Ahmedabad stands for the confluence of the old with the new. At the first glance
traffic ridden and polluted, this city of textile mills and millionaires hides
the gems of its glorious past. Beautiful mosques, carved havelis and ancient
temples are screened from view behind its steel-and-sky-scraper facade. It's a
city on the brink of change, like most urban centres in India, not quite here,
not quite there. The citizens of Ahmedabad are fiercely protective of their
city, and gracious hosts. They will take you to the roadside kiosk serving the
best speciality food sandwich dhokla in the city and stuff your face with
khaman. Soft spoken and friendly, the people of Amdavad will take care of you.
Three bridges connect Old Ahmedabad to New Ahmedabad. Some of India's most
prestigious institutes of learning thrive here. The city's beautiful
architecture exemplifies Indo-Islamic style and the two communities have lived
here in peace since over half a millennium.
Gujarati, English and Hindi.
When to visit:
Ahmedabad has a hot semi-arid climate. There are three main seasons: summer,
monsoon and winter. The weather is hot through the months of March to June and
during mosnsoon season also, the climate is relatively dry. The best time to
visit this city is October as along with pleasant weather, one can also enjoy
the exuberant nine day long Navratri celebration.
Sardar Patel New Domestic Building, Sardar Nagar,
Ahmedabad – 380003.
Bagdogra is located about 16 km from the city of Siliguri in West Bengal. It
serves as an important airport both for military and civil purposes. The
Bagdogra airport is a major travel hub in the region with flights arriving from
Kolkata New Delhi and Guwahati. Thousands of tourists alight here each month,
headed towards the hill stations of Darjeeling, Kalimpong and to Pelling and
Gangtok in Sikkim. The area in which Bagdogra is situated is commonly called the
Dooars at the foothills of the eastern Himalayas. It is rich in natural beauty
and abounds in exotic flora and fauna. There are several tea gardens and fruit
orchards too in the region. Tourists can go for extremely interesting heritage
tea tours in the plantations here. The Teesta is the main river flowing through
here, and is the base of whitewater rafting and angling.
Nepali, Bengali, Hindi and English.
When to visit:
The best time to travel is October to May, when the weather is most pleasant.
During this time, one can also enjoy the festivities of Durga Puja.
Airport Authority of India,
District – Darjeeling,
West Bengal – 734422.
Bengaluru, popularly known as the Garden City or the Silicon City in recent
years, is youthful and cosmopolitan, filled with lakes and populated with a
fusion of old buildings as well as steel and glass high-rises. A hub for all
that is new, the city acts like a nexus for technology and thriving young
professionals. Also known for its buzzing pub culture, Bangalore is an
interesting blend of the happening and the classic. Known for its year round
heavenly weather, Karnataka’s capital rocks on, with something to suit
Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, English and Hindi.
When to visit:
Bangalore has excellent weather all year round in comparison to other metros in
India. With cool evenings even in the summer, as well as in the mild winters,
Bangalore is a delight, and though the sun can be quite sharp in the summers.
The best time to visit Bangalore for ideal conditions is from October to March,
avoiding the rains and the bad heat. September and October are windy and rainy
because of the retreating monsoon.
Room No. 04 & 181, Bangalore International Airport Limited,
Devanhali - 560300, Bangalore.
Named after the Goddess Chandi, this beautifully planned city is one of finest
examples of urban development. A union territory and state capital to both
Punjab and Haryana, Chandigarh has a unique amalgamation of Punjabi and Jat
culture. Called the City of Beauty, Chandigarh is internationally acclaimed for
its architecture and urban planning. The near uniform houses and neatly laid out
Sectors are some of the finest examples of the work of French architects Le
Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret. Placed on the foothills of the Shivalik Range,
Chandigarh serves as a gateway to the gorgeous hill stations of Haryana and even
Himachal. But a town is worth a visit for its own fascinating architecture and
vibrant local culture.
Punjabi, Hindi and English.
When to visit:
Located near the foothills of the Shivalik range of the Himalayas, Chandigarh
experiences sub-tropical climate conditions, common to most cities of Northern
India. While the summers are hot, the winters are just as cold. December to
February can get quite chilly, with temperatures sometimes dropping down to a
couple of degrees below zero. Thus the best time to visit would be from October
Airport: Civil Airport,
Chandigarh – 160003.
