Think of holidays to India and it's likely your mind will conjure all manner of images. You might visualise Mumbai’s bustling streets, traffic zipping in every direction with cows lolloping between market stalls. Perhaps you’re transported to Jaipur, awash in pink and peppered with ornamental gardens. Or maybe you see serene rice paddies or richly detailed temples, so intricate it’s hard to imagine human hands created them. Rather than let these pictures of holidays in India remain in your imagination, why not book a holiday in India and see this sprawling country for yourself?
To get started, here’s a pick of the best destinations across the North, East, South and West to add to your Indian itinerary.
North India destination highlights for over 50s, couples & families
It’s here where you’ll find the Golden Triangle; a route that takes in the key sights of Delhi, Agra, and pink-hued Jaipur. But, there is a wealth more to explore beyond this well-trodden path, whether you’re travelling as a couple over 50 or as a family.
The Golden Triangle
Often considered the definitive route for a family or couple’s holiday in India, this is the ultimate way to see a lot in a short time, from the Taj Mahal in Agra to Jaipur’s regal palaces to remnants of Delhi’s former empire.
This city snuck in the Northern Corner of Uttar Pradesh is a spiritual heartland. As a holiday destination for a couple, make sure you witness the evening prayer ritual, Ganga aarti and take in some of the city’s ancient temples on a river cruise.
South India destination highlights for over 50s, couples & families
Tropical, steamy, exotic, lush. The scene in South India is a stark contrast to arid plains and rugged peaks up north. The perfect place for a holiday in India, explore coastal regions and sink into full relaxation mode as a couple or a family.
For a holiday in India for couples over 50, make a bee line for South Goa. Here you’ll find peaceful coastal towns away from the buzz of bars and beach clubs.
Kochi is a sought-out destination in the Southern state of Kerala. It’s made up of islands, linked by bridges and a complex system of ferries. Visit for the pell mell of cultures from Chinese to Portuguese and stay for day trips through the backwaters and beyond.
East India destination highlights for over 50s, couples & families
This region of India isn’t short of places to visit. Beaches, temples, monasteries are all in rich supply as well as remnants of British presence and post-colonial starkly contrasting dense jungles.
See the mix of colonial-era relics interspersed with Kolkata’s emerging creative hubs. Although poverty is apparent here, there’s an entrepreneurial spirit to this eclectic city.
West India destination highlights for over 50s, couples & families
West India is characterised for its long coastlines, towering temples and rich cultural heritage. The ideal holiday destination in India, there’s something for everyone from thriving cities to beach-side retreats.
Mumbai, formerly Bombay, is big. It’s sprawling and dizzyling but don’t let any of this put you off. Embrace it with both hands and Mumbai will welcome you with open arms.
Ahmedabad will draw you in with its deep-rooted cultural traditions and mesmerising architecture. Beyond the city, you’ll find unique wildlife, including migratory birds and Asiatic lions.
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