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.
Places 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.
What should I pack?
With temperatures that range between 20°C and 40°C, sun cream ought to be top of the list for anyone taking their holiday to India. When it comes to clothing, think light and breathable. Linen and cotton clothes are recommended. Don’t worry if you can’t find any at home; you’ll find plenty of places to buy them in India, from high-end shops to busy market stalls.
It’s worth remembering that India is quite a conservative country and female travellers should be aware of this, especially around holy sites. As a rule of thumb, leave anything skimpy at home. Dresses should be over the knee and your shoulders should always be covered when you’re out in public. A scarf or shawl is also a useful item to pack, particularly if you’re visiting mosques or sites of religious importance, as your head and shoulders should be covered.
And don't forget your visa too!