India has long attracted adventurous holidaymakers, with its varied landscapes, historic architecture, rich culture, endangered wildlife, and remote white beaches.
However for those who are yet to discover, or are keen to rediscover this extravagant destination, now could be the perfect time. With an increasingly favourable exchange rate between the rupee and the pound, and discounts now available of up to £218 per person on select tours with adventure travel experts Explore, India is now more accessible than ever.
Managing Director of Explore Ashley Toft says as one of the company’s top selling destinations for 2012, India continues to be a popular choice for adventure holidays this year.
“Our customers have always loved India simply because of the diversity it offers. For some, it’s all about the wildlife and the chance to see endangered tigers in their natural environment. For others it’s the culture, landscape and local life.”
He continues, “India is like no other country in the world, and the reason people like travelling there with Explore is that we offer customers the chance to experience the real India. We want them to see the highlights, but we also want them to get away from the crowds, to get off the beaten track, to visit rural villages, eat where the locals eat, and travel on local transport.
“With the rupee/pound exchange rate as it is at the moment, it’s definitely a great time to visit – which is why we have introduced a number of special offers on select India tours, to make it even more accessible for more customers to experience this incredible country.”
For the time conscious, Tiger, Tiger
offers the chance to observe the endangered Bengal tiger in the wild. Spend three days in Ranthambore National Park, home not only to this rare creature but also to leopards, sloth bears, crocodiles and many species of bird. There’s also time to discover the architectural and cultural delights of New and Old Delhi. Departing December 2013, and then February, March and April 2014, this six day tour now starts from £1,153 per person (saving £101) including return flights; five nights’ hotel accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis; five other meals; transport (including bus, train, cantor, and cycle rickshaw) and the services of a tour leader, naturalist guide and drivers. *This tour was the 2010 winner of AITO’s (the Association of Independent Tour Operators) 'Most Sustainable Tour' award. The itinerary was commended by AITO for its focus on environmental, conservation and social issues.
For a real blend of culture, history and wildlife, Moghul Highlights
offers the chance to admire some of the masterpieces of Moghul art and architecture. Discover Humayun’s tomb in Delhi, the deserted sandstone city of Fatehpur Sikri and the magnificent Taj Mahal in Agra. Customers will also enjoy a rickshaw ride through Keoladeo National Park, search for Bengal tigers in Ranthambore National Park and witness Rajasthani village life in rural Karauli. Departing October 2013 to April 2014, this nine day tour now starts from £1,221 per person (saving £100) including return flights; eight nights hotel with breakfast; three dinners; transport (including bus, cycle, rickshaw and cantor/open-sided safari vehicle); and the service of a tour leader and drivers.
Explore’s Kolkata to Amritsar
tour travels on India’s extensive rail network from Kolkata in the Bay of Bengal to Amritsar’s Golden Temple. Customers also sail along the Ganges in a fishing boat, and ride on a steam train to an old Himalayan hillstation. Departing September 2013 to April 2014, this 15 day tour starts from £1,490 per person (saving £202) including return flights; 13 nights hotel and one night sleeper train all with breakfast; transport; and the service of a tour leader, drivers and local guides.
Or for those with a little more time, Tiger Trails and Temples
offers the chance to experience three of India’s great national parks – Ranthambore, Bandhavgarh and ‘Kipling’s Kanha’. Take game drives to search for a wide range of wildlife, from wild elephant and Indian wolves to the magnificent Bengal tiger and leopard. Along the way, explore the fort palace at Orchha, the temples of Khajuraho and experience the hustle and bustle of Old Delhi. Departing October 2013 to March 2014, this 16-day tour now starts from £1,787 per person (saving £201) including return flights; 14 nights hotel and one night sleeper train all with breakfast; most dinners and one lunch; transport (including bus, train, jeep, cantor and rickshaw); and the service of a tour leader, drivers and local guides.
Or, taking to the tracks of India’s extensive railway system, travel from the holy Sikh city of Amritsar to Kerala’s beautiful backwaters on the Indian Rail Odyssey
tour. Uncover the history of Delhi’s colonial past, explore the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur and visit the magnificent Taj Mahal. Along the way discover Moghul treasures, track tigers, relax on tropical beaches and explore jungle-lined foothills. Departing October 2013 to March 2014, this 21 day tour now starts from £1,994 per person (saving £218) including return flights; 17 nights hotel and three nights sleeper train all with breakfast; six other meals; transport; and the service of a tour leader, drivers and local guides.
For further information, or to book any of these tours, visit www.explore.co.uk or call 0844 499 0901.
*Explore offer 20 group tours and Tailormade holidays to India. For a full list, please click here