Here are some of our favourite places to visit and highlights to experience on our tours of India. One of the great things about this country is that India’s diversity and progression ensures that you can return time and time again and experience something completely new.
One of the most intriguing and crazy cities in the world, Delhi encapsulates all that is India, both positive and negative. A fascinating history which spans over 1,000 years, each power that has settled within the city has shaped it dramatically, the variety of architecture on show is very much testament to this.
No private tour of India would be complete without a visit to one of the world’s most iconic buildings, the Taj Mahal; a symbol of love which is every bit as spectacular in real life. It is fair to say that Agra as a town might be considered a little underwhelming but there is no doubt that the Taj Mahal is one of the world’s greatest monuments.
The vibrant and coloful settlements with cliff top forts and cities that jump out from their arid and dry surroundings make Rajastan one of the most interesting states within India. Be sure to visit Udaipur, Jaipur and Jodhpur, staying in converted palaces for a regal tour of Rajastan. This state also boasts the famous Ranthambhore National Park, one of the largest and best protected parks within India, home to the Save the Tiger Foundation which helps to ensure the future of these majestic animals.
This is India’s lush green south. Here a myriad of waterways converge, allowing you to explore the sleepy tropical backwaters onboard the comfort of your own converted rice barge. Kochi (Cochin) is the largest city within the region and was shaped by Dutch traders during the 1500s, making for an intriguing mix of architecture. Kerala’s interiors are home to some of the most striking scenery within India as well as numerous tea plantations housing charming and quaint accommodation for guests.
Situated on India’s west coast, Goa is the smallest state in the country but has been a popular beach spot for Europeans since the 1960s. Today it’s a mix of resorts and quaint backpacker accommodation but for those looking for a spot of rest and recuperation after a hectic tour will find it a relaxing destination and home to India’s best beaches.
Probably the most holy of India’s holy cities, Varanasi is located on the banks of the Ganges in the state of Uttar Pradesh and is a popular pilgrimage site. It’s believed that those who die within Varanasi are offered salvation and as such funerals here are a common occurrence. The vast steps that align the river (or Gahts as they are referred to) are home to hundreds of locals and visitors washing in the water and praying. Evening boat journeys are a must as the sweet smell of incense fills the air and makes for an extremely memorable experience.
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