North and Central India – encompassing Delhi and the Gangetic Plains – hold enough extraordinary sights to keep even the most ardent Indo-phile happy for several lifetimes. Many of our customers return again and again to this extraordinary part of the world, whether to take in the classic landmarks or follow less travelled routes to more remote corners.
Itineraries in the north tend, understandably, to be dominated by Delhi and Agra (home of the Taj Mahal). With a little more time, however, you could make a longer loop southeast down the Ganges to the sacred Hindu city of Varanasi, where tens of thousands of pilgrims take sin-cleansing dips in the river each day – one of the subcontinent’s defining spectacles.
Alternatively, a more southerly course will lead you towards the arid fringes of the Deccan plateau, where successive invaders, ruling dynasties and religions have left in their wake one of the world’s greatest crops of historic monuments, among them are the temples of Khajuraho, renowned for their erotic sculpture. Further inland, the remote forest areas of eastern Madhya Pradesh hold the national parks where you’re almost guaranteed a sighting of wild tigers.
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