India

A mere mention of India is enough to conjure up a hint of spice, a flash of colour, and a whiff of excitement. India is a culture-filled destination where bustling metropolises rub shoulders with ancient history and tropical paradises.

5 Highlights of India

Sumptuous cuisine

Enjoy a world of culinary delights. India is synonymous with spices and “curry”, and its cuisines are as varied as its people. Explore the many flavours of India, from the spicy street food of Old Delhi to the distinct romance of Avadh. Add a pinch of culinary history and a dash of traditional culinary arts, and your journey is the perfect recipe for any food lover and connoisseur! Taste authentic local delicacies and learn the secrets behind some of the country’s most popular dishes.

A Guide to Indian Cuisine

Indian safaris

India is an incredibly diverse country for scenery and its associated wildlife giving the enthusiastic wildlife spotter a lot to get excited about. Travel through steamy jungles, rain forests, large deserts, wide open plans and remote, unexplored mountains. Whilst India doesn’t have the density of large mammals on display that you can find in parts of Africa, it does have some unique species that you simply can’t see anywhere else in the world. Enjoy a safari with an exotic Indian twist.

A Look at the Indian Safari

Join a festival

Virtually every temple in every town or village across the country has its own festival. The biggest and most spectacular include Puri’s Rath Yatra festival, the Hemis festival in Ladakh, Pushkar’s camel fair Kullu’s Dussehra and the Kumbh Mela. While mostly religious in nature, merrymaking rather than solemnity is generally the order of the day, and onlookers are invariably welcome. If you’re lucky enough to coincide with a local festival, it may well prove to be the highlight of your trip.

A guide to Indian Festivals

Stay in a community

Living with a local community and recognising our impact on local resources is one of the most important ways to give back to the beautiful communities that welcome us. Walk into the verdant jungles of Binsar and learn to identify different bird calls. Stay at eco-friendly lodges and learn how the local community is preserving the ecology of the area. Be a farmer for a day; see a fascinating collection of butterflies; and visit India’s oldest national park.

Journeys in India

A wise man once said, “Sometimes it’s the journey that teaches you a lot about your destination. ” This is so true for India. Whether you choose to travel by train, private vehicle, use one of the many airlines or experience a camel cart, rickshaw or tuck tuck, travelling in India is a memorable experience. Travel is often chaotic and always memorable. In a country with a population of over a billion people, journeys are a daily way of life.

A Guide to Travelling in India

About India

  • Capital: New Delhi
  • Area: 3.287 million km²
  • Languages: Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Urdu are the top four.
  • Where to visit: A tiger/wildlife reserve, street markets, Varanasi and Agra.
  • Wildlife to spot: tiger, Indian elephant, red pandas and Great Indian Bustard.

India is one of the world’s most beguiling and captivating countries. Find yourself astonished and inspired by incredibly rich cultures, mouth-watering cuisine, serene notes of spirituality and breath-taking landscapes.

The energy and spirit of this country is intoxicating.

The majestic stealth and power of the tiger is a huge lure for wildlife enthusiasts to India. Along with the tiger, India has 15 cat species, four species of bear and over 1,250 species of birds. India also has the Big Five with elephant, rhinoceros, lion, leopard and gaur.

India offers a whole array of safari activities encompassing walking safaris, boating, canoeing, night safaris, cycling safaris and elephant safaris. We are very keen to change the way people perceive wildlife in India, and would love to take you to the more remote and less visited parks.

 

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When to go to India

The Indian climate is special, and because it is so vast the weather varies a lot from region to region. India is generally sunny year-round and is at its hottest between March and June, with the monsoon season following from June to October. It’s still plenty hot during the winter months, but it does get very chilly during the night, especially in the north.

Destinations in west and central India and the deep south are best visited from October to March. We recommend seeing northwest and northeast India between November and early March. The Himalayas are at their best from March to October.

Deep south India

Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu

Because of the cooling sea breeze, the South does not get as hot as some of the northern states but the humidity in the summer is crippling. Monsoon season is between April and July but Tamil Nadu in the East experiences a second, late monsoon between October and December. For this reason it is worth packing some lightweight waterproofs especially if you are going to be walking in the hills.

When to go: October to March

West & Central India

Madhya Pradesh and Goa

Like the North, the humidity is intense but it doesn’t get as hot here in the summer. It does however experience some very heavy monsoons. Expect a few chilly evenings in the winter so long trousers and sleeves are worth packing.

When to go: October to March

 

Northwest India & Northeast

Utter Pradesh, Bengal, Gujarat and Rajasthan

It can get extremely hot in the summer with monsoons around June and September. In the winter it is warm and pleasant during the day but gets cold at night and can fall below freezing in December and January. Don’t get caught out, take some warm clothes.

When to go: November to early March

Himalayas

Jammu, Kashmir, Manali and Darjeeling

The climate in the Himalayas is very different to the rest of India. Because of the altitude and geography in the far North, the winter gets very cold, especially if you venture up to Srinagar in Kashmir. Places like Shimla and Manali are usually covered in snow from December to March and places like Leh are not accessible until July.

It is really lovely being in the Himalayas in the winter but take loads of warm clothes as temperatures can drop to minus 15C at night. If you are staying below the waterline on a houseboat on lake Dal, you might even resort to wearing all your clothes in bed some nights!

When to go: March to October