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Holidays to India

India is the exotic, the unknown and the outstandingly beautiful. It is the home of the Taj Mahal, the Royal Bengal tiger, bustling cities, lively bazaars, palm-fringed beaches, quiet inland waterways, and the mighty River Ganges. Travel Department invites you to join us for a holiday of a lifetime in this vivid, startling and joyous country. 

With trips that range from Taj and Tigers, to Classic Kerala and Goa, we have options to encompass all interests, including history, nature and pure relaxation. 

All of our India holidays include return flights, transfers, three or four star accommodation, our specially selected excursions and the services of expert local guides.

Culture

It is impossible to ascribe a single culture to the nation of India. Although almost 80% of the country is Hindu, it is also home to Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists and others. And, even within any one religious community, multiple languages are spoken and different customs followed. 


Depending upon the time of your visit, you might experience one of the country's many festivals. Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, is one of the most colourful, spectacular and welcoming. You can also witness some of the rituals of life and death that have remained unchanged for thousands of years. For example, a boat trip on the River Ganges at Varanasi will take you past the "burning Ghats" - riverside steps on which the bodies of devout Hindus are burned after their deaths. 

Food and drink

A large part of the attraction for many people of India holidays is the chance to sample Indian cuisine in its native home. You might already be familiar with the tandoori, biriyani, keema and dal dishes that the Punjabi diaspora have shared with the wider world. However, there are plenty of new treats to try, including a wide variety of flatbreads and indulgent Indian sweets. Further south, is the home of the thali, a meal that brings together several smaller dishes on a single serving platter. In places such as Kerala and Goa, you can also expect more fish and coconut, as well as delicious dosas (thin crepes) and idlis (steamed rice cakes).


Soft drinks and bottled water are widely available, even outside the cities, as are several excellent Indian beers. 

Climate

Most people, when they think of India, think of heat and dust, as immortalised in Ruth Prawer Jhabvala's 1973 novel of the same name. And it is true that India can be both hot and dusty, particularly before the monsoon. However, loose clothing in natural fibres and drinking plenty of water go a long way to ensuring personal comfort in even the highest temperatures. 


The monsoon rains spread across India by degrees, beginning in the west in June. By mid-July they have covered the country but, by early October, they have retreated. Good waterproofs are a must for anyone visiting India during this time of year, although it is worth knowing that the monsoonal rains are not continuous and there are usually one or two dry spells every day. 

Landscape and geography

The sheer size of the country means anyone planning their holidays to India can choose from multiple possibilities. With a territory that measures 1,997 miles from north to south and 1,822 miles from east to west, and encompasses mountains, deserts, fertile plains, forests and, of course, cities, the potential options for your India holidays might seem bewildering. However, with two decades of expertise, we specialise in helping travellers take the perplexity out of the planning of holidays to India, and would be only too delighted if you joined us on one of our tours. 

Practical Information

Vaccinations

Vaccinations may be required before your departure - please consult with your GP or Tropical Medical Bureau.

Average Prices for Region

  • Coffee: 74.00Rs
  • Beer: 75.00Rs
  • Glass of wine: 100.00Rs
  • Meal: 200.00Rs
  • Soft Drink: 21.00Rs
  • Bottled Water: 22.00Rs
  • (80 Rupees - €1.00)

 

Peace of mind with Travel Department

Why us?

  • We’ve done the research for you, creating perfectly planned itineraries
  • Outstanding value for money – Flights, transfers, accommodation and excursions included in nearly all our tours
  • We are experienced and dedicated to your experience
  • No holiday surcharges –
    guaranteed

Our guides

  • Friendly and welcoming everywhere you go
  • Local experts, passionate about their area
  • Take pride in making your holiday memorable
  • Innovative itineraries with amazing excursions

 

Our promise

  • To remember your holiday is a very precious time
  • To go the extra mile for you, our customers
  • To describe our holidays in an honest manner
  • To use your feedback to continually improve our service

Fully protected

  • 24/7 emergency contact number while abroad.
  • We are a privately owned company and have been in business for over 20 years.
  • Travel Department holidays are fully licenced by the Civil Aviation Authority and are ATOL Protected.

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