India is a fascinating and varied destination with a staggering selection of activities and highlights to offer the traveller. Thrilling tiger safaris explore the dense jungles of the interior, while a multitude of fascinating India tours uncover the beautiful landscapes, magnificent palaces and elaborate forts its major cities.
There are a multitude of unique experiences in India that ensure an unforgettable visit. From the vibrant and bustling markets and extravagant festivals to the serenity of a mountain retreat, India is a destination that will touch your soul.
India’s coastline extends over 7 500 km (4 660 miles), with the Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal each lapping its shores. Its neighbours include Pakistan, China, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Myanmar.
India boasts a great variety of landscapes, from the Himalaya Mountains to the deserts of Rajasthan, the dense jungles of central India and the golden beaches of the south.
- India has 1.2 billion people and is the worlds largest democracy.
- It is one of the oldest civilisations in the world dating back 5 000 years.
- India has 36 Unesco World Heritage Sites for visitors to enjoy.
- The four religions born in India – Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism, are followed by 25% of the world’s population.
- The Holy city of Varanasi, also known as Benaras, is the oldest, continuously inhabited city in the world today.
Tourists can choose from a wide choice of accommodation, from western style luxury hotels to budget accommodation and government bungalows. Wildlife sanctuaries and national parks generally do not allow guests to stay overnight. Private lodges are found on the outskirts of the parks or near their entrance. Hotel rates can vary widely according to the season.
India is a country full of adventure, where children are warmly welcomed, making it a unique and memorable adventure destination for families. Special children’s programmes are available at andBeyond lodges, keeping our younger guests busy with bug collecting, bark rubbing, kite flying and learning how to track animals. From the majestic Himalayas in the north to the pristine beaches of Goa and Kerala in the south, and plenty of lively Indian cities in between, India is a remarkable place for families to share the journey of a lifetime.
Summer (October – April)
Up to 40 degrees Celsius (105 degrees Fahrenheit)
Winter (November – March)
Daytime winter temperatures are comfortable, although often quite chilly at night.
March to September are generally thought of as the summer/monsoon months, while winter is from mid October to February.