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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Almora itself occupies a horseshoe-shaped ridge and is an important market town and administrative centre. It is also considered to be the cultural capital of the area, also known for Jim Corbett's tiger escapades. Its stone paved roads and wooden houses reflect its rich heritage.
Almora is tucked away in a little known corner of Uttaranchal. To the east is Nepal and China and north is the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
It was founded by the Chand Dynasty in 1560. In 1798 the area was overrun by the Gurkhas and was heavily bombed by the British as they tried to expel them in the Gurkha Wars of 1814-15.
Almora itself occupies a horseshoe-shaped ridge and is an important market town and administrative centre and is also considered the cultural capital of the area, also known for Jim Corbett's tiger escapades. Its stone paved roads, wooden houses with beautifully carved façades and homes decorated with traditional murals reflect its heritage.
Almora is the gateway to the wonderful foothills enabling a select few to experience real rural life in the Kumaon region from a village perspective.
Also in this area is the luxury retreat of 360° Leti overlooking the Ramganga River and ancient terraced lands, with snow capped mountains behind.
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