Capital: New Delhi
Currency: Indian rupee
Time Zone: GMT +5.5 hours
Stretching from the southern Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal, India’s East is its most unique and rural region. Vibrant temples, tribal villages, tea plantations and river ways, make up a vast majority of the East, making for a culturally rich journey experienced nowhere else in India. The colonial city of Calcutta with its literary and artistic heritage is home to museums, galleries and breathtaking architecture; whilst the National Parks make for wonderful wildlife spotting – you may even get a glimpse of the elusive Indian one-horned rhinoceros.
Tropical and spiritual, Kerala and the south is notably different to the rest of the country. With a history dating back over 3000 years, this slower paced region is rich in ancient relics and steeped in traditions. Abound in cultural and natural beauty, the people and architecture will inspire and delight, whilst the pristine beaches, serene backwater lagoons and lush jungles will relax the mind body and sprit. Renowned for its vast wildlife sanctuaries, the south is also a great place to go in search for India’s unique flora and fauna.
India is a vibrant melting pot of cultures, history and people. Equivalent to one third of the United States, its varied landscape includes the majestic Himalayas in the north and the beaches in the south. A buzz lingers in the air and a passion for the country emulated by the people is infectious, paired with the ‘Athithi Devo Bhava’ mentality here, translating as ‘the guest is God’, will have you pining for India long after your holiday snaps have been developed. From spiritual experiences, cultural tours weaving through the bustling markets and a chance to see one of the seven wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal, to the majestic Bengal Tigers and beautiful national parks, there is an abundance of activities and experiences to be had in this unique country.
Our India Experts have visited, if not lived in, India many times and know the country and its plethora of cities and experiences very well! We continually visit the destinations we sell so that we are always up-to-date with any new developments; whether that be trying out a new room type or tirelessly resting new restaurant dishes (well, someone has to do it!). what’s more, they are passionate about India as a holiday destination, and ensuring that you agree.
The best time to visit India is between October to March. October marking the end of the moosoon season. Although April and May are great months for visiting the Himalayan foothills, temperatures soar during this time in the North, specially places like Rajasthan and Golden traingle, which makes it very hot and gets humid towards May.
You can fly into the several gateways of India, the popular ones which connect very well on the international routes are Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkatta, Chennai, Kochi (Cochin), Bengaluru (Bangalore), Hyderabad. The flights fly from various airports in UK, London, Birmingham, Manchester, New Castle, Edinburgh ad Glasgow.
We recommend airlines like British Airways, Virgin Airlines, Jet Airways which fly directly into Delhi & Mumbai. For South India we can offer you Emirates Airines, Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways or KLM. The fligt takes roughly between 8 to 8 1/2 hours to the destination.