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Holidays in India

Think of India and you picture an explosion of colour, feel the thrilling thrum of exotic music and sense the dizzying tastes and aromas of countless spices.
There is a magnetic pull towards the spiritual realm of India with its captivating mix of cultures, customs and beliefs that anchor it firmly to the ancient world and draw visitors to embark on a mystical – but also luxurious - adventure.
Brash populous cities, ancient temples, the cultivated richness of tea plantations and intoxicating natural landscapes – like the glorious mountains of heaven, the Himalayas – plus deserts and coastal regions promise that there are worlds of discoveries to be made in this vast continent.

Region Information

New Zealand has a 12 hour time difference ahead of the UK and a 23 hour 50 minute flight time approx.
British passport holders do not need a visa as a visitor for up to 6 months but must have an onward ticket.

Capital

New Delhi

Currency

Indian Rupee

Population

1.3 Billion

Offical language

Hindi, English, Bengali
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Why Visit India

In this land of reincarnation you will need several lifetimes to uncover all the delights of India, so plan to revisit many times. It comes to life in the magnificent buildings of Rajasthan, Delhi’s colonial majesty; the legendary 'Pink City' of Jaipur, beautiful blue tinged Jodhpur and the golden fort of Jaisalmer which emerges from the desert sands.

Channel India’s spiritual side on the banks of the sacred River Ganges in Varanasi or be amazed at the sculptural splendour of the temples of Madurai, vast multicoloured gateways to the city which are over 2,000 years old.

Impossible to miss is the exquisite monument to love that is the Taj Mahal in Agra. This intricately constructed commemorative masterpiece has truly earned its place as one of the seven wonders of the modern world. Or go on safari and seek out Asian elephants, Bengal tigers and the seemingly armour clad Indian rhino in India’s National Parks.

For those with paradise in mind, fabulous beach escapes await in the former Portuguese colony Goa with its jewelled Indian Ocean shores while Kerala on the mythical Malabar Coast beckons the explorer to delve into its secret backwaters.

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