South India Delights (AHSID)
Think you’ve seen India? The South is a land apart. Enter a world where time feels like it has stood still forever. You’ll explore the famous sites and temples at Kochi, Pondicherry and Madurai and enjoy a night on a houseboat in Kerala's tranquil backwaters but it’s the local village immersion that you’ll treasure forever. Try on traditional fashions, get hands-on in a regional cooking class and inhale the refreshing air of a spice garden to see what makes this region tick.
Highlights: Discovering spirituality in historic temples, Gaining insight into traditional spices at an organic spice farm, Delving into the delicious world of South India's culinary delights with sumptuous meals and a cooking class, Exploring the holy city of Madurai by cycle-rickshaw.
Spirit of India (AHSPD)
Walking through Delhi’s markets, you realize that India’s like nothing you’ve ever experienced—its kaleidoscope of culture and colour has burnt itself into your memory. And it’s not just the magnificent forts or treasures like the Taj Mahal that impress—it’s the country’s spirit. Visit the birthplace of Buddhism and Hinduism to gain greater insight into this ancient and complex land. From a safari in Ranthambore and a cruise on the Ganges to cycle-rickshaw rides, our expert guides will bring you deep into one of the world’s most culturally and spiritually fascinating places.
Highlights: Exploring Indian spirituality at Hindu, Buddhist and Sikh temples, Observing local traditions on the River Ganges and in rural villages, Searching out wildlife in Ranthambore with local naturalist park rangers, Walking though history in royal palaces and forts