India is a land of a billion souls and infinite experiences. This may never be fully experienced in a single lifetime. At Book my Trip Holidays we seek to give you the finest and most enriching experiences that you can enjoy across a multitude of destinations across the length and breadth of this truly unique and diverse nation. From sandy beaches of Goa to the serene backwaters of Kerala, from the breath taking hills of the North East to the magnificent castles and forts of Rajasthan, we have got you covered.
Kerala, also popularly referred to as ‘God’s Own Country’ is one of the southern most states in the Indian mainland. It is bordered by Karnataka to the north and northeast, Tamil Nadu to the east and south, and the Lakshadweep Sea. The state is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India and the world. In 2012, National Geographic's Traveler magazine named Kerala as one of the "ten paradises of the world" and among "50 must see destinations of a lifetime".
The state is blessed with pristine beaches, serene backwaters, beautiful lakes, lush green mountain ranges, magnificent waterfalls, ancient and historic ports and royal palaces, religious heritage sites and wildlife sanctuaries are major attractions for both domestic and international tourists. There are major airports based in Cochin, Trivandrum, Calicut and Kannur.
Mumbai is known as the city of dreams and is also known as India’s commercial capital. It is india’s most populous metropolis and it is one of the world’s most fast paced cities. Yet despite this chaos and constant hustle, one can take a moment to step back a take a stroll on the iconic marine drive while munching on some bhelpuri, a local savory. Places of historical include Mani Bhavan where the great Mahatma Gandhi lived and laid out most of his plans during India’s freedom struggle. If you are into shopping, you can visit many of flea markets and shopping districts in the city to catch a bargain on almost anything you can imagine. It is also home to one of the world’s largest residential slum, called Dharavi, made famous by the Hollowood film, ‘Slumdog Millionaire’. The city also is home to the iconic Mumbai local trains that see millions of commuters travel to and from work every day. The major airport is the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport.
Situated in the west coast of India, Goa is one of the smallest states in the country whichis renowned for its pristine beaches, delectable cuisine and Portuguese architectural influence that is seen around the states many villages and towns. Goa is blessed with a coastline stretching for over 100 kilometres and has many beaches that attract millions of tourists every year. Beaches like Baga and Calangute are more popular among the locals, it is beaches like Anjuna and Arambol that attract a lot of foreign tourists. The beaches like Agonda and Palolem in South Goa are relatively lesser explored, and have a lot more to offer and explore for tourists.
Other than the beaches popular attractions include the Basilica of Bom Jesus and Fort Aguada . Tourists can also indulge in some shopping or even some water sports. The months of October through to April are the best times to visit Goa.
The nearest airport is Goa international airport is located at Dabolim - 30 km away from Panjim. The next major airport is the Mumbai International Airport or Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. The major railway stations are Madgaon or Vasco da Gama in South Goa and Thivim in North Goa.
Delhi is the National Capital Territory that is both a city and a union territory that contains New Delhi, the capital of India. It is India’s second most populous city after Mumbai. It is a city steeped in history with remains of the various ancient empires that once based their dynasties out of this city, most notably the Mughal Empire. There are numerous tourist attractions in Delhi, both of historic and sightseeing interests. It is home to three different UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Qutb Complex, Red Fort and Humayun's Tomb. These sites are a great testament to the grandeur of Indo Islamic architecture. Delhi is also a city that has one of the largest Hindu temple complexes in the world, the Akshardham Temple which is a major tourist attraction for visitors to the city. A host of religious sites like Lal Mandir, Laxminarayan Temple, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Lotus Temple, Jama Masjid and ISKCON Temple give Delhi a truly diverse multi cultural identity.
Delhi is also a paradise for all kinds of shoppers. From fancy high end shopping neighborhoods to flea markets, Delhi has it all. Connaught Place, Chandni Chowk, Sarojini Nagar, Khan Market and Dilli Haat are some of the major retail markets in Delhi. Some of the prominent shopping malls include Select Citywalk, Pacific Mall, DLF Promenade, DLF Emporio, Metro Walk and Ansal Plaza.
Kashmir is the northernmost geographical region of the subcontinent. Until the mid-19th century, the term "Kashmir" denoted only the Kashmir Valley between the Great Himalayas and the Pir Panjal Range. Today, it denotes a larger area that includes the Indian-administered territory of Jammu and Kashmir (which includes the divisions Jammu, Kashmir Valley, and Ladakh). One of the most scenic tourist locations in the world, it is often referred to as “Heaven on Earth”. Some of the major tourist attractions in Jammu and Kashmir are Srinagar, the Mughal Gardens, Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Patnitop, Jammu, and Ladakh. Some areas require a special permit for non-Indians to visit.
