Mini Guide to India

Important Sites and Natural Wonders

Taj Mahal

located in Agra, Taj Mahal is probably the most sought-after tourist attraction in India, and for good reason: it’s majestic. Although the name means “Crown Palace,” it’s actually a mausoleum built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan for his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal.

It’s a great example of Indian Muslim architecture and the whole complex includes gardens, reflecting pools, and flowering trees. Bear in mind that it’s always closed on Fridays and the best light for photography is during dusk and dawn.

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Kerala Backwaters

Sometimes called “God’s Own Country,” Kerala is a state which boasts amazing nature and is considered one of the safest in India. The backwaters include 38 rivers, five lakes, and around 1,500 km of canals which, in the past, were mainly used for transportation.

Nowadays, travelers flock to the region to relax aboard the Kettu-Valloms (houseboats), go fishing, or just appreciate the beauty around them.

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11 Great Hostels to Stay In

For budget-minded travelers in search of a cheap place to stay, hostels can be the perfect option. Generally, hostels offer much better value than hotels and short-term apartment rentals. Because less money is spent on accommodations, it allows globetrotters to designate a larger portion of their budget to good food and sightseeing activities instead.

11 Great Hostels in Europe to Stay In

If you’re a budget-minded backpacker interested in meeting fellow travelers along the way, hostels are an exceptional alternative. Intimate, community-minded, and affordable, hostels have exploded in popularity and really come a long way. From shared open-concept spaces to private ensuites, it’s easy to find a mix of both communal and secluded accommodations.

The 10 Most Historic Prisons

While jail time isn’t a walk in the park for any convicted felon, many tourists flock to historical prisons around the world when traveling. This is due to their mystic, history, and eerie ambiance. While it may seem a little crazy, visiting a local prison can provide a ton of insight on a region’s roots and culture.