Rajasthan Forts, palaces and the desert
Rajasthan: Forts, palaces… and the desert
— Magnificent forts and palaces, some of them now fabulous hotels
— Deserts stretching to the horizon, replete with turbaned camel herders
— The fabled ‘pink’ and ‘blue’ cities of Jaipur and Jodhpur
— The ‘living’ fort of Jaisalmer and camel treks in the Thar desert
— Accommodation in heritage hotels, Maharaja’s guesthouses and grand palaces.
Kerala Houseboats, beaches and rainforest
Kerala: Houseboats, beaches, and rainforest
— Lush tropical forests and plantations
— The famous backwaters and their luxury houseboats
— Deserted beaches and unspoilt nature reserves in the north of the state
— Intriguing remnants of Portuguese, Dutch and British rulers
— A thriving and highly refined culture of performing arts and cuisine
— Unique accommodation in lovinglyrun guest houses and family homestays, as well as five star luxury resorts.
The Hindi heartland Punjab to Bihar
The Hindi heartland
— Dynamic, restless, chaotic, proud and simply amazing Delhi
— The one and only Taj Mahal
— Ancient Varanasi, one of the longest continuously inhabited cities in the world
— The beautiful Golden Temple of Amritsar.
Himalayas Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim & Uttarakhand
Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Sikkim
— Trekking in the mighty, mighty Himalayan Range, the
— Stay in simple retreats to luxury spa resorts, set high in the mountains
— Home to many Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and Tibetans in exile, including the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala
— Remote valleys deep in Ladakh, where people subsist on barley and Buddhism
— Houseboats on Dal Lake in beautiful Kashmir, and skiing in the nearby mountains
— Sikkim, a Himalayan melting pot, squashed between Bhutan, Tibet and Nepal.
Tamil Nadu Temples, tradition and culture
Temples, tradition and culture
— Thousand-year-old temples, still in use for daily worship and rituals
— Small seaside villages, with locally caught seafood served fresh in beachfront restaurants
— Distinct regional cities, former capitals of vast south Indian empires
— Madurai, the famous ‘fish-eyed goddess’ Sri Meenakshi temple, the largest in India
— Kanyakumari, the southern tip of the sub-continent where three oceans meet
— The French colonial town of Pondicherry, with its luxurious heritage hotels and fantastic hassle-free shopping.
South India Palaces, ancient ruins and breakneck development
Palaces, ancient ruins and breakneck development
— Bangalore and Hyderabad, vibrant IT centres bursting into modernity
— Goa, India’s party and holiday hot spot
— The Maharaja’s palace in Mysore, with its 97,000 lights
— Yoga, meditation and Ayurvedic health resorts
— The ancient ruins and haunting, mysterious landscape at Hampi
— Wildlife sanctuaries with elephants, big cats and abundant bird life
— Accommodation on private beaches, in coffee plantations and in tree top cottages!
Central India East to West - Bollywood glitz to Kolkata culture
East to West: Bollywood glitz to Kolkata culture
— Mumbai, cosmopolitan and commercial capital, straining with growth
— Gandhi’s home state of Gujarat, with a thriving cottage arts and crafts industry
— Madhya Pradesh, largely unexplored by tourists, but famous for its tiger parks
— Orissa, ideal for exploration by trekking, with many distinct indigenous tribes
— The famously erotic carvings at Khajuraho – a Karma Sutra in stone
— West Bengal, from the tea plantations of Darjeeling, to India’s most soulful city, Kolkata.