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India

The Country Of Diversity

Explore Our India

India is known as the land of art and culture. Because of Diversified culture,In India every state has its own Tradition and Culture which is very different from other states’ culture. This makes India a very interesting place to visit.In a single country you will get the sense of visiting multiple countries.

You can experience Indian art and cultures during the festivals. In a word, these arts and culture are symbols of Indian culture and heritage.

India is also a perfect place for Nature Lovers.In the Mountains of India, nature makes you feel comfortable in a pleasant environment. Most of the foreign Travelers wanted to visit India for peace, silence and to enjoy the natural paradise in Mountains. Various waterfalls, lakes, rivers, mountainous places etc. are the center of tourist attraction.

India is the only place in the world where you will experience every aspect of life which compels everyone to come to India again and again. So when you are planning a trip, you can undoubtedly head to India.

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India Highlights

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Kerala

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Himachal Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh

Varanasi

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Travel Guide

Q&A

1. Why to travel to India?

India is one of the fascinating destinations of World. Truly a traditional and cultural country which keeps everyone surprises. India is famous for Its diverse culture. Every state of India has its own culture and various tourist attractions. There are many Places in India that entertain tourists through natural wonders, history, architecture, spirituality etc.

India is known for its Scenic Beauty, Historical Sites, Desert Safari, City Tours, Beaches etc. India is the perfect place for wildlife & desert safaris, honeymoon places, nature resorts, adventure activities, spiritual sites, and historical places of India

2. Why choose India luxury tours?
Custom-made itinerary

When choosing a budget tour, travelers tend to have to follow a fixed itinerary that has been used for several tours for years without any updates. In contrast, with India Luxury Tours, every detail is designed based on your requests. You can add any wanted destinations to the plan and adjust the schedules and times to fit your own timetable.

Premium services

Tourists who take India luxury tours will get served with premium services. You get what you pay for, so once you have paid quite an amount, you are deemed to receive the equivalent services. You will be staying in luxurious accommodation, having scrumptious delicacies, renewing yourself with top-notch massage services, and so on. The excellent services that luxury tours would offer could satisfy even the most discerning travelers.

Unique Experiences

Rather than traveling the same routes and seeing the same things as other tours, India luxury tours would offer you authentic experiences all throughout your trip. Our travel experts work non-stop to find new things to add to the program, promising to make your trip one-of-a-kind. Exceptional personal services Having a luxury tour package, visitors will benefit from the 24/7 personal services from the tour operator. You will be taken care of wholeheartedly before, during, and after your holiday. Our staff is always ready to support whenever you are in need of us.

3. What is included in a luxury India tour package?
One-of-a-kind experiences

A luxury India tour would take travelers to the most distinguished highlights of India, namely the Taj Mahal (One of Seven Wonders of Worlds), Gods On Land – Kerela, Land of Beaches and Parties- Goa, Heaven on Earth- Kashmir and Lands of Forts and Lake – Rajasthan. More are ready to be offered, as long as you note with us.

Private luxury transportation

Everything in a luxury trip should be luxurious, and transportation is not an exception. Tourists will transit from the airport to the hotel or from one destination to another all by luxury vehicles. You will not have to share spaces with strange people or worry about the careless driver.

At Realistic Asia, you can request for any means of transportation you desire. We have wide arrays of vehicles, from the standard cars to luxurious vans, cruises, helicopters, and even more.

First-class accommodation

Where you stay is exceptionally important as it would decide the quality of your sleep. With luxury India tours, you will stay in first-class hotels and resorts that have spacious rooms with full amenities, top-notch services, and superb spa & massage. The travel consultant will do research about every hotel carefully in advance to make sure you will have a wonderful stay without any dissatisfaction.

Delight culinary

A trip to any places can never be complete without sampling the delicacies of this land. Going on a luxury trip, you will be introduced with many appetizing traditional Indian foods such as Dosa, Samber, Indian Curry, Rajasthani Thali,etc. Not only are the dishes heavenly tasty, but they are also of good quality so tourists won’t need to worry about hygiene and food safety.

Top-notch customer service

Everywhere you go, you will be served with excellent customer services. From the sales staff of the tour operator, the waiter at a restaurant, a bellman at your resort, to the guide at the touristic spots, all will welcome you with their nicest smiles. They are always more than happy to be of service, ensuring to make you feel like a Royal Guest.

4. Benefits of luxury private tours to India
Travel like a local

A tour operator that really knows about the place you are going to fly to might give you the chance to experience the day like a local. A normal tour would only take you to the primary tourist destinations that have been well-known worldwide, but a luxury tour package would include more than that. How about a hideaway at a less-known island? Or a trek deep into the jungles to follow the traces of the elephants? These are not regular things that lots of travelers know to try.

Less prone to scams and fraud thanks to tips, tricks, reviews
Very soon before your departure, the travel consultant would give you essential advice on everything necessary during the trip. This is a treat that you can rarely get when taking a shared budget tour.

Furthermore, taking a India luxury tour also means there will be a private tour guide accompanying you everywhere you go. The guide must speak your language and Local language well in order to make your journey much easier. You will hence no longer need to worry about being cheated or getting lost.

In no rush (flexible schedule)

Unlike backpacker tours when travelers need to rush to follow the fixed and dense schedule, luxury tours give you more time. Even when you are at any tourist Destination and suddenly want to skip the next destination just to stay there longer for the sunset, that’s ok. Everything is designed to fit your own requirements, so everything is possible to adjust. You don’t have to be afraid of offending other tourists, as it is your tour.

5. Why to choose a luxury tour operator in India?

Choosing a reliable luxury tour operator is the key to your trip. Whether your holiday is nice and successful depends largely on who you are going with. Realistic Asia, with 10 years of experience in providing luxury trips to India, is a worth-considering choice.

Privacy

The first and foremost benefit of booking trips with a luxury tour operator in India is the privacy you would get. A tailor-made program will be designed for your group only. In other words, it is not a shared tour, so you won’t need to go with any strangers. It would give you a sense of privacy and security.

Personal support 24/7

Our customer service is available 24/24. The customer service staff is ready to support at any time. Should there happen any problems during the trips, tourists can contact the staff directly to get support.

