Holidays to India in 2014

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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.

Old meets new

There's a wide range of accommodation to choose from in India, with prices and offerings varying depending on your itinerary. In big cities like New Delhi, Chennai, and Mumbai, you'll find inexpensive travellers' hotels equipped to a high standard, as well as more luxurious international chains and resorts. 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.