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India

Travelling to India? Get travel advice and inspiration from Wanderlust. Want to know what to see or do? How to avoid the crowds? We have the tips for you

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Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal travel guide, including map of India, top Taj Mahal experiences, tips for Taj Mahal travel, when to visit the Taj Mahal

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India by Rail

India is tipped to be a hot destination for 2013, so we bring you an article from the Wanderlust archives on travelling India's trains... Here we help you join the railway bazaar

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Intoxicating India

India is vast, culture-rich and brimming with treasures. And there are few better ways to discover it than on a private tour

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Exploring India on the Maharajas' Express

Tigers, tuk-tuks, the Taj – we all want to see India’s highlights. But how about seeing them from a cabin onboard India's most opulent train?

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The Secrets of Wild India

Leading wildlife filmmaker Harry Marshall talks about his new series that reveals India's little known wildlife treasures

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Around India in 5 festivals

There's never a boring moment in India, especially during its myriad festivals. With everything from kite-fighting to camel beauty pageants, these 5 festivities will immerse you in India's most colourful traditions...

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The Wanderlust Guide to the Best of India

From the foothills of the Himalaya to the verdant south, India is a kaleidoscopic assault on all of your senses. Here’s where to start

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Oliver Balch: India on the Rise

Journalist and author Oliver Balch talks to Peter Moore about the rise of India and what it means to travellers

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Danger on the roads of India

Round-the-world cyclist Charlie Walker hits the roads of India and wonders who - or what - has the right of way?

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Finding nirvana in Rishikesh, India

You'll find spiritualism in even the unlikeliest corners of India – even if you are an utter skeptic...

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Christine Manfield: Tasting India

Christine Manfield has created the definitive book on Indian cooking. She tells Peter Moore about her amazing journey through the food of India

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Communicating through art in India

Our featured blogger, Lakshmi, volunteers at the Sri Narayani Vidyalaya School in India and discovers that art brings down all language barriers

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India's leopards with Rom Whitaker

Naturalist Rom Whitaker on India's complex relationship with its wild leopards – and startling new research on how best to co-exist with them

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Top 5 homestays in India

Although often basic, homestays are one of the best ways to experience life in India. While there are literally hundreds, here are a few that stand out...

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Rescuing India's Lions

Lions in India? Yes! What's more, the story of Gujarat’s lions is one of the great conservation success stories. We visit the Indian park where locals, visitors and big cats have learned to live in harmony

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Leopard safari in Rajasthan, India

Marble palaces teeter, the Aravelli mountains rise majestically, flamingos flock and five leopards might be seen at once – is this outpost of southern Rajasthan the most sublime place in India?

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10 of India's best-kept travel secrets

Not one secret India but ten - with advice from India experts we help you find the hidden subcontinent

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How to travel India by train – with kids...

Will Gray takes his children to around India by rail and discovers that they handle the culture shock better than adults.

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India during Ramadan: a feast for the senses

India-bound this month? Follow our insider's guide to etiquette, eating and spiritualism during Ramadan

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Kutch: a land apart from India

David Abram ventures to the isolated region of Kutch – brought to the world's attention by the 2011 earthquake – and finds a different enclave of India

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A walking tour through India's villages

Hiking through the Himalayan Kumaon region takes in the best of India, with hints of Nepal and Tibet. Just beware the leopards

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Insider’s guide to getting by in India

India is a wonderful assault on the senses that offers fabulous rewards for the curious traveller. Five experts from Hayes and Jarvis offered their insider-knowledge on this incomparable country of diversity

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6 tips for tiger watching in India

Longing to see a tiger in the wild? Wildlife photographer and tiger expert Paul Goldstein reveals how to maximise your chances on an trip to India

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How to travel safely in India as a woman

Sally Howard, author of a new book on sexuality in India, travelled extensively around the country. She discusses changing social mores and ways for single travellers to stay safe

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A quick guide to Pushkar Fair, India

Pushkar Fair is your chance to see Rajasthan at its colourful, chaotic, camel-trading best. Intrigued? India specialist Vasu Bhardwaj from Transindus gives us the lowdown...

