Exploring India

So for those of you that know me as a bit of a traveller and some may say travel expert, you are probably right. Although I don’t feel like I’ve explored all the places in the world yet to give me the title of a Travel Expert. I would probably say my expertise is travelling with kids and I do know the Caribbean really well as I’ve worked there a lot. However one country I have yet to visit is India. My husband has travelled India extensively and when anyone mentions different cities he is quite nostalgic for his time and travels around India. There’s so much to explore and immerse yourself in, when travelling to India and personally I would want to really sightsee as many iconic places as possible when I go. I would definitely want to allow at least 2-3 weeks, even a month to immerse myself in the wonders of India.

Apparently the cuisine can really vary from region to region and the food markets are just so incredibly colourful, perfect foodie heaven especially for the foodie instagrammer. Then there are the temples and the beaches. But for me personally, I would also really love the chance to truly experience a real yogic journey. I have been practicing self-taught yoga for around 20 years now and love the calming effects it has on body and mind. It has been suggested for years that yoga originated in ancient India. The origins of yoga have been speculated to date back to pre-Vedic Indian traditions. So as a massive yoga fan, I would have to take the opportunity to find real yoga guru’s and teachers and immersive myself in practise alongside meditation.

Obviously there are so many regions to visit in India and when planning a trip it could become a little overwhelming on where to visit. I would definitely plan 3-4 key places to visit, 3-4 experiences to immerse yourself in and 3-4 iconic sites to visit. I mean you can’t go to India and not experience the incredible temples or colourful cuisine so plan your trip well in advance.

One are I would really like to visit in the north of India is called Dalhousie as my husband was so inspired by all the ancient history and culture there. You can find it on the western edge of the Dhauladhar mountain range of the Himalayas. It’s around 5 hills that are approximately 6-9000 feet about sea level surrounded by snow-capped mountains. My husband said that the history there is just incredible with around 80 ancient temples, some as old as 7th century AD. There’s an abundance of hotels in Dalhousie and the best time to visit would definitely be in the summertime.

If you are travelling to India soon, where is your first choice to visit?




Naomi Isted
Editor in Chief, Naomi Isted is known as The Ultimate Lifestylist to her readers and viewers. She is a TV Presenter and Columnist. Ranked in the Top 100 LFW Social Media Influencers AW14 & SS15, Brand Ambassador for Pears Soap UK. Her Celebrity beauty TV Series currently airs to 27million homes on Physique TV in UAE, previously on Wedding TV in the UK. She brings fashion and beauty advice to her readers and viewers on a daily basis. She is Fashion and Beauty Columnist for Herald Scotland and has a Fashion and Beauty Bridal Blog for HELLO. She can usually be found attending celebrity fashion and beauty events in and around London and sharing the latest fashion and beauty trends with her readers.

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