India is home to spectacular religious complexities, astonishing archaeological remains, grand Islamic architecture, impressive colonial era buildings, and bustling bazaars. It’s also a land of festivals with timeless traditions and age-old celebrations. From the riotous colour of Holi to the serenity of Diwali, timing a visit to coincide with a cultural event will create memories of a lifetime. India also has some of the finest wildlife viewing in all of Asia, with its geographical diversity supporting several rare species.
Marvel at the Golden Temple in Amritsar
The Golden Temple is the holiest site in Sikhism and is famous for its distinctive golden exterior. An atmospheric and spiritual place, the evening Palki ceremony is particularly memorable.
Explore Jodhpur’s Meherangarh Fort
The mighty Meherangarh Fort which towers above the picturesque blue-hued homes of Jodhpur’s old town is visible from almost every point in the city and is one of Rajasthan’s most arresting sights.
Experience the festival of Diwali
Known as the ‘festival of lights’, Diwali is one of India’s most important religious festivals. Celebrating new beginnings, Diwali is characterized by gift giving, fireworks and the lighting of candles.
Explore the Shree Meenakshi Temple in Madurai
The towering multi-coloured gopurams of the sacred Shree Meenakshi Temple are instantly recognisable. The complex is a hive of activity and is one of southern India’s major pilgrimage sites.
Take a safari in Corbett National Park
India’s oldest national park, Corbett was established in 1935. It has a beautiful riverside setting, with the reserve supporting tiger, leopard, elephant and over 500 species of bird.
Discover Jaipur’s bazaars
Jaipur is celebrated throughout India for its arts and crafts. The lanes of Jaipur’s old city are a treasure trove of bangle makers, gold and silver casters, book binders, gem traders and foil makers.
Attend the Hornbill Festival in remote Nagaland
The Hornbill Festival is North East India’s most important cultural event. Once a year, the 16 tribes of Nagaland unite to showcase their dress, dance, songs, music and to celebrate traditional Naga life.
Learn about Khajuraho’s ancient temples
Arguably the thousand-year-old carved temples of Khajuraho are India’s finest. They celebrate the joy of life and love for which there is no equivalent in the world.
Take a memorable journey on a local train
Most visitors to India wish to experience a train journey. For those looking for something more adventurous, a journey on a small regional local train is a once in a lifetime experience – like the Darjeeling Himalayan Railroad.
Search for rhinoceros in Kaziranga National Park
There’s no better place on the Indian subcontinent to see the rare one-horned rhinoceros in the wild than Kaziranga National Park. It’s one of the finest wildlife reserves in the country.
Join the enthusiastic Holi celebrations
Holi marks the arrival of spring and is known as the ‘festival of colour’. The liveliest of all Hindu festivities, Holi is celebrated with fervour with coloured powders thrown at friends and strangers alike.
Uncover the ancient remains of Hampi
At its zenith Hampi was the largest and wealthiest city on the planet and its greatness is evident in the archaeological remains. A highlight is the grand Vitthala Temple which is one of the finest in India.
Pilgrimage to the Ganges in Varanasi
As India’s holiest city, there are few places on earth that have the atmosphere of Varanasi. Crowded with pilgrims, worshippers and sadhus, the evening Aarti ceremonies are especially unforgettable.
Follow in Kipling’s footsteps at Kanha National Park
Located in central India in classic Kipling country, Kanha inspired Rudyard Kipling’s ‘The Jungle Book’. There’s no better place to see the majestic Bengal tiger in the wild.
Watch sunset at the Gateway of India in Mumbai
The Gateway of India stands proudly at the heart of Mumbai’s historic Colaba district. This iconic structure was built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to India in 1911.
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