Explore Agra, India

What to do in India

Fairs and festivals

Goa Fair (carnival) – February heralds the carnival at Goa. For three days and nights the streets come alive with color. Held in mid-February the weeklong event is a time for lively processions, floats, the strumming of guitars, graceful dances and of non-stop festivity. One of the more famous of the Indian Carnivals the Goa Festival is a complete sell out in terms of tourism capacities.

Surajkund Mela – (1-15 Febuary).  As spring glides in, full of warmth and vibrancy leaving the gray winter behind, Surajkund adorns itself with colorful traditional crafts of India. Craftsmen from all over the country assemble at Surajkund during the first fortnight of February to participate in the annual celebration known as the Surajkund Crafts Mela.

Holi-The Spring Festival of India, Holi – is a festival of colors. Celebrated in March or April according to the Hindu calendar, it was meant to welcome the spring and win the blessings of Gods for good harvests and fertility of the land. As with all the Hindu festivals, there are many interesting legends attached to Holi, the most popular being that of Prince Prahlad, who was a devout follower of Lord Vishnu. It is the second most important festival of India after Diwali. Holi in India is a festival of fun and frolic and has been associated with the immortal love of Krishna and Radha. The exuberance and the festivity of the season are remarkable.

Diwali – “Diwali”, the festival of lights, illuminates the darkness of the New Year’s moon, and strengthens our close friendships and knowledge, with a self-realization. Diwali is celebrated on a nation-wide scale on Amavasya – the 15th day of the dark fortnight of the Hindu month of Ashwin, (Oct/Nov) every year. It symbolizes that age-old culture of India which teaches to vanquish ignorance that subdues humanity and to drive away darkness that engulfs the light of knowledge. Diwali, the festival of lights even to-day in this modern world projects the rich and glorious past of India.

Pushkar Mela – Every November, the sleepy little township of Pushkar in Rajasthan, India comes alive with a riot of colors & a frenzied burst of activity during the Pushkar Fair. Very few, if at all any, fairs in the world can match the liveliness of Pushkar. Most people associate the Pushkar Fair with the world’s largest camel fair. But it is much more than that.

National parks

Depending on the area and terrain National Parks provide ample opportunities to the visitors to have a close encounters with the wilds. Indian National Parks have great variety and range of attractions and activities including the observation of their flora, avifauna, and aquafauna, or witnessing various wild creatures in their natural surroundings from on foot or a viewpoint riding upon an elephant or from inside a jeep.

  • Bandhavgarh National Park- located in Umaria District, Madhya Pradesh.
  • Kanha National Park- located in Kanha, Madhya Pradesh
  • Sundarbans National Park- Located in South 24 Parganas, West bengal, India
  • Ranthambore National Park-located near Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan.
  • Kaziranga National Park- located in Golaghat, Assam.
  • Kanha National Park-located in Mandla District, Madhya Pradesh
  • Anshi National Park,near Dandeli, Karnataka state.
  • Eravikulam National Park- located in Munnar, Kerala
  • Bandipur National Park, Nagarhole National Park near Mysuru in Karnataka state of India (Bharat).

Tours & Activities

India is an amazing land to be explored and discovered. India offers a different aspect of her personality – exotic, extravagant, elegant and eclectic – to each traveller of the country. There are six regions or zones according to tourism point of view: 1) North, 2) South, 3) East, 4) West, 5) Central and 6) North East. While North and North-East boast of splendid palaces, forts and mighty Himalayas; South and West have beaches, bustling towns, backwaters and architectural marvels; East is famous for religious ties: One finds ancient roots of both Hinduism and Buddhism here.

If you plan on taking on Indian tourist places, do note that India is a huge land and has all kinds of people living here- friendly as well as non-friendly ones, so be street-smart wherever you are and enjoy an amazing trip. Indian government has become more tourist friendly, however tourists do find themselves paying a lot more than usual due to differential pricing of travel agents throughout the country. It is advisable to consult Government Tourist Information Centers located at Railway Stations or Airports. Do not get in the hands of touts and cheats who post Government Approved Agent signs all over their shops. There are many online travel sites to help you plan your trip in a systematic and organized way. Like for booking Train Tickets you can visit http://www.irctc.co.in (This is a government website to sell train tickets); for Bus Bookings you can visit different state road transport websites like Himachal Road Transport (http://hrtc.gov.in//) and also all states have their own tourism websites that can help tourists.