Extensive consultation

Even when you have no idea about the destination you are going to visit, you can definitely have a smooth trip with the extensive consultation from the experienced sales staff and consultants from the luxury tour operator in India. They understand this country well, thus being a reliable source of information to lay your trust on.

6. Weather in India

Compared to the Other Countries, India is blessed with a much simpler weather system.In India, there are two separate seasons: the dry season which lasts from October to April and the wet season extending from May to late September.

The hottest time of the year falls between May and July when there is little rain and the temperature is extremely high. Some of the time, the temperature might exceed 35. In contrast, between October and December is considered the coolest period of the year.

Dry Season (from October to April)

The dry season starts from October and lasts till April, sometimes early May of the next year. It’s when the dry northeast monsoon arrives, featuring hot wind blowing throughout the nation. It might be quite cool between November and January (20 averagely), but for the rest period, it is extremely hot.

Wet Season (July to late September)

When July knocks at the door, the southeast monsoon arrives and India enters its wet season. There happens to be much rain, accounting for approximately 75% of the annual rainfall. The average daytime temperature falls between 25 and 27 only.

However, it does not mean it rains every time throughout the whole season. There would be little and infrequent downpour in July, but for the rest of the month, it rains cats and dogs. The frequency of rainfall is rather dense, also.

7. Best time to visit India

The dry season is considered the best time to travel to India. The temperature is moderate, and there is little rain. Blue skies make it great to visit any destination in India Still, that does not mean the rest of the year is not suitable to travel. Rain and high humidity mean lush greenery. There’s no dust, also. Additionally, since it’s not the peak season, the country is less crowded, making it ideal for getaways.

Dry season

The dry season features clear sky, sunshine, and high visibility. Plus, the roads are at the best condition, making traveling and transiting easier than ever. However, because it is the peak tourism period, numerous flocks of travelers head to India. Popular tourist attractions like Kerala, Kashmir, Goa,Taj Mahal,Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan etc are often crowded. If you love the ecstatic vibes, then it’s fine. But if you long for a quiet holiday, this atmosphere is not really a good choice to opt for.

Wet Season

Not many people love to travel in the rainy season. It’s wet, and the roads are bumpy and slippery, especially in mountainous areas like Himachal Pradesh, Goa and Kashmir. Intrepid tours are mostly inadvisable due to this inconvenient condition. High waves make it exceptionally difficult to reach some islands on the southern sea, also.

Still, never be deterred from traveling within this season. Rains help make the plantation systems lush and green and offer more water to the river. Hence, it would be a great time for nature lovers to visit the floating villages or the flooded forests.

During this season, the country is less crowded, making it ideal for get-off-the-beaten-track trips. For those seeking the sacred vibes of the ancient temples, it is the best time to go, too.

8. Top luxury experiences in India
A getaway at a less-visited yet stunning beach

Beaches in India hold a much quieter and more tranquil appeal than in other countries, perhaps because this country is not so renowned for its coastline. The Beaches in India features stretching Sugar-white sand and transparent blue waters, making it perfect for a beach trip. The beaches remain untouched and less-visited, thus it would be the ideal place for a summer getaway.

Rejuvenate at a high-end resort

Along with the gateway to Taj Mahal, there appear quite a number of high-end hotels and resorts that have excellent design and top-notch services. These are great places for a India leisure trip. Living in spacious Suite, sampling delicate cuisine, rejuvenating with a soothing spa treatment, and enjoying the Taj Mahal Beauty.

9. Top India tourist attractions
Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal in Agra is a white mausoleum built on the banks of the river Yamuna. It was built between the years of 1632 and 1653 by the workmen of Shah Jahan, the Mughal emperor, in  Mumtaz Mahal’s loving memory, his beloved wife.

It is named after his wife symbolizing true love and affection. It has ornamental gardens with flowering bushes and trees, beautiful buildings, and reflecting pools.

The Holy City of Varanasi

It is one of the oldest cities located in Northern India. This holy city is associated with the river Ganga or the Ganges, and it is a prime pilgrimage center for Hindus. You will also find the Kashinath Vishwanath Temple and other temples in this city.

In addition to this, the Banaras Hindu University has a huge library, and the Bharat Kala Bhavan features palm leaf manuscripts, paintings, and sculptures.

Ellora caves

One of the largest monastery-temple caves with beautiful art is Ellora caves. From 100 caves, 34 are accessible to the public. Many of these caves are devoted to Jainism,Buddhism, and Hinduism.

The Golden Temple

Sri Harmandir Sahib or The Golden Temple of Amritsar is an important hub of Sikh history and culture, comprising beautiful golden decorations. This prime attraction opened in 1604 to the public.

It was built in a blend of Islamic and Hindu styles with ornate animal and floral motifs and a large golden dome. The golden dome is a representation of the lotus, which signifies purity to the Sikhs.

Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer is a desert town located in the westernmost corner of Rajasthan. The town has yellow sandstone walls similar to the scenes of the Arabian Nights. You will also find a seven-story-tall Maharaja’s Palace and a number of Jain temples.

The Red Fort in Delhi

As a seat of Mughal Power, the Red Fort in Delhi was built in 1648 and named after the red sandstone used in construction. It comprises two large gates Delhi Gate and Lahore Gate.

You can explore the Chatta Chowk bazaar for a variety of food items and souvenirs. There are light and sound shows that feature the various events in the history of the fort.

Kanha National Park

In the Kanha National Park, you can catch a glimpse of the tiger, lush sal, bamboo forests, and grassy meadows. The famous novel “Jungle Book” by Rudyard Kipling was inspired by the ravines of Kanha.

After all, it is one of the top attractions and a beautiful wildlife reserve. You can book cheap flights to India from either Canada or the USA to explore this place.

The Gateway of India

The iconic Gateway of India in Mumbai overlooks the Arabian Sea and stands 26 meters tall. This tallest structure was built of concrete and yellow basalt.

Palolem

Palolem is a beautiful beach in Goa with great nightlife, awesome hotels, and affordable restaurants. You will be amazed at its beauty and have a pleasant time.

Mecca Masjid

The Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad is one of the largest mosques in the world. It is adequately large to accommodate 10,000 worshippers. This fantastic complex features a huge plaza, the main gateway, and a large man-made pond.

