Did you know that India has the world’s only floating post office, on Dal Lake in Kashmir? That there are over three lakh mosques in India, scattered around the country? That the Golden Temple of Amritsar is the most visited place in the world?
India is not just about Tajmahal! A country of over 1 billion people, India is varied and diverse in its geography, climate, culture, cuisine and ethnicity.
The birthplace of marvelous discoveries and several modern disciplines such as algebra, chess and calculus, India’s history has been steeped in glory. Remarkable monuments such as the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Humayun’s Tomb, and the Taj Mahal, tell stories of the grand kingdoms from years ago.
India’s array of landscapes such as the emerald jungles of Pench, the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas, the white sandy beaches of Andaman, the arid desert of Rajasthan, and the hills and cliffs of Meghalaya – tell stories of it’s abundant natural beauty.
India’s range of traditional and alternative medicines and lifestyles such as yoga, ayurveda, siddha and homeopathy, tell stories of its cultural wisdom, holistic wellness and desire to fuse life and nature, without artificiality.
India’s collections of songs, dances, theater, traditions, rites and rituals, art and writing tell stories of its rich culture, influenced by its twenty-nine states and seven union territories, each with their very own languages, cuisines, customs and stories.
India’s range of cuisines and cooking styles, its blend of spices, flavours and tastes, and the nutritional value of each dish, tell stories of our art of cooking and the culinary paradise that we have created.
A country influenced by its time under British, Portuguese and French rule, today, India in its customs is a cosmopolitan country, a must visit place for travelers from US/UK and other countries.
However, traveling to India for the first time can be overwhelming when it comes to deciding what to do and what to leave. One would need several visits to take different India tours to probably scratch the surface of what the essence of the county is all about.
To make things easier for first timer traveler to India from US & UK, we have developed six specific itineraries based on various interests so that you can make the most of your first time India tour.
And we promise that with Travel Jaunts, one of the top travel agencies in India, your India tours experience will always remain in your memory for years to come.
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Arunachal Pradesh, known as the “land of the dawn-lit mountains”, is a largely unexplored paradise of trails, lakes, forests and monasteries. Meghalaya, with the thrilling state capital, Shillong, and the place with the highest rainfall, Chirrapunji, is another wonderful place waiting to be explored. If you would like to take offbeat tours in India, take these northeast India tours by Travel Jaunts.
Best time to take the India Offbeat Tour – October and April are the best months to see Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya.
Where to stay during the India Offbeat Tour – In Itanagar, there are several hotels and homestays for tourists to stay in. In order to enjoy the experience of Ziro, you could stay in a resort on the valley itself, near the sanctuary and the caves. While in Cherrapunji, “the abode of the clouds”, and Shillong, you could stay in homestays in the town itself.
How to reach Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya – Fly to the Guwahati Airport, which has direct flights from Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore, and from there, follow the offbeat tours itinerary, which means travelling by road to Itanagar, and then forth.
One of India’s largest and most varied states, Rajasthan tours are a sensory experience, including camel carts, beautiful textiles, glorious palaces and desert winds – including the traditional bazaars of Jaipur, the sand dunes and palaces of Jodhpur, the desert city of Jaisalmer and the lush lakes of Udaipur.
Best time to go to Rajasthan – Known for its scorching summers, Rajasthan is infinitely pleasurable to visit in its winter of November to February.
Where to stay in Rajasthan – In Udaipur, it would be recommended to stay near the city’s famous lakes. Jaisalmer, which is a vast desert, offers overnight camping and tent experiences, so you can relax underneath a starry sky. For Jaipur and Jodhpur, it is best to stay near the city’s landmarks, such as the Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, and Jaipur Palace.
How to go to Rajasthan– To enter Rajasthan for the tour, you can fly to Jaipur, which is well-connected to Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore through direct flights. From Delhi, you can even take a train to Jaipur. You can depart through Udaipur Airport, which has connections to major cities, after finishing the tour.
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For first-timers, visiting India is a sensory, massive and cultural experience that will take months to complete, as India is one of the world’s most diverse countries in terms of geography, culture, language and ethnicity. However, the very popular India golden triangle tour package shows you three of the most essential cities in India – Delhi, Agra and Jaipur – and the history of Mughal Emperors and former kingdoms, as well as one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the peerless Taj Mahal.
Best time to take the Golden Triangle Tour – November to March is the best time to see Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, as the winter months are pleasant and perfect for sightseeing.
Where to stay for the Golden Triangle Tours – For Agra, staying near the Taj Mahal is a must, with there being several hotels close by. In Delhi and Jaipur, it is best to stay close to the major tourist attractions, like Jaipur Palace and the Red Fort. In Udaipur, staying near the lakes is essential to enjoy the cool breezes and see the lakes.