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Sir Mark Tully: India. The Road Ahead

The BBC's former man in India talks about the country's future. And the places you must visit

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Top 10 short-hop India rail trips

It's possible to see the best of India on a short-hop rail adventure – take a look at our favourite routes

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Why every child should ride the rails in India

Melanie Gow discovers that the lessons learned by travelling by rail in India are even more intense – and fundamental – for children.

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10 tips for a trip to Kochi, India

Liz Cleere packed in the rat race in 2008 and has since been travelling the world. After 18 months living in India she knows her stuff... Here are her top ten things to do in Kerala's colourful city

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Dodging Delhi belly and other health risks in India

India is rich in culture and life – but there are some cultures and some life that you really want to avoid. Here we highlight the subcontinent's biggest risks

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India launches first Biennale in Fort Cochin

Liz Cleere reports from the front line of India's contemporary art scene at the country's first ever major art international exhibition in Kochi, Kerala

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8 remarkable adventures in India’s colourful Rajasthan

The last stronghold of the Maharajas, Rajasthan is colourful, opulent and lively. It is the India every traveller dreams of and these extraordinary trips ensure those dreams come true.

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Wanderlust travel health update: India, Tanzania, Egypt

Weekly round-up of the world's travel health news from Nomad including dengue fever in India, measles in Tanzania and avian 'flu in Egypt

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Weekly travel health update: India, Vietnam, Bangladesh

Weekly round-up of the world's travel health news from Nomad including malaria in India, rabies in Vietnam, anthrax in Bangladesh and more

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5 incredible experiences in India’s Western Ghats

This vast mountain range is the emerald jewel of India, but where to head first? And what to do when you're there? Local hiking enthusiast Priyanka Shankar shares her tips

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Where to find India's 7 most incredible animals

Tigers, leopards, rhinos, elephants, lions and more. From tracking big cats in the Himalaya mountains to scouring for rhinos in the marshes of Assam – we seek out India’s wildlife

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7 of the best things to do in Rajasthan, India

India's lively northern state is brimming with colour, from ancient forts to impresive palaces, national parks and wildlife. Here are some of the things you shouldn't miss on your next visit

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India's Kumbh Mela: the greatest show on earth

Fancy joining a party of 100 million people? India’s Kumbh Mela is a festival like no other – a mass of ritual bathing, naked sadhus, flashing lights and spiritual cleansing. We enter the fray...

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Wanderlust travel health update: Cambodia, Dominican Republic, India and more

Weekly round-up of the world's travel health news from Nomad including dengue fever in Cambodia, cholera in the Dominican Republic, malaria in India and more

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Wanderlust travel health update: India, New Zealand, Malaysia and more

This week's travel health news from Nomad includes: encephalitis in India, measles outbreak in New Zealand, hand and foot disease in Malaysia and more

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Wanderlust travel health update: India and South East Asia special

This week's world health news from Nomad. An India and South East Asia round-up including: hand, foot and mouth disease, malaria and more

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Wanderlust travel health update: India, Germany, USA, Australia

Weekly round-up of the world's travel health news from Nomad including dengue fever in India, measles in the USA and E.Coli in Europe

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Wanderlust travel health update: Colombia, India, Brazil and more

Weekly round-up of the world's travel health news from Nomad including malaria in Colombia, chikungunya in India, dengue fever in Brazil and more

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5 practical tips for solo female travellers in India, including what to wear

Solo female travellers shouldn’t be put off travelling in a country as colourful and diverse as India, says writer Anna Phipps. Here are her five practical tips for travelling safely...

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How India helped me beat my anxiety disorder

Bryony Holland reveals how the chaos of India helped her overcome her panic attacks – and how it can help you find some inner peace too

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7 fantastic books on India to read before you go

From Arundhati Roy's masterpiece to train journeys and cook books, Jude Brosnan from Stanford Books reviews the 7 great books you should read if you love India or are thinking of visiting

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9 of the best things to do in India

From desert stargazing and snow leopard spotting, to mountain trekking in the Himalayas – these activities will take you to the heart and hidden corners of India

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Flavours of India: 3 classic dishes to try

India is a nation of colour and variation with flavours and spice varying incredibly throughout the sub-continent. Here are three of the best recipes to try.

