Taj Mahal, Palaces, Himalayas and beaches....
Let the fragrant spices and colourful saris stimulate your senses. Wonderful temples, vibrant festivals, national parks, India has it all.
Northern India is the first stop off when visiting India. See the Golden Triangle with it's bustling cities and architectural wonders like the Taj Mahal in Agra. However this area is just the tip of the iceberg as travel to Central India and you will find tigers, leopards, monkeys and the best way to see all of this is from a jeep safari. Visit Southern India to the beautiful state of Kerala where you will find mangrove forests and beautiful beaches. A holiday to India is one you’ll never forget.
Time difference: GMT +5 hours 30 minutes
Currency: Indian Rupee
India is a vast country, so its weather systems can vary enormously, from glacial in the north to desert in the west. Basically, there are four seasons; winter is January and February, the summer months are March, April and May, followed by the monsoon season from June to September and post monsoon from October to December. Temperatures can vary from a low of 15 degrees and a high of 34 degrees Celsius in Bangalore and from 0 to 18 degrees in Shimla.
No trip to India is complete without a visit to probably the most iconic site in the world, The Taj Mahal. Situated in the city of Agra, this spectacular marble mausoleum was built in between 1632 and 1653 by the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan, to house the tomb of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Its set in beautiful gardens which are a delight to stroll through. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983.
Jaipur, the “Pink City”, is the capital of the state of Rajasthan. It acquires its nickname from the colour of the buildings which are prominent in the city centre. Jaipur offers numerous places of interest, including the City Palace, the open air astronomical observatory Jantar Mantar, the Palace of the Winds and nearby there’s the stately Amber Fort with its elaborate wall carvings and paintings. Of course, these days, Jaipur is also popular as the setting of the film Marigold Hotel.
The former royal hunting ground is home to the elusive tiger. It is one of the biggest national parks in Northern India and is one of the best locations to view tigers in their natural habitat. Situated 130 Km from Jaipur, many tour operators offer packages which include a one or two night stay in the area.