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A holiday to India will take you to an ancient but vibrant country, a nation of people who have had continuous civilisation since 2500 B.C. A culture so varied that you will be amazed by what you encounter around every corner of your extraordinary journey. India has been home to ancient people like the Indus Valley Civilisation and vast empires; over the centuries the Indian subcontinent has been linked to fabled wealth and treasures that brought many an invader to her doorsteps including the likes of Alexander the Great. Four of the world's major religions—Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism originated in her cradle.

Modern India

India is the seventh-largest country by geographical area, the second-most populous nation in the planet. India's sustained democratic freedoms, for over 60 years, are unique among the world's new nations.

 

People

India is a captivating nation where people of numerous and diverse communities and religions live together in harmony. Indian Population is polygenetic and is a remarkable mixture of diverse races and cultures. Indian people are known for their warmth and hospitality. English is widely spoken in India and is the language of the middle classes.

 

Best time to visit India: October - March

The best time to visit India for tourists is the winter season. The season lasts from October to March. It is a pleasure to visit India during these cooler months. Another reason to visit India in these months is that they coincide with festivities. This is the time when many of the well-known festivals of India are celebrated. In October - November falls Dussehra, Durga Puja and Diwali. Then in November it is the Pushkar Fair (in Rajasthan), the largest cattle fair in India. In January is the Republic Day of India and Lohri - the festival of Punjabis. The festival of colours Holi is celebrated in March. And the festivals well known to Westerners that include Id, Easter, Christmas with each celebrated in totally Indian fashion. And how can one forget the New Year celebrations. You can experience India, in all its richness, tapestry and diversity by visiting in the winter months.

 

Winter Sun

Indian winters are mild according to Western standards. You have ample sunshine to get a tan and relax by the poolside. If you travel towards South of India, the warm waters of the Arabian Sea are a delight and you can wander along miles of unspoilt golden sand beach with the warm waters of the Arabian Sea lapping at your feet.

 
 

Best time to visit India: October - March

The best time to visit India for tourists is the winter season. The season lasts from October to March. It is a pleasure to visit India during these cooler months. Another reason to visit India in these months is that they coincide with festivities. This is the time when many of the well-known festivals of India are celebrated. In October - November falls Dussehra, Durga Puja and Diwali. Then in November it is the Pushkar Fair (in Rajasthan), the largest cattle fair in India. In January is the Republic Day of India and Lohri - the festival of Punjabis. The festival of colours Holi is celebrated in March. And the festivals well known to Westerners that include Id, Easter, Christmas with each celebrated in totally Indian fashion. And how can one forget the New Year celebrations. You can experience India, in all its richness, tapestry and diversity by visiting in the winter months.

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Cities and destinations in Rajasthan

 

 
 
 

 
 

Rajasthan

While Rajasthan’s literally means the Land of Kingdoms. Its royal heritage and colourful history is apparent in its forts, temples and palaces. En route your private car journey you will see some of the natural attraction for travellers ... the vast Desert of Thar and one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world – Aravalis. Mingle with royalty on our Royal Tour and be treated like one. Our Rajasthan tours let you explore the culture & heritage of this princely state of India. The heritage hotels and camel safari of Rajasthan will also give you a feel of a bygone era.

 

Best time to visit India: October – March

Cuisine:

Rajasthani cuisine was heavily influenced by the war-like lifestyles of its populace and the availability or rather the lack of availability of ingredients in this arid desert region. Despite these obvious shortcomings the Rajasthani cuisine spreads a splendid array of colourful, spicy and unique dishes. The bati, lachhedar paratha and besan ki missi puri are types of bread peculiar to Rajasthan. Two meat delicacies –‘ lal maans’(red meat), a fiery heavily spiced dish, and ‘safed mass’ (white meat) cooked with cashew nuts, almonds and coconut - should not be missed during your Rajasthan tour. A particular favourite is the ‘sula’ kebab (skewered smoked boneless lamb). Every region has its own take on preparing this dish and can be prepared in 11 different ways. You can spice up your holidays in Rajasthan by trying out the various chutneys that are made from spices like turmeric, coriander, mint and garlic

 
 

The cities we visit

Agra:

It is a city in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. We have included this in our itinerary as it lays en route to Rajasthan. Agra achieved its fame as the capital of the great Mogul emperors. It remains a major tourist destination because of its grand Mogul-era buildings, notably the famous Tāj Mahal, Agra Red Fort and Fatehpūr Sikrī, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

 
 

Bikaner: 

Bikaner was formerly the capital of the princely state of Bikaner. The city was founded by Rao Bika in 1486. Bikaner is famous for its imposing palaces and beautifully sculptured temples. This desert city has a barren splendour which is totally unique... its sand dunes best seen in moonlight, its wild life sanctuaries and its archaeological and ancient treasures all combine to make this city a great destination to visit.

