The great country of India is a colorful nation with a fascinating mixture of traditions, diverse and varied cultures, spiritual beliefs, vibrant festivals, awe-inspiring architecture, and varied landscapes. The country is known for its train system which is one of the oldest in the world spanning the entire nation, traveling through breathtaking scenery. India features some notable traits found in its historical culture and traditions and the modern way of life. India boasts some great outdoors with varied landscapes including the snow-capped Himalayas and tropical stretches of shorelines. So many fun activities and adventures await in scenic wildlife safaris, soaring mountains for hiking and sparkling waters for swimming and boat rides along the rivers. Take scenic motorcycle rides which are very popular in India, the mountain ride from Manali to Ladakh takes riders along some of the most scenic roadways in the world. Bike rides are also big in India with miles of peaceful and scenic routes through historic sites and down rolling hills.
India offers some of the most scrumptious cuisines in the world, the Indian cuisine features distinct recipes per region and traditional preparation and techniques to create mouth-watering meals. Indian curries are made in abundance, delicious fresh seafood in the coastal city`s, skewered marinated meats, and lots of aromatic colorful spices used to make many different dishes.
Visit some of the spectacular forts and palaces spread throughout the country featuring amazing architecture such as Rajasthan, the Land of Kings with attractions like Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Amber, and Udaipur. The island fortress of Janjira is simply breathtaking and the defensive fortress of Daulatabad. The lavish Falaknuma Palace is a spectacular sight worth seeing. The magnificent grand temples of India are iconic landmarks such as Amritsar`s gilded Golden Temple rising above a sacred pool.
India is filled with some spectacular cities offering fine dining, sparkling nightlife, world-class shopping, and exciting attractions. Mumbai is home to the famed Bollywood brimming with fabulous film stars, vibrant fashion, and never-ending nightlife. Shopping around the country can be found in glistening mega malls, traditional bustling bazaars, and excellent street food.
Delhi is the modern capital city and religious heart of the country, a bustling, vibrant, metropolitan city packed with magnificent monuments, ornate temples, fantastic shopping, mouth watering food and exciting sights and attractions. Agra is the world famous location of the impressive Taj Mahal, and Agra Fort and Faethpur Sikri the city`s three UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Mumbai is a cosmopolitan city boasting bustling beaches, serene temples, vibrant markets and UNESCO World heritage Site. The stunning city with its ancient British colonial streets and architecture is home to one of the largest slums in the entire world and some of the best street food around with hundreds of restaurants and a happening nightlife scene.
There are three main seasons in India, summer, winter, and Monsoon season. The best months to visit are generally from October through March when the weather is sunny and warm with little rain. India is a large country with very diverse landscapes and climate zones with varying weather patterns from region to region. The winters are warm and pleasant, summers are very hot and extremely humid and the monsoon season, which brings spurts of heavy rainfall and tropical storms.
April, May, October, and November are the hottest months of the year, and June through September are the wettest months being it is monsoon season throughout the entire country. The most popular tourist season runs from October through March when the weather is at its best throughout most of the country. If traveling during the high season it is recommended to book in advance as many accommodations and transportation become sold out quickly.
The south of India sits nearest to the equator with warmer temperatures throughout the year. The average temperatures stay at 72 F or higher with the highest temps in May and June, with 93F for daily highs. December is a great month to hit up the beaches when at the same time there is snow in the mountainous regions. For more information, check out: Best Time to Visit India
We recommend 7-10 days based on what you want to see and do. We offer flexible vacation packages so you can select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities. We suggest a minimum of 3 nights in larger cities.
By Car and Driver:
In India hiring a car with a driver is a popular and affordable traveling option. Hotels and travel agents can arrange this option for you. Riding in a car can be a pleasant experience with scenic picturesque landscapes.
By Train: Train travel in India can be found everywhere and is the best way to get around the country. India boasts the second largest railway network in the world offering memorable scenic travel onboard high speed, comfortable and affordable trains. There are several classes of service that can be complicated with the most popular being Sleeper class overnight trains with bunk beds and air conditioning. Trains travel all over the country between major destinations some taking up a large amount of time.
The units of currency in India are the Indian Rupee (R) US dollars are not accepted. Please be sure to have the correct currency on hand or be prepared to exchange your dollars for pounds upon arrival. Currency exchanged desks can be found at the airport and in many locations throughout the city.For more detailed information, consult our guide by clicking here Tipping in India.
The official language spoken in India is Hindi. English is spoken and understood by most individuals in the service industry. We suggest you get a good English-Indian Guidebook and familiarize yourself with common phrases such as hello, goodbye, please, thank you, and numbers 1-10.