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A trip to India is the experience that can change a lifetime. India is a multi-faceted country, with a strong mystic power, that will impress even the most skeptical of travellers. Many of its places seem to come right out of a fairytale: think of the timeless charm of Agra and majestic Taj Mahal, or the colors of Jaipur, the pink and blue city of Rajasthan, or the picturesque "backwaters" of Kerala and the mountain villages and Buddhist monasteries of the Himalayas. Delhi is also an interesting discovery, being the meeting point of ancient and modern India.

Not only the places, but also the experiences will contribute to making your tailormade tour in this fascinating land so unique: practise yoga, immerse yourself in the Ganges from the sacred banks in Varanasi and discover new smells and tastes on the table and in the markets.

In North India you will find magical Rajasthan which, in addition to Jaipur, will amaze you with Udaipur, Jodhpur and Jaisalmer. Travelling south you will find the states of Tamil Nadu, Goa with ist beaches, Kerala and Karnataka, you will find green ricefields and the ancient tradition of the Ayurveda and different Yoga practices. But India is also an excellent travel destination for those who love nature and animals: include a stop over at Rathambore Park in Rajasthan in your tailormade tour and you won't be disappointed.

If you travel to India in spring you'll have the chance to take part in the evocative Holi festival, the festival of colors and love, commemorating an old Hindu ritual. In the main cities the inhabitants flock to the streets, getting dirty with colorful dust and celebrating a common feeling of rebirth.

In January there is the Kumbh Mela, the greatest religious pilgrimage in the world according to the Times, involving up to 100 milion people who flock to Ganges and Yamuna rivers to purify themselves from sin. 

And there's more: our local travel experts can help you arrange combined itineraries, adding the mystic charm of Nepal to the gems of India or even the luxury of Dubai.

Discovering this magnificent country escorted by local guides is an experience that is bound to leave an indelible mark: they will take you to the places where you admire the most genuine India and you'll feel part of a reality that goes beyond any expectation. During your tailormade tour or vacation in India don't miss the elephant rides and the contact with the local population: let go of your shyness and let the irresistible beauty of India blow your mind away. 

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  • Holi festival mini-guide

    Holi festival is a religious festival with a long history which recently became very well known thanks to the spectacular color throwing rituals. A very loud and colourful party, loved by Indians and which deserves to be experienced by every true traveller!
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  • The Yoga traditions

    The word Yoga comes from Sanskrit and originally indicated ascetic and meditative practices of the religions of India. In contemporary usage, the word Yoga refers to a range of activities that often have nothing to do with the traditional Yoga, which encompasses several typolgies and different psychological and physical exercises that promote meditation and relaxation. The various types of Yoga are distinguished according to the different benefits they confer to the body and mind of those who practice them. The term Yoga initially appeared in the Vedic Upanishads, but its origin is probably to be searched well before the documented occurrence of the term, when its discipline was handed down orally. The fact that such an ancient practice has survived to the present day is testimony to the beneficial effects it has always had,
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  • Discover Indian traditional food

    Indian food is particularly loved all round the world for its spicy, hot and unique tastes. Indian cuisine  is divided mainly into four regions based on the four cardinal points of this great nation. Each region has its own charateristics and is influenced directly by different cultures and local traditions, as well as by the geography and by the availabilty of certain kinds of food. In the north of India food is usually less spicy than the rest of the country, thanks to the contaminations of the nearby countries it uses a great variety of spices and the typical dishes are usually more complex. Dried fruit, yoghurt and nuts are used to prepare dishes based on goat and lamb meat. Very frequent is also the use of saffron. The dishes that we usually identify as the “typical” Indian cuisine are from  Punjab.  Among the most famous dishes you can find the tandoori chicken (cooked in the tandoor, a clay oven), the naan e roti (two kinds of bread). The most used ...
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  • How to prepare for a trip to India?

