Home to ancient civilizations, cultures and religions, India represents many former kingdoms in one country. Its magnificent temples and architecture include the famous Taj Mahal. The country is a dazzle of sights, smells, flavors and sounds. It is also home to the Bengal tiger.
Where to Go
Delhi – An alchemy of old and new, Delhi’s tombs, temples, monuments and ruins exist side by side with modern suburbs and skyscrapers. Old Delhi contains magnificent architecture of the Mughal Empire, most notably the Red Fort and the Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque.
Agra – The city is home to some of the finest architectural achievements of the remarkable Mughal Empire. By far the best known of Agra’s attractions is the Taj Mahal. This iconic and magnificent white marble complex in Agra is as beautiful as the love story that inspired it. Further down the river is the renowned Agra Fort.
Ganges River – This holy river is of great significance in Hinduism and a number of great spiritual cities are found along its banks, the most famous being Varanasi. Pilgrims flock to the Ganges and the rituals and activity are fascinating.
Jaipur – The gateway to Rajasthan and part of India’s famed Golden Triangle, Jaipur is known as the Pink City for the distinctive color of its buildings and the rosy glow they take on at sunset. The majestic Amber Fort watches over the city from its perch on a rugged hilltop overlooking the outskirts of Rajasthan’s capital.
Jodhpur – Founded in 1459, the old city is encircled by an imposing wall and accessed through eight magnificent gates. Known as the Blue City due to its vivid blue-painted houses, Jodhpur is a buzzing tangle of ancient alleys where traders barter for traditional handicrafts and spices. Perched on a rocky mountaintop, the majestic Mehrangarh Fort is perhaps the best maintained fort in Rajasthan.
Udaipur – Known for its beautiful lakes and gentle hills, Udaipur is home to the famed Lake Palace which covers an entire island in Pichola Lake. It’s known as the Venice of the East.
Varanasi – One of the oldest cities on earth and the religious capital of Hinduism, Varanasi is famous for its ghats, the long flights of stone steps leading down to the Ganges River, where bathing, cremations and other ceremonies are held.
Himalaya – The highest mountain range and one of the most scenic, mysterious and awe-inspiring on the planet. Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim cultures all thrive here and result in an astonishing number of picturesque temples, monasteries and mosques. Ideal for adventure enthusiasts or those who just want to soak up the beauty.
Kerala – Known as the Spice Coast of India, Kerala in southwest India offers a unique culture, fabulous beaches, backwater canals that you ply in a houseboat, lovely hill towns and wildlife parks.
National Parks – India has a host of national parks where wildlife is protected. India offers a true safari experience and chance to see tiger, rhino, elephant, leopard and many other iconic animals.
When to Go
The weather in India varies greatly by region, but generally the best time to go is during the cool, dry season, which runs from November to March. The wet summer monsoon has a major impact on the country. It arrives in Kerala the end of May, and then heads northeast across India. Rains generally subside by September. A couple of places get additional rainfall between October and December. By December most of the country sees clear skies and cool temperatures. We recommend that you time your travel to coincide with one of the many amazing festivals and cultural events that India is known for.