India can be bewildering to the first time visitor. It is an ancient culture that has changed over many millennia of political, religious, and social change. The unique culture, rituals, colors and behavior are a result of this incredible evolution.
Our India tours are much more immersive than they used to be as our guests no longer spend most of their time traveling and visiting forts, temples, and palaces. Instead, they get to walk the streets that the average Indian walks. Your guide and chauffeur will surprise you with experiences like a stop in a village elementary school, where the children will greet you with uncontrolled joy.
The Oberoi Udaivilas is unique amongst luxury hotels in Udaipur. It stands on the 200 year old hunting grounds of the Maharana of Mewar and is spread over fifty acres, which includes a twenty-acre wildlife sanctuary with deer and wild boar.
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Multiply the Diwali festivities by ten and you get Dev Diwali, the Diwali of the Gods. Celebrated 15 days after the countrywide festival, on the holiest night of the Hindu lunar calendar, this festival combines all the elements of the mainstream festival with the religious fervor of the holiest night of the year in Hinduism's most sacred city.
Ranthambore National Park offers the best statistical chance of seeing a tiger in the wild. In the 18th and 19th centuries the jungles here were the royal hunting grounds of the Maharaja of Jaipur. In the mid-nineteenth century, the British Officer in charge of the area started a program of conservation for the fast dwindling wildlife.
The Pushkar Camel Fair is scheduled between late October and November (determined by the lunar calendar), and villagers bring about 50,000 cattle (majority of them camels, but also a lot of horses) to trade & sell. It also includes a plethora of activities such as processions, horse shows, camel races, camel and cow beauty contests, acrobatics, camel safaris and much more.
Nestled between the great Himalayan and Karakoram mountain ranges lies the magical mountain kingdom of Ladakh. Ranging in elevation between 9000 and 25000 feet, the land is a high altitude desert because it is protected from the powerful Indian monsoons by the Himalayas.
Bhutan is a wonderful country which offers tourists an opportunity to experience a pristine and unspoilt holiday destination. The absence of neon lights, billboard advertising, takeaway food chains, traffic lights, etc. is refreshing.
Chettinad is a region in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu which is famous for its unique history, architectural brilliance and signature attractions. The Chettinad region is a collective of 76 rural communities with the town of Karaikudi being the region’s principal urban center.
Holi is one of the most colorful and celebrated festivals observed across all regions of India. The festival gets a lot of coverage in the international media and is very popular due to the widespread use of colors during the festivities.
Rath Yatra is a major Hindu festival in reverence of Lord Jagannath (an incarnation of Lord Vishnu & Lord Krishna). It is held at Puri in the state of Orissa, during the months of June or July and hundreds of thousands of Hindu devotees travel to Puri from all over the world to participate. The word Rath means chariot; and Yatra means a journey or a pilgrimage.