    India is a big country, and the variety of travel experiences that you can live in this amazing nation is even bigger. If you are going to take a tour that uses hotels out of the main cities it’s higly recomended to be mnore careful about hygiene, so take some hand sanitizer and sanitized tissues. To stay cool in the hot crowded cities  - and to better adapt to the conservative culture - it’s suggested to wear practical and comfortable clothes. Far from the bigger and westernized cities it’s important to respect the local culture even more, so always wear something to cover the arms and knees. Do not forget to stack on batteries, powerbanks and memory sticks for mobiles and camera, the pictures of this amazing trip will be a beautiful memory that will stay with you forever.
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  • Kumbh Mela

    The Kumbh Mela is a great Indian festival that the Times has defined as "the greatest religious gathering in the world". What exactly is it? It is a mass pilgrimage to the sacred rivers, Ganges and Yamuna, to wash away sins and purify oneself. The Purna Kumbh Mela, the "complete" Kumbh Mela, is celebrated in rotation at Prayag or Allahabad, Haridwar, Ujjiain and Nashik every three years. Every six years the Ardh Kumbh Mela is celebrated in Haridwar and Prayag. The Maha Kumbh Mela, or "great" Kumbh Mela, is celebrated every 12 years in Allahabad. It is estimated that this recurrence involves 70 to 100 million pilgrims among yogis, sadhus and ordinary people, who come to the river with tractors and ox-drawn carriages, mostly decorated in orange, which is the color of asceticism. The celebrations last 155 days from January, and include six days of ablutions. To organize a trip and participate in the Kumbh Mela, it is necessary to make arrangements in advance, because finding a place ...
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  • What to see in Delhi

    Welcome to Delhi, the bustling capital of India, an endless and constantly developing metropolis, but still linked to the ancient traditions of the Indian people. Get lost in the streets of Ancient Delhi and you'll be captivated by the magic of this city, a kaleidoscope of religions, ethnic groups and cultures. From the Red Fort to Jama Masjid Mosque, from Lotus Temple to the bazaars that smell of spices, the must- see attractions are many and fascinating. The capital is an excellent starting point for exploring India and the Golden Triangle, the classic itinerary recommended for those visiting the country for the first time and which includes Agra, Jaipur and Delhi. Are you ready for your adventure? Here are 10 sites of interest not to be missed in Delhi!
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  • What to see in Jaipur

    One of the most elegant, evocative and exotic cities of India is Jaipur, the capital of the state of Rajasthan, once the land of the maharajas. Even today, Jaipur preserves traces of the royal family that ruled this area and founded it, building majestic pink buildings, which earned it the name of "pink city" of Rajasthan. A city of the desert and city of palaces, Jaipur is truly an unmissable stop on a trip to India. Together with Delhi and Agra, the city of the famous Taj Mahal, it is part of the Golden Triangle, the classic itinerary of those who start to discover India for the first time. Are you ready to explore Jaipur? Here are the attractions that you should put on your list.
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  • What to see in Agra

    Welcome to Agra, the third city of the Golden Triangle of India (the other two are Jaipur and Delhi), the capital of the district of Agra in Uttar Pradesh. Once the capital of the Moghul empire with the name of Akerabad, today Agra is one of the most fascinating cities of India and certainly one of the most visited. What attracts tourists from all over the country and from all over the world, in addition to the ruins of the Red fort, is certainly the mausoleum of the Taj Mahal, perhaps a symbol of India as a whole and a UNESCO heritage. If Agra is on the list of your next travel destinations, here is some advice on the must-see landmarks. .
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  • What to see in Rajasthan

    A trip to India cannot be complete without a visit, even a rather thorough one, of the wonderful state of Rajasthan. Characterized by majestic palaces, artificial lakes, gardens and houses with richly decorated walls, Rajasthan, or "Land of the Kings", was the land of the great Indian maharajas and its cities still bear the visible traces of this glorious past. From Jaipur, its main center, dubbed "pink city" for the color of its architecture, to Jaisalmer, in the Thar desert, known as "golden city" for its yellow sandstone buildings. And then comes Jodhpur, the "blue city" because its houses are painted in this color, and Udaipur famous for its palaces and for Lake Pichola. If you are planning a trip to India, consider dedicating part of your itinerary to Rajasthan. We present you its most beautiful cities.
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  • Kerala and backwaters

