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  • Ellora Caves
  • Mountain Train
  • Ranthambore
  • Junagadh
  • Jodhpur
  • Holi - Festival of Colours

Overview

A country full of colour, natual beauty, incredible wildlife and remarkable architecture, as well as a rich tapestry of races, cultures and philosophies, India is a soul-stirring and wondrous place to visit. The diverse landscapes, from the towering mountains of the north to the sun-soaked beaches of the south coast, are breathtaking, while the national parks, with their range of flora, fauna, scenery and attractions, provide ample opportunity of close encounters for wildlife enthusiasts. 

Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan is one of the best places to see India's wildlife, most notably Bengal tigers. Covering almost 400 sq km, it was originally establised as a game sanctuary in 1955, became a Project Tiger Reserve in 1973 and a national park in 1980. Today it offes one of the best chances to see tigers in their natural jungle habitat. Other animals to look out for include leopard, wild boar, sambar, striped hyena, sloth bear, langur and rhesus macaque. The majestic fort, which gives the park its name, towers over the landscape. The best time to visit is November to March (it's closed during the monsoon season July to September).

Bandhavgarh National Park, a relativley small reserve in the foothills of Vindhyas in Madhya Pradesh, has one of the world's highest densities of Bengal tigers. It was here that the first white tiger, Mohan, was captured in 1951, now stuffed and on display in the palace of the Maharajas of Rewa. The park is also home to a large breeding population of leopards, sambar, chital and barking deer, nilgai, striped hyena and bison as well as more than 250 species of birds and about 80 species of butterfly. The park is open October to June while April, May and June are ideal for tiger sightings. 

The oldest national park in India, Jim Corbett National Park, was established in 1936 to protect the endangered Bengal tiger. With stunning scenery - forest, hills, grassland, riverine, marshland and a large lake - and diverse wildlife, it's also home to 50 mammal species including elephant, sloth bear, leopard, hyenea, Himalayan goral and crocodiles, 25 reptile species, 580 bird species and 488 plant species. It's one of the most popular national parks in India, with about 70,000 visitors each season.  

 

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Quick Facts - India

Travel Seasons

  • Dec – Mar - High Season. The weather is pleasant with warm days and cool nights, from Februrary the temperature starts to rise. In December and January nights are chilly in the north. It's peak tourist time with high prices.
  • Jul - Aug - Shoulder Season. Monsoon rain showers continue to September. Along the southeast coast and southern Kerala there's heavy rain from October to early December. Passes to Ladakh and the high Himalaya are open from July to September
  • Apr - Jun - Low Season. Hot weather, which is scorching in May and June. Hotel prices are more competitive. The monsoon sweeps from south to north from June, very humid. Travel to the cool hills to avoid the head, but it may well be crowded. 


Essential Information

  • Currency - Indian rupee
  • Languages - Hindi, English
  • Size - 3,287,263 sq km
  • Population - 1,324,171,354 (2016 estimate)


Health and Safety

  • Travel insurance is essential for all international travel. Click below to find out more:



  • The CDC recommends the following vaccinations for India: hepatitis A and typhoid. Check with your doctor which other vaccinations you might need and make sure your routine vaccinations are all up-to-date.
  • Malaria is present in India - get medical advice on which prophylaxis to take.
  • Cholera is assumed to be present in India. It's rare in travellers but can be severe. Avoiding unsafe food and water and washing your hands can help prevent cholera.
  • Yellow fever is not a risk but if you are travelling from an infected region you will need a yellow fever certificate as an entry requirement.
  • It is best to stick to drinking bottled water.


Tourist Information

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • National parks and their wealth of wildlife 
  • Majestic fortresses, temples, ruins and ancient cities
  • Scenic hill stations
  • Diverse and beautiful landsca
  • Fascinating religious riturals and festivals
  • Delicious cuisine

Cons

  • The poverty can be challenging to see
  • Frustrating and unpredictable bureaucracy

Travel Info

Arriving in India

  • Mumbai and New Delhi are the two main gateways for international flights. Both airports have recently been upgraded - the newly constructed Terminal 3 at Delhi airport is the eighth largest terminal in the world. Chennai and Kolkata are also gateway airports. 

Getting Around

  • With its large size and uncertain roads, internal flights are a good way to get around. As such there's a very competitive domestic airline industry although the local airports have not necessarily kept up with the increase in air traffic so check-in and security queues can be very long. 

Visas

  • Most nationalities require a visa to enter India. An e-Tourist Visa can be obtained online here >>
  • An e-Visa should be applied for at least four days in advance of travel and allows a stay of up to 60 days.
  • The e-Visa application process is detailed so allow at least an hour per visa for the process. You need to upload a photo of yourself and a scan of the first two pages of your passport. Make sure you note the visa application number as it will be required if you need to return to the visa application process. 
  • NB An Indian visa is valid from the day it is issued, not the date of entry.

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