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Adventure of the senses

Enchanting India: Visit this profoundly beautiful country for an assault on all your senses.  Prepare to be captivated by the enchanting flavours of Indian cuisine, or by the sight of your first beach in Kerala or Goa. Just ‘go with the flow’ because holidays in India are an experience to treasure. From love’s greatest gift, the Taj Mahal to the majestic palaces of Rajasthan, you’d need several lifetimes to explore this vast country. Rejuvenate and repair at luxury retreats offering ancient Ayurvedic treatments.  Combine India with Sri Lanka for a multi centre holiday or choose from a wide selection of tours and combine with a beach stay in Goa. You can also read more about India in Footprints, our digital magazine. 

 

 

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Find more about Goa

Dry Season

From October until May, especially November to April, Goa sees very little rain. Days are hot and sunny, followed by cool, comfortable evenings. With more than 320 hours of sunshine, January is the finest month of the year. 

Our Favourite Season

We particularly love Goa from November to March, when the sun shines everyday, rainfall is minimal, humidity is at its lowest, and evening temperatures are pleasantly cool. Check the calendar for colourful local festivals too.  

Rainy Season

Goa encounters the monsoon season from June to September. With heavy rainfall, higher humidity, rougher seas, and a lack of open facilities, this time of year is best avoided. July is the wettest month. 

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Our Favourite Season

In the winter Kerala offers warm, sunny days with little to no rainfall. The previous monsoon season turns the entire area lush and verdantly green and we think the pleasant temperatures are best for enjoying the beaches and backwaters of Kerala. 

Rainy Season

There are two rainy seasons in Kerala: the southwest and the northeast monsoon. The southwest monsoon is the main rainy season, dumping torrential rain on Kerala from June until September. On the heels of this starts the northeast monsoon, bringing slightly less rain with warm and humid weather throughout October and November. 

Summer Season

Summer brings rising temperatures with irregular rainfall and humid weather to Kerala. The cool breeze from the Arabian Sea keeps the warm temperatures comfortable. Expect occasional lightning and thunderstorms. 

Winter Season

The disappearance of the northeast monsoon marks the start of winter in Kerala. This season ushers in cooler temperatures and low rainfall. The days are clear and sunny, although nights can get a bit chilly. 

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Autumn Season

Expect sunny, warm days with cool, pleasant nights in New Delhi throughout October and November. It rarely rains during this season, so it is a good time to get outside and enjoy the sights the city has to offer. 

Our Favourite Season

Because of New Delhi’s extreme weather we like visiting in the spring or autumn (February and March or October and November). There is slightly more rain in the spring than autumn, but both seasons offer warm days with lots of sun and low humidity. 

Rainy Season

New Delhi’s short monsoon season lasts from July to mid September. These months are very hot, temperatures rising to 35°C, and very wet, accompanied by heavy, intermittent rains. The humidity from the heat and rain can be very uncomfortable. 

Spring Season

New Delhi’s short spring season has sunny, pleasantly warm days and cool nights. Rain falls occasionally but there are very low levels of humidity. 

Summer Season

Summers in New Delhi are scorching hot, temperatures rising to 46°C. May and June are the very hottest months, although the hot weather sticks around until October. 

Winter Season

Compared to summer, winter in New Delhi is short and cold, temperatures hovering just above freezing. Mornings can be blurred by intense fog, although afternoons are usually clear with bright sunshine. 

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Our Favourite Season

The winter months of November to February are by far the best time to visit Mumbai. Between the heavy rain of monsoon season and the overbearing heat of summer, this time of year sees dry, sunny days and comfortable temperatures.  

Rainy Season

 Mumbai is a washout from June to September, when the monsoon season brings heavy rain and winds. Almost all of Mumbai’s annual rain falls at this time of year, and thunderstorms and floods are common. 

Summer Season

The summer months of March, April, May, and October are dry, hot and humid, often to the point of being uncomfortable. Marking the beginning and end of the monsoon season, May and October are the hottest months of the year.  