Formerly known as Madras, Chennai is the capital city of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Located on the Coromandel Coast off the Bay of Bengal, it is a major commercial, cultural, and educational centre in South India, while the port of Chennai is the second largest port in India. Chennai’s economy has a broad industrial base in the automobile, computer, technology, hardware manufacturing and healthcare industries. The city is India's second largest exporter of information technology (IT) and business process outsourcing (BPO) services. A major chunk of India's automobile manufacturing industry is based in and around the city. Chennai is an important centre for Carnatic music and hosts a large cultural event, the annual Madras Music Season, which includes performances by hundreds of artists. The city has a vibrant theatre scene and is an important centre for the Bharata Nat yam, a classical dance form. The Tamil film industry is based in Chennai.
Tamil, English, Telugu, Urdu.
When to visit:
Lying in the tropical zone, Chennai has a sultry and humid climate. The period from April to June records the highest temperature. The temperatures during the day usually exceed 40 °C during summer. Chennai receives adequate rainfall throughout the year. The months of September and December receive rainfall from the north-east monsoon. If you are planning for trip to Chennai, then it is advisable to visit during the winter months, the period between November and February. December and January record the lowest temperatures.
Kamaraj Domestic Terminal,
Chennai Airport, Chennai – 600027.
The urban port city of Kerala, Kochi is a beautiful blend of the ancient with
the cosmopolitan. With daintily tiled Dutch and Portuguese bungalows and
warehouses on one hand and the throbbing city of Ernakulam on the other, Kochi
is one of the most popular cities in South India. Inhabited by a conglomeration
of people from various sects across the globe, Kochi is the melting pot of
culture. Founded in 1341, Kochi is divided into three distinct districts, the
modern Ernakulam, the atmospheric Fort Kochi and Mattancherry. The quaint,
cobbled streets of Fort Kochi lead to spice bazaars, ancient mansions and
charming Chinese fishing nets. The promenade near the jetty is dotted with
eateries and curio shops. There have been controversies about the origin of the
name 'Kochi'. Some people attribute the name to the Malayalam word 'Kochazhi'
or 'Small Sea', while others think Kochi was named after China when traders
from the court of Kublai Khan of China, visited Kochi and gave it the name of
their homeland. The local people refer to Kochi as Kochi, and this is the
city's official name today.
Malayalam and English.
When to visit
Kochi features a tropical monsoon climate with moderate to high levels of
humidity.While Kochi can be visited all round the year, it is best to go
between October to February, when the weather is dry and moderately hot. After
April, Kochi experiences heavy monsoons, so it is better to avoid Kochi during
this time of the year.
Kochi International Airport Limited,
Nedumbasserry, Kochi – 683111.
One of the oldest in the world, Delhi city is also one of the largest. On an
Indian holiday, you can’t miss out the capital city. Delhi, a potpourri of
cultures, traditions, architecture, and human diversity. Located on the banks of
river Yamuna, the city has been the capital of many empires, has been destroyed
and rose again to prominence each time. Old Delhi has got some of its landmark
monuments such as Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb and Jama Masjid, from the Mughal
rulers. Amble down the meandering lanes of Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi and shop
for spices, traditional apparel, colorful glass bangles, silver trinkets and
intricate gold jewelry. Emerge into the leafy boulevards of central Delhi,
dotted with works of Mughal and Victorian architecture, sprawling old mansions
and the famous India Gate. The best way to relish New Delhi is not to try to
unravel its idiosyncrasies but enjoy the cultural patina it offers.
Hindi, Punjabi, English
When to visit:
New Delhi has an extreme climate, with very hot summers and very cold winters.
Add to that a wet monsoon stretching from end of June till September. Thus the
climactic variations make Delhi weather disagreeable and the city almost
inhospitable from April until September. The best time to visit Delhi is winter
when the flowers and trees are in full bloom. During this time December and
January can get very cold and the city is covered with thick fog at this time,
which could delay flights and trains.
Airport: GoAir Terminal 1D,
IGIA Airport, Palam, New Delhi - 110037.
