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Catherine in Udaipur

Katherine, India Specialist

My love for travel began when I was very young. My mother had visited lots of different countries throughout the 1970s and as a small child I often looked through her photo albums, gazing at those worldly images and dreaming of the day when I too could visit such wonders.

It was India that stood out to me: the temples, food, dress and vibrant markets captured my imagination. To date, I’ve spent more than six months in India, and with each visit I love it even more. It really is a country that touches my heart and keeps calling me back.

Whether it’s exploring cities in the north like Jaipur, where Maharajas once resided, taking an overnight boat through the relaxing backwaters of the south, or visiting the beautiful French Quarters of Pondicherry in Tamil Nadu, there’s so much to see within India and a trip to this incredible country has something to offer for everyone.

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Jama Masjid, Old Delhi

I recommend visiting - Delhi

Delhi has turned out to be an unexpected favourite of mine. Yes, it's busy, hectic, and a little crazy but this jam-packed city has so much to offer. From forts and temples to street markets and fabulous restaurants, flying down the street in a rickshaw, there is something new to see on nearly every turn.

And if the bustling, honking traffic becomes too much, take some time out in the beautiful and expansive Lodhi Gardens, where manicured lawns bordered by brightly coloured flowers allow you the time to breath and relax.

Chanoud Garh

I recommend staying at - Chanoud Garh

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I love this property. The family who run this 300 year-old palace are the thirteenth generation to have resided here — and having spent a couple of nights chatting with them — it’s clear they have a genuine love for not only the palace but the village of Chanoud as well.

Morning can be spent dining under the arches of the palace in a beautifully decorated room while eating a tasty homemade breakfast. During the day, have a wonder through the small village where you can get to know the locals and visit the school; the children will be so excited to meet you. In the early evening, sit on the rooftop with a glass of bubbly, watch the setting sun change the panoramic views from vibrant greens and blues to deep orange and gold.

I'll never forget when…

The night tour of Varanasi is an incredible experience and should not be missed when visiting this deeply fascinating and spiritual city. Winding your way through the narrow streets with the smell of incense in the the air, you will enter the world of death and rebirth — as mourned and celebrated within the Indian culture. Your guide will bring alive the stories of the Gods and invite you into conversation with the friendly locals you meet. Fire, chanting, bells, mystery and history, this experience really opened my eyes and heart to the hidden rituals of India.

Photos of Katherine

  • Katherine at Baby Taj, Agra Katherine at Baby Taj, Agra
  • Katherine at Bateshwar Temple, Chambal Katherine at Bateshwar Temple, Chambal
  • Katherine with local cloth sellers, Chanoud Katherine with local cloth sellers, Chanoud
  • Katherine dancing with school children, Chanoud Katherine dancing with school children, Chanoud
  • Katherine at Kamasutra Temple, Khajuraho Katherine at Kamasutra Temple, Khajuraho
  • Katherine in Ranvas, Nagau Katherine in Ranvas, Nagau
  • Katherine on the rooftop of Chanoud Garh, Chanoud Katherine on the rooftop of Chanoud Garh, Chanoud
  • Katherine at Seth Bhandasar Jain Temple, Bikaner Katherine at Seth Bhandasar Jain Temple, Bikaner