The sights, the heat, the culture, the people... India truly is an amazing country and whether you have visited before or are yet to step foot in its lands, it is sure to leave an indelible mark.
Whilst most people will concentrate on seeing major sights such as the beaches of Goa, the Taj Mahal of Agra or the bustling riverbanks of Varanasi, there are plenty of other hidden gems that India has to offer. We've trawled through our tours to showcase our most unique itineraries, which combine both hidden gems and iconic sights for an Indian adventure to remember.
This rural town provides a refreshing break from the bigger cities of Rajasthan. Visit its famous step-wells which the locals traditionally used to escape the heat of the summers. Also, visit the majestic Harshat Mata Temple, which dates back to the 7th century and was dedicated to the goddess of happiness and joy.
Visit Abhaneri on our North India Revealed (IHHRR) tour.
Explore the backwaters of Kerala in a pole boat before heading to an island village for an overnight homestay with a local family, interact with the family, cook dinner and meet the local community. What more could you ask for when it comes to the ultimate immersive experience?
Stay in the backwaters on our South India Revealed (IHHRS) tour.
This hilltop retreat is home to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government in exile. See the prayer flags flutter in the gentle breeze as you wander the peaceful streets with robed monks strolling between monasteries, all set against the backdrop of the mighty Himalayas!
Enjoy Dharmasala on our Mountains & Mystics (IHHSF) tour.
This once important staging post on the great caravan route contains many bazaars, palaces and a historic fort within its walls. Visit the city's famous 'rat-temple', the 600 year old Karni Mata Temple, home to hundreds of rats, which are believed to be the reincarnated followers of the Hindu goddess, Durga. Locals leave out bowls of milk for the rats and it is believed that if they scurry over your bare feet then they find you particularly favourable - a truly unique experience.
Explore the city on our Rajasthan Aventure (IHHSR) tour.
Leh, situated in the high altitude desert of Ladakh, lies between the Karakorum and the Tibetan Plateau giving you the perfect base to explore the Indus Valley. When in Leh visit the two major monasteries in the area, the former Royal Palace of the Ladakh Kings in Shey and the hilltop monastery of Tikse. Maybe even take a jeep safari onto the Khardung Pass; at 5,602m it is one of the world's highest navigable roads.
Discover Leh on our Trials of Ladakh (ETGX) tour.
Visit the beautiful town of Orchha on the banks of the Betwa River. Whilst small in size it still boasts a plethora of temples and palaces dating back to the 16th century. The most famous possibly being the Orchha Palace which was built for the Mughal ruler, Jehangir, where you'll notice the large domes which allowed access for the large war elephants of the time.
Stroll the streets of Orchha on our Kathmandu to Delhi (IHHSD) tour.
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