With a population of 1.3 billion people and the 7th largest country in the world by land mass it is unsurprising to learn that India is an extremely diverse country with many hidden splendours. This diversity is never more apparent than when comparing it’s major cities. Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata are fantastic cities each with their own niche. With flights to these major cities becoming ever the more available with a number of airlines, it has never been easier to book a flight using your AMERICAN EXPRESS CARD and board a plane for a city break with a twist.
With the country’s second largest population Delhi is a must if you are looking for a real taste of India’s culture. Visit in autumn time when the temperature is in the high 20’s and the monsoons have passed to witness the huge religious festivals. Navarati (Oct 16-23) offers 10 days of street parties, with plenty of dancing, ending with the traditional burning effigies of God Ravana. Perhaps the largest festival is Divali (Nov 3rd) the Hindu New Year. Celebrating the triumph of good over evil you will see flickering lights in every window, market traders out in force and breathtaking fireworks displays. Hotels offer discounts at this time and shops offer 40% off. Perfect to earn points on your Amex card.
If you are looking for a younger, more cosmopolitan crowd, look no further than the bustling city of Mumbai. With rooftop cocktail bars and a busy live music scene you can rub shoulders with the stars in the popular Bollywood hangouts. Visit the famous Blue Frog bar in the media hub of Lower Parel to check out India’s up and coming indie and electronica talent.
Famed for it’s markets and coffee houses the first capital of British India and cultural capital of modern India offers something for everyone. Anything and everything is sold on its busy streets, from fresh pineapple to traditional garments. Visit the renowned flower market Mullick Ghat where it seems every known flower is sold in a beautiful array of colours. Double rooms are available at grand hotels for a very reasonable £37 per night full board. Visit between December and February to take advantage of the milder weather.