See the bustling bazaars of Delhi and Jaipur, the magnificent Taj Mahal at Agra, the deserts of Rajasthan, the bathing Ghats of Varanasi and the erotic temples of Khajuraho. Discover more by adding a visit to the Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal.
Embark on an unforgettable adventure across northern India. From the beauty of the Taj Mahal, through ancient Varanasi, to the colourful characters and hillforts of Rajasthan, witnessing time-honoured tradition and ritual as you go.
Combining the best India has to offer - from the deserts of Rajasthan in the north, to the tranquil backwaters of Kerala in the south, the Bollywood city of Mumbai and the historic caves at Ajanta and Ellora. This tour will leave you with a strong sense of the history, culture, and geography of this diverse country.
Hindus believe that dying in Varanasi and being cremated on the ghats of the Ganges is to attain ‘moksha’, an escape from the cycle of reincarnation and freedom for the soul
In the rainy season, an unusual ritual is carried out on Ashwanedh Ghat – frog weddings. A priest performs the marriage before the frogs are left to the river
The Ganges is 1,569 miles long, from its source in the Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal
The Ganges has the highest population of any river basin in the world – over 400 million people live within it
As well as Varanasi, a number of holy cities sit on the Ganges banks, including Rishikesh, Haridwar and Kolkata
The Kumbh Mela ritual, performed every 3 years and dating back to the 7th century, has become one of the largest human gatherings in history, involving 70 to 100 million people
A common saying in India is; ‘If Ganges thrives, India thrives and if Ganges dies, India dies’.
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