Goa is a paradise of earth and sea, of waterfalls and palm trees, rivulets and
rice fields. Known as the Party Capital of India, Goa is both famous and
infamous, but is much more than just a dedication to hedonism. With stunning
natural beauty and vibrant cultures, Goa's inner beauty isn’t hard to see. Not
just about sun-drenched beaches and rave parties, Goa’s friendly people, great
food, historical buildings and cosmopolitan nature are ever-delightful; verdant
fields of happiness and sunshine that spread across your heart like a smile on
your face, one that will take weeks to fade away.
Konkani, Marathi, Portuguese, English and Hindi.
When to visit:
Goa’s location in the tropical zone and on the shores of the Arabian Sea keeps
it hot and muggy for the better part of the year. The month of May is the
hottest and the monsoons start in early June and end in September. October to
April is the ideal time to visit Goa
Airport: Go Airlines (India) Ltd.,
Dabolim Airport, Goa – 403801.
The largest city in Assam, Guwahati is also the biggest city of North-eastern
India. Guwahati has earlier served as the capital of Assam, before being shifted
to the planned city of Dispur. A historic city dating back to the 6th century,
Guwahati is now a fast developing and vibrant city of India. Even today the city
is dotted with a number of historical monuments and archaeological sites that
provide a fine glimpse of the bygone era. Guwahati also has a strong religious
connection and replete with many religious sites especially Hindu temples. The
museums, art galleries, educational institutes and craft centres add more
diversity to the charming city. Nature has equally contributed a lot in
enhancing the beauty of Guwahati. Situated on the banks of Brahmaputra River -
one of the biggest rivers of India, Guwahati abounds with lush green hills, tea
gardens and a soothing climate. Guwahati is a heaven for discerning shoppers and
offers a fantastic opportunity to buy a variety of traditional handicrafts made
from bamboo and cane. The authentic Assamese cuisine along with typical
north-eastern cuisines offers exhilarating dining experience to visitors.
Assamese, Bengali, English and Hindi.
When to go:
Guwahati boasts of a mild sub-tropical climate with hot and dry summers from
April to June and heavy rains in monsoon season from late-June to September. The
winter season from October to March is considered ideal to visit Guwahati.
Lokpriya Gopinath Bordol,
Adorned with pink sandstone palaces, majestic forts and verdant green gardens
against a scenic backdrop of the Aravalli hills, Jaipur represents the charm of
India’s rich past and the sophistication of a flourishing metropolis. A rustic
city dotted with palaces, forts, museums, temples and the like. From camel
carts, multihued fabrics and antique cars to traditional men sporting bright
turbans, the city flaunts everything that's comfortably conventional. Walk
through the city to explore its markets thronging with local crowds dressed in
shockingly bright colours, women laden with trinkets and men wearing pagris and
huge moustaches. Jaipur is where you’ll experience the local culture hands on
and yet find every comfort of the contemporary world that you’re accustomed to.
Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II founded the city in 1727, when he decided to shift
his capital from Amer. A renowned architect, astronomer, and avid scientist,
Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II built his capital with geometric precision and made
Jaipur one of the most well planned cities in India. Today, his architectural
genius is on display in almost every part of the old city and especially at
Jantar Mantar and Amer Fort.
Rajasthani, Hindi and English.
When to visit:
Winter is considered the best time of the year to visit Jaipur. From October to
March, Jaipur is quite pleasant with warm days and chilly evenings, while summer
months normally of May and June are absolutely hot with the scorching sun.
Civil Airport, Sangenar, Jaipur – 302011.
For a good reason, Jammu is often called the ‘city of temples’. Plain or gilded
spires rise from every corner of this ancient town which can bring alive all the
faith, one can only experience and rarely express. According to the epic
Mahabharata, Jammu is regarded as one of the most sacred places of Hindu
pilgrimage. It is a city whose deep-rooted history, charm and character bear
testimony to the unbroken civilization of India. An expression of this is in the
layers and layers that form its marrow. For one, this is the winter capital of
the state of Jammu and Kashmir (the government of this state shuttles between
Srinagar and Jammu). Apart from its importance as the seat of government and a
place of pilgrimage in its own right, Jammu has large number of people that use
it as a base for the pilgrimage to the shrine of Vaishno Devi and a stopover en
route to the Kashmir valley. Apart from this, the city has long been the citadel
of the Dogra community who have distinguished themselves in several fields –
especially in the armed forces. The town has also has a sizable market and is a
wholesale center for numerous commodities; this may well date back to the time
when Jammu was a stopover along one of the peripheral paths of the old trade
routes that led to Central Asia and beyond.
