Discover India, a fascinating mix of vibrant cultures, mouth-watering food and stunning landscapes,
India is one of the largest and most populous countries in the world. Its charm captivates all who visit and it is a dream destination for so many, one of those countries with ‘something about it’ that draws people in. It is a country of contrasts with bustling cities, laidback beaches, calming waterways, amazing wildlife and the expanse and peace of regions such as the Himalayas. This is mirrored in the experience of India, at once chaotic and bustling but also warm, welcoming and immensely spiritual, India is contradictory or diverse, take your pick but be sure you will love it.
India holds something for everyone, in a country that is almost more of a continent, you are spoilt for choice. Its buildings will give you a glimpse of ancient civilisations, colonial British reign right through to modern skyscrapers. Contrast this with tea plantations, mountain ranges and beautiful hilltop villages and India continues its reputation of the land of contrasts. Visit the state of Rajasthan, one of the most well-known and a classic introduction to India where you will be enchanted by the Land of Kings, a state filled with places and forts, the colourful cities of Jodphur and Jaipur and spiritual cities such as Varanasi, Rishikesh and Amritsar. For wildlife and nature, Rajasthan will not disappoint. Visit Ranthambore in search of the elusive tiger, the Thar Desert for luxury desert camps and the Aravalli Hills to spot elegant leopards.
In contrast to the north, Southern India is classically more laidback. Visit Kerala, God’s Own Country for lush waterways and coconut groves, the verdant hills of the western Ghats and golden sandy beaches. The charming colonial town of Fort Cochin is a delightful place to spend a few days. Wander the streets, soaking up the architecture and the relaxed atmosphere and head down to the beach to see the famous Chinese fishing nets. The Keralan backwaters are a relaxing contrast to the chaos of northern India. Rent a houseboat and spend your days sailing past charming villages and watching the gentle pace of daily life.
For real remote India, the Himalaya region is second to none. Experience some of the world’s best hiking in states such as Ladakh and the wildly beautiful region of Kashmir. This part of India is famous for yoga retreats and is one of the most spiritual areas, important in both the Buddhist and Hindu religions. Lose yourself or find yourself in this stunning and far-flung part of the country.
The holy cities of Varanasi, Rishiskesh and Amritsar offer a glimpse of the rituals and spirituality that make up everyday life in India. Watch bathing and funeral pyres in the river Ganges and visit spectacular temples. Contrast this with the bustling, modern cities including the capital Delhi, an experience in itself.
Come to India for the culture, the people, the wildlife the food and leave with the indelible mark of the mix of colours, smells and pure delight that is this captivating country.