India is one of the most visited countries in the Asian region. With over 8 million foreign tourists visiting the country each year, the country has gained immense recognition for the adventures it has to offer and the amazing memories it creates that can be cherished later on.
Known by some of its famous attractions like the Taj Mahal, the numerous temples of the Hindus or the splendid views of the Himalayas, India is an incredibly fascinating place to visit. This India Travel Guide will help you decide when to go and what you might want to do in the country. The number of travelers to India is only going to increase, so now is the time to go!
WHEN TO go
Being notably dryer than the tropical countries, India primarily has three seasons, summer which lasts between mid-March and mid-June, rainy which lasts between July and mid-November, and finally winters which lasts between November and March. The average temperatures vary considerably across the regions and between various seasons.
The winters are cold in the North and West with temperatures touching up to 5 degrees centigrade while the Eastern and the Southern parts go up to 15 degrees. The summers are extremely hot and the temperatures shoot up to 45 degrees in the West and about 30 degrees in the Northern state of Jammu and Kashmir. The Eastern and the Southern parts experience slightly moderate temperatures of about 35 degrees.
WHERE TO GO
What to Do
India is a rather large place, thus there are an overwhelming number of places to visit in India. You’ll find that activities are often split up by region, and it’s usually wise for travelers to choose a region or two of India and stick with this places when deciding what to do. Below is a list of the most popular and alluring activities and experiences travelers to India wish to have, regardless of region. You might just end up falling in love with India like these travelers did.
- Most visitors to India will agree that seeing the Taj Mahal is at the top of the list.
- See the Mughal Empire landmarks, include Delhi’s Red Fort complex and the massive Jama Masjid mosque.
- Bathe in the Ganges in Varanasi
- Visit the famous food lane, Gali Paranthe Wali, in Delhi
- Visit the national parks: Bandhavgarh, Ranthambore, Kanha, Pench, Satpura and Corbett
- Participate in the Markha Valley & Hemis Festival trek in the Indian Himalayas
- Soak up sun at the tropical beaches of Goa
- Participate in some of the countries top holiday celebrations, like Diwali and Holi
- Take a camel safari into the Rajasthan desert
- Visit the temples and beaches of Odisha
Where to stay
India has a large variety of hotels, from luxurious to budget. You want to be careful choosing your hotel, to make sure it meets your expectations and needs.
In the interiors of the country, home stays are pretty common and they’re pretty low budget. The entire stay, food and necessities are taken care of by the owners providing you with the home stay. Do keep checking out on apps like Oyo, Goibibo or Airbnb for deals on your accommodation.
Here are a few of our recommended affordable luxury hotels throughout India:
- New Delhi: The Imperial New Delhi: Check it out on Trip Advisor
- Kolkata: The Oberoi Grand Kolkata: Check it out on Trip Advisor
- Mumbia: Trident Bandra Kurla: Check it out on Trip Advisor
- Chennei: ITC Grand Chola A Luxury Collection Hotel: Check it out on Trip Advisor
- Goa: Seashell Villas: Check it out on Trip Advisor
What to Eat
The land of delicacies, India, has a lot of offer on your plate. Known for the spices that are considered the best in the world and its food the most flavored, India definitely has some potential in astonishing you with its foods. The chole bhatura and aloo tikki are the most famous foods of the North while Rice, sambar and curd are the dishes of the South.
The western states of Gujarat and Maharashtra are famous for their chaats, namely vada pav, pav bhaji and poha jalebi while the Northeastern states have borrowed significant amounts of Chinese foods, such as the chowmein and the momos, into their local diet. India in itself is famous for sweets and every region has a few of their own.
What to drink
Indian breweries have only recently been taken to notice in the world market with the Sula vineyards coming into existence. However, India is not the place for having a glass of wine. Beer is one of the most accepted drink in the country with brands like Kingfisher being the local and the cheaper while Tuborg, Carlsberg and Heinnekein follow it. But what remains the best liquor in the country is the local rum.
With an amazing taste and an extremely useful warmth, rum is safe and highly consumed by the locals of the country compared to any other drink because of its lower costs. Followed by rum, beer and whiskey are to be preferred when calling for some alcohol.
By reading this India Travel Guide, you now know what to do and where to go, and have sorted out the right time to visit India, haven’t you? So, pack your bags and book your tickets because India awaits you!
This travel guide was written by Rohit Agarwal. Rohit is a blogger at TransIndiaTravels.com. He writes about travel to and within India and has a strong passion for his country that he loves to share with his readers.