Welcome to India

Welcome to India

From ancient traditions and exquisite temples to beautiful landscapes and mind-blowing food, India will ignite your senses and warm your soul.

Capital– New Delhi

Best time to visit: November to March, warm days but cool evenings.

For the Himalayas the best time to visit is between July and September

Official Languages- Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithilli, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Sindhi, Tamil, Telegu, Urdu.

Currency– Indian rupee                                                            

Top things to see

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  • The sublime architectural masterpiece, The Taj Mahal (Agra near Delhi)
  • Red Fort (Delhi) – Residence of the Mughal Emperor for nearly 200 years
  • Qutub Minar (Delhi)
  • The blue city, Jodhpur (Rajasthan)
  • The pink city, Jaipur – for the whirlwind bazaars, City Palace, Hawa Mahal and Amber Fort
  • The banks of the Ganges River in Varanasi, great for spiritual practices
  • The hustle and bustle of Mumbai

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  • Ancient architectural caves from the 2nd century- The caves of Ellora and Ajanta (near Mumbai)
  • Ranakpur Temple (Rajasthan)
  • The mountain views and amazing tea in Darjeeling and Shimla
  • Golden Temple, Amritsar (Punjab)
  • Ladakh’s moonscapes (near Punjab)
  • Want to get away from the hustle and bustle of busy India? Visit Kerala for luscious green trees, pristine clear water and amazing wildlife experiences.

MAN ON BOAT

The Top things to do

  • Visit a famous national park to see tigers and elephants (We recommend Ranthambore National Park)

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  • Get the hikings boots out and trek the majestic Himalayan Mountains
  • Watch a live game of cricket! It is a national obsession in India, from the back streets to huge stadiums, the game is played everywhere. We recommend visiting the Wankhede stadium, Mumbai.
  • Watch a Bollywood movie! We recommend the Bollywood Classic, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge which was released in 1995 but is still showing in a Maratha Mandir Cinema, Mumbai!
  • Celebrate Holi (Festival of colour) usually around March and Diwali (Festival of Light) usually in October.

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  • Shopping! Whether you want local handicrafts, spices or clothing, a local market is a must! Also a great place to test out your haggling skills!
  • Dress in traditional Indian attire
  • Visit the slums to India
  • Experience an Indian wedding in India- multiple days of celebration will go from the local roads to beautiful temples- a must see!
  • Learn the History, from emperor buildings to the fight for independence by Gandhi in 1947, India has been the epicentre of historic events

Food!

  • Scrumptious Thaalis (rice, curries, chapatis, poppadum’s and condiments) served on a banana leaf.
  • Hyderabadi Biryani (Rice dish)
  • Feeling kebabish? Then Lucknow is for you. Try the world-famous Tunday Kabab!
  • Paani puri at a street kitchen
  • Gulab Jamun- the king of sweet deserts!
  • Masala Dosa
  • And of course, all of the different curries made with different spices all over India

Drinks!

PICTURE OF COLOURED SPICES

  • Lassi, a sweet yogurt based milk shake
  • Kingfisher beer
  • Spiced Indian Tea, available… everywhere.

Key words to learn

  • Namaste (hello)
  • Aap kaise ho? (How are you?)
  • Shukriya (thank you)
  • Khana (food)
  • Ghar (House)
  • Jai Hind (long live India