There’s no getting away from it: India is enormous, and you’d never get to see the whole country on one trip. If you’ve already fallen in love with India’s colourful chaos and are longing to return – but not sure where – here’s our guide to what to see next.
I’ve been to the Golden Triangle
If you’ve already visited the highlights of the Golden Triangle and are looking to see more of what the country has to offer, why not head south to visit a very different part of the country? Kerala is famous for its spicy curries made with coconut, beautiful Indian Ocean beaches, quiet backwaters and friendly homestays; on our Kerala Backwaters trip you’ll get to visit colourful multicultural Kochi and spend time with a local family, on a traditional houseboat and in the cool Hill Stations. Alternatively, if you want to see more of northern India without revisiting the Golden Triangle, why not consider our new Delhi to Mumbai trip.
I’d love to see more wildlife
The tigers of Ranthambore are India’s most popular wildlife-spotting experience, but the country is replete with beautiful national parks which are home to all manner of amazing wildlife. Our Indian Wildlife Adventure visits four national parks – Satpura, Kanha, Pench and Tadoba – all home to the elusive Bengal tiger but also sloth bear, leopard, sambar deer, jackal and giant squirrel. You’ll explore via walking safari, game drives and by canoe, travelling through the unspoilt wilds of a region that once provided Rudyard Kipling with inspiration for the Jungle Book. For somewhere a little different, the northwestern state of Gujarat is home to Asiatic lions – the only place in the world where they can be see – which can be spotted on our Tribes and Wildlife of Gujarat trip.
I prefer an active holiday
India’s terrible traffic might hamper exploring its crowded cities, but outside of built up areas the roads are quiet and connected by plenty of well-defined trails. If sightseeing on foot is more your thing, consider a walking holiday around the forests and grasslands of the mountainous Western Ghats on our On Foot in Kerala trip. You’ll explore the tranquil backwaters by houseboat, walk through friendly villages and trek among the plantations that surround one of India’s highest peaks, Meesapulimala. If you prefer to explore on two wheels rather than two feet, you can also discover Kerala’s treasures by bicycle on the Backroads of Kerala trip, which also includes time on the beaches of Kovalem.
I’m really interested in history
From the Taj Mahal to the years of the viceroys, India’s history is brimming with fascinating legends. One of the best places to visit to learn more about India’s long and fascinating past is the state of Rajasthan – the land of the Maharajahs. Tracing the old camel caravan routes, discover clifftop forts, ornate temples and colourful trade centres that have stood the test of time. On this trip you’ll visit Jaipur’s City Palace, where the current maharajah still resides; visit the ancient desert city of Jaisalmer; wander around Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur and relax on the banks of Udaipur’s shimmering Lake Pichola.
I’d like to go somewhere a bit different
For an off-beat (or even off-grid) location, India has plenty of choices. Central India is a fantastic choice if you’re interested in history and getting to know a different side of the country. Visiting Mumbia, the Buddhist cave paintings of Ajanta, the temples of Ellora and the ancient capitals of Hampi and Hospet, our Treasures of Central India trip ticks all of the ‘off the beaten track’ boxes, and finishes with time on the beach in Goa. For those who like an extra dose of adventure, head to the northeastern states of Assam and Nagaland, travel across the Himalaya to India’s northern border and the Buddhist enclave of Ladakh on our Little Tibet trip, or view the annular solar eclipse in 2019 from the remote hill station of Ooty.
Wait – I’m a first-time visitor!
The Golden Triangle is India’s best introductory tour, starting in the frenetic capital of Delhi where you’ll explore the wide avenues of the ‘new’ quarter and the crowded market-lined streets of characterful Old Delhi, before viewing the magnificent Taj Mahal and the maharajah’s palaces and forts of Jaipur. The best time to visit the Golden Triangle is between October and April.
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Whether you’ve been to India once or more times than you can count – or if you’ve always wanted to go – our Adventure Travel Consultants can help you book the perfect trip to suit you.