A true Indian travel experience is a mixture of many elements – visiting iconic & historical sites; witnessing centuries old traditions and culture; staying in boutique, palace and heritage hotels; exploring and shopping in the fascinating back streets and bazaars of small rural villages and towns to the bustling local markets and new flashy malls of the big cities. You can also view wildlife in some of the most remote regions of India, enjoy fabulous local cuisine and pamper yourself in some of India’s luxurious spas.
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HIMALAYAN FOOTHILLS (HIMACHAL PRADESH)
A favourite holiday destination, particularly in the summer months, the region is surrounded by pine covered hills and lush meadows, attracting many travellers to its popular resort towns. Shimla was once the summer capital of the British Raj. Dharamshala is home to the Dalai Lama and the region is covered with stunning tea plantations and boasts some of India’s most breathtaking scenery and diverse cultures and communities.
India’s Desert state and once a collection of princely kingdoms, is known for its valour and chivalry of the past, its vibrant colours, imposing
forts, regal palaces, traditional Rajasthani cuisine and stunning desert landscapes. It is also world famous for its textiles and handicrafts, folk music and dance. Jaipur the capital of Rajasthan is known as the ‘Pink city’ and famous for its gems, jewellery, carpets and clothing. Jodhpur, the capital of the ‘Thar’ desert and known for its blue painted houses and street bazaars, it is also a shopper’s paradise.
CENTRAL INDIA (MADHYA PRADESH)
Madhya Pradesh set in the rugged expanse of Central India, is a wildlife and bird paradise and one of the best places on the continent (and the world) for game viewing. Among the best parks is Kanha, Pench and Satpura, all supporting a diverse range of animals including the ‘Famous Five’ -tiger, sloth bear, wild dog, Indian bison and the endangered, swamp deer. This region also boasts one of India’s best known Temples “Khajuraho”, a thousand years old and covered with erotic carvings.
“Gods own Country” bordered by the Arabian Sea to the west and the Western Ghats mountain range in the east, is a land of rivers and backwaters, located in the southwest corner of India. Tall coconut palm trees dominate the landscape with long shorelines of serene beaches, lush mountains, waterfalls, valleys and spectacular tea plantations, making Kerala one of the most sought – after and fashionable tourist destinations in Asia.
Access to much more of the Indian sub-continent has become easier following recent improvements to the country’s infrastructure in terms of roads and frequency of scheduled flights. No matter what form of transport you use in India, be it by plane, train or road, you will enjoy friendly service and a warm welcome with one of our private guides. And finally, don’t forget the fabulous food and enchanting people. Both will leave their pleasant mark long after you return.
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