"Colourful and culture-rich, diversity is at the core of Indian life"
If you’re looking for an exotic, culture-rich holiday, the stunning country of India has everything you’re looking for and more. There are so many possibilities for holidays in India – from gorgeous beaches such as Calangute and Candolim to thriving cities and lush countryside, to say that there’s something for everyone is an understatement. Different experiences await you in each region, and in a country as big as India there are many different cultural traditions and histories to explore. Wander the spice markets, taste the rich regional cuisine, and discover temples, museums and palaces, all so different from what you’d find back home in the UK. No matter where your travels take you, holidays to India will constantly surprise and excite you.
Holidays to India
With all that choice it can be difficult to decide how best to enjoy a holiday in India, so we’ve gathered some of the best deals on hotels to help you make your decision. Whether you’re looking for a family holiday by the sea or a couple’s retreat to a quieter area off the beaten track, there’ll be something for you. Here are a few of our favourite Indian holidays to whet your appetite and give you a taste of the endless possibilities in the east.
Meet the local wildlife on your holidays in India
Not only is India home to ancient cultures and sprawling cities, it also boasts some of the most diverse natural habitats in the world. From tropical rainforests to the peaks of the Himalayas in the north, there are some awe inspiring sights for those who want to experience nature at its wildest and most untamed. Wherever you holiday in India, you’ll be able to get up close and personal to exotic wildlife, either in zoos and safaris or in nature reserves designed to protect India’s more fragile and endangered animals. Take a boat trip along the rivers and see crocodiles lazing by the banks, ride an elephant for a once in a lifetimes experience, or spot big cats and huge snakes relaxing or playing in their natural habitat from one of the viewing spots in the nature reserves.
Holidays in Goa
Goa is unique among the Indian states for its Portuguese heritage, and this fusion of east and west makes Goa an exciting cultural kaleidoscope. The cities here are steeped in history, with imposing Portuguese style cathedrals and imposing domed mosques; a design unique to this region. The UNESCO World Heritage listed Basilica de Bom Jesus is well worth a visit, as is the historical city of Margao, which was built up from a port town by the Portuguese and is now home to a number of beautifully diverse churches and temples. If you’re keen to sample authentic Indian cuisine, Goa is a great place to treat your taste buds, and local dishes make good use of the native coconuts and fresh seafood, mildly spiced and distinctively delicious. The beaches here border the Arabian Sea and are divided between the quieter, secluded southern beaches and the livelier north, where the nights are also lively and colourful.