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Tailormade India

A tailor-made holiday to India is a visual treat; it is a country alive with colour and charm, full of ancient sites and religious monuments.

From the busy markets of Delhi to the peaceful towns in the Himalayan foothills, travelling in north India offers an abundance of variety. Religion has a huge part to play, with the holiest of all Sikh shrines, the Golden Temple in Amritsar, and Varanasi, where Hindus bathe in the sacred River Ganges. Dharamsala is home to the exiled Dalai Lama, and Bodhgaya is where Buddha is said to have found enlightenment. The city of Rajasthan is a land of forts and palaces, whereas Khajuraho has incredible 1000 year-old carved temples.

Those wanting a wildlife holiday should visit Ranthambore and Keoladeo National Parks for fantastic wildlife spotting opportunities. Not forgetting the iconic Taj Mahal, possibly the greatest architectural gesture of love, it's hard not to get caught up in the romance of the north of India.

Central India has some of the country's best national parks, such as the Bandhavgargh, Panna or Tadoba National Parks, home to magnificent Bengal tigers. Leopards and sloth bears can be found in Satpura National Park, and nilgai, sambar and gaur at Pench National Park, which is thought to be the inspiration for Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book.

For birdwatchers, Kanha National Park is a must visit, with over 200 recorded species. However, central India also has some amazing cultural sites too, with Buddhist cave temples in Ajanta and Ellora, and ornate ruins in Hampi.

South India boasts palm fringed beaches and fertile landscapes, where you can explore spice gardens and tea estates. A highlight on any holiday to south India has to be a cruise through Kerala's sleepy backwaters on a houseboat, taking the toy train into the hills to 'Snooty Ooty', exploring lavish Mysore Palace and discovering the former French town of Puducherry. Alternatively, try wildlife-spotting in Bandipur or Periyar National Parks.

The possibilities are endless on an Explore Tailormade holiday to India.

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Travelling to India for the first time can be daunting - what do you wear, what are the trains like and what if you get ill? Our Explore Tailormade Regional Specialists get asked all sorts of questions so here are our most frequently asked queries to help put your mind at rest.

Food is also a worry for some. Nobody wants to get ill while they are on holiday and spicy food doesn't appeal to everyone. But rest assured the food in India is very varied, with fresh flavours, fragrant herbs and spices and unusual cooking techniques - embrace the food and you'll have a wonderful experience! Explore team members have travelled extensively in India trying various dishes, read more on our food blog, or to find out more book a cookery class and try out some dishes when you get home.

Meet Sophie Newbold, Regional Specialist for India

'India is a land of contrasts and diversity. It's a country steeped in culture and tradition, yet one of the world's fastest growing economies and embracing all things 21st Century. This lively, colourful and charismatic country will captivate travellers with its blend of old and new, with its awe-inspiring architecture and temples, with its busy modern cities and ancient tribal lands. Head north if you want to see Maharaja's palaces, busy markets and of course, the majestic Bengal tiger. The south is synonymous with a more laid-back approach to life, where you can soak up the atmosphere cruising sleepily along the backwaters, or perhaps on a palm fringed beach. Where-ever you choose to go, India is sure to wake all your senses and leave a lasting impression!'

In a land of forts and palaces once belonging to ruling Maharajahs, hill stations dotted with colonial buildings used by the British Raj, Portuguese houses and lovely quaint havelis, India has a wonderful array of heritage hotels. From the romantic Udai Kothi overlooking Udaipur's Pichola Lake to the more simple, quirky Welcome Heritage Panjim Inn in Goa, there is something for all tastes and styles.

Speak to our Tailormade Regional Specialists today to see how you can include a heritage stay on your holiday.

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