Bharatpur:

The Keoladeo National Park formerly known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is located in Bharatpur, Rajasthan. The park was a hunting ground for the erstwhile maharajas of Bharatpur. It is one of the best places in Asia to observe birds in their natural environment. One of the most famous visitors in winter to Bharatpur are the Siberian Cranes.

Bundi:

Bundi is known for its ornate forts, palaces, and stepwell reservoirs known as baoris. The Taragarh Fort or 'Star Fort' is the most imposing of the city's structures. It was build in AD 1354 on top of a precipitous hillside overlooking Bundi. The principal of its ramparts is the 16th century bastion known as the Bhim Burj, on which was once mounted a particularly outsized cannon called Garbh Gunjam, or 'Thunder from the Womb'. Taragarh fort is a popular tourist destination and it contains three water reservoirs that never dry up.

Jaipur:

Jaipur also referred to as the the Pink city, is the capital and largest city in Rajasthan. It was founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. It remains a major attraction for the first-time visitor. Jaipur is surrounded on all sides by rugged hills and dotted with forts & temples. Houses with latticed windows line the streets and their pink colour; lend an old world charm that is almost magical at sunset.

Jaisalmer:

Also known as The Golden City because when the sun sets its sandstone fort and buildings emanate a lustrous golden glow. Jaisalmer is a remote desert of Rajasthan. Situated the outskirts of the Great Indian Desert it abounds with ancient palaces, temples and picturesque settlements.

Jodhpur:

Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan and was founded in the 15th century by Rao Jodha. The city dominated by the colossal Mehrangarh fort on a rocky hill. Jodhpur is charming with its wealth of historic attractions and colourful markets which specialise in antiques, wool, cattle and camels.

Mandawa:

Mandawa is in the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan, where every home is decorated with gaily painted murals that light up the arid landscape. Mandawa, a remote feudal was a trading outpost for the ancient caravan routes that passed en route to China and the Middle East. The Rajput ruler of Mandawa, Thakur Nawal Singh, built a fort in 1755 to protect this outpost and this slowly grew to become a small town on the edge of the desert.

Nawalgarh:

Nawalgarh is famous for its fresco and havelis. It is a small town in Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan. Nawalgarh was founded in 1737 AD by Thakur Nawal Singh Ji Bahadur there are many local attractions and market places to spend a pleasant evening in this charming town.

Udaipur:

Udaipur a former princely city has a real sense of space and peace and a marked absence of the hustle and bustle of most Indian towns. It is considered to be the most romantic city in India and is famed for its magnificent Sunrisnd is popularly known as the city of dawn. A vision in white, saturated in romance and beauty, Udaipur is a captivating blend of sights, sounds and experiences – an eternal vision of beauty and calm inspiring the imagination of many a famous poet and writer.

Ranthambore national park:

These deciduous forests used to be the hunting grounds for the Maharaja of Jaipur and are home to the diurnal tigers that are easy to spot. The sanctuary provides breathtaking landscapes being surrounded by the ancient Aravali and Vindhya hills. Ranthambore National Park has abundance of wild life and is very well managed and has luxurious accommodations for nature and wildlife enthusiasts.

Kerala

The ancient history of Kerala is shrouded in the mists of tradition. The most popular legend would have it that the land crust that forms the State was raised from the depths of the ocean. Kerala was first mentioned in one of the ancient edicts dating back to 273-236 BC. The name Kerala has been taken from the word Keralaputra or the land of the sons of Cheras. Kerala is a Southern Indian state and one of the most beautiful parts of India. It is blessed with breathtaking backwaters, serene powdery golden beaches, lovely hill stations, exotic wildlife parks & sanctuaries.

Best time to visit

Mid-September till end March


Cuisine:

Like most South Indian cuisine, be it seafood or rice and other cereal dishes, the importance is on healthy eating and thus Kerala cuisine uses less oil, sugar and artificial additives, and depend on natural herbs, natural flavours, spices and coconut. Spices that flavour the local cuisine give it a mouth-watering but sharp pungency that is heightened with the use of tamarind.

Cities and destinations in Kerala


Kochi

Kochi formerly Cochin, is the second largest city in Kerala on the west coast of India by the Arabian Sea. Heralded as the Queen of Arabian Sea, Kochi was an important spice trading centre on the Arabian Sea coast from the 14th century. Occupied by the Portuguese Empire in 1503, Kochi was the first of the European colonies in India. Many fascinating highlights of Cochin include - The Jewish Synagogue in what is locally called the Jew Town, St. Francis Church which is the oldest European Church in India, the Santa Cruz Basilica (Fort) built in 1557 by the Portuguese, the Dutch Palace, the Spice market and the 15th century Chinese fishing nets believed to have been brought by Chinese traders.

