India is a ridiculously huge country. Not knowing where to start is perfectly understandable. If you have a limited amount of time I would suggest the most popular tourist path - The Golden Triangle.
The golden triangle will easily connect you to the national capital Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. If you look on a map it literally forms a triangle - hence the name. It is so popular because you can see so many jaw dropping sights in such a short amount of time.
Here are 20 reasons to begin your exploration of India at the Golden Triangle.
The most obvious is of course seeing the Taj Mahal - one of the 7 Wonders of the World
Get lost in the bustling markets of real India
Wander through Fatepur Skrir - a 16th century city that was founded by a Mughal emperor and then abandoned
Visit Humayun's Tomb which bears a striking resemblance to the more famous Taj Mahal
Explore the Akshardham Temple - no cameras are allowed inside but the cultural and arts center is stunning - Pro tip: ask your driver to take you to the hill that over looks the temple for this amazing view
Or the Lotus Temple - the temple welcomes all faiths and was reported by CNN as the most visited building in the world
Take your pick from one of the many palaces in all 3 cities - City Palace in the middle of Jaipur is one of the most impressive
Or visit Amber Palace on the outskirts of Jaipur
Or just walk the water front and admire the incredible Water Palace that, yeah you guessed it, literally rises from the water
Speaking of real palaces make sure you dine at Suvarna Mahal in Rambagh Palace - it was a royal residency up until 1957 when it was donated by the Maharaja of Jaipur and converted into a hotel
More on Dining at Suvarna Mahal here
Or if you want something a bit more low key dine at the same hotel but in an original 1900 train car that was converted into a restaurant in the 1990s.
If your budget allows it (or you find a great deal like we did) stay in a couple of hotels that used to be real palaces as little as 60 years ago
If palaces aren't your thing then how about a 5 star luxury resort at normal prices (seriously one of the best hotels in India - Leela Palace - we got for $100 a night)
Explore one of the many saree shops - and definitely buy a few
India has some of the oldest ruins in the world, take your pick between Chand Baori a step well built between AD 800 and AD 900
Or Qutub Minar the largest brick minar in the world
Or if you're not into impossibly high things built NINE HUNDRED years ago just marvel at the rest of the ruins surrounding Qutub Minar that are just as old
Or just stare at the just as old carved walls that are filled with beautiful hindu inscriptions
And lastly visit the best public park in the world - Lodhi Gardens - for the best instagram pictures you will ever get
India is a gorgeous country and traveling there will be a trip of a lifetime. You shouldn’t leave home though without a travel guide. Here are a few I recommend: