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What should I know before visiting India?
Cows are sacred in India
Cows in India are associated with Aditi, the mother of Hindu gods. This means cows are highly respected by those practicing Hinduism. You’ll regularly see cows wandering city streets when you travel the country, no matter where your India holiday packages take you. Be sure to pay the same respects to any cows that cross your path. Just step out of their way if you’re wandering through narrow alleys - and always be careful about where you place your feet if walking around at night. It is also important you don’t pose for pictures with them, as this can be offensive.
India has more vegetarians than any other country
About 40% of Indians follow a vegetarian diet, and a palate-pleasing result of this is that Indian has some of the finest plant-based cuisine and dishes in the world. Even if you’re not vegetarian yourself, plan to indulge in a couple of veggie meals while visiting the country on India holiday packages, such as malai kofta, vegetable korma, and palak paneer.
Consider visiting during one of India's major festivals
With Diwali, Holi, Navaratri, and Dussehra all on the calendar at various times of the year; Indian festivals are a fantastic time to plan your travels around. Each of these holidays is a massive celebration that overwhelms the senses – in a good way! If you book India accommodation and flight packages during one of the major holidays, expect colourful and lively celebrations with dancing, food, parades, and cultural displays.
What are the best places to stay in India?
Located on the west coast, Mumbai is India’s most populated city. Mumbai is a diverse place to visit, making it a great city to add to your list when you book India accommodation and flight packages. The city is home to some of India’s best food, shopping, and nightlife as well as historical landmarks and beautiful beaches. Mumbai is also home to the Indian film industry, known as Bollywood. Some of the best things to do in Mumbai include the Gateway of India, Chhatrapati Shivaji, and catching the latest Bollywood film at the cinema. Book a hotel and accommodation in India’s largest city to be at the heart of some incredible history and culture.
If you’re keen to explore the bohemian coastal side to the country, consider booking India packages to Goa. This scenic region is located on India’s west coast and is home to some of India’s most beloved beaches. There are both lively beaches that are perfect to visit with friends, as well as quiet and secluded stretches of sandy that are ideal if you book India holiday packages for a romantic getaway. Away from the coastline, Goa is close to beautiful rainforests, mountains, and waterfalls across various national parks. In central Goa, you’ll also find an incredible restaurant and cafe scene, as well as temples and significant monuments, such as Aguada Fort and Mahadeva Temple.
New Delhi is India’s capital located in the country’s northwest. The city is modernising while also holding on to its heritage. Discover some of India’s most significant monuments, as well as bustling markets and traditional neighbourhoods while visiting New Delhi on India packages. Some top things to experience include the Red Fort, India Gate, and Humayun’s Tomb. Another benefit to visiting New Delhi is its proximity to Agra and the Taj Mahal. Take a couple days out of the city to visit this world-famous monument. Consider booking a hotel and accommodation in India’s capital to see some impressive architecture alongside an exciting local culture.
What is the best way to get around India?
India is a large country, and the major cities and attractions are spread apart from each other. Luckily, there are several budget airlines that operate cheap flights to destinations across India. Take advantage of these flight deals through Webjet while booking your India accommodation and flight packages.
India’s cities have great public transport networks to make the most of while visiting the country on India holiday packages. Ten Indian cities have metro systems, including Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata, and Bangalore. Public buses are the most popular mode of transport to use while staying at hotels and accommodation in India. Public bus networks are available in most cities across India and are affordable to ride.
Another option to keep in mind while holidaying on India packages are taxis and auto rickshaws. Auto rickshaws are small three-wheeled vehicles that offer an efficient mode of transport and a unique cultural experience for visitors holidaying on India packages.
How much time should I spend in India?
Plan to book India holiday packages for at least two weeks to get the full Indian experience. Take the time to visit a few different areas of the country while holidaying on India packages, but don’t try to pack in too much. Many tourists experience sensory overload in India’s cities, so it’s best to see the country at a relaxed pace.