10. Worldwide famous heritages in India

Taj Mahal

Location: Agra

One of the Seven Wonders of the World, Taj Mahal is indeed, the most important world heritage site in India. The spellbinding magnificence of this monument needs no explanation.

Qutub Minar

Location: New Delhi

Located in the capital city, Qutub Minar is the tall architectural beauty that adorns Delhi with its magnificence. It is the second tallest Minar in the country.

Sun Temple

Location: Odisha

Also known as the Black Pagoda, Sun temple is not only a notable architecture but is also one of the most important temples of the South. It belongs to the 13th century and its unique shape of a gigantic chariot accentuates its importance as a heritage site.

Monuments of Khajuraho

Location: Madhya Pradesh

These monuments in the state of Madhya Pradesh are fine denotations of the Chandela Dynasty that existed before the invasion of the Mughals. The sculptural beauty which boldly speaks of the relevance of sensuality makes these monuments a notable piece of the history of India.

Mahabodhi Temple

Location: Bihar

Spread over an area of 12 acres, the Mahabodhi Temple complex is a pilgrimage site of the Buddhists. Lord Buddha attained enlightenment at this very place and thus, it is exceptionally important for the Buddhist religion.

Kaziranga National Park

Location: Assam

Located in the eastern state of Assam, the Kaziranga National Park was deemed as a world heritage site for its exceptional natural environment. It houses around two-thirds of the world’s Great One-horned Rhinoceroses.

Chola Temple

Location: Tamil Nadu

Built during the Chola rule, the great living Chola temples of Thanjavur inspired the entire South-east Asia with their grandeur and spectacular designs. These temples have been regarded as the pioneer of building art in south India.

Ajanta Caves

Location: Maharashtra

As the unique representations of the Buddhist religion, 31 rock-cut caves have been deemed as the world heritage site in the state of Maharashtra. These magnificent Buddhist caves belong to the 2nd century BC.

Mountain Railways of India

Location: West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu

The Mountain Railways of India include the Darjeeling-Himalayan Railway (West Bengal), the Nilgiri Mountain Railways (Tamil Nadu) and the Kalka Shimla Railway (Himachal Pradesh). These railways are an outstanding example of prodigal engineering skills used to combat the problem establishing a rail link in the hills.

Fatehpur Sikri

Location: Agra

The city of victory, Fatehpur Sikri was built during the glorious reign of the Mughals. It was the luxurious capital of the iconic Mughal Empire.

The architectural heritage of India is so captivating that it is impossible to choose a few. Everyone might have their own favorites!

11. What are the most remarkable landmarks in India?

Taj Mahal, Agra

The historic Taj Mahal pictured from across the Yamuna river in Agra. The monument of love on the banks of Yamuna is frame-worthy from every angle, any time of the day.

Amber Fort, Jaipur

A man rides his elephant carrying tourists to visit the Amber Fort in Jaipur. The 16th century fort was built by Maan Singh, a trusted general of Akbar.

Golden Temple, Amritsar

The Golden Temple looks like it is covered in real gold, glistening like a shiny jewel.

Swaminarayan Akshardham, New Delhi

The temple is a humble tribute to Bhagwan Swaminarayan (1781- 1830), the avatars, devas and great sages of Hinduism.

Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, New Delhi

It is one of the most prominent Sikh gurdwaras in Delhi and was first built as a small shrine Sikh General Sardar Bhagel Singh in 1783.

Agra Fort, Agra

Spread across 94 acres, the UNESCO World Heritage Site is a city in itself. 

Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur

Mehrangarh fort in Jodhpur is almost deserted and noise-free during the summers. 

Qutab Minar, New Delhi

A couple takes a selfie in front of the Qutub Minar in New Delhi.

Humayun’s Tomb, New Delhi

Tourists walk in front of Humayun’s Tomb, one of the tourist destinations in New Delhi.

Bandra Worli Sea Link, Mumbai

This engineering marvel weighs equivalent to that of 50,000 African elephant. The 5.6 km-long cable stayed bridge is 63 times the height of the Qutub Minar.

12. What are the best places for a yoga retreat in India?

Tushita Meditation Centre, Dharamshala

If you want to reconnect with your spiritual side you should definitely visit Tushita Meditation Centre in Dharamshala. This Buddhist meditation centre offers various meditation processes that will transcend you into a state of peace and bliss.

Ananda in the Himalayas, Uttaranchal

Located in the Himalayas, Ananda in the Himalayas is a luxury yoga retreat in India. Visit this yoga center if you want to learn some ancient yoga techniques and skills. Yes, this is also one of the highest ranked spas in the world that offer different types of meditation and ancient yogic practices to purify one’s mind and body

Art of Living Ashram, Bangalore

This ashram in Bangalore is more than just a yoga retreat. Firstly, the Art of Living Ashram is the headquarters of Guru Ravi Shankar, a famous spiritual leader. There are organic farms, a lake, mountainside trails and gardens that surround this 65 acre campus. Come here if you want to relax and attain a peaceful state of mind. As a guest, you can also voluntarily participate in cooking, cleaning and general upkeep of the ashram.

Ashiyana Yoga Retreat, Goa

Who said Goa is all about partying? Goa also offers yoga retreat centres for foreign tourists who come to India to know more about yoga. The Ashiyana Yoga Retreat is a notable ashram that is known for its detoxifying technique.

Ayurveda Yoga Meditation Resort, Coonoor

At this 5-star resort you’ll get to indulge in both, ayurvedic and yoga practices amid the lush green Nilgril Mountains of Coonoor. Visit this yoga retreat if you want to rejuvenate your body, mind and spirit.

Isha Yoga Centre, Tamil Nadu

Located in the foothills of Velliangiri Mountains in Tamil Nadu, Isha Yoga Centre is one of the best yoga retreats in India. The best part about this yoga center is that it is a non-profitable and non-religious yoga center that offers intensive yoga programs that help people in re-connecting with their mind, body and soul. 

Atmantan Wellness Resort, Pune 

Transform and rejuvenate your mind, body and soul at India’s finest wellness destination in Pune. Atmantan offers integrated wellness programs to its guests to make them healthier and happier. Here, you can also take up yoga sessions, meditation sessions, detox and fitness programs.

