If you are planning to Visit for Holiday in India then it is natural to have so many questions in mind which can be overwhelming. Like- what are the best places to visit, what is the history and culture of India, and how to design your India tour to get the most out of your holidays.
India is a very old country and as a result, has a very rich history and diverse culture. So, it is very difficult to cover all the aspects of India in one trip. To give you a perspective, it was about 75,000 years ago that the first inhabitants came and settled in what is called India today. Though, this information is disputed. However, the human remains found in archaeological surveys clearly suggests that humans have been living on this land for at least 30,000 years.
The official name of India is ‘Republic Of India‘ and it is also the world’s largest democracy.
‘New Delhi’ is the capital of India which is in Delhi- one of the union territories of India and a very popular tourist destination among the travelers coming on an India Holiday.
History of India
The history of India starts with the Indus Valley Civilisation. It is the world’s oldest civilization- and also known as Harappan civilization. It was established around 7000 BC. However, this claim is based on only 10%~20% of the Indus valley civilization sites which have been excavated to date. So, it is very likely to find even older things which can make this civilization much older than 7000 BC.
Many travelers also explore these excavation sites on their India tour. You can also do this if this is your thing.
Over time, India was destroyed and rebuilt because of the numerous invasions at different regions of the land, from conquerors around the world, and have seen the rule of many dynasties. India got freedom from British rule on 15th August 1947.
India has vast geography. People speak different languages, eat different food, dress differently but at the core, they share the same ideology. So, whether it is a moment of joy or grief, they participate whole-heartedly. People are also very welcoming if you want to interact or know about them. Just so you know, there are 22 official languages in India. However, India is also one of the largest English speaking countries in the world, so it wouldn’t be hard to communicate with the locals during your India tour.
They follow their famous traditional concept of ‘Atithi Devo Bhawa’ which means ‘Guest is God’ and that is the reason they offer the kind of grand hospitality to the people on India Holiday, which you will see nowhere.
How to Plan your India Holiday
For traveling purposes, you can divide the destinations between 2 broad parts i.e North India destinations and South India destinations.
If you group your destinations this way it will be easier for you to optimize the itinerary and reduce the travel time spent in between.
About North India
The most popular destinations to visit in north India are:
- Agra (Taj Mahal)
- Rajasthan (majestic forts, desert, and culture of Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, etc.)
- Delhi ( Red Fort, Qutub Minar, India Gate, Authentic cuisine, etc.)
- combined with Amritsar (in Punjab), hills of Dharamshala, Dalhousie, Shimla, Kashmir, and Ladakh,
- Spiritual destinations of Varanasi, Haridwar, and Rishikesh.
These are just to name a few of the most popular Indian destinations among foreign travelers. However, there are many other great spots that are equally popular among the locals. I will write about the unexplored travel gems of India in a separate article shortly.
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Note that Delhi, Agra & Rajasthan falls on a circuit which is called Golden Triangle, and the tours which cover these 3 destinations are also called Golden Triangle tours. Click here, to explore our various Golden triangle tours.
To cover the destinations in the northern part of India, you will have to fly to New Delhi. Once you reach Delhi, India Vacay will facilitate you with all the transport and hotel lodging arrangements. It makes more sense because Delhi, in itself, is the most popular tourist destination and also the capital of India.
If you want to know more about Delhi’s history and the best places to visit in Delhi, please click here.
About South India
South India has its own charm and it completely blows away the traveler’s mind with its incredible tourist destinations like:
- Tamil Nadu (Ooty, Kodai Kanal, Mahabalipuram etc.)
- Kerala (backwaters, Ayurveda, etc.)
- Karnataka (Hampi etc.)
- Goa (world-class beach destination) and many more.
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Usually, to explore south India you will have to fly to Chennai airport shown in the map of India below, from where we will facilitate you further with each and everything you need on your stay in India during your holiday.
Visa to India & applicable fees
Except for Nepal and Bhutan, citizens of all other countries have to obtain a valid visa before arriving in India.
You can apply for an e-visa (online) from any corner of the world.
Citizens of below countries are exempted from visa fees:
Argentina, Cook Islands, Fiji, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, Myanmar, Nauru, Niue Island, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Uruguay, and Vanuatu.
The fees of Indian tourist visa are mentioned below:
- One-month e-Tourist Visa (April to June): $10.
- One-month e-Tourist Visa (remainder of the year): $25
- One-year e-Tourist Visa: $40.
- Five-year e-Tourist Visa: $80
Hope I have covered all of your queries in regards to travel to India. However, please leave a comment if you wish to know anything else. Alternatively, you can reach us directly by clicking Contact Us.