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With its extreme culture shock, contrasting landscapes, fiery cuisine and blaring cities, India is a thrill to the senses and a travel experience like no other. Its pulse-pounding streets are exhilarating, fascinating and overwhelming all at once. Its dramatic mountain ranges and exotic beaches are worlds apart, accentuating the incredible variety of life in this epic country. The ancient and traditional collide with the modern world, with India firmly a part of both. From bustling railway journeys and raucous rickshaws rides, to uncovering awe-inspiring monuments and encountering the endless scents of spices and incense, this incredible, vast chunk of Asia is the perfect place for a real adventure.

India Fast Facts

Indian Language

Languages Spoken

The language most widely spoken in India is Hindi, however there are a number of other languages, such as Bengali and Telugu.

Indian Currency

Currency

Name: Indian Rupee
Code: INR
Symbol: ‎₹‎

Indian Time Zone

Time Zone

India Standard Time (IST)
GMT/UTC+5:30h)

Travelling to India

India has a large number of international airports and is a relatively easy journey from the UK with direct flight times to New Delhi and Mumbai hovering around the 9 hour mark. These are the most popular entry points, with lots of connecting flights available to onward destinations such as Goa and Kerala. Student/youth fares are available on many routes with STA Travel.
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India Costs

India Beers

Beers

The cost of a domestic beer in India is 100Rs on average, but you can grab one for as little as 80Rs.

Indian Meals

Meals

A meal at an inexpensive restaurant in India can range from 80-250Rs, however you will get food much cheaper if you explore the street food stalls, where you can get samosas for 5Rs.

India Taxi

Taxi Ride

Want to catch a cab? Taxi fares start from 50Rs, 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 25Rs, 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 165Rs.

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 500Rs.

Top places to visit

Agra
Agra & Rajasthan
From Agra's world renowned Taj Mahal to the sensational Amber Fort in Jaipur. From the blue hues of Jodhpur's maze-like streets to the beautiful palace of Udaipur. And let's not forget the dramatic desert city of Jaisalmer and pretty little Pushkar, both of which burst with activity during the annual Camel Fairs. This is where those magical images of India conjured up by the imagination come alive.
Himalayas
The Himalayas
The Himalayas mean getting totally off the beaten track. Visit Ladakh in the north for an out of this world experience of tranquillity and isolation. Shimla and McLeod Ganj are great stops, the former famous for its scenic train journey, the latter for being home to the Dalai Lama. Manali and Rishikesh are known for their stunning surroundings, and Darjeeling in the east is perfect for tea lovers.
Mumbai
Mumbai and Delhi
These vast cities hit visitors with a bang. Both the capital Delhi and its rival Mumbai are thrilling, deafening, captivating - kaleidoscopes of people, colour, traffic and bric-a-brac. Paharganj is the backpacker hub of Delhi and great for perusing the bazars for top local crafts. And Mumbai isn't just about Bollywood, it has some of the best street food in all of India, so tuck right in!
Varanasi
Varanasi and The Ganges
One of India's holiest cities, Varanasi and its Ganges shores are a chaotic mix of sounds and scents, rituals and daily to-dos. One of the most important centres of Hinduism, it's considered an incredibly sacred cremation place and family scenes along the river are a daily occurrence. The city is a striking insight into India's powerful religious culture and always leaves everlasting impressions.
Kerala
Goa and Kerala
Once a Portuguese outpost then a top hippie-hangout, Goa is one of India's best beach destinations, perfect for relaxing along its exotic shores, not forgetting exploring its colonial old city. Further south, Kerala is famed for its idyllic backwaters, lush hills and again, pristine beaches. Moreover, southern India boasts sensational foods featuring sweet curries and seafood, so prepare to feast!

GETTING AROUND INDIA

India can be overwhelming for first time visitors due to its hectic pace and complex culture, so many travellers opt to join a group tour. Want to do something a little different? How about volunteering in India? Or perhaps a Tailor Made trip following your own perfect itinerary. Or if you're in the mood to let out your wild side, we've got the perfect rickshaw adventure for you!
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India tours & rail adventures

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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. This is an independent tour, so you will be travelling privately in your own personal group of friends or family.
 
8 days | From £407 
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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 | From £799
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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 | From £849 
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Tailor Made India
Have a specific itinerary in mind? Want something extra special? Our Tailor Made India team can put together your perfect trip, tailored to your needs. From accommodation to transport and guides, let our Tailor Made team complete your Indian experience.
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Volunteer in India
From teaching to helping local communities, volunteering in India will give you an incredible insight into local living and could be a life changing opportunity. Not only will you be giving valuable assistance to those in need but you'll be gaining some amazing experience too, perfect for building your CV.
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Mini Adventures in India
Got your India trip more or less planed but want a cheeky add-on or two? Check out our top packages and ensure you have the complete Indian experience. From camel safaris to yoga retreats, we've got your Indian adventure covered!

When is the best time to visit 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.

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