India is an intriguing yet overwhelming place. It is a melting pot of several religions, several hundred languages, and several million people. Due to its staggering size, it can be difficult to know where to start when planning a trip there. Luckily a helping hand isn’t far away. We’ve stripped India back to basics, compiling a list of India’s highlights and more importantly, how, where and when to see them. Exploring the nooks and crannies of its cities, discovering its ancient charm, experiencing its age old rituals, and falling under the spell of India’s irrepressible charm makes for an adventure you will never forget.
India is famed for its wildlife. Its national parks are home to some of the world’s most fragile eco-systems, a mosaic of mangrove swamps, alpine meadows, dense rainforest and arid desertscapes. Whilst India’s call of the wild is the famed Bengal tiger, keeping your eyes peeled for an array of endemic flora and fauna as you scale the country’s national parks is bound to delight. So whether it’s coming face to face with big cats, or simply soaking up the natural splendour of India that whets your appetite, we’ve handpicked a selection of India's best national parks to visit throughout the country.
An express eight night trip through central India, this itinerary takes you to two of India's most prolific national parks to enjoy safari style game drives, plentiful wildlife and search for majestic Bengal tiger.
This two-week itinerary is the perfect combination of culture, wildlife and relaxation, including the attractions of India’s well-travelled Golden Triangle route, the abundant wildlife of Ranthambore National Park and the serene sandy shores of Goa.
Only after stepping foot in India will you realise that Indian cuisine, as you know it, just doesn’t exist. To paint both the delicate and punchy flavours of India with the same broad brushstroke overlooks the smorgasbord of dishes on offer from north to south. Tried and tested recipes balance coriander, cumin and cardamom with almost scientific precision, guaranteeing a culinary experience you will never forget.
When To Go To Central India
The best time to visit central India is between November and March, as temperatures will remain comfortable.
Winter - October to April
Night time winter temperatures can reach 20°C, whereas days are sunny and pleasant. This is the best time to visit Goa. The peak tourist season is from mid-December to mid-January, when the weather is near perfect, with daytime temperatures rarely going beyond 32°C. Hyderabad experiences maximum temperatures of 29ºC with minimum temperatures near 13ºC.
Summer - May to September
Central India has a tropical climate. Summer (April-June) temperatures can get as high as 43-44°C, while early mornings and evenings are pleasant (18-24°C). In Goa, the monsoon season begins around June, when the hot temperatures of summer are cooled with an influx of clouds and rain. On average, the hottest months of the year are April and May. In the National Parks, summers are hot, though this is the time when one has the best chance of encountering the wildlife.