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India Travel Guide

Shake up your senses in India

If you're looking for a real adventure, then you've decided on the right place! India has everything a traveller could want, if they're looking for somewhere unlike any other - hectic and lively cities, contrasting culture, fiery cuisine, and magnificent landscapes. Take bustling railway journeys and raucous rickshaw rides across the country, snap photos of stunning monuments and inhale the exotic scents of spice and incense. Get ready for a place that will shake up your senses and have you falling in love with travelling all over again.

Top places to visit in India

locals inhabitants of Mumbai wearing colourful and traditional attire

Mumbai and Delhi

Get ready for two exhilarating cities! The capital city of Delhi and its rival Mumbai are captivating, pulse-pounding, vibrant and overwhelming all at once. If you've heard of the phrase 'a kaleidoscope of colour' you'd be forgiven for thinking it originated here! Tons of people, bright colours, traffic and local markets. Head to Pahargang for the backpacker scene, or Mumbai for some of the best street food in India!
a grand scale temple in Agra in a pastel pink shade with blue skies in the backdrop

Agra & Rajasthan

If you're looking for classic India (how you imagine it) then take yourself to the famous Taj Mahal in Agra, or the beautiful Amber Fort in Jaipur. Then wander the maze-like streets of Jodhpur, take in the grand palace of Udaipur, and the stunning desert city of Jaisalmer. Want to witness one of the annual Camel Fairs? Then look no further than pretty Pushkar. You'll never be short of things to do in these little areas of India.
a golden statue standing tall with vast mountains in the backdrop, known as the Himalayas

The Himalayas

If you're a keen trekker, then the Himalayas will be at the top of your list! But where do you stop on your treks? Try the tranquil and isolated Ladakh in the north, the scenic train journey in Shimla, and the home of the Dalai Lama (McLeod Ganj). There's also the picture-perfect surroundings of Manali and Rishikesh, and if you want to stop for a cup of something hot, then get yourself to Darjeeling - it will definitely be your cup of tea (quite literally). 
a beach setting in Kerala featuring warm blue water against golden sands

Goa and Kerala

If you're looking for a bit of relaxation (and you probably will after all of the chaos of the cities) then go to Goa! It's one of India's best beach destinations - with palm fringed shorelines, crystal clear water, and even a colonial old city to wander around! Further south you'll find Kerala, famed for its idyllic backwaters, lush forest hills and white-sand beaches.

India tour deals

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The Golden Triangle

Witness the diversity and colourful nature of the northern cities on this incredible journey through India, starting and finishing in Delhi. Wander the colonial monuments and labyrinth streets of Old Delhi, check out the magnificent Taj Mahal, awe at Jaipur’s architecture and visit rural villages to learn more about real rural life - all within 8 days.
8 days
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Uncover India - Delhi to Goa

The colours, the tastes, the architecture – experience the very best India has to offer. Snake your way through mysterious temples, magical palaces, shimmering lakes and some incredible cuisine. Check out the big cities of Delhi and Mumbai and soak up the amazing vistas of Rajasthan, including a trip to the Taj Mahal. Finish up in the party capital of Goa and soak up some sun.
15 days
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West Coast India & Rajasthan by Rail

Have you ever wondered what it's like to travel like a local in India? Well hop on a train to explore the chilled West Coast and exhilarating Rajasthan. After you experience the Taj Mahal, visit the colourful streets of Jaipur and explore stunning Udaipur. Plus, relax on Goa's golden beaches and indulge in fresh seafood right from the coast.
 
12 days
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India travel costs

India Beers

Beers

The cost of a domestic beer in India is 100INR on average (approx $2), but you can grab one for as little as 80INR.

Indian Meals

Meals

A meal at an inexpensive restaurant in India can range from 80-250INR (approx $1.60-$5), however you will get food much cheaper if you explore the street food stalls, where you can get samosas for 5INR (10c).

India Taxi

Taxi Ride

Want to catch a cab? Taxi fares start from 50INR (approx $1), and you should always ensure you get a prepaid taxi. Or you could go for the cheaper option: a Rickshaw.

Transport India

Transport

The easiest and most frequent mode of transport around India is by autorickshaw (like Tuk Tuks), which start at 25INR (approx 50x), or taxi. However you can also get around by bus, boats and trains.

Hostels India

Hostels

Looking to stay in a hostel when you're in India? Dorm rooms start from as little as 165INR (approx $3.30).

Hotels India

Hotels

From budget to 5*, you'll be able to find a hotel room to suit your budget. The average cost for a double room is 500INR(approx $10).

FAQ - Travel in India

When is the best time to travel to India?

India has marked differences in weather depending on the time of year. The winter months see pleasant temperatures generally around the mid twenties (although the central regions can be higher) meaning this is prime time for beach destinations. Northern India sees colder temperatures however, in particular up in the Himalayas. April through to June sees a steady increase in temperatures as the sizzle begins. There is some respite up in the Himalayas however. The end of June sees in the beginning of the Monsoon season, which means heavy rain storms are prone to occur, particularly in the Himalayas and tropical southern tip. Accommodation can be quieter however during the summer months as many are put off by the rains so it can save you a few pennies travelling at this time.

What's the best way to travel around India?

India can be overwhelming for first time visitors, not only due to its hectic pace and complex culture, but because of the sheer size of it too. So, many travellers opt to join a group tour, which can span from just a few days to months!

Independent? Good on you, bold traveller. India's bus and rail network can be a little tricky to get your head around at first, and often requires booking in advance in order to nab a comfortable seat or sleeping berth. We recommend you do planning and research if you intend to travel by public transport, instead of winging it. 

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