Where we go :: India

India’s vibrant modern mood and ancient cultural heritage creates a complete travel experience encompassing luxury, adventure, delight and escape—a destination where all the senses are indulged.

See the Taj Mahal bathed in silvery moonlight, or dawn on the Ganges, as the first rays of the sun turn the water to luminescent pearl, camels silhouetted on a distant dune, or wild blue poppies on a Himalayan hillside. India will open your eyes to a world of beauty. Touch the soft folds of a silk sari, touch your hands together in the Indian greeting ‘Namaste!’, and be touched by the kindness of the people you meet. Hear the distant roar of a tiger in the jungle, the bittersweet melody of a Rajasthani folk song, the peal of temple bells across a lake, or the cry of the colourful Hoopoe bird. Breathe the pure mountain air of Ladakh, or the balmy breeze of the Andaman Islands, delight in the scent of jasmine in the air, as girls with flowers in their hair stroll by, and inhale the mouth-watering aroma of a Goan fish curry. Taste the sweet lime tang of a nimbu panni, India’s most popular thirst quencher, the fiery zing of green chillies, or the cool of a coconut kulfi ice cream. To feel fully alive is to feel all your senses. Let India awaken yours.

 

Know before you go

India’s weather is diverse enough to be a year-round destination. The Monsoon usually comes to the south of India in late May or early June, reaching the north about a month later. Generally, the driest and coolest time is from December to February, when light northerly winds bring clear skies and less rain. Spring and autumn are wonderful times to visit India. We advise checking particular regions before planning your trip.

INR: Indian Rupee
Credit cards are widely accepted throughout the Indian Subcontinent but cash is best for shopping in the markets/bazaars and in rural areas. Cash points are available in all but the most rural areas. Most hotels will provide money-changing facilities.

India has a mix of religions but the majority of people are Hindu. Although India is a tolerant and accepting country it’s polite to dress appropriately when travelling, especially in rural areas, which tend to be more conservative. Shorts, halter tops, and mini skirts are not advised for women and shorts above the knee are not advised for men. Loose, lightweight clothes are ideal. Shoes should always be removed before entering temples or religious monuments. Women generally do not shake hands with men. Public displays of affection between couples are not appropriate in the culture.

Voltage: 220-240 Volts (U.S./Canada are 110-120 Volts).
Primary Socket Type: Indian

The most common health problem is mild diarrhoea and stomach upsets which can be minimised by taking precautions such as drinking only bottled or purified water, and avoiding unwashed fruits and raw salads. Bring Imodium or similar medicine for relief. Meats should be well cooked. Malaria precautions should be taken if you are travelling in a malarial area. Using a sunscreen with a high SPF and keeping hydrated can easily prevent sunburn and dehydration. All TWX tours supply plenty of bottled water as standard. With regard to vaccinations check with your health care professional.

GMT + 5 and 1/2 hours