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India Travel Guide

Landing in India for the first time, you're bound to get a culture shock. With wildly 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. From bustling railway journeys and raucous rickshaw rides, to uncovering awe-inspiring monuments and encountering the endless scents of spices and incense, India is the perfect place for a real Asian adventure.
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The language most widely spoken in India is Hindi, however there are a number of other languages, such as English, Bengali and Telugu.
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Indian Rupee (INR)
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£1 is approx 95 Indian Rupees
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India Standard Time (GMT+5:30)

Top places to visit in India

From captivating kaleidoscopes of people, colour, fragrant food, traffic and bric-a-brac in the cities of Delhi and Mumbai to the sensational Amber Fort in Jaipur and the holy city of Varanasi and its Ganges shores. India's cities are thrilling, chaotic and are sure to leave a lasting imprint.
Birdseye view of Jodhpur

Rajasthan/ Golden Triangle

From Agra's world-renowned Taj Mahal, 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

Beach in Goa


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, boogying to the sound of drums and exploring its colonial old city.
Backwaters of Kerala


Kerala is famed for its idyllic backwaters, lush hills, epic surf and pristine beaches. Explore untouched tea-plantations and forests, spot tigers in the jungle and prepare yourself for a tongue-tingling feast as southern India boasts a sensational mix of sweet curries and seafood.

India tours & experiences

Red fort in old Delhi

Rajasthan and Varanasi: Trains & the Taj

From the monuments of Delhi to the colourful cities of Rajasthan, experience three weeks of northern India's best. Marvel at Jaisalmer's mud fortress and Bikaner's unique temple before journeying into the desert for an overnight camel safari. Follow in the footsteps of pilgrims and make your way to the Ganges River at Varanasi.
20 days
Building ruins in India

Uncover India: High Deserts & Markets

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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Taj Mahal

Group tours in 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.
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India by train

See several extreme living side by side on these truly incredible rail journeys through India. Choose from five individual trips or combine them together to create your own unforgettable journey into the heart of this diverse and colourful country.

Choose from Northern India, Southern India & Karnatakas, Southern India & East Coast, North East India & Darjeeling and West Coast India & Rajasthan.

What we love about India

Plant with two large leaves Plant Food
With the largest number of vegetarians in the world, India's veggie cookbook must be doing something right.
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The world's largest film industry, it's not unheard of for western backpackers to be cast into Bollywood blockbusters!
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Take in the ivory-white marble beauty of this exquisite mausoleum and snap its best angle for Instagram.

Frequently asked questions about travelling to India

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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