Tailor Made Holidays to India
Neither vast oceans to the east and to the west, nor the mightiest of mountain ranges on her northern frontier, could protect India from invaders. Conquerors and colonialists came, stayed awhile then retired, having contributed their part to the four thousand years of history of this thronging, colourful, extraordinary land. Home grown dynasties flourished then faded and they, too, left their mark. Throughout these millennia of turmoil, the Hindu religion remained predominant, unaltered, binding its peoples together – and so it does to this day.
Most of Rajasthan comprises the magnificent Thar Desert – part of the sand belt which encircles the world. The arid landscape, dominated by the jagged skyline of the Aravali Mountains, contrasts with the tranquility of placid blue lakes and cool, shady gardens. The area is steeped in the history of the martial Rajputs and tales of treachery and courage abound, witnessed by the multitude of majestic palaces and forts. Many of these have since been converted into luxurious hotels, some still owned and managed by the descendant families. Click Here for more holidays to Rajasthan.
The state of Uttar Pradesh encompasses the plains where the River Ganges meanders effortlessly on its long journey to the sea. On its banks and to the east lies Varanasi, the holiest of the seven sacred Hindu cities. To the south is Khajuraho with its 9th century temples dedicated to eroticism. The Taj Mahal, one of the ‘Wonders of the World’ and possibly the greatest monument to love ever built, can be marvelled at in Agra, whilst from the highlands in the north east, the traveller may gaze on ‘The Far Pavilions’ of the mighty Himalayas.
Whether relaxing on a beach, floating through the backwaters, visiting temple towns or wandering through the wooded mountainside, the southern states of India will welcome you with gracious hospitality. With emerald green pastures, rolling hills and fragrant spice plantations, Kerala was the inspiration for the phrase ‘God’s own country’.
Tamil Nadu and Karnataka offer some of the most colourful and culturally fascinating aspects of India, with sites of ancient civilisations and kingdoms including the medieval city of Hampi and the temples of Mahabalipuram. Goa, further north, is well known for its golden beaches but also has a wealth of culture, visible in its many temples and churches.
One of the best chances of seeing a tiger in India is in the state of Madhya Pradesh, the inspiration for Kipling’s Jungle Book. Kanha, Bandhavgarh, Satpura and Ranthambore are also known for their increasing tiger populations as well as for a variety of other wildlife. Click here to see a selection of Wildlife holidays in India.