From the imposing peaks of the Himalayan peaks to sublime Indian Ocean coastline, India is a vast Asian country with a diverse terrain and a history that goes back 5,000 years. It is a land of extremes: rich and poor, modern and ancient all sit side by side in a hectic, colourful nation. [ReadMoreMob]
From Mughal Empire landmarks in the north such as Delhi’s Red Fort to Agra’s iconic Taj Mahal mausoleum, India shakes the senses and stirs the soul. Pilgrims bathe in the Ganges in Varanasi, yoga-lovers seek sanctuary in Rishikesh, and travellers seek out serene Kochi and its beguiling mix of giant cantilever fishing nets, ancient synagogues and mosques, Portuguese homes and the vanishing remnants of the British Raj.
Traditional rural communities lie next to vibrant, modern cities like Mumbai with its western skyscrapers, multicultural flavours and traditional bazaars. The intense city ignites curiosity, and is in stark contrast to the humble coastal city of Porbandar, the birthplace of Gandhi and India's spiritual beginnings. [ReadMoreDesk]
Loved for its variety, spices and tantalizing flavours, Indian cuisine is world-renowned. Whether it's enjoying a quick bite from a busy street vendor or dining at a fantastic 5-star restaurant, visitors to India's cities and villages are in for a culinary treat.
Vizhinjam Rock Cut Cave Temple is a historic monument featuring 18th century rock cut sculptures, which were unnoticed for centuries. Considered to be the smallest rock-cut shrine in southern India, the Vizhinjam Rock-cut cave dates to the back to 8th century. This rock cut cave is now a protected monument under the control of the Archaeological Survey of India since 1965.
Situated ten kilometres from Trivandrum city is the ancient, red and white striped Vizhinjam lighthouse. Constructed in 1925, the lighthouse stands at 57 metres above sea level. Capture stunning views of the Arabian Sea from atop the lighthouse as you climb the 144 steps.