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From the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur to the deserted city of Agra and onto the ever-famous Taj Mahal mausoleum, the things to do in beautiful India are endless! Enjoy a full-day sightseeing tour of Jaipur, famous for its colourful culture, forts and palaces, definitely a sight for sore eyes! The small city of Fatehpur Sikri, built in the 1500s by Emperor Akbar, is considered a ‘Ghost Town’ for its abandonment due to water scarcity gives insight to its history with the city’s remarkably well-preserved buildings with such renowned landmarks as the tomb of Salim Chisti and the grandeur of the Panch Mahal Palace. The world-famous Taj Mahal was built by the Emperor Shah Jehan’s as a sign of devotion to his queen, Mumtaz Mahal and a marvel to visit to this day—with construction taking around 21 years to complete!
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If you’re a history buff, Old and New Delhi are a must-visit when exploring the country. Since the 6th century, the city has withstood time while overcoming challenges from various leaders between the rule of the Pandavas through to the British Raj. Not to far away from Old and New Delhi is the Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, and this place of worship can accommodate around 25,000 worshippers—a fantastic sight featuring stunning architecture throughout from the palace’s marble construction to the facility’s gates and towers.
Wind down with a rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk, the busiest market in Old Delhi, and a place to purchase spices, saris, dried fruit, jewelry among souvenirs. Be sure to check out the Red Fort, which was constructed during the rule of Emperor Shah Jahan, and served as the residence for the Mughal royal family. Today, the Red Fort still holds great significance as it is where the country’s Prime Minister addresses the country with a speech every Independence Day. Other notable must-visit spot in this area is the Raj Ghat, the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi.
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India is a majestic country and rich in history and cultire. History buffs will love various cities throughout the country such as Old and New Delhi, a marvellous city built in the 6th century. Be sure to visit the Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, accommodating up to 25,000 people within the facility. Visit one of the busiest regions in Old Delhi, Chandni Chowk, a great location to purchase various souvenirs to take home from spices to saris and jewelry.
India mostly has a tropical climate year-round; however, the country does have a couple of cooler months, that would be similar to that of a mild winter season. April through to October is typically very hot, with temperatures reaching up to 45 degrees Celsius. December to February the temperature hovers at around 12 degrees Celsius.
India is generally a very safe destination to visit. It is recommended to take any necessary precautions as you would when at home; bring sun block and apply regularly, stay hydrated often, wear long-sleeved clothing to prevent burn or insect bites and have copies on-hand of your important documents (ie: passport, excursion/tour confirmations, event tickets, etc.), while keeping them stored separately (and safely) from the originals. We recommend that all our travellers purchase travel insurance to cover theft, loss, cancellations/travel interruptions, accidents and non-pre-existing medical problems.
While some vaccines may be recommended when travelling around Asia – WHO recommends travellers be up to date with their Tetanus, Diphtheria and Hepatitis A & Hepatitis B shots – there aren’t any known ailments or endemic diseases where there is a need for a particular immunisation required for travel.
In general, prior to departure for any vacation, it’s always best to speak with your physician, who knows your medical history, and can assess any risks involved with your intended destination.
Currency & Customs
Currency in India is the Indian rupee. There are ATMs in major towns throughout the country and Visa and MasterCard is widely accepted.
Canadian passport holders can enter India but require a travel visa upon on arrival and prior to exiting the country.
There are restrictions on the amounts of alcohol and tobacco products brought into the country. Plants and animals, and products made from such, will be subject to restrictions and quarantine. All Food Products should be declared on arrival.
The electrical current for India is 230 Volts at 50 Hertz; it is recommended for certain appliances such as hair dryers and straighteners to bring both a plug adapter and converter. For newer electronics such as tablets or smartphones, a plug adapter may only be needed as the voltage could automatically adjust (best to seek advice from an electronic or gadget specialist).
There are a variety of languages spoken in India from Hindi to Bengali, Marathi, Urdu, Punjabi and more. English is also an official language and widely spoken in major cities and businesses.