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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.