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Where to go in India in 2020

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2020 has arrived, and with a whole new year- this year an amazing 366 days of thrilling travel experiences. India is incomparable, it is unique, diverse, colorful and addictive. From the snow-laden peaks of the Himalayas to the turquoise beaches, charming backwaters to deserts, lush jungles to bustling cities, incredible architecture to lavish hospitality, there is so much to explore. With a calendar full of festivals, events, and happenings, there is always a reason to plan India tours.

Here’s a list of the possible places to go for India tours in 2020

Where to go in India in January

January in India is blessed with pleasant winters and many excitements. The Pink City of Jaipur glows with a warm glow, luring for a visit. The walled city of Jaipur is one of the listed UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India. The historic town also hosts the Jaipur Literature Festival (23-27th January 2020) which is a major draw to pay a visit. Visit the hill fort of Amer, heritage tours, culinary taste, cooking classes, shopping, and stay at heritage hotels are the highlights of Jaipur tours.

Goa offers a happening vacation to begin the year as does the Rann of Kutch. The Bikaner Camel Festival in Rajasthan also gives a reason to go visiting. The Golden Triangle Tour is a comprehensive introduction to the vast and diverse heritage of the country. Ranthambore, Varanasi, Jaisalmer, Bandhavgarh, Shimla, etc. are also popular options.

Where to go in India in February

February is the month of love and to honor the month we have something amazing in-store. Khajuraho worships erotic love and the temples, which are now listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites are a testimony of it. The carved-artistry of the outer façade of temples is truly outstanding. The Khajuraho Dance Festival to be hosted from 20th to 26th February is a spellbinding event celebrating India’s classical dance at the beautiful historic background. Goa is the perfect setting for a romantic getaway as is Royal Rajasthan with Udaipur.

Golden Triangle tours are an absolute favorite along with Ranthambore, Varanasi, Rajasthan, South India and many more.

Where to go in India in March

March is the onset of spring in India and with it the colorful festival of Holi. The festive occasion of Holi finds roots in Indian Mythology but has evolved into a fun event. Held on the 10th March 2020 this occasion presents India in a way like never seen before. The charming temple town of Mathura-Vridanavan celebrations is the most interesting while Jaipur, Delhi, and Mumbai too have their ways to celebrate the festival.

If your interest lies in Yoga, then the International Yoga Festival in Rishikesh is a must-try.

Where to go in India in April

With April, summer is right around the corner but that does not mean a stop to explore India. Explore the jungle havens of Corbett, Bandhavgarh, Ranthambore National Parks, etc. as the chances of spotting the Tiger is unbelievable. There are options of jeep safaris, elephant rides, boat safaris, stay at wildlife resorts and more.

The ever-popular tourist attractions of Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, etc. also fit the bill for your holidays. There is also Shimla, Kashmir, and the many scenic hill stations to make for some amazing memories.

Where to go in India in May

May is the official season of summer in India. The high temperatures of the plains are best avoided and for it, there are many pictorial getaways. Darjeeling & Munnar, the land of tea gardens are absolute favourites as is the colonial town of Shimla.

Darjeeling is a tad more enjoyable as there is the exciting Toy Train Ride on the Darjeeling Mountain Railway, a listed UNESCO World Heritage as is the Kalka-Shimla Toy trains. The scenic setting, serene sightseeing along with a pinch of excitements lure you to the Himalayans and its charming towns.

Where to go in India in June

June in India is marked with high temperatures and for an India tour this month there is a haven untouched by it all- Ladakh. Known as the ‘rooftop of the world’ this region of India is uniquely blessed. Barren mountains are home to ancient monasteries, scenic secrets, thrilling adventures, colorful culture, a one of kind cold desert with dunes and the very special Bactrian camels. Luxury glamping in Ladakh makes this vacation one not to miss.

Where to go in India in July

July brings in the monsoon to India. Rains amplify the beauty of the country. North-East India, especially the ‘Abode of Clouds’ Meghalaya appears heavenly. Goa is also sought after as after the rains, the coastal beauty is truly outstanding. Kerala too shines as does the rest of South India blessed with scenic delights. Udaipur calls with its charming bliss. The royal city has a magnificent palace’ The Monsoon Palace’ dedicated to enjoying the season.

Kerala in August

August is the official monsoon season of India. With showers of rains, almost every region has been rejuvenated but our recommendation is a thrilling time with Kerala tours. Titled as God’s Own Country, the South Indian state is blessed with backwaters, Ayurveda Massages, houseboat rides & so much more.

