Overview

Overview

From the shore of deep Indian Ocean i.e. Kanya Kumari to the paradise of Earth i.e. Kashmir, the beauty of India is unique on this earth. Due to this the country attracts the record no. of tourist every year. Diversification is also a special characteristic of India and its sub-continent. So our specialists use their skills and experience and create such tours which can show you all the colors, cultures, cuisines and sites of Indian Sub-continent.

About India

India, also known as Bharath, is the Destination of the Millennium, a Land of All Seasons where beauty beckons, culture echoes, diversity delights and tradition talks. Those who reach India are greeted with a gracious Namasthe, Namaskaaram, Vanakkam or SatSriAkal denoting warmth, hospitality and respect - a tradition in tune with the country’s age-old motto “Athidhi Devo Bhava” where guest is treated as God.

Blessed with mist clad mountain ranges, deep blue seas, enigmatic deserts, golden beaches, emerald green valleys, palm fringed backwaters on the one hand and unique art forms, exciting fairs and festivals, interesting pilgrim centers, exclusive heritage sites, royal forts, majestic monuments, architectural marvels and exotic flora and fauna on the other, this legendary land is unique in all aspects - it is no wonder that India has emerged as one amongst the Top Five Tourist Hotspots on the earth, with a tremendous increase in tourist traffic all through the year.

Discover and explore this wonderful peninsular subcontinent that is India, the land that projects Unity in Diversity - surrounded by the grand snow capped Himalayan ranges in the North, the spectacular coastline offered by the Arabian Sea in the West, the vast Bay of Bengal in the East, and the awesome Indian Ocean in the South. More..

Highlights

  • The Seventh wonder of the world i.e. TAJ MAHAL is in India.
  • India is known for its Beauty i.e. Natural and It is also one of most visited tourist place in the world.
  • India is the largest democracy in the world, the 7th largest Country in the world, and one of the most ancient civilizations.
  • The largest employer in the world is the Indian Railways, employing over a million people.
  • Most historians agreed that the first recorded account of plastic surgery is found in ancient Indian Sanskrit texts
  • The world’s first university was established in Takshila in 700 BC. More than 10,500 students from all over the world studied more than 60 subjects. The University of Nalanda built in the 4th century was one of the greatest achievements of ancient India in the field of education.
  • Ayurveda is the earliest school of medicine known to mankind. The Father of Medicine, Charaka, consolidated Ayurveda 2500 years ago.
  • Yoga has its origins in India and has existed for over 5,000 years.
  • India has record number of the most beautiful women in the world. India has won five Miss World and two Miss Universe titles. Although still you would notice that in India girls put very less concern about the make up and fitness as compared to western countries.
  • Chess was invented in India.
  • In India nearly 1200 species of birds can be found.
  • Jainism and Buddhism were founded in India in 600 B.C. and 500 B.C. respectively.
  • India releases more movies than any other country in the world and Bollywood is the largest film industry in the world.
  • The Indian film industry releases more films each year than the United States, France, Italy, and the People’s Republic of China.

When to Go

India has hot tropical weather with variations occurring region to region. Because of India's size, its climate depends not only on the time of year, but also the location. In general, temperatures tend to be cooler in the north, especially between September and March. The south is coolest between November and January. In June, winds and warm surface currents begin to move northwards and westwards, heading out of the Indian Ocean and into the Arabian Gulf. This creates a phenomenon known as the south-west monsoon, and it brings heavy rains to the west coast. Between October and December, a similar climatic pattern called the north-east monsoon appears in the Bay of Bengal, bringing rains to the east coast. In addition to the two monsoons, there are two other seasons, spring and autumn.

The subcontinent has eight climatic zones all of which only have the monsoon rains in common. But even the monsoon comes to different parts of the country at different times. And you can fly in the space of a couple of hours through a range of weather from the cold crisp air of the mountains to the burning dry heat of the Rajasthan Desert where summer temperature regularly reach 45°C and beyond.

Northern Plains of India, to the north of River Ganga, has the extreme climate. Summers are hot, humid, and extremely harsh. Do not forget to carry with you light cottons for this season. From July to September, Monsoon brings with it most of the rain received in this region. Winters are the most favorable season to visit North India, but the travelers are expected to bring with them woolens, as nights can be freezing cold.

The summers are the best time to explore Western Himalayas, as the climate remains pleasant with slightly cold evenings and plenty of sunny days. For the adventure lovers, Western Himalayas is the best bait with plenty of trekking, hiking, white water rafting, and mountaineering options during the summers. Heavy snowfall and steep fall in temperature, makes many areas in the region inaccessible during the winters. But, one can enjoy the winter sports like skiing in destinations like Auli, Manali, and Kufri.

Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, the two Central Indian states, escape very worst of hot season but monsoons are heavy between July and September. Temperatures fall at night during winter. For clothing, bring lightweights most of the year with warmer clothes during evenings particularly in winter. Waterproofing during monsoon rains is essential.

The most comfortable months in Western India are from November to February; although evenings can be cold. Summer can be extremely hot with monsoon rainfall between mid-June and mid-September. Lightweight cottons and linen is required most of the year with warmer clothes for cooler winter and waterproofing essential in monsoon.

Expenses Idea

 Nature of ExpensesPer Day Expense (in USD)
EconomySuperiorLuxury
Accommodation45-65110-145225-245
Food25-3535-4565-75
Transportation45-5565-7585-95

Note: - The above mention price is in USD and based on General Ideas it is not measured as actual prices. The prices of personal nature expenses (Laundry, telephone calls, and medicines) depend on the consumption of person.

Accommodations

India is a very famous holiday destination in the world, and provides ample options and facilities as far as lodging is concerned. It has state of the art hotels to cater to its ever booming travel and tourism industry. Many hotels and resorts have popped up in India over the last few years to cater the accommodation needs of everybody. India is dotted with hotels that fit in everyone pockets. There are hotels ranging from Luxury Hotels to Economy Hotels. Only a travel agent can help in finding a suitable accommodation.

A number of hotels in India are counted among some of the best hotels in the world. Indian hotels are known for their warm hospitality and comfortable accommodation.

The hotels in India can be divided into various classes on the basis of room types, amenities and location. Some of the prominent categories of hotels in India include:

Reflecting the old glory and grandeur of India, most of the havelis and mansions of ancient times have been turned into Heritage Hotels that provide an opportunity to experience royal pleasure in traditional ambiance. Most of the Heritage Hotels in India are concentrated in the princely states of Rajasthan, Delhi, and Madhya Pradesh

Equipped with world class infrastructural amenities, the Luxury Hotels in India offer a fine lodging and dinning experience. Catering primarily to the upper class executives, the luxury hotels extend a warm welcome to all the customers

A home away from home, the budget hotels accommodate customers from upper middle and middle class. Also referred to as Economy Class Hotel, Business Hotels and Discount Hotels, the Budget Hotels support all the modern infrastructural facilities for a comfortable and pleasant stay

Resorts are mostly found in hill stations and sea side tourist destinations of India. Located amidst natural scenic beauty, the Resorts are the ideal place to enjoy some valuable time with family and friends or in solitude

Indian Hotels - Facilities & Services

Generally, most of the Indian hotels offer the following services and facilities:

  • Travel desk
  • Room service round the clock
  • Doctor-on-call
  • Mini bar
  • Coffee and tea maker
  • Electronic locker
  • Baby sitting
  • Arranging local trips and tours
  • Offering tailor made packages
  • Airport transfer and drop
  • Car on hire
  • Banquet
  • Spa treatment
  • Swimming pool
  • Health club
  • Restaurants
  • Bar
  • Sun deck
  • Ayurveda massage
  • Alternative healing methods
  • Cooking classes
  • Souvenir shops
  • Secretarial services
  • Business center
  • ISD/STD facilities

The services mentioned above will vary depending on the category of hotel you choose and the tariff attracted by the hotel.

Itinerary ideas

Abundant wildlife:

There are many Central Parks in India and India's central parks are hub of a vast range of species. India’s Sanctuaries are also provides home to many birds of different species. On any game drive you might see spotted and barking deer, sloth bears, Indian gazelle, numerous bird species and of course the majestic tiger. But India provides more than this - visitors to the Chambal Sanctuary might spot the rare Gangetic dolphin and the elusive Asiatic lion can be found at Sasan Gir.

Diverse landscapes:

India has perhaps the greatest diversity of landscape of any country. Where on one side Mighty Himalaya is standing to protect India, on the other it contains the desert of Thar. India is surrounded by water of Indian Ocean, Arabian Gulf and Gulf of Bengal by three sides, that’s why it has some beautiful islands also. You won't have to travel far to feel that you are in a completely different world.

Forts and palaces:

In ancient age India was the country of emperors, who lives in grand forts and palaces. As the age of kingdom comes to an end, most of the palaces and forts have come into the authority of Indian Government and now these are open for genral public. Among these forts, forts of Jaipur and Udaipur are unique. In India, there are majestic buildings in every major city. There are also numerous smaller forts and palaces which have been carefully restored, providing an excellent place to stay and experience royal Indian life as it once was.

Religious buildings:

India is known for its unity in diversity. There are ample of languages and religions and the way of worship of each religion is different. So, there are a number of regional buildings in every district.

Colours:

Whether it's the bright saris and traditional jewellery worn by Indian women, the colourful mounds of spices adorning market stalls, or the soft, pastel pink of a sunset over Agra, every way you turn in India you are confronted by vivid and beautiful colours.

Delicious food:

Anyone belongs to India can tell you about traditional Indian food which is in many ways very different. The spices are the real recognition of Indian foods. There are many flavors and verity of foods, which attracts people unconditionally. Foods are also known for the bridge between cultures.

Train Journeys:

Any trip to India should include at least one journey by train. Rail travellers will experience a glimpse of a bygone era, and an overnight journey offers the excitement of waking in your private car to a new and vibrant landscape beyond the window..

Trip Information

Travelling in India and the sub-continent

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India is a vast sub-continent with different climates and customs. So before you board on your holiday it is advantageous to check out a few facts to make your tour as comfortable as possible. For your convenience, we have provided you some important information.

The following information is correct and valid to the best of our knowledge. The advices are a genuine effort on our part to make your trip as pleasant as possible, but we don’t accept any responsibility for any changes to the advice or information provided by us.

Insurance: We strongly recommend that all travelers purchase adequate trip cancellation and interruption, medical and baggage insurance and carry the details of their coverage on tour. During plan for vacation you may firstly wish to check with your private insurance carrier regarding the terms of your coverage (or lack of coverage) outside your home country, including emergency medical evacuation.

Health: There are no compulsory vaccinations for travelling to India, although it is strongly recommended that you protect yourself during travelling against the following: Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Cholera and Malaria. We advice you to consult your doctor allowing at least 4 weeks before the date of travel for all medical advise. An inoculation against Yellow fever is required if you have visited any infected areas within 5 days prior to your arrival in India.

We strongly recommend our travelers to carry mosquito repellent lotions / cream during holiday tour.

Passports: Passports are required for all travelers. You will need a full 10-year passport, valid for at least 6 months beyond your planned return date of tour. Passports may be obtained by post from any Passport Office located in the travelers’ home country, and also through main post offices. Obtaining a passport may take up to 30 days time, therefore travelers are advised to obtain passports well in time for their travel, bearing in mind additional time may be needed to obtain a visa.

Climate: India is a vast country with complex seasonal and geographical variations in climate. Generally, the best time to spend your vacation in India is during the months of October through to April. The Monsoon season starts in mid May and continues through to the end of August. Most of the game sanctuaries of India are closed during the Monsoon period. During the summer months of May and June, the lower plains of the South and the desert areas of the North India are very hot and either dry in the North or humid in the South, while the hills and mountain regions provide a cool sanctuary for summertime holidays.

What to Wear: If you want to keep yourself cool in the Indian Sun, a good supply of cotton clothing is essential along with a comfortable pair of open sandals. An effective pair of sunglasses and a wide brimmed hat will protect you against the strong rays, and it is advisable to use a high factor sun cream. In the cooler months, you will require some warm clothes such as light sweaters, jackets or shawls for the evenings. If your tour takes you to the mountain regions of India, then you will require warmer clothes. As it can sometimes warm up during the days, layers are always a good option along with comfortable walking shoes. For visits to the Game Parks, we recommend our travelers to wear light woolens and a windcheater as the early morning excursions can be quite chilly, with heavier clothing during the winter months of November to February. Khakis, browns or olive greens are best for blending into the environment. While visiting the places of worship and mausoleums there are certain Indian religious customs to be observed. As a token of respect, it is customary to remove your footwear before entering all temples (a pair of light socks is useful if you prefer not to go barefoot), and dress should be fairly conservative, i.e. shorts are not really acceptable. In Jain and Hindu temples leather goods such as belts, shoes and bags will not be permitted.

The Cities: Indian cities are bustling and exciting, and in most areas, quite safe. Most cities are traditionally established. Each city contains a number of narrow streets. There is a little danger of being cheated or looted in some places, so be careful while on your trip. Indians are friendly and hospitable people and just curious so you should not offended if the locals stare at you. Almost all city-dwellers speak and understand English, and you will find most streets and shops signs in English as well. The local people and cops are so obliging and help you in any way you want.

Photography: India is a kaleidoscope of color just waiting to be photographed, so wherever you travel be sure to carry your camera and an ample supply of color films. Popular brands and speeds of film, especially the common 35mm format is widely available and not expensive.

With the exception of inside the Taj Mahal, the airports, and other restricted areas, you may photograph to your heart's content although many popular sites will levy an additional charge for the use of your camera, or video camera which may cost a little more.

Cabs and Cars: In India, there are a lot of options of transportation. You can hire a private car or can take a bus or taxi. Hiring a taxi is some way convenient and quite reliable. To avoid any confusion over cost, settle the fare before you set off.

Currency: There are no restrictions on the amount of foreign currency or travelers cheques you may bring into India, provided a declaration is made in the currency declaration form given to arriving passengers. However, cash, bank notes and traveler cheques up to US $15,000 or equivalent need not be declared at the time of entry. For safety and convenience we would recommend you to take the majority of your money in travelers’ cheques. It is advisable to change your money through authorized banks and hotels. Hotels are probably the most convenient option, as their rates are usually only a little poorer than the banks. Always keep your receipts, as you will need them at the end of your tour if you wish to convert your rupees back to your own currency. The units of Indian currency are the rupee and the paise. There are 100 paise in one rupee. Paper money comes in the denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 rupees and coins are available in the denominations of 50 paise, 1 rupee, 2 rupees and 5 rupees. All major debit and credit cards are accepted in most hotels, restaurants and shops, as are travelers' cheques in US dollars or Sterling.

Dining: Indian foods are known for its taste and spices. Indian foods are some way heavier than other countries so avoid eating spicy foods when you first arrive in India, however tempting. Allow your stomach some time to get used to them, introducing one Indian dish with each meal for the first couple of days. After that it is best to stick with cooked foods, and remember to peel out fruits before eating it. Indians are fond of spicy foods. The best drinks to enjoy with your meals or to satisfy your thirst are the packed mineral waters, other packed drinks, coffee and tea, ensure that the drinks are packed in a proper way before purchase it. Indian beer is very good, along with Indian gin and vodka.

Shopping: Export and Import business in India is on top. So you can get all the things that you want as India is a shopper's paradise with the promise of some excellent buys! However, as a measure of precaution, always check the price and duties levied for items that you wish to purchase. Many local shopkeepers may claim that there is no duty levied, but this could be incorrect information. If you are planning major shopping, please seek information and advice from customs authorities before departing on your tour. When shopping for expensive items such as precious stones, carpets etc, the shopkeepers may guarantee the authenticity of the item, but expert knowledge is essential to ascertain their true value. For general shopping we recommend the Government Emporiums, and the shops in the hotels where quality and price are a little more reliable. You will find a huge choice of goods, from fashion bags and shoes, to Indian silks and handicrafts. Do not forget that any item that is more than 100 years old is banned from export out of the country, as is ivory, crocodile skin and other wildlife products are also banned. We pride ourselves on the quality of our sightseeing guides. However, if at any time you feel pressured by the guides to purchase any goods, we would be grateful if you would bring it to the attention of our local representatives. Please note that bargaining is common in India at most of the establishments except at the Government Emporiums where prices are generally fixed.

Travelling by Road with Seat Belts: It is mandatory that all passengers/guides wear seat belts if driving in the front seat of a car.

India is a developing country with an enormous and growing population. Social and economic development continues apace, and tourism income undoubtedly has its part to play, but you will certainly experience many of the inevitable symptoms of poverty during your trip, some of which can be shocking to western eyes. For obvious reasons, beggars will be attracted to tour parties, but we would ask that you do not give to them. Many of the beggars will be operating 'professionally'. Alternatively, our ground staff, in all locations, will be happy to suggest a charitable institution should you wish to make a direct contribution.

Electricity: The electric current in India is 230-240V and electricity is widely available in the main towns, cities and tourist destinations but there are some sudden but small electric struck also. Sockets are the three round-pinned variety, similar (but not identical) to European sockets. European round pin plugs will go into the sockets, but as the pins on Indian plugs are somewhat thicker, the fit is loose and a connection not always guaranteed.

Food & Drink: You will in general find meals very good value for money with a broad choice of cuisine in most hotels throughout your tour (Western and Asian). In remote and outlying areas of India you will find mainly local cuisine. It is suggested that at these times you order vegetarian food, as it tends to reduce the risk of upset stomachs! Avoid eating highly spiced foods when you first arrive in India, however tempting. The best drinks to enjoy with your meals or to quench your thirst are the bottled mineral waters, other bottled drinks, coffee and tea. Indian beer is very good, along with Indian gin and vodka. Indian wine is growing in reputation and can be most palatable, especially in the hotel restaurants. We recommend both the 'Grover' and 'Sula' vineyards. Local whiskey needs an acquired taste, and the imported scotch whiskey is very expensive, as is imported wine. Avoid drinking tap water at all costs!! The jugs of water supplied in hotel rooms is purified, but not guaranteed to be safe. Mineral water is very cheap and a far safer option for drinking and even cleaning your teeth, although do check the seal on the bottle is intact.

Notes: All these information are as per the time of publication and is correct to the best of our knowledge and belief. We do not accept any responsibility for any changes on advice or information given.

                          
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