Read our holiday guide or some other background reading before visiting India, so that your holiday becomes a treasured experience, one that will linger in your memory forever.
Make your travel arrangements well in advance, especially if you are traveling between October-March (high tourist season). The Christmas-New Year period from 15 December to 15 January are popular months. Beach resorts especially at Goa and Kovalam get sold out early. Flights, trains and hotels are limited in relation to demand so prior bookings are a must.
Do not cram too many places into your itinerary. It is better to visit a few places in depth than to skim through several destinations and at the end of the day, everything is a blur. Nothing like an occasional free half-day for leisure, to use the swimming pool, explore the bazaars on your own or enjoy a cup of chai (tea) in the local restaurants.