North India Travel Guide
Emperors and Maharajas rule
Our private North India tours offer a mosaic of influences that can be attributed to the armies who have marched through this bold and diverse landscape – from Alexander the Great to the Mughals, and most recently, the British.
In Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, fortresses and palaces bear witness to the wealth of the region’s legendary warriors. In Agra, the Taj Mahal tells an eternal love story, while farther East, the Ganges welcomes pilgrims and visitors to Varanasi, the City of Light.
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The Mughal Emperors of India constructed some of the finest examples of Medieval architecture and not least among these is the glorious Taj Mahal – perfect blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture.
Rajasthani art and culture commemorates ancient traditions and the majestic fortresses and palaces, built by the dominant Rajput groups are a thing of beauty.
Architectural marvels like the sundial Jantar Mantar, built to tell the time, the Chittorgarh Fort, the Golden Temple of Amritsar which which tells a bloody tale, and beautiful Ranakpur and Khajuraho temples, all mesmerize equally.
Even during the last century North India has had many beautiful buildings constructed, including the Lutyens Buildings, built by British architect Edward Lutyens, and Le Corbusier’s Chandigarh.
Language and communication
Hindi is the most widely spoken language in North India, however, English is prevalent especially in the larger cities and at popular tourist destinations. In rural areas however, not many people can speak or understand English. Most signs – shops, roads and otherwise – are usually in the regional language and in English, so getting directions or finding the right shop is easy.
You’ll find that mobile phones and internet is available everywhere in India, expect for perhaps in very remote destinations such as deep inside jungles, national parks, mountains etc. Most hotels offer WiFi service to guests however, in some establishments, this service may be chargeable.
India’s country code is +91.
It’s easy to purchase a prepaid SIM card: you can either do this at the airport upon arrival, or your dedicated Trip Coordinator can offer guidance on how to obtain one.
Health and insurance
While most areas of India are safe to visit, we advise you to carry mosquito repellant or DEET, sunscreen and drinking water.
It’s best to purchase international travel health insurance, should you fall ill during your trip, require medical assistance or hospitalization. Medical services are of a good standard in large cities, however, it is advisable to have insurance.
India has a very strong network of roads, railways and airlines. If you are driving between cities, we advise you to start early to avoid traffic.
Train journeys can be challenging, with waiting rooms, platforms and restrooms often being crowded and not always pleasant. However, train rides in India are very pleasant and offer unique insights into everyday life and the landscape. We advise you to reserve your seats well in advance as seats can be hard to come by owing to the large volume of commuters. It is also a good idea to carry sanitizer, your own food and water, and a tissue roll if you are traveling by train.
Flights are the most convenient way to get from one place to another in India. However, baggage allowances on domestic flights (15 kg) are about half of that on international flights so be prepared to pay for excess baggage. Most airports in India are of international standards and easy to navigate with plenty of helpful personnel to assist you.
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