Periyar

Periyar is South India’s most popular wild life sanctuary set high in the mountains of the Western Ghats, and is home to the bison, wild elephant, boar, languor, the great Indian tiger and more. The sanctuary is covered with evergreen or semi-evergreen rain forest.

Backwaters:

The Kerala backwaters are 900 kilometres of waterways comprising of brackish water lagoons and lakes lying parallel to the Arabian Sea coast (known as the Malabar Coast). The kettuvallams or Kerala houseboats are one of the renowned tourist attractions in Kerala. One of the best aspects of travel through the backwaters is being able to witness the idyllic village life without feeling intrusive. The entire backwaters region is a scenic paradise and sustains a delightfully laid-back way of life that has endured for centuries.

Munnar:

Munnar is one of the most popular hill-resort towns in Kerala and in southern India. Munnar is located on the majestic Western Ghats. Munnar has a legacy of its own when to comes to the origins and evolution of tea plantations. Taking account of this legacy and to preserve and showcase some of the exquisite and interesting aspects on the genesis and growth of tea plantations in Kerala's high ranges, a museum exclusively for tea was opened some years ago. Here you can buy the most exotic and aromatic tea that is not available anywhere else in the world. Near Munar is the famous Rajamala wildlife sanctuary, located about 15 kms from Munnar. It is the natural habitat of Nilgiri Tahr, a rare Mountain goat and wild elephants.

Delhi

Delhi is the capital city of India. It is a fine blend of the old and the new, the ancient and the modern. Delhi is truly a homogeneous city, a melting pot of cultures, races and religions. Over the centuries Delhi has served as the capital for several dynasties that ruled India, giving it a rich and colourful history. Its monuments are a Kaleidoscope of architectural styles. Some of these monuments include the renowned and historical landmarks such as the Qutub Minar, Tughlaqabad fort, Purana Quila, Jama Masjid, Humayun's tomb, Red Fort, and Safdarjung's Tomb. Some of the relatively modern landmarks include India Gate, Jantar Mantar, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Akshardham Temple and Lotus temple . Lutyens' Delhi deserves a special mention in any introduction of the city. This is a part Delhi, named after the leading British architect Edwin Lutyens who designed this part of the capital city during the days of the Raj. It is famous for its British colonial architecture, wide roads and tree-lined boulevards. Among many other things Delhi is home to numerous national museums, old bazaars, temples, trendy nightclubs, bars and American styled mega shopping malls. Modern Delhi is the financial hub of the country, a vibrant global metropolis that attracts people from the length and breadth of the country and the globe. At least Twelve million people call Delhi home, and it's growing.

Best time to Visit

October till March


Cuisine

Delhi s cuisine has been influenced by its different rulers. And every time a ruler settled here, they got with them their own cuisine. Over the centuries Delhi has been ruled by Turks, Afghans, Rajputs, Marathas, Moguls and the English. One of the popular Delhi cuisines is the Mogul cuisine; this typically consists of food prepared in earthen ovens. In modern Delhi you will find food from all over the country and the world and is a food connoisseur delight.

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal is a UNESCO world heritage site and built entirely of white marble. It is widely regarded to be one of the seven wonders of the modern world. Taj Mahal means the Crown Palace. Taj Mahal is widely regarded as the ultimate symbol of love as it is a mausoleum located in Agra built by the Mogul emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite queen Mumtaz Mahal. Taj Mahal is the finest example of Mogul architecture, a technique that infuses elements from Persian, Turkish and Rajput architectural styles. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1632 and the principal mausoleum was completed in 1648. The Taj Mahal was constructed using resources from all over India and Asia. Over 1,000 elephants were used to transport construction material. The turquoise was from Tibet, the Lapis lazuli sourced from Afghanistan and the sapphire came from the mines in Sri Lanka and the carnelian from Persia. In all, twenty eight precious and semi-precious stones were inlaid into the marble. The marble used was the best money could buy and this translucent white marble was quarried in Makrana, Rajasthan, jade and crystal was procured from China and the jasper from Punjab.

The best time to visit

September till end of March Taj Mahal is best viewed under a full moon, when it appears to glow in the moonlight.

