Western India

Glorious Gujarat

The state of Gujarat, rightly called the jewel in the west and known for its maritime past, the gateway for the Dutch and the Portuguese who entered India. Known for its colourful people whose handicrafts are renowned all over India for their colourful embroideries and hand woven work, Gujarat has something for everyone. Visit Gujarat for a quite wildlife getaway in Gir Forests, home to the Asiatic Lion, the great Indian bustard, the wild ass, the black buck, rosy pink flamingos and some rare marine life. Or perhaps choose to shop in the busy hustle-bustle industrial and textile city, Ahmedabad. A fabulously enriching sightseeing experience at some of the most important temples in India, the 863 Cain Temple cluster in Palitana or a Hindu Temple of Somnath by the sea shore, one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. Observe artistic trends revealing the soul of the people and their lifestyles, converse with curious village folk, buy beautiful handicrafts adornments, even join in occasional dance at village fairs and festivals. The colourful kaleidoscope of Gujarat bedazzles, like a rainbow, for the sheer pleasure of its experience. Gujarat's cultural mosaic is unmatched in its richness and diversity. As they say in Gujarat, "Padharo" or "Welcome!"

Duration: 12 Days
Places to Visit:
Mumbai / Rajkot / Junagadh / Sasangir / Veraval / Somnath / Diu / Palitana / Bhavnagar / Lothal / Ahmedabad