The Very Best of India
12 DAY TOUR FROM £4,795 PER PERSON
This varied private tour of India is brimming with colourful experiences and spectacular scenery.
No surprise that curry is the staple dish here but don’t imagine that means every day is the same since the style of food varies enormously according to the region you’re travelling in and the availability of local ingredients. You can normally ask the kitchen to increase or reduce the amount of spice according to your taste, and western food is also available in most places too, if spice is not your thing or if you just fancy a change.
India is not just a shopper’s paradise but a haggler’s haven. Markets and bustling cities can be hectic but it gives a real insight in the way of life here. You’ll find stalls full of beautiful exotic goods such as scarves, rugs, beads, statues, jewellery, trinkets and wooden items that are even better if you negotiate a fair price. Every colour, every size, every variety imaginable…ready to tempt you. You’ll certainly be spoiled for choice.
Culture is a big part of life here. There’s an established way of doing things and a festival for almost every day of the year. India has hundreds of different religions and thousands of different gods so there’s always something going on. The culture here is also reflected in the many forms of dance, music and cuisine. It’s great to simply observe life and watch the world go by, especially family get-togethers or, if you’re lucky, a wedding.
It’s like a battle of little and large. Big, bustling and slightly chaotic, India, located in southern Asia is home to over a billion people, it’s the seventh largest country in the world and offers a world of contrast. Lapped by the India Ocean it stretches from the mighty Himalayas to tropical islands dotted off the coast including the beautiful Maldives – a haven for luxury and relaxation and the perfect end to any trip to India.
India is home to some of the most famous tigers in the world, not least the beautiful Bengal Tiger. The best way to see these is at one of the many national parks and sanctuaries where you can take a safari in search of tigers as well as other wildlife. There are many conservation projects throughout India to protect the varied and beautiful array of wildlife in the country. Expect to see elephants in the streets, decorated for festivals, elephant polo matches and races.
In India, every day is an adventure. There is so much choice of activity that it can be hard to shortlist what to do, whether it’s exploring a temple, taking an exciting train journey, sleeping in a Keralan houseboat, venturing high into the hills or indulging in a little me-time at your palace hotel. Experience India’s sprawling deserts on a camel safari and for the more adventurous why not go mountaineering and trekking in the pristine surrounds of Shimla.
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