India

India is a soulful, soul-stirring country, overflowing with cultural treasures, spiritual wonder, and natural beauty. A wondrous land of crowded megacities, Himalayan monasteries, and ancient fishing villages, India sweeps you up in a confounding and beautiful tide of humanity. Float along Kerala's famous backwaters, take a camel ride through Rajasthan, or find peace at the holy Ganges. And whether you drink chai (tea) from the source in Munnar, or savor Marwari cuisine in Jaipur, the land of spices and its remarkable people will linger long in your memory.


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Major international carriers serve New Delhi (DEL) and Mumbai (BOM) with connecting flights from the main Canadian cities. At least one connection is necessary to get to India.



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Preferred Hotels

  • Westin Mumbai Garden City
  • Sofitel Mumbai BKC
  • Trident Bandra Kurla Mumbai
  • Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai
  • Leela New Delhi
  • Crowne Plaza Okhla New Delhi
  • Taj Palace New Delhi
  • ITC Maurya New Delhi
  • The Imperial Delhi

Weather

The weather is mainly hot most of the year with significant variations from region to region. The coolest weather lasts from around the end of November to the beginning of March, with fresh mornings and evenings, and mostly sunny days.

The really hot weather, when it is dry, dusty and unpleasant, is between March and June. Monsoon rains occur in most regions in summer anywhere between June and early October.

Clothing

In the larger cities (Delhi, Bombay, Bangalore) and areas where there are hoards of tourists (Goa, Kerala, Agra), you can generally get away with less conservative clothing. This means that you can bare your shoulders and knees but not much more than that. No matter where you are, you'll receive lots of attention in spaghetti straps and short shorts. Bathing suits are obviously okay at the beach, but be aware that while you're sunbathing there may be lines of Indian men leering at you from the palm trees. In small villages, holy sites and any destination that sees even moderate tourism, dress conservatively. Never wear shorts or a short skirt. Capris are okay, as are skirts that fall below the knees. Keep your shoulders covered, either by wearing a shirt with sleeves or by draping a shawl around you—even in the heat.

Traveling in India

India's domestic airline is Indian Airlines (IC). The network links over 70 cities. Indian Airlines also flies to the neighboring countries of Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, and the Middle East. Domestic airlines include Sahara Airlines (S2) Jet Airways (9W), and Alliance Airlines (3A), a subsidiary of Indian Airlines. The Indian domestic railway system is state-run by Indian Railways. It is the largest system in all of Asia and the second largest in the world. Traffic drives on the left. A far reaching network of bus services links all regions of the country, and is especially useful for the mountainous areas where there are no rail services. However, public transport is usually over crowded and uncomfortable. There are a many chauffeur-driven tourist cars (some air-conditioned) operating in the main tourist centers. These un-metered tourist cars operate at a somewhat higher rate than the regular taxis, and are approved by India Tourism. Self-drive vehicles are not usually available. Driving in India is not recommended because of the erratic nature of Indian driving standards

Language

English language is the commonly used official language of India. It enjoys a special status and remains the additional official language of India. It is also the authoritative legislative and judicial language. Apart from the more widely spoken English and Hindi, there are the various regional languages as well. In fact, each state of India has its own official language, apart from the numerous dialects. However, the 8th schedule of the Constitution of India lists 22 such regional languages only, giving them official status.

