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India


Description

A trip to India is a unique experience. This South Asian country is perfect for those who want to get out of their comfort zone and discover local experiences, spicy food and traditions. Whether you travel to this country on a tour or customize your own itinerary, you will face a real culture shock! India is crowded and noisy: take a walk in the heart of the largest cities, such as New Delhi and Mumbai. For those seeking tranquility, there are many magnificent temples and palaces worth visiting. A vacation in India will allow you to experience something very different than what you are used to at home.


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What to do in India


Visit of the Taj Mahal

Have you always dreamed of visiting one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World? A stop at the Taj Mahal is a mandatory stop while in India. Located in the city of Agra, this white marble mausoleum was built between 1631 and 1648 in honor of Emperor Shah Jahan’s wife. The Emperor wanted the whole world to know how much he loved his wife. More than 4 million people per year visit this gem, which is in fact India’s most visited monument. The Taj Mahal is not only a marble construction. It is in fact a collection of buildings, gardens, water and fountains. You will truly admire the beauty of the Taj Mahal!


Holi, Festival of colors

Nicknamed "the festival of colors", Holi is one of the most popular Hindu festivals in the country. This event celebrates the return of spring and fertility. This important celebration begins every year according to the Hindu lunar calendar on the night of the full moon in March. It lasts two days and begins with a bonfire. The famous “battle” begins only on the second day. Dressed in white, the participants move around and throw colored pigments at each other. Each color has a meaning: red represents joy and love, blue, vitality, green, harmony, and orange, optimism. Colorful and joyful, this unique event brings together a large number of people in an incredible feeling of euphoria!


Mumbai

Mumbai, formerly known as "Bombay", is the most populous city in India and the fifth most populous city in the world with approximately 18.5 million people. This city is the commercial capital of the country and it also houses the multi-million film industry. The term "Bollywood" represents Indian musical cinema. Mumbai offers a variety of tourist attractions that will make you love the city, including the Old City (Colaba), the India Gate, the Clock Tower, and much more.


Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple

Located in India’s capital, New Delhi, this temple is one of the largest Hindu temples in the world. This contemporary construction tells the story of 10,000 years of Indian and Hindu culture. Built of pink stones and white marble, symbolizing peace and purity, this temple is majestic, immense (with its 10 floors) and its architecture is breathtaking. Important to know: it is forbidden to take pictures.


Amber Fort

Located about 11 km from Jaipur, Amber Fort is on top of a hill overlooking Lake Maota. Built in 1592, this complex served as a palace for the royal family. You can admire its beautiful rooms, including the apartments and the Ice Palace, the most impressive part of the fort. Three options are available to reach the fort: by foot, by jeep or... elephant!



Temperatures

Maximum (°C)

Minimum (°C)

Precipitation (mm)

Jan.

35

-28

24

Feb.

36

-25

25

Mar.

39

-22

30

Apr.

43

-18

42

May

45

-13

80

Jun.

44

-7

155

Jul.

41

0

218

Aug.

38

2

201

Sep.

37

-5

144

Oct.

37

-16

85

Nov.

36

-22

47

Dec.

35

-26

27


Currency

The country's official currency is the Indian Rupee (INR).

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Official language

Hindi is the official language in India. English is widely spoken. Before you go, learn a few words and phrases in the local language to wow the locals!

Voltage

You will need a power adapter and a converter. Electrical outlets used in India are not the same as in Canada. Voltage is 230V and frequency is 50Hz. Make sure your devices have the words "INPUT: 100-240V, 50/60Hz". If not, you will need a converter.

Electrical outlet
Electrical outlet

Passport and entry & exit requirements

It is strongly recommended that your Canadian passport be valid for at least 6 months after the date of your return from travel. For more information, visit the Government of Canada's website.