India

The Great Outdoors

From the soar­ing snow-​dusted moun­tains of the far north to the steamy sun-​washed beaches of the deep south, India’s dra­matic ter­rain is breath­tak­ing. Along with abun­dant nat­ural beau­ties, exquis­itely carved tem­ples rise majes­ti­cally out of pancake-​flat deserts and crum­bling old fortresses peer over plung­ing ravines. Afi­ciona­dos of the great out­doors can scout for big jun­gle cats on wildlife safaris, pad­dle in the shim­mer­ing waters of one of many beau­ti­ful beaches, take blood-​pumping treks high in the Himalaya, or sim­ply inhale pine-​scented air on med­i­ta­tive for­est walks.

Food, Glo­ri­ous Food

Brace your­self – you’re about to take one of the wildest culi­nary trips of your trav­el­ling life. Here you’ll fry, sim­mer, siz­zle, knead, roast and flip across a deli­ciously diverse reper­toire of dishes. The hun­gry trav­eller can look for­ward to a tasty smor­gas­bord of region­ally dis­tinct cre­ations, each with their own tra­di­tional prepa­ra­tion tech­niques and pre­sen­ta­tion styles – from the com­pet­ing flavours of mas­ter­fully mar­i­nated meats and thalis to the sim­ple splen­dour of veg­e­tar­ian cur­ries and deep-​sea delights.

Expect the Unexpected

India loves to toss up the unex­pected. This can be chal­leng­ing, par­tic­u­larly for the first-​time vis­i­tor: the poverty is con­fronting, Indian bureau­cracy can be exas­per­at­ing and the crush of human­ity may turn the sim­plest task into a fraz­zling epic. Even vet­eran trav­ellers find their nerves frayed at some point; yet this is all part of the India expe­ri­ence. With an abil­ity to inspire, frus­trate, thrill and con­found all at once, adopt­ing a ‘go with the flow’ atti­tude is wise if you wish to retain your san­ity. Love it or loathe it – and most trav­ellers see-​saw between the two – to embrace India’s unpre­dictabil­ity is to embrace her soul.

Sim­ply Soul Stirring

Spir­i­tu­al­ity is the com­mon thread that weaves its way through the vast and com­plex tapes­try that is con­tem­po­rary India. The mul­ti­tude of sacred sites and time-​honoured rit­u­als are tes­ta­ment to the country’s long, colour­ful, and some­times tumul­tuous, reli­gious his­tory. And then there are the fes­ti­vals! India hosts some of the world’s most spec­tac­u­lar devo­tional cel­e­bra­tions – from for­mi­da­ble city parades cel­e­brat­ing aus­pi­cious events on the reli­gious cal­en­dar to sim­ple har­vest fairs that pay homage to a locally wor­shipped deity.

Avail­able Tours:

India and Nepal