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Rajasthan and North India.


Rajasthan is a western Indian state that is famous for: its rugged landscape; majestic forts; beautiful palaces all over the state; desert towns of Bikaner, Jodhpur & Jaisalmer; lakes in Udaipur; hill stations of Mount Abu; beautiful marble carved jain temples of Ranakpur & Mount Abu; an open air gallery in the regions such as Shekawati; a unique chance to stay in a old haveli or converted palace in any one of the cities. Each one of the cities are steeped in history (details of which are provided in the guidebooks which we have not gone into). It is well worth combining a trip to Rajasthan with: a visit to Uttar Pradesh to cover Agra for the world famous Taj Mahal and the historic city of Varanasi with its bathing ghats; trips to erotic carvings of Khajuraho and wildlife parks of Bandavgarh & Kanha in Madhya Pradesh; the hill station of Darjeeling & the bustling metropolis that is Kolkata in West Bengal; hill stations of Himachal Pradesh & Uttarakhand in the North and Sikkim in the North East; a visit to the Golden temple in Amritsar in Punjab; a trip to Sasan Gir to try to see the Asiatic Lion in Gujarat; a journey to India's North East like Assam to see Kaziranga and where you could stay in the tea Bungalows in the tea estates. Note: We have not covered all the states in North India but just a selection of states poluar with our past customers. Some of the main cities within the states and a list of main items to see within are listed below (even though they are by no means exhaustive):-


RAJASTHAN



Ajmer: Dargah, Navsiyan Jain temple, Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra.
Bharatpur: Excellent Keoladeo Ghana National Park, bird sanctuary , Lohagarh Fort.
Bikaner: Jungarah Fort, Karni Mata temple at Deshnok, camel breeding farm.
Chittaurgarh: Chittaurgarh Fort with its Tower of Victory and Tower of Fame.
Jaipur: The Palace of Winds, City Palace, Observatory, Amber Palace, Jaigarh fort and many more.
Jaisalmer: Jaisalmer Fort, Havelis, camel rides, sand dunes in the desert.
Jodhpur: Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada, Umaidh Bhawan Palace.
Mount Abu: hill station, Dilwara temples.
Pushkar: Pushkar Lake, Brahma temple.
Ranakpur: Famous for its magnificently marble carved jain temples.
Ranthambore: Excellent wildlife park containing varied forms of wildlife including Nilgai Antelope, wild boa, Langur & the elusive tiger. Note: Ranthambore wildlife park is closed in the summer, however, you can visit ManSingh Sanctuary where you can spot varied wildlife excluding tigers. Rathambore park is also a great place for walks to the Fort and nature trails and excellent place to view sunsets & sunrises in a quiet retreat area in the wildlife off-peak season time.
Udaipur: City Palace, Jagdish temple, Lake Palace, Fateh Sagar, Saheliyon Ki Bari.

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UTTAR PRADESH



Agra: Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Itamadh-Udh-Dhaula, Fatehpur sikri.
Allahabad: Hindu holy town most famous for the confluence of the 3 rivers: The Ganges, the Yamuna and Saraswati. This town is televised all over the world every 12 years for the famous Kumbh Mela.
Chitrakut: Hindu holy town with ghats and temples.
Varanasi: Bathing ghats of Varanasi are one of greatest images of India. Taking a boat ride along the Ganges in the morning is an experience not to be missed. Other sights include: Kashi Vishwanath temple, Benares Hindu University and a visit to Sarnath (the buddhist pilgrimage point).

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MADHYA PRADESH



Bandavgarh Wildlife Reserve: This is a wildlife park with one of the highest densitiies for tigers in India. Excellent for spotting the elusive tiger.
Kanha Wildlife Reserve: This is one of the best wildlife parks in India. Excellent for spotting the elusive tiger in addition to wide variety of species including the buffalo and the Sambhar deer.
Khajuraho: Noted for its temples with erotic carvings. The Khandariya Mahadeo temple is a work of art.
Orcchha: Very peaceful town lost in time. A great reprieve from the hustle and bustle towns of Agra and Jaipur. Known for its Fort and temple.

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WEST BENGAL IN NORTH EAST INDIA



Darjeeling: Nestled in the Himalayas excellent views of Kanchenjunga (subject to claer weather conditions), Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (narrow gauge toy train) now classified as a heritage site, Himlayan Mountaineering Institute, trip to Ghoom for the buddhist monastery.
Kolkata (or Calcutta as it was known previously): Howrah Bridge, Eden Gardens, Victoria Memorial, a hustle bustle town with trams, taxis and lots of firendly people throughout.

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SIKKIM IN NORTH EAST INDIA



Sikkim is an idyllic state nestled in the Eastern Himalayan region and provides excellent views of the Kanchenjunga. Beautiful monasteries are a feature of this region such as Enchey, Rumtek & Pamayangste to name just a few. Note: You do need an inner-line permit to visit the state.

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ASSAM IN NORTH EAST INDIA



Famous for the UNESCO world heritage site of Kaziranga national park known for the One Horned Rhino. There are additional wildlife parks such as Manas in the southern border of Bhutan and India. There is also a unique opportunity of staying in a Tea Bungalow within tea estates. Gauhati is also the starting point for visiting Shillong in Meghalaya.

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HIMACHAL PRADESH



It is most famous for the hill station of Shimla connected to Kalka (near Chandigarh) by a narrow gauge railway with a route with over 100 tunnels. Scenic beauty with lots of hill stations to choose from such as Manali, Paragpur, Dharamsala, Dalhousie. Also, a unique oppurtunity to stay at very good heritage properties such as Judges Court in Paragpur.

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UTTARKHAND



The holy cities of Haridwar and Rishikesh are not only famous for their temples and Ganga Arti ceremony but also for being strong centres for meditation & Yoga. The most famous wildlife park in this region is Corbett National Park which houses various species such as jungle cats, Sambar deer, Himalayan black bears and of course the elusive tiger. Scenic beauty with lots of hill stations to choose from such as Nainital (with its lakes), Ranikhet and Almora. Also, a unique oppurtunity to stay at very good heritage cottage type properties.

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PUNJAB



As soon as you say Punjab, you think of charismatic Punjabi people and the wonderful cuisine known worldwide (Aloo Parathas, Makki Ki Roti, Sarason Ka Saag and of course the range of sweets including Gajjar Halwa). It has many great cities such as Amritsar (for its Golden temple and Jallianwallah Bagh for its negative British history) and the beautiful Rock Garden at Chandigarh which is a really amazing work of art created from disposables of the city.

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GUJARAT



As soon as you say Gujarat, a colourful state comes to mind with a strong traditional folk heritage with dances such as Gujarati Gharba during Navratri. Excellent snack foods such as Dhoklas, Kandvis & other savouries and sweets such as Mohantal. There are many cities of notable interest but the three most popular points as per our previous customers are: Palitana (863 jain temples on the hills); Sasan Gir which is the home of the Asiatic Lion; (Gandhinagar near Ahmedabad) as you think of the Great Mahatma Gandhi.

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