India is like nowhere else on earth. It is the ultimate eclectic mix of sights, sounds, spirituality, and smells. Every expectation – be it of beauty, mysticism, poverty, or bureaucracy – will be outdone by what hits you when you arrive, and one visit will not be enough. The welcome you receive, wherever you go, will be warm and friendly and nothing will be too much trouble at any stage of your journey.
India’s landscape is as diverse as its people and ranges from tropical beach paradises to primary forests of teak: to desert tundra’s broken by forts ruled by princes: and to chilly foothills clad in tea plantations opening onto vistas of the world’s highest mountain peaks.
The experiences you may encounter will be just as diverse, from being slowed down by herds of water buffalo crossing the road; hearing the perpetual blowing of car horns 24/7; avoiding monkey’s as they try to steal food from your rucksack; playing cricket with the locals in the heat of the day; to counting how many people are hanging on the outside of your train as it leaves the station!
India is embracing modernity with open arms and is the foundations for its recent economic boom but religion still remains the backbone of Indian society and it continues to provide a source of both social harmony and sporadic tension. Tourism Today is booming in India, not just with western visitors, but domestic tourism is thriving as middle class Indian’s discover a new found wealth as their economy continues to prosper.
The best way for a first-time visitor to experience India’s must see destinations. Discover the contrasts of Old and New Delhi. Travel to the historic city of Agra to see the Taj Mahal. You can also add the following tour extension from Delhi; Ranthambore National Park, Varanasi or Goa.
Become acquainted with one of the most vibrant countries in the world. Embark on a journey, from the deserts of Rajasthan in the north, to the backwaters of Kerala in the south to experience the land of extraordinary contrasts.
Rajasthan conjures up images of maharajas and palaces and is regarded as one of the most colourful and exciting states in all of India. Marvel at the beauty of this region’s diverse landscapes, as you travel across deserts, lakes and national parks.
Explore the colourful and lively Rajasthan state; from the big cities to the small, remote villages. Your imagination will be captured with the sights and sounds and engage with the people that make this such a magical region of India.
India sparkles with life, evidenced by its bustling bazaars and ancient ruins. Complementing this is the mystical mountain nation of Nepal, nestled in the Himalaya.
This fascinating tour will entice even the most widely travelled individual. Southern India is very different from the north, providing stark contrasts between spices, food, cultures and climate.
Be inspired by the classic sights of the Golden Triangle, discovering delightful Udaipur and searching for tigers at Ranthambore. Add some of Rajasthan's hidden gems and you have the ideal first-time holiday in India.
Time difference: India is 6.5 hours behind New Zealand (7.5 hours during daylight saving)
Flight Time: Approx 14.5 hours
Visa Required: Yes
Currency: Indian Rupee (INR)
Tel Code: +91
Official Language: Hindi
Main Religion: Hinduism
Airlines: Singapore Airlines