Aura Spa Retreat, Goa

Peace, tranquility and serenity will surround you if you visit Aura Spa Retreat. This luxurious retreat has yoga-shalas and yogis that will help you in curating a personalized wellness experience. You can take up meditation, yoga sessions and even spa therapy for relaxation purposes.

13. What are the most spectacular hiking/trekking trails in India?

Tiger Hills

Tiger Hills is an important destination in Darjeeling, West Bengal. Darjeeling is a romantic place in this country. Tiger Hills is an attractive hiking place for those with no or little hiking experience. The serene and mesmerizing nature makes this hiking place more romantic. The perfect time for a romantic hike is sunset and sunrise

Kurseong Trek

Kurseong Trek is located in Darjeeling, West Bengal. It is not exactly in Darjeeling; it is a little far away from the city and the trails from Kurseong to Darjeeling through the Old Military Road is considered to be one of the best hiking trails in the continent. This trek takes one day and it is the best for those who are hiking for the very first time. The trail starts in Darjeeling and ends in Kurseong through a picturesque path.

Doon Valley Trek

Doon Valley Trek is located in Garhwal, Uttarkhand. If you love to hike through thick flower meadows, woody forests and snow covered peaks in background, Doom Valley is the right place. This hiking is a 50 mile trip. It is a bit easier track and the vegetation of this area would be lush with flowers and fruits during March to October.

Nagalapuram

Nagalapuram Trek is located in Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh. Nagalapuram is coming one of the busiest hiking destinations in the country in the last decade. This place is just for chronic trekkers who are very experienced and can handle very hard terrain. It is a natural beauty area and it has attracted many hikers till today.

Manali 

Manali is an epicentre for trekking in Himachal Pradesh. There are a lot of trekking trails and the best one is the snow point. The snow point is a hiking area in Solang Valley. You can take a bus to this valley.

From Snow Point, you can hike to Dhundi where you can find Beas River and many serene natural paradise spots on the way. You can drink and enjoy the mountain river which would be icy cold throughout the year. You ought to spot the Purple Rhododendron, a unique flower common in this trail. This trek is for those who love nature and first time hikers.

14. What are the best places to watch the sunrise/sunset in India?

Kanyakumari

It is located in Tamil Nadu at the southernmost tip of the Indian mainland. The sunset point here is the must to see for every traveler and the view will sure leave any traveler speechless. The experience you get from the witnessing this view is unforgettable. This is a beautiful spot to experience both the sunset and sunrise.

Varkala

It is a beautiful coastal town in the Kerala district. It is the only place in Kerala where the hills come close to the sea and this make this place unique. The beaches of Varkala offer amazing views of sunrise and sunset. One can see this spectacular view from the sidewalk café while sipping the ice tea.

Tiger Hill

Located in NorthEast India, Darjeeling and is famous for its fabulous view of Mountain ranges and Mount Kanchenjunga together. The first rays of the sun are said to shed light on the trees turning them pink first and then in a beautiful orange color. This amazing view of the sunrise will leave you in the awe moment. The freezing weather of Darjeeling, a hot coffee mug and the amazing view of sunrise what else anyone wants.

Puri Beach

It is situated on the shores of the Bay of Bengal and considered to be one of the best beaches in India. The beach is also considered to be sacred and is the popular tourist attraction in the city. Palm trees on the beach make it more beautiful at the time of sunrise. Sunrise at 5 am is captivating.

Agumbe

It is a small village in Karnataka and famous for its amazing sunset view over the Arabian Sea. Travelers can capture and admire the natural surroundings that this place offers and can also enjoy the unforgettable sunset view.

Marine Drive Cochin

Once you visit this place you will never forget the experience you had here. It is a perfect sunset with the perfect selection of colors and people described it very Romantic. Even after the sun is gone you will see the shimmering sunrise in the sky and it’s hard to forget such a beautiful view.

Rann Of Kutch

Watching the sunset and sunrise at the white rann of Kutch is a spectacular experience. There lies nothing between you and the sun on   clear day at the Rann of Kutch which makes the view even more beautiful.

Mount Abu

The sunset and sunrise point which is located in the South-West of the Nakki Lake in Mount Abu provides a very spectacular view of the sunset and sunrise.

Pushkar

The sunrise and sunset in Pushkar is considered to be one of the most incredible scenic views in India and this is why it is said to be one of the best places to watch the sun rise and set.

Pachmarhi

Pachmarhi is a very popular hill station in Maharashtra and it is popularly known for the sunset and sunrise view point.

15. Best beaches in India

Radhanagar Beach

Havelock Island, Andaman and Nicobar Islands : Radhanagar beach is also ranked number eight on the world list. One of the most popular attractions in the Andaman Islands, this beach attracts thousands of tourists every year and is known for its sun set view. Long stretches of white sand merging with the blue water and the yellow sky definitely makes it picture perfect. Least expensive month to go: August

Agonda Beach, Goa

If one is looking for peace and tranquility and a lot of sunbathing, this beach is the answer. It is also known for the occasional spotting of a dolphin or two. Least expensive month to go: April

Palolem Beach, Goa

Famous for its beach hut accommodations and large spans of sand stretching between two magnificent head lands, this beach is a beautiful sight to see. Inhabited by both local fishermen and foreign tourists, the beach is relatively untouched and maintains a neat and clean atmosphere. Least expensive month to go: September.

Mandrem Beach, Mandrem, Goa

Nestled in North Goa, this is one of the most stunning beaches in Goa and lies between the twin beaches of Ashwem and Arambol. Mandrem beach is most popular with travellers for relaxation and rejuvenation as well as for spotting white-bellied fish eagles that live in the casuarina trees at the beach. Least expensive month to go: June

Arambol Beach, Goa

Arambol, also known as the Harmal beach is located an hour’s drive from Dabolim Airport and known for paragliding and other water sports. A must-visit for those looking for a scenic walk and dolphin watching on the beach. Least expensive month to go: May

16. What wildlife can be spotted in India’s national parks?

Bengal Tiger: Bandhavgarh, Madhya Pradesh

Bandhavgarh is not the most accessible national park in India, but it does have amongst the best chances of seeing a tiger in the wild (also high on the list are Ranthambore in Rajasthan near Delhi, and Tadoba in Maharashtra). For those who are longing to catch a glimpse of the great big cat, it’s well worth the effort to go there. If you allow two days for safaris, you’re likely to be successful. Many people see a tiger on the first safari.

