India is a land of extraordinary contrasts, from bustling urban Delhi to tranquil Keralan backwaters, and from the deserts of Rajasthan to snow-capped Himalayan peaks.

Northwest India makes a good starting point with dazzling festivals in Rajasthan, cool colonial hill stations in Himachal Pradesh and some spectacular trekking in Garhwal. In the far north there are breathtaking summer treks in Zanskar and Ladakh, and in northeast India the kingdom of Sikkim offers beautiful mountain walking and a vibrant Buddhist culture. For the truly adventurous there is the little known region of tribal Nagaland to explore, whilst for those wanting a more relaxing experience, the laid back charms of Southern India won’t disappoint.

Aside from the impressive scenic and cultural diversity, India is rightly renowned for its wonderful wildlife. Kaziranga National Park in Assam, close to the mighty Brahmaputra, is the place to see the rare One-horned rhino whilst tigers are the main attraction at Ranthambore. In Ladakh, the Hemis National Park is the largest in India and one of the few places where Snow Leopards may be spotted whilst, at the opposite end of the country, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala is a wonderful place to see monkeys, elephants and big cats. Exotic birdlife also abounds in India with the reserves at Chattra Sagar and Javai Band lakes in Rajasthan perfect for viewing a dazzling array of birds whilst sipping a sundowner.

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