How to reach the Golden Triangle Tours – Indira Gandhi Airport in Delhi is the perfect starting point for the tour, with there being direct flights from Mumbai and Bangalore. From Delhi, it is an easy drive to Agra, and then from Agra to Jaipur, allowing you to see the ancient Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri on the way, and then on to Udaipur. You can depart from Delhi as well.
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Indian cuisine is one of the most varied and interesting in the world. Influenced heavily by the many religions of India, as well as its time under Islamic rule, almost each state of India has its own special dishes to try. Travel Jaunts’ India food tour of India stimulates all your five senses – you can smell the aroma of food, feel the textures, hear the food being made, see the dishes and of course, relish the food at the end. The culinary tourism in India takes you from fiery Bengali food to the seafood of Goa and Kerala.
Best time to take the Food Tour – The winter months of November-March might be the best time to take the tour, as most of the places covered have harsh summers, especially Delhi, Goa and Cochin.
Where to stay for the Food Tour – For Goa, it is best to stay somewhere close to the sea, to take advantage of the numerous seafood restaurants nearby. In Delhi, the Old City, with its famed market of Hauz Khas, is the best option to stay in. For Cochin, perhaps enjoying a houseboat stay, is the best way to see the beaches and enjoy the food of the city.
How to reach the Food tour – Begin your journey by flying into Kolkata Airport, which is well-connected to Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. From there, a combination of flight and driving takes you through the cities of Varanasi, Lucknow, Agra, Jaipur, Delhi, Goa and Cochin.
The Himalayan mountains are not just the location of Mount Everest, but a world of people, wildlife, culture, spirituality, adventure sports and hill resorts. Cities like Rishikesh and Manali are perfect for trekking and escapades like bungee jumping. Leh is a blissful town known for breathtaking scenery, and several monasteries symbolizing its Buddhist roots. Journey to the Himalayas to find yourself in a sojourn of wellness.
Best time to take the Himalayas Tour – Due to the vast area of the Himalayas, which needs time and the right climate to explore, it is best to visit between October and May.
Where to stay during the Himalayas Tour – Rishikesh has several hotels and homestays located close to the river and major adventure spots, as well as Rajaji National Park. Similarly, in Manali, staying near the skiing slopes is a wonderful way to enjoy the city. In Leh, you can stay near the monasteries for a blissful experience.
How to reach the Himalayas Tour – Fly to Srinagar Airport, which has connections to Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. From Srinagar, it is an easy journey to Rishikesh, and from there, you can drive to Manali, Leh, Gulmarg and finally back to Srinagar, seeing all the cities, and departing from here.
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Years ago, Kerala earned the title of “God’s Own Country”, due to its exquisite scenery of tropical forests, national parks, beaches and backwaters. Today, it is a leading center for wellness and Ayurveda, making promises to rejuvenate you, mind, body and soul. If you would like to get to know this country, Travel Jaunts’ ayurveda tour packages in India help you get to know Kerala, from the hills of Munnar to the beaches of Alappuzha, including a stay at the Samatheeram Ayurvedic Health Resort.
Best time to go to Kerala – From September to March, Kerala’s climate is pleasant, and avoids the humidity and heat of the summer months.
How to go to Kerala Tours – Fly to Cochin Airport, which is well-connected to Delhi, Mumbai and Kerala. From Cochin, you can follow the tour, as it is easy to drive to the rest of the Kerala tour places, like Munnar, then Alappuzha. You can depart from Trivandrum Airport, connected to the major cities of India.
Where to stay during Kerala Tour – Munnar, a hill station, has numerous homestays near tea plantations so you can wake up to the aroma of tea and the cool breeze. Staying near the beach of Alappuzha would be the best option to enjoy water sports and other activities. The Somatheeram Ayurvedic Health Resort, part of the tour, is the perfect place to enjoy wellness tours in India.
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India is fairly a safe country to travel in however like any other place you should take basic precautions. Many problems can be avoided with a bit of common sense and an appropriate amount of caution.. Foreigners may read here for the timely advice – https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/india/safety-and-security
If you are hard pressed for time, then min 7-8 days would be required for your first time visit. However if you really wish to spend some good amount of time in India and go deeper, please spend min 20-25 days. For more details read here
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If you have less time preferred mode of transport should be flights as far as possible. Train travel has its own advantage if you wish to travel the length and breadth of India and dive deep into its cultural roots. Within the cities and for hill stations booking a cab/taxi makes sense.
India is huge and there is a region for every season. Also, depends on what you would like to experience. Primarily Mid Sept till April is a good time. High season being October to December in most places. July- August is the monsoon season.
To enter India you need a valid passport and an onward/return ticket, and a visa. Note that your passport needs to be valid for at least 180 days after your entry into India, and should have at least two blank pages.
Most foreigners can obtain e-visa to travel to India. For detailed information on Indian visa check the link here
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