The major airports are the Srinagar International Airport in Srinagar, the Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport in Leh, and the Jammu Airport in Jammu. The major railway station is Jammu. The best times to visit Jammu and Kashmir are from September to early March.
Himachal Pradesh is one of the most beautiful northern states in India. With Shimla the state capital a popular ski resort and pilgrimage destination, the state is popular among tourist for a host of adventure and trekking holiday activities like such as rock climbing, mountain biking, paragliding, ice-skating, trekking, rafting, and heli-skiing.
The major airports Chandigarh and Pathankot are on the borders of the state. The smaller airports named Gaggal- Kangra, Bhuntar-Kullu and Jubbarhatti-Shimla are located in the state. Pathankot and Kalk are the two major train stations that border the state. Interstate bus services are available from nearby major cities of Delhi, Jaipur, Pathankot and Chandigarh.
Rajasthan, is home to some of the most famous royal houses of India. The region is often referred to as the Land of the Kings because of the opulence and grandeur that are part of the culture and heritage of this state. It is one of the most colourful and vibrant states in the country, with a strong blend of culture, history, music, cuisine and people welcoming you. It is home to some of the finest architectural masterpieces in India with its large forts like the Amber Fort in Jaipur, Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur and Jaisalmer Fort, commonly known as Sonar Quila and magnificent palaces like the Umaid Bhawan Palace and Jaipur City Palace.
Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan and the major airports are located in Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur. The best times to visit Rajasthan are from October to March.
The name Lakshadweep literally translates to a 'hundred thousand islands'. It has some of the most pristine and awe-inspiring islands and beaches. One can reach Lakshadweep from the city of Kochi in mainland India. Visitors (Indian and international) are typically required to obtain a permit to visit the islands. However only the islands of Agatti, Bangaram and Kadmat. The permits can be obtained from Kochi. In terms of area it is the smallest Union Territory in India. It is a group of 36 different islands of which only ten are inhabited. Located at a distance of about 400 km off India's mainland west coast, the islands are unique because of the remote nature of the location. Each island is unique and is diverse in terms of flora and fauna. Some islands have been promoted for diving and water sports, while the others are more tuned to provide a tranquil ambience to the visitors.
September to February are the best times to visit Lakshadweep.
Lakshadweep can only be accessed via air and sea. The island of Agatti has an airport whose sole connectivity is from Kochi airport. In terms of sea travel, the services are available from Kochi and there are seven different passenger ship services namely, MV Arabian Sea, MV Minicoy, MV Lakshadweep, MV Aminidivi, MV Bharat Seema, MV Dweep Setu, MV Kavaratti.
Uttar Pradesh has the boasting rights to being the home of the Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It is a state that has a diverse religious and cultural history and art forms like the ancient dance form of Kathak. Famous for its handicrafts and textiles, Uttar Pradesh is home to some of the most beautiful monuments and cultural sights in India.
In terms of cuisine, the state is renowned for its Nawabi style which draws its influence from the Mughal Period. There is a plethora of food and cusine options that a foodie can explore. Be it the fantastic street food delicacies like the samosa and kachori as well as the royal meaty feasts and kebabs, UP has it all.
The major airports are in Lucknow, Varanasi, Allahabad. The best time to visit is during the period of October to March.
West Bengal was formerly part of the larger state of Bengal which was partitioned into East and West Bengal by the British. East Bengal went on to become East Pakistan and what we know today as the independent nation of Bangladesh. The state of West Bengal is home to various ethnicities, cultures, religions, people and languages. This is due to the geographic and historic significance of the region which includes beautiful landscapes, ports, snow clad mountains, tea gardens, lush green forests and coast lines.
The Sundarbans, Tiger Hill, the Howrah Bridge, the Tea Gardens of Darjeeling, the Botancial gardens of Calcutta are some of the famous tourist spots which offer an insight into the vast culture and history of the West Bengal.
The best time to visit is from October to March.
