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"India--The land of Vedas, the remarkable works contain not only religious ideas for a perfect life, but also facts which science has proved true.
Electricity, radium, electronics, airship, all were known to the seers who founded the Vedas." Wheeler Wilcox
Teeming with colour, sounds and smells, Delhi is a place like no other. New Delhi, built during the British rule in 1927 has the look of an European city, with it's wide leafy avenues and Palladium style architecture.
Old Delhi in contrast, has narrow medieval streets and popular bazaars along with the historical monuments of several centuries of Mughal rulers.
Don't miss the Unesco Red Fort, Puran Qila, Qutb Minar, Jama Masjid and Humayan's Tomb.
The Wild Side
Ranthambhore National Park, lying between the Banas and Chambal rivers, is famous for its tigers.
See Jim Corbett National Park (for elephants) in the eastern state of Uttarakhand, Kaziranga in Assam for Indian one-horned rhinoceroses along with Ganges River dolphins.
Kanha Tiger Reserve, in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh and 39 Unesco properties in the Western Ghats provide fantastic wildlife opportunities.
Watch the sunrise across the Jumana River illuminate the beautiful Taj Mahal – the stunning monument to Mumtaz Mahal, Shah Jahan’s beloved wife.
Lesser known, but still impressive, is the tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah called the “Baby Taj” wonderfully decorated buildings with painted and raised plaster designs.
Another famous monument is the Agra Fort - the summer palace of Shan Jahan where you can view the Taj Mahal in the distance.
Jaipur, “The Pink City” is unforgettable for it's many palaces and the grand Amber Fort. The fabulous City Palace, Water Palace and Hawa Mahal (The Palace of the Winds) make this city must see when visiting India.
Showroom displays of dazzling gems, marble and fabulous textiles make this a shoppers paradise.
“The most romantic spot on the continent of India”
Popular Udaipur, with it’s interconnected artificial lakes, has a wealth of lavish palaces and scenic views to enchant the visitor.
The dazzling City Palace, overlooking Lake Pichola, contains 11 palaces and museums filled with fabulous art – including the stunning restored Peacock Courtyard
Temples, Ganges and Ghats:
Varanasi, Rishikesh, Mathura, Haridwar and Amritsar.
Experience the spiritual side of India. Tours start in Delhi and you can visit Varanasi, Rishikesh, Amritsar, Dehradun and Haridwar.
Essential for travellers wanting an authentic journey to the holiest temples and the River Ganges.
Trekking and Hill Stations:
Shimla, Manali, Sikkim and Darjeeling
India has a wealth of trekking opportunities for every level of expertise. From day tours through the pretty hill station towns of Nainital, Shimla, Darjeeling and Sikkim to longer hikes in Himachal Pradesh, we offer a wide variety of treks.
The cool climate is perfect during the hotter spring months before the monsoons, in May, June and July.
For the Bird(ers)
If your passion is birding, then Keoladeo National Park near Bharatpur is not to be missed. The former duck hunting preserve of the Maharajas is an important overwintering area for thousands of migrating water birds as well as home to over 300 endemic species.
Quiet trails surround man-made lakes and wetlands interrupted by grassy savannah and dry tropical forests. This Unesco World Heritage site spreads over 29 square kms and is a must see for ornithologists and naturalists.
“The Blue City” is the second largest in the Indian state of Rajasthan and just as well known for the magnificent Meherangarh Fort as its lovely blue houses.
Walk around the medieval old city and wander the pretty streets and bazaars – everything is for sale from incense to handicrafts. Nearby the Sardar Market is Ghanta Ghar – the old Clock Tower. Built a century ago, it still dominates the city centre.
Ranakpur, home of India’s biggest and most artistic Jain temple, sits in the Pali district among the green, wooded valleys of the Aravalli Hills.
Built over 500 years in the 15th century, the white marble temple is exquisitely carved and exudes a sense of calm. Inside, the 29 halls, 1,444 individually engraved pillars set under a complex of 80 domes, makes this fabulous temple complex a great tour addition when visiting Rajasthan.
Located in the Ajmer district of Rajasthan, the holy city of Pushkar is famous for its sacred lake with 52 ghats and over 400 temples-including one of the world’s few Brahma temples.
In November, the Pushkar Camel Fair swells the population by 200,000 and the Hindu pilgrims, traders, tourists and mystics envelope the small town in epic celebration.