One Horned Rhinoceros: Kaziranga, Assam

Assam, in India’s northeast region, offers plenty of appeal for wildlife lovers. The highlight is Kaziranga National Park, where you’ll find the largest population of the prehistoric-looking one-horned rhinoceros in the world. Go on an elephant safari to spot them hiding in the wide expanse of grasslands. Another attraction is the birdlife — both there and at Nameri National Park, which offers casual bird watching treks. If you want to get away from the crowds try the lesser-known Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary as an alternative.

Asiatic Lion: Gir, Gujarat

Tigers aren’t the only big cats that you try your luck at seeing in India. Gir Wildlife Sanctuary has the last wild Asiatic lions in the world. This breed of lion, which could once be found as far as Syria to the west and Bihar (in India) to the east, was almost hunted to extinction in the 1870s. Now, thanks to conservation efforts, the lion population is too big for the sanctuary. Apparently, lions sometimes even venture to the beaches of Diu! Three-hour jeep safaris will take you around the reserve. In addition to lions, there are almost 40 other animals there, including spotted deer, sambar, antelope, and gazelles.

Wild Ass: Little Rann of Kutch, Gujarat

Gujarat offers more still for wildlife enthusiasts. The harsh and unforgiving landscape of the Little Rann of Kutch, consisting mostly of dry thorny scrub, is home to the last of the Indian wild ass. There are around 2,000-3,000 of these notoriously untamable creatures within the 5,000 square kilometer Wild Ass Sanctuary. It’s possible to go on a jeep safari to spot them. However, they’re known to run fast — an average of 50 kilometers an hour over long distances! If you’re into birding, add Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary to your trip. It’s one of the few areas where flamingos breed in the wild in India. However, more than 200 types of birds can be found there escaping the cold winter in other parts of the country.

Saltwater Crocodiles: Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary, Odisha

One of Odisha’s top attractions, the mangroves of Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary are home to India’s largest population of endangered Indian saltwater crocodiles. There are more than 1,600 of them, including the largest crocodile in the world according to the Guinness Book of World Records. It’s a massive 23 feet long! Take a boat trip through the mangroves to see the crocodiles basking on the mudflats. Note that the sanctuary is closed from May 1 to July 31 each year, for the breeding season. Sand Pebbles Jungle Lodge is the best place to stay. Estuarine Village Resort is also recommended.

Elephant: Nagarhole, Karnataka

Keoladeo National Park (formerly Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary), located 50 kilometers from Agra, was once a duck hunting reserve of the maharajas. It has more than 350 species of birds, including the Palaearctic migratory waterfowl and a large congregation of non-migratory resident breeding birds. The park is open from sunrise until sunset all year round, although a third of it is often submerged during the monsoon season. The best time to visit is from August to November for resident breeding birds and November to March for migrant birds. Inside the park, it’s possible to walk, ride bicycles, or take a cycle rickshaw or boat (when the water level is high). Stay at Royal Farm guest house and enjoy delicious home-cooked organic food, or splurge at the heritage Chandra Mahal Haveli.

Leopard: Kambeshwar Ji Leopard Sanctuary, Bera, Rajasthan

The village of Bera and its surroundings, in the Pali district of Rajasthan (between Udaipur and Jodhpur), are renowned for the many leopards that roam freely there. Jawai Dam Crocodile Sanctuary is also worth visiting for some of the biggest crocodiles that you’ll ever see! You’ll be able to spot birds, hyenas, hares, and foxes as well. The area is delightfully off the tourist trail but your hotel will arrange safaris. Stay at Castle Bera, or if you’re not traveling on a budget, Jawai Leopard Camp. Also in the area, Bagheera’s Camp Jungle Retreat is recommended.

Snow Leopard

Hemis National Park, Ladakh: If the prospect of seeing a leopard in the wild isn’t exciting enough, try your luck at tracking the very elusive snow leopard in high altitude Hemis National Park! Located in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, its landscape is made up of stunning snow-capped peaks, alpine forest, and desert. Frozen Himalayas conducts guided trips, staying at campsites and local Ladakhi homestays. Another alternative for seeing the snow leopard is the Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh. Ecosphere Spiti offers this Snow Leopard Trail.

17. Why you should choose India for your honeymoon vacation?

Poetic, tranquil landscapes

India has its own appeal that cannot be seen anywhere else in this world. Aside from the sacred religious vibe all around the country, this land also possesses exceptionally dreamy natural settings, which are just perfect for romantic trips. While the North brings couples a trip back to the ancient time with a series of temples and sanctuaries, the South offers pristine beaches and islands, where you can have the unforgettably sweet moments with your beloved.

Especially, as India is not as crowded with tourists as other countries, it is quieter and more peaceful, offering an absolute private space for newly-weds.

Favorable weather condition

India possesses a pleasant weather condition because there is not much variation in the altitude and latitude of the whole country. Generally, the weather remains cool all year round, with an average temperature of 30 only. Of course, there will be some hot days with higher temperatures but compared to other tropical countries, it is still very favorable.

Hospitable locals

Most of the travelers agree that it is the people that make India special. They are sociable, friendly, and hospitable. Indian are always hang on their bright smiles to welcome outsiders to share a glimpse into their world. They love to help and won’t reject any of your requests if they are able to join hands.

Moreover, they are honest. Perhaps they are not so good at giving compliments, but they would not have any qualms talking to you. It might be a little shocking at first, but once you have got over it, you will definitely fall in love with their honesty.

18. Authentic experiences for India travel

Bharatnatyam (Tamil Nadu)

The Bharatnatyam dance form is considered to be the oldest amongst Indian dance forms. It was preserved in the temples and courts in South India, mainly in Tamil Nadu. Earlier it was known as ‘Sadir Attam’ or ‘Dashiattam’. 

