Discover the Indian Subcontinent

The Indian Subcontinent is a vast and diverse region offering much of historical, cultural and natural interest. There is a myriad of monuments, amazing mountain scenery and numerous wildlife parks as well as plenty of opportunities to relax. From the snow-capped Himalayan peaks to the warmth of the Indian Ocean, an incredible land awaits.

Historical Monuments

India has a very rich history and many monuments of the Moghul past can be seen in the cities of the Golden Triangle. The most famous sites include the iconic Taj Mahal, the Jama Masjid Mosque in Delhi and the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri as well as numerous forts. Look further afield and you will find the palaces and monasteries of Sikkim and Ladakh; and Portuguese heritage in the former colony of Goa.

There are many important historical sites in other countries of the region. In Sri Lanka you can visit the precipitous Lion’s Rock Fortress and the ancient Dambulla Rock Temple. The Kathmandu Valley in Nepal is home to the historical cities of Patan and Bhaktapur; and you can discover the fortress-like dzongs in Bhutan.

Himalayan Scenery

The mountain scenery of the Himalayas is some of the most spectacular in the world. Visit the hill station of Shimla to see the heritage of the British Raj; discover Dharamshala and see the residence of the Dalai Lama in McLoedGanj; and have views of Kanchenjunga in Sikkim. For a more remote and higher altitude experience explore the stark but beautiful region of Ladakh in the far north of India.

Nepal offers the chance to see the soaring peaks of Everest and Annapurna with the option for some trekking for those that want a more active holiday. Mountainous Bhutan quietly preserves its traditions and pristine environment, giving travellers a unique experience in a little-visited land.

Tigers and More

A highlight for many travellers to India is the chance to see a tiger, with the best opportunities usually at Ranthambore and Corbett national parks. Tigers are very elusive but there are many other animals that are commonly spotted here such as leopards, elephants, deer and a wide variety of bird life. Periyar National Park is another good location for wildlife watching.

Sri Lanka has several notable parks. Yala National Park is known for its elephant population as well as leopards, deer, wild boar, crocodiles, water buffalo and monkeys. Also visit the Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home and Sinharaja Forest Reserve. If you are in Nepal then make a visit to Chitwan National Park to look out for rhino, crocodiles, elephants and maybe even tigers.

Time to Relax

One of the best places to take it easy in India is in the southern state of Kerala. Here you can take a lazy backwater cruise on a kettuvallam houseboat as you watch the local scenes pass by. Then visit Kovalam where you can mix beach time with holistic Ayurveda treatments.

Another popular option for a relaxing beach stay is in Goa with its idyllic golden sands. This small Indian province has a backdrop of Portuguese colonisation to add historical interest to your visit.

Sri Lanka has a lot to offer from historical sites to hill stations and wildlife parks all within easy reach of each other. Add to this the welcoming beaches and you can create your own mix of activity and relaxation.

Fascinating Destinations

Top Ten Attractions

Taj Mahal
Gaze in awe at this beautiful building
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Ranthambore Tiger Reserve
Catch a glimpse of these elusive creatures
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Tiger’s Nest Monastery
Hike to this spectacular cliff-face location
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Kerala Backwater Cruising
Take it easy on a traditional houseboat
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Himalayan Scenery
Take in the views of the highest mountains on earth
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Visit the pink city of Jaipur and the Thar Desert
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Discover the history of the Kathmandu Valley
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Yala National Park
Watch wildlife in Sri Lanka’s premier reserve
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Fatehpur Sikri
Explore this perfectly preserved Moghul city
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Relax on the golden sands of India’s finest beaches
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When to Travel

The best time to visit India is generally the cooler months between October and April. Summers can be scorching hot and also humid if you are by the coast. The Himalayas are best visited in summer due to lower temperatures at high altitude.

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