The major airports are in Kolkata and Bagdogra.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
A group of islands that are blessed with stunningly beautiful beaches, pristine lagoons of turquoise blue waters and a lot of history, Andaman & Nicobar Islands is a little piece of heaven nestled around 1,400 km away from the east coast of India. The union territory comprises a total of 572 islands, only 37 of which are inhabited and only a few of these are open to the tourists.
Port Blair is the capital city of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, and its serves as a connecting point between the various islands via multiple daily ferries. Some of the prominent islands are Havelock and Neil Island which is famous among tourists for their pearly white sandy beaches, palm-lined shores. Tourists can also indulge in some snorkelling and diving activities here to explore the underwater marine life.
Andamans is also known for its prison referred to during India’s freedom struggle as ’Kaala Pani’. The prison was used for imprisoning freedom fighters.
The major airport is Port Blair and the best time visit is from October to June.
One of the most culturally diverse southern states, Karnataka offers a wide variety of tourists attractions. The magnificent stone temples of Hampi, which was once the capital of the Vijayanagar Empire, the world's largest monolith structure, the statue of Lord Gomteshwar in Shravanabelagola, the beautiful hills of Coorg, the beaches of Gokarna, the fascinating city of Mysore, the garden city of Bangalore and the different national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, Karnataka has it all.
The Kempe Gowda International Airport in Bangalore is the major airport. The best time to visit would be the months of October to February.
Tamil Nadu is one of the southern states in India. Immensely steeped in history, religion, arts and culture, the state offers tourists and pilgrims a vast array of destinations and attractions to choose from. It lies along the Bay of Bengal, and was once home to great royal dynasties like the Cholas, the Cheras and the Pallavas. Each dynasty has enriched the place with its customs and traditions. It is a state that is blessed with a lot of temples with the world famous Meenakshi Temple at Madurai and the temples of Mahabalipuram are among them, and then there is the tip of mainland India - Kanyakumari and the beautiful hill station of Ooty to the beautiful promenade at Pondciherry, all of which comprise of the beauty and diversity of the state.
The best time to visit Tamil Nadu is during the period of November to February. The major train stations are Coimbatore, Chennai Central and Salem. The major airport is Chennai International Airport.
The state of Sikkim is located in the north-eastern part of India. This Himalayan state is renowned for its diverse landscapes that vary between colourful meadows, barren patches to the panoramic views of the snowcapped mountains. The people are warm and welcoming. Tourists can indulge in activities like trekking and snow activities. It boasts to have the third highest peak in the world and jewel of the state, the Kanchenjunga. This great mountain is visible from almost anywhere. The state of Sikkim is characterised by freezing winters and cool summers, the state plays host to a large number of tourists throughout the year..
The accessibility is mainly via the main road and there is a newly inaugurated Pakyong airport near the capital city of Gangtok.
The state of Punjab is located in the northwestern part of India. The name literally means ‘ the land of five rivers.’ Renowned for its cuisine, culture and history, the state is one of the most prosperous states in India.
The land is very fertile and therefore agricultural activities are a major source of revenue for many. The people are vibrant, warma dn most importantly fun loving. IT also houses some forts that are steeped in history and one can visit historic and religious sites like The Golden Temple, The Wagah border, The Jallianwala Bagh, The Sheesh Mahal.
The best time to visit is from October toi March. The major airports are in Chandigarh and Amritsar.
Uttarakhand is also lovingly referred to as ‘Devbhumi’ meaning the Land of the Gods. A region of untouched natural beauty, Uttarakhand is a Himalayan state located in North India, famously known as Devbhumi (or the Land of the Gods). This state was a part of Uttar Pradesh earlier. The state is popular as a pilgrimage destination because of the originating spot of two sacred rivers in Hinduism, the Ganga and the Yamuna. Every year thousands of pilgrims make their way to Uttarakhand to take part in the famous Char Dham pilgrimage that consists of the four holy sites - Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath.
The major airport is in Dehradun an d the best times to visit are from September to October and from March to April.
Pondicherry, officially known as Puducherry, and commonly referred to as just Pondy, is a union territory situated in South India. It was a former French colony and today it stands as a perfect melting pot of traditional Indian sensibilities and French architecture. It provides an almost dream like European holiday setting in a quintessentially Indian way.
There is a European charm to the streets of the French quarter of Pondicherry, popularly called White Town with its colonial structures and buildings that house several cafes and restaurants that serve authentic French cuisine. Visitors can explore these streets or rues as they are called in French, take in the sights and sounds
, until you end up at the seaside promenade to get a majestic view of the Bay of Bengal splashing its waves on the famous rock beach.
