Awe-inspiring India is a destination that will tickle the very base of your soul. Renowned for hosting one of the world’s oldest civilisations, dating back approximately 9 500 years (older than Egypt), and the birthplace of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism – you can expect a mesmerising journey of cultural discovery, with literally hundreds of thousands of living temples, mosques, churches and gurdwaras. Lose yourself in the majesty of the Himalaya, marvel at the ochre hued deserts of Rajasthan, stand in the mottled shade of the dense jungles of central India and unwind on one of the golden beaches of the south. And, just when you thought India couldn’t possibly be more enticing, the country boasts a collection of 733 protected areas. These havens shelter the majority of the world’s wild tigers, Asiatic lion, leopard, wild dogs, sloth bear, Asiatic rhino, elephants, the gaur and many deer and monkey species.
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Some of the major highlights of northern India are the magical destinations of Delhi, Agra (famous for the Taj Mahal), and Jaipur. The region, bordered by the destinations of Kashmir, Ladakh, Himachal and Uttaranchal, encompasses several of the holiest pilgrimage centres of Hinduism in the Himalaya and on the banks of great rivers such as the Ganges. A journey to northern India promises a showcase of some of the country’s finest cultural and architectural sights. Discover Rajasthan, known for its exquisite palaces and forts, marvel at the breathtaking Pink City of Jaipur, explore the maharajahs’ lakeside palaces in Udaipur and relish the opportunity to view the Mehrangarh Fort at Jodhpur. An expedition to northern India wouldn’t be complete without a tour of Delhi or the ancient city of Varanasi, the religious capital of India, where you can partake in the Ganga Aarti, held on the banks of the River Ganges.