India is everything you could imagine and more! It’s a continent of vibrant colours, cultures and faiths, where accommodating the guest and hospitality are a sacred duty.
As you would expect of a continent, you can pick your Indian destination to suit the climate and activities of your choice from skiing in the Himalayan foothills, to enjoying the beaches in Goa or the lush, tropical south in Kerala where the food is to die for – fish, fragrant rice and rich, spicy sauces cooked with coconut and quite different from in the north.
Of course, the Taj Mahal is a must on any list but it’s an easy hop from there to the amazing and colourful cities of the desert state of Rajasthan – Jaipur (the pink city) Jodhpur (the blue city) and Udaipur where you can stay in the floating palace surrounded by a lake! Discover the holy city of Varanasi on the banks of the sacred River Ganges or mix ancient and modern in the capital Delhi, where the new metro will help you whizz from 21st century shopping in Connaught Place to the ancient delights of the old city.
Or take a chance on spotting the increasingly rare and beautiful tigers on one of the plentiful national parks scattered throughout the country.
If historic buildings are your thing there is nowhere in India where you won’t find astonishing palaces, forts and temples richly decorated with intricate stone carving.
In fact people spend years travelling around and still fail to view some of India’s finest sceneries and landscapes. You really need to see it for yourself!
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Here is just a sample of what’s on offer in India
- If you’re going to Agra to see the Taj Mahal combine it with exploring the ruins a short drive away of the ancient ruins of the city of Fatehpur Sikri
- In Delhi take the metro to Nizamuddin and visit Humayun’s tomb, said to be the model for the Taj Mahal.
- Visit one of the many colourful markets and try your hand at bargaining
- A train trip is a must and absolutely has to be experienced
Above all be in high spirits and enjoy the fabulous diversity of India – and relax, nothing ever happens on time!
See a sample itinerary in India