The best places in my trip in the India
Trip in the India: India is a country that is not indifferent and that can hardly be described in words. Not even in pictures. It is necessary to travel through it, live it and feel it in the first person to get an idea. It is a country that changes people. It is not a topic, it is true. I think that it affects travelers by the poverty that can get to see it, the dignified and positive way that Indians face it and religiosity present in every second passed there.
Trip in the India
If you really want to travel by the India must have a certain predisposition to the adventure since, as you imaginaréis you, public transport are not very comfortable or very well organized but yes, to reach almost everywhere. My only advice is that you go so long as you can because the country is huge, slow transport and especially because the body and the head need some time to adapt to the India. In my case I think I began to adapt to the country past 2-3 weeks of being there. I was 4 months and went from South to North, traveling mainly by bus and train. In the States of North, Ladakh and cashmere, I also travelled by hitchhiking. In the attached map you can see the route.
Trip in the India
Here are some of the sites that I liked in my passed by the world’s largest democracy:
The southern state of Kerala is the most famous of the India. It is on the West Coast, and in addition to km and km of tropical beaches, it is full of forests and animals. It is also culturally very interesting since here you will find Hindu temples, churches and mosques and to synagogues in a State that has them Communist (is full of Communist flags everywhere).
With permission of treatments and massages of medicine Ayurvedic and dances of Khatakali, the most famous experience of Kerala is the canoe ride through the Backwaters of Alappuzha or Kottayam. The Backwaters are rivers, lakes and canals surrounded by vegetation and in which many people live.
The small village of Hampi is the most popular destination in the State of Karnataka. The town was once the capital of the Vijayanagar Empire. Nowadays still many ruins which are a world heritage site by Unesco. The landscape of the area around Hampi is brutal, and the best way to know it is renting a bike and climbing some of the mountains. I recommend the Monkey Temple, but forget to bananas to the monkeys, I had to run away chased by a few. My friends still be split her ass.
The Foundation Vicente Ferrer (Anantapur)
As many of you know the Vicente Ferrer Foundation is an NGO that works in the State of Andra Pradesh of India. Specifically in the area surrounding the city of Anantapur, one of the areas most dry and poor around the country. This NGO was founded by catalan Vicenç Ferrer (nobel peace prize candidate) in 1969. It has more than 155,000 members in all Spain that support and finance sustainable development projects (agriculture, micro-finance, management of water, sanitation and education). It employs over 1800 people in several hospitals, schools and projects.
We visited the Foundation without knowing if they would let us be, and the experience was amazing. They gave us a room, food and an Indian guide who spoke Castilian and taught us several hospitals, schools and projects. We spent 3 of the best days of the trip. Impressive work they do in the India. If you want to visit the NGO, themselves organized travel.
Goa is probably more tourist and the country’s smallest State. It is the ideal place if you are looking for beaches and party. Besides beaches, Goa is famous for its markets hippies and trance parties. Sleep in a cabin on top of a Palm tree in front of the beach, and rent a bike to explore the State is normal in Goa.
Varansi (or Varanasi)
One of the oldest cities in the world, continuously inhabited for over 3000 years. It is one of the compulsory places if you want to know the real India. Varansi is a sacred city for Hinduism since the river Ganga passes through it, that makes that religion impregnates everything. It is estimated that about 60,000 people bathe daily in the sacred and highly polluted river waters. So, a walk through the Ghats (stairways leading down to the river) is essential to know the city.
If you reach up to the North of the Ghats you will arrive to the crematoria. There you can watch as they burn to the dead in a ceremony that is repeated every day from thousands of years ago. After burning them, they throw the ashes to the River, but some families don’t have enough money to buy the necessary wood, so you do not miss you if you see human remains, half burned, float down the Ganges River. This is the sort of thing that one takes a little getting used to in India.
Haridwar and Rishikesh
Haridwar is in the North of the country, in the State of Uttarakhand. Haridwar means the door to God and also passes by the Ganges River. But here it is clean. This village is famous for the Kumbh Mela festival. A festival that is celebrated every 12 years and in 2003 brought together 70 million people. So it is the largest in the world and probably in the history of mankind festival. The next will be held in 2016.
Rishikesh is located near Hariwdar, so if you are travelling through this area is a good idea both villages. Rishikesh is the Mecca of yoga. Since the Beatles came here to do yoga, the town has seen as each year more and more foreigners were coming in search of inner peace. The Ganges River also passes through the town and at this stage it is very clean so it is highly recommended to bathe in it.
MC Leod Ganj (near Dharamsala)
When the Dalai Lama had to escape from Tibet in 1959 came to here and since then Mc Leod Ganj has become the capital city to the religious of Tibet. MC Leod is a small village to the top of a hill and surrounded by nature and mountains. Here you can learn about Tibetan culture in freedom and if you have luck attend any conferences from time to time giving the Dalai Lama. Around the village are also perfect for excursions.
Manali is a village in the North of India to more than 2000 meters above the sea level. This village is famous among travelers for being the place where go who want smoking xaras (Indian hashish). And it is true that there are many people who go to that (mostly israelis), but Manali is also a good place des which excursions. Forests around the village are precious and consist of giant trees with huge waterfalls. There are also several sites with hot springs. If you are interested you can make climbing or paragliding.
Leh is the capital of the most Northern State of India, Ladahk. Leh is located at 3600 meters and can only be reached her by plane or from Manali along a road which only open summers and reaching more than 5000 meters of height. A brutal, long but very recommendable way.
The city, like the whole State of Ladahk, is mainly Buddhist and looks more than Tibet to the India. Lunar landscapes and the mountains of Ladahk are impressive and make it one of the best places for hiking.
Srinagar is the capital of the famous cashmere. A land that has spent decades facing the India and Pakistan. Srinagar is a city with a lake that is huge in the Middle, full of floating houses where you can stay. It is a highly recommended experience spend a day boat walking by the Lake watching life in the.
Trip in the India