Exciting and colourful, charming and chaotic, India is an assault on the senses. And with impressive sights, magnificent wildlife and idyllic scenery on offer, here’s our round-up of some of the most popular places to go.
Covering almost 400 square kilometres, Ranthambore National Park was once the hunting ground of the Maharajas of Jaipur. Now home to an impressive array of wildlife, its most famous resident is the elusive Bengal tiger. Head off on a safari here and you might also be rewarded with sightings of crocodiles, hyenas, leopards and more.
Kerala's tranquil backwaters
Kerala is a tropical paradise in India’s south-western corner. Here you can soak up the region’s tranquil charm when you spend a night on a traditional houseboat in Alleppey. Converted from rice boats, these comfortable vessels feature a dining area and just two or three bedrooms. On board, you’ll enjoy a delicious meal of Indian specialities prepared by your own personal cook.
The incredible Taj Mahal
A visit to the beautiful Taj Mahal is an undoubted highlight of any trip to India. This shimmering white-marble architectural wonder was built by Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his beloved wife. For an extra-special experience, we recommend visiting at sunrise to see it bathed in the soft morning light.
Dine with the locals
Colourful in so many ways, the powder-pink city of Jaipur is a showcase of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. If you wish, you can accept an invitation to visit a family home for a cookery demonstration. Learn how local ingredients and spices are used to create delicious Rajasthani specialities and then enjoy a sumptuous dinner.
A different view of Delhi
See India’s capital from a different perspective when you walk through Paharganj, a district close to New Delhi railway station, with a child who used to live on the streets. Now working with the Salaam Baalak Trust, these young people will tell you about their lives and ambitions as they take you on an eye-opening journey through inner-city streets and alleyways.