother”, considered a living deity thanks to which it is possible to reach the world of the ancestors, the Pitriloka. The bathroom is an integral part of the cult. Hindus take the water of the river with their hands and drip it through their fingers to make it reunite with the Great Mother.
✅ Sleeping in a houseboat, crossing the backwaters of Kerala
If you are in Kerala , you cannot but spend two days, by night on a boat, wandering the backwater , a network of lakes and brackish lagoons located parallel to the Indian Ocean in the state of Kerala. It is an unforgettable experience, among palm trees, flowers and fruit along the canals, enchanting views and characteristic villages. During the navigation you can see beautiful houses surrounded by many tropical flowers and the life of peasant people, fishermen, transporters of goods and boats overflowing with bags of rice. Finally, wait for the sunset while relaxing on board while enjoying the meals , a typical dish of Kerala, made with white rice and various sauces, from softer to spicy, served on a banana leaf.
✅ Get lost in the Chandni Chowk market in the heart of old Dehli
It is one of the oldest and most important markets in India and what appeals to everyone who visits this place is its ability to bring back in that past time now replaced too often by the stores of large retailers. Chandni Chowk is a maze of narrow and crowded streets with shops and stalls selling everything from books to clothing, from shoes to electronic products, from gold to silver, from leather to jewelry, from tapestries to antiques, to wedding dresses … and even animals like sheep, goats, chickens … but it is the sight, which also falls on the colorful pyramids of spices of all kinds and on the fluttering silks, the one that exalts us travelers.
✅ Admire the perfect conservation of Fathepur Sikri
Because of its excellent conservation, this city fully returns the vision of the Moghul lifestyle at the height of their power. The city was designed according to Persian principles, but built and decorated according to Indian models that develop eclectic and elegant motifs. There are no large avenues or buildings that serve as a landmark in Fatehpur Sikri ; it is a continuous change of environments and visions, court after court, with a few buildings isolated in a network of buildings, open spaces and wonderful views.
✅ Live the contrasts of Mumbai, a visionary city of India
Mumbai , a city with deep contrasts where shining skyscrapers and dilapidated buildings, luxury and poverty coexist. Mumbai, India’s locomotive city, which proposes an international lifestyle intimately linked to matrices and respect for Indian culture, overcoming the dangerous limit of homologation. But Mumbai is also the mecca of Indian cinema, Bollywood , cricket during the weekends, bhelpuri, snacks on the beach of Chowpatty and square meters among the most expensive in the world along the skyscrapers of Marina Drive where there are beautiful buildings art deco.
✅ Pilgrimage to the Hindu temple of Meenakashi in Madurai
The Meenakashi-Sundareswarar Temple , located in the heart of the city of Madurai in India, is the hub of the cultural and religious life of the Indian people. The Temple is dedicated to the goddess Meenakshi , wife of Shiva and was built during the Nayak domain, a period in which art and architecture lived a period of great splendor. Thanks to its grandiose gopuram, a pyramidal mass thrown towards the sky where monstrous deities are intertwined and colored with red, silver and gold, the temple is visible from a long distance. Even today, tourists visiting the temple can attend the symbolic ceremony of sexual union. Every evening at the sound of trumpets and drums, the image of Shiva, carried on a silver palanquin by several men, advances among the faithful, is washed, perfumed, incensed and then taken to Parvati’s room. For Hindus it is a sacred rite since the body is considered the temple of the spirit.
✅ Participate in the Camel Fair in Pushkar
The Pushkar Camel Fair is one of the most important, ancient and suggestive events held in India every year, usually between the end of October and the beginning of November. It represents an evocative mixture between a real trade fair and a religious sight. During the days of the fair, Pushkar is reached by thousands of faithful from all over India to pay tribute to Brahmawhose only temple is right in Pushkar on the sacred Ghat. At the same time, hundreds of merchants of camels, horses and cows are gathered in the valley at the edge of the city for the annual sale. The most authentic essence of the event is represented by the simplicity of the people they meet, in an atmosphere that time. Those present are mostly traditional folk dance perform dressed in cultural clothes and after an apparent initial diffidence towards foreigners they show a great welcome and cordiality.
✅ Enchant you to look at the Haveli of Mandawa, the painted city
Thanks to the presence of numerous and enchanting havelis, Mandawa has been called “the painted city” of Rajasthan , a true outdoor art gallery. The haveli are the marvelous residences that witnessed the wealth of Indian traders of a bygone era. Rajasthan is famous for its rich culture and heritage of India through Maharajas Express train. The main peculiarity of the Haveli is precisely the painted walls with unique and completely handmade representations.