Holidays to India in 2016

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Indulge your senses in India

A diverse country rich with natural beauty and steeped in ancient culture, India is a popular destination for those in search of spirituality, discovery and adventure. India holidays can transport you through the juxtaposition of a tranquil ashram to a madcap tour through a modern, sprawling city like Mumbai. Iconic monuments and world wonders like the Taj Mahal lie in wait for visitors, along with the pristine beauty of the snow-capped Himalayas and the colourful bazaars and marketplaces of New Delhi. India is full of variable and attractive national parks that can provide you with a wild close encounter, with thrills of a different kind experienced through one of the country’s vibrant and engaging religious festivals.

There are over one billion residents of India, with an astounding array of cultures and traditions. Holidays in India will expose you to a mesmerising and diverse world which is guaranteed to leave a lasting impression on any visitor.

Contemporary charm and historical treasures

With a range of hotels situated in some of India’s top locations you can be sure to find something that suits you and your budget. The accommodation on offer ranges from affordable to luxurious, and whether you’re staying in popular cities like Mumbai, New Delhi or Chennai – you’ll have a number of attractions to peruse nearby, as well as high standard facilities to keep you entertained.

Many travellers choose to follow the traditional Golden Triangle route which includes the ancient Pink City of Jaipur, modern Delhi, and stately Agra, all of which cater well to visitors.

If you're interested in more secluded holidays to India and getting off the beaten tourist track, visiting the remote monasteries in regions like Ladakh and Kerala will provide a sedate and spiritual impression of the country. Goa is another popular destination, with its bohemian vibe and sunny beaches where you can find well-equipped hostels along with all-inclusive resorts.

Engage all five senses

India comprises of 28 different states, each with its own unique personality and charm. For those in search of sun and sand you can flock south to the beautiful beaches of Goa, while for a different type of water-based experience you can board a traditional houseboat and sail the picturesque Kerala Backwaters. Unspoilt wilderness abounds in India, allowing you to come face to face with tigers and crocodiles in destinations such as the lush Sundarbans National Park. Yet its urban centres provide a faster pace of life with no shortage of shopping, museums, and nightlife, with cities like Delhi and Mumbai the epitome of a modern metropolis. Visit an ashram to perfect your yoga techniques in deeply spiritual surroundings, or pay a visit to the beautiful Himalayan city of Srinagar for unparalleled views.

Indian cuisine is famous throughout the world for its fragrant spice blends and use of refreshing tropical fruits, playing a significant role in the country's cultural traditions. Experience all the regional flavours of India from gourmet restaurants in Mumbai to humble street stands in New Delhi. Lively regional festivals light up India holidays with a unique touch of local colour, including Goa's carnival and the bright lights of Diwali.

Find your inner explorer

There's a wealth of things to see and do throughout India, from indulging in some serious retail therapy in New Delhi's bustling marketplaces to viewing Bollywood magic in Mumbai. You can learn about Hindu culture in the ancient city of Varanasi, which is considered to be the birthplace of Hinduism and the oldest living city in the world. Admire the ornate architecture of shrines such as the Golden Temple of Amritsar or swim in the crystalline waters of Dal Lake in Srinagar.

India is home to some stunning Heritage Sites including Old Goa’s Basilica of Bom Jesus which holds the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier. One of the largest forts in the world, Jaisalmer Fort, can be found within the golden expanse of the Thar Desert, naturally rivalling the equally spectacular Amer Fort that towers over the Pink City of Jaipur.

Unsurprisingly, the Taj Mahal tops the itinerary for many holidays in India. This wonder is a beautifully imposing icon, particularly in the warm glow of an Indian sunset.

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Top Cities

Agra is the beautiful old capital of the northern Indian of Hindustan and home of the famous Taj Mahal. Delhi is India’s largest city and one of the largest cities in the world and home to a large number of historic buildings and monuments. Jaipur is the capital of the Indian region of Rajasthan, often known as the Pink City. Varanasi is one of the world’s oldest cities, located on the River Ganges. Hyderabad is a historic city known for its arts and culture. Ladak is a region in the north of India filled with mountains and valleys. Goa is a small Indian state in the west of the country famed for its stunning beaches.

