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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.

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


Name: Indian Rupee
Code: INR
Symbol: ‎₹
£1 is approximately 86 INR.‎

Indian Time Zone

Time zone

India Standard Time (IST)

Top cities 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.








India costs

India Beers


The cost of a domestic beer in India is 80-100Rs on average (around £1), but you can grab one for as little as 70Rs.

Indian Meals


A meal at an inexpensive restaurant in India can range from 80-250Rs(90p-£3), 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 (60p), and you should always ensure you get a prepaid taxi. Or you could go for the cheaper option: a rickshaw.

Transport India


The easiest and most frequent mode of transport around India is by autorickshaw (like tuk tuks), which start at 25Rs (30p) for short journeys, or taxi. However you can also get around by bus, boats and trains, which are incredibly cheap.

Hostels India


Looking to stay in a hostel when you're in India? Dorm rooms start from as little as 165Rs - around £2 a night!

Hotels India


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 (under £6).

Man standing in front of Taj Mahal

India highlights

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.
Statue of Shiva in the 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.

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Red fort in old Delhi

Rajasthan & Varanasi on a Shoestring | 20 days

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.
Building ruins in India

Uncover India - Delhi to Goa | 15 days

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.
Train running through Indian countryside

Northeast India & Darjeeling by Rail | 13 days

Anybody can view the sights of India by foot or bus – but you’re not just anybody. Instead, get off the beaten path and see India in a very untypical way – by train. Over two weeks, you’ll head north into Sikkim and Darjeeling via vans and local trains (including the famous toy trains in Darjeeling), giving you an up close and personal experience with authentic India.


Tailor made touring, rewritten

Want the freedom of independent travel, but the convenience of a tour? From public buses to private drivers, and hostels to houseboats, with INDI tailor made you get exactly the India trip you want as a private itinerary.


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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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