- 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.
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.
With sunny days and dry weather, this is one of the best months to visit India. Daytime highs in the South and West such as Mumbai, Gujarat, and Rajasthan, are around 20 – 30C, making for pleasant sightseeing.
The mountains are cold and the rest of the country is basking under a warm sun. The southern parts of India are bathed in sunshine as is the Golden Triangle region and central and northern parts of India.
Temperatures start inching upwards in March. It starts to get hot all across India with temperatures over 30°C. It’s a great time to visit the Himalayan states as spring flowers bloom across the valleys.
Soaring temperatures across the country make the cooler hill stations an attractive destination. It’s prime wildlife viewing season as the heat and dry weather drive animals to watering holes. Humidity levels rise making sightseeing a challenge.
It’s hot and sultry across most of India. Daytime highs in the Golden Triangle and Kolkata cross the 38°C mark while in the south readings are lower at around 35°C. The only exceptions are in the far north which include Uttarakhand and hill stations.
Heat and humidity levels are high in West Bengal, Rajasthan, and the Golden Triangle region. Thunderstorms become more frequent as the monsoons start. Ladakh experiences dry and sunny days and a good area for travel.
The monsoon sets in firmly bringing in torrential rains across most of the country but particularly in western, central and southern India, sometimes, leading to flooding. Rajasthan receives less rain making it a good tourist destination.
The country is right in the middle of the monsoon season. Precipitation levels are high and the scenery turns lush and green. It’s the perfect time to check into a heritage hotel or ayurvedic resort and enjoy the warm hospitality that India is known for.
The monsoons are on their way out, although the south still receives a significant amount of rain. In Rajasthan, the rains have completely stopped leaving behind a lush, green scenery.
Rainfall and temperature drop this month. This is the month of festivals with Navratri/Durga Puja and Diwali being celebrate with much pomp and show. Travel the Golden Triangle route and revel in the grandeur of the Durga Pooja celebrations.
Pleasant temperatures and sunny days make November a popular month to travel to India. Diwali, the festival of lights, is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm in most parts of the country. In the south, Kerala and Tamil Nadu still receive rain.
With dry days, low humidity levels and glorious weather, this is one of the best months for travel in India. It’s peak tourist season so plan your trip well in advance. The month is packed with festivals, events and concerts, so there won’t be a dull moment.