Dogri, Hindi and English.
When to visit:
Though Jammu can be visited all round the year, September to March is considered
the best time when the valley is vibrant with multi coloured flowers and
greenery. Summer and monsoon i.e. April to August being extreme weathers can be
Airport: Go Airlines (India) Pvt. Ltd,
Civil Airport, Satwari, Jammu-Cantt 180003.
Set in the Ladakh region of Upper Himalayas. A desolate lunar landscape with
arid mountains and snow brushed peaks, arcane monasteries perched on stony
cliffs and an impossibly blue sky. It is breathtaking, barren and beautiful.
Ladakh is the quintessential adventure destination and Leh is its lush heart
where an expanse of verdant trees stands surrounded by rocky hillocks. A quiet
city spread over undulating land, Leh offers a glimpse of this archaic region’s
culture and landscape.
Ladakhi, Hindi and English.
When to visit:
Leh has a cold desert climate with long, harsh winters from October to early
March and May to end of September is when Ladakh is accessible by road and
enjoys pleasant weather with warm days and cool evenings. However flights from
Delhi to Leh operate through the year, so you can visit Leh anytime you like.
Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee,
Airport, Leh – J & K: 194101.
The historic city of Lucknow is a must visit destination that gives new meaning
to a city’s culture, arts, and cuisine. The capital of Uttar Pradesh is located
on the banks of the Gomti River. Lucknow is associated with a few things known
to all: its cuisine, its language, and its Chikankaari (shadow work emroidery on
fine cloth). Lucknow is also known for its Adab (manners) and Tehzeeb
(hospitality), as well as a dance form known as Kathak. The city was for
centuries the heart of North Indian culture, and rose to prominence as the home
of the Nawabs of Avadh (Oudh), great and generous patrons of the arts, after the
decline of the Mughal era. It was under their patronage that music, calligraphy,
poetry, the art of ittar (perfume) preparation evolved, which are all still
alive and well today. Vintage modes of carriage, like the horse-drawn `ekka’ and
`tanga’ add to the delightful period flavour of the old quarters of the city.
Lucknow was also the cultural melting pot of North India that brought about a
meeting of Hindu, Muslim and Sikh cultures, and its effect is widespread.
Urdu, Hindi and English.
When to visit:
The city has a warm subtropical climate, characterised by cool and moist
winters, and hot, dry summers. The monsoons in Lucknow are usually from mid-June
to mid-September, and the best time to visit the city would be November to
Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport,
Amousi, Lucknow - 226009, U.P.
Mumbai to the world at large is also referred to as Bombay, Bambai by the
diverse inhabitants of India’s definitive melting pot. Most of whom are united
in their spirit of enterprise! From the high-rises of Nariman Point to the
cardboard and tin shacks of Dharavi, Mumbai contributes close to 40% of India's
income tax. And has thrown up many a ‘Slumdog Millionaire'. From a cluster of
seven fishing villages in the 14th century, to a bustling trading port after the
opening of the Suez Canal in 1869, to the commercial and entertainment hub of
contemporary India, Mumbai is the country’s driving engine in more ways than
one. The dream factory is glitzy, home to Bollywood, a thriving commerce
industry, the moneyed swish set and some of the country's best educational
institutions. Most visitors love its frenetic pace of life and palpable energy.
Mumbai is India’s undisputed Alpha City.
Marathi, Hindi and English.
When to visit:
The city has a tropical climate making the weather hot and unbearably humid most
of the year. However by Indian standards, the city’s summer months are
tolerable, not making the city extremely warm. Between June and September strong
monsoon rains lash the city and should preferably be avoided. Mumbai as such can
be visited round the year however December to January would be the best period
to visit Mumbai.