The rainy season is believed to be the best time to visit as the weather conditions are perfect to indulge in Ayurveda treatments. Also, the thrill of exploring the backwaters on a houseboat is simply incomparable. Stay at the luxury ayurveda resorts, explore the culture, try the delicious cuisine, and have a good time. There are also the amazing opportunities of wildlife safari at Periyar, walk through tea gardens & spice plantations, go on heritage walks in the multi-ethnic Kochi and so much more.

Where to go in India in September

The rains have bid adieu to most of India with some showers here and there. Sparkling in the refreshed glory the recommend India tour to undertake is to the beautiful city of Udaipur. The backdrop of the Aravalli Hills along with aplenty scenic lakes makes the royal Rajasthan town an idyllic getaway. With so many luxury hotels, especially the palace hotels every moment spent here is a cherished memory.

Where to go in India in October

October marks the calendar with many festivals. India is celebrating and some of the grandest celebrations are in Kolkata ‘The City of Joy’. Varanasi also shines in its infinite wisdom. The ethereal Ganga Aarti, boat ride at sunset, visit the ancient temples, heritage walks, food trail, shopping and so much more.

Touring the Golden Triangle, visit the other UNESCO listed heritage sites, holy temple towns or any of the tourist attractions can also be added to the list of places to visit in October.

Where to go in India in November

November is the official winter season in India. Winters have been traditionally the popular tourist season in the country. With every part in India enjoying favorable weather conditions, festivities and other amazements, there are lots to choose from while planning tours in India.

Our recommendation is Jaisalmer and Pushkar for the exciting chance of camel safari amid the desert dunes. The Golden Triangle Tour is a perfect holiday awaiting as is South India Tours, especially Kerala, Mahabalipuram, Pondicherry, etc. Madhya Pradesh bedazzles with its wilderness, heritage sites, and cultural tours. Think of a wonderful vacation and you have a plethora of options.

Where to go in India in December

End of the year, December deserves a truly amazing vacation. There is Goa with its sun, sand, sea and other thrills. From the heritage of old churches & forts, cultural tours, festivities, nightlife and more, there is plenty to experience.

The pleasant weather conditions are such that you simply need to state your interests and there is always something exciting on offer. Think of history, heritage and culture, there is the popular Golden Triangle, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and more. For the adventure pursuits there is the mountain, sea, desert, jungles and so much more. Wildlife tours in India allow tiger safaris, bird-watching, spotting rhinos, and many other species of the animal kingdom. Luxury trains in India are also a sought delight to experience India like true royalty. There is also stay at heritage hotels, beach resorts, houseboats, etc. that make India tour truly worthwhile!


Girls' Guide to Last Minute Plans for India

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India is a country unlike another! Making way into cherished memories, the country is a bundle of life-changing experiences. For a female solo traveller there is absolutely nothing as amazing and educational at the vast and diverse country. From the snowy heights of the Himalayas to the tropical beaches, golden desert to a cold desert, lush jungles to backwaters, colourful towns steeped in history & culture, some even as old as civilization to cities matching pace with the world, there is so much to explore.

If you are making last minute plans for India then you have nothing to worry, here’s our guide. Once you are done with the visa, you need to simple book your tickets & hotels and simply get going to be amazed.

Our top three picks of India tour packages for last minute holidays for solo female travellers are:

Delhi & the Golden Triangle

The Golden Triangle is certainly the most preferred of tours of India. Arrive at the Delhi International Airport and get an introduction of India’s heritage and culture. The capital city of India has is sorted to ensure a smooth transition into the very unique culture of the country. The well-travelled itinerary is well suited for the first-time traveller in India. With well-connected roads, range of accommodation, things to and places to see, it is an absolute winner!

Delhi, the city of cities has been witness to many eras and rulers, each of the episodes having left footprints in form of monuments and culture. Delhi has eight such cities to boast of, from the first of Muslim rulers, Mughals to the British Raj. The Golden Triangle tour packages is the most popular itinerary in India, covering the cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. Agra is home to the ‘icon of love’ the Taj Mahal. The white-marble monument is pretty much one of the major reason to visit India. Jaipur is the land of the Kings, palaces, forts and colourful culture that is charmingly Indian!

For the girls, the itinerary has plenty to see, do and experience. The pleasure of shopping their hearts out certainly adds to the charm.

Kerala

Located in South India, Kerala is more than a destination, it is a bundle of wonderful experiences. Titled ‘God’s Own Country’ this place is actually heaven. From lush hills covered in tea gardens & spice plantations to golden beaches leading to azure waters, backwaters navigable by houseboat, traditional villages to historic towns, Kerala never fails to surprise. Arrive to the historic town of Kochi and then proceed with days and weeks of fun exploring the length and breadth of the earthly paradise.

One holiday in Kerala allow the bliss of the misty hills, romantic houseboat rides, relaxing on the beach, exploring history that dates over thousands of years, wildlife safaris, pampering Ayurveda sessions, the science of health and wellness and more. What more can a girl crave for?

Goa

The beautiful party destination of India, Goa is the land of sun, sand and sea. Goa conjures images of tropical bliss. Golden sands lead to the cerulean waters, coconut and palm groves sway in the breeze, and charming villages tucked away in the backwoods put a magical spell on visitors.  Goa has a reputation of being the hottest party destination in the country. The night-time activities include beach shacks, pubs, clubs, beach parties, casinos, cruises and more. Beyond the peppy setting, there are elegant churches intact in their olden charms, forts that withstood the changing times, spice plantations, bird sanctuaries, trekking trails, waterfalls and more. Additional delights include exciting water sports, mouth-watering food, shopping, and other thrills

Arrive at the Goa International Airport and be prepared to spend time in the tropical haven. With abundant options of stay in very budget (from villas, beach resorts, homestays to hotels), safe roads and a delightful crowd, this is got to be one of the places in India that you can visit anytime and be surprised every time. Girls got to rock their favourite beachwear lazing on the dreamy beaches.


India Tourism — A Case of Missed Opportunities

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It is certainly true that India as a tourist destination offers a whole lot more to tourists than most other destinations can, from the peaks of the Himalayas to the Tea Gardens of Assam to the backwaters of Kerala, to the white sandy beaches of Goa, and above all, monuments like the Taj Mahal, one of the wonders of the world--- India has all of this and much more , but sadly, India gets fewer tourists than most of its competing nations.

There are quite a few reasons as to why India only gets a minuscule percentage of the world’s tourists. Prominent amongst these are our lack of infrastructure, visa’s being difficult and expensive, the perception regarding lack of safety and security, etc.

When it comes to infrastructure, sadly, we are way behind our neighboring countries or other Asian destinations – the drive from Delhi to Agra has improved and is now world-class, but, when you look at other highways, it’s a sad situation. The drive from Jaipur to Delhi, a distance of about 250 kms, could take up to 7 hours! Likewise, the drive from Bangalore to Mysore, a distance of only about 150 kms, could take up to 5 hours! It is just not the roads or the lack of them, it is basic facilities like clean toilets that are lacking in most of our highways.

Then there is air connectivity – while things have improved quite a bit in the last few years, our national carries Air India, unfortunately, hasn’t done much to improve connectivity to India from major tourism producing countries. Compare ourselves to Dubai or Singapore, where the national carriers because of their strength, network, and connections, bring in thousands of tourists.

A lot of tourists intending to travel to India are deterred by the high cost and the time taken to obtain a Visa for India. With short lead times and last minute vacation planning becoming more and more common, travelers obviously choose destinations that are easy to get to in terms of the visa. Competing destinations like Thailand, Singapore, Hongkong, Malaysia, Indonesia, etc, either require no visas at all or have visas that are available on arrival. Even countries like Turkey, that are serious about their tourism, have introduced e-visa that can be obtained on the internet.

As a country, we have so much to show, in terms of history and culture, but, unfortunately, greed and dishonesty seems to have crept in, and crept in so deep, that it mars the tourist’s good experiences too! Tourists visiting the Jama Masjid (the largest Mosque in India ) are forced to pay a camera fee when there is actually nothing to be paid. Tourists traveling in auto rickshaws often end up paying 3 or 4 times the usual fare!

We really need to get our act together , and the Government needs to understand the importance of tourism, both in terms of its cultural exchange value , and in terms of its economic value, and do things that will attract visitors to our shores--- getting our act together on the infrastructure front , lowering of taxes on tourism product ( taxes in Delhi for example constitute almost 40% of the Hotel costs) , ensuring the safety and security of tourists travelling (particularly female travellers), would be the first steps towards this .

We also need to have more leisure activities for tourists, travellers are very happy to see monuments, forts, and palaces, but a lot of them even want nightlife and evening entertainment, good golfing facilities, etc, facilities which sadly, most of our tourist destinations lack. For example, Goa, India’s most sought after beach holiday destination, does not till date, have a world-class Championship Golf course something that every other beach holiday destination offers.

Having said all of this, India certainly does have lots to attract tourists, monuments like the Taj Mahal, Tiger Reserves like Kanha and Bandhavgarh, the frozen deserts of Ladakh, the pristine backwaters of Kerala, the 400-year-old temples of Southern India, the list is actually endless !!!


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