Capital city: New Delhi
Currency: Indian Rupee
Best time to travel: Plains – Nov to Mar, Indian Himalaya – May to Sept
Community Projects available: Yes
Why travel to India
- Witness one of the world's most culturally diverse countries
- Marvel at the impressive Taj Mahal
- Experience Rajasthan, the land of the Kings
- Learn about the Hindu religion at sites such as Varanasi
- Visit Dharamsala, current residence of the Dalai Lama
- Take a trek in the Indian Himalaya
India is a melting pot of cultures. Four of the world’s major religions began in India – Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Jainism – and it is home to many others from Christianity to Zoroastrianism. Needless to say, the wide variety of beliefs and faiths in India have helped to create one of the most culturally diverse and intriguing destinations on the planet.
Students of any subject will find India a place to inspire their thirst for information even further. Since the first known settlements in the Indus Valley civilisation over 8500 years ago, India has been a magnet for traders, explorers, pilgrims, tourists, students and some of the world’s most famous philosophers. Perhaps the most famous and well known Indian amongst students today is Mohandas Karamchand Ghandi, commonly known by many simply as Ghandi. Ghandi is regarded as the father of modern day India and a visit to Delhi will help enlighten you more about this remarkable human being.
India’s landscapes span from tropical coast lines in the south, to deserts in the west to the Himalayan mountain range in the north. The environments are home to a rich bio-diversity, with some estimates stating that India is home to over 60% of the world’s bio-diversity.
Today, India boasts some of the richest and poorest people on the planet. To say a visit to India is life changing is understating the experience. The choice of experiences on offer is overwhelming but for those who embark on an Indian adventure it will no doubt be one of the most rewarding travel moments of your life.
Popular places to experience in India
RAJASTHAN: Rajasthan is the most popular state to travel to in India. Its deserts were a gateway for travellers coming from the Middle East, the Indus Civilisation has its some of its origins here, it is full of Mughal legacy’s in cities such as Jaisalmer, Jodphur and Jaipur and is also home to famous wildlife parks such as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary plus the Ranthambore and Sariska Tiger reserves. Our parent company World Expeditions pioneered the Rajasthan Cycle Ride to the Taj Mahal in 1978.
TAJ MAHAL: Built by Shah Jehan as a tombstone for his wife Mumtaz, the story behind the building of the Taj Mahal is unparalleled in terms of passion, effort and precision. Visitors to the Taj Mahal should also venture out to Fatehpur Sikri. The Taj is located in Agra; around 3 hours drive south of New Delhi.
INDIAN HIMALAYA: From the Tibetan landscapes of Ladakh to the foothills near Dharamsala, World Youth Adventures can tailor a trek to suit nearly any fitness level. One of our consultants is also the author of Lonely Planet’s Trekking in the Indian Himalaya. The Indian Himalaya provides an equally impressive Himalayan trekking experience during the months when the Nepalese Himalaya is not suited for trekking. Learn more on our Indian Himalaya page.
Did you know that India is the world’s largest democracy?