Winter Season

November to February is winter in Mumbai. The sun still shines, rainfall is rare, and temperatures are high, but cooled by welcome breezes and less oppressive than the summer months.  

Excursions in and around India

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Flight Information

There are a number of carriers to offering flights to India from the UK.

Direct Carriers: Delhi and Mumbai can be reached on direct services with Jet Airways, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic

Indirect Carriers: Emirates, Qatar Airways and Ethiad offer indirect services to Mumbai and Delhi via the Middle East. Sri Lanka Airlines features both cities via Colombo. The beach areas of Goa and Kerala can be reached via the main cities.

Departure Taxes: An international departure tax of 500 Rupees must be paid when departing India. This is usually included in your air ticket so please check before travel or plan in advance to have 500 Rupees upon departure.

Visa Information

British Citizens are required to have a visa to enter India. You can find further information about how to apply on the Indian High Commission website. Or contact the Indian Embassy on 0207 836 8484.

Holders of passports endorsed ‘British citizen’ who meet the eligibility criteria can apply for an e-Tourist Visa (e-TV) to enter India at certain designated airports.  Date of journey should not be greater than 34 days from the date of your application. You can find more information about the eligibility criteria on the government of India’s e-Tourist Visa website.

You should check carefully whether or not you’re eligible for an e-TV before you apply. British subject, British protected person, British overseas citizen, British national (overseas) and British overseas territories citizen passport holders aren’t eligible to apply for an e-TV.

Please ensure you carry a copy of your certified e-visa with you at all times (including departing from the United Kingdom) as airlines will require proof you have a valid visa.

As advised from the local governments and the FCO, customers travelling to and from India, with immediate effect, must have a Machine Readable Passport, as immigration will not be accepting passports which are non-machine readable.

Currency

The currency in India is the Indian Rupee. India has a closed currency, meaning you cannot take Rupees in or out of the country. This of course means you cannot exchange your UK Pounds prior to arriving in India. There are numerous currency exchanges located throughout the airport and all major stations.

How to get your currency

We recommend you withdraw Indian Rupees from a cash machine upon arriving in India, or bring cash to exchange. Cash machines are found at airports, major stations, and throughout India’s larger cities and towns. Make larger transactions less often to incur fewer fees. You cannot convert your Indian Rupees back to UK Pounds after leaving India, so be sure to do this prior to your departure date. Major credit cards are generally accepted, although smaller shops will not accept them.

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Tipping

While tipping in India is not compulsory and you can do so at your discretion, it is usually expected. Most restaurants include a 10 percent surcharge, although you can add more if the service was good. Priests are tipped, porters and attendants at hotels are tipped, guides are tipped, boatmen are tipped, and auto rickshaw and taxi drivers are tipped if they did a good job.

Health

All travellers should be up to date on routine immunisations. Tuberculosis, Meningitis, Typhoid and anti-Malarial protection is recommended in some area of India. Please ensure you consult with your GP for up to date vaccination requirements for the area that you are travelling to.

What to pack


 What you pack for a holiday in India will depend on what season you are travelling in and where you are going. India is vast and the climate varies from region to region, but generally it is defined by three seasons: hot, cool, and wet (monsoon). When these seasons take place depends on where you are in India. Winter (November to March) has pleasant temperatures. Summer (April to June) is sweltering through much of the country. Monsoon season (June to September) drenches most India.

Shawl or scarf to keep you warm in the winter;

Socks to wear into the temples as you are required to take your shoes off;

Cotton T-shirts and shorts to keep you cool in the summer;

Closed-toed shoes for the cities which often have a lot of pollution and rubbish on the roads;

Sarong or hat to cover your head when it is sunny;

Travel adapter to convert a UK three pin plug to the rounded pins that India has;

Lightweight jacket;

Mosquito repellent with DEET;

Torch;

Swimming suit if you are heading to the coastal regions;

Sunscreen and sunglasses if you are heading to Goa's beaches;

Hiking shoes if you are heading inland or to the Himalayas;

Umbrella and lightweight plastic rain poncho in the rainy season;

Camera.

