Ganges and Ghats, Varanasi

Ganges and Ghats, Varanasi

Photo by Ken Wieland (Flickr Creative Commons)

10 Fantastic Places to Visit on Your Campervan Holiday

Photo by nomo/michael hoefner (Wikimedia Commons)City Palace, Udaipur Photo by nomo/michael hoefner (Wikimedia Commons)

India is packed with incredible places to visit ensuring that if you choose a motorhome rental or campervan hire here you will have some unforgettable experiences.  It’s not just the cities, the whole country full of exquisite palaces, monuments, parks, mountains and beaches, so here are the top ten (with a few extras) to visit.

Delhi is a city of two faces, the old, and the new.  New Delhi is modern, vibrant and fast moving, old Delhi has winding streets, ancient shrines, mosques, and crazy driving!  

Mumbai is home to Bollywood, India’s huge film industry.  It’s also a bustling port and a mixture of old buildings with traditional shops mingling with giant glass skyscrapers.

Kolkata or Calcutta is India’s second largest city, with beautiful colonial buildings alongside traditional markets and bazaars.  

Varanasi on the River Ganges is one of the holiest cities in India, this is where people bathe, do their washing, and perform funeral services at the ghats.  This is real India, not for the faint hearted, but an experience.

Rajasthan is a very popular destination for visitors; the most romantic city is Udaipur, the home to the Lake Palace, now one of the leading hotels in the world.  Come down the one of the bars which overlooks Lake Pichola at sunset for some incredible photo opportunities.

The Golden Triangle is where you will find four major of the country’s major sights.  Delhi sits in the centre, Agra, home of the awe inspiring Taj Mahal, to the south is the blue city of Jodhpur, the pink city of Japiur with the Palace of the Winds and the Amber Fort and to the south east the erotic city of Khajuraho, only relating to its ancient freezes and symbols, nothing to worry about!

The whole of the country has many temples and religious buildings to visit, even if you think they are all the same, be prepared, as many of them are very intricately decorated.  Every religion has special holidays connected with their God’s which are incredible sights to witness, with people painted in all kinds of different colours parading through the streets, check with the tourist office for anything that may be occurring during your stay.  The nice thing about travelling in a motorhome rental or campervan hire during these times is that the hotels are always fully booked, but you won’t need to worry.

The hill stations of Shimla and Darjeeling are cool places to retreat to when the cities get too hot.  These were traditionally large houses that were used in a similar way to hotels, but today a number are opening up with camping facilities.

The beaches in India offer good value and excellent service, many Europeans visit Goa to escape the winter; Kerela is slowly following in its footsteps.

India has 93 national parks, 486 wildlife sanctuaries and 14 biosphere reserves, the most famous being Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan, Sunderbans Tiger Reserve in West Bengal, and Corbett Tiger Reserve in Uttarakhand.  Some of these parks are home to elephant and as the names suggest tigers, others are just wonderfully green and home to some beautiful flora and fauna.

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