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India Destination Guide

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Your guide from the Luxury Travel Experts


Welcome to the Elegant Resorts Destination Guide for India , created to help make your choice of luxury holiday as easy as possible. Here, you will find more detailed factual information about the destination you have selected.

If you require further information, not featured on this page, please call one of our Travel Consultants.

Overview+

Few countries offer the variety of this striking land; with its intoxicating and invigorating blend of mesmerising culture, diverse landscapes, intense colours and a myriad of flavours. It is a country of glorious contradictions: a desert climate and the crowded cities of the plains just hours away from the cool splendour of the Himalayas; the beaches of Goa and the simple lifestyle of its people, plus the skill and sophistication that created the staggeringly beautiful Taj Mahal. Immerse yourself in a spectacular hustle and bustle of cities that include the main gateway to India, Delhi, as well as Bangalore, Mumbai and Kolkata. Marvel at a vivid history encapsulated forever in the incredible architecture and fairytale palaces of Rajasthan. Feel the excitement as you wait in anticipation to catch sight of the elusive Bengal Tiger in one of India's national parks. Be dazzled by the stunning natural scenery and the way of life of the waterside communities of Kerala as you drift along on a houseboat, enjoy the golden-sand beaches of Goa and relish the silence and inner peace you will achieve on a retreat in the majestic Himalayas.

General Information
CapitalNew Delhi
LanguageIndian
Time Difference5 hours
CurrencyRupee
Voltage220V

Health

Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya) and Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/   In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling. Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice Additional links to sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk and http://nathnac.net

Sources of information include: www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.


Visa

Visa and Advance Passenger Information

All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.

Travelling With Children or Without an Adult

Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.

Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.

For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk

Climate+

Due to its size, India has seven climatic zones. In general, the best time to visit our featured areas is from October to March.

The Northern Mountains including the Himalayas region, can experience rain year-round, however the main rainy season lasts from July to October. In the Northern Plains, where you will find Delhi, it is generally dry and hot from March until June, but when the monsoon rains begin in July, temperatures become cooler, however the high humidity can be uncomfortable. Rajasthan, where you will find Jaipur and Udaipur, is very dry with the very hottest months being from May to July, but even when the monsoon brings light rainfall it doesn’t have much effect on temperatures. The best time to visit is generally when it is cooler, yet still sunny and dry, from November to March, however there can be some fog from mid-December to mid-January. It can also be foggy during this time in Uttar Pradesh, where you will find Agra.

The best time to visit southern India is from November to March when temperatures are at their most comfortable and the monsoon rains have subsided. Evenings can get chilly. If you are including Goa in your southern India itinerary, December to February is the ideal time, when it is hot, but not wet or too humid.

Temperature Guide

These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for India.

  Temp °C Rain mm
January2119
February2415
March3015
April368
May3917
June3953
July35220
August33257
September34126
October3324
November285
December238

Highlights+

Historic Sites
India holds a vast array of historic gems that are waiting to be discovered. None more so than the Taj Mahal in Agra; a symmetrical masterpiece constructed out of glorious white marble by Shah Jahan as a memorial to his wife, Mumtaz Mahal, following her tragic death during childbirth. Perhaps Delhi’s historic sites will tempt you, especially the Red Fort or Humayun’s Tomb, which predates the Taj Mahal by sixty years and is thought to have inspired the design for the Taj Mahal. Jaipur’s most distinctive landmark, Hawa Mahal, is another extraordinary sight to behold, rising five storeys tall and showcasing a beautiful, pink-painted, honeycomb-effect façade – it will certainly leave you flabbergasted. The beautiful region of Goa is a must-visit, particularly Old Goa, where Basilica of Bom Jesus is situated, or the Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception in Panaji, both of which provide stunning Colonial architecture and Portuguese influence.

Mouthwatering Cuisine
Take your tastebuds on a truly phenomenal culinary trip-of-a-lifetime. India is alive with spices and, with such a diverse repertoire of dishes, your mouth will be watering non-stop. With each region distinct from the last, be prepared for different traditions, preparation techniques and presentation styles – from beautifully marinated meats and thalis (Indian food platters), to exceptional seafood dishes and simple, yet delectable, vegetarian curries.

Captivating Wildlife
India has some of the most bio diverse regions in the world, hosting four of the world’s thirty-five biodiversity hotspots. It is, therefore, no surprise that India is home to an extraordinary variety of wildlife, especially the renowned Bengal Tiger, which can be spotted in the beautiful region of Madhya Pradhesh, the pioneering state for wildlife conservation. Strict hunting regulations and the brilliant Project Tiger rehabilitation programme have brought these majestic animals back from the brink of extinction, thus they can be found here more than anywhere else in the world. Kerala also hosts excellent sanctuaries, including Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary and Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, where protected animals thrive, such as leopards, elephants, deer and much more.

Bustling Cities
Where India excels is with its magical and enchanting cityscapes. The diversity is remarkable; each city you visit is totally different from the last, from ancient traditions and artistic heritage, to spectacular landscapes and culinary delights. Delhi exacerbates this diversity: experience the contrast between the charming Old Delhi, dating back to the 1600s, to the modern bustling metropolis of New Delhi, with its fascinating Colonial-era parliament buildings. Udaipur, on the other hand, sits on the shores of tranquil Lake Pichola, where the Aravalli Hills stretch as far as the eye can see. It is one of the most romantic locations in India. Visit the enchanting and historic Jaipur to discover India’s most flamboyant state.

Irresistible Beaches
Goa is the land of sun, sea and sand, a blissful retreat from the hustle and bustling streets of India’s major cities. Goa boasts a wonderful laid-back attitude, with a tropical vibe that is infectious to those who visit. Stay at a beachfront resort to experience the pristine sand and the azure of the Arabian Sea. Beautiful golden-sand beaches can be found in Kerala, boasting an exceptional 600-kilometre coastline, perfect for relaxing or enjoying watersports.

Getting There+

Flight Information
Virgin Atlantic to Delhi; British Airways from London Heathrow to Delhi and Mumbai, with onward connecting flights to Goa, Cochin, Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur and Kerala. Flights with Emirates (via Dubai)from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow are also available.

Flight Time
From London Heathrow to Mumbai: 9 hours.

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