A peaceful discovery in pristine surroundings of the Indian subcontinent
The ancient cultures of the Indian subcontinent gave rise to many of the wellness and spa techniques that are known in the world today. From Bhutan, where the hot springs and the flora with their medicinal value are a treasure trove of medicinal goodness, to Nepal where the tranquil teachings of Buddhism help one facilitate meditation in an environment of pure beauty surrounded by the majestic mountains, to India where Ayurveda and Yoga were discovered and practiced as a way of rejuvenating and rediscovering yourself, the three countries are a treasure trove of wellness options.EXPERIENCE Wellness
Listen to the call of the wild in the national parks of India and its neighbouring countries
When Machli, the famous tigress of Ranthambore fought the 14 foot long crocodile, a star was born. But like any good movie, there are many supporting characters that make the Indian subcontinent occupy a very special place in the animal diversity of the world. Taken together, the countries of Nepal, Bhutan and India have an astonishing variety of wildlife and birds. Bordered by the sea, the mountains, the plains and the tropical weather, this basin is a cradle of animal diversity. The one horned rhino, the gentle elephant, the elusive snow leopard, the adorable red panda, the variety of birds that are too many to count, the small bear, the black panthers and of course, the Bengal Tiger, all of them truly recreate the magic of the Jungle Book. For wildlife enthusiasts, Chitwan National Park in Nepal, Jigme Dorji National Park in Bhutan, and one of the many National Parks in India such as Ranthambore or Bandhavgarh, are a must do.EXPERIENCE Wildlife
Adrenaline-pumping activities await you in India, Nepal, and Bhutan
The Indian subcontinent offers a full range of thrilling and unique adventures, waiting to be discovered. In Bhutan try fishing in lakes that perfectly reflect the Himalayas or go mountain biking through scenic trails discovering verdant valleys along the way and villages where time had stopped. Enjoy camping under the stars in Nepal after having completed the Annapurna trek and pinch yourself to realize you are not dreaming up the beauty of Nature that surrounds you. Take the awe-inspiring Everest flight which puts in perspective how insignificant we are compared to the mighty Himalayas. While in India, self-drive your way to the valley of Leh and Ladakh passing through the highest motorable path in the world, or try river rafting the white waters of the mighty Ganges as she makes her way down to the plains. These are just some of the many choices available to you on your next trip to our corner of the world.EXPERIENCE Adventure
Travel to the Indian subcontinent to practice your swing on dramatic golf courses
When you think of golf, Nepal, Bhutan or India are not the countries that come readily to mind. But even as the most avid golfer will confess, a game played here is taking a walk through history as you tee off in golf courses that date back to the British Raj like the Tollygunge Club in Kolkata. Or simply enjoying the bragging rights of teeing off at an altitude of over 7000 feet with the mighty Himalayas looking down at you at Royal Thimphu Golf in Bhutan or at the Himalayan Golf Course in Pokhara that is home to one of the best and most dramatic par fives in Asia.EXPERIENCE Golf
Go on a delectable journey to discover local delicacies
Itâ€™s very hard to define the cuisine of Indian subcontinent given the sheer variety available. From the simple, but spicy Ema Datshi in Bhutan that makes your toes curl, to the warm, satisfying and wholesome taste of the Thukpa in Nepal that is a perfect dish when you are in the foothills of the Himalayas, to the many options available in India, like chicken tikka masala, pulao or the ever-popular curry, you will be spoilt for choice. From rich dishes served in restaurants, to the wholesome and satisfying food cooked by a housewife to the finger licking street food, you will never be able to do full justice to the cuisine and will have to just come back for more.EXPERIENCE Cuisine
A colourful calendar of celebrations all year long and never-ending fun
Nobody celebrates festivals better than the people of India, Nepal and Bhutan. Festivals are a time when people come together â€“ families, neighbours, communities â€“ to celebrate an auspicious event or a change of season. Spring typically is the most popular and in Bhutan the Paro Festival celebrates its advent with revelry and dances, some of which are performed by monks; in India, Holi â€“ also known as the Festival of colours â€“ is a fun and vibrant celebration that also marks the beginning of this season, while in Nepal, Dashain celebrates the end of the monsoon with people taking colorful kites to the sky to brighten up grey skies. These are only a few of the hundreds of festivals celebrated in the Indian subcontinent, so the next time you plan a trip be sure to speak to your travel consultant and who knows? You could be playing Holi on the streets in Mumbaiâ€¦EXPERIENCE Festivals
Indigenous arts and crafts and rich traditions are the heart of this region
