Known for its Maharajas, tigers, and elephants, India is a diverse country rich in culture and a fascinating history. According to an old Indian legend about the city of Agra, visitors who turn away from the Taj Mahal always come back, the attraction of the palace being very powerful. Nothing could be more true than this.

 

Taj Mahal.

 

Folklore and legend, culture and human diversity, all these things and more India is to billions of people. Exploring the country, either via one of the many tours or by train etc., visitors will be amazed by India’s peculiarities, as much as by the publicized wonders. The Indian lifestyle is at least as mesmerizing as its world class touristic attractions.

 

Discovering India

 

Elephant Sculpture, RajasthanFascinating and captivating, India is distinguishable by a multitude of striking contrasts. With a total area of 3,287,263 sq km and home to over a billion people, India is the second most populous country in the world after China. Geographically, the Indian subcontinent extends from the Himalayas in the north to the town of Kanyakumari in the south. Extremely diverse, its territory is mainly composed of mountains, plains, plateaus and deserts.

 

The county is sub-divided into 28 states, the people of which – each having their own dialects, religions and cultures. Still, the prevalent language is Hindi, and all Indians share in many other things. The country's economy is based on the export of cotton, rice and tea as well as exploitation of natural resources such as coal. Despite the massive city complexes there though, the majority of the population is rural – quant farms make up a big part of India’s economy.

 

Two Ends of Magnificent

 

So, the Taj Mahal sits at one end of the visual and cultural spectrum, and the people and farms of the rural landscape are at the other. In between, the traveler is treated to a feast for the senses. Rich Indian cuisines, picturesque places and things found nowhere else on Earth. Bombay, Mumbai, world class cricket and football, stadiums to street vendors, India is in fact a whole separate reality.

 

Discover the Lal Quila in Delhi or the India Gate, a huge fort built during the reign of Shah Jahan in order to commemorate the death of thousands of Indian soldiers. Thus, tourists can discover the Lal Quila in Delhi or the India Gate, a huge fort built during the reign of Shah Jahan in order to commemorate the death of thousands of Indian soldiers. Visiting the magnificent Golden Temple, a key driving force of Amritsar, is strongly recommended.

 

India: Day and Night

 

Kokata.To the south, the most beautiful religious temples are located in Tamil Nadu and in the east, Goa has vast beaches and ancient cathedrals. The major cities in India are very lively in the evening. Indeed, several pubs and nightclubs stay open all night.

 

So, India’s world renown hospitality, its position as an emerging world powerhouse, and the culture of centuries all blend into a vacation destination for once-in-a-lifetime exploration – an adventure of monumental memorabilia potential. And a chance to make lifelong friends. A cozy bar by the Ganges, a sizzling high rise nightclub in Mumbai, or a village in Punjab, any of these places is a good place to spend your days and nights.

 

Budget for one week: An average of 1,400 €

Taxes and gratuities: Plan for taxes up to one third of the price excluding VAT of 10%. Tipping is customary.

Currency: Rupee

Spoken language and / or official language: Hindi, English

Major cities: Bombay, New Delhi, Kolkata, and many more

Visa: Visa required; inquire at the VFS France before arriving.

Sanitary requirements: Normally, a certificate of vaccination against malaria is sought. It is best to upgrade for the following vaccines: hepatitis A, diphtheria, tetanus, polio. Tap water is not potable.

 

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Travel destinations in regions of India