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A country of magic, history, rich culture and rich food - India will have you coming back for seconds. This bedazzling country has the power to surprise even the most seasoned traveler.
Amongst the serene banks of the Ganges river you will find the most remarkable festivals. We encourage you to get lost down alleyways, and palaces. Who knows, you might just wander upon the most incredible experiences.
If you are a forward planner then this is definitely something that’s crossed your mind. Indian traffic can seem daunting at first, however it is an experience you cannot miss. And fortunately, there are many means of travel in India so that you can get to where you need to go.
If you are looking at traveling in the city or town, we recommend using the rickshaws and metro systems. The buses are also quite a reliable form of transport.
If you are looking at traveling longer distances and through the country, you can choose between planes, boats, or buses.
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Throughout India, they make use of the Rupees.
The most common and widely spoken language in India is Hindi. However, part of the Indian charm is that they speak over 22 different languages. Some of these languages include Bengali, Punjabi, Marathi, and Odia.
Don’t worry, most people in India have a good understanding of English. So it's relatively easy to get around.
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Due to the expanse of India, it can easily reach different temperatures and climates. However, most of India it’s a tropical climate, finding a strong balance between a wet climate closer to the shores and a dry climate when moving inland.
India’s seasons are divided into six seasons:
Spring: March to April
Summer: May to June
Monsoon: July to August
Autumn: September to October
Pre-Winter: November to December
Winter: January to February
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Finding the best time to visit India is always tricky. We find that each season and each time of year holds its own charm. However, if you're a first-time traveler, we recommend opting for the dryer months (November to March).
During this time, no matter where you go, the weather will be nice and clear without being too hot and humid. You can have the freedom to move from the north to the south, or vice versa, and still have a top-tier experience.
The best part about India is that it is host to many different experiences. Even when looking for the right places to visit, it can be overwhelming. So, if you need some good places to start with, here are our favorite spots:
Mumbai: We suggest Mumbai for a cutting edge experience. Mumbai is home to some of the wealthiest Indian entrepreneurs and Bollywood actors. This cosmopolitan city is always buzzing and its unique glamor is sure to pull you in.
Rishikesh: Famously put on the map in the 1960s by The Beatles, we recommend Rishikesh for those looking for a spiritual journey. Caught between the Himalayas and the River Ganges, it is the best retreat for those in search of peace.
Agra: If you want to see world heritage monuments and get swept up in India’s rich history, book a stay in Agra - home to the Taj Mahal.
Goa: If you are looking to break away from the usual hubbub of India, and take long walks on the beach, Goa is the place for you. Although India is more often known for its cities and spiritual getaways, we think its golden beaches are well worth a visit.
New Delhi: The capital of India, New Delhi is the heartbeat of India. It is the perfect marriage between culture, modernity and traditions.
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