India Holidays

Home to almost one-sixth of the planet's population, India is, in one word, overwhelming. Most visitors love it or hate it, sometimes both, often in the same day. India's poverty and personal space is not for the feint of heart, but neither is its stunning scenery, glorious monuments or pulsating cities. The cultural diversity in India is almost ... Read more
unimaginable; of its hundreds of languages, almost 30 have a million speakers each. The range of cultures, religions, food and architecture feels more like you're visiting 20 different countries. The major population centers of Delhi, Bangalore, and Mumbai each offer countless cultural magnets (Mumbai wouldn’t be the same without Bollywood). The iconic Taj Mahal, built by Shah Jahan for his favorite wife, is one of the most impressive buildings in the world. India’s national sport obsession is cricket; tickets to a match at one of the many major venues are easy to acquire. One highlight of an Indian vacation is the food. While Indian restaurants abroad tend to focus on a small representative sample, restaurants in India celebrate the best of all cuisines: Tandoori in the North, Goan seafood or Bengali sweets.

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India is vast, with climates that vary by region as much as the culture and people, but generally, the country sees three primary seasons during the year: summer, winter and monsoon. Unless you are heading to ... Read more
the high-altitude areas of the Himalayas, the summer from April through June, when the heat can be debilitating, is best avoided. Monsoon season begins at different times throughout the country, but it is generally very wet and hard to move around from July through December. The winter months, from late December through March, are a traveler’s best bet. It’s likely you won’t need either a winter jacket or a poncho, but it’s best to pack both just in case.

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Solo Female Travel Tips

India is both a favorite destination and one of the most complex, with lots of regional variations. Start and end your days early to avoid being out at night. Dress conservatively; some travelers recommend that you "buy and wear Indian clothing when ... Read more
you arrive," but "long trousers and sleeves in light fabrics (weather can be hot!) work just as well. "Stay mindful of local cultures at all times." Behavior that feels normal in other countries can send a different signal, and as an example, travelers say, "try not to smile too much at men." Hire a driver if it make sense in the area you'll be staying in. Buy the "highest class train ticket (in advance)," and take "women-only transportation options in cities like Delhi." Don't walk the city streets alone at night; in smaller towns, do not go out at night without a male companion. "Sexual assault remains a very real threat there." One recommendation is to bring "a lightweight doorstop to block (the) door should someone try to enter." Some characterize "cities like Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, and Delhi as uncomfortable" and "felt unsafe alone thanks to male attention" (including cat-calling, following, open stares, etc.). Cities like Gujarat, Punjab, and Calcutta were described as "safe places." Family-run guesthouses are ideal places to stay, because "the hosts will feel obliged to take care of the guests, especially solo female travelers" and they usually have "trusted rickshaw drivers and car drivers for trips to the city/town or excursions."

Expert Take: Solo Female Travel in India

Trip by Skyscanner surveyed its Solo Female Traveller Tribe to compile woman-to-woman safety tips for this destination. While no one destination is ever completely safe or unsafe, our hope is that this information will allow users to make their own decisions with better information.

India reviews

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    History Buffs
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    Art & Design Lovers

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Miravet

Possibly the most varied and wonderful subcontinent in the world, though it has been known to be a bit of a Marmite country to those visiting for the first time - you'll either fall in love and want to return again and again, or loathe it from the word go and vow never to go back. I adore India, for so many reasons.

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London

India is both a favorite destination for solo female travelers and one of the most complex, with lots of regional variations. Start and end your days early to avoid being out at night. Dress conservatively; some travelers recommended "buy and wear Indian clothing when you arrive." but long trousers and sleeves in light fabrics (weather can be hot!) work just as well. "Stay mindful of local cultures at all times." Behavior that feels normal in other countries can send a different signal, travelers say "try not to smile too much at men." Hire a driver if it make sense in the area you'll be staying in. Buy the "highest class train ticket (in advance)," and take "women-only transportation options in cities like Delhi." Don't walk the city streets alone at night; in smaller towns, do not go out at night without a male companion. "Sexual assault remains a very real threat there, and I personally know women travelers who have been groped." "I brought a lightweight doorstop to block my door should someone try to enter and that gave me some peace of mind." "cities like Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, and Delhi as "uncomfortable" and "felt unsafe alone thanks to male attention" (including cat-calling, following, open stares, etc.) Cities like Gujarat, Punjab, and Calcutta were described as "safe places". Family-run guesthouses are ideal places to stay, because "the hosts will feel obliged to take care of the guests, especially solo female travelers." and they usually have "trusted rickshaw drivers and car drivers for trips to the city/town or excursions."

