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Introduction to India
Stretching southward to the Indian Ocean, India offers everything from Goan beaches to Himalayan peaks and vibrant cities peppered with ancient temples. Once part of the British Empire, it gained independence in 1947. As the birthplace of Hinduism, among other religions, it’s a deeply spiritual nation. IHG offers hotels to suit all budgets in destinations like New Delhi and Chennai, plus a family beach resort in Goa.

Currency
Indian rupee (INR)

Official languages
Hindi, English

Climate
Tropical monsoon, hot much of the year. Highest rainfall June–Sep

Arriving from the airport
Indira Gandhi International Airport is 7 miles southwest of New Delhi. Journey time 20 minutes by Airport Express train (₹60). Chennai International Airport is 12 miles southwest of downtown. Travel time 45 minutes by taxi (average ₹240)

Getting around India

  • Extensive rail network (reserve in advance)
  • Urban commuter trains, paid with stored-value card or tokens
  • Prepaid and metered taxis
  • Auto-rickshaws
  • Buses

Top India sightseeing

  • Taj Mahal
  • Mumbai’s Gateway of India
  • Rashtrapati Bhavan palace in New Delhi
  • Old Delhi’s Red Fort
  • Hindu temples such as Chennai’s Kapaleeshwarar Temple

Top experiences

  • Bandhavgarh National Park safari
  • Goa’s sandy beaches
  • Sampling regional specialties like bhajis or dosa pancakes

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