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7 Experiences You Can Only Have in India

There is no other land which can boast such a verdant, tropical jungle and glorious stretches of golden beaches; barren deserts and huge, arid plateaus; rolling foothills and one of the most mighty mountain ranges in the world; wildlife sanctuaries and innumerable ancient monuments.

Greaves can offer a unique and expert experience to the modern traveler. Expect an impeccable level of service from your first point of contact to your last moments in India.Complex and dazzling, the Indian subcontinent is a place where destination knowledge is paramount. From offices in the USA, UK and India, Greaves Tours provides expert advice, tailormade bespoke itineraries and on-the-ground support.

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1. VISIT THE TAJ MAHAL

For Many, visiting the Taj Mahal is at the top of their bucket list. This landmark attracts millions of visitors each year and is as extraordinary in real life as it is in the collective imagination.  Whether you’re planning a daylight stop or a moonlit tour, the Taj, described by poet Rabindranath Tagore as “a teardrop on the cheek of eternity”, is simply unmissable.

 

 

2. CRUISE THE KERALA BACKWATERS

Often considered the highlight of any Kerala tour, an overnight stay on a traditional houseboat, is very much unique to this region. These houseboats, also known as ‘kettuvallams’ allow  the chance to experience the slower pace of life by sailing gently down the picturesque waterways of the Kuttanad district.

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Tiger behind greenery

3. SEE BENGAL TIGERS IN THE WILD

Greaves tailors the perfect journey that provides some of the best wildlife experiences in India. Located on the borders of well-known tiger reserves in Madhya Pradesh, including Panna, Bandhavgarh, Kanha and Pench, this archetypal Kipling country is teeming with wildlife, including the elusive Bengal Tiger, Leopard,  sloth bear, and a dramatic diversity of bird life

4. PRACTICE YOGA IN ITS BIRTHPLACE

To Yoga Ashrams and beyond, India’s spirtual experiences offer visitors healing, wellness, and the chance to forge a deeper connection with their surroundings. Rishikesh is known as the ‘Yoga Capital of the World’ and is home to dozens of prominent ashrams. Parmarth Niketan is one of the largest ashrams in the country and is an excellent place to start.

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5. CELEBRATE AN INDIAN FESTIVAL

Time your visit with Diwali, Holi, Durga Puja, or a number of other popular events, and you’ll experience the Subcontinent at its most lively. The festival of lights, Diwali is an ancient, glittering festival celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains to signify the victory of light over dark and goodness over evil. Diwali is celebrated October 23rd, nationwide.

6. EXPERIENCE HIMALAYAN INDIA

The Himalayas nurture their own rich cultures, communities and sense of spirtuality.  Visit the Maitreya Buddha Statue, located near the Diskit Monastery in the Nubra Valley  and one of Himalayan India’s most spectacular sights, Darjeeling, the third tallest mountain on earth. Trek through the Himalayas and you’re sure to come across strands of colorful prayer flags fluttering in the wind.

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7. UNCOVER LOCAL INDIAN FOOD

From cardamom-spiced chai served with crispy pakoras to freshly grilled seafood and fragrant biryani, photographer Chris Caldicott and Chef Carolyn Caldicott have curated an exclusive food tour for Greaves Guests. Introducing you to their favorite local Indian food, you’ll sample mouth-watering cusine as you journey through vibrant landscapes and bustling cities. 

Complex and dazzling, the Indian subcontinent is a place where destination knowledge is paramount. From offices in the USA, UK and India, Greaves Tours provides expert advice, tailormade bespoke itineraries and on-the-ground support.

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