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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.

Things to do

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.

Where to stay

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.

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The best time to visit is between October and February for cooler average temperatures.

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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.

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