Bharatnatyam is a dance form that is believed to be performed by Lord Shiva, as many sculptures in temples show him in Bharatnatyam dance poses. This dance form is considered to be famous for its style which is noted for its bent legs (half-sitting pose), fixed upper torso and a beautiful collaboration of movement of hands, and extensive footwork. It adds along with some beautiful expressions on the dancer’s face.

Kathak (Uttar Pradesh)

Kathak dance form belongs to the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It is believed that Kathak was earlier performed by ‘Kathakars’, the storytellers who performed on streets and narrated ancient stories in the form of dance. Later, Kathak was also performed in temples and had the influence of Bhakti Movement. 

Ancient scriptures show that the Indian dance form of Kathak was initially performed by Lord Krishna when he danced on the hood of Kaliya (Naag). This dance form is famous for its beautiful hand movements, facial expressions and gestures. It is also known for its footwork, which is adorned by ghungroos (small bells) that are synchronised with the background music of tabla. 

Kuchipudi (Andhra Pradesh)

Kuchipudi dance form has its roots in Andhra Pradesh. This Indian dance form was initiated by Tirtha Siddhendra Yogi, who was sannyasi and his disciple. It is also linked with Lord Krishna and Bhagavata Mela. The dress for this classical dance form is ‘Angavastram’, which is dhoti for males and sari with light makeup for females. 

The beautiful movements of Kuchipudi dancers are synchronised with the sounds of the veena, flute, mridangam and tambura. It is one of the most ravishing Indian dance forms.

Odissi (Odisha)

Odissi is a beautiful Indian dance form, which is said to have originated in the Indian temples of Orissa. This classical dance form presents a mythical story, spiritual Katha or a devotional poem, expressed with hand movements and footwork. 

Tribhanga posture, fast hand movements and gestures and expressions on a dancer’s face are the unique parts that are attractive in this dance form. They are performed by Maharis (women who perform spiritual temple dance) and Goti Puas (boys dressed as girls).

Kathakali (Kerala)

Kathakali dance form has its roots in Kerala, which was mainly used to depict folk mythologies, religious legends and spiritual ideas of Hindu Puranas. The name is itself derived from ‘Katha’ means story and ‘Kali’ means Kala that is performance or arts. 

The classical dance form of Kathakali is distinguished by its colourful makeup, grand costumes, and face masks that male dancers wear. It is accompanied by Attakatha, which means enacted story which is written in Sanskritized Malayalam. This Indian dance form follows a particular sequence in which it is performed to depict a story.

Sattriya (Assam)

Sattriya is an Indian dance form also known as ‘Ankiya Nat’, which combines dance and drama. The themes of this classical dance form are Lord Krishna stories and Vishnu avatars. It has fast and rhythmic aspects of dance. 

The Indian classical dance, Sattriya, is beautifully coordinated with hand gestures, footwork and mudras. This Indian dance is complemented by Assam pat silk saree, and jewellery namely kopali (forehead), muthi kharu (bracelets), thuka suna (earrings) and also a waistcloth. Manjira, bhortal, bihutal and patital are the instruments used in this dance. It is one of the most scintillating Indian dance forms.

Manipuri (Manipur)

The classical dance form of Manipuri is also known by the name ‘Jagoi’ and is attributed to regional deities such as ‘Umang Lai’ during Lai Haraoba. It mainly revolves around depicting the story of Radha Krishna. This Indian classical dance form is a perfect combination of graceful, fluid hand and upper body moves. 

Manipuri dance form is characterised by slow dance patterns are a special feature of this dance. Cymbals, manjira, and double-headed drums are used to complete this dance form. Dress for females is Kumil (a decorated barrel-shaped long skirt) decorated with gold and silver threads, mirrors and lotus prints and light makeup and males wear brilliantly coloured dhoti.

Mohiniyattam (Kerala)

The traditional dance form Mohiniyattam originated in the temples of Kerala by the Travancore kings. The main theme behind these stories is Lord Vishnu, who helped in prevailing good over evil. The word Mohiniyattam translates into ‘a beautiful woman’ or ‘Mohini’, which was an avatar of Vishnu used by him to charm and fool asuras. 

While performing Mohiniyattam dance, the costume is ivory coloured saree with golden border and waist is lined with a golden belt that is formed by a pleated sheet of cloth. This Indian dance is performed with an erect torso, parted feet and knees bent outward. It is noted among the most charming and enchanting Indian dances.

19. Unusual things to do in India

Wander around a local food market

The best way to feel the “authentic” India is to visit the local food markets and shops as the locals usually do. In eastern culture, market plays an important role in the life of the locals, and it is not an exception in India. Even when supermarkets have become popular, markets are still indispensable.

You can find everything in the market, from foods, clothes, daily household furniture, to jewelry and gold.

Have a blessing from the Buddhist monk

It would be a big regret if you leave this religious world without having a blessing from the Temples and Monasteries. Hinduism is one of the foundations of the Indian Culture, and the locals still keep practicing this religion on a daily basis. Go to the temple, meditate, read the dharma talks It’s a great way to find peace in your mind as well as seek some luck for your life.

Tame the elephants

India is the land of elephant. A India tour would give you the opportunity to see the wild elephants with your bare eyes. Not only can you see them, you are also allowed to touch and wash them.In some projects and sanctuaries, tourists are also able to follow the elephant to the bamboo forest and learn how to tame them.

Seeing elephants might be a fancy thing, but please notice that you should not try to ride them. Even when elephant-riding is now still a legal tourism activity, it is better to reduce their work. Asian elephants are endangered animals, and they should be well protected.

20. Indian food & cuisine

India cuisine might languish in the shadows of the worldwide famous culinary systems of the neighboring Countries, but it is still heavenly tasty to sample.

Indian culinary culture is the result of the integrations of different cuisines.A normal Indian meal would include at least 3 or 4 dishes of distinct flavors and textures. Soup is a must-have to accompany the main courses. Indian dishes tend to contain lots of herbs, pickled veggie, leaves, and so on. A dipping sauce is also an inevitable part of the meals, helping to adjust the taste.

Similar to other Asian countries, white rice is a cannot-miss name in the meal of the locals. Not only does it serve as the main food, rice is also the ingredients to make different scrumptious dishes such as fried rice cake, noodle, and congee.

