As much as India is known for her inspirational heritage, culture and traditions, she is also famous for the glitzy and glamorous Bollywood which churns out more than 1600 movies a year. This itinerary takes one on a journey through quintessential and iconic north India covering six UNESCO World Heritage Sites and also gives one a taste of rural, aristocratic Rajasthan, juxtaposing with the cosmopolitan culture of Mumbai. Enjoy interactions with the owners of a restored 17th century Fort. Spot the majestic Royal Bengal Tiger in the wild, and partake in the fast pace of Bollywood’s glamour world!
This itinerary offers an amazingly stylish north India experience. Travel through Rajasthan staying in some of the most unique hotels in the country. Each of these properties have been hand-picked with a criterion to be an oasis of calm that one would love to return to after the day’s exploration. Some of them are privately owned by the erstwhile aristocracy lending them a trademark sophistication and a traditional warm Rajput hospitality.
From the heart of modern India in New Delhi to the ghats of the holy city of Varanasi, this itinerary covers the classic cities of North India showcasing history, architecture, religion, nature and the subtle nuances of diverse cultural distinction that India is known for. An ideal introduction for the first time visitor to India spanning four states and the capital – New Delhi – much of whose heritage from the British Raj is now symbolic of the world’s largest democracy. While, the Pink City of Jaipur offers a glimpse of the aristocratic Rajasthani culture, Agra is synonymous with the romance of the magnificent Taj Mahal. Relish a bit of the countryside and nature at the Chambal Safari Lodge with its home style food. Lucknow, the medieval cultural capital of India, is the legendary centre of Nawabi etiquette and culture. Be it cuisine, clothes, music or dance, Awadh and the Nawabs were more refined than any. Immerse in its delicate culture. Then, deep dive into Hindu mythology, philosophy and spirituality in the city of light – Kashi, an ancient seat of learning with a legacy that goes back to more than 3000 years on the banks of the holy Ganga, India’s most venerated river. End the tour in Khajuraho. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the temples here were built in the 9th and 10th centuries, and are widely regarded as being the pinnacle of expressive north Indian temple architecture.
Northern Himalayas are often referred to as Dev Bhoomi or the ‘Land of the Gods’ as the stunning mountain range of Dhauladhar raises its head to gossip with the clouds. This itinerary takes one on a spiritual journey to Amritsar for an introduction to Sikhism and then on to Dharamsala to understand Tibetan Buddhism. Along the way, visit one of Himalaya’s most mysterious Hindu temples at Pragpur.
Coastal Kerala boasts of emerald green paddy fields, groves of coconut trees swinging in the gentle breeze, rolling hills with acres of tea plantations, eternal rainforests, and the maze that is Kerala’s backwaters located tantalisingly close to sandy beaches of the Arabian Sea. It is the perfect antidote to the big busy cities. Kerala’s verdant greenery with all its spice plantations and gracious homes gleaming with the warmth of polished wood, make for a great contrast when combined with a Rajasthan tour.