Reasons to Visit
India's central parks are home to a vast range of species - on any game drive you might see spotted and barking deer, sloth bears, Indian gazelle, numerous bird species and of course the majestic tiger. But India can boast a lot more than this - visitors to the Chambal Sanctuary might spot the rare Gangetic dolphin and the elusive Asiatic lion can be found at Sasan Gir.
Whether it's the bright saris and traditional jewellery worn by Indian women, the colourful mounds of spices adorning market stalls, or the soft, pastel pink of a sunset over Agra, every way you turn in India you are confronted by vivid and beautiful colours.
As Brits we are famously fond of a curry, but anyone who has been to India will tell you that traditional Indian food is in many ways very different. The subtle and expertly blended herbs and spices create an incredibly tasty meal and the variation of flavours and ingredients between each region is remarkable.
India has perhaps the greatest diversity of landscape of any country; from the mighty Himalaya range to arid lunar landscapes in Ladakh, forested foothills, tea and spice plantations, deserts, mangrove forests, vast plains, tropical backwaters and remote islands. You won't have to travel far to feel like you are in a completely different world.
From the Mughal forts of Jodhpur and Gwalior to the palaces of Jaipur and Udaipur, there are majestic buildings in every major city. There are also numerous smaller forts and palaces which have been carefully restored, providing an excellent place to stay and experience regal Indian life as it once was.
India is the meeting place of several different world religions. We can suggest the most important places to visit to enjoy the beauty of ancient Buddhist sculptures or marvel at Hindu temples adorned with the pantheon of colourful gods. Our guides will point out the intricacies of mosque design or explain the meaning of a ceremony in a Sikh gurdwara.
Any trip to India should include at least one journey by train. Rail travellers will experience a glimpse of a bygone era, and an overnight journey offers the excitement of waking in your private car to a new and vibrant landscape beyond the window.
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India is an intriguing place for the first time visitor, a captivating and vibrant country full of diverse landscapes and friendly people. Opulent palaces and temples and hectic cities contrast with the mighty peaks of the Himalayas and the quiet back waters and beaches of the south coast.
Combining a holiday in India with a traditional Indian festival can be an enjoyable and enlightening experience, creating a better understanding of Indian people and their way of life.
India is home to many national parks and within these a fantastic array of wildlife, much of it unique. Learn about the best parks to visit, the best accommodation options plus the wildlife you will see.
Enjoy a relaxing river cruise and discover otherwise inaccessible areas as well as experiencing local culture from a different perspective.
The concept of the homestay was first developed in Kerala and the naturally friendly Keralites continue to welcome visitors to their homes.
Members of our India team provide an insight into the smaller forts of North India and Rajasthan. Stay in a fort in India and experience life from a bygone era.
Explore Audley's guide to Responsible Travel in the Indian Subcontinent. View our recommended eco-accommodation options, charities we support as well as additional relevant policies and practices.
The Indian Subcontinent has long since been associated with spirituality, having spawned four of the world’s great religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism.
The Himalaya region spans six countries and is the world’s highest mountain range. Find out more about the area surrounding this spectacular part of the globe and discover useful information to help plan your ultimate Himalayan journey.
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