Overview for India
Immerse yourself in India, discover the spiritual heartlands awash with sensory spices, romantic palaces, colourful people and ancient temples. The deserts of Rajasthan, the cool hill stations of the Himalayas, the palm fringed beaches of Kerala, the simple villages and the sophisticated modern cities all combine to make India a country of fascinating diversity. This is not just restricted to the land, but also evident in the people, their culture, religion, languages and lifestyle.
Best time to visit
India has vast climate changes from the north to the south. The most comfortable time to visit most of India is during the cooler months of October to March. The summer months between April and June are hot with temperatures in central India reaching 45 degrees.
Within India, domestic airlines are convenient for travel between major cities. To visit major attractions within and around the cities, rail journeys and chauffeur driven transfers in air conditioned cars are recommended to experience the destination.
Adventure World specialises in itineraries with your own private car and driver. Providing a personalised and flexible experience, your English speaking guide will escort you in each town when you visit the sights and attractions and share their insight on local life, custom and culture.
Delhi is an amazing contrast of old and new, with much to offer the traveller. Look beyond the surface and you’ll swiftly discover that India’s capital is sprinkled with glittering gems: captivating ancient monuments, magnificent museums, a vivacious performing-arts scene and some of the subcontinent’s yummiest places to eat. For a short tour, Essential Delhi, visits all the must see destinations. Together Delhi, Agra and Jaipur form the Golden Triangle: a perfect introductory tour of India.
Since India's independence, Mumbai has transformed itself into an entity with thriving markets, business houses and many different communities reflecting a cosmopolitan and trendy atmosphere rarely seen elsewhere. With plenty of swish bars and restaurants, art galleries and old colonial buildings, this world city is a must see for every cultured traveler. Our Essential Mumbai package offers the perfect introduction.
Princely, romantic and perfect for a captivating adventure, Rajasthan is a land of exquisite temples, rambling towns and historic forts. Compiling a must-see list in Rajasthan must include: Meherangarh Fort looming over bright blue Jodhpur, the giant gold sandcastle at Jaisalmer, the palaces and pageantry of Udaipur, Pushkar’s reverent yet carnival charm, the storybook whimsy of Bundi and the havelis (traditional, ornately decorated residences) sprinkled through Shekhawati. Like a microcosm of Mother India, there’s also abundant wildlife and warm people, glitz and camels, soulful music, glittering saris and a beautifully rich cuisine. The Essential India tour takes in this city plus so much more on a 15 day tour.
The Taj Mahal - described as the most extravagant monument ever built for love - was constructed by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his second wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Purely decorative white minarets grace each corner of the platform. Another sight worth visiting is the red sand stone Agra Fort on the bank of the Yamuna River. Fatehpur Sikri, 40km west of the city, is a magnificent fortified ghost city. Due to the durable red sandstone, the city remains a perfectly preserved example of a Mughal city at the height of the empire’s splendour. For those short on time, the Essential Agra package is a must-do.
Known as ‘the Pink City’ because of the pink-coloured buildings, Jaipur is situated on a dry lakebed in an arid landscape, surrounded by barren hills and forts. The walled Old City in the north-east of Jaipur is where you will find most of the tourist attractions - the Johari Bazaar (the jewellers’ market); the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds); Jantar Mantar (observatory). Nearby is Amber, the ancient capital of Jaipur state where on a hillside overlooking a lake, a fort-palace was built. Our Essential Jaipur visits the sights you cannot afford to miss.
Udaipur is probably Rajasthan’s most sublime and certainly most picturesque city. Known as the ‘Venice of the East’, Udaipur is full of palaces, temples and havelis (houses of rich merchants) ranging from the modest to the extravagant. The largest palace complex in Rajasthan is the City Palace, which towers over the lake, is a mix of balconies, towers and cupolas and is now a Museum. Essential Udaipur offers a great introduction to this amazing city.
Kerala is known as ‘God’s own country’ and is famous for its performing arts, therapeutic Ayurvedic treatments and delicious coastal cuisine. The emerald jewel in South India’s crown are the backwaters that meander throughout Kerala. Here, spindly networks of rivers, canals and lagoons nourish a seemingly infinite number of rice paddies and coconut groves, while sleek houseboats cruise the water highways from one village to another. Travelling the backwaters is a highlight of any visit to Kerala, as you cross shallow, palm-fringed lakes and cruise past small settlements.
Few places in India are as colourful, charismatic or spiritual as the bathing ghats lining the Ganges in Varanasi. The city of Shiva is one of the holiest places in India, where Hindu pilgrims come to wash away a lifetime of sins in the Ganges or to cremate their loved ones. The city is the beating heart of the Hindu universe, and the Ganges is viewed as a river of salvation. The accessibility to the practices of an ancient but still living religious tradition is what captivates many visitors, and a walk along the ghats or a boat ride on the river is one of India’s most absorbing experiences. Visit Varanasi as a part of our Classical North India itinerary for an insight into Hindu culture.
With its miles of golden sand beaches, Goa has its very own unique character. With a landscape made up of white-washed churches, a maze of narrow-winding streets, paddy fields, coconut-palm groves and crumbling forts this city is perfect for the sun-loving lay about.
Darjeeling sprawls over a ridge and is surrounded by numerous tea plantations. Darjeeling is host to Buddhist monasteries, tea plantations, colourful markets and handicraft shops. Tea is Darjeeling’s most famous export and Margaret’s Hope tea plantation produces tea for Buckingham Palace.