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12 incredible wildlife photos from India

Though it's famous for tigers, India has an abundance of wildlife – from flying foxes and mischievous monkeys to crocodiles. Axel Gomille reveals all of its colourful glory…

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Temple-hopping in Tamil Nadu – India's 'hidden' south

Avoid the crowds of India's northern states and head south to Tamil Nadu, where a culture some 2,000 years in the making still hums to the rhythms of its classical past...

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5 things you must do in Chennai, India

Capital of Tamil Nadu, and keeper of the south’s artistic, religious and culinary traditions, Chennai is one of India's cultural gems. Author Martin J. Worthy reveals how to experience its authentic soul

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Harji Singh's secret India

The co-founder of TransIndus lets slip about the 'next' Varanasi and a hidden Indian wildlife gem

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Tim Baynes: Illustrated India

Our ex-pat illustrator turns his pen - and brushes - on the chaos of the sub-continent

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Hampi: visit ancient India

Take a walk through Hampi's bloody history and temple with David Abram

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Tracking tigers on foot in India

Tracking tigers on foot is a thrilling new twist on the usual Indian safari – whether or not you actually see stripes

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Cruising the Brahmaputra River, India

The vast, perilous Brahmaputra was thought virtually unnavigable – but, a brave new boat journey has just opened up Assam’s remote, wildlife-rich, culturally unique riverbanks

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Is slum tourism in India ethical?

A guided tour of Mumbai's teeming Dharavi slum raises moral questions for visitors

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First 24 hours: Calcutta, India

Frenetic, filthy, unspeakably poor – Calcutta has a bad image. But, finds Martin Symington, there’s much to like about this thriving Bengali metropolis, if you just know where to look

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How to plan your trip to India

A big tick on every traveller's wish list, this is one country that you have to visit – but where to start? Here's six itineraries for a perfect two-week visit...

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India's 5 most spectacular mountain railways. How many have you ridden?

Want to escape India's heat and bustle? Take the train to the hill resorts of Shimla, Darjeeling and beyond: it's a slow but spectacular journey, revealing India as you've never seen it before...

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Sacred steps in India's Western Ghats

Mud-walled villages, temple ruins, hilltop forts, astounding landforms – although just outside Mumbai, the Western Ghats of northern Maharashtra couldn’t feel much further from Bollywood bling

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7 rural recipes from India

For a tasty treat, check out these top seven rural Indian recipes from Anirudh Arora and comic chef Hardeep Singh Kohli

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Exploring Kerala and the Western Ghats, India

Rolling tea estates, forest tribes, rare monkeys – and was that a leopard? There’s more to Kerala than those beautiful backwaters

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Walk on the wild side: 9 wildlife trips that reveal India’s untamed heart

Majestic and often elusive, India’s wildlife is diverse and breathtaking. From tigers, leopards and black panthers to rare rhinos and lions, you’ll find them all on these extraordinary wildlife adventures

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Tiger, tiger burning bright: 10 top spots to see India's tiger in the wild

Want to see tigers in the wild? We’ve put together the top 10 places in India where you can see the big cats with your own eyes…

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Dastardly drives: rally through south India by rickshaw

Rallying's not just for playboys and petrolheads - it can be the most entertaining way to travel

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8 Indian trips of a lifetime

Experience India's vibrant culture and rub shoulders with wildlife on these 8 incredible trips

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4 authentic Bollywood experiences in Mumbai

Get under the skin of India's all-singing all-dancing movie capital

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World's Greatest Journeys: Find the source of the Ganges

A journey through undiluted India to the source of one of the world's mightiest rivers

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Indian heirloom recipes to try at home

Aussie super-chef Christine Manfield shares three heirloom recipes straight from the kitchens of India

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Bhopal: A destination not a disaster

Ben Redmond spent six months working for an NGO in India's most notorious city and discovered a hidden gem

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Gallery: Wanderlust Travel Photo of the Year – People

