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