Airport: Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport,
Terminal 1A, Mumbai – 400099.
Nagpur is the largest city in central India and also the third largest city by
population in the state of Maharashtra. The Nag River, a tributary of the
Kanhan, flows in a serpentine path and so the city got named Nagpur. The city
contains a large number of people from other Indian states as well as people
belonging to the world's major faiths. Nagpur plays host to a variety of
cultural events throughout the year. It is also the major commercial and
political center of the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra, and is also famous
throughout the country as "Orange City" for being a major trade center of
oranges. The city assumes political importance from being the headquarters for
the Hindu nationalist organization RSS and an important location for the Dalit
Buddhist movement. Nagpur has been the main center of commerce in the Vidarbha
region since early days and is an important trading location. Currently, Nagpur
is witnessing an economic boom as "Multi-modal International Cargo Hub and
Airport at Nagpur (MIHAN) is being developed. Nagpur is famous for its oranges
and Cotton as well as Asia’s biggest wood market.
Marathi, Hindi and English.
When to visit:
Nagpur has a tropical wet and dry climate with dry conditions prevailing for
most of the year. Summers are extremely hot lasting from March to June, with
maximum temperatures occurring in May. Winter lasts from November to January,
during which temperatures can drop really low. The Kanha National Park is closed
from July 1 to September 30 each year due to the monsoons. Other than that,
anytime is good for a holiday in Kanha, though the best period for animal
sightings is Feb to May.
Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport,
Nagpur – 400099.
One of the largest cities in the Eastern India, Patna is the capital of Bihar
state. Since ancient time, Patna has remained the seat of governance for many
noted dynasties including the mighty Mauryans and Mughals. Once known as
‘Patliputra’, ‘Azimabad’ or ‘Pushpapura’, Patna is a historically rich city and
even today provides a glimpse of the bygone era through its historic monuments
and ruined archeological sites. Patna has also remained a significant place for
Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhists and Jains. There are a number of religious
shrines in and around the city that belong to varied faith and thronged by
devotees in large numbers. In addition to these, modern shopping complexes, well
managed parks and gardens, delicious local cuisines, colourful fairs and
festivals, altogether provide matchless charm to Patna.
Maithili, Bhojpuri, Magadhi, Hindi, Urdu, and English.
When to visit:
Like most parts of Bihar, Patna boasts of a sub-tropical climate with hot
summers during April to June and cool winters during November to February. The
monsoon season arrives in late June and ends by September. The ideal time to
visit Patna is between October to March as the weather remains pleasant and
worth the visit.
International Airport, Patna - 800014, Bihar.
A perfect example of cosmopolitan India, Pune - the ‘Oxford of the East’, lies
nestled amidst the Sahyadri Hills, on the Deccan plateau. Due to its cool, dry
climate it once served as the ‘monsoon capital’ under the British regime. Today,
it has developed into a key industrial center. Regarded by many as the city that
epitomizes modern India, here buildings from the colonial era lie side by side
with new-age eateries; museums that hark back to the bygone era co-exist
amicably with funky discotheques; and old forts share the limelight with the
charismatic Bhagwan Rajneesh’s Osho International Meditation Resort. The city is
known for its famous colleges, Osho slippers and Shrewsbury biscuits. A city
where students is what you see everywhere, nipping about on their bikes and
scooters, piling into clubs, hanging out at street corners. The best thing about
Pune is that it's a friendly city. From small kiosks on corners serving cold
coffees and ice creams eaten on the pavements to high end theme bars, Pune
accommodates all. The prices are low here, but the comforts match all metros.
With the recent rise in IT companies, Pune is the city for the young. It's the
quintessential big-city with a small-town feel. Visit Pune for the Osho Ashram.
Visit the famous German Bakery for delicious desserts or buy Osho slippers in
all colours possible from the pavement stalls. On the outskirts, there are also
the ruins of the Maratha Empire, sturdy forts littered in beautiful expanses of
Marathi, English and Hindi.
When to visit:
Pune, with its tropical wet and dry climate, enjoys moderate temperature.
Although Pune can be visited all round the year, the weather is the loveliest
just after the monsoon in the months of September and October. Pleasant breeze
rocks the city, which itself is covered in a beautiful cover of green.
