India is one of the most richly rewarding regions of the world to visit. Wonders such as Taj Mahal in Agra, the magnificence of Islamic architecture in Delhi, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, Sikandara, massive Forts, marbled palaces, the royal splendour of Rajasthan, the mighty peak of the Himalayas, countless miles of Beaches, Gods own country Kerala offering those backwater cruises through lush green countryside and the ornate temple of many faiths all over the country. Wildlife abounds in newly created sanctuaries. Enormous wealth of resources and that is INCREDIBLE India!!!
Bounded by the majestic Himalayan Ranges in the north and edged by a spectacular coastline surrounded by three seas, India is a vivid kaleidoscope of landscapes, magnificent historical sites and royal cities, golden beaches, misty mountain retreats, colorful people, rich cultures and festivities.
At any part of the year India offers an array of destinations and experiences. In summer, there are spectacular retreats amidst the heady beauty of the Himalayas or the lush heights of the Western Ghats with cool trekking trails, tall peaks to conquer or stretches of white water for the adventure seekers.
Experience exotic India live like a maharaja in the rich ambiance of Royal Forts and palaces that are now heritage hotels; luxuriate in the serene beauty of a coral island with its turquoise lagoon; participate in the exuberance of a village fair or a colorful festival; day dream on a house boat drifting down the palm – fringed backwaters; delight in the grace of a dancer or shop till you drop – buying exquisite silks, carved figurines, brass and silver ware, marble inlaid with semi-precious stones, finely crafted jewelry, miniature paintings, carpets ….at unbelievable prices.
Enjoy the delights of the Indian monsoon anywhere in the country – on a camel safari in the Rajasthan desert when nature comes alive and the peacocks dance; along the west coast where the relentless slantingrain paints the countryside in brilliant greens or even trekking amidst the stark grandeur of mountain valleys lying in the rain shadow of the Himalayas.
South India, surrounded by three oceans, is a region of overwhelming grandeur and pristine beauty. Separated from north India by the Vindhya mountain range, the south Indian peninsula is doubly insulated by the Arabian Sea and Eastern Ghats on the east and the Bay of Bengal and Western Ghats on the west.
The dominant features of south India are the tropical climate , lush green tropical vegetation in the coastal areas and the architecture, culture, languages and lifestyle which had remained essentially Dravidian at the core in spite of repeated exposures to alien influences.
In spite of the seeming similarity, each State has different scenery, festivals, architecture and subtle cultural variations to offer, each State in its own right a fascinating tourist destination. Pondicherry and Lakshadweep are again utterly different from the four traditional States of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala. The leitmotif of southern culture is its tapestry of magnificent temple architecture going back to the 6th Century, the unaltered traditions of food, religion and lifestyle, handicrafts, heritage of sandalwood, silk, rosewood and brass, and of course the grandeur of classical dance and music.