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| Updated on May 20, 2016

Move beyond dreaming about visiting India

Follow in Will and Kate’s footsteps – Experience India

Some people are completely fascinated by all things Royal and some are not. However, it is clear that following what they do and where they go can pique interest in travelling to a new vacation spot.

Recently many people followed Will and Kate’s journey to India and most agreed that India is hard to ignore as a jewel in the crown of the East and that the Indian people are jewels in their own right. All you need to do to get started is fill out an Indian visa application.

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Mumbai offers various attractions for both indoor and outdoor enjoyment. After staying at the Taj Palace Hotel to show solidarity with the terror victims, the Royals enjoyed watching the locals engage in cricket at Oval Maidan Park.

Spend the entire afternoon and expect to see hundreds of impromptu cricket matches in this huge 22-acre space.

Next stops are the ancient Banganga Water Tank in the Walkeshwar Temple Complex followed by a trip to glamourous Bollywood. Although you probably won’t get to rub as many famous elbows as the Royals, you will still have the time of your life.

In New Delhi, visit the tourist attractions of the India Gate - war memorial to 82,000 soldiers of the undivided Indian Army who died during India’s involvement in the First World War (1914–21); and Gandhi Smriti where Mahatma Gandhi spent the last 144 days of his life and was assassinated during his evening prayers.

If seeing the final home of Gandhi inspires you to learn more about local humanitarian concerns, consider a visit to the Salaam Baalak Trust and take the City Walk - a guided tour around impoverished New Delhi areas in which former street children share their personal stories of survival with the participants and show them the resources Salaam Baalak Trust provides.

Next step in the journey is a day at Kaziranga National Park where you can enjoy an open air drive around the Park – home to water buffalo, endangered swamp deer, elephants, tigers, bears and two-thirds of the world’s population of Indian one-horned rhinoceroses; and then see some of these animals being cared for at the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation.

The last Kaziranga stop is the Kaziranga Discovery Centre - a first of its kind health clinic for working elephants with an elephant information center currently under construction.

After the seeing the beauty of nature, your final stop in your Indian tour is arguably the most beautiful architectural jewel within India – the Taj Mahal.

William and Kate made a special effort to recreate some of the special moments from Prince William’s mother Diana’s visit in 1992 and reminded the world of the high esteem in which she is still held in India. Obtaining an Indian visa application is easy and will be the first step in planning your fabulous journey.

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