Assamese A language of Assam that's spoken by nearly 60 percent of the State's population.
Bengali An official language of West Bengal, now spoken by nearly 200 million people in West Bengal and in Bangladesh.
Bodo It is the language spoken by the Bodo people of Assam and comes under the Assam-Burmese group of languages
Dogri Mainly spoken by the people of Jammu region
Gujarati It is the official language of Gujarat. 70 percent of the State's population speak Gujrathi but it the most spread language not only in India but also abroad.
Hindi The official language of India, accent and dialect differs with different regions but almost every Indian has a working knowledge of Hindi. It is written in a Devanagiri script.
Kannada A language of Karnataka and is spoken by 65 percent of the state's population. It belongs to the Dravidian family.
Kashmiri Though the language is mistaken as a state language of Kashmir only 55 per cent of the state's population speak Kashmiri.
Konkani Spoken in the Konkan region stretched across Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka.
Maithili Mostly spoken in the parts of Bihar and the eastern Terai region of Nepal
Malayalam The state language of Kerala. It is the youngest of all developed languages in the Dravidian family.
Manipuri/Meitei official language of state of Manipur.
Marathi An official language of Maharashtra. It has a fully developed literature of the modern type.
Nepali The official language of Nepal, it is also spoken in some north eastern parts of India
Oriya A branch of the Indo-Aryan family, is the official language of the State of Orissa.
Punjabi The official language of the State of Punjab. It is written in Gurmukhi script, created by the Sikh Guru, Angad.
Sanskrit The classical language of India that has lost it's value in the modern world. It is also one of the oldest languages in the world- perhaps the oldest to be recorded. All the ancient scripts are found to be written in the same language.
Santhali Santhal tribals of the Chota Nagpur Plateau (comprising the states of Bihar, Chattisgarh, Jharkhand, Orissa)
Sindhi Is spoken by a great number of people in the Northwest frontier of the Indian sub-continent comprising parts of India and Pakistan.
Tamil The State language of Tamil Nadu. Tamil literature goes back to Centuries before the Christian era and is spoken by more than 73 million people. It belongs to the Dravidian language family.
Telugu A language of Andhra Pradesh. It is numerically the biggest linguistic unit in India.
Urdu The state language of Jammu and Kashmir and is spoken by more than 28 million people in India. Urdu and Hindi have proceeded from the same source. Urdu is written in the Persio - Arabic script and contains many words from the Persian language.


India Time Zone

India Standard Time (IST) is 5:30 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). It is 10:30 hours ahead of Canadian Eastern time and 13:30 hours ahead of Canadian Pacific Time. India does not use Daylight Saving Time.



North India  

North India includes the states Jammu, Kashmir, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Visit the major cities of Delhi, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Lucknow and Kanpur. Explore the pilgrimage sites like Varanasi, Ayodhya, or the Sikh Golden Temple. Don't miss the renowned historical Taj Mahal, the Valley of Flowers and the Red Fort. Taste the Punjabi food and explore the Himalayas where you can find many hills stations like Leh, Kullu, Manali, Shimla, Dharamsala, Palampur, Mussoorie and Dehradun.

To see, to do

  • Agra with Fatehpur Sikri
  • Delhi City Tour
  • Swaminarayam Akshardham Temple
  • Delhi Food Walk
  • Visit to Kingdom of Dreams in Gurgaon
  • Varanasi Temples Tour
  • Ganges and Varanasi tour
  • Jaipur City Tour
  • Half Day Amber Fort from Jaipur
  • Ajmer and Pushkar from Jaipur
  • Elephant encounter
  • Indian cooking class in Jaipur
  • Art and antiquities tour in Jaipur


West India  

West India includes the states Gujarat, Maharashtra Rajasthan and Goa. This region is highly industrialized, with a large urban population.

The famous cities in this region are Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Surat, Vadodara, Mumbai, Pune, Nasik, Thane, Ajmer, Jaipur, Udaipur, Jaisalmer and Kota. Some of the famous hill stations in this region are Mount Abu, Lonavala-Khandala, Matheran and Mahabaleshwar. Mumbai is the most famous city and the financial hub of India. Bollywood is the city of fashion. The famous Muslim pilgrimage Dargah Sharif in Ajmer is situated in this region. Udaipur city, also known as "the lake city of India", is famous for its nature tourism. Nasik is the famous Hindu pilgrimage center.

