India's fascinating cultural and topographical diversity make it an ideal country to explore with all-inclusive holidays. You can choose your India holidays to be anything from wellness retreats to romantic getaways. There is a vast difference between the northern region of the country and the southern. Sometimes, these variations are so marked that on a second holiday to India you may feel you have visited an altogether different country for the first time. Needless to say, with budget flights and discount accommodation packages, the world’s largest democracy offers something for everyone.
Holidays to the southern part of the country are never complete without a beach vacation. India has beaches in southern states like Karnataka, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, the Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Lakshwadeep. Goa’s beaches are the most famous worldwide, especially with the clubbing set, making holidays to goa particularly popular. Despite its conservative culture, for most part Indian beaches offer fun-filled holidays with parties and cultural shows. While Goan beaches also offer casinos on ships anchored at the shore.
Wellness packages are a major selling point when it comes to Indian holiday packages. You can try a yoga week in the South Indian city of Pune or the North Indian traditional cities of Varanasi and Hardware. In the south, you’ll find spas and special massage centres using ancient Indian Ayurveda techniques. You can also book sessions in aura healing and past-life reincarnation therapy.
Heritage holidays are also a major attraction in India. You can join tours to the palaces of Rajasthan, the temples of South India, the majestic Taj Mahal in Agra, ancient forts, historic battle sites and ruins. While the Buddhist and Hindu circuit in the North Indian state of Uttar Pradesh takes you on an exotic religious journey.
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Mountain holidays are another popular package in India, and include bird watching, camping, rafting, trekking and cycling tours in the majestic Himalayas in the north. You can also try the adventure trails in the hills of the Southern Indian states. Paragliding, parachuting and parajumping are also major attractions for visitors to the Himalayas. Special religious trips to Buddhist and Hindu temples in the Himalayas are open only at particular times during the year, including a trek to the highest glacier in the country - the Gangotri.
An interesting way to explore India is by special railway tours sponsored by the government, whereby luxury express trains take you on a guided tour of your chosen region. These trips include weeklong journeys across specific regions like the state of Rajasthan in the West, and the state of Madhya Pradesh in the south.
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