A great introduction to India’s mysteries and charm for your first visit to this beautiful country.

As soon as the blazing wheels of your aircraft roll into the warm saffron soil, you know you’ve landed elsewhere. A land that has no parallels. A land of mysteries, divinity, spirituality, diversity, and above all, infinite love and charm. You are in India!

Padharo Mes Des, goes the old saying, “Welcome to my land!”. In India, you are always a special guest. The Indians firmly believe in affording their guests the stature of the Lord Himself, Athithi Devo Bhava, the ancient Sanskrit verse meaning, “The guest is our God!”.

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Planning the journey: the best time to visit India

India is a land of extremes. From -40 F in the remote Himalayan towns to a scorching 122 F in the desert sands of the Thar, you need to plan according to the time of your visit and the region you wish to explore.

India has a tropical, monsoon type of climate where summers last from March to May and winters from October to February. The most interesting times are, undoubtedly, the monsoons, which last from June to August, extending sometimes into the month of September as well.

There’s no better time to escape the scorching heat of the northern plains than the winters. However, if you are in for an exploration of the pristine Himalayan villages and towns, consider the period from April to August. If you wish to revel in the endless fun of the heavy monsoon rains, do not forget to pack in your umbrella and raincoat along with waterproof shoes that’ll endure the great Indian monsoons!

For a visit during the summer months, we recommend light, cotton clothes and open sandals or comfortable shoes. You’ll thank us for recommending appropriate headgear (scarves, hats, caps, and the like) to prevent heat-stroke should the colorful Indian streets bewitch you into roaming them during the lazy afternoons!

India is a land of extremes. From -40 F in the remote Himalayan towns to a scorching 122 F in the desert sands of the Thar, you need to plan according to the time of your visit and the region you wish to explore.

India has a tropical, monsoon type of climate where summers last from March to May and winters from October to February. The most interesting times are, undoubtedly, the monsoons, which last from June to August, extending sometimes into the month of September as well.

India is a land of extremes:
From  – 40F to 122F

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How to get there

India is well-connected internationally. All major Indian cities house international airports viz. the National Capital New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Goa, Hyderabad, Thiruvananthapuram, Jaipur, Amritsar, Srinagar, etc, to name just a few.

Commuting locally

Most Indian towns and cities have a well-developed local transport infrastructure comprising of buses, metros, autorickshaws, battery-operated vehicles, and cabs, which can take you from one part of the city to the other in a convenient manner.

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Colorful festivals

We recommend a visit to India during any of the major festivals when the entire land reverberates with the vibrant hues of an ancient culture and heritage.

Holi, the festival of colors celebrated in the month of March; Deepawali (commonly called Diwali), the festival of lights celebrated in October; Makar Sankranti, the festival of kites in January, Rakshabandhan observed in August, and the harvest festivals like Pongal, Onam, and Baisakhi.

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From Kashmir to Kanyakumari

India is a breathtaking phenomenon that stretches from the mighty Himalayas in the north to the vast coastlines of Kanyakumari in the south; from the salt marshes of the Rann of Kutch in the west to the mangrove forests in the east- India has it all!

We recommend a visit to India choosing one amongst the following travel themes based on your liking:

Wonderful Wildlife

As vibrant as India herself is her wildlife. Indian national parks and sanctuaries are home to some of the most exotic flora and fauna in the whole world: from the majestic Royal Bengal Tiger to the elusive Asiatic Lion, from the One-horned Rhino to the Snow Leopards roaming the biting higher climes, Indian forests are home to beautiful wildlife that enchants!

The tiger is one of the most majestic big cats in the wild.

We’ve shortlisted some of the best nature reserves for you to explore so you can get a glimpse of the bewildering biodiversity of the region:

  • The Ranthambore National Park is a tiger haven. This, undoubtedly, is one of the best places where you can spot the big cat amidst its natural habitat. Known most for “Machli”, the world’s most photographed tigress, Ranthambore has its own special charms.
  • The Kaziranga National Park in Assam is known most for its one-horned rhinoceros and the Ganges river dolphins in addition to elephants and tigers.
  • The Gir Forests in Gujarat are the last haunt of the endangered Asiatic Lion.
  • The Jim Corbett National Park derives its name from the legendary conservationist and is one of the best places to observe large herds of Asian Elephants roaming the vast grasslands. The dense jungles are inhabited by Tigers, Sloth Bear, Crocodiles, and numerous species of birds and reptiles.
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If you have a keen interest in history, heritage, and culture, India is a gem waiting to be discovered.

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Mystic Himalayas

The Himalayas have been guarding the mainland, particularly the northern frontiers of the country for millions of years now. We’ve chosen the following Indian states for you to witness and explore the remote hill-stations and towns nestled in the unexplored reaches of the mighty hills:

  • Himachal Pradesh is home to numerous hill-stations and is famous for its picturesque valleys and landscapes. A drive through the hills is a must for adventure-enthusiasts!
  • Ladakh is the land of the lamas and is home to numerous ancient Buddhist monasteries. We recommend a visit to this cold desert, for no visit to India is complete without a trip to Ladakh situated in the Jammu & Kashmir region of the country.
    Ladakh is distinguished in being home to some of the world’s highest motorable roads and mountain passes, navigating which is a test of true grit. Adrenaline rush is not the only thing you experience while you drive across the Manali-Leh highway. The feeling is otherworldly.
  • Uttarakhand is known for its numerous pilgrimage sites including Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri, Yamunotri, Rishikesh, and Haridwar. A yoga experience in the Devabhoomi, the land of the Gods, is pure bliss.

Forts, Palaces & Museums

If you have a keen interest in history, heritage, and culture, India is a gem waiting to be discovered. Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, and Maharashtra are some of the major Indian states that are home to magnificent forts and palaces of the bygone era.

Amongst the most famous are the forts of Rajasthan: Amer, Nahargarh, and Jaigarh forts in Jaipur, Jaisalmer’s Sonar Kila in Jaisalmer, and the Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur are worth a visit. Many of these majestic forts have been declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

The Red Fort in Delhi is from where the Indian Prime Minister unfurls the national flag on the Independence Day, August 15, every year. The Agra Fort is well-known for its intricate stonework, geometric patterns, and gardens.

The National Museum in New Delhi is a rich repository of Indian culture and is considered one of India’s largest museums. Shankar’s International Dolls Museum is another must-visit while in the capital. The Indian Museum in Kolkata is one of the largest and oldest museums in the country and is known for its archaeological, geological, zoological, art, and anthropological treasures.

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Spiritual Sojourns

India has always been the land of spiritual wisdom; a place where you can experience divinity at its best. While there are magnificent ancient temples in every corner of India, we would like to mention a few of the most important ones that you can explore while on your first visit. This is a great way to get an insight into Indian culture:

  • The Konark Temple in Odisha is dedicated to Surya, the Sun God. What’s special about this ancient temple is its construction in the form of a chariot with impressive wheels and horses.
  • The Meenakshi Amman Temple in Madurai, Tamil Nadu is known for its awe-inspiring scale of architecture. The ancient temple is home to thousands of sculptures and as many devotees throng the temple every single day!
  • The Great Living Chola Temples of Tamil Nadu are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These comprise of Thanjavur’s Brihadisvara Temple, the Gangaikonda Cholapuram Temple, and the Airavateswara Temple. These temples are marvels of architecture, indeed.
  • The Somnath Temple in Gujarat is an ancient temple and a significant pilgrimage site, which has been destroyed and reconstructed several times in the past after repeated invasions. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
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Indian Cuisine

If you thought that’s all about the diversity of Indian culture, think again! India has a bewildering variety of traditional cuisines. Every few kilometers in India, the culinary styles change owing to changes in climes and cultures.

  • The state of Andhra Pradesh is famous for its Telugu cuisine, which is known for the heavy use of spices. Needless to say, prepare to get on the roller coaster of tongue tangling tastes like you’ve never felt before!
  • Rajasthani cuisine encompasses the tasty Dal Bati and the sweet Churma, which you need to savor yourself before we tell you it’s delicious. You have our word!
  • Punjabi cuisine is noteworthy for the use of Ghee, butter, and cream. Punjabis swear by the steaming hot Makke di Roti (a special bread made from maize) and Sarson da Saag (a delicacy made with Mustard leaves) and so do we!
  • Tamil cuisine is characterized by the use of lentils and rice, which are beautifully blended with tamarind, coconut, and curry leaves along with clove, cardamom, ginger, and garlic. Idli and Dosa will sure make their way to your stomach, no matter how hard you resist. You have been warned!

 The Vast Coastline

With a vast coastline extending well up to 7,517 km, India is home to pristine beaches. From the world famous Goan beaches on the western coast of the country to the unexplored beaches of Maharashtra, India is a paradise for beach lovers and water sports enthusiasts!

The Andaman & Nicobar Islands are home to some of the finest beaches in the country. You can also enjoy Scuba diving and snorkeling if you love exploring the underwater world.

The beaches of Kerala can be a bit rocky and are a favorite amongst many. Chennai’s Marina Beach is famous around the world as one of the longest beaches. Mumbai’s Juhu beach needs no introduction.

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The Jewels of India

If there’s one thing that India is most known for, it has to be the wonder cast in pure white marble. The symbol of love. Need we even name it? The Taj Mahal!

The Taj is one of the world’s most iconic monuments, which is best seen on a full moon night, so it is best to plan your visit accordingly! Amongst India’s other iconic wonders are the Amer Fort and the City Palace in Jaipur– both must-visits while in this beautiful country.

The Golden Temple in Amritsar has an otherworldly charm and mesmerizes onlookers.

The Ganga is the lifeline of hundreds of thousands of people and is worshipped as the Mother Goddess. The Ganga Aarti in Haridwar is an emotionally charged moment that will make your senses transcend earthly bounds.

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Accommodation in India

No matter where you are in India, there are always great hotels, resorts, heritage properties, and even homestays to suit all budgets. There’s no dearth of accommodation and every tourist can pick one to suit her/his specific preferences.

Homestays are a great option when you’re traveling on a shoestring budget. What’s more, they also provide you with a fantastic opportunity to witness local culture and cuisine up close!

All state tourism boards have their own hotels and resorts, which are quite budget-friendly. What sets these Government-run properties apart is their prime location- most often, they are situated right next to the region’s main attraction.

Travel Together or Travel Alone!

India invites everyone with an open heart. Solo backpackers, families, couples, and groups: there’s something for everyone in India! It is generally safe to travel across the country alone or in groups so make sure you have a fun time in Incredible India.

India Calls

Though we have tried to gather all useful information, capturing the essence of this colorful ancient land, India has much more to offer.

We highly recommend the tourist helplines run by the Central as well as the State Governments should you need any information or assistance in the course of your travels.

India calls the traveler in you
to come, explore.
Padharo Mhare Des-
Welcome to my land, Incredible India!