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On a tour of India, you'll experience the colorful festivals, diverse cultures and spiritual beliefs, aromatic spices, gorgeous architecture, and breathtaking landscapes that make India a fascinating cultural and natural destination. Admire the magnificent Taj Mahal from Mehtab Bagh during a sunset visit. Rajasthan, the Land of Kings, is home to magnificent forts and palaces, including those at Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Amber, and Udaipur. Visit Madhya Pradesh's Bandhavgarh, KanhaRanthambhore, and Pench National Parks to see tigers and leopards in their natural habitat. Stay at a rainforest resort, take a 4x4 expedition with a naturalist and a forest ranger. Unwind on one of the magnificent beaches in Goa or Lakshadweep, while relaxing in our top Indian hotelsContact us today for more information on our best India tours and cruises.
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The Brahmaputra$34618Nov 7, 2024Experience an 8-day river cruise aboard RV Kindat Pandaw in Assam, India, exploring wildlife, culture, and landscapes along the Brahmaputra River. …
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The Upper Ganges River$742713Oct 29, 2024Sail on this 13-day Upper Ganges River Cruise from Kolkata to Varanasi aboard RV Katha Pandaw. Explore the best of the Ganges, from the colonial …
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The Upper Ganges River$742713Nov 11, 2024Sail on this 13-day Upper Ganges River cruise from Varanasi to Kolkata aboard RV Katha Pandaw. Explore the best of the Ganges, from the colonial …
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Bengal to Assam and the Sundarbans$1380022 Explore India and Bangladesh on this 22-day Bengal to Assam and the Sundarbans Cruise aboard RV Kindat Pandaw. Discover one of the most ecologically …
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India at a Glance

Location: India is located in South Asia, with the Arabian Sea to its west and the Bay of Bengal to its east. It's bordered by Pakistan to the north and Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, and Burma to the east.

Capital: The city of New Delhi is India's capital.

Population: India has the world's second-largest population, with about 1.3 billion people after China.

Language:  India has 22 official languages, though Hindi is spoken by about 40% of all Indians as their first language.

Land Area: India covers 3.287 million km², making it the seventh-largest country in the world by land area.

Religion: India is also home to several major religions like Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism.

Currency: The Indian rupee is the country's currency. For instance, one rupee is equal to 75 Indian rupees.

Current President: Ram Nath Kovind

 
India Highlights
Vacations to India feature lively, colorful, and exciting places to visit in the world. The diversity of people, culture, cuisine, flora, and fauna make India trips a worthwhile destination for solo or family travel.
  • Taj Mahal AgraOne of the Seven Wonders of the World. It was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as a tribute to his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. 
  • Goa. A picture-perfect state with golden beaches.
  • RajasthanThe Land of Kings is also a favorite tourist destination offering a variety of attractions like forts, palaces, and temples.
  • KeralaLand of backwaters and one of the most sought-after honeymoon destinations in the world
  • Varanasi is one of Hinduism's holiest cities. 
  • DelhiThe capital that never sleeps and the food capital of India.
  • Galle is located on the southwestern coast of Sri Lanka and offers gorgeous sights of both natural beauty and historical significance. 
  • MumbaiThe financial capital of India is also referred to as the cultural capital of India and the center point of the Hindi film industry.
  • Amritsar. Home to the Golden Temple, a Sikh religious site attracting tourists and pilgrims.
  • Chennai. The cultural hub, hosting some international music and dance festival.
India by Regions

Northern India:
  • Explore the towering peaks, serene valleys, and vibrant hill stations of the Himalayan range.
  • Visit the Taj Mahal, the architectural wonder in Agra, as well as the ancient city of Fatehpur Sikri. Delve into the historical treasures of Delhi, such as the Red Fort and Jama Masjid.
  • Discover the spiritual aura of Varanasi, where ancient rituals take place on the banks of the sacred Ganges River.
  • Embark on thrilling wildlife safaris in Ranthambore National Park or Corbett National Park, home to royal Bengal tigers and other exotic species.
  • Experience the grandeur of Rajasthan's palaces, forts, and colorful cities like Jaipur, Jodhpur, and Udaipur.
Southern India:
  • Relax on the sandy shores of Goa, Kerala, or the Andaman Islands, and enjoy the blissful coastal scenery.
  • Glide through the tranquil backwaters of Kerala aboard traditional houseboats, marveling at the green landscapes and rural charm.
  • Explore the intricate architecture of the ancient temples in Tamil Nadu, including the famous Meenakshi Temple in Madurai and the Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram.
  • Experience the rich traditions of South Indian classical dance and music forms like Bharatanatyam and Carnatic music.
  • Wander through fragrant tea and spice plantations in Munnar and taste the flavors of freshly brewed South Indian coffee.
Central India:
  • Discover the stunning UNESCO-listed, rock-cut temples of Ajanta and Ellora, depicting ancient Indian art and spirituality.
  • Embark on thrilling tiger safaris in the national parks of Bandhavgarh, Kanha, and Pench, known for their dense populations of Bengal tigers.
  • Explore the architectural marvels of Khajuraho's intricate temples, showcasing exquisite sculptures and erotic art.
  • Immerse yourself in the vibrant traditions of the tribes of Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh, witnessing their unique art forms and festivals.
What is India's Golden Triangle? 