From India to Peru, these are the incredible photos that made the shortlist of our People category and the fascinating stories behind them

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Discovering the secret corners of Jodhpur

Our featured blogger, Liam Kennedy, takes us on an evocative journey through the twisting lanes of India's fabled blue city

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9 of the world's most awesome aqueducts

Ancient and beautiful, these stunning aqueducts - from Peru to France to India - have stood the test of time to become must-see constructions

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5 Indian rail itineraries

What better way to explore India than by rail? Make the most of your trip with these route ideas

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Goa's top 6 heritage hotels

David Abram scours the backwaters and palm groves of India's Portuguese corner in search of the most authentically Goan places to stay

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How to survive the slow train to Varanasi

Wander Woman Marie Javins discovers there's a trick to conquering India's chaotic train system

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21 great Himalaya adventures

Trekking expert Robin Boustead picks the best walks, drives and cultural highs in the peaks of India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bhutan and Tibet

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7 exotic Indian adventures you'll want to book now

From the snow-capped Himalaya to the stunning blue waters of the Andaman Sea, a world of adventure awaits you in India. Grab your slice of the action now

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6 ways to get your working visa

Katherine Price looks at the visas available to help you fund your travels around the US, UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and India

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Karma comedians: the laughter clubs of Mumbai

Make an April fool of yourself! India’s growing network of early morning Laughter Clubs is aiming to cheer up a nation – and the world

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Dealing with unexpected dangers when travelling with kids

Taking kids to India means running the gamut of travel health issues - but how do you deal for the things you can't anticipate? Will Gray explains.

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17 of the world's best river cruises

From drifting the backwaters of India and tracing the Nile to fording the Amazon's remotest reaches, these journeys take you, in style, to places the roads just don't go

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Weekly travel health update: E-coli, Ebola, Rabies and Plague

Weekly round-up of the world's travel health news from Nomad including E-coli in Europe, Ebola in Uganda, Rabies in India and Bubonic Plague in the US

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Blog of the Week: The elusive tigers of Ranthambore

World travellers Bill Gent and Diana Russler spend a week in India's Ranthambore nature reserve tracking down its elusive tigers

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10 things to do for free in Kolkata

Living in India for two years has left Liz Cleere with plenty of time to explore – here she reveals her favourite things to do on the cheap in the city of Kolkata (Calcutta)

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Charles Allen on discovering the bones of the Buddha

The bones of Lord Buddha have been discovered under a mound in Northern India. So why isn't everyone excited? Noted historian Charles Allen explains why

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Indian immersion: spending time with local communities in colourful Rajasthan

Vital work is being done to aid rural communities in India's northern state of Rajasthan. Lyn Hughes takes a new cultural trip to learn about the local way of life, from cooking chapattis to plastering with cow dung

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Tashi and Nungshi Malik: "We've been nomads since we were kids"

At 24, India’s mountaineering pair had already bagged the Explorers ‘Grand Slam’, reaching the highest peaks on seven continents and both Poles. Here, they talk about legacies, challenges and why no twin gets left behind…

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A stitch in time: 6 incredible tapestries created on the road by a travelling artist

Artist Harriet Riddell travels the world with her sewing machine, stitching portraits and landscapes as she goes. Here are six of her best pieces, from the slums of Kenya to the tea fields of India

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Desert tracks: exploring the hidden corners of Rajasthan

Beyond the bustle of India’s Golden Triangle lie quiet villages and desert camps that receive few visitors. Wanderlust-award-winning tour guide Sameer Singh Rathore leads the way

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12 of the world’s most incredible river cruises, including Vietnam, Brazil and Russia...

