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Stunning 5 star hotels and luxury resorts in India offer a range of accommodations for your getaway.

Few places will fascinate you like India. With its mix of religions, cultures, geography and lifestyles, there is so much to explore and see.  India is home to many iconic sites – of which the Taj Mahal tops the list. The country’s religious shrines, magnificent architecture, great works of art, and much more is sure to stir the senses like no other. Its natural beauty is also worth noting. The Himalayas, beaches and beautiful countryside are enviable.  Whether you visit for a family vacation or private excursion we recommend your first trip to India be through an organized tour. Regardless, the mix of 5 star hotels and luxury resorts in India will surround you with modern-day amenities, historic architecture and scenery you won’t want to take your eyes off.

India Tours & Activities

Sightseeing in India – You could spend years sightseeing in India – obviously in part because of the country’s massive size, but more so because there’s that much to see. It’s often recommended to choose a trip that focuses on an area of the country so you can maximize your time (i.e., tour the north seeing Delhi, Veranasi, Khajuraho, Agra, Jaipur and Udaipur or tour the south seeing Chennal, Kochi, Kumarkom, Hyderabad and Mumbai).

Agra and the Taj Mahal in India – A first-timer’s trip to India would not be complete without seeing the iconic Taj Mahal. This breathtaking beauty is best seen in the early morning light and the evening light. The sun casts pink, orange and many other hues onto this marvel. While in Agra, visit the Agra Fort, which is made of red sandstone and marble.

Sightseeing in Udaipur, India – Udaipur has several key sites to absorb while on your visit. The City Palace, a marble complex of palaces and galleries that offers unforgettable views of the lake, is not to be missed. If time allows, visit Sahelion Ki Bari (Garden of the Maids of Honor) and Jag Mandir, a marble palace on an island in the middle of Lake Pichola.

Sightseeing in Jaipur, India – Jaipur is known throughout the world as the “pink city” – as seen throughout its massive forts, palaces and exquisite temples, which are made of pink plastered stone. While in Jaipur, be sure to visit Amber Fort, Jantar Mantar (an open-air array of astronomical instruments that includes the world’s largest sundial) and the Palace of the Winds (with its ornately screened windows that allowed the women of the palace to gaze out onto the street unobserved).

Sightseeing in Mumbai, India – Often dubbed the gateway of India, Mumbai is home to a beautiful 85-foot-high arch whose design reflects India’s Muslim and Hindu traditions. Other popular sites include the Prince of Wales Museum and Mani Bhawan, a small museum dedicated to the life and works of Mahatma Gandhi. While in the area, visit Elephanta Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the island’s world-renowned temples, which are carved directly out of the basalt rock.

Wildlife in India – There are 500+ national parks, wildlife sanctuaries and reserves throughout India. These natural settings are home to foxes, wolves, leopards, cheetahs, deer, bears, the elusive tiger, hundreds of bird species and so much more. Many of the national parks offer guided park tours and safaris. Be sure to do an elephant back safari if time and circumstances allow.

Sightseeing in Delhi, India – Discover the best Old and New Delhi has to offer. Visit the great Jama Masjid, the most important mosque in India. Ride a rickshaw through Chandni Chowk, the bustling main street of Old Delhi. Visit New Delhi’s Humayun’s Tomb, a Mughal complex whose symmetrical designs prefigured the Taj Mahal.

Shopping in India – There are many great buys throughout India so watch for items including fabrics (especially silks), clothing and shawls, paintings and prints, Oriental carpets, dolls, musical instruments, tea, saffron, and items made of brass, wood, marble, copper, bronze, jute, crystal and bamboo. Well-made souvenirs are available from most good hotels, but for the real Indian buying experiences head for any local market.

Dining in India – Indian cuisine ranges from the simple and bland to the lavish and complex. Each region has its specialty cuisine, though some dishes are available throughout the country. Curries are almost always used, and thali, a vegetarian or meat meal that includes rice and chapatis (similar to heavy flour tortillas), sauces, various side dishes and curds is common. You’ll also find dhal (a lentil soup) and idli (steamed rice cakes) just about everywhere you go.

India Fast Facts

Population of India – 1+ billion

Languages in India – Hindi, English, 16 other official languages, thousands of dialects.

Religions in India – Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Sikhism, Jainism, Buddhism, others.

Time Zone in India – 5.5 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (+5.5 GMT). Daylight Saving Time is not observed.

Voltage Requirements in India – 220 volts

Currency in India – Indian rupee (INR)

Weather in India – For most of the country, October-March is (by far) the best time to visit. It’s then that temperatures range from 40-60° F in the north to 65-85° F in the south. March-June is dry and exceedingly hot (85-110° F). June-October is monsoon time, and parts of India will receive 20-80 inches of rain in one season.

India Geography – India shares borders with Pakistan, China, Nepal, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Bhutan. Sri Lanka is at its southernmost tip. The Himalayas rise out of the north, the Indian Ocean surrounds the southern portions, the Bay of Bengal in the east and the Arabian Sea to the west, making this country a peninsula.

Personal Safety in India – First time travelers to India are wise to stick with organized groups who know the various regions within India. In general, India is a relatively safe place, if you know where to go (and where not to go). Always take precautions and use common sense to eliminate petty crimes such as pickpocketing and purse snatching (keep valuables out of sight, don’t flash jewelry or money in public, etc.).

India Fun Facts

  • The Indian civilization is the oldest in the world, and in spite of being the most powerful empire long ago, India has never invaded another country.
  • India’s landscape exceeds one million square miles.
  • India is the largest English speaking country in the world.
  • There are 23 official languages in India.
  • Hindus believe bathing in the Ganges washes away guilt.
  • There’s a whole legend built around the theory that Christ was in Kashmir during his missing years. The alleged Tomb of Christ lies outside Srinagar.
  • Ayurvedic medicine has been practiced in India for more than 2,000 years. The regimen, practiced in different ways in various parts of the country, is designed to prevent everything from skin ailments to cancers by strengthening the immune system.
  • Most Indians are great fans of cricket, although the national game is hockey.
  • China is the only country in the world that has a larger population than India.
  • In India, cows are considered sacred and will not be harmed in any way. Very often, they are found in the middle of city causing a traffic jam.
  • The Indian Railways employs more people than any other establishment in the world.

India – Insider Tip

Pack conservative clothes. Most people visit multiple temples and mosques during their travels through India and dressing conservatively shows respect. Be prepared to remove your shoes when entering many of these beautiful sites.

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