Travel from the glorious heights of the Himalayas, to the wonders of the Taj Mahal, desert sands in Jaisalmer, palmed beaches in Goa and the panoramic backwaters in Kerala for an unforgettable experience in India.
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- Best time to visit: Peak travel season is between October to March
- Transport: Jump in an auto-rickshaw for short trips. Book a car with your very own driver for longer journeys across states. Or you can get a moped to explore like a local with CoPilot. Or just have some fun and ride an elephant! However you travel, let CoPilot guide you (& your driver) everywhere you go
- Horn please: Drivers of any vehicle love to honk their horn, you’ll hear all kinds of different sounds so be sure to beep when you need to alert other drivers
- Currency: The Indian Rupee (Rs) is only available on arrival so easily find your nearest ATM, bank and other points of interest with CoPilot
- Language: Finding your way around can be a challenge, with street signs often not visible or in Hindi/state language, find landmarks and let CoPilot show you the way in your own language
For Adventure Seekers
Manali, Himachal Pradesh – Mother Nature’s Glory
Surrounded by high peaks, fresh rivers and steep forested hillsides, Manali’s landscape draws in adventurers searching for cool air and snowy mountains.
- Good for: Nature, trekking, climbing, skiing, rafting and honeymoon
- Things to do: Rejuvenate in hot water springs and baths, spot the wildlife, explore the old Manali and enjoy the laid back vibe in cafes.
Rishikesh, Uttarakhand – The Yoga Capital of the World
Rishikesh is situated in the foothills of the Himalayas and on the banks of the River Ganges with surrounding lush green forests. It’s known as the birthplace of yoga and has been a magnet for spiritual seekers ever since the Beatles rocked up in the town during the late ‘60s.
- Good for: Nature, yoga, meditation, white-water rafting
- Things to do: Explore around Ram Jhula and Lakshman Jhula bridges, visit ancient temples, shop for ethnic arts and handcrafts and bathe in the Ganges at Triveni Ghat.
For Historical Monuments
Agra, Uttar Pradesh – A Point on the Tourist Triangle
The Golden Triangle is a circuit through Delhi, Agra and Jaipur covering the three most visited cities in the north-west of India.
- Good for: History, architecture, romance
- Things to do: Agra attracts tourists from around the world to catch a once in a lifetime glimpse of the magnificent Taj Mahal. Architectural marvels also include the Agra Fort and moghul empire tombs. Also, shop for handcrafts at bustling bazaars.
For City Life
Mumbai, Maharashtra – The City of Dreams
Visit the wonderful, diverse and cosmopolitan city of Mumbai.
- Mumbai is the country’s financial powerhouse, fashion epicentre, heart of the bollywood film industry plus a hub for shopping, restaurants and nightlife.
- Good for: history, architecture, shopping, nightlife, spotting celebrities, street food
- Things to do: Mumbai’s chief “sight” is enjoying it’s street life. You can also wander along the boulevard at Marine Drive, see the arch of triumph Gateway of India monument , feel the sand between your toes at the popular Juhu Beach, spot the wildlife at Sanjay Gandhi National Park, shop for the trendiest clothes in Fashion street, Colaba or Bandra district, then end the night partying with the stars at Enigma nightclub.
- Nearby places: Visit the spectacular ancient art sculptures and paintings of the Ajanta and Ellora Caves – a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Jaisalmer, Rajasthan – The Golden City
Jaisalmer is situated in the heart of the Thar Desert and gets its name of the golden city from the golden honey coloured sandstone used for construction of the buildings.
- Good for: Nature, history, architecture
- Things to do: Stay in the Jaisalmer Fort, climb on a camel on a desert safari adventure, watch the sunset on sand dunes or take in the sights of the spectacular havelis.
For Beach Lovers
Goa, Maharashtra – Exotic Beaches
Tucked away into India’s west coast, Goa offers a unique blend of Indian and Portuguese cultures with idyllic turquoise waters and white sandy beaches fringed with coconut palms.
- Good for: Beaches, nature, nightlife, carnivals and new year’s celebrations
- Best beaches: Popular long sandy beaches in the north are Arambol, Baga, Calangute and Candolim. More quiet beaches in the South incl Agonda, Palolem, Patnem and Varca beaches.
- Things to do: Relax on the beach, take a tour of a spice plantation, see the impressive sights of Dudhsagar Waterfall, go island hopping by boat, explore the stunning cathedrals in Old Goa, stroll down the picturesque streets of the old portuguese quarter of Panjim, shop for handicrafts, jewellery and clothing at Anjuna’s famous flea market (every Wednesday) or dance the night away on the clubbing strip or beach shacks in Baga Beach.