Experience a quintessential Rishikesh evening steeped in spirituality, mythology and history with your city expert. Walk past the iconic Laxman Jhula (hanging bridge), explore the bustling bazaars of this ancient city, and be a spectator to the magical Ganga Aarti ceremony. Get acquainted with the city’s history and learn about the traditional Hindu rituals as you witness local shops displaying religious elements like copper bells, temple offerings, statues with others. Reach the ghats (river steps) to witness the Aarti ceremony. Performed each evening at sundown on the banks of the holy Ganga, it is an event to gladden the heart, feed the soul and create harmony with the elements. The performance of Aarti by the saffron robed gurus and disciples, accompanied by singing of bhajans (hymns), the fragrance of incense and camphor as it permeates the air, the mesmeric light of numerous earthen lamps, the sound of the rushing river, the setting sun mirrored in sparkling ripples on the flowing water, the intensity of people swaying in unison combines to create a surreal atmosphere of peace that pervades every sense, and remains with you long even after you leave Rishikesh.
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More than just the Chicken Tikka Masala! Discover the cuisine of India as the scents of cumin, coriander and ginger; the tang of tamarind, mustard and mango powder mix with the fragrance of saffron, turmeric and cardamom. Indian food presents a range of flavours, subtle and intense, as vast as the country itself. Regional influences range depending on climate and elevation as well as history and religion. Throughout your travel, experience India’s warm hospitality and sample exotic culinary creations as you explore varied regions of the subcontinent, immersing yourself in ancient history and appreciating the ultramodern development of the 21st century.
Explore a part of India’s kaleidoscopic past as you discover the India of today. As you stroll through bustling city streets and bazaars, your guide will help you decipher the layers of history and culture now hidden behind dusty facades and crowded signboards. Experience the pomp and magnificence of western India as you delve into the art and culture of the city of Mumbai, and the kingdoms of Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Udaipur and Jaipur. As you walk through royal palaces, forts and fascinating museums that contain the treasures and magnificence of glorious empires, you’ll tread the path of kings and conquerors as you marvel at the rich tapestry of Indian history.
Woven textiles of cotton, silk and wool — dyed, printed, painted or exquisitely embroidered — have made the craft people of India famous. On this fascinating journey, explore the marvels of Indian urban and rural textile as you travel from handpicked workshops where you can learn about the art and science of this ancient industry. Discover the silk wedding saris of Varanasi, Lucknow’s intricately embroidered cottons, Kanchipuram’s hand-woven silk saris, the stunning zardozi embroidery work on Mysore silks, and the block-printed cotton fabrics of the royal city of Jaipur. Throughout your journey, experience the creativity and expertise of craftsmen that follow age-old techniques in bringing to you the spectacular creations only India offers!
Soothe and pamper your mind, body and soul as you journey on an unforgettable exploration of India’s exquisite opulent spa hotels and resorts. The spa retreats in India offer traditional ayurvedic treatment programs, various kinds of massage, aromatic rubs, aura imaging and herbal body pummelling to relax and rejuvenate you in an ambience of languid charm. If you’re looking for peace, healing and an extraordinary sense of well-being, embark on this journey of self-fulfilment and self-discovery in one of the world’s most ancient lands.