Attractions

The Taj Mahal in Agra is one of the world’s most recognisable and iconic buildings made out of white marble; the huge mausoleum is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Agra Fort is in reality a city surrounded by enormous walls and filled with beautiful architecture. Fatehpur Sikri is a beautiful Indian Palace in Agra.

Activities

Indian cuisine is one of the most flavoursome and distinctive cuisines in the world. Walking trails are a great way to experience the atmosphere of this beautiful country. Boat trips are a popular tourist attraction enabling visitors to see large swathes of countryside and city. Shopping is available in the country’s cities, with all the major stores and brands.

Nightlife

Traditional Indian cultural shows are a fantastic way to experience the culture of the country. Indian dancing is a beautiful aspect of Indian culture and wherever you go in the country there are opportunities to witness it.

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Attractions

If you are looking for beautiful sandy beaches with crystal clear waters then India is a fantastic choice. The beaches in the region of Goa are some of the most breath taking and romantic in the world. Indian architecture is among the most intricate and beautiful in the world, unlike anything in the western world. The temples and monuments found all over the country are truly awe inspiring and well worth visiting.

Activities

Dal Lake is a beautiful tourist attraction in the Kashmir region; the lake is known as the ‘Jewel in the crown of Kashmir’. The lake is known for its beautiful house boats where visitors can stay overnight on the waters and boat trips around the lake. An Indian market is like nothing else the bustling atmosphere, the smells and sounds make for a truly memorable experience. Wildlife safaris are one of the most popular tourist attractions in India. The country has hundreds of endangered and fascinating animals and a safari is a great way to see them and the beautiful landscape.

Nightlife

Traditional Indian cultural shows are a fantastic way to experience the culture of the country. Indian dancing is a beautiful aspect of Indian culture and wherever you go in the country there are opportunities to witness it. Indian cuisine is one of the most flavoursome and distinctive cuisines in the world, though it’s not all chicken tikka masalas and kormas, there are some truly delicious dishes many of which are vegetarian.

Hotels

If you are looking for a lovely hotel in which to send a romantic holiday then there are plenty on offer from those with spectacular views of India’s bustling cities to those that sit on their own secluded beaches, whatever you are after you will be sure to find the perfect hotel.

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Attractions

India is home to a fascinating and beautiful array of wildlife from elephants to endangered tigers. The landscape is some of the most varied and breath-taking in the world, rainforest, mountains, rivers, deserts, beautiful beaches, India has it all.

Activities

Many people make pilgrimages to the thousands of temples and mosques scattered all over India. Cycling is a great way to explore the beautiful and varied countryside. Kayaking is popular along many of India’s rivers.

Festivals

Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights that is celebrated every year; the celebrations are well worth seeing if you are visiting during the festival. Raksha Bandhan is a festival celebrated by brothers and sisters. Durga Puja is a festival in celebration of the Hindu Goddess Durga when huge statues are erected all over the country and all work stops.

Architecture

Hawa Mahal is the Palace of the Winds in the Jaipur region of India a unique building of breath taking grandeur. The Taj Mahal in Agra is one of the world’s most recognisable and iconic buildings made out of white marble. Khajuraho Temples are one of the most popular tourist attractions in India consisting of huge medieval Hindu temples. Ajanta Ellora Caves are cave paintings and sculptures that date back almost 4000 years.

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Attractions

Ranthambore National Park is a large swathe of protected parkland that is home to spectacular scenery and wildlife such as the endangered Bengal Tiger. India’s cities have a large number of museums celebrating the history and culture of this fascinating country.

Activities

Safaris are an extremely popular activity in India as the country is home to such a varied a fascinating array of wildlife such as elephants and tigers. A fantastic way to discover the incredible countryside of India is on a light trek, wherever you are throughout the country you will be sure to find guided tours of the local region. Many people go camping in the beautiful Indian wilderness; a night under the beautiful stars is an incredible experience.

Nightlife

Indian cuisine is one of the most flavoursome and distinctive cuisines in the world and if you like your food hot then you will get on well. If you don’t make sure you opt for something without the chillies. If you get the opportunity you should try and watch a traditional show with traditional Indian music and dancing.

Hotels

There are plenty of hotels throughout India that are well equipped for families with children with recreation areas and entertainment.

Whether you are looking for a luxury hotel to relax in or an affordable hotel to use as a base while you explore the fascinating country of India there is a hotel to suit you.

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