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The people, the beliefs, the overcrowding, the contented, tough way of life, the countless shopkeepers, everyone so hospitable and friendly; the stunning landscapes, the amazing cuisine, the rich cultural heritage and architecture. India is a must.

India is a country the size of a continent. The world's largest democracy is an intoxicating place to visit:  crowded cities with countless shopkeepers, from modern metropolises to the peaceful backwaters of Kerala; holy temples and shrines to the cooling colonial hill stations - there is much to explore. Discover a unique culture, from the great Himalayas mountain range to deserts and lush forests. The sacred river Ganges carves through history and the mighty Brahmaputra river offers 'off the beaten track' exploration including the one-honed Rhinos of Kaziranga National Park. Speaking of National Parks, a safari in Ranthambore National Park is on many people's wish list in search of the elusive tigers. And of course, for the first time visitor, the Taj Mahal remains one of the world's most beautiful buildings; a place of romance built by the Mogul Emperor Shah Jahan to house the tomb of his wife.

India has a rich history, from the days of the great Mogul Emperors and Maharajas with their grand palaces, many of which are now luxury hotels for you to enjoy. In 1498, the Portuguese became the first European colonialists and you can still see their influence today in Goa, Kochin and Diu. The Portuguese had limited resources to control the whole Indian Ocean and gradually the British East India Company took over. It was founded in 1600 to trade but took control of Indian land from around 1612 onwards. The Portuguese gifted The Seven Islands of Bombay to the British as part of the dowry of Princess Catarina de Braganca in her marriage to King Charles II in 1662 . The British legacy remains today with the rules of law, a democratic, allbeit very bureaucratic government, love of tea and cricket, and the operation of an effective countrywide railway network. 

India is so vast, it is perhaps difficult to know where to begin when planning an itinerary. We suggest checking the itineraries on our website and contact our team of experts who will listen to your requirements and together with our local partners, create the perfect bespoke programme to fit your requirements, according to your budget and tastes. Our local guides are highly experienced in tailoring your daily visits and excursions to your exact interests. So join us on an adventure of a lifetime.

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