India

India Travel Guide

The sub-continental home to approximately 1.2 billion people, India is a place that defies easy descriptions. Geographically, the country is home to everything from deserts and majestic mountain ranges to jungles, forests, and tropical, palm-fringed coastline, while in between, you'll find languages, cuisine, customs, and clothing as diverse as the topography. With all the choices India offers to travelers, it's easy to see why travel to India holds such an appeal for visitors. Our India travel guide will give you all the information you'll need.

Things Not to Miss in India

Plan multiple visits to India if you want to take in the full range of cultural and historical sights the country has to offer. Some of the most popular India travel activities include:

• A visit to the stunning Taj Mahal, preferably at sunrise or sunset

• Learning about — and sampling — the cuisine, which varies from region to region

• Enjoying the spas, cuisine and lush landscape of Kerala

When to Go to India

When planning a visit to India, note that the monsoon season typically runs from June to November, depending on the region. The best time to visit India is from November until April, before the heat sets in. If you're visiting India during the summer or monsoon seasons, the far north, the "hill station" vacation towns, or the coast offer the most relief from the heat.

Articles about India

Mumbai: The Bombay Canteen The Chef: Floyd Cardoz, a pioneer of haute Indian cuisine in New York City. New Digs: A colonial-inspired space near the world’s tallest residential tower. The Dish: Cardoz pays homage to his Goan roots with creatio...
The Himalayas boast nine of the 10 highest mountain peaks on the planet, its 1,500 miles of snow-coated ridges of great religious significance for Buddhists and Hindus. Its mountains have set the scene for operas, and tourism in Nepal is the count...
Heralding the arrival of spring, celebrations of Holi, the traditional Hindu festival of colors, are taking place around the world today. A testament to the Indian diaspora, revelers from Jodhpur to Cape Town to Spanish Fork, Utah are covering fri...
The idli welcomes me into the day like a slightly flattened moon that has landed on my plate. You could rest your cheek on it, but the best thing is to feel its porous warm surface on your tongue, to savor its innocent taste. Three to four inches ...
Lay of the Land Bandra/Juhu: You’ll find the city’s hippest restaurants and boutiques—as well as Bollywood stars—in these two posh suburbs. Breach Candy: This upscale residential area is known for its historic landmarks, such as the 18th-cen...
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We’ve heard countless horror stories about the process of getting an Indian visa (lost passports! slow service!), so imagine the relief when we heard that the country will soon be rolling out Visa on Arrival service for citizens of 40 countries—th...
It’s 5:41 a.m. and I’m headed from the airport into the city formerly known as Bombay. In the next two weeks I will hear its current name, Mumbai, spoken exactly zero times, so I’m going to stick to Bombay. Bleary-eyed and tired after 15 hours abo...
Night Queen, an anchovy can passed off as a bus, has rear-ended a rickety truck whose bumper carries the jaunty legend remover of obstacles. Now the guts of both lie scattered across a two-lane mountaintop switchback. We are in the central Indian ...
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