Discover the rich culture of India
Stepping and Experiencing Holidays in India with enriching and vibrant culture, ancient history and incredible architecture. Immerse yourself in traditions, customs and heritage and visit iconic landmarks like the Taj Mahal, Red Fort and Amber Palace.
A tailored holiday to India creates unforgettable memories
There’s so much to experience in India, whether travelling for a solo holiday to India, with family or as a couple.
Visit the Pink City in Jaipur where royals once lived in opulence and comfort. You’ll experience palatial surroundings and original features in a carefully restored hotel with luxurious modern amenities. Or how about staying in one of Jaipur’s ‘havelis’? These traditional Indian mansions often feature beautiful gardens and courtyards, ideal for holidays to India for over 50s couples and families.
Cruising on the backwaters of Kerala is another must-have experience. You’ll navigate man-made canals and small rural villages with plenty of glimpses of real India at its best. Start in the town of Alleppey and cruise on a private houseboat with your own chef, driver, private room, upper deck and sitting area. You can enjoy freshly-caught seafood and absorb daily life to make memories you’ll never forget.
Adventure is everywhere, from jeep rides to Himalayan hikes
From going off-grid on a jungle safari or tasting fragrant foods and flavours, India is full of adventure. Here are a few things you might try:
- Enjoy a thrilling Jeep ride. Head into the Bandhavgarh National Park to spot hyenas and wild boars or go in search of the majestic Bengali tiger.
- Go trekking in the Himalayas. The Himalayas are accessible to travellers of all abilities and you can book a guided tour to take you into the foothills. If hiking isn’t for you, head to Leh Ladakh, which shares borders with Pakistan and China. You can explore whitewashed houses in the ancient town, breathe in the clean crisp air and take in towering mountains and Buddhist monasteries.
- Experience Bollywood. Famous for upbeat songs, choreographed dances, striking costumes and entertaining plots, Mumbai’s Film City is a must-see. The complex spans 300 acres and houses many elaborate sets that have been featured in previous movies.
- Get lost in a festival. Diwali is the most well-known and if you’re lucky enough to be in India when it happens, you’ll enjoy a riot of colour, parades, dancing, music and food. There are countless other festivals to enjoy all year round.
Enjoy restaurants, activities and shopping
If you’re keen to try new foods and flavours, India offers an abundance of them, in all kinds of restaurants. Taking a cooking class is also a great way to learn about local food – these are widely available and so much fun.
If it’s a little self-care and time out you need, India is renowned for yoga sessions and spa treatments for self-reflection and relaxation.
You’ll also be surrounded by culture, from large museums to bustling, vibrant marketplaces where foods and fabrics are a particular highlight. There’s also no shortage of upscale shopping malls to invest in souvenirs, made-to-measure clothing or Western books, coffee or other gifts.
Tips for over 50s travelling in India
As with any destination, a few practical tips will help to keep you safe in India and make the most of your time there.
- Keep phones, wallets and jewellery in a fastened bag close to your chest when travelling through crowded cities.
- Stay up to date with local and regional health precautions. Do this, either by checking online or speaking to a member of the Silver Travel Advisor team.
- For peace of mind, make sure you’ve got emergency contacts and understand how to use transport.
- Taxis and trains are popular ways to get around and you can book in advance. If you need help booking transport, speak to us at Silver Travel Advisor.
Making memories for a lifetime
It’s a great idea to document your trip to India with photos and videos so you can share the experience with others when you return.
Whether you’re travelling solo, as a couple or as a multi-generational family, visiting India is an enriching experience that will open your eyes to the world and leave you inspired for years to come.