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


  • 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


  • 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.


The Top things to do

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


  • 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.


  • 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


  • 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



  • 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
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