The best time to visit would be from October to March. The nearest airport is in Chennai.
With a coastline that stretches 927 kilometers,the longest in India, Andhra Pradesh is home to the famous Tirupati temple and the Srisailam Mallikarjuneswar Temple.
After recently being renamed as Seemandhra after the state got split into two- Telengana and Seemandhra, the state retained the most popular tourism destinations like the Belum caves, Nagarjuna Konda, Borra caves and Pulicat Lake. Historically the state was home to the Vijayanagara dynasty which was responsible for the Srisailam and Lepakshi temples. There is a lot of Busshist influence that can be seen around the state in centers like Dhulikatta, Bavikonda, Thotlakonda, Amravat and Nagarjuna Konda.
The best time to visit would be from October to April.
The major airports are in Vijayawada and Vishakapatnam.
The state of Madhya Pradesh gets its name due to its geographic positioning. It is literally the heartland of India. It is one of the few land locked states in India. Every twelve years the grand fair of Kumbh Mela is organized here. It is a state that is home to many royal families and is also renowned for its temples and palaces. The world famous Khajuraho Temples are based here and it is a tourist’s delight due to the magical mix of art and architecture. For Buddhist history enthusiasts the state is also home to the the great Sanchi Stupa built by Emperor Ashoka in Bhopal. Wildlife afficianaods can find their cup of tea in the Bandhavgarh National Park.
The best time to visit is from October to March and the major airports are in Indore, Bhopal and Jabalpur.
Maharashtra is the third largest state and second most populous state in the country. Being on the west coast of India, it is blessed with mountains on one side and the mesmerizing Konkan coast on the other. A palette of landscapes that range from the majestic Sahyadri ranges of the Western Ghats and the sprawling coastline of the Konkan Coast, Maharashtra has its fair share of forts and palaces too. With palaces in Ratnagiri and Pune, these historic sites tell stories of the erstwhile Maratha rulers. There are centuries old temples situated in places like Pandharpur, Ozar and these sites are still rooted in their long standing traditions, offering sanctuary to pilgrims. There are beautiful hill stations too like Mahabaleshwar, Lonaval and Matheran.
The state has a very vibrant Marathi culture that has evolved and embraced other cultures that have come to call this state their home. Mumbai -the financial capital of India is situated here. The Bollywood film industry also finds its origins in Maharashtra.
The best times to visit Maharashtra would be from June to March. The major airports are Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur and Aurangabad.
Gujarat is situated in the westernmost part of India. The state is home to some of the great architectural marvels in India. Theregion has a rich and diverse culture. The state can boast of one the most fascinating and varied cuisines in the country.
It is the home of the pure Asiatic lions who are to be found I the Gir National Park. There is the great salt flats of the Rann of Kutch and the majestic hills of Satpura. It should be noted that this is a dry state and bears a very strict policy against the consumption of liquor.
The best times to visit would be from October to March and the major airports are in Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Rajkot and Surat.
The state of Odisha is renowned for its paddy fields and palm-fringed silver beaches, temples, and rivers. Popular tourist attractions include the Sun Temple of Konark and the Puri beach.A state that is blessed with several art forms, visitors can be expected to be treated by a myriad of cultural experiences that include fairs and festivals, dances and musical events.
The best time to visit is from November to May and the major airport is in Bhubaneswar.
The name Meghalaya literally means the abode or the home of the clouds. Located in the North East of India, it is one of the most beautiful states and also one of the least polluted.The state offers visitors a variety of sights, activities, food and festivals to experience. It is where the region of Cherapunji is situated. This place is renowned for receiving the maximum amount of rainfall in the world. With its valleys, hills and pristine lakes Meghalaya has a very postcard like ambience.
The capital city is Shillong and is one of the most urbanized areas of the state. The city has its architectural roots in British Colonial architecture with many of the buildings of the city dating back to the British rule. Shillong is lovingly called the Scotland of the East. One of the most popular torurist attractions is the Living Double-decker Root Bridge in Cherapunji and here tourists can indulge in some trekking and hiking activities.
It also boasts of the cleanest villages in India called Mawlynnong. Lying on the border separating India from Bangladesh, Mawlynnong is an impeccably clean village that serves as benchmark for others.
The state is ideal for a visit throughout the year. The major airports are in Shillong and Guwahati in the neighboring state of Assam.