To see, to do

  • Walking Tour of Goa
  • Elephant Ride in Ponda
  • Ahmedabad City Tour
  • Mumbai City Tour
  • Sightseeing of Juhu Beach
  • Bandra Heritage Tour
  • The Flavors of Mumbai
  • Temples and Mosques Tour in Mumbai
  • Pune Sightseeing Tour
  • Ajmer and Pushkar from Jaipur
  • Half Day Amber Fort from Jaipur
  • Jaipur City Tour
  • Excursion to Sanganer from Jaipur
  • Pink City Tour
  • The Rural Heart of Rajasthan
  • Cooking class in Jaipur
  • Udaipur City Tour
  • Full day excursion to Delwara Temple & Nakki Lake (Mount Abu) from Udaipur
  • Boat Ride on Lake Pichola
  • Excursion to Eklingji & Nagda from Udaipur


South India  

South India includes the states Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamilnadu. The classical dances of India like Bharat Natyam and Kathakali have South Indian origins.

This part of India has enormous beaches, water falls, forests, lakes, and wild life sanctuaries. The famous cities in this region are Hyderabad and its twin city Secunderabad, Mysore, Bangalore (Bengaluru), Kochi (Cochin), Trivandrum (Thiruvananthpuram), Chennai (Madras) and Kanyakumari (Nagercoil). Some of the famous hill stations in this region are Kodaikanal, Ooty (Ootacamund) and Munnar.

To see, to do

  • Bangalore City Tour
  • Excursion to Mysore and Srirangapatnam
  • Excursion to Sravanbelagola, Belur and Halebid
  • Visit to Lumbini Park
  • Excursion to Lepakshi
  • Excursion to Bannerghatta National Park
  • Shopping in the Russell market
  • Tour of Gurudwara and Lake Ulsoor
  • Vizhinjam Fishing Village Tour from Trivandrum
  • Plantation Tour from Trivandrum
  • Excursion to Kanya Kumari from Trivandrum
  • Trivandrum City Tour
  • Trek through the Golden Hills with tribal lunch from Trivandrum
  • Cochin City Tour
  • Kathakali Dance Performance
  • Excursion to Athirapally Waterfalls from Cochin
  • Cochin Sunset Cruise
  • Chennai City Tour
  • Excursion from Chennai to Pondicherry
  • Excursion to Tirupati from Chennai
  • Chennai Museums Tour
  • Mylapore Walking Tour
  • Excursion to Dakshin Chitra
  • Temple Tour to Mahabalipuram & Kanchipuram


East India  

East India includes the states West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa and the seven eastern states Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Sikkim, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura.

The famous cities in this region are Patna, Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Bhubneshwar, Puri (Konark), Kolkata, Gawhati, Imphal, Shillong, Aizawl, Gangtok, Agaratala and Itanagar. It also houses famous hill station Darjeeling and all these eastern state also houses hill stations which are worth to visit. This region has mesmerising scenic beauty. It has captivating tea farms, from where the tea is exported to other part of India as well as abroad. The ruins of ancient Nalanda University can be found near Rajgir. This region includes many pilgrimage centers for Jain and Buddha communities. Bodhgaya and Puri are the most famous pilgrimage centers in this region.

To see, to do

  • Excursion to Sun Temple at Konark
  • Excursion to Puri from Bhubneshwar
  • Bhubneshwar City Tour
  • Calcutta City Tour
  • Excursion to Bandel Church and Hangseswari Temple
  • Cruise on Hoogly River
  • Visit Shanti Niketan
  • Sundarbans Tiger Reserve Tour
  • Maket Walking Tour in Calcutta


Central India  

Central India includes the states Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. The main cities in this region are Bhopal, Indore, Ujjain and Gwalior. Madhya Pradesh is often called the Heart of India.

This part of India is famous for its temples and for its historical heritage. Some of the famous places in this region are Gwalior Fort, Sanchi Stupa in Sanchi and Khajuraho Temple. Indore is one of the fastest developing cities in India. It has huge shopping malls, industrial establishments and a lot of monuments that are worth the trip. There are a lot of ayurvedic and yoga centres in this region, which brings peace and meditation for tourists. This region is home of Wild Life Sanctuaries like Bandhavgarh National Park, Kanha National Park, Satpura National Park, Sanjay National Park, Madhav National Park, Van Vihar National Park, Mandla Plant Fossils National Park, Panna National Park and Pench National Park.

To see, to do

  • Monuments of Mandu
  • Indore Sightseeing Tour
 
 
 


 
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