Where is the best place to go for a taste of traditional Indian life?

Anywhere in rural Rajasthan will give you a good idea of what traditional Indian—or at least Rajasthani—life is all about. Pushkar is touristy but is also a major religious pilgrimage site, and it's a good place to learn about Hinduism. If you're visiting Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra by car, make sure to stop off in some of the smaller villages in between your destinations.

—Margot Bigg

What are a few handy Hindi phrases to remember when traveling in India?

Bus, which means “stop” or “that’s enough,” is one of the most useful Hindi words I know. You can use it to halt a rickshaw at your final destination or to tell a waiter that you don’t want a second helping of curry. Theek hai is another phrase that people pick up quickly—it means "okay." Kitna, or “how much,” is also useful if you're shopping. However, most people in Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra speak English to varying degrees, some with native-level fluency.

—Margot Bigg

The Taj Mahal is obviously a must-see tourist attraction, but what other historical sites should visitors not overlook?

Delhi's Qutb Minar complex is one of the most interesting historical sites in town and contains centuries' worth of structures, some dating back to as early as the fourth century. In Jaipur, don't miss the City Palace, the home of the city's royal family and an interesting mix of Mughal, Rajasthani, and European architectural elements. Pushkar's Brahma Temple is another must-see, and is one of the only temples dedicated to the creator god in the world.

—Margot Bigg

Do you recommend visiting India by train? Any tips for train travel?

I think the train is the best way to see India, and Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra are well-connected by rail. If you’re traveling by train, bring plenty of drinking water, as it’s not always readily available onboard. Hand sanitizer and toilet paper are also a must. Note that the air-conditioned carriages can get very cold, so it’s a good idea to bring a shawl or sweatshirt with you.

—Margot Bigg

What are the differences between Delhi and Jaipur?

Delhi is a lot bigger than Jaipur and is essentially a conglomeration of neighborhoods and villages that have merged together over the centuries. Delhi is also a bit of a pan-Indian melting pot, and its residents hail from across the country. Jaipur is a planned city and is a bit easier to get around, with more continuation between neighborhoods. In terms of accommodations, Jaipur definitely has more traditional digs, and if you get a chance, try to stay in a converted haveli (townhouse) hotel.

—Margot Bigg

Family Adventures in India

Children are welcome almost everywhere in India, and there’s enough going on in most towns and cities to keep the young entertained. Here are some of the best family-friendly sights in the country.

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The North Indian cities of Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra (home of the Taj Mahal) are collectively known as India’s Golden Triangle. Even a brief visit to this region will give you a good feel for the country’s regal past, not to mention plenty of amazing memories of your own.

Moon Taj Mahal, Delhi & Jaipur

With its shimmering white marble domes and perfect symmetry, the Taj Mahal is among the most stunning marvels on the planet. A stroll through its lush grounds transports you back to a time when bejeweled royalty feasted on rich delicacies and terraced fountains flowed with rose water. Expert traveler Margot Bigg tells you everything you […]