India is an intoxicating mix of bustling and modern cities, ancient religious monuments, vibrant and colorful art, music, and dance, and unique and flavourful cuisine. A flight from London to Mumbai takes about 9.5 hours, and the time difference in India is five and a half hours ahead of GMT. The currency in India is the Indian rupee.
India is a massive country, and as such, it has an incredibly varied landscape. Mumbai is an exciting destination for those who want to see a true melting pot of cultures, religions, and people. This is a city of contrasts, with gleaming shopping malls and high end restaurants and bars, as well as sprawling slums and dusty markets. This is the home of Bollywood, high fashion, and India’s financial center, but it can also be hard to see the vast gap between the rich and the poor here.
For those looking for laid back India holidays, Goa (pictured below) is a great place to relax for a while. Here there are beautiful beaches, cheap guesthouses and restaurants, and plenty of other international travellers to have a beer with.
Of course a trip to India would not be complete without seeing at least one of the top sights in the country. Varanasi is a must-see destination as it is one of India’s holiest cities that rests on the banks of the sacred Ganges River. The Taj Mahal (pictured right) in Agra is an impressive UNESCO World Heritage Site that is a massive monument built by a former emperor for his true love. Pondicherry is an excellent place to learn about Hindu culture and religion at one of the many ashrams and spiritual centres.
The weather in India varies depending on the region and season. In general, the country is hot most of the year. The average temperature hovers around 28 degrees Celsius. India experiences monsoons from June to September in the southwest of the country and October to February in the north east. The months preceding the rains can be very hot and humid, so it is best to travel between February and April, when it is cooler and dry.
India is very cheap compared to the UK, and travellers will find the exchange rate very favourable. The following are some standard prices for goods in India:
|Loaf of Bread||£0.26|
|Bottle of Water||£0.16|
|Pint of Beer||£1.02|
|Bottle of Wine||£5.21|
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