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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Leh is located some 3500 metres above sea level and is the capital of Ladakh. The town lies in the ancient Indus valley and has been a trading post for Himalayan peoples for centuries.
Leh lies at some 3500 metres above sea level and is the capital of Ladakh.
The town lies in the ancient Indus valley and has been a trading post for Himalayan peoples for centuries, with routes running up into the Nubra Valley to the Silk Route and over the high passes to Manali and the Indian plains towards to Tibetan Plateau.
Its dilapidated Palace makes for an interesting backdrop, it is described as a miniature version of the Potala palace in Lhasa, and is fine example of medieval Tibetan architecture and the central markets give the town life, they are well supplied from Kashmir.
The adventurous may choose to reach Leh by road to appreciate breathtaking scenery, or alternatively you may fly from Delhi. It makes a great base to visit the many monasteries, chortens and gompas in the surrounding area such as those at Lekir, Alchi, Stok and Thiksey.
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The Himalayas, 23 miles away
The Himalayas, 42 miles away
The Himalayas, 153 miles away
The Himalayas, 181 miles away
The Himalayas, 214 miles away
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