Why Visit India?
There are plenty of reasons to visit India, and a multitude of unique experiences to ensure an unforgettable India vacation. Relish a thrilling tiger safari, trek to the top of the world, celebrate an extravagant festival, enjoy a train journey, participate in a spiritual retreat, visit architectural wonders and indulge in culinary delights.
For a taste of classic India, head to the Golden Triangle, where you’ll cover Delhi, the Pink City of Jaipur in Rajasthan, and the Taj Mahal at Agra. Also in Rajasthan is the Golden City of Jaisalmer, and Ranthambore National Park, famous for its tiger population. Visit the tea plantations of Darjeeling in the foothills of the Himalayas, explore the palm-fringed west coast and lively beach resorts of Goa, or the adrenaline-fueled city of Mumbai. Go south to the quieter Kerala, which offers some of the best tropical beaches for your vacation in India, along with more national parks.
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Explore the extraordinary waterways of India’s mighty Ganges, Brahmaputra and Hooghly rivers, or the blissful backwaters of Kerala. Our hand-picked portfolio of the region’s most remarkable riverboats and houseboats are operated by only the most trusted of partners, preeminent pioneers in the region who offer exceptional itineraries, unrivaled knowledge, and utmost levels of service.
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Want to know more about vacations in India? Our destination specialists have compiled the definitive India travel guide to help you plan your trip. Find out when and where to go, what to see and do, where to eat and sleep, and more below.
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Do I need a visa to travel to India?
Most foreign nationals visiting India for tourism must obtain an Indian tourist visa. There are 2 types: the electronic visa and the consular visa. Visitors from most countries are eligible to apply online for the India Tourist e-Visa, which permits the holder to visit for up to 90 consecutive days.
To avoid potential problems at immigration, make sure your passport is machine readable, with 2 blank pages for your visa, and valid for a minimum of 180 days at the time of your visa application. Foreign nationals who arrive at an Indian port holding non-machine-readable passports will be denied entry. Always check with the Indian Embassy in your home country for the latest travel requirements.
Do I need to get any vaccinations or malaria tablets ahead of travel?
All tourists visiting India need to get vaccinated for Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Tetanus & Typhoid. In addition, you will need to take malaria tablets to prevent getting infected on your holiday. You need to start your immunizations and medication at least four to six weeks before you plan to leave.
Depending on what you are planning to do during your vacation, you may need to consider additional vaccinations. As with all destinations, it is essential that you see a travel nurse or pharmacist at least 6 – 8 weeks before you travel.
If there was one thing I shouldn’t miss in India, what would you recommend?
There are few sights in the world as iconic as the Taj Mahal, which is a must-see on most India itineraries, particularly for travelers on the famous Golden Triangle circuit, linking Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur. The best time to visit is either at dawn or dusk, or at full moon.
Another must-not-miss experience in India is its festivals. It is said that over a thousand take place every year, welcomed with big celebrations in a true manifestation of the country’s rich culture, multiple religions and traditions.
When is the best time of year to go to India?
The best time to visit is during the cool, dry season, between November and March, especially the cities, temples, palaces and forts of the plains. Temperatures in Goa and central India also remain comfortable at this time of year. Tamil Nadu and Kerala are best from January to March.
The most significant aspect of India’s climate is the monsoon, which arrives on the Keralan coast at the end of May, before working its way northeast across the country. If you visit in the low season (April–June), you will avoid the crowds.
Which is the best place for vacation in India?
When it comes to the best place for a vacation in India, it’s all down to individual needs, personal preference, and your personal interests. However, some places to visit in India remain perennially more popular than others.
The best destinations for vacation in India include Delhi for history and food; Agra for the Taj Mahal; Rajasthan for forts and palaces; Varanasi for spiritual culture; Ranthambore for wildlife; Goa for Beaches; Kerala for relaxation; Darjeeling for tea and scenery, Amritsar for the Golden Temple, and Manali for trekking.
How much does it cost to vacation in India?
A vacation in India can be remarkably inexpensive depending on how and where you decide to spend the money. There are good value-for-money accommodation options, an excellent public transportation network, and deliciously affordable food. The average cost of a seven-day trip to India is around US$1,400 for a solo traveler, excluding airfares.