Guidebook

Destination

India

Incredible Namaste Diverse Intensity Alluring

An absolutely incredible country with so much to offer, a journey which will forever leave a mark on you.

It is indeed delightful to see how welcoming the Indian people are towards their guests, when they fold their hands as a sign of respect to greet you, and say Namaste (hello).

With 29 states in total, every state with a distinct culture of their own, and the people so accepting of each other, India can be best described as being one of the most diverse.

It is a land filled with exotic history of kings and queens, princes and princesses that adds so much intensity to the character of India.

There is so much mystery yet to be solved in this land, but that is the beauty behind it, which itself is so alluring.
Culture
Food
wildlife
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Visiting India in January

Cold nights in Rajasthan and the north clear for warm, dry days, making January a great option for sightseeing; although fog can linger in the mornings. Southern states are popular as a warm, sunny escape; properties in Kerala do fill up quickly though. Some of the best mountain views can be experienced in the Himalaya, but you need to wrap up warm.

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Visiting India in February

With flowering roundabouts heralding spring, this is one of the best months to explore India. It’s time you let your lungs expand in greenery as days are bright with sunlight! If you have not had the chance to attend the Pushkar camel fair in November, do not miss the Nagaur fair in February! Also, this is the best time to view the Taj Mahal in Agra. Btw, do book the hotels well in advance.

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Visiting India in March

If bright, colourful festivals are your thing, this is the month for you to visit India. Each spring, Indians celebrate the colourful festival of Holi. For this occasion, everyone goes out into the streets to apply coloured powder and make merry. Btw, The festive air is more vivid and jubilant in the golden triangle circuit than in the southern states!

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Visiting India in April

Temperature increases throughout India and the blooming laburnum announces the arrival of summer. April is certainly one of the best months for seeing wildlife! Day temperature of around 35 degrees makes it uncomfortable to go around during afternoon, so, it’s time to go rafting !How about going to Rishikesh? Also, This is the month when southern-eastern states celebrate New year! Btw, do book the hotels well in advance.

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Visiting India in May

High temperature and intense heat, that’s May, the hottest month of the year. Some camps and desert accommodation close during this time. However, hotels offer attractive discounts and wildlife sightings continue to be at their best during this time. Perfect time to visit one of the national parks in India. The west coast of Kerala will also offer you freshness between the backwaters and the hills of Munnar with its tea plantations. You can also go to one of the indian hill stations, best time to savour an ice-cream on the mall road! It is usually recommended to go for outdoor excursion during mornings and evenings!

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Visiting India in June

There is no respite from the intense heat during the first half, however, the temperature begins to drop as the monsoon is about to hit. Also, the picturesque Ladakh is accessible from this month. However, as it begins to rain, it might get more humid. You might encounter thunderstorms, if you go high up in the Himalayas.  A trip to Rajasthan is generally not advisable due to intense hear, so, how about flying across North-Eastern states?

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Visiting India in July

This is the month when parks are bursting with greens as the monsoons hit. Beginning from Kerala, she slowly travelled back to Rajasthan and then Ladakh! Perfect time to enjoy magnificent views across Ladakh.

Ladakh Pangong Lake

Visiting India in August

Hot weather, rains and high water level make August and September the best months for cruising along the Ganges! Travel high up in the Himalayas for a respite from the heat. Also, you can enjoy a South Indian holiday or take a trip to one of the rainforests in India.

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Visiting India in September

Here we bid goodbye to monsoons! Since the temperatures begin to dip now, why not travel across North India. However, it isn’t advised to travel across Himalayas due to rains!

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Visiting India in October

Hello, peak season! Tourists begin to flock to India in huge numbers. This is the month of sunny yet pleasant days and hence, one of the best months to visit the country. What are you waiting for? Also, do not miss the snake boat ride in Kerala!

Visiting India in November

Trees begin to shed their leaves in preparation of winter, yet it’s bright, sunny and Windsor! Wonderful weather, Diwali, Pushkar camel festival make November the best month to visit India! Btw, don’t forget to carry warm clothes with you as evenings can get a bit cold! Also, book early if you can!

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Visiting India in December

December is ideal for a trip to the south of India – it is beautifully sunny and warm, making it a very popular option for Christmas, but it’s important to plan well in advance to secure the best accommodation. Few places in India celebrate Christmas except Goa and Pondicherry. If you are in Delhi during this time, don’t miss out the Khan market! The north has lovely daytime temperatures, but mornings and evenings are much cooler and sometimes foggy. Flight prices are among their highest in December so book early!

Recommended

Mumbai

Apart from its vibrant nightlife, the city boasts of its love for art, culture, and several major landmarks such as the ‘Gateway of India’ and ‘Rajabi Tower’.

