Canada ranks as the sixth country in the world where freedom of travel is often a matter of booking a seat and accommodation. As of March 2019, Canadian residents get a visa on arrival and visa-free access to 184 countries and territories. They can use the two-month visitation period by applying for an from any one of the 26 airports or 3 designated seaports. An e-visa can be used for medical treatment, casual business, recreation and tourism.
Every year more than 300,000 Canadian tourists visit one of the world’s most sought-after destinations, India, and plenty of travel agents happily meet this demand. While the official language is Hindi, travellers will find most of this tourism dominated country speaks English.
A word of caution when planning to book a flight to India, take note that it is a conservative country and that women, especially, should avoid wearing revealing clothes or expose to much skin. While some spots like Varkala and Goa are more relaxed in terms of clothing, modesty shows respect in India.
Agra is at the top of the list for many reasons with the Taj Mahal reigning supremacy. As one of the seven wonders of the world, it is India’s most visited tourist spot by far. Other places in Agra also taking precedence include Sikandra Fort, Ram Bagh, Akbar’s Tome and Agra Fort.
India’s capital is a major tourist attraction. As a spectacular destination, tourists have historical monuments, markets and museums to explore. It includes Qutub Minar, Jama Masjid, Lotus Temple and India Gate.
Goa is home to more than 30 of the world’s most outstanding beaches. Adventure and sun seekers have the best of both worlds with a multitude of nightlife, sightseeing and spice plantations to visit.
No visit to India is complete without a visit to Jaipur. With its massive attraction of architectural beauty, you can frequent museums, palaces and forts, temples and wildlife attractions.
Kerala is called the East’s Venice. There is a network of backwaters which attract more newlyweds compared to its namesake Venice, Italy which draws in more honeymooners. In this magnificent state, you have churches, forts, temples, palaces, lagoons and extraordinary beaches.
The Holy City of Varanasi
One of the faith’s most important religious symbols is the holy city of Varanasi. It dates to 8th century BC and is one of the world’s oldest inhabited cities. Explore the 1780’s built, Kashi Vishwanath temple or go to the Assi Ghat or Dasaswamedh Ghat which is the holy waters of Varanasi.
Harmandir Sahib – the Golden Temple of Amritsar
Rich is history and culture; the Amritsar was founded in 1577. In 1605, the Golden Temple as it is known, the Harmandir Sahib is one of India’s holiest Sikh shrines.
Jaisalmer the Golden City
History buffs and architecture lovers cannot get enough of Jaisalmer on the sand dunes of the Thar Desert. The golden fortress is only one of many attractions, as it includes the seven-storey tall Maharaja Palace with beautifully decorated tiles, carved stone floors, marble and sandstone images. Brightly painted ceilings and palm-leaf manuscripts are just a drop in the bucket of extraordinary sightings.
Madurai–Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary
Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary are surrounded by a man-made lake that was built in 1895 by British engineers. There are more than 30 Bengal tigers, lion-tailed macaque, otters, wild boar and a massive collection of Indian elephants. It is an excellent spot for bird watchers, where racket-tailed drongos, hornbills, kingfishers, storks and darters can be sighted.
Between the fifth and tenth century, Buddhists built the Ellora Caves, which is also one of UNESCO’s world heritage sites. It has twelve Buddhist temples, chapels and monasteries to explore.
The massive Mehrangarh Fort dominates the old city of Jodhpur. It was built on a towering outcrop in the 15th century. Highlights of the fort include the fascinating palaces and courtyards, as well as, a splendid collection of artefacts. The city itself is equally impressive with numerous bazaars, magnificent clock towers and eight unique city gates.
This beautiful place was built in 1897, and the splendid Marriage Pavilion with an extraordinary Golden Throne attracts plenty of tourists, only out-shadowed by the Taj Mahal. Each year around six million tourists flock to visit its splendour.
Thousands of tourists are attracted to the magnificent Buddhist site with the Mahabodhi Temple as its focal point. It was built in the 6th century and houses a large gilded Buddha statue with an extraordinary pyramidal spire in its centre.