Wonderfully different, there is nothing quite like India. Travel a lot? No matter how much you've done or how many countries you've visited, when you first arrive in India it will hit you like a gale force wind. A hurricane of sounds, smells and colour where nothing is as it seems. Travel to India reveals a country that is both mesmerizing, exotic, exciting and mystical but at times frustrating, confusing and chaotic. Relax, stay calm, be patient and smile and India will open up herself to you in all her splendid glory.
India Encompassed (AHHE)
From the beautiful symmetry of the Taj Mahal to the unforgettable backwaters of Kerala, this comprehensive Indian journey is a photographer's delight. Walk along the sacred Ganges River in Varanasi and explore Abhaneri’s carved stepwells in the North before flying south to search for tigers in the wild and exotic spices in relaxed hill stations. With an intriguing combination of included activities and free time, city streets and rural spirit, you're sure to gain an understanding of the people and some insight into this fascinating land.
Highlights: Discovering ancient forts and temples, Revelling in the beauty of Agra's Taj Mahal, Sailing the Ganges in venerable Varanasi, Staying with the locals in the Kerala backwaters, Smelling spices at a plantation in the Cardamom HIlls
Wonders of North India (AHJI)
There’s so much to see and do in India that no traveller’s experience there is ever alike. This trip blends the classic highlights you find in the glossy travel spreads with intimate, highly personal moments far from the beaten path. Marvel at the colonial treasures of New Delhi and the flat-out gorgeous Taj Mahal, then haggle for the best deal like a lifelong local in the bustling markets. In Rajasthan, you’ll see colours you never even knew existed, and in Gujarat, you’ll stumble across stone-age settlements and some of the world’s rarest wildlife.
Highlights: Enjoying the fascinating blend of ancient and modern, Exploring historical forts and rural villages, marvelling at the remote Sanctuary of Kutch, Experiencing the fascinating old town of Bhuj and stunning caves at Ellora.
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.