A vibrant, timeless land of mystery, India’s enthralling history and breathtaking beauty is a melting pot of cultures, politics and religions that echo its rich past. From the high Himalaya to the backwaters of Kerala, India offers spectacular natural beauty. Its long history comes alive with the buildings that remain, from colonial or Mughal to the forts and palaces of Rajasthan.
With a luxury holiday in India you are always welcomed with a smile by one of the most hospitable and friendly nations on Earth. Its credentials as a cultural destination are well known, but it has so much more to offer the luxury traveller, including some of the most luxurious hotels in the world, a friendly welcome, excellent service and a unique atmosphere. India is not just for backpackers, gap year students and those trying to 'find themselves'. We guarantee that after just one visit you will be hooked. There are not many countries where you could stay in a former palace and receive first-class service without breaking the bank, yet India offers a superb range of luxurious and characteful hotels at excellent value for money. Add the wonderful food and the fact that with English as an official language it is easy to interact with the locals and it is no surprise that so many visitors return again and again.
Many first-time visitors head for the ‘Golden Triangle’, where in a week you can see the majestic Taj Mahal, explore Delhi, from the planned colonial elegance of Lutyens’ New Delhi to the crowded medieval lanes of Mughal Old Delhi.
To the west, the Rajasthani cities of Udaipur, Jodhpur and Jaisalmer offer an experience of India at its colourful and exotic best. It is also easy to reach Ranthambore National Park to search for tigers.
In the Punjab you can find the magnificent Golden Temple of Amritsar, a Sikh shrine, whose gilded exterior glitters in the sunshine, while in the far north Ladakh is dotted with Buddhist monasteries surrounded by wild Himalayan landscapes.
The south of India offers a completely different experience; more tranquil, green and lush with some superb temple architecture, particularly in Tamil Nadu, including the Meenakshi Temple at Madurai and the shore temples of Mahabalipuram, both UNESCO sites. A cruise along Kerala’s backwaters offers a fascinating insight into everyday life of rural India as you pass through sleepy villages and rows of palm trees, and the city of Cochin has a long and fascinating history as a trading port. A little further north, a boulder-strewn landscape is the backdrop for the impressive ruined city of Vijanayagar, a mammoth and now deserted site, which was the second largest city in the world at the end of the fifteenth century.
In eastern India lie two vast cities with strong connections to India’s colonial past: Chennai (Madras) on the Coromandel Coast is home to some of the earliest British settlements while Kolkatta (Calcutta) in Bengal is long considered to be the cultural capital of India; the local Bengali people are known for their humour, art, poetry and politics. Kolkatta also has the finest remnants of colonial architecture in the country. From here visitors can head north to the tea plantations of Darjeeling or head inland to central India.
In the heart of India, Varanasi, situated on the sacred Ganges River, is one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world. A holy site for Hindus, Buddhists and Jains, it is an atmospheric, busy pilgrimage centre, unlike anywhere else in the world. To the north lies Lucknow, home to magnificent Mughal-era architecture and scene of the 1857 uprising against the British. Finally, the west of India is dominated by the vibrant city of Mumbai, a sprawling business and cultural centre, where visitors can explore Bollywood, designer shops or experience the city’s charismatic street life. Heading to the north of Mumbai, the Ellora Caves are home to hugely impressive Indian rock-cut architecture and the Ajanta Caves, masterpieces of Buddhist religious art. While further north, the state of Gujarat is an important trading hub, full of splendid mosques, temples and stunning wildlife. To the south of Mumbai lie the idyllic beaches of Goa, one of the most relaxing places in India.
Whether you are searching for your perfect honeymoon, wanting an in-depth cultural tour, or a family wanting to give your children their first taste of the exotic, Revere Travel can tailor an itinerary that is just right for you.