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Give your senses the kickstart of a lifetime with a luxury holiday in India. A land filled with remarkable sights and an endless variety of people, places, languages and experiences, you’ve never seen anything like it and will never get bored of it, no matter how many times you go back. Few words can ever do justice to the soul-stirring nature of this incredible country, but we’ll do our best.


So, where to begin in such a varied and extensive land? We know many of you are going to be after sun, sand and sea in your getaways and luckily, India is plentiful in all three! The top destination for water babies is undoubtedly the balmy shores of Goa, a place also renowned as the country’s party capital. Here, you’ll have ample opportunities to spend your days swimming and sunbathing by the ocean’s edge and your nights letting loose on the dancefloor in some of the best clubs around. Or, for a more tranquil experience of seaside life, visit the picturesque Havelock, Andaman where an island-esque vibe is preserved through white-gold sands, turquoise waters and a multitude of palm trees. Due to its colourful coral reef, diving is the most popular water activity here.


Are you a culture vulture wanting to tick off some bucket-list sights and attractions during your stay? Then head for what’s known as India’s Golden Triangle. A well-known route for first-timers to the country, the road travels from the capital of New Delhi to Agra and Jaipur or the other way around – the choice is yours! During this trip, you’ll see iconic landmarks such as the Taj Mahal, Umaid Bhawan Palace and Hawa Mahal, sites which are still considered among the greatest structures in the world.


When the vibrant, on-the-go nature of India’s busy urban scene gets too much for nature lovers, there are so many opportunities for outdoor adventures, you won’t know which to do first. India has a vast array of landscapes and terrains to take your breath away - literally in the case of its Himalayan peaks! For gushing rivers, tropical weather and wildlife sanctuaries where you can play with elephants, Kerala is known as a particularly paradisiacal spot. For more altitudinous ventures, Himachal Pradesh with its scenic mountain villages and snow-capped ranges is the ideal region for trekking, climbing and even skiing.


Want an envy-worthy camera reel? Budding photographers can’t visit India without making at least one stop at the Valley of the Flowers National Park in Uttarakhand. Home to rare and endangered animals, the park’s key attraction is its meadows of alpine blossoms which seem to stretch right to the horizon. The Valley’s polar opposite, Thar Desert in Rajasthan is another must-visit area for simply unparalleled opportunities to capture your journey in film – and what better way to get the perfect view than from camel back?


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Although modern in many respects, there are still elements to Indian culture which westerners consider conservative or traditional. This is particularly relevant with regards to dress. We recommend covering your arms and legs while not in your resort with silk or cotton clothing which will keep you cool in the heat as well as showing respect for the country’s traditions.
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  • Time difference: UTC +4.5
  • Capital: New Delhi
  • Currency: INR
  • In A Word: Colourful

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Apr: 29°c   May: 33°c   Jun: 32°c  
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India in a nutshell

Tastes to Try
 

  • If you like rice, flat breads and a little spice then you’re in the right place. If it could be, rice would be the national dish of India as it is resident at every meal and accompanies almost every dish alongside the beloved naan. You may think you know all about Indian cuisine but the fare of this country is far from what’s served up to us Brits in the local curry house, so let us introduce you to the real culinary favourites of the area.
     
  • If you’re looking for a refreshing snack to satisfy your sweet tooth and keep off the heat, then Kulfi is the only way to go. A popular street food, Kulfi is a frozen dessert like an ice lolly that’s made with thickened milk (like condensed milk) and comes in a variety of flavours. Popular choices are rose, mango, cardamom, saffron and pistachio.
     
  • Not feeling ready to take on the unknown dishes completely? Don’t worry, familiar Indo-Brit menu items are widely-available like Tandoori Chicken. Marinated for hours in a mouthwatering palette of flavours, this tasty dish is traditionally roasted over a tandoor clay oven.
     
  • Many people in India are vegetarian for either religious reasons or pecuniary ones, you’ll find therefore that many of the delicacies on offer are primarily veggie-based. In fact, at Royal Vega restaurant in Chennai, the entire menu is plant oriented – perfect for those who struggle to find suitably meat-free dining options. The Thali platter is particularly recommended here.
     

Soak Up the Culture
 

  • In such a vast landscape, customs, religions and even languages change every couple of miles so you’ll constantly be discovering new sides to Indian culture everywhere you turn. This ensures that you’ll never have the same experience twice and that excitement awaits around every corner.
     
  • A staple to the Indian way of life, Bollywood plays a huge role in society here. Perhaps more revered than Hollywood is to the west, you’ll find cinemas, posters, radio songs and attractions all centred around this unique industry. A great way to get immersed in the culture, and to have an ice-breaker with locals, is to watch a couple of films before you go. We recommend ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ for its scenic representations of Goa and for a more up-to-date viewing ‘Toilet - Ek Prem Katha’.
     
  • With so much to see during your visit, and roads which are often crowded with noisy traffic, we’ve found that one of the best ways to soak up the phenomenal cultural sights of India is by train. Luckily, many Indian people have thought of this too and there are a number of superb railway options which are the height of luxury. The Maharajas' Express, for example is an award-winning transport offering opulent accommodations and gourmet meals while the Royal Rajasthan on Wheels is equally renowned for treating its guests like travelling royalty.
     
  • Unlike the infamous St Paddy’s day of Ireland or the laid-back St George’s holiday in England, holy events in India are thoroughly celebrated and offer so much more than just a respite from work. To truly get a feel for the spirit of Indian culture, be sure to visit on one of their many festivals. Particular favourites include Diwali, the celebration of lights, and Holi the festival of colours and love.
     

Adventure Awaits
 

  • Thought India was all about the Taj Mahal? Think again! You’re in for an action-packed holiday of adventure everywhere you go, so here’s a few ideas to get you started.
     
  • Already envisaged sunning yourself on the beaches of Goa? Well get ready to add paragliding to the list of fabulous things to do there. Soar over the sparkling ocean waves and glistening golden sands like a bird with your new wings. Professionals and beginners alike are welcome with instructors and pilots on hand to help out.
     
  • If you prefer your thrills firmly on the ground, then rev it up and take to the open road with a motorcycle tour across The Great Rann of Kutch, a salt flat that stretches for as far as the eye can see. You’ll have the road trip of a lifetime in this secluded environment, with nothing but the road and good friends to keep you going.
     
  • Animals lovers who are looking for a trip of another kind will love the opportunities for Snow Leopard spotting in Hemis National Park. Offering a nine-day hike into the rocky terrains of the region, you’ll have to keep your eyes peeled as you climb the various peaks and edge through stony passages in search of the elusive inhabitant.
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