India …a sumptuous mix of traditions, colourful pageantry, architecture and landscapes, this is a land where the ancient and the contemporary exist side by side. It will enchant you with its beauty and diversity, enrich you with culture, stun you with modernity, embrace you with warmth and engulf you with hospitality.
The Golden Triangle is a well-trodden, but perfect, introduction to India, encompassing three famous cities – the sprawling historic capital Delhi; Agra, which boasts the incomparable Taj Mahal; and the ‘pink city’ of Jaipur with its staggering array of palaces and museums.
Plunge further into Rajasthan to unveil a land of maharajas and medieval forts, impregnable palaces and shimmering lakes. Don’t miss Jodhpur’s old-walled town and imposing Mehrangarh Fort; Udaipur’s waterside palaces; the magical desert city of Jaisalmer; and the 18th century Samode Palace.
If your interest lies in the natural world, Ranthambore National Park is one of the best places in the country to spot wild tigers. The park also has crocodile-filled lakes, a 10th century fort, ancient temples and over 300 bird species.
As a cultural destination, India is second to none. Venture to the Hindu city of Varanasi, where pilgrims from around the world wash away their sins in the sacred River Ganga, while in the foothills of the Himalayas discover the gilded temples of Amritsar and the former British hill station of Shimla. Further south is fast-moving Mumbai, a city of extremes and home of Bollywood.
The serenely beautiful state of Kerala is a world away from India’s frenzy. A languid network of glistening backwaters, spice and tea plantations, cool hill stations and golden beaches edged by lush coconut groves. Take a cruise aboard a traditional houseboat for a fascinating glimpse of everyday rural life beside the backwaters.
Let’s not forgets Goa, India’s popular pocket-sized beach paradise. A kaleidoscopic blend of Indian and Portuguese cultures, sweetened with sun, sea, sand and seafood.
- History, culture & spiritual splendour
- National parks with exotic wildlife
- Palm-fringed beaches
- Great value destination
- The Taj Mahal
- Hectic, intoxicating & incredibly diverse
- Magnificent forts & palaces
- Smorgasbord of scrumptious food