Himalaya and the North
A trip to the northern part of India, including Shimla and the state of Jammu and Kashmir, can be both adventurous and spiritual. The area with mystique mountains are perfect for outdoor activities like trekking, fishing, skiing, white-water rafting, wildlife watching or for Buddhist meditation. Devotees to yoga are drawn to several retreats. Dharamsala is home to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government in exile. Overland routes exist between India, Nepal and Bhutan.
(The Taj Mahal in Agra India)
Rajasthan and the Golden Triangle
Rajasthan and the Golden Triangle between Delhi, Agra and Jaipur is famed for its vibrant royal palaces and major India tourist attractions like the glorious Taj Mahal, the desert fortresses of Amber and Gwalior, the spectacular architecture of the ’pink city’ Jaipur and the dazzling lake palaces of Udaipur, home to countless centuries of Maharajahs.
Delve into local Indian culture with a visit to the sacred religious destination of Varanasi on the river banks of the Ganges. Over a sunset watch locals wash clothes on the river bank as funeral parlors slowly burn down the river. India's second largest city Kolkata (Calcutta) is a good place to enjoy Bengali cuisine and dance.
South Western India
India's south western shores are home to the hippy enclave Goa which is the countries most popular beach destination as well as the sprawling hub of Bollywood movie industry in Mumbai (Bombay).
The southern coast with the tropical beaches of Cochin and Chennai is a world away from India’s north. You will find Indian Ocean beach resorts set amongst beautiful and lush jungle canopy, ancient backwaters with a 900km network of waterways, spice plantations and exotic wildlife. The region of Kerala ist the best place to go for an Ayurveda treatment.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
The Andaman and Nicobar Islands, a total of 572 beautiful tropical islands, are set in the Bay of Bengal 1000km off the east coast of India. The islands offer world class dive sites with beautiful corals and marine life, great beaches, colonial remains and due to the isolated location several endemic species of animals and plants.
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