India holidays boast a collision of cultures: peaceful temples and rowdy festivals, quiet villages and bustling cities, warm beautiful beaches and the snow peaked Himalayas. This vibrant multicultural, multidimensional country is a mixture of the most dynamic attitudes of modern Asia mixed with a lingering sense of British etiquette.
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Iconic attractions, rich culture and vibrant markets await
India is one of the giants of Asia, hanging off the bottom of the continent in the shape of a shark’s tooth.
It is a country of virtually infinite biodiversity and varieties of landscape from arid desert, to rolling grassland, right through to urban sprawl and mountains. The cuisine is legendary, cricket is the national pastime and the people are as friendly as they come.
It has the second largest population in the world – and what an eclectic mix. More than 80% of the population is Hindu, but there are large minorities of Muslims, Christians and Sikhs, making for a very diverse culture and heritage.
India is enormous on an overwhelming scale. Some of the popular destinations include Goa, a verdant stretch of the West coast featuring a unique blend of Portuguese and Indian culture, and Kerala, featuring world famous beaches and a contagious relaxed lifestyle.
Goa is a tropical paradise of sugary white sands, crystal clear waters and luscious palms that freckle the coastline. If you’re not completely intoxicated by the scent of bougainvillea floating on the breeze, the peaceful atmosphere will do the trick. With a fascinating past and a rich culture to explore, you’ll never want to leave.
A sleepy paradise of swaying palms and inviting soft beaches, Kerala is a haven of luscious vegetation. The landscape here truly does thrive, and it makes for a really picturesque backdrop. Meet with the locals – they’re incredibly friendly; lounge on long stretches of the coastline and revel in the climate; explore the culture and history for a real taste of Kerala.
Why visit India?
- The wonderful beaches of Goa
- Vibrant street markets selling fruit, vegetables, spices, jewellery and all manner of trinkets and curios
- Take part in a traditional Indian celebration – there are a huge of number of festivals to be a part of
- Unbelievably varied cuisine from spicy curries and leavened breads, to delicate dals and indulgent sweets
- A rich assortment of cultural sites and religious monuments; this is a truly awe-inspiring place