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People say that a tour to India is a life-changing experience – and you’ll quickly see why. Endlessly fascinating and constantly intriguing, it feels very far removed from our western norms and way of life. The world’s second most populous country with more than 1.2 billion people, and today one of its fastest-growing economies. Yet you’ll feel for yourself on your India tour how deeply it still feels rooted in its past rich cultural and religious heritage.
A region of historic trade routes and vast empires, the Indian subcontinent was able to draw on its huge commercial wealth for centuries. Four world religions were born here: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. Indian cultural history spans more than 4,500 years. The foundations of many beliefs and practices that still exist today have their roots in the Hindu philosophy, mythology and literature of the Vedic period that began in 1700 BC. One hundred years of British rule left deep traces too, with India only finally regaining independence in 1947 after the legendary campaign of non-violent resistance led by Mahatma Gandhi.
On your tour of India you’ll experience the very best of this extraordinary country – from the legacy of the British Raj in New Delhi and Gandhi’s memorial in the old city to the Red Fort and the breathtaking Taj Mahal, without doubt one of the world’s most exquisite and moving buildings. The Orchha Palaces and memorials, the fabulous mystical temples of Khajuraho and the immense 16th century red sandstone Agra Fort will all take your breath away, while the fascinating city of Varanasi will reward you with a rickshaw ride through teeming streets, a boat trip on the revered river Ganges and even a visit to the place where the Lord Buddha revealed his eightfold path to nirvana. You’ll be amazed every day by a kaleidoscope of unexpected sights and sounds, heady aromas and sometimes shocking contrasts. You’re sure to return from your magical tour of India with a new outlook on life and endless extraordinary memories.
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