River cruises can give you a fresh perspective on familiar places and help ford hard-to-reach destinations. Here are 12 trips that will definitely float your boat, from India to Canada…

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2017's best trips for festivals and events

Get front row seats for 2017's biggest parties, remember to bring your dancing shoes and your binoculars. From the Top 50 Trips of 2017, check out these holidays to the USA, India and Chile

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Discover Goa's incredible offerings - beyond the beaches

Think Goa is just about the beaches? Think again. Shake the sand from your flip-flops and head inland to discover why Goa, a former Portuguese colony, is a world apart from the rest of India, with crumbly colonial towns, verdant forests and a distinctly hippy vibe

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Travellers' Tales – the best travel stories from 2016

In 2016, we’ve been told incredible travel stories by the likes of Bryan Cranston, KT Tunstall, Joanna Lumley, Moby, Levison Wood, Art Malik, Billy Bragg and more. Here’s are some of their most colourful stories, from Patagonia to India and Japan

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How to arrange your visas when travelling

As a self-styled, seasoned traveller, Alastair was not overly concerned about applying for a visa to travel to India next month

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7 of the most extravagant palace hotels in Rajasthan

Cherry-picked for their Rajput grandeur, dreamy locations and sumptuous interiors, these extravagant piles provide the ultimate shelter from the heat and dust of northern India…

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11 of the coolest cinemas in movie history

Grab the popcorn! From Spain to South Korea, Norway to India, these gorgeous picture palaces from around the world are film stars in their own right...

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How a close call with cancer gave me the courage to travel solo

Following a close call with cancer, Sandra Reekie discovered the joys and freedom of solo travel. Here's the story of how she travelled alone across India...

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Holy cow! 10 surprisingly beautiful photos of cows all over the world

Found everywhere from Austria to India, Ethiopia to Colombia, these rare cattle breeds – the star of a new photography book – are dignified, fascinating, and udderly charming

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Our top 10 Tripfinder destinations and how to explore them

From tiger-watching in India and wildlife adventures in South Africa, to meeting tribes in Papua New Guinea – these are the top destinations you searched for on Wanderlust's Tripfinder in 2018

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Faces of the world: 14 captivating portraits that showcase intriguing characters across the globe

Peer into the eyes of these faces of Vietnam, Cuba and India taken by Réhahn, one of the best travel portrait photographers in the world, with the ability to 'capture the soul of the people.'

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Rajasthan trip planner- four crowd-free routes

With its fairytale palaces, tiger-dense forests and traditional villages, colourful Rajasthan is quintessential India for many. Plan your ideal visit with these four itineraries

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10 of the best active holidays for 2018

From trekking in Nepal to cycling India's south coast, these unforgettable trips will get your adrenalin racing, thighs sighing and heart soaring

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Chrissie Hynde: “I like going for the ride.”

The Pretenders’ singer-songwriter Chrissie Hynde on exploring India, walking the world’s cemeteries, the architecture of Oscar Niemeyer and a "restless" life on the move…

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Ultimate top 20 guide: Varanasi

India’s holiest city is an emotional rollercoaster, but nowhere else captures the human spirit so vividly. Wanderlust guides you through the city of ghats...

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Wildlife wonders: 2019’s top animal spotting trips

Swing with chimps in the Ugandan jungle, spot tiger from the water in India, and sleep under the stars in Cambodia. Discover the newest ways to encounter the most amazing creatures on our planet…

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Feeling festive: 9 exotic adventures guaranteed to spice up your Christmas

Looking for a Christmas you’ll never forget? Don’t deck the halls, just grab your passport and go on one of these exciting adventures in India, Latin America, Jordan and beyond!

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Travel Photo of the Year finalist gallery: An insight to local life

Catch a rare glimpse into the lives of workers and festival-goers across India, Mongolia, Peru and beyond, with these 10 striking finalist images from our Wanderlust Travel Photo of the Year competition...

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Photo Gallery: Travel Photo of the Year 2017 winners

From erupting volcanoes and mountains at dawn, to vibrant colours of India's Holi Festival. Feast your eyes on the winning entries in this year's Wanderlust Travel Photo of the Year competition

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Bruce Parry: "Travel is the greatest learning we can have"

We talk tribes and Tawai with explorer Bruce Parry after his latest film project across India, Borneo and the Amazon. Find out the importance of indigenous people and how merging solutions can help society

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A river runs through it: 5 beautiful waterways that you might not have heard of

Celebrating World Rivers Day (Sept 24) with rich waterways that don't get the attention they deserve, from Colombia's river of rainbows to rivers in India and Turkey that nurtured civilisations

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