the reality of everyday life - rich traditions,history, religion and culture maintainingtheir places in a rapidly modernising andvibrant democracy. A spectacular destinationfor the first-time visitor, it is a place peoplefind themselves drawn back to time aftertime. India caters to every type of traveller. You can relax in a rural hideaway tryingyour hand at chapatti making with yourhost family, trek through one of the stunningmountain ranges and step back in time tocolonial hill-station life, or shop to yourheart's content in a colourful Rajasthanibazaar before retiring to an opulent palacefor the night. Catch site of the elusive tigerwhilst staying in a beautiful tented camp orrelax with a steaming masala chai and agood book in a beautiful heritage hotel.India is a place that dazzles and inspires. In reality a continent more than simplya country, its majestic mountains, sweepingplains, verdant plantations, vast deserts and palm-fringed beaches combine in a magnificent and ever-changingkaleidoscope of incredible diversity. Just asawe-inspiring is the extent to which theancient and the modern are integrated in6India
01993 838 330 ?India7KeralaLush vegetation, a laid back vibe and stunningscenery make Kerala one of India's most populartravel destinations. Potter round the marketstreets of historic Fort Cochin, trek through teaplantations, laze on board a converted rice bargeas it meanders down the magical Backwaters orjust relax in a fabulous boutique beach property.Karnataka & Tamil NaduIndia's southern states offer the visitor a variedexperience and they are greatly distinct from theirnorthern neighbours, in language, dress andreligion. The Western Ghats are composed ofsweeping plains, jungle-covered hills pepperedwith temples, and the beautiful CoromandelCoast. Enjoy an evocative visit to one of theworking tea plantations.Rajasthan & the NorthThe Taj Mahal, crumbling forts, grand palaces andancient temples make up just a small part ofRajasthan's appeal. Combine these architecturalwonders with the bustling markets, vibrantcolours and a landscape that ranges from ariddesert to verdant hills, and you have a state thatis unequivocally 'India'.HimalayaThe mighty peaks of the Himalaya stretch across the top of India, from west to east and are dotted with tiny villages and bustling townsthat cling precariously to the mountain's edge.From snow-capped peaks to pine forests, goldentemples to Buddhist monasteries, the Himalayamake a wonderful destination for anyone seeking gentle hikes, a slower pace of life, and the jaw-dropping scenery of the mountains.Calcutta & the EastOnce the capital of the British Raj, Calcutta is acity with a rich history that is reflected in thecrumbling but statuesque mansions. It is also thegateway to the lush landscape and wildlife ofAssam, a state intersected by the mightyBrahmaputra River. Tucked away in the furthestreaches of the northeast corner of India, Assam is one of India's most remote states, it is a placeto lose yourself in the verdant scenery and varied history, perhaps at a leisurely pace aboarda riverboat.Mumbai, Goa & the DeccanMumbai is an enormous, improbable city; aneconomic powerhouse of technology andmanufacturing. A city of extremes, you canwander among art deco architecture or assaultyour senses in a teeming bazaar. Sun-kissed Goais a great place to relax by the sea, but itsChristian history gives it interest beyond thecharming beaches. The Deccan Plateau extendsover eight states in South India and exploring the region takes you through the historic andcultural heartland of India.WildlifeThe sheer range of habitats means that India ishome to a bewilderingly impressive array ofindiginous flora and fauna, as well as the wealth ofmigratory species that pass through. Topping thelist of game is the tiger, and India offers some ofthe best chances to see this amazing creature.