Offering an unforgettable and holistic travel experience, India continues to change the lives of travelers from all around the world. Take in fiery fragrances at a New Delhi spice market, trek the Great Indian Desert on the back of a camel, laze in a hammock overlooking Goa’s blue ocean and marvel at the immensity of this vast and humbling land. Experience it all on an Indian holiday.

Once administered directly by the United Kingdom, in 1947 India became an independent nation following a peaceful resistance. For much of its long history India has been known as a successful trade route, linking Europe with Asia. It has been recorded that India’s early dynasties traded extensively with the Roman Empire as well as West and South East Asia. Today the country has the largest growing economy, yet still faces many challenges such as poverty. In addition to its trade legacy, India is where Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism originated.

From snow capped mountains, tropical beaches and dry deserts, India’s climate is as diverse as its geography. The country as a whole experiences four seasons, with winter in January and February and summer taking place from March to May. June marks the beginning of the monsoon season, which continues until September and is then followed by a post monsoonal season. This post monsoon period from October to January is the most pleasant time to visit India as humidity and rainfall is at a low.

No matter what time of year you visit India, chances are you’ll get to experience some sort of festival or celebration while there. Republic Day on January 26th marks the anniversary of India becoming a democratic republic and is the country’s most important national event. Another highly celebrated event is the Hindu spring festival of Holi. For sixteen days during February or March (depending on the calendar), the festival celebrates the beginning of spring and death of demons. On the main day, people famously cover one another with colored powder and water as a sign of gratitude.