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Country in South Asia

India is a vast South Asian country with diverse terrain – from Himalayan peaks to Indian Ocean coastline – and history reaching back 5 millennia. In the north, Mughal Empire landmarks include Delhi’s Red Fort complex and massive Jama Masjid mosque, plus Agra’s iconic Taj Mahal mausoleum. Pilgrims bathe in the Ganges in Varanasi, and Rishikesh is a yoga centre and base for Himalayan trekking.

 

The eastern port Kolkata, former capital of British India, is known for its colonial architecture. In the west, the megacity Mumbai is the seat of the Bollywood film industry, and the Malabar Coast, of spice-trade fame, features beach resorts. A land of diverse spirituality, India is the birthplace of 4 major world religions, namely Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Jainism. Around the country are innumerable sacred sites, including ancient carved-stone temples. Its spicy cuisine is as varied as the country itself, and its many wildlife sanctuaries shelter tigers, elephants and monkeys.

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF NORTH INDIA

Dazzling Delhi

Kick start the tour in Delhi, the spectacular capital city of India. It is perhaps the only city where ancient era’s monuments rub shoulders with contemporary man-made wonders. A visit to Old Delhi is a must to savour the tastes of delectable food, including Parantha of Paranthe Wali Gali and mouth-watering kebabs of Karim’s. Next, you will be taken through a number of historical structures echoing the grand history of India. Some of the most popular Mughal structures like Red Fort, Qutub Minar, Old Fort, Humayun's Tomb, Jantar Mantar, Lotus Temple, Akshardham Temple, ISKON Temple, Jama Masjid, etc. remain highly popular among travellers due to their unbelievable architecture that puts even the most modern edifices to shame.


Alluring Agra

The city embracing true love in its air, Agra is an ancient fortified metropolis which was once the capital of the Mughal Empire. The city is known for its pearly white monument Taj Mahal, which is considered as the epitome of true love. Built by Shah Jahan in the memory of his wife Mumtaz, this one of the Seven Wonders of the World remains the most fascinating attraction of the Golden Triangle Tour. Other mesmerising Mughal-era buildings that add to the beauty of Agra are Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri.

 

Jaunty Jaipur

Culturally rich and historically vibrant, Jaipur is an unparalleled destination for those who wish to turn some significant pages of Indian history. Strolling around the city by hopping on an elephant gives a kingly feel. This picturesque capital of Rajasthan is known for preserving the rich cultures of the state mirroring in every aspect of the city, including lifestyle, traditions, festivals, forts, palaces, markets, etc. Some of the most incredible architectural wonders that reside in Jaipur are Hawa Mahal, Amber Palace, Jaisingh Palace, Birla Temple and Jantar Mantar to name a few. The Golden Triangle Tour offers you an opportunity to explore the local markets of Jaipur decked up with colourful handicrafts, Rajasthani attires, local ornaments, and jovial locals eager to greet you.

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF SOUTH INDIA

 

Colorful Cochin

Also known as Kochi, the great trading port of Cochin is situated on the west coast and is packed full of interesting things to see. From a 400-year-old synagogue to the heady aromas of its spice trading streets, Cochin is a place where history seems to come to life. Its trading past has given it a fascinating mix of cultural influences from as far away as Holland and Portugal. Don’t leave without a walk around its delightful waterfront, where you’ll see Chinese-style fishing nets suspended above the waters of its picturesque harbor - a particularly impressive sight at sunset.

 

The temples of Tamil Nadu

Southern India’s largest and most stunning temples are to be found in Tamil Nadu. Particularly worthy of a visit is Kanchipuram, known as the “city of a thousand temples”, though actually a small town. This former capital of the Pallava kingdom is a major site of pilgrimage, and has temples that date from Medieval times. Mahabalipuram (also known as Mamallapuram) is another place to add to your itinerary; its complex of beautifully carved shrines, sculptures and caves are UNESCO-protected and are superb examples of Dravidian architecture.

Colonial Pondicherry 

The historic seaside town of Pondicherry is a former French colony that retains much of its colonial charm. It was capital of India’s French colonies in the 17th century, and you’ll notice plenty of French influences mixing with the local Tamil style in the city’s architecture. This is the perfect place to sample the local coffee, stroll the streets and enjoy an atmosphere best described as east meets west. The other thing that makes Pondicherry worth a visit is its famous Sri Aurobindo Ashram, a spiritual community that offers tours and meditation to tourists.

Periyar National Park

Those with an interest in wildlife will relish the chance to see some of southern India’s endangered species at the Periyar National Park in Kerala. Situated in the evocatively-named Cardamom Hills, this National Park is home to large populations of elephants and tigers, as well as bison, leopards and innumerable other species of jungle wildlife.

Madurai

Another destination for temple enthusiasts: Madurai, one of the oldest cities in southern India (it’s been around since the 4th century BC), has Dravidian temples that are major sites of pilgrimage. The most famous temple, and the primary attraction for most visitors to Madurai, is Sri Meenakshi, which is adorned with colorful images of deities, animals and other mythical figures.

Chennai

Chennai is the city formerly known as Madras. While there aren’t as many famous sights to see here as in some of India’s other major cities, its appeal lies in its friendly people and artistic and religious heritage. Marina Beach is a highlight; at 12km long, it’s the perfect place for an evening stroll by the sea after a day exploring the city’s museums and temples.

The backwaters of Kerala

The state of Kerala is famous for its peaceful backwaters, which are best appreciated by boat. This network of canals, rivers and lakes is a place to enjoy a slower pace of life after the noise and chaos of urban India. A few days on the water, listening to the birdsong and drifting past picturesque riverside villages, will leave you feeling rejuvenated and calm.

 

When to go

With its tropical climate, southern India can get extremely hot and muggy during the summer months. For this reason, the best time to go is in the winter, with peak season falling between December and February. Even then the temperatures are on the hot side of pleasant, ranging from about 22 to 30 degrees Celsius, but humidity is lower, which makes all the difference. If you’re heading for the hills, these higher areas will be cooler and you’ll need a layer or two for the early mornings and evenings.

Ayurveda and Spa

Ayurveda is the world's most Eco friendly system of medicine. It is a systematic process of uniting the mind, body and soul to help achieve a balance and live a healthy life. Besides normal tourism, South India attracts people who are health conscious or simply for relaxation. Today you can visit South for your rejuvenation and other wellness programs.

Welcome to the home of Ayurveda. Welcome to Kerala!

Kerala is perhaps the only place that has an unbroken tradition of Ayurveda. The equable climate and the abundance of forests and herbs make Kerala the best place for Ayurveda.

 

Kumarakom
is not just about Houseboats and bird watching, but you cannot go without a great Ayurvedic rejuvenation therapy. The various Ayurvedic spas here offer various stress relieving and rejuvenating therapies. These work to renew the body's balance and eliminate toxins from our body. The Ayurvedic centres here have therapy rooms and steam bath facilities as well as meditation and yoga centres. Some also have an area for recreational activities.

The various therapies and programs that one can go for are Detoxification, Massage, anti stress, herbal baths, Naturopathy,Skin rejuvenation, Arthritis, Diabetes and the list is endless.
The resorts and spas have the best Ayurvedic and Naturopathy professionals attending to you. The masseurs both men and women are employed for the convenience of the guest

 
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