The art and cultural heritage of the Indian subcontinent is inherently linked with its religion. The manifestations of different religions in the three sister countries of India, Nepal, and Bhutan can be found in every aspect of localsâ€™ lives, especially in their distinctive architecture â€“ the intricate carvings on ancient temples, monasteries, and shrines never cease to amaze travellers. From festivals and dances to food and clothes, the countries have interlaced their past and present, and the result is a region that takes prides in its roots. The diversity of customs, traditions, languages, and people is what makes the Indian subcontinent fascinating as you find yourself surrounded by such contrasts. With changing times, the countries have found fresher perspectives, but lingering influences remain. As the weaving machines replace the traditional loom, local weavers in Indian villages still keep and pass down secrets of their trade to younger generations; in the neighbouring countries of Nepal and Bhutan, the Thangka paintings that date back to the 11th century are still popular. Delve deeper into the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan, known as Zorig Chusum, at The Institute of Zorig Chusum in Thimphu; take some time out to see private and government-run galleries in Indian metro cities that display collections dating back centuries; or plan your trip around the Kathmandu International Art Festival in 2017 (it is hosted every three years) to get an insight into the modern art scene in Nepal. One trip may not be enough to learn about this region and you will definitely want to return for another round.EXPERIENCE Art and Culture
In a tropical setting, bask under the golden sun and feel soft sand beneath your feet
India is home to some of the most stunning beaches in the world. You can snorkel in the deep waters, watch the sunset on the beach, visit shacks and night markets, or simply relax on a hammock all day â€“ there is something for everyone here. A little dot on the Indian map, Goa attracts travellers to its seemingly endless coast. In North Goa, the party never stops on Anjuna and Baga, while in South Goa, you can get away from the crowds on beaches such as Agonda and Colva. Many beaches in the state also offer water sports, so itâ€™s a favourite amongst adventure enthusiasts. Go further down to Kerala and the beaches get more serene and tranquil â€“ Kovalam, Varkala, Cherai, and Kollam are perfect for a quiet retreat. Slightly lesser known, the Konkan coast is also peppered with beaches such as Tarkali, Malvan, and Alibaug that make quick getaways from Maharashtra. You can also plan an escape to the Andamans islands and fill your days feeling sand beneath your feet on the idyllic beaches that are dotted with swaying palms. Moreover, the Andamans offer great diving opportunities and its beaches are known for their breathtaking sunsets.EXPERIENCE Sun & Beach
The Indian subcontinent offers such varied experiences to travellers of all ages that you will be able to bring your extended family together. India, known for its diversity, has a bouquet of experiences for familiesâ€”camel safaris in Rajasthan, wildlife adventures in national parks, a beach holiday in Kerala, and cultural exposure in the North East. Moreover, the UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the Sanchi Stupa, Hampi, and the Khajuraho temples are lessons in history for kids. In the sister country of Nepal, the Narayanhiti Palace in Thamel is a window to the monarchy that no longer exists. The Durbar Square in Kathmandu is a revelation with ancient markets, courtyards, and temples. If your family is outdoorsy, take them trekkingâ€”the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek and the Royal Trek are great options. Bhutan too offers enriching experiences such as the Folk Heritage Museum in Thimphu; monasteries and the Sunday market in Paro; and villages offering lessons in archery.
A storybook romance in the misty Himalayas, the picturesque beaches, and the tranquil monasteries is an ethereal dreamâ€”and it can all come true in the exotic Indian subcontinent. A big fat Indian wedding in the city of lakes, Udaipur, is a royal affair. In the neighbouring countries of Nepal and Bhutan, couples can have a Nepalese wedding at the famed Tengboche Monastery or a Bhutanese wedding blessed by a lama and monks in Thimphu. If youâ€™re celebrating a milestone, escape to a beach in Goa and renew your vows with the sun setting in the horizon. For honeymooners, the Taj Mahal, a symbol of love in Agra, is a must-visit. Nestled in the Himalayas, the lakeside city of Pokhara in Nepal is also stunning. Not fans of the usual? Trek with the love of your life to the Tigerâ€™s Nest, or Takshang Lakhang, a sacred monastery in Bhutan. We cater to all couples and the LGBT community and help them create â€˜just for twoâ€™ moments. Get in touch with our experts for a memorable holiday.
The world may be inclining towards online shopping, but the vibrant markets in the Indian subcontinent havenâ€™t lost their charm. In fact, every state in India has its own speciality when it comes to the handicrafts, and artisans sell these at local markets and on the streetsâ€”youâ€™ll find beautiful sarees in Varanasi, Rajasthani jewellery in Jaipur, Kalighat paintings in West Bengal, dokra art in Telangana, Madhubani paintings in Bihar, Tanjore paintings in Tamil Nadu, and pashmina in Kashmir. Another place where you can buy pashmina is Nepal. Travellers also get singing bowls, khukuri, rice paper products, and Nepalese masks. In the neighbouring country of Bhutan, dappa, or wooden bowls, are extraordinarily popular. Other must-buy handicrafts include dzi bead jewellery, thangka paintings, and hand-woven textiles. You can also take back home spices, tea, and coffee from these countries. Additionally, the cities in the subcontinent have government-run shops and emporiums where you can get different crafts at reasonable rates and all the metros have shopping malls that feature international brands and artists.
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