It is not risky to try Indian dishes because the taste  is similar to other spicy food .The foods are visually attractive and give off an incredible smell, which would easily whet your appetite.

21. Must-try Indian specialities

Chilla

Chillas are a savory Indian dish closely resembling pancakes. They are infused with spices and served with Indian pickles, sour cream, or plain yogurt. Chillas can also be adorned with chopped cucumber and tomatoes, but they’re just as good on their own.

Chillas are usually prepared with chickpea flour (besan) but can also be made out of sprouted mung beans.

Mung beans are a legume that’s eaten worldwide but especially in Asian countries.

Besides being a rich source of plant-based protein, mung beans contain a variety of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that have been shown to combat diseases such as diabetes. Test-tube studies suggest that they may provide anticancer benefits as well (2

Poha

A popular Indian breakfast dish, poha is made of flattened, flaked rice that’s soaked in water and then tempered in onions and a medley of spices.

When topped with peanuts and peas, it has a delightful texture.

These add-ins boost the nutritional value of the dish, providing calcium and iron alongside fiber and protein, which may help you feel full longer

Chole masala

Chole masala is an Indian dish primarily made of chickpeas simmered in spiced tomato sauce.It pairs beautifully with roti (Indian flatbread), bhatura (deep-fried puffed bread), or naan (Indian flatbread typically cooked in a clay oven).

The word “masala” means “spice mix.” Spices such as cumin, garlic powder, chili flakes, turmeric, coriander seeds, and black peppercorns typically make an appearance in chole masala.

Like other types of legumes, chickpeas are high in protein. They provide substantial amounts of eight of the nine essential amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein. This means they’re a solid pick for vegetarian diets.

Along with numerous vitamins and minerals, chickpeas offer a significant portion of heart-healthy fiber. Studies have found that people with or without diabetes who eat more chickpeas are less likely to develop heart disease (7

Daal

Perhaps the heartiest of Indian dishes, daal is a fragrant lentil curry flavored with cumin, turmeric, cinnamon, garam masala, and other spices.

Daal can be made with a variety of lentils, such as toor daal (split pigeon peas), masoor daal (red lentils), and chana daal (chickpeas). Traditionally, it’s eaten with rice, naan, or roti. It can be served with Indian vegetables and enjoyed as a soup.

For vegetarians, daal can form the basis of a high protein meal.

Compared with other legumes, lentils have the highest insoluble fiber content, as well as high quantities of prebiotic carbohydrates.

Insoluble fiber passes through your gut undigested to help promote bowel regularity. And prebiotic carbs support the growth of gut-friendly probiotics, which may be beneficial for mental health.

That’s because the gut and brain communicate closely, forming the “gut-brain axis.” Notably, gut bacteria may increase the production of mood-enhancing brain chemicals such as dopamine and serotonin 

Alleppey fish curry

Prepared with tender fish, zesty spices, and creamy coconut milk, Alleppey fish curry is a popular Indian dish that brims with sweet and sour flavors.It comes from the Alleppey District of the Indian state of Kerala, which is known for its delightfully fragrant fish curries. The type of fish is most often Indian mackerel or kingfish, and it’s typically enriched with tamarind or green mangoes.

Numerous studies link fish intake to heart health.

According to one review, people who eat fish multiple times per week have a reduced risk of death from heart disease. Similarly, a review of 24 studies in 714,526 people associated eating non-fried fish with a reduced risk of heart disease.

Jalfrezi

The fragrant spices and flavors of India are encapsulated in jalfrezi, a currylike stir-fry known for its many variations. Indeed, cooks from across the world have their own versions of this dish.Jalfrezi incorporates protein such as chicken or shrimp alongside bell peppers, onions, and tomatoes. Ginger gives it an aromatic flavor, and cloves, cumin, and chiles add a kick that leaves your mouth watering with each bite.

Bell peppers are one of the richest sources of vitamin C, which is essential for several bodily processes, including collagen synthesis and iron absorption.

This vitamin is also a powerful antioxidant that helps protect your cells from unstable molecules called free radicals and helps maintain immune health.

Masala bhindi is a mouthwatering Indian side dish. The star ingredient is okra, which is called “bhindi” in Hindi.

It’s prepared in a spicy tomato-based sauce and served with roti or naan.

Okra is high in dietary fiber, which is associated with better blood sugar control. In particular, eating high fiber foods is an important strategy for people who are managing diabetes (18).

While further research in humans is needed, one review suggests that okra has various antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which may be helpful in managing symptoms of metabolic syndrome.

Metabolic syndrome is a group of interrelated conditions such as increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, and high cholesterol levels — all of which can increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.

Baingan bharta

Baingan bharta is a thrill for the taste buds. It’s made from peeled, mashed eggplants that are oven-roasted or cooked on the stove and then added to a marvelously thick tomato sauce infused with spices such as turmeric and chile.

Turmeric is rich in curcumin, a compound known for its anti-inflammatory properties. In fact, curcumin has been shown to benefit people with inflammatory conditions such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and arthritis — though the exact mechanism is unclear

22. Must-try Indian drinks

Lassi, Punjab

Lassi is loved all over the country. But it belongs to the land of the people with the biggest hearts in India, Punjab. The sweet creamy drink is especially refreshing during hot summers when temperatures are soaring. Over the last few years, Lassi has seen variations in terms of flavours like rose, kesar, mango, etc.

Aam Pannah, Gujarat

Pannah, or as some call it ‘Aam Pannah’, hails from the dry state of Gujarat. While alcohol is banned, people still find a way to make their ‘drinks’ interesting. One such drink is the Pannah, which is made from raw mangoes, along with some pepper, cinnamon, cardamom, and salt. It is generally consumed in the summer months, the season of mangoes. Pannah helps keep the stomach cool in high temperatures. It is sometimes used as spiced water in ‘Pani Puri’.

Feni, Goa

Goa is the land of cashews and coconuts. Both of these popular ingredients are used to make traditional feni in Goa, an alcoholic local drink. It is quite pungent and strong. If you have a low tolerance towards intoxication, feni is not the right drink for you. But if you are looking for that instant kick, go for it!