India's Golden Triangle is a captivating journey that encompasses the three iconic cities of Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur, forming a triangular route on the map and revealing the rich tapestry of India's history, culture, and architectural wonders.

Delhi: Marvel at Delhi's Red Fort and Qutub Minar, delve into the cultural tapestry of Old Delhi, and explore Humayun's Tomb and the Lotus Temple.

Agra: Witness the ethereal beauty of the Taj Mahal in Agra, visit the grand Agra Fort, and immerse yourself in local culture.

Jaipur: In Jaipur, ascend the majestic Amber Fort, explore the opulent City Palace, and admire the intricate Hawa Mahal.

Along the way, experience vibrant markets, savor Mughlai cuisine, and engage with the warm hospitality of the locals. The Golden Triangle unveils the essence of India in a truly captivating journey. Choose small group tours and private tours that allow you to fully immerse yourself in the wonders of this iconic region
What do Visitors See on an India River Cruise?

Embark on an extraordinary journey through the heart of India's rivers on a river cruise, immersing yourself in the country's vibrant culture, iconic landmarks, and breathtaking natural sites.

Cruise along the Upper Ganges and discover the spiritual city of Varanasi, where you can witness mesmerizing Hindu rituals along the sacred riverfront ghats and explore the ancient temples and vibrant bazaars.

Sail through the Lower Ganges, stopping at the historic city of Kolkata, known for its colonial architecture and bustling markets. Delve into the rich history of Murshidabad and visit the grand Hazarduari Palace.

As you navigate the Brahmaputra River, marvel at the awe-inspiring Kaziranga National Park, home to the majestic one-horned rhinoceros and an array of wildlife.

Enjoy activities such as wildlife viewing and visiting local villages. These river cruises offer a unique perspective on India's diverse landscapes and cultural heritage.

India Travel FAQs

Is travel in India allowed in 2024?
Anyone with e-tourist or tourist visas issued on or after October 6, 2021, can enter India, though there may be additional requirements. See the official travel requirements sites for US citizens, Canadians, and UK citizens
Do I need a visa to travel to India?
A valid passport and Indian visa are required for all foreigners, as only those from Japan, South Korea, and the UAE are granted visas on arrival. To enter India, the passport must be valid for six months. You must have the correct visa for your intended activity in India. Incorrect visas may result in denial of entry.
  • Applicants from eligible countries/territories may apply online for an e-Tourist visa which costs $30 at least four days before the date of arrival. 
  • Except for the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Japan, the e-Tourist visa allows for a continuous stay of 90 days. Citizens of these four countries will be permitted to stay for 180 days.
  • Entry by cruise ship is allowed through 5 designated seaports, namely Mumbai, Chennai, Cochin, Goa, and Mangalore seaports.
  • Foreign nationals visiting India on a student visa, business visa, medical visa, research visa, or work visa for more than 180 days are obliged to register with the Foreigners Regional Registration Officer (FRRO).
Yellow Fever travel requirements for India
India has a Yellow Fever travel requirement for citizens traveling from countries where yellow fever is prevalent. These citizens must obtain a Yellow Fever Vaccination Card and present it upon arrival.
Can I use my cell phone while in India?
While you can purchase international plans or rely on public WiFi, the most common method for travelers who wish to use their phones while abroad is to request that their service provider unlock their GSM-capable phone and then purchase a SIM chip at their destination airport, which provides access to the local network. In some sections of India's rural areas, you may not be able to use your cell phone.
What is internet access like in India?
Mobile and fixed broadband speeds in December 2021 in India ranked 123rd and 73rd, respectively, based on the latest December 2021 Global Speedtest Index. Over 25,000 villages remain without cell or internet coverage in India despite being one of the country's top markets for these technologies.
What is the currency of India?
India uses the Rupee as its currency. For example, at the time of writing in 2022 one dollar is equivalent to 75 rupees (1 rupee = 75 INR).
Is tipping customary in India?
Tipping called "Baksheesh" in India is expected by the driver, porters, bellman, guide, servers, etc. It plays an important part in their income. Generally speaking, the typical gratuity is 10%, but this can vary on how well the service is provided.

In India, a 30-50 rupee tip per bag is appropriate. 5% to 10% gratuity should be paid to waiters in restaurants and local taxi drivers should be given an additional 50 rupees on top of the bill for their services. You should expect to tip between 200-400 rupees for a day tour driver. A day's tip for a guide ranges from 400 to 800 rupees.
Do I need power adapters?
A 230-volt or dual voltage device will work in an Indian power outlet as long as the plug is compatible. If the plug you intend to use does not fit into an Indian power outlet, you'll need to bring a Type D plug adapter.
Is it safe to visit India in 2024?
As long as all precautions are taken, India can be a safe place to visit. You must always be on the lookout for any threats. While traveling, people have been robbed after drinking or eating something laced with drugs. Don't leave your food or drink out in the open. In large cities and tourist destinations, it's best not to go alone at any cost. Avoid crowds and situations where you might be targeted as a foreigner.
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