Add a bit of Culture
India’s vibrant culture and mesmerising architecture has a diversity unmatched anywhere else in the World. So even though the main focus of our journeys in India is to discover and photograph wildlife, it would be remiss of us not to offer you the chance to add a bit of culture to your Indian experience.
With that in mind, we have designed a few short tours so you can extend your stay and see a completely different side of this fascinating country.
These short itineraries are intended as add-ons to our wildlife safaris and are not group departures.
3 nights / 4 days
Starts & Ends in Delhi
Amritsar, the Sikh holy city, is the second largest town in the state of Punjab.
It was founded in 1577 by Ram Das, the fourth guru of the Sikhs.
The city’s attractions include some ‘must visit’ religious, historical and contemporary sites of importance.
Perhaps the best known of these is The Golden Temple, where Sikhs from all over the world come to pay their reverence to Guru Granth Sahib and take a dip in the Amrit Saras Kund (Pool of Immortality) for spiritual purification.
Almost as famous is the Wagah Border. Wagah is on the Indo-Pakistan border, 28 kilometres from Amritsar, and visitors come here to witness the “Change of Guard” ceremony and the flag hoisting and lowering.
Delhi, Agra, Jaipur – India’s Golden Triangle
4 nights / 5 days
Starts & Ends in Delhi
Though this brief itinerary gives you just a glimpse of what India has to offer, it does feature two of the most iconic places for visitors; the incredible Taj Mahal and the bustling Rajasthani city of Jaipur with its forts and palaces.
The ever present flashes of brilliant colour of the ladies saris and men’s carefully twisted turbans set against the backdrop of magnificent forts and a countryside which has changed little through the centuries make Rajasthan a firm favourite with travellers interested in photography. In Rajasthan, there is never a question of what to photograph or when, it is a never ending kaleidoscope, the only question will be, when to stop.
However, for most first time visitors, the most eagerly anticipated highlight of the trip will probably be the Taj Mahal; a symphony in white marble, a tribute to eternal love, it was built by the Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal.
Deserts, Forts & Palaces – Colours of Rajasthan
7 nights / 8 days
Starts / Ends in Delhi
Legendary cities, opulent palaces, majestic forts, teeming jungles, barren deserts, bustling temples and a myriad ruins form the state of Rajasthan. Never more than two minutes away are the flashes of brilliant colour of the ladies saris and men’s carefully twisted turbans which punctuate the landscape. Rajasthan remains a state where life in the countryside has changed little through the centuries, stubbornly refusing to give in to modernisation, where village markets surround the crumbling cupolas of long forgotten monuments, selling local produce in spectacular displays.
This itinerary has been designed to showcase some of Rajasthan’s iconic places along with some smaller, unique, destinations where the experience is more authentic.