India’s appeal extends beyond its ancient relics and monuments. From the frenzied city streets and glittering world of Bollywood, to exuberant religious festivals and flavourful cuisine, India is a traveller’s dream. If you prefer not to give up your creature comforts, you can sit back in air-conditioned comfort on a bus tour, while others can get among the daily life by cycling along the beach at Goa or elbowing your way through a jostling bazaar.
Don’t miss these India attractions
- Taj Mahal
- The holy city of Varanasi
- Tour of Mumbai’s Dhavari slums
- India Gate and Rajpath in Delhi
- Diving around Grande Island near Goa
History, religion and relics
A landscape dotted with temples and monuments, India is marked by a rich culture dominated by spirituality and religion. On an organised tour, you can make the pilgrimage to the holy city of Varanasi on the banks of the Ganges, be spellbound by the glittering hues of the Golden Temple, and discover the Dilwara Temples in Mount Abu.
For a true once-in-a-lifetime experience, plan your travels around one of India’s festivals. Diwali represents the start of the Hindi New Year, during which clay lamps, candles and fireworks are lit, while Holi festival also celebrates the spring harvest season. Visitors during Holi can get amongst the excitement by throwing brightly coloured powder at one another.
A break from the city
If you tire of the bustling city streets of Delhi and Mumbai, why not consider heading to Goa or Puducherry. Goa is a seaside town brimming with a wealth of churches to explore and water-sports to enjoy, while Puducherry (formerly Pondicherry) is a charming French-influenced city that you can explore in a day on a rented scooter.
No holiday to India is complete without a visit to Agra’s most treasured landmark, the Taj Mahal. Simply awe-inspiring, this white marble mausoleum built in remembrance of Shah Jahah’s favourite wife is perhaps one of the world’s finest examples of historic preservation. Audio-guides and local guides lead the way here.