The best time to visit India is from October to March. Each season offers a different climate depending on where in India you are visiting. During May to September, the weather can be quite hot and humid as well as in monsoon season which is June to September. During the winter months of November to January, the temperatures can drop and the weather can become cooler.
The food offered on all of our India tours is locally sourced cuisine so that you can get a real taste for authentic ingredients and recipes, especially spices! Local delicacies from markets can also be tried as well as street food from places like Delhi. On request, western food is easily available. India is the ultimate foodie country and each city offers its own significant dish and a different range of flavours, textures and ingredients. Vegan and vegetarian dishes are in abundance with a huge choice for other dietary requirements as well.
India is now an extremely diverse place and most types of clothing are not restricted, however, women are expected to cover up when visiting places of religious significance like temples. Items such as knee length skirts and shorts are suitable for women (and shorts for men) and these types of clothes are widely accepted. It is always recommended to carry a light cardigan/shawl/pashmina when travelling as well as shoes that are easy to take on and off such as flip flops to be prepared to enter a religious building (some sites will require you to enter bare foot).
The local currency is Rupees which can be obtained in the UK. Smaller denominations are recommended for taxis, rickshaws, tipping and comfort breaks etc.
This is highly dependent on where you are travelling to, but distances could vary from 2 – 4 hours. Traffic is extremely busy in a lot of areas of India but on our tours we will always try to travel outside peak times.
The magnum opus of Mughal architecture and considered by many to be the most beautiful building in the world, the Taj Mahal is that spectacular! Built by Shah Jahan for the favourite of his wives, Mumtaz Mahal, who died after giving birth to their 14th child, it took a work force of 20,000 to realise his vision for the mausoleum. The building is constructed of white marble, set on the river amongst beautifully laid out gardens, the stone designed to reflect the varying moods of the sky – this play of light is a beautiful device that represents the presence of Allah. The Taj Mahal was made a World Heritage Site in 1983.
What better way to experience it than on a Wendy Wu tour?