Holidays To India
For an intense experience and an absolute change of scenery, escape on a trip or holidays to India. From the bubbling streets of Delhi to the palaces of Maharajas in Rajasthan, this is an extraordinary adventure looming.
Let yourself be amazed by the striking contrasts of Mumbai, the colourful streets of Chennai, the temples of Udaipur. Browse mystical cities like Varanasi (Benares) and Haridwar, dive into the waters of the Holy River Ganges, experience moving encounters in your holidays to India. Whether you choose a trip to North India or a tour in South India, expect unique experiences during your holidays in India such as:
- Admire the sparkling white of the Taj Mahal at dawn
- Furrow the palaces and citadels of Rajasthan
- Immerse yourself in the excitement of Mumbai
- Browse the rice fields and flower gardens of Goa
- Stroll through the spice gardens of Kerala
While travelling in North India, walk in the footsteps of the Bengal Tiger and travel the Ganges Valley and the wonders of Rajasthan. While travelling in South India, follow the spices route from Madras to Cochin, between beautiful temples and ancient trading posts. Colourful Sarees, distant traditions, authentic encounters, will plunge you into a mesmerizing journey in the magic and mysteries of India.
What are the main cities for holidays to India?
Delhi, the national capital, includes the Old and the New Delhi. By way of explanation, the old city is a relatively small part of the city and includes the imposing city of a 17th century Red Fort, the huge and impressive mosque the Jama Masjid and the heart of Old Delhi the swarming Chandni Chowk. New Delhi refers to a larger part of the city that includes the Secretariat building, Parliament, Connaught Place, Lodhi Garden and India Gate. Other highlights include the Humayan Tomb, burial place of several Mughal emperors and the Qutub Minar, the tallest tower in India, made of sandstone.
Mumbai, formerly Bombay, is the commercial and cultural capital of India and a major port on the Indian Ocean. The most overlooked and most imposing landmark is India’s perched seafront gate, built to commemorate the visit of King George V. The seafront promenade, large and attractive, houses some of the luxury hotels of the city. Two heritage buildings are the Prince of Wales Museum, home to many interesting artefacts, and the Victoria Terminus station. Mani Bhavan is the former residence of Mahatma Gandhi and today a museum worth visiting. Another fascinating site on a trip to India is the Dhobi Ghats, a very large and fascinating outdoor laundry. Various parks and gardens can be found in the city of Mumbai as well as beaches.
India’s number one travel destination is, of course, the Taj Mahal in Agra. This white marble mausoleum was built on the orders of Emperor Shah Jahan in the 1600s to commemorate his dead wife and is a masterpiece of architecture admired by all. The Agra Fort, one of the most beautiful Mughal forts in India, once destroyed but rebuilt by Emperor Akbar, is also worth visiting in the city. Not far from Agra is Fatehpur Sikri, a deserted city that was once the capital of the Mughal Empire in the 16th century but abandoned by its occupants after only 15 years due to insufficient water supply.
Jaipur is known as the “Pink City” because of the colour of many of its buildings. It is a city where one can discover first-hand the lifestyle of ancient Maharajahs and Indian royalty with its magnificent palaces. The City Palace has been partly converted into a museum that houses handicrafts.
The other part is the living quarters of the present Maharajah. The Palace of the Winds is a colourful facade built-in 1799 with five floors that contain rows of small windows and mosquito nets. The wind blew through the openings, hence the name of the palace. The dramatic and magical Amber Palace is located at the top of a hill normally reached on the back of an elephant. It contains a number of palaces, rooms, gardens and breathtaking temples.
The observatory Jantar Mantar of yesteryear had a specialized astronomical function. There are 14 structures in total that have measured time, predicted eclipses and followed the stars.
Udaipur is undoubtedly the most beautiful city of India and is famous for its attractive lakes and marble palaces. Located on the shores of Lake Pichola is the Palace of the City consisting of various palaces, gardens and museums in its complex and offers beautiful views of the lake and Udaipur from its upper terraces. The Lake Palace is a luxury hotel located on Lake Pichola accessible by boat, used in the James Bond film, Octopussy and frequented by the richest and most famous in the world.
The number one attraction in Jodhpur is the Mehrangarh Fort which rises above the city and is one of the largest forts in India. As impressive as it is as a well-preserved structure, there is much to see inside, such as the museum which houses an outstanding collection of fine and applied arts from the Mughal period of Indian history. Close to Jodhpur are Mandore Gardens, which are worth a visit for their amazing architecture and history of a bygone era.
Chennai, formerly known as Madras, is the gateway to South India and has a long colonial history. It has a large number of ornate but interesting temples. Not far from here is the pilgrimage town of Kanchipuram, known as a temple city and considered as one of the holiest Hindu, Pondicherry, once a French colonial city and considered as the French Riviera. Is’ for its many beaches, making it a popular tourist destination for a trip to India and Mahabalipuram with its many temples and monuments made of granite.
Varanasi – The spiritual centre of India
Varanasi is considered the holiest city in India and has been a place of pilgrimage for Hindus for many centuries. It is also where Buddhism was founded. Located on the Ganges, you have to take a boat cruise in the early morning or at sunset along the river to observe the various rituals that take place there such as funeral pyres, cremations and bathing locals on the ghats, which are sets of steps leading up to the river. As the spiritual centre of India, the intriguing sights of Varanasi make it an unforgettable place to visit on your holidays to India.