• Buddhist monks at prayer wheels

    Ladakh, India

    Buddhist monks at prayer wheels
  • Golden Temple

    Amristar, India

    Golden Temple
  • Pangong Tse Lake

    Ladakh, India

    Pangong Tse Lake
  • Kathakali dance

    Kerala, India

    Kathakali dance
  • Thiksey Monestry on the hill

    Ladakh, India

    Thiksey Monestry on the hill

India

India stretches from the frozen summits of the Himalayas to the tropical greenery of Kerala. Its expansive borders encompass an incomparable range of landscapes, cultures and people. Walk the streets of any Indian city and you’ll rub shoulders with representatives of several of the world’s great faiths, a multitude of castes and outcastes, fair-skinned, Punjabis and Tamils. You’ll also encounter temple rituals that have been performed since the time of the Egyptian Pharaohs, domed mosques erected centuries before the Taj Mahal, and quirky echoes of the British Raj on virtually every corner.

That so much of India’s past remains discernible today is all the more astonishing given the pace of change since Independence in 1947. Spurred by the free-market reforms of the early 1990s, the economic revolution started by Rajiv Gandhi has transformed the country with new consumer goods, technologies and ways of life. Today the land where the Buddha lived and taught, and whose religious festivals are as old as the rivers that sustain them, is the second largest producer of computer software in the world, with its own satellites and nuclear weapons.

However, the presence in even the most far-flung market towns of internet cafés, smart phones and Tata Nano cars has thrown into sharp relief the problems that have bedevilled India since long before it became the world’s largest secular democracy. Poverty remains a harsh fact of life for around forty percent of India’s inhabitants; no other nation on earth has slum settlements on the scale of those in Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata (Calcutta), nor so many malnourished children, uneducated women and homes without access to clean water and waste disposal.

Many first-time visitors find themselves unable to see past such glaring disparities. Others come expecting a timeless ascetic wonderland and are surprised to encounter one of the most materialistic societies on the planet. Still more find themselves intimidated by what may seem, initially, an incomprehensible and bewildering continent. But for all its jarring juxtapositions, intractable paradoxes and frustrations, India remains an utterly compelling destination. Intricate and worn, its distinctive patina – the stream of life in its crowded bazaars, the ubiquitous filmi music, the pungent melange of diesel fumes, cooking spices, dust and dung smoke – casts a spell that few forget from the moment they step off a plane. Love it or hate it – and most travellers oscillate between the two – India will shift the way you see the world.

Tours to this location

The following tours visit this location:

Ayurveda Tour

Ayurveda is an oil based massage treatment which is herbal in nature. The Ayurveda massages or form of treatment comes primarily from Kerala, in southern India. The treatments in Ayurveda have been said to cure many ailments, disorders and diseases like, Arthritis, Asthma, Diabetes, Heart disorders, skin allergies and obesity.
Luxury Spa Treatment

Extensive Rajasthan Tour

Tour the grandeur, mystery and magic of Rajasthan in a wholesome manner. Rajasthan is popular for its fairs, festivities and colours. This tour gives a wholesome tour of the Royal Rajasthan and at the same time brings you in touch with the lost regality and splendours of a bygone era.
The Palaces of Udaipur

Ganges Valley Circuit Tour

A glimpse of Rajasthan mixed with the Golden Triangle Tour and finishes with Khajuraho for a visual delight of the Kamasutra temples and Varanasi for diving to depths of the Hindu mythology and philosophy.
Inside the Fort at Bikaner

Golden Triangle Tour

The Golden Triangle is an essential element to any holiday when visiting India for the first time! Experience the history of massive forts, the opulence, and splendour of Rajasthan's palaces and the bustle and buzz of markets and bazaars.
Taj Mahal

Golf Tour

India is a great destination when it comes to Golfing as Golfing has taken off big time here in the past 5-6 years. You have some of the finest Golf courses in the Country.
The eighteenth hole on a golf course at sunset.

Kerala: The Backwaters Tour

Known for its backwaters and tranquility and serenity, Kerala is a place to be visited for its oneness with nature and Kairali massages. Tamil Nadu and Kerala can be clubbed together for a 15 days circuit.
Stay overnight on a traiditional house boat

Kipling Country Tour

A fantastic wildlife tour giving you the opportunity to see tigers and other wildlife in different habitats and environments. It also mixes cultural visits at Delhi, Kasauli, Agra and Khajuraho. One of the finest wildlife programmes on offer.
Up-close with Tigers

Palace on Wheels

Experience the Maharaja way of royal living. Rediscover the Romance of Royal Rajasthan aboard India's first and most revered luxury trains. Framed around the award winning Palace on Wheels luxury train, this tour allows you to enjoy the splendors of ancient and modern India.
Palace on wheels

Rajasthan Tour

The first thing that comes to mind when you talk of Rajasthan is royalty and magnificence. This tour gives a wholesome tour of the Royal Rajasthan and at the same time brings you in touch with the lost regality and splendours of a bygone era.
Village Woman from the interiors of Rajastan

Roof Top of the World Tour

Set amidst the Northern Himalayan ranges lies the area of Ladakh. Let being the main city stands proudly in the valley at 3300 metres. A few hundred kilometres in every direction are high passes which go as high as up to 5359 metres and the view is breathtaking.
Leh Palace

Sikkim & Darjeeling Tour

Home to the world famous Tea Gardens of India and its rich tea manufacturing industry. Stay at some of the finest tea estates in the region and witness first hand their hospitality.
Tea plantations

Tempting Tamil Nadu Tour

The region of Tamil Nadu is famous for its temples and each Temple is a huge fortified structure. Its also where the French colonial Territory of Pondicherry is located with its old world French charm.
Sri Ranganathaswami Temple Trichy

Treasures of India Maharajas’ Express

Treasures of India is a 3 nights and 4 days whirlwind tour across the famed Golden Triangle tour circuit of India. From the colorful bazaars and majestic forts of Rajasthan, to catching the glimpse of tigers prowling in the wild in Ranthambore National Park
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