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From Megasthenes to Michael Palin, India has enthralled travellers for literally thousands of years and its modern incarnation, home to nearly one fifth of the world’s people, remains a country of incomparable fascination – whether you’re coming for the first time, or as a seasoned veteran.
The main problem facing any would-be traveller to the subcontinent, experienced or otherwise, is deciding where to start. The answer depends on what kind of holiday you have in mind, of course. But roughly speaking, if this is your first tour of India you’ll probably be setting your sights on one of two regions: either the “Golden Triangle” of Delhi (the capital), Agra (site of the Taj Mahal) and Jaipur (India’s flamboyant ‘Pink City’), with a possible extension deeper into the desert state of Rajasthan; or Kerala and the historic highlights of neighbouring Tamil Nadu in the far south, with their tropical backwaters, towering temples and hinterland of forested mountains.
TransIndus tours to India cover both these popular regions in depth, and pretty much everything in between and beyond, with routes winding into some of the least visited corners of the country. We try to keep air travel to a minimum, which allows you to gain a sense of the changing landscapes and to encounter everyday rural India, where the pace of life is still often measured by the turn of a bullock cart wheel, water is drawn from wells by camels and the annual calendar revolves around rituals of temple, mosque and village shrine.
Accommodation has in all cases been chosen for its charm and character, as well as comfort and convenience. Our luxury tours of India feature stays in Himalayan tea bungalows, Keralan rice barges, Rajput lake palaces, jungle lodges, former royal hunting camps and European merchants’ mansions converted into boutique hideaways.
Whichever itinerary you choose, you can rest assured that the every practicality will have been taken care of – checked, and double checked, in advance – to ensure your tour runs smoothly; and that your holiday is memorable for all the right reasons: India’s astonishing sights, sounds and aromas; its fabulously spicy cuisine; and extraordinary natural beauty.