    Among green palms, scent of spices, colonial cities with a European flavor and luxuriant vegetation, Kerala, a state in south-western India, is the most exotic and wildest part of the subcontinent. The main feature of this region are the backwaters, an ecosystem of swamps and islands with lush vegetation, which you can explore on board of the typical houseboats, the traditional river boats. This magical state overlooking the Indian Ocean, however, is also fascinating for its cultural heritage. In fact, the tradition of Ayurveda medicine is born here, a discipline with Buddhist influences that aims to restore the well-being of the person by re-harmonizing the psychic and physical balances. It is also interesting to discover the typical dance of Kerala, the Kathakali, characterized by the use of elaborate traditional costumes and abundant make-up, accompanied by music and percussion of drums. The expressions, gestures and poses of the Kathakali dance are predefined and fixed, as are ...
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  • Varanasi and the Holi Ganges

    Can a trip to India be considered complete without seeing Varanasi, to pay homage to the Ganges, the sacred river of the Hindus? Maybe not. Varanasi is the most revered city by Hindus, characterized by the typical ghats, flights of steps that end in the river. Full of narrow streets and markets, it is easy to get lost here, where every good Hindu must come at least once in his life to bathe in the waters of the Ganges.
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  • A trip to India often involves itineraries to discover ancient temples, archaeological sites and majestic religious buildings, but not everyone knows that India also boasts beautiful beaches. The most famous and loved by visitors who know them are those of the state of Goa in South India. Overlooking the Arabian Sea, Goa boasts a warm and pleasant climate almost all year round: if you are planning a tour of India, perhaps in the famous Golden Triangle, you may consider extending your journey with a holiday on the magnificent southern beaches! In Goa, flora and fauna are rich and varied and the lush vegetation covers the slopes of the western Ghat mountains. The most beautiful beaches are those of Morjim and Arambol, Candolim, Colva and Baga: coasts with white sand like talcum powder, surrounded by palm trees and with uncontaminated stretches of coastline, in short, a real paradise! In the towns and cities you will find traces of the past Portuguese domination, but also of a certain ...
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  • What to see in Tamil Nadu

    Tamil Nadu is a neighboring state of Kerala in southern India. It is a region of ancient history, as it was inhabited since prehistoric times by the Tamil ethnic group, still maintaining today its own language and traditions within the Indian subcontinent. Tamil literature has in fact existed for over two thousand years and its first phase, the so-called Sangam literature, was the first form of written literature in India. The Tamil literature was also the first to be printed and published, when in 1578 the Portuguese published the book Thambiraan Vanakkam. Furthermore, Tamil culture has been instrumental in the various struggles for Indian freedom, fueling the national patriotic spirit. Your tour of Tamil Nadu will probably be motivated by the desire to visit the temples, which certainly are one of the main attractions of this region. But do not be surprised if you hear a familiar language on the streets: the influence of French colonialism is still strong here. Are you ready to ...
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  • Little Tibet and Himalaya

    If on one side there are those who visit India for the temples and the cities of the Golden Triangle, there are those who reach the peaks of the Himalayas and Little Tibet, for trekking tours among the highest moutains on the planet in close contact with local people who have maintained their lifestyle unchanged for centuries. Ladakh and Kashmir are two regions nicknamed "Little Tibet", because here there is a small Tibetan ethnic community. In addition to trekking, it is possible to ride a bike, go rafting and immerse yourself completely in the untouched natural environment, interspersed only occasionally by ancient Buddhist monasteries. The main centers of the region are Leh and Manali, two cities with hotels and basic services, gateways to the great mountains. The Indian mountains are also home to Dharamsala, the residence of the Dalai Lama.
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Why visit India

India, perhaps the most magical country in Asia, is really a world apart, a keleidoscope of history, philosophy, culture and spirituality, where 645 ethnic minorities live together witouth homologating. The myth of India is fed by the modern stories of the megalopolises told by Chandra Vikram or by Salgari's exotic tales. The western world has found something that goes beyond rationality in India: you leave for India with a bit of fear, but if you open your mind and heart, you will easily fall in love with this land.

When visiting North India you cannot miss the capital Delhi, the meeting point between modernity and ancient traditions, Agra with the Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world, the colorful Rajasthan, with Jaipur, the magical pink city, Udaipur, Jaisalmer and Jodhpur, the splendid and majestic cities of the Rajput princes. The most daring hikers can even venture off to the Himalayas in Little Tibet.

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