An Indian Winter

Posted on: 26 March 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

With BA announcing new flight schedules to Mumbai, there has never been a better time to experience India for the first time or indeed again.

One of the wonders of India is its sheer size from its mountainous North to the river waterways of the South there is a landscape, urban or natural, that will entice you to sample the Jewel in the crown.

In India, one of the most popular way to see its many palaces, temples and forts is to join an escorted tour. There are many benefits to these tours; the trick is to find the right one for you in terms of group size, itinerary, age of group and the ratio of single travellers (if you are looking for a single travel group). Then the next decision is to what type of tour you wish to join, there are many to choose from including:

Adventure Sports – such as diving, trekking, elephant safaris
Cool Retreats – The famous hill stations offer a respite from the tropical heat
Desserts – The splendid dessert cities of Rajasthan
Heritage trains – try the Darjeeling the most famous of the little trains giving views of the Himalaya
Beaches – Whether it’s the isolated horizons of the Konkan Coast or the Arabian sea; the golden sands of Goa or the palm tree lined coasts of Kovlam every beach in India offers a picture perfect holiday destination.
Royal Palaces – While Rajaasthan has some of the most splendid palaces others across the Country are no less than grand. Since some are heritage hotels, you can actually stay in some of them!
Wildlife - The immense heritage of wildlife in India comprises of more than 70 national parks and about 400 wildlife sanctuaries including the bird sanctuaries.
A paradise for the nature lovers, these forest areas are also crucial for the conversation of the endangered species like the Leopard, Lion, Asiatic Elephant, the Bengal tiger and Siberian Crane.
Wellness – India has many wellness treatments one of the most famous is Ayurveda. In India, Ayurvedic spas can be found all over the country, with the most famous found in Kerala.

If you are looking for tour ideas Guerba Holidays, the UK's leading independent adventure travel company, has three wonderful tours that will transport visitors to the most vibrant and interesting Indian destinations this Christmas. They offer very good value for money and with over 23 years of experience in the assisted tours industry you could not be in better hands. Guerba Holidays will even organise a private tour for you and your friends at very competitive rates:

PALATIAL WONDERS OF THE WORLD, ONLY £195
For visitors who are short on time, but want to see beautiful Indian palaces and mysterious cities, Guerba's three-day Taj Mahal Eperience is the answer. This visit includes a trip to Sikandara, famous for Emperor Akbar's Mausoleum, followed by a guided tour of the famous Agra City and the former Moghul Palace, Agra Fort. The
highlight of the tour is visiting the spectacular Taj Mahal, one of the world's seven wonders, which was built in 1631 as a memory of the Mughal Emperor's wife. On the third day, the tour visits the mysterious city of Fatephur Sikri, before returning to Delhi.

The price is land only and includes two nights in hotels, private transport and two breakfasts. Depart from Delhi any day.
Book through Guerba ( www.guerba.com  01373 826611).

JEWELS OF THE SOUTH, £595
A 14-day exotic tour of India's lush southern states, this adventure takes visitors to the Indian Ocean coast, the National Parks and fascinating colonial hill stations. Off the beaten track, guests will pass through plantations, paddy fields and small villages, and will also visit large cities, Mount Dobabetta and National Parks seeing elephants and barking deer. One on the highlights of the tour is the cruise down the Keralan backwaters through luscious green scenery, coconut groves and sleepy settlements.

This diverse adventure costs only £595 per person (excluding flights),
Based on two sharing. Includes 12 nights in hotel accommodation, one-nighton a sleeper train, 13 breakfasts, an experienced tour guide, sightseeing fees and private transport. An additional local payment of US$250 is required.

Departs Chennai on 3 December 2005.
Book through ( www.guerba.com  / 01373 826611).


THE BIG CAT SAFARI! £825
See the world's most powerful and beautiful mammal with Guerba's Tiger Safari for an incredible Christmas treat. Experience the thrill of searching for this endangered species and enjoy this 15-day tour traveling from Delhi to Jaipur and the spectacular National Parks. Adventurers will have eight-days of wildlife spotting in Khana, Keoladeo and Ranthambhore National Parks, where it is common to see the Royal Bengal Tiger, leopards, elephants and jungle cats. The trip also includes visits to the Taj Mahal, Agra and Fatephur Sikiri.

This 15-day safari costs £825, based on two sharing. It includes 13 nights in hotel accommodation, one night on a sleeper train, most meals and the services of an experienced tour leader. Additionally, a local payment of US$250 is required.

Departs Delhi 3 December 2005.
Book through Guerba ( www.guerba.com  / 01373 826611).

Flights:
Contact www.BA.com  to see their attractive rates and new schedules to Mumbai.

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