India Specialities

Brace yourself—while on holiday in India you are in for a treat. Indian cuisine has a spectacularly diverse range of regional dishes. With explosive flavours running the gamut from spicy to tangy to sweet to sour, Indian cuisine has become a much-loved fare throughout the UK. The diverse, multicultural heritage of India and its easy access to exotic spices such as aniseed, cassia leaves, ginger, turmeric, and saffron, as well as herbs such as coriander, mint, and curry ensures you will enjoy a wide range of flavours in India.

Most Indian food served in the UK is Mughlai (or Punjabi). When in India, you will experience much more than this, with numerous regional cuisines available, such as Awadhi, Goa, and Kerala. Most Indian dishes are vegetarian, although some may include lamb, goat, chicken, or fish. Most dishes do not have beef, as cows are sacred in much of India, and many people tend to be vegetarian.

Curries
Indian curries are wonderfully varied from region to region, some having a sour flavour, some having a sweet flavour. Curries have gained popularity throughout the UK, and indeed the world, for their lip-smacking flavours. Around 25 spices are used to make Indian curries, often in various combinations. Spices include turmeric, chilli, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, caraway seeds, and cumin seeds, to name a few. The sauce is often supplemented with lime juice, tamarind, tomatoes, coconut milk, or yoghurt and added to sautéed onion, garlic, ginger, and tomatoes.

Tandoori Chicken
Very popular, much-loved tandoori chicken is a super easy dish to make. The tandoori masala spices include cumin and coriander seeds, cloves, cinnamon sticks, ginger, garlic, red chilli, turmeric, and mace powders, and a pinch of salt. The spices are mixed with yoghurt and smeared over chicken pieces, marinated, then baked or grilled. It tastes delicious with hot naan bread.

Butter Chicken
Butter chicken is similar to tandoori chicken, but with a simple butter, tomato, and garam masala spiced sauce simmered with cream until rich and velvety. This popular Indian dish can be adjusted to be hot or mild and is often served with kaali daal (black lentils), naan bread, and a green salad.

Kaali Daal
Kaali daal is a wholesome and delicious vegetarian dish often served as a side dish, but popular as a main as well. This dish combines black lentils with various spices such as ginger, coriander, cumin, and red chilli powder for a spicy, delicious dish.
   

Street Food

Street food is one of the best ways to experience India’s cultural and regional diversity. Try wada pav and pav bhaji in Mumbai, jhal mudi (puffed rice) in Calcutta, or mutton biryani in Hyderabad. From makeshift roadside stalls to small carts, street food is everywhere here. Be careful to only order street food from vendors whose food is clean and fresh, as well as cooked right in front of you.

Chaat
Chaat is a small, savoury snack served just about everywhere in India, from roadside stalls to street vendors to hurriedly assembled carts and is perhaps Northern India’s most popular treat. There are numerous variants, some of which include potatoes, others fried bread, and still others chickpeas. Try the delicious variations of this dish, including papri chaat, aloo chaat, dahi puri, and dahi vada.

Samosa
This popular Indian snack is filled with a ball of spiced potato, peas, and chilli that is divided and stuffed into dough and then deep fried for an explosion of mouth-wateringly delicious flavours.

Aloo Vada
Aloo vada is much loved in India on a rainy day. Essentially, it is a potato coated with a floury batter and deep fried. It is served with various chutneys such as date and tamarind chutney or green chutney. Sometimes it is stuffed in a sandwich or bun and eaten for lunch.

Pav Bhaji
This roadside favourite is high in taste and low in cost. It combines potatoes and vegetables simmered with butter and spices. It is served as a meal or as a side.
 

Average Prices

You will find on your holiday in India that prices are much less than you are used to at home. A dinner at a restaurant costs around 500 to 800 Indian Rupees, while street food costs a fraction of that. A 1.5 litre bottle of water costs about 20 Indian Rupees while a bottle of wine costs about 500 Indian Rupees.

