Discover a country like no other. Visit vast bewildering cities, see the remnants of the British Empire and East India Company, uncover the complexities of the country’s numerous unique cultures, and enjoy the warm welcome for which India is so renowned.
Hold your breath as the sun slowly sets behind the Taj Mahal, keep a watchful eye for the Tigers of Ranthambhore and witness the ritual of pilgrims bathing in the sacred Ganges at Varanasi. Ascend into the foothills of the Himalayas, spend the night on a Keralan houseboat and sample fresh, delicious teas at a hill-country plantation.
All this, and so much more, is possible on an award-winning escorted tour to India with Newmarket Holidays.
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Reasons to visit India...
Explore India’s rich living history. See ancient temples still in use today, forts patrolled by monkey sentries and splendid pre-Raj palaces. Unwind in the cool of a terribly British hill station or relax in the country’s southern coastal regions surrounded by a beguiling blend of French, Portuguese and Dutch influences.
Visit Mumbai’s sea-side Colaba to stand beneath the monumental arches of the Gateway of India, and sit in silent awe as the sun rises over the world’s greatest monument to love - the Taj Mahal.
India may seem like a single cultural entity when viewed from afar, but up close you’ll discover that each city, town and even village has its unique culture - the result of India’s patchwork past of different rulers, traditions, religions, cuisines and climates.
Explore the cool calm spaces of Paradesi Synagogue, the Commonwealth’s oldest operational site of Jewish worship, on Kochi’s beautiful coastline. See the towering, vibrantly painted Meenakshi Amman Temple in the centre of Maduri and immerse yourself in the India of today in the country's sprawling capital, Delhi, or the modernist marvels of Chandigarh.
Though India has the notable distinction of being the only country in the world that plays host to tigers, lions and leopards, it is surely the elephant that is the country’s true icon. Around 25,000 of these majestic and highly intelligent creatures still remain in the wild. Icons, too, are the highly adaptable monkeys that now make their homes not just in India’s jungles and forests but in its cities as well.
For those intent on seeing a big cat in the wild, there is no better place than expansive Ranthambhore National Park in Rajasthan’s south-east corner, which is home to over 60 of these impressive beasts. A few lucky visitors might even catch a rare glimpse of one of the park’s elusive leopards.
Food & Drink
The seemingly ubiquitous curry of Western restaurant-fame is just one string on India’s thickly strung culinary bow. The markets in each and every town and city burst with the aromatic sent of freshly ground spices, picked herbs and farm-fresh produce. Visit the country’s south to enjoy dosa, thin savoury pancakes with a mashed potato filling, and an array of freshwater and sea fish. Savour peppery hints of the Orient in the east, and be sure to try the wide variety of biryanis, bhajis, puris, pakoras and chapattis whichever region you choose to visit.
In hot weather, Indians choose to drink piping hot, thick sweet chai tea (often bought from a chai wala with an urn attached to a cart, bicycle or motorbike). But if you’re after something cooler try lassi: a chilled yoghurt-based drink that’s often sweetened with mango.
What our customers say...
"A first class experience which exceeded all our expectations. Tour guides were more like personal tutors with great knowledge of India, culture,history,economy,transport nothing was too much trouble. Hotels were excellent, good locations, good rooms and " knew we were coming". Buffet style food was superb with a wide variety of choices and options. Coaches were first class, good PA system and cleaned every night. Nice touches that water was available all the time, and hygiene wipes offered after each stop. Jet Aiways check in arrangements made easy as local Newmarket representative was on hand and airline service spot on."
"This was a fantastic holiday, excellently managed and the tour manager, Vikram, made sure that everything went smoothly and he is very knowledgable and entertaining, a credit to Newmarket Holidays. The standard of the hotels used was excellent and the choice of food catered for all tastes."
"An amazing unforgettable experience of northern India from the Golden Triangle to the foothills of the Himalayas. We would thoroughly recommend this tour with regard to the historic sights, the quaint character of some hotels and luxury of others, Indian every day life viewed from our coach and cars and exceptional knowledge of our guide and the care taken of us."
Sandra - Tigers, the Taj Mahal & Amritsar's Golden Temple
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