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Cheap Flights India

The Republic of India, located in South Asia, is a land of many labels. It is the 7th largest country in the world (by land area), the 2nd most populous country with 1.2 billion people (second only to China, with 1.3 billion) and the most populous democracy in the world. And contrary to most outsiders’ views of Indian weather – hot and humid – the entire country actually experiences a wide range of different climates. From tropical monsoon climates marked by seasonal heavy rains, to tropical dry climates, to subtropical humid climates in the northern areas (where temperatures may fall as low as 0 degree Celsius in winter) to alpine climates at the northernmost regions (closest to the Himalayas), you can experience all types of temperature and humidity levels just travelling through the country.

Getting around

To get around India, one of the fastest and most convenient forms of transport is the train. The country’s rail network, Indian Railways, is considered one of the world’s largest railway networks; with 115,000km of track and 7,500 railways stations, it goes almost everywhere in India. But do note that, whilst train travel is the most commonly used form of transport, it does not diminish the fact that the country is very large and so train journeys can be long and tiring. For those wanting to get around more quickly, domestic flights would be the better option. And it wouldn’t necessarily burn a hole in your pocket either; there are many budget Indian airlines such as SpiceJet and IndiGo offering cheap flights within India.

What to see and do

The beautiful and mysterious country of India has much to offer in terms of tourism, even past the much-hyped-about cities of Delhi and Mumbai. For a vacation off the beaten track, how about a flight to Dehradun, one of India’s greatest and least-heard-of gems? The city boasts stunning natural beauty; it has the sacred Ganges river flowing to its east, the Yamuna river to its west, and sits in the Doon Valley at the foothills of the Himalayas – you can expect gorgeous mountain and river views as well as an abundance of fresh air.

For a more tranquil getaway, you can also visit the holy city of Rishikesh, the gateway to the Himalayas and birthplace of yoga. Rishikesh, surrounded by hills and sitting on the banks of the Ganges river, boasts a large number of temples, ashrams, shrines and yoga institutes, and is a must-go for those seeking spiritual peace amidst nature.

If not, history buffs would love Patna, a city rich in history and culture and boasting ancient treasures such as the Catholic church Padri Ki Haveli. Built in 1772, it is the oldest church in the state of Bihar and has withstood many attacks on its infrastructure throughout the years. Today, it stands as an architectural wonder and is also famously known as the church where Mother Teresa completed her apprenticeship in nursing, making it an extremely popular tourist destination.

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