Wild India and Tiger Safari

The stunning beauty of the Indian sub continent is matched only by its extreme diversity. Each safari or national reserve is so very different that it is vital to research the characteristics of each before perfecting your itinerary. We arrange tours in Ranthambore national park , Jim Corbett national park, Nagarhole Wildlife National Park and Periyar Wild life sanctuary. All of them are superb destinations for a classic safari experience and in some cases you can experience a beach holiday with your safari too. South India is better suited for the safari connoisseur, with relatively untouched Jungles and areas of true wilderness guaranteed. Our Safari tour packages include the Indian subcontinent's most expensive, exclusive and ultimately most luxurious lodges and resorts while we cater to the budget travellers needs by providing comfortable and safe tours in locations of dramatic scenery and breath taking beauty. Use our website to research your ideas, or better still, arrange a time to talk to us by phone or send us an Enquiry stating your requirements and we will get back to you with fantastic offers in the next 24 hours.

Ranthambore national park

Major Attractions: Tigers, Leopards, Boars. Area Covered: 400 sq-km. Ideal Time to Visit the Park : Between October and June. Ranthambhore is one the most prominent national parks in Northern India. It is located in the Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan. It gets its name from the splendid Ranthambhore fortress which lies within the boundaries of the National Park itself and is a local tourist attraction. Ranthambore is unusual among Indian reserves as it has an abundance and surplus of tigers, which is why some have been moved to other national parks. Ranthambore national park covers 5,000 square miles. Its other wildlife attractions include angurs, plum-headed parakeets, turtles, painted stork, lapwings, stone curlew, common mongoose, sambar deer (the largest deer in Asia). Some of the other residents include Nilgai (Bue bull), Caracal, Langur, Palm Civet, Gazelles, Wild Boar, wild Jungle Cat, Leopards, , Sloth Bear, Spotted Dear and the Striped Hyena.

Jim Corbett national park

Major Attractions: Wild Elephants, Tigers, Leopards and Crocodiles Area Covered: 1,200 sq-km. Ideal Time to Visit the Park :Between November 15 till June 15. During the Monsoon season, the Sanctuary remains closed. That is from June 16th till November 14th Jim Corbett National Park is found at the foothills of the Himalayas. It is a dense forest dotted with lakes and is fed by numerous rivers and streams and as a result has an extremely rich flora and fauna. It terrain has numerous ravines, ridges, streams and small plateau. We arrange wonderful jeep and elephant safaris. The elephant safaris go deep into the thick grasslands and jungles, searching for tigers or wild elephants. Our elephant safari provides excellent photographic opportunities. In addition to Tigers and wild elephants one can easily spot the fish-eating Gharial Crocodile and the 'Mugger' Crocodile warming themselves on the banks of rivers and lakes. Some of the smaller residents of the park are Indian Grey Mongoose, Himalayan Palm Civet, Common Otter, and Porcupine. And one cannot miss the noisy Langur and Rhesus Monkeys who are well distributed all over the reserve.

Nagarhole Wildlife National Park

Major Attractions: Tigers, Elephant, King Cobra, Krait, Python, Monitor Lizard and Toads Ideal Time to Visit: Between October and April Area covered: 400sq km Nagarhole Wildlife National Park shares its boundaries with Bandipur National Park. Nagarhole National Park is roughly 90km away from the historical city of Mysore. Nagarhole National Park has lively wild life. Most of the animals found her are native to the nearby Nilgiri Hills. Tigers and Elephants are a major attraction. Apart from these two the sanctuary is home to, Niligiri (blue bull), Langur monkey, bisons, leopards, wild boar, deer, dhole and porcupines. All of them constitute as a major attractions of this park. Presence of grassy swamps is ideal for crocodiles and other animals.

Bandipur National Park

Major Attractions: Asian Elephants, Gaurs, Tigers, King Cobra, Krait, Python, Monitor Lizard and Toads Area Covered: 875-sq-kms Ideal Time to Visit the Park: Between October and April. In the year 1973, Bandipur National Park situated near the borders of Karnataka and Kerala became one of the first of India's Tiger Reserves under Project Tiger. It is very similar to the NAgarhole Sanctuary (see above). The meagre jungles towards the eastern limits of the Bandipur National Park consist mostly of stunted trees surrounded with bushes and some open grassy belts.

Periyar Wild life sanctuary

Major Attractions: Tigers, Asian Elephant, Nilgiri Tahr, Nilgiri, Langur and more. Area Covered: 800 sq-km. Ideal Time to Visit the Park: Between October and June The Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve is situated high in the rmountain ranges of the Western Ghats. Thes Periyar National park consists of thickly wooded hills that are dominated by water bodies, vast grasslands and impenetrable forests as you go deeper into the wooded valleys. It lies about 200km from Kochi or Cochin and is a great place to see animals in their natural habitat. The River Periyar is the main source of water along with the main lake located deep in the centre of the sanctuary.

Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

Major Attractions: Migratory Birds, Resident birds, Sambar, Chital, Boar and blue bull. Area Covered : 29 sq-km. Ideal Time to Visit the Park : Resident Breeding birds: Between the months of August-November Migrant birds between October and February. Keoladeo Ghana National Park popularly known as Bharatpur bird sanctuy is a patch of wetlands just under 30 square kilometres and often regarded as one of Asia’s most important bird sanctuaries. It was founded in 1733, and has a small fortified city in i the centre called Lohagarh or the Iron Fort. Bhartpur makes for easy viewing as it has paved walkways for the hikers or one can sit back and relax while riding a cycle-rickshaws. In all Keoladeo Ghana National Parkt has an abundance of easy to approach birds.

Karnataka

A land blessed with many captivating facets. Discover eternal monuments, world heritage sites, thriving Jungles, amazing wildlife and fauna, magnificent waterfalls, dreamy hill stations, eternal temples, unspoiled beaches, exciting adventure sports and vibrant art & culture. And, as you cross through the length and breadth of Karnataka, be enthralled by every aspect of this incredible land.

Bangalore

The city boasts of spacious green areas, tree-lined boulevards, a wealth of flowering foliage, lakes and gardens, earning it the name "Garden City." The once laid back Army barrack settlement of the British Raj, has now spread way beyond the mud fortress and the four towers constructed by it local ruler in 1537. With its booming economy and colourful lifestyle, the main city of Karnataka has transformed from a sleepy Garden City into one of India's fastest growing and cosmopolitan cities. Bangalore like most of India is a Land of contrasts. It is home to India's Silicon Valley, considered a Shopper's Paradise the locals fondly refer to it as the Pub City. Other aliases attached to Bangalore are … Air-conditioned City, Gourmet's Delight and Pub Hopper's Paradise.

Mysore

Mysore, today, is a growing historical city in Karnataka with an old world charm, it owes this to its broad boulevards, quaint gardens, exceptional construction and a wholesome environment. Famous for its opulent palaces, ostentatious buildings, expansive gardens, tree-lined boulevards, iridescent silks and sandalwood, the 'City Royale' is usually a prominent destination in a tourist's itinerary. It invokes visions and memories of the resplendent and glorious past of the Wodeyar Kings. This former state capital is a flawless mix of old-world charm and today’s world. It maintains its custom in music and dance, art and literature and age-old crafts.

Temple Towns

Varanasi

Varanasi is commonly known as Banaras and Kashi .This is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and probably the oldest in India. People often refer to Varanasi as "the city of temples" or the "the spiritual capital of India" . Varanasi is a city situated on the banks of the River Ganges, in the Northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It is regarded as a holy city by Hindus, Buddhists and Jains. The holy city of Banaras or Varanasi is abundant in cultural tradition and mythological inheritance. It is considered as the abode of Lord Shiva and Parvati. It is assumed that a dip in the holy waters of the Ganges cleanses all past sins. Hindus believe that one who is destined to die in the land of Varanasi would accomplish salvation (moksha) and conquer the cycle of birth and re-birth.

Khajurao

Khajurao is a town in the central state of Madhya Pradesh, located about 620 kilometers (385 mi) southeast of New Delhi. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. Khajuraho has the largest group of medieval Hindu and Jain temples, famous for their erotic sculptures. The city was the cultural capital of Chandela Rajputs, a Hindu dynasty that ruled this part of India from the 10-12th centuries. The Khajuraho temples were built over a span of 200 years, between the years 950 AD to 1150 AD.

Haridwar

Haridwar is regarded as one of the seven holiest places to Hindus. In Hindu traditions, the 'Panch Tirth' (Five Pilgrimages) within Haridwar, are Gangadwara (Har ki Pauri), Kushwart (Ghat in Kankhal), Bilwa Teerth (Mansa Devi Temple) and Neel Parvat (Chandi Devi Temple). There are several other temples and ashrams located in and around the city. Also, alcohol and non-vegetarian food is not permitted in Haridwar.

Rishikesh

Rishikesh is a city in the northern state of Uttarakhand. Located in the foothills of the Himalayas in northern India, it is known as The Gateway to the Himalayas. It is located around 25 km north of holy city, Haridwar. It is a vegetarian city by law, an alcohol-free city, and has also banned the use of plastic bags. Rishikesh, sometimes nicknamed "the world capital of Yoga", has numerous yoga centers that also attract tourists. Rishikesh is famous for Rafting and Adventure. Rafting season starts from the month of September and ends in March.  

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