Spend holidays in India gazing up at the UNESCO-listed Red Fort in Delhi. Or take hiking holidays in the Himalayas. Immerse yourself in India's vast cultural mix on your holiday, from colonial glory in Mumbai to Hindu temples in Varanasi. Visit Chennai's vast expanse of Marina Beach, studded with statues. Or travel to Bangalore, India's futuristic city, with fashionable bars and shopping malls all around.
Fly to India and visit Delhi's vast Red Fort and UNESCO-protected 16th-century Humayun's Tomb. You'll find hip Mumbaipacked with India's colonial grace at the iconic Gateway of India, and parks filled with energetic cricket games. Sail past Hindu pilgrims bathing on Varanasi'sghat steps at the holy River Ganges.
Holidays in India
In the west, busy Mumbai is India's cultural hub. But if you want relaxing holidays in India, head to the Arabian Sea and Goa's beaches. Travel around Rajasthan's deserts to see ornate palaces and remote forts. For India's main tribal area, venture to the lush north-east to tea-growing Assam and Darjeeling. In the far north of India you'll find remote mountainous beauty in Jammu and Kashmir.
Things to do in India
For an energetic holiday, head to the jaw-dropping Kullu Valley in Himachal Pradesh – home to the Himalayas, then ski India's slopes in Manali. For stunning coasts travel to Goa, choose from busy resorts to remote palm-fringed beaches. Get back to nature on holiday at India's national parks and go bird watching at Bharatpur.
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Visit the Golden Triangle of northern India — Delhi, Agra and Jaipur
For your first night in Delhi, take the afternoon to lunch and to explore the grand domed tombs of the Lodi Gardens. Stay nearby, at The Claridges. This grand hotel serves delicious baltis and butter chicken at its Dhaba restaurant. In the British-built New Delhi you’ll visit grand Presidential buildings. In the morning, weave through the street life to the Jama Masjid - the largest mosque in India - and get gloriously lost in the teeming bazaars.
Arrive in Agra, but delay your first sight of the Taj Mahal. First visit the blistering red Agra Fort, a walled city and royal residence crammed with carvings and white marble. Then get to know the riverside city by touring with local guides. In the evening, arrive at the Mehtab Bagh, the Moonlight Garden, which offers the best distant view of the Taj Mahal, suffused in the sunset light. The following day at sunrise, arrive at the Taj Mahal again for a farewell before the drive to Jaipur.
Before entering Jaipur, stop at the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri, left in ruined splendour when its lake ran dry. Then on to the Rajasthan capital. Its streets were painted to welcome a visiting British prince, but it is the red sandstone buildings that truly makes this the pink city. See the Hawa Mahal, the palace of winds, with its façade of 953 windows and the hilltop Amber Fort, guarding the nearby town of Amer. For homebound souvenirs, skim the bazaars for slippers and camel skin.