This great country is home to a rich and beautiful wildlife. Through its many parks and reserves, India shows its determination to protect its rare species. From the Snow leopards of Hemis National Park in the Himalayas to the lions of Gujarat National Park, the contrast is huge. You can discover India in the wild across many regions. At the heart of Madhya Pradesh, immerse yourself in Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book during a safari in Pench National Park. To increase your chances of seeing a tiger, several extraordinary parks are located in the same region, including Kanha and Bandhavgarh. If you are opting for a family holiday in Rajasthan, then do not miss Ranthambore National Park. Stay in an idyllic accommodation and observe the most legendary feline of India.
One is naturally directed towards Rajasthan for an introduction to India and its diversity. Go with friends to discover this region when it’s green, as it can be arid in the dry season. You will be transported by the historical and cultural heritage of some of its popular cities to that brilliant era when these forts and palaces were built. You can get away from the urban bustle to explore Rajasthan off the beaten track and take up some of the most enchanting accommodations in the world. The incredible charm of the havelis, forts and palaces of the Rajasthani countryside is a gift you could offer your partner on your honeymoon! Rajasthan awakens your senses and gives birth to only one desire in your heart: to return to India for your next trip!
If you could visit only one temple in India: head to the South. In Tamil Nadu, you will be surprised by the great riches and contrasts. A large city of over a million inhabitants, Madurai is home to a spectacular temple complex. Located in the heart of the city, Meenakshi temple complex attracts many pilgrims and visitors. The excesses of its colourful construction go with the fervour that surrounds it. You can spend hours on end observing the back and forth movement of the pilgrims through the temple gates and entertain yourself. Thus true Hinduism is not learned through books but indeed lived! Take this opportunity also to sample the culinary delights of South India in one of the many traditional restaurants in Madurai.
The best way to discover a city is by walking. Varanasi, formerly known as Benares, welcomes you for an unusual adventure in the heart of the largest Indian holy city, believed to be a thousand years old. At the edge of the Ganges, on the giant, long stairs called ’ghats’, you will witness the extent of the Hindu rituals. Observing the daily life unfolding along the sacred river is a privileged moment. After a stint in Varanasi, your connection to India will truly become indescribable, but memorable. The city can also be seen from a boat in the early morning or at sunset, at a time when life comes alive on the ghats. The puzzling architecture of the old town and its numerous temples invite you in for a mystical experience. It is a unique experience to go down the Ganges aboard a traditional boat to discover, over several days, the Ganges and the city of Varanasi from the other side.
Located in the far north of India, Ladakh is a haven of peace, also nicknamed "Little Tibet". Between Buddhist monasteries and stark lunar landscapes, this destination guarantees you a journey full of dreams and adventures. You can reach Ladakh via Manali in the legendary Trans-Himalayas. Then you can boast of having driven over one of the highest mountain roads in the world. Whether with family, friends or solo, you can meet our team on site and go for a trek in one of the many valleys of Ladakh. Between the warm welcome of the people, the Tibetan Buddhist culture, the wilderness between heaven and earth, Ladakh is full of wonders that will make your trip to the Himalayas unforgettable.
Southern India, a region of striking beauty, welcomes you to spend the winter in the sun. Between beaches, tea plantations, wildlife, spice gardens and colonial cities, the southern state of Kerala holds countless treasures. It is also here that you can discover the secrets of Ayurveda to make your trip synonymous with well-being. But above all, embark on a "house boat", a traditional boat of Kerala, for a charming cruise on the famous backwaters. At the heart of the tropical jungle, relax while floating on the water and enjoy the local cuisine served on board. Observe the daily life of Kerala that comes alive along the canals, and street vendors who come to the foot of the houses offering their catch of the day.
In this former Himalayan kingdom, you will be surprised by the welcoming nature of the Sikkimese and their well-preserved culture. Admire the views of Kangchenjunga: the third highest peak in the world (8586 m). This area is equally open to amateurs as well as seasoned trekkers interested in culture and exploration. Its many monasteries, open spaces dotted with rhododendrons, and Tibetan cuisine are all reasons to go to Sikkim. Its nearest border with Nepal and Bhutan explains the influences of these Himalayan nations on its local culture. Switch over next to the West Bengal to visit the Darjeeling tea plantations and stay among small local producers. For an exceptional trip, cross the Bhutanese border and go up to Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital, too.
The best time to travel to Rajasthan may well be in November. Combine your stay with one of the many festivals of early winter, including the famous Pushkar Camel Fair. Everyone comes down to this small town: nomadic shepherds, pilgrims, gypsies, livestock traders, to sell and exhibit their beautiful camels and horses. Extending over an open plain, it is in the form of a settlement accompanied by a moving carnival. This is a great opportunity to see camels in their best light, festively decorated. For five days many crazy competitions take place, including one that judges the man with the greatest moustache. After the fair ends, take the chance to visit the charming city of Udaipur to go on a horseback ride to the most beautiful corners of Rajasthan!
What would a trip to India be without immersing yourself in an intense way in a big city, surrounded by the typical markets and bazaars? The city of Bombay, renamed Mumbai, is full of contradictions: beautiful and difficult, maddening and gentle, light and dark. Begin by observing for a few minutes the traffic on the chaotic roads of the city center. This fascinating scene is a fine example of the Indian effervescence. After witnessing so many emotions, if your senses feel upside down, move on to relaxing at the most beautiful beaches of Goa. Hop on to a train to go to this fascinating state where Portuguese heritage is still very much present. With old colonial buildings overlooking stretches of white sand, tropical India opens its arms to you for a sunny getaway in Goa.
From Calcutta, take a flight to this faraway land for a peaceful stay. Welcome to Andaman, an archipelago that is one of the most natural and unspoiled in the world. Located in the Bay of Bengal, the Andaman Islands are renowned for their coral reefs and beautiful beaches. Opt for an introductory dive to admire the wealth of the underwater world. Armed with just your mask and flippers, the joys of snorkelling are accessible to all. Celebrate your honeymoon in Andaman and witness everyday the incredible spectacle of the stunning sunset in privacy. These islands will charm you with their authenticity, immense beauty, and the hospitality of the inhabitants.