World Heritage Site and one of India's most massive fortresses,
Kumbhalgarh Fort is located in the former Mewar kingdom near Udaipur in Rajasthan.
Well preserved and practically unknown outside India, the fort is ringed by a massive 36 km wall - second only to the Great Wall of China. Inside the wall there are over 300 temples, all constructed over 100 years beginning in 1443.
Explore the vast Thar desert by jeep or camel back and sleep under the stars during this one-of-a-kind adventure. Spend a day, week or a night under the clear skies in this beautiful world.
Special desert camps, Rajasthani Mujra, music and food make this a magical experience. Nearby Jaisalmer is perfectly located for day trip excursions.
Tropical Kerala, on India's Malabar Coast, has nearly 600km of shoreline on the Arabian Sea.
Beautiful palm-lined beaches and the network of canal backwaters make this idyllic state perfect for a relaxing vacation. Lying at the foot of the Western Ghats, the slopes support tea, coffee and spice plantations as well as wildlife.
Glittering Mumbai is India's largest city and financial center. The city is also famous as the heart of the Bollywood film industry.
On the Mumbai Harbour waterfront stands the iconic Gateway of India stone arch, built by the British Raj in 1924. Offshore, Elephanta Island has ancient cave temples of the Hindu god Shiva.
Goa, once a hippie hangout in the sixties and seventies still retains it's laid back vibe. Sandy beaches, sleepy fishing villages and centuries old remnants of 500 years of Portuguese occupation contribute a distinctive colonial flavour.
Goan cuisine is fiery and seafood based - a must try for travellers!
Quiet Bundi, in contrast to India's chaotic cities in the Golden Triangle, holds a special charm for the traveller looking to explore the lesser known sub-continent.
The decaying Bundi Palace, filled with paintings and murals from the 1600's and the attached Chitrasala are mostly deserted and you can wander through the rooms freely. Above, the Taragarh Fort overlooks the small city with it's blue homes. There is a lively bazaar, small lake and lovely Havelis. See the video below of magical Bundi!
A visit to Gwalior's commanding fort is one of the many attractions of this city in Madhya Pradesh.
The architects of the town were great builders and that is evident in the many monuments, museums, galleries and centopaths throughout the center.
The fabulous Scindia Palace and museum - full of treasures from the earliest days of the dynasty, is not to be missed.
Chittorgarh was the former capital of the Mewar kingdom and its magnificent fort is the largest in India. The citadel is situated on the left bank of the Berach River in southern Rajasthan, atop a natural hill overlooking the new town of Chittorgarh.
Designated a Unesco World Heritage Site, this 7th c fort sprawls over 600 acres filled with palaces, temples, gates and two excellent towers.
Medieval Orchha, in the state of Madhya Pradesh is memorable for it's 17th and 18th c palaces and temples. Vibrant, Bundela style murals adorn the walls of the Laxmi Mandir and are in an excellent state of preservation. In the Orchha palace, the former Sheesh Mahal has been converted to a hotel run by the state tourism corporation.
Along with the Jehangir Mahal Palace and four important temples, there are rafting trips on the Betwa river for outdoor enthusiasts.
Located in the state of Karnataka, Hampi is an ancient village from the time of the Viruppaksha Empire. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has over 500 monuments, palaces, temples, pavilions and bazaars below the boulder-strewn hills that backdrop the area.
The ancient ruins and remains, of one of the richest and expansive cities during it's time, make it perfect for a day of exploring.
Bikaner on the edge of the Thar Desert in Rajasthan, is a major camel trading center and home to the 16th c Junagarh Fort. The fort is impressive, with beautifully decorated halls, palaces and courtyards. Inside, the Prachina Museum has an extensive display
of textiles and royal memorabilia.
Be sure to visit the royal hunting lodge just outside of town. Situated on the edge of Gajner Lake, the Maharaja hosted British royalty at his elegant parties here during the early part of the 19th c.
A former caravan stop on the Silk Route, Mandawa is best known for it's elaborately painted and decorated Havelis - the homes of rich Shekawati merchants who lived here during 18th c.
Most of the buildings are crumbling, but some have been restored into charming heritage hotels.
The artistic temples at UNESCO World Heritage Site, Khajuraho, are a celebration of love, life and joy. Life in every form and mood has been captured and executed in stone. Stunning design and extraordinary artistry and vision makes a visit here unforgettable.