National Dress

The national dress of India varies quite a lot, as is fitting with its vast ethnicity, geography, climate, and cultural traditions. Traditional costumes are worn in daily life in some regions, while only worn for festivals or celebrations in other regions. Many people in urban areas wear western-style clothing or combine western and Indian styles, for example leggings with long tunics or saris.

The traditional dress for women are saris (an unstitched piece of cloth worn in different styles), salwar kameez (a pair of loose pyjamas held together with a drawstring around the waist) or ghaghra cholis (a long, embroidered gypsy skirt worn with a cropped, fitted blouse that shows the midriff). Men wear a dhoti (a long piece of unstitched white cloth which is wrapped around the waist and between the legs), lungi (a piece of cloth sewn in a circle and worn around the waist like a sarong), or kurta (the ethnic pyjama).
 

Customs & Traditions

You will experience all manner of customs and traditions on your holiday to India. This geographically and culturally diverse nation differs greatly from east to west, north to south. This diversity means customs and traditions vary greatly between ethnic, religious, and geographic groups.

In regards to etiquette, however, there a few things to bear in mind, including:

•    Indians dress conservatively and it is important to keep your legs covered.
•    When entering mosques, temples, or churches take off your shoes, dress conservatively, and cover your head.
•    The traditional greeting in India is called the namaste, placing your hands together and raising them below your face.
•    Good manners in India require you take your shoes off before entering someone’s home and sometimes even shops. If you see shoes at an entrance, you should take yours off as well.
•    Feet are considered unclean, so be careful not to touch people or things with your feet or point with your feet.
•    Confusingly, perhaps, it is considered respectful to bend and touch an elderly person’s feet.
•    Indians often touch their head or eyes to apologise.
•    Indians eat Indian food (although not other cuisines) while seated on the floor and with their hands, using their right hand to eat and their left to serve.
•    Cows are holy in the Hindu religion and it is taboo to eat beef in many Indian states.
•    Refusing holy food can cause offense.
•    Flower garlands are offered as a sign of respect and honour.

Wildlife

The rich and varied geography of India, ranging from the rugged Himalayas to the tropical rainforests, provides a wide variety of animals. Many of these animals are preserved in the country’s 89 national parks, 13 Bio Reserves, and more than 400 wildlife sanctuaries. India is home to lions, tigers, black panthers, cheetahs, wolves, crocodiles, rhinoceroses, monkeys, and the mighty Asian elephant. The term used to describe the wilderness of India is jungle, a name made popular by the movie The Jungle Book. There are over 1,300 species of birds throughout India, of which 42 are endemic and 26 are rare.

Elephant Treks
India is home to about 50 to 60 percent of Asia’s elephants. Many national parks have Elephant Safari’s where you can ride an elephant through jungle trails to see other animals, such as tigers. Ride elephants through Corbett Tiger Reserve, at the Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary in northern Kerala, in Mudumalai National Park, or in Thekkady.

Tiger Trails
India has between 3,500 and 4,000 tigers spread throughout 39 tiger reserves. Bandhavgarh National Park, in the state of Madhya Pradesh, has Asian tigers, as well as the beautiful white tiger. See the park and the tigers from the back of an elephant or by taking a jeep safari into the jungle. Other tiger reserves include Darrah in Rajasthan, Pilibhit in Uttar Pradesh, Kudremukha in Karnataka, and Nameri in Assam.

Camel Safaris

The arid desert landscape in the northwest of India offers opportunities for camel safaris. These tours take you on the back of a camel to see the beauty and desolation of the desert and give you a glimpse of traditional Indian life in the desert. For an authentic cultural experience, book an overnight trip where you will stay in a primitive thatched mud hut and eat traditional food.

Bird Watching
India’s rich habitat and climate variety provide for a plethora of birds. Over 1,300 of the world’s 8,650 species can be seen in India. From the coastal mangrove forests to the Sub-Alpine forests, the tropical deciduous forests, to the dense evergreen forests, you will see birds of every size, shape and colour. For truly spectacular bird watching, head to Keoladeo National Park (also called Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary). There are around 300 species of birds that live here. Hire a rickshaw driver to take you through the park and point out birds.