Hectic and beautiful, vibrant and overbearing, it is difficult to know where to begin describing India. With its many languages, religions and effervescent cultures, visiting India is not simply a holiday, it is a life-affirming experience.
First-time travellers can be easily intimidated by the loud, fast-paced atmosphere of India, however, if you can see past the chaos, it won’t take long for you to fall in love with this magical country!
Home to almost one billion people, India is famed for its hustle and bustle, its colourful bazaars, its fantastic cuisine and iconic landmarks. One thing is for sure, you will never find yourself bored!
Head to capital city New Delhi or Mumbai for a taste of authentic India, or for stunning white beaches and crystal waters, get to Goa!
No trip however would be complete without at least catching a glimpse of the iconic Taj Mahal in Agra. The pristine white marble dome and spindly minarets, inlaid with millions of semi-precious stones have secured this elegant mausoleum the title of most beautiful building in the world.
To truly appreciate and understand the allure of India, it really has to be experienced first-hand. No amount of well-chosen words or artisan camera angles can really paint a picture of this enchanting country, so what are you waiting for?
Built by the emperor Shah Jahan in 1632 as a memorial to his late wife, the Taj Mahal in Agra has recently been voted one of the modern Seven Wonders of the World. An important Muslim worship site and tourist attraction, it was granted world heritage status in 1983 and attracts nearly 3 million tourists per year who come to admire its beauty.
India’s Bollywood industry is the largest film making industry in the world. Spectacular costumes, music and dancing, integrated with all the flavours of India makes for enormous productions which are outstanding to behold.
Why not take a Bollywood Tour in Mumbai? Experience the magic for yourself as you are guided through the studios, watch scenes being filmed live and meet the stars themselves!
No trip to India would be complete without visiting one of the many local bazaars which can be found in all of the major cities. Soak up the atmosphere, colours and chaos as you barter for precious silks, bangles, flowers and spices. Why not sample some of the traditional Indian street food while you’re there too?
To really get the most out of a trip to a country as large as India, it is recommended you take a guided tour. Lasting over a couple of days, the Golden Triangle tour of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur is the most popular circuit among tourists although there are a number of other routes available, depending on your personal interests. Most of these can be booked in advance from various operators.
We Brits love Indian cooking so much, we have adopted the Chicken Tikka Masala as our national dish! So where better to sample other tandoori favourites than in the country they came from!
India is a world leader in spices. Although flavours and ingredients vary regionally, the cuisine remains fairly stereotypically Indian, with curries, chapatti breads, spiced kebabs and mixed tandoori grills.
In accordance with their religious beliefs, a lot of Indian people are vegetarians; more for hygiene reasons, many travellers in India also adopt vegetarianism while they’re there. Although you probably won’t find many onion bhajis like you get at home, vegetarians are particularly well-served in India!
If you’re feeling adventurous, Indian street food is regarded some of the best in the world. Potato Patties, Chicken Tikka rolls and Bhel Puri (a sweet-and-sour blend of puffed rice, sev, finely chopped onion and potato, and tamarind chutney, served cold) are favourites in cities like Mumbai. So dig in with your fingers and prepare for a taste explosion!
Goa's stunning, sun-drenched beaches are a year-round draw for British holiday makers.
Home to lush mountains and vast sandy beaches, Kerala is listed in the top 50 must-see places on the planet.
The most populous city in India with around 20 million people, Mumbai is vibrant and booming with culture.