It’s often said that travel alters your perspective on the world. If that’s true, you’re in for one heck of a culture shock in India. In fact, we’d go so far as to say you would be hard-pressed to find any destination on Earth quite as perspective-altering as India. Chaotic, colourful, crowded and captivating, there’s so much more to this energetic enigma than the Taj Mahal, spicy street food and bustling cities. With a population of 1.38 billion people, India is a land of incredible cultural riches and stunning architectural wonders including Amber Palace, Hawa Mahal and Red Fort.
Many first-time travellers to India follow the path that’s called the Golden Triangle, which encompasses New Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. Just be sure to allow time to explore the Ganges, which is a sacred river to Hindus and a quintessential part of Indian life. There are plenty of ways to appreciate its grandeur, from taking a dip to kayaking in Rishikesh or taking a boat ride in Varanasi. If you’re hoping to get a glimpse of a Bengal tiger in the wild, be sure to add Madhya Pradesh to your travel itinerary as it’s one of the best places to see these beautiful cats in the wild. Enchanting, overwhelming and utterly captivating, this chaotic world is guaranteed to linger in your memory long after you’ve left. If you’re looking to broaden your horizon and get a fresh perspective on the world, talk to our team of travel experts about India today. You won’t regret it.
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Frequently asked questions
It depends who you ask but Agra, home of the Taj Mahal, Deli, Jaipur and Udaipur continue to attract visitors from all over the world to marvel at its incredible culturally significant sites.
There’s no doubt about it, India can be an intimidating place to drive. Think of the road rules more like guidelines, with everyone else on the road deciding which ones to obey and disregard at random. The insurance on a car rental can also be a bit of a minefield. And then there’s trying to find a park. If you’re looking to get around in the cities, consider hiring a car and a driver, it may cost you more initially but it’s generally the less stressful path in the long run.
The best time to visit India is during the winter months from November to February when the weather is relatively cool and pleasant.
India is a land of endless adventure and infinite possibilities. With everything from ancient temples and stunning palaces to bustling cities and lush jungles, there is always something interesting to see and do. Whether you're looking to explore the rich history, or simply soak up the vibrant energy of its many cities and towns, India is the perfect destination for anyone looking to experience a culture shock of the best kind.
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You could spend a year here and still have more to see. India is complex and captivating, it’s also incredibly vast. To truly experience the country and culture, give yourself two to three weeks to explore its many regions and landmarks.
While it might feel a little counter-intuitive, long sleeves will save you from the harsh heat more than any tank top will. Not only will sunburn ruin your holiday, but if you are visiting sacred sites, remember that men and women need to cover shoulders and knees. Opt for loose-fitting, lightweight and breathable fabrics and comfortable shoes.
Many first-time visitors to India opt for the path that’s called the Golden Triangle encompassing New Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. The region of Rajasthan, as well as Mumbai, Varanasi, and Goa are also popular among holidaymakers.