India needs little introduction, this country has long been a popular destination for people seeking culture, food, world famous sights and things to do. Each region of India offers something different and there are activities and experiences to match all interests. Discover the very best of India with One World 365.
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Wondering if you need a visa to visit India? Yes, before departing most nationalities need to apply for a visa before departing. Don't leave this till the last minute as sometimes the application can take some time to get a booking and processed. The visa currently costs £110 and is valid for a year and includes the option for multiple entries within that time.
Buses and trains are the cheapest way to travel around the country but also the slowest, flying in-between places is recommended if you are on a tight schedule. If you are worried and want to enjoy the most easy experience consider joining an organised experience.
India is a huge country and these are some places you should add to your itinerary:
Our authentic India holidays allow you to experience the local culture, beaches, temples, mountains, rivers, history, wildlife, waterfalls, diverse landscapes and do far more than just sightseeing. There are lots of activity and adventure holidays available, whether you are looking for a break or a different experience or looking at stretching your hard earned cash, we all appreciate taking a holiday in a country that offers affordable day to day living. And if you can get there cheaply too then it's an absolute bonus! That's why India is such an appealing country to explore and visit.
We recommend attending one of the colourful festivals throughout the year or joining a structured overland holiday. You can incorporate a variety of experiences like eco tourism and beach breaks in the South. India just happens to be one of the most wonderfully mad, beautiful, exciting and 'not quite like anywhere else' places you can find. It has it all! We have got hundreds of ideas for what you can do here too. So if you're up for a wonderful attack on all the senses and an extraordinary adventure view our featured holidays today.
India is one of the most popular gap year destinations in the world where you can experience culture, food, world famous sights and an experience like no other. If you would like to spend a gap year living, working or just exploring India then search our programs. India is a fascinating country which can seem quite daunting when planning a trip. When first arriving into a bustling country it can be a shock to your system! A good option is to join a gap year program where you will enjoy a structure and safe journey meeting new friends along the way. You will get to visit world famous locations like the Taj Mahal, Golden Temple, Jaipur, Goa and also go off the beaten track. On our gap year travel packages you will get to learn more about the country, culture, people and see exotic animals.
India is diverse in culture, people, landscapes and tradition, there are so many places to visit too, this is a huge country a really popular gap year destination. Travelling in this destination can be a challenge but also a really fun and culturally diverse experience where you will learn a lot about yourself and the country. Expect to try lots of tasty food, viewing wildlife and spectacular scenery, seeing extreme poverty and shanty towns in contrast to huge modern cities and also meeting international backpackers from all over the world.
On a gap year in India you can see some of most famous sights like the Taj Mahal, the Golden Triangle and also explore bustling cities like Delhi and Mumbai. We list programs for students, graduates, non-students and for career breaks - there are options for summer and all year round. Depending on how much time you have its recommend to research options and make a list of the things which appeal to you. For example if you are seeking a cultural experience you might want to head North or for beaches go to the South.
Most gap year programs will require you to be aged 18+ to apply, there are some options for families and also 16 / 17 years olds though. When you apply you might be surprised to learn a fee might be involved to participate, the cost can vary depending on where you go, what you join and also how long you go for.
Experiences can be booked in advance through our website and joined most weeks of the year. In country help and support, being met at the airport by a staff member then dropped off to your accommodation, comprehensive orientation period, all transfers/ transport to project locations and overnight journeys, all accommodation and meals, assistance in setting up local support for the activities in coordination with the local staff and on site assistance and all materials for the activities.
Where you go really depends on if you join a structured program or if you apply independently. Accommodation can involve living with a host family on a cultural exchange programme, this is a brilliant way of enjoying the local culture, while improving your language skills and learning more about local people. There are also shared accommodation with other participants and also a wide range of budget/high end hotels and hostels.
"I went to India for 3 months traveling from the North to South which was amazing. I heard some horror stories about India before arriving but everyone was very friendly and I didn't even get sick. Goa and the beaches on the south coast was the highight" - Emily, UK
If you are planning on going travelling or backpacking in India do not leave visiting these incredible places...
Agra: The Land of Taj!
Agra is renowned for its palaces with plethora of fascinating architecture. It is the ideal spot for a tourists where you can see a wonderful fort and intriguing tombs and mausoleums. Agra sits on a huge curvature in the sacred Yamuna River. The Agra Fort and the Taj Mahal, just 2km apart, overlook Yamuna on different divisions of the curvature. Taj Mahal located here is counted among the wonders of the world and symbolizes the love. It was constructed by the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan. The incredible architecture of Taj and Agra Fort elates the mind of every tourist. There is a great fun to be had in the lively chowks and marketplaces. You could also plan a vist to magnificent and ancient city Fatehpur Sikri and a great Hindu Pilgrimage site Mathura.
Kerala, also known as the “Gods Own Country”, is counted among the prominent tourist destinations of India. This astounding state of South India is an ideal place for vacations. It is not only famous for natural beauty but for its amazing beaches, backwaters, and scrumptious food as well. The backwaters of Kerala are the wonderful complex of lagoons, lakes, rivers and canals. These backwaters are the significant fraction of tourism in Kerala. The expedition through whirling and winding backwaters is an utter experience of nature’s exquisiteness. Beaches of Kerala are again something that you can’t afford to miss. It is also a great place to enjoy the adventures like trekking, rock climbing, mountaineering, wildlife tour, wind surfing, etc.
Madurai is among the oldest settled cities of India which exemplifyies fascinating architecture of prehistoric era. It is situated on the banks of Vaigai River. Madurai is counted among the most significant places for pilgrimage in South India. The renowned and splendid Meenakshi Temple is located in Madurai. This ancient temple dates back to the era 2000 years back and is one of the most remarkable displays of Dravidian style of architecture. Gandhi Memorial Museum is another site you should not miss on your trip. The names by which this city is famous among the tourists are Athens of the East, Malligai Maanager, Sleepless City, and City of Jasmine.
Goa located in Southern India has spectacular beaches and a relaxed vibe making it an ideal destination for international visitors.
One of the main attractions in India is the opportunity to ride one of the elephants, for as little as seven hundred rupees, you are allowed a ten minute ride but please avoid these experiences. The elephants are usually treated terribly and forced into giving rides to tourists which has a negative on their health and well being.There are lots of projects where you can actually help elephants and wildlife, if you sign up you can help with tasks like washing elephants in rivers, collecting food or generally assisting.