Travelling to India is nothing new to many Westerners. However, even in the most typical destinations, such as the Taj Mahal, there are pleasant surprises. The country is an exciting and astonishing adventure. An escorted holiday is one great way to explore a country as vast as India, as a well-planned tour will cover both essential highlights and allow travellers to experience the astonishing natural beauty of India. Experiencing a few highlights of India from both the North and South is one of the best ways to explore such a vast country, especially if one does not plan on making multiple visits.
The Northern cities of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra are among the world’s most fascinating ancient cities, each of them packed with remarkable sights and memorable experiences. Despite being relatively close to one another, travellers will instantly notice that even among these three cities there is a remarkable amount of cultural and architectural variety. Agra is home to the majestic Taj Mahal, known all around the world, as well as the Agra Fort and the remarkable Jama Masjid. Jaipur, in the beautiful state of Rajasthan, features such sites as the Palace of the Winds and the Amber Fort. Perhaps no city better combines the ancient and the modern than Delhi, the true definition of a bustling metropolis. Historical sites remind travellers of the remarkably long history of Delhi, while the modern side of the city offers one a chance to understand the new India as well. In North India, another essential site is Ranthambhore, a national park with many beautiful natural sights as well as a famous fort. This area is renowned for having inspired several of the Jungle Book stories by Rudyard Kipling.
South India offers its own pleasures, with distinct culinary, cultural and architectural traditions as well as stunning natural beauty. This region of India is more laid-back and relaxed than the North, but no less remarkable for its history and culture. The Kettuvallam houseboats that navigate the backwaters of Kerala are deservedly iconic, while the Munnar hill station offers idyllic and natural beauty to travellers. Sacred temple cities like Madurai offer opportunities to explore religious architecture in the region as well as Hindu ceremonies. The mountains of Periyar feature remarkable wildlife, while Kochi, formerly known as Cochin, is a city with a distinct European feel.
Newmarket Holidays offers escorted holidays to India, covering highlights from the North and South of the country.