Lohgaon Airport, Pune - 32,
It is one of the oldest and most naturally beautiful cities in India and has a
recorded history dating back to the 3rd century BC. With a long history that saw
it enter the hands of various kingdoms, dynasties and empires, Srinagar till
today remains one of the most sought after lands in the world. Located in the
beautiful Kashmir Valley, through which the radiant Jhelum River flows, Srinagar
is surrounded in the north by the Hokersar wetlands, one of richest wetlands in
terms of fauna and flora in the country, and home to migratory birds from
Siberia. Srinagar is however most famous for its many lakes, the best known of
which is the Dal Lake, home to houseboats and shikaras (canoe like skiffs), and
floating markets. The town is also very well known for it numerous gardens, most
of which were made many centuries ago. There are also many edifices of religious
importance to be found in the city. Srinagar is in the land that truly embodies
nature’s harmony between earth and sky, water and mountains, trees and flowers,
and is a destination that must be visited at least once in a lifetime.
Urdu, Kashmiri, Hindi and English.
When to visit:
Srinagar is known to have humid continental climate with very warm summers, and
winters with sub zero temperatures. The ideal time to visit this beautiful
valley of lakes and gardens is between May and August, when the weather is not
too cold or hot. Frequent showers are common in the months of July through
Srinagar International Airport,
Humhama, Srinagar: 190007.
Welcome to the 'City of Joy', another metropolis of India, Kolkata. Erstwhile capital of India under the British Raj, the culture of Kolkata has bathed in the varied influences of the Nizams and the Europeans among others. Kolkata is a 300 year old city, composed of three villages - Sutanati, Gobindapur and Kolikata, founded by Job Charnok an East India Company agent in 1690.
The city of multifarious delights, swathed in a cornucopia of colours and culinary delights, Kolkata is unique in its own way! Its is an intellectual hub, which produced some of India’ finest brains and also five Nobel laureates - Ronald Ross, Sir C.V. Raman, Rabindranath Tagore, Mother Teresa and Amartya Sen. With a life that revolves around the Hoogly (Ganges), Kolkata still retains the aura of the colonial days, in its radiant days and charming lifestyle.
Bengali, English and Hindi.
When to visit:
Kolkata boasts of a tropical wet and dry climate, with hot and humid summers.
The South-West monsoon brings heavy rains between late June and September. The period from October to March is considered best to visit Kolkata.
Upper Departure level, New Integrated Terminal Building (NITB / T2) N. S. C. B. I,
Kolkata, WB 700052.
Tel. No.: + (91) (033) 25118468 / + (91) (033) 25119469
Port Blair (IXZ)
Port Blair is the largest town and a municipal council in Andaman district in the Andaman Islands and the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, a union territory of India. It lies on the east coast of South Andaman Island and is the main entry point to the islands.
Port Blair is the headquarters for the Indian district of South Andaman, and the local administrative sub-division (tehsil), which is also called Port Blair. It is home to several museums and a major base for the Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard. It is also the headquarters of the Tri Services Command.
Bengali, English, Hindi.
When to visit:
Port Blair has a tropical monsoon climate, with little variation in average temperature and large amounts of precipitation throughout the year. All months except January, February and March receive substantial rainfall.
Port Blair Airport:
Veer Savarkar International Airport,
Port Blair, Andaman Nikobar Island Pin-744103.
The City of Waterfalls and Lakes, Ranchi, as is commonly known, is the capital of the state of Jharkhand. The nucleus of the new found state, Ranchi once was the proud summer capital of the government ‘babus’. It is known for its scenic attractions, desolate rocks and cascading waterfalls. Over the years, Ranchi has emerged an important industrial centre and is home to many industrial houses.
Ranchi is rich in heritage and culture as well, of the tribes who have lived here for centuries now. The Bihar Tribal Research Institute here is a good place to start to know more about the tribal population, its origins etc.
Hindi, Maithili, Sadri, Oraon, Nagpuri, Mundari and English.
When to visit:
September – May, when the weather is moderate and cool.
AAI,Birsa Munda Airport (New Terminal),
Tel. No.: + (91) (0651) 2253346