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.
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 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'll feel a little like royalty yourself.
Highlights: Experience the regal lifestyle staying in heritage homes and rural palaces, explore stunning forts and intriguing local markets, discover rural Indian culture in hamlets and villages, bask in the glory of the magnificent Taj Mahal
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