Noon Chai, Jammu and Kashmir

The people of Jammu and Kashmir do not drink the typical milk tea. Instead, they drink Noon Chai, or ‘pink tea’ two to three times a day. The drink is garnished with almonds, cardamom, pistachios, for a spicy flavor and some great aroma. The tea also has a hint of salt making it savory, and a hint of baking soda, making it pink.

Neera, Tamil Nadu

You must have heard of the famous alcoholic drink Toddy. Neera is one step before the drink ferments and turns into Toddy. The sap of palm trees like coconut and date palm are extracted and the palm nectar is known as Neera. It is sweet and sugary in taste, and makes for an instant refreshment.

Buttermilk, Andhra Pradesh

Buttermilk is a variant of Lassi, except that it is much thinner in consistency and savoury in taste. The people of Andhra Pradesh eat really spicy food. In order to cool the stomach after the spice fest, they consume buttermilk as a substitute for water. The drink is spiced with ginger, curry leaves, salt, and coriander and also aids in digestion.

Toddy, Kerala

When the ‘Neera’ is fermented further, it becomes Toddy, also known as Kallu. It is the extraction from the palm of sap trees and sweet in taste. Toddy is quite strong and contains an alcohol percentage that is quite high. Not one to be taken lightly!

Thandai, Uttar Pradesh

Everyone who knows Holi knows the drink Thandai. It is the drink that is usually mixed with ‘bhaang’ and consumed during the festival of colours. The drink draws its inspiration from the Mughals. The flavour of Thandai is enhanced with flavours like rose, kesar, pista, cardamom, fennel, etc. It is an ideal drink to consume during summers.

Sattu Sharbat, Bihar

Sattu is made from roasted gram flour. Its juice, known as Sattu Sharbat, is a protein packed energy drink that is good for the gut. The drink is quite filling and can be consumed as a replacement for a meal. A local protein shake, if you want to look at it another way.

Chaas, Haryana

Chaas is similar to buttermilk and is a savoury variant of Lassi. This watery drink is usually flavored with mint and ginger. While Chaas is traditional to Haryana, it is generally consumed throughout the country.

23. Languages spoken in India

While most countries in the world have one national language, India has a different language for each of its 29 states.

Hindi is recognised as an official language and all Union Government Records are written in Hindi and English. Other State Governments have records written in the State’s official language and English.

On top of that, there are dialects that change in every region. If you are in, let’s say Karnataka, a state in the southern part of India where the primary language is Kannada, you will see a variation of this language in North and South Karnataka.

What’s more, in regions close to the borders of particular states, there are completely unique languages or dialects, influenced by neighbouring states. That means, you will hear people speak a totally different language called Konkani on the border of Karnataka and Maharashtra. The primary language of Karnataka is Kannada and that of Maharashtra is Marathi.

In India, language is how you connect with people. The variation in the intonation, the pitch, the way certain sounds are dragged or stressed is how people decode it and bond with other ‘natives’ in another city or town.

Not surprisingly, so much variety makes it unremarkable for an Indian to have native-level fluency in languages other than their own native tongue.

24. Who are your India tour guides?

We currently have 55 guides that have all been carefully selected and trained. They are open-minded, well-educated, and enthusiastic people who can provide the visitor with first-hand knowledge of Indian culture and history. They are also curious about foreign cultures and will be keen to know something of your own homeland! Our guides speak English, French, German, Chinese and Local Indian Language..

We have guides in both the major tourist centers of the country. They have specialized knowledge of their respective cities and surroundings. Upon arrival at the airport, a local guide will meet you and be your escort for the duration of your stay in that particular city. However, you also have the option of hiring a “national” guide who will accompany you through your entire journey.

25. How to get around while visiting India?

It’s quite easy to get around in India, and several modes of transportation are available:

Domestic flights are probably the best way to move around the country if you don’t have a lot of time. India’s major cities are connected daily via multiple flights and the cost of a domestic ticket is often quite cheap. Tickets can be booked online on the website of the four carriers that offer flights within India:

Air India (the country’s flagship carrier, member of Star Alliance)

IndiGo

GoAir

SpiceJet

Hiring a car and driver sounds fancy, but it’s a popular and affordable option in India, especially since driving yourself is strongly discouraged due to lack of respect for traffic laws, frequent accidents (India’s roads are statistically the most dangerous in the world) and absolute chaos on the roads by Western standards. Private transfers with a chauffeur-driven car can be arranged via most hotels at often reasonable prices.

A great way to travel in India is by train. The country has the second largest rail network in the world, and you can pretty much get anywhere by train. That said, train journeys between major destinations can consume massive amounts of time (often more than car travel); and the network, tiers (one of the A/C, or air-conditioned classes may, for instance, be better than non-A/C first class), and connections can be confusing. For extensive railway information, you can log on to www.indianrail.gov.in, which shows routes, availability, and prices for all Indian trains, but you cannot book online from overseas. 

You purchase tickets for train journeys in India using www.cleartrip.com website which charges a Rs 100 booking fee per ticket, but allows you to buy your ticket using a credit card.The most popular class of travel for most visitors is Sleeper Class (open-plan carriages with three-tier bunks and no air conditioning), which gives a reasonable amount of comfort and a whole lot of atmosphere for a pittance.

Those seeking more comfort and cooler carriages should opt for one of the three air-conditioned classes: Air-Conditioned 3-Tier (3AC; three-tier berths in groups of six), Air-Conditioned 2-Tier (2AC; two-tier berths in groups of four with curtains for privacy) or Air-Conditioned 1-Tier (1AC; two- or four-berth compartments with locking doors and meals).

On Shatabdi Express trains, AC Executive Chair Class is always a quick, comfortable and cool way to go.

Unreserved Second Class (wooden or plastic benches and a cavalcade of people) should be avoided.

Unless you are on a serious budget and traveling in India for months, I recommend you avoid all forms of bus travel. Major routes often have comfortable, air-conditioned buses, often referred to as Volvo AC, which are on par in comfort and safety with their international counterparts. However, most of the time, Indian buses are ragged and recycled U.S. school buses from decades prior, where people and luggage are piled in with little regard for comfort or safe

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