First time trips to India

Guide to First Time Visitors to India

India evokes such an eclectic variety of adjectives. Some amazing, some less so. It can be a daunting destination to consider, but at Millis Potter, we have just the right sort of experiences to ensure you see India’s wonderful hidden delights. The drive times in Kerala are much shorter than in Rajasthan. We always tailor the itinerary exactly around how immersive you want to be, and what you had in mind when you first considered India as a holiday destination.

We have just the right sort of experiences to ensure you see India’s wonderful hidden delights.

Here are our tips:

Start with Kerala: Kerala is located in the south-west corner of India, and is known for its laid-back backwaters that you can cruise along on a private houseboat. Explore the hill station of Munnar and its dramatic tea-fields, the colonial city of Cochin, spice plantations and palm-fringed beaches. The drive times in Kerala are much shorter than in Rajasthan, and it is a perfect destination to take the family. You can also easily combine Kerala with the Maldives for some superb beach time to finish.

The drive times in Kerala are much shorter than in Rajasthan.

For many guests, seeing the Taj Mahal is a livelong dream and forms part of India’s ‘Golden Triangle’ which also includes Delhi and Jaipur. You can add on spotting tigers in Ranthambore National Park, or a visit to the holy city of Varanasi. If you have more time, continue into the rural heartlands of Rajasthan and see the incredible city of Udaipur, known as the Venice of the East. We sugguest a gentle blend of town and country, allowing you to experience the laid-back village life as well as the colourful, bustling towns and cities.

We sugguest a gentle blend of town and country.

If you like your wildlife, you can simply avoid the bustling Indian cities and head straight to the centre of India where you find a collection of National Parks at Pench, Kanha, Bandhavgarh, Satpura, Tadoba and Panna. You can opt to visit one or two, or set out on a longer wildlife tour. You really feel completely away from it all, staying in lovely boutique lodges.

You really feel completely away from it all, staying in lovely boutique lodges.

Dive into the deep end! If you want to see the ‘real’ India, then don’t hold back. We can tailor an itinerary that allows you to see the highlights, but also takes you off-the-beaten track, allowing you to have a wonderful blend of both worlds.

You might well want to cross off a long list of places that friends have suggested to you. We would say that you shouldn’t try and cover too much ground, maybe choose one region such as Rajasthan or Kerala and then return back in a couple of years. This cuts down the travelling, and allows you sit back and enjoy India all the more fondly.

We would say that you shouldn’t try and cover too much ground

Visas and Health

  • You may have heard stories of ‘Delhi Belly’ and that you almost certainly will get ill when travelling in India. However, the standards in the restaurants has radically improved in recent years, and by using anti-bacterial hand-wash and drinking mineral water is a great way to stay 100% well
  • You might have heard that getting a visa is exceptionally challenging having to visit a visa office and hand over your passport, but recently the Indian Government now offers electronic visas that are very easy to complete. Millis Potter will even fill out the form for you

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