India is an amazing country to visit, expect a vibrant culture, tradition, tasty food and friendly local people. India needs little introduction, this has long been a popular destination for people seeking authentic holidays, gap years or backpacking through the country. Each region of India offers something different and there are destinations and activities to match all interests. Book a tour to India and 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 small group holidays and gap year travel packages you will get to learn more about the country, culture and people. If you would like to see exotic animals our wildlife holidays in India which appeal to you. Discover India, enjoy the rich culture, travel like a local and journey to the very heart of the country.
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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. On our website you can really find package tours in locations throughout the country. 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.
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.
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. View our gap year programs, adventures, read advice and get inspired to visit this country. 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.
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. 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. Trips 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.
India gets millions of visitors every year and is a really safe country to travel and explore, one thing if you hire a moped or motorbike please always wear a helmet and don't drink and drive. We recommend staying well away from drugs, the punishments for being caught are very severe and you don't want to end up somewhere like the notorious local prisons. You can have just as good a time without drugs and it really isn't worth the risk. During beach parties please try to stay with someone and don't drink too much, there are occurrences of drinks being spiked. Please respect all local customs and do not get into arguments with local people, Indian people are very friendly by nature and you shouldn't have any problems with them but still aim to be a responsible tourist. Always get official taxi's, this is to avoid any dangerous situations or getting ripped off. Avoid flashing expensive goods like ipads, phone and laptops in public be discrete.
Don't be put off by some horror stories involving female travellers in India, although there have been some very high profile news stories this country is safe to visit and it is very rare bad things happen. When abroad please use common sense in a lot of situations, your surrounds overseas might be different but the same rules and things to watch out for are probably the same as back home. Always try to be respectful of local customs, it is not a good idea for women to walk around in bikinis unless you want to attract unwanted attention. Try to dress conservatively and cover yourself up unless at the beach. One thing you might not have thought about is a fake ring, when men see this it might act as a deter-ant and ward off advances from local men. In India men can be quite forward and overly friendly, when this happens you can always flash your ring and then try to beat a retreat. Also if you are travelling with another guy you could always pretend he is your husband.
Agra is renowned for its palaces with plethora of fascinating architecture. Even the tombs are richly bejeweled. It is the ideal spot for a sightseers and history freaks alike. The inheritance of the Mughal realm has left a wonderful fort and a liberal smattering of intriguing tombs and mausoleums. There is a great fun to be in the lively chowks or marketplaces. Visiting Agra makes the tourists relish the spellbinding sightseeing. One may extend his trip to magnificent and ancient city Fatehpur Sikri and a great Hindu Pilgrimage site Mathura. 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.
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.