Indian holiday, experience
Description of Indian holiday, experience
Experience the real India on this comfortable introduction to the culture of the north and the lush beauty of the south, from Delhi to Trivandrum. This is a 26-day trip and youíll travel in a small, guided group of no more than 16 people, with three internal flights to help you cover the ground and discover everything that India has to offer. Comprehensive and fascinating, this journey takes in Indiaís flamboyant major cities, the vibrant towns of Rajasthan as well as quiet fishing villages, tea gardens, tribal homes and colonial enclaves. Discover the culinary delights of each region and stay in colourful hotels, heritage accommodation and even a palace!
In the north, Indiaís beautiful architecture is the star. From Jaipurís Palace of the Winds and Royal City Palace, Agraís Red Fort and the iconic Taj Mahal, to the palaces of Orchha and the carved steps leading down to the river in Varanasi. There is plenty of opportunity to soak up the countryís spiritual side, too, at the Jama Masjid mosque in Delhi and the ghats of Varanasi, or watching evening prayer ceremonies, ancient bathing rituals and candle flower ceremonies on the Ganges.
In the south, Indiaís highlights and hidden jewels are revealed against a backdrop of green on a Kerala tour. Track footprints in search of wild elephants in the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and explore the rolling hills, tea plantations and chai gardens of Munnar. In Kochi, ferry-hop between the islands to discover palaces, temples and Portuguese architecture at every turn, and explore the idyllic seaside town of Puducherry.
Amongst the included activities on this wide-ranging trip are cooking demonstrations, guided walks, watching a Bollywood movie in Jaipur and traditional dance performances in Orchha and Kochi. This is an unforgettable journey through a diverse and intriguing country, guided and planned so all you have to do is relax and enjoy the ever-changing spectacle.
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PlanetItís not only the humans in India that need support. Our Company is constantly monitoring the manner in which the elephants at Amber Palace in Jaipur are treated. With the help of a local organisation, Help in Suffering, and the information gathered from our leaders and passengers, we have decided to not include the elephant ride up to the palace due to the inhumane manner in which these animals are maintained. On the Agra-Jaipur highway, there are numerous sloth bears being used to entertain tourists and they are badly abused and beaten. Through our Foundation, we support the efforts of an organisation called Wildlife SOS in their setting up a sanctuary to care for these tortured bears. In voluntarily giving up the bears to the project, the owners are re-educated and re-skilled and are compensated with motorized rickshaws or welding tools.
PeopleOne of the major organisations we support in India is Deepalaya. Through Deepalaya, our Company are currently sponsoring a number of children in the slums of South Delhi to complete their schooling, an opportunity they would otherwise not be able to afford. Since 1990, the support of this organisation has enabled thousands of children to receive quality education and become professionally qualified in such jobs as teachers and technicians.
In a country where so many ethnic communities live together, itís important to respect individual religious beliefs. Our Company wants to promote this understanding through insight into religious and cultural practices. Our leaders will take you into temples, mosques, shrines and gurudwaras where appropriate, and are able to teach the group about the etiquette and customs specific to the place visited, enabling a deeper understanding for the group of the communities and cultures encountered in India.
At the end of our journey travellers may donate any unwanted clothing, medicines and bandages, which are distributed to a group called Goonj. This organisation is a nationwide movement that provides help to remote villages in Assam, Bihar, Orissa, West Bengal, Uttaranchal and wherever the demand arises or disaster forces people to look for support.