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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