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.
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.
Land of the Maharajas (AHLM)
Legend has it that colour film was invented specifically to capture the vibrancy of India. (Okay, we made that up, but still…) This adventure offers a look at the history and heritage of this always surprising land, bringing you to the imperial Mughal cities of Agra and New Delhi, stunning capitals of the former princely states—home to sprawling haveli and Rajput-era palaces—and rural Rajasthan villages and fortified towns untouched by time. And with air-conditioned transport and accommodation throughout, you feel a little like royalty yourself.
Highlights: experiencing the regal lifestyle staying in heritage homes and rural palaces, Exploring stunning forts and intriguing markets, Discovering rural Indian culture, Basking in the glory of the magnificent Taj Mahal.
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.