Hampi

A UNESCO Heritage site, considered to be one of the richest and largest cities of its time, is located in the northern part of Karnataka.

Andaman and Nicobar islands

Raw and authentic in beauty, these islands are made up of pristine white sand beaches and crystal clear blue waters.

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Rajasthan

Mountains clothed in arrays of colours, fresh breeze, vivid shades of prayers flags, and serenity in all its essence. Go on breath-taking treks and experience its beauty.

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Tajmahal

As one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal stands proud and tall by the river Yamuna. Emperor Shah Jahan built this in the memory of his wife – a tale of love that adds to the wonder of this grand monument.

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Ladakh

Mountains clothed in arrays of colours, fresh breeze, vivid shades of prayers flags, and serenity in all its essence. Go on breath-taking treks and experience its beauty.

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Tandoori culture

The famous Tandoori are dishes you should try at least once. The Indian cuisine has more variety and definitely not limited to one style of preparation!

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Indian Culture

The Indian culture extends to cafés where young intellectuals gather and tackle different important issues. There are artistic shows, writers reciting their poems and artists perform their skills!

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Beach

The beach culture in India has just begun growing. So, if you are a beach lover, skip the ‘major’ beaches and look for the ones that are untouched and less crowded!

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Did you know?

“To other countries, I may go as a tourist, but to India, I come as a pilgrim.”– Martin Luther King, Jr.

Charline Barbelette
"India in 2016 is no longer a nightmare, it is a real antidote against stress. The famous philosophy of “no problem,” with a smile will serve as proof to the enthusiasm and confidence of the Indian people. India is a source of rejuvenation in all areas. Ask and you will always find answers."
Charline Barbelette Compliance officer at ERAM in Delhi
At first glance India looks pretty crowded and chaotic but as you immerse deeper into the rhythm of this incredible country, you start enjoying its very rich, unique, and diverse culture. Your travel to India is an epic journey through the land of maharajahs and deeply-routed traditions, where the new and old live in a perfect harmony. Here you will often see people touching the feet of their elders as a sign of respect, greeting someone with ”Namaste” while folding their hands as a sign of respect, aathiti Devo Bhavo (guests is God) is the tradition followed at each household. Women generally wear a ‘bindi’ in the middle of their forehead, a coloured round dot which bears a religious and spiritual significance. The beauty of Taj Mahal, Pink and Blue historic cities of Rajasthan, sea and song of Kerala’s backwaters always invite you for a new wonder. Explore your way through the world of multicultural locals following their rituals and customs, you will admit the fact that India has a lot more to offer than just a tandoori chicken.
Indian cuisine is famous for its unique taste and varieties of food. Since every region in India has their speciality, the few must try dishes are – Biryani, which is a mixed rice dish made with spices, meat and vegetables; Indian sweets like jalebi, gulab jamun; samosa made with flour, and stuffed with vegetables. While fresh sea food is the delicacy of Kerala, tandoori chicken represents North Indian food tradition. The masala chai (tea made with a mixture of aromatic spices and herbs) and filter coffee are much loved by both locals and foreigners.

Contrary to a popular belief that all Hindus are vegetarians, strict vegetarianism is limited to the southern area of Gujarat and some holy cities. However, do not dream of a beef steak; the cow is considered sacred, nevertheless, some restaurants serve buffalo. The culinary differences between North and South are considerable because of the climate and historical influences. In the North, meat, bread and cereals are most common, as well as Mughlai cuisine, akin to those in the Middle East and Central Asia, where spices play a more important role than chilli. In the South, the staple meal is rice and a vegetarian dish — Dal, a kind of lentil soup or as a side dish or as a basic meal; the Thali is the ubiquitous dish, originally from South India, it is used throughout the country.

India is a multi-lingual country. Hindi and English are the official languages and are widely spoken or understood. You will also be surprised to see the small kids and roadside sellers speaking French, German, or Japanese in small villages or streets of Rasjathan. A few basic words of Hindi are enough to impress the locals and strike a conversation; Namaste (hello); Dhanyabad or shukriya (thank you); Kitna hai (how much); Kaise ho (how are you).
From bamboozling bazaars to bijoux boutiques, India is a fantastic place to shop for silk, jewellery and handicrafts. While your trip to Rajasthan will tempt you for block printings, kadhi or cotton textile, go to the South for the best of silk products. The country is also popular for its love for spices & handicrafts. While shopping in the street, bargaining is a normal practice which comes from Indian customers, but do not bargain at the big stores as they have a fixed price. You can take tips by watching how the locals do it, and then just go for it.

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