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Reasons to Visit India

  • Abundant wildlife

    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.

    Abundant wildlife
  • Colours

    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.

    Colours
  • Delicious food

    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.

    Delicious food
  • Diverse landscapes

    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.

    Diverse landscapes
  • Forts and palaces

    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.

    Forts and palaces
  • Religious buildings

    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.

    Religious buildings
  • Train journeys

    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.

    Train journeys

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Accommodation in India: Ayesha Manzil

This is a great base from which to explore the Tellicherry area and meet local people employed in the cottage industries or attending theyyam festivals at nearby temples.

Standard room, Ayesha Manzil, Tellicherry
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Ayesha Manzil

Tellicherry, Kerala & South India

Located on the outskirts of town, Ayesha Manzil is the home of Moosa and his wife Faiza.

Moosa's family bought this house in 1900 from an English cinnamon planter and he has lived here much of his life. Faiza is a renowned cook of Keralan Mopillah cuisine using local seafood and spices and her recipes have already appeared in a number of books and magazines.

It's well worth taking a look in the kitchen to see how she prepares the delicious meals which are usually eaten at a table on the lawn with other guests, or have a cooking lesson, starting with a visit to the local markets to buy fresh ingredients.

The rooms are all simply furnished in traditional local style with mosquito nets around the rosewood beds and have large en-suite shower rooms.

There are views of the ocean from the garden which has hammocks and chairs strategically placed for the best views of the sunset. There is also a small swimming pool.

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