Planning Your Holiday to India

Why India?

Lots of people ask why travel to India in the first place. What does it offer? Most people fail to see past the “India” represented by the media; the poverty, the noise, the pollution and the danger. 

Here are our reasons for travelling to India:

Wildlife of India. The wildlife is the reason why we have set up Sense India. There is the tremendous variety of wildlife in the most stunning locations and this captures our excitement.  We would like to share that with you.

The People & the Culture. India is the world’s second most populated country in the world with nearly 1.35 billion people and is set to overtake China’s population in the next few years.  Only the massive African continent has a more culturally, genetically and linguistically diverse population.  Everywhere you go in India you will discover these variations in culture, language, colour and ideologies.

In India it is easy to feel like you are continually travelling to an entirely new country each day when in actual fact you may have only traveled 50 miles.

The Diverse Landscape. India is full of geographical diversities and endless contrasts. The home of the  highest mountain range in the world. Crossed by  wild, snaking rivers, endless deltas, arid deserts, rain forests, jungles, exotic islands and palm fringed beaches.  It has been said that you can see  that you can see world in India without ever leaving.

Sights and Attractions. India has a history dating back thousands of years and with out doubt is home to some of the worlds most spectacular buildings and structures. From the beauty of the Taj Mahal,  to the  Amber Fort of Jodhpur, floating palace or a mysterious rat temple, churches, Mosques, Temples, Royal palaces, Ancient carvings, and cities, India has the all.

Last but not Least, our favourite… Indian Food. Indian food is characterised by the clever and rather subtle use of herbs and spices. Every region has a different dish, from the Persian influenced meat dishes of north to the aromatic seafood dishes in the south. As the majority of the Indian people are vegetarians, or at least live on a largely meatless diet, India is a vegetarian’s paradise.  Fear not, don’t worry if you don’t like Indian food, you can find western food in most places so you will survive.

The time of year that you travel is important in India . Let us know your intended holiday dates and we can work around them, ensuring that you get the most out of your Indian holiday.

Here are some things to think about to help us design your ideal trip to India. If you’re not quite sure what you want yet, here are some key questions to get you started…

Where in India do you want to go on holiday and how long for?

By choosing your location, you give us an idea of what type of holiday you are after. If you do not know where you want to go yet, then don’t worry: other information will guide us to your perfect Indian holiday.

When do you want to go?

The time of year that you travel is important in India . Let us know your intended holiday dates and we can work around them, ensuring that you get the most out of your Indian holiday.

The Indian climate is generally hot and sunny most of the year but because it is so big the weather varies a lot from region to region. The hottest is between March and June when it can be almost unbearable. The monsoon season is June to October and the heat, humidity and heavy rain don’t make it a pleasant place to be.

The best time of year to go in general is after the monsoon, end of October, when everything is green and then right up to late March. The Indian climate is special, it might be winter but it’s still plenty hot enough but it does get very chilly during the night, especially in the North.

Deep south India: Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu
Because of the cooling sea breeze, the South does not get as hot as some of the northern states but the humidity in the summer is crippling. Monsoon season is between April and July but Tamil Nadu in the East experiences a second, late monsoon between October and December. For this reason it is worth packing some lightweight waterproofs especially if you are going to be walking in the hills.
When to go: October to March

West and Central India: Madhya Pradesh
Like the North, the humidity is intense but it doesn’t get as hot here in the summer. It does however experience some very heavy monsoons. Expect a few chilly evenings in the winter so long trousers and sleeves are worth packing.
When to go: October to March

Northwest India and Northeast: Utter Pradesh, Bengal, Gujarat and Rajasthan
It can get extremely hot in the summer with monsoons around June and September. In the winter it is warm and pleasant during the day but gets cold at night and can fall below freezing in December and January. Don’t get caught out, take some warm clothes.
When to go: November to early March

Himalayas: Jammu, Kashmir, Manali, Darjeeling etc.
The climate in the Himalayas is very different to the rest of India. Because of the altitude and geography in the far North, the winter gets very cold, especially if you venture all the way up to Srinagar in Kashmir. Places like Shimla and Manali are usually covered in snow form December to March and places like Leh are not accessible until July.

It is really lovely being in the Himalayas in the winter but take loads of warm clothes as temperatures can drop to minus 15 at night and if you are staying below the waterline on a houseboat on lake Dal, you might even resort to wearing your rucksack in bed some nights!
When to go: March to October

What type of accommodation would you like to stay in?

The type of accommodation that you would like to stay in is very important. Generally in India we don’t recommend staying in anything less than a 4 star property.  India has a wide range of places to stay:

  • Heritage Hotels and converted Raj era properties, some still owned by the original royal families
  • African style safari tents with an Indian twist!
  • Jungle Lodges and luxury safari camps
  • Unusual home stays

Accommodation choices on safari in India are not as numerous as Africa but they tend to be even more unusual.  So let us know what type of accommodation you are looking for and we can suggest the right places for you.

What are your interests & hobbies?

Knowing what you enjoy doing as a hobby or a past time gives us an idea of what sort of things you would like to see and do on your Indian holiday. We will endeavour to incorporate your interests into your holiday, enriching your experience and providing you a wonderful experience on your trip. Whether it is food, yoga, architecture as well as wildlife.

Is it a special occasion?

Is there any specific reason why you are going on holiday? Is it your birthday, wedding anniversary or an important occasion for you? Do let us know, so that we can ensure you celebrate in style and make that particular day special.

Who are you travelling with?

Please let us know whether you are travelling by yourself, whether you are a couple, a family or whether you are travelling as a group of friends. And let us know if are especially interested in any of these modes of travel:

  • Bespoke/luxury/family self drive
  • Guided or solo travel
  • Anything else: just let us know!

What is your budget?

And last, but certainly not least, is your budget. Please let us know what your budget is, even if it is a rough idea, so that we can customise your holiday accordingly. We pride ourselves on being

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