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Stuttgart

not only from the population realy great country. Beautiful landscapes, friendly people, fascinating temples and rich of cultur all together with realy good food. Traveling is in one way realy easy, there is always a way to reach a destination and somebody to help but it is mostly not fast, often overcrowded. In every region are intresting places to discover.

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Calgary

India is a vast South Asian country with diverse terrain – from Himalayan peaks to Indian Ocean coastline – and history reaching back 5 millennia. In the north, Mughal Empire landmarks include Delhi’s Red Fort complex, massive Jama Masjid mosque and Agra’s iconic Taj Mahal mausoleum. Pilgrims bathe in the Ganges in Varanasi, and Rishikesh is a yoga center and base for Himalayan trekking.
Population: 1.252 billion (2013)

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Nashik

Mesmerizing India - Experience the sights, sounds, smells of an ancient civilization that celebrates a million gods, a thousand cultures and traditions, hundreds of languages, and myriad customs, in every part of the country. The topography, the jungles and rainforests, the hill stations and the Himalayan peaks, secluded beaches and spiritual retreats, are like a live India Exclusive Show on National Geography, at its very best – beamed especially and only for YOU. There are a million reasons to visit India.

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New Delhi

india is a large country so one has to choose for fifteen days something interesting , if you love food and culture avoid big cities and try to go to small towns and then you find there food life adventure shopping places, if you are a first time visitor , start from delhi which is the capital of india and an expensive city too , so spent time a little to know and then go to agra and then trip to rajasthan which will give you a mixture of all things palaces tribes food different artifacts, rajasthan is very colorful after every 200 kms you find a change in lifstyle , cloths food houses tribes place etc , remarkable , if you wish to make it very special do visit bazars of every city on your own street shopping is fantastic and very reliable , shop and haggling is required to shop in open space , this should be a casual, women wearing beautiful colorful costumes and men too .

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London

How can you really review a country as big as India? It's a little like reviewing 'Asia'. Different cultures and languages sprawl over the country as well as different cuisines. The South is generally more chilled and the North more frenetic, but it's all magical and fascinating.

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Bengaluru (Bangalore)

INDIA,the only subcontinent in the world.It is called so because it includes all the features of a continent like - India has mountains,seas,rivers,deserts,rocky areas,islands.Climatic conditions are moderate.There is winter,summer,rainy,autumn,spring.People here are very warm and welcoming.India is a multi-religious country.There are Hindus,Muslims,Sikhs,Christians,Parsis and many more.Therefore there are number of traditions,rituals,customs followed.about 75 languages are spoken across the country.Food here is authentic,it speaks about the culture.Every cuisine has its own beautiful tale.India is the only country with the highest % of vegetarians.

India, the only country which is colorful.That reminds me of Bollywood where there is dance,emotion,songs,family,drama,tragedy,fantasy,fight,old revenge,sequels and rebirth.Other countries invest in India to grow their business as there are intelligent,hard-working people in the world.

This is probably the only country in the world which is multi-religious,multi-talented,multi-cultured,multi-cuisine,multi-lingual,friendly and adaptable.As once quoted by a conquerer (this might not be the exact words but it is pretty much a gist) "To break India,break its heritage which is impossible till the end of the world".

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New Delhi

Incredible country with unparalleled diversity of cast, creed and faith. India with its rich topographical and cultural diversity is a place woth visiting. There are hills, beaches, islands and deserts.

India with its extreme diversity offers myriad experience to the travelers. India is home to several wildlife sanctuaries which are home to some rare and endangered species of plant and animal.

India also has many renowned beaches in Goa and kerala as well as pristine islands in Andaman & Nicobar and Lakshwadeep. For desert you could head to Rajasthan which is visited by millions of domestic and international tourists. For Rajasthan there is one popular saying when it comes to international celebrities: Marriages may be made in heaven but the bills are payed in Rajasthan.

Then there is the Himalaya which offer plenty of hiking and trekking activities. Exploring the far flung mountain range of Himalayas is a task that could take a lifetime to finish.

Then there are forts and palaces sprinkled across the country which are a delight to behold. Then there are temples and ancient caves and Ayurveda and Yoga. You name it and you'll get it. India is definitely a place where you should be at least once in a lifetime.

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Menlo Park

So amazing! Extremly controversial. Somtimes you will hate it, but most times you will love it!

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