India holiday highlights
There’s the playful nature of Rhesus Macaques in the Aravalli Hills, sun-bleached beaches in Goa and soothing sand dunes in the Thar Desert. Luxurious hotels overlooking the Taj Mahal wait for soft white marble to turn shades of amber come sunset and in Varanasi – said to be the oldest inhabited city on Earth – the sacred Ganges is every visitor’s pivotal point. A world away from here, in southern India, Cochin harbour’s famous row of Chinese fishing nets appears as a translucent marvel of strength. If there’s one city to fall in love with, it’s honeysuckle hued, marble-covered Udaipur. On the banks of crystal clear Lake Pichola the opulent side of India unfold as you sail past resplendent Rajput-era palaces. India is one of our favourite countries for touring holidays and if you’re a first-time visitor, a Golden Triangle tour is a wonderful way to see the rich variety of cultures the country is renowned for.
Where is India?
India is in south-central Asia surrounded by the Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal. Set off from the rest of Asia by the Himalayas and land bordered by Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, China, Burma and Bangladesh, India is the seventh largest country in the world. Its capital is New Delhi and it has a diverse landscape of coastline, beaches, jungle and mountains.
In larger cities and towns, the most convenient way to get around is by auto rickshaw, taxi or private car. Rickshaws can get hot and bumpy but offer a fantastic authentic experience. Public transport is frequent and affordable. As the meters are rarely turned on, it’s always best to negotiate the rate before embarking. In northern India travel in comfortable cars on newly built motorways and look out for the red BEST buses in Mumbai. Direct internal flights operate daily to most national cities, making it easy to get from one place to another quickly. If you prefer to travel by rail, daily Shatabdi trains can be used to travel between the most important destinations.