If you’re looking to visit a colourful, exciting and diverse destination, then India is just the place. When you’re planning a holiday to India, you’ll find a new adventure in each state. Explore the varied landscapes from bustling cities and pristine beaches to dense mountains and lush, tropical wilderness.
You’ll find that Goa is perfect for relaxing in the sun and having fun in the ocean, with shimmering coastlines for miles. The cosmopolitan city of Mumbai lies further up the coast in the state of Maharashtra, showing off just how a fusion of cultures can create a metropolitan masterpiece.
On your India holidays, every day is different, but whichever part you travel to, you’ll always experience warm welcomes, beaming sunshine and fantastic cuisine.
25 °C The best time to visit is between October and February for cooler average temperatures.
9.5 Hours from the UK, India has multiple domestic and international airports in each state. Visitors may fly to Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi or Goa International Airport in Goa.
A holiday in India will give you the chance to experience fabulous beaches, diverse cultures, captivating wildlife and thriving cities.
Goa is India’s smallest state, best known for its beautiful coastline. Along these golden shores are incredible historic towns, influenced by the region’s past as a Portuguese settlement. If it’s the best of the beaches you’re looking for, Candolim and Baga are two sandy resort towns ideal for lapping up the sun.
The long coastal region is dotted with cities such as Old Goa and the state capital, Panjim. Both are known for their beautiful architecture, and fascinating cultural attractions. Further inland, you’ll find the green jungles of wildlife sanctuaries and the Western Ghats Mountains; stunning locations for viewing the incredible natural beauty of the country.
At the centre of the Goan beaches, the resort of Arpora shows off the signature easy-going attitude Goa is known for. Perfectly located and with the best sandy, palm-lined beaches in the region, it’s also home to the biggest markets in the country and a full calendar of festivities and events.
Further south is Dona Paula, known as the water sports capital of Goa, so when you’re not sunbathing on the white sand, you can surf the waves or try many other sports including scuba diving, kayaking, knee boarding and paddleboarding. Surrounded by lush greenery, and just a coach journey away from the Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary, it’s a great location for an active Indian holiday.
On a holiday to India, you’ll enjoy a trip to the southwest coast. Stroll down white and gold sand beaches and enjoy laid back resorts. Try your hand at some refreshing water sports or get adventurous and visit the local wildlife reserves. Then, head back to civilization where you can explore beautiful old towns that are hundreds of years old with sights and attractions left over from their incredibly rich history.
Goa and its resorts are famous for the warm coastal climate and their long stretches of soft, golden sand and sparkling, cool sea. You’ll discover that north and south Goa are brilliant locations for an Indian holiday, but each location has a different vibe. You’d likely find yourself relaxing whilst sunbathing in the south and partying under the sun in the north.
From the beach, head out into the sea and take to the waves on boards and boats with the variety of water sports. Dona Paula resort is the best place around for trying any of the exciting activities, so get stuck in and hire water skis or plan a snorkelling trip. If you fancy trying something new, hire a sea scooter and explore the sea with ease.
A deeply spiritual location, India, and Goa especially, is perfect for those seeking a more enlightened holiday. Across the region, Jain, Hindu and even Portuguese Catholic churches sit within easy reach of each other. You’ll see this best in Tiswadi, where the Pilar Monastery sits within view of Mahalasa Narayani Temple, in the neighbouring Ponda district.
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Beach lovers: If you’re looking for sun and sand, India’s southwest coast is where you’ll find the beach resorts.
Culture vultures:Visit the historic cities or pick from an exciting year-round calendar of cultural events and festivals.
Adventurers: Explore the rich landscapes of the Western Ghats, teeming with exotic wildlife and flora and fauna.
Language:The languages spoken here are Hindi and English.
Currency: The currency used is the Rupee.
Local time: India is 5.5 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to:Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi or Dabolim Airport in Goa. For Goa resorts, the airport is around 1 hour away.
Flight time from the UK:The flight time to India is 9–9.5 hours.
Tourist information:Further tourist information can be found here The complete guide to India and before you travel, visit India travel advice for tips on visas.
Weather and climate
Expect warm weather all year round. With the summer months reaching high temperatures, you’ll want to visit here for a winter escape. The best time to holiday here is from November to February, when the weather is cooler. If you’re looking to soak up the sun, Goa is the perfect place for tropical beach weather. You’ll even benefit from the cooling sea breeze. On average, temperatures reach up to 31°C in January. If you’re visiting further inland, then it’ll feel more relaxed with highs of 18°C.
By taxi: Taxis are the best way to travel, especially when you’re going between attractions. It’s essential to negotiate the price before you get in as they won’t always have a meter.
By auto rickshaw:Auto rickshaws are the perfect way to get around a city or town quickly. These can usually be spotted with their bright yellow design. A ride should be cheaper than a taxi, and make sure to agree on the price upfront.
By bus: Taking the bus is the cheapest way to travel with frequent services between the towns and cities. Plus, it’s a great way to see rural and authentic areas within India.
The festival of colour:Holi is known as the festival of colours and is celebrated all across India to mark the arrival of spring. Join in with the celebration smearing coloured powder over your face, throwing coloured water and dancing.
The festival of lights: Celebrate the start of the Hindu New Year with Diwali, known as the festival of lights. Houses, shops and public places are lit up with hundreds of candles and small oil lamps.
Sunburn festival: If you love music, then a three-day electronic dance festival held in the hills will be perfect for you. With some of the biggest names in electronic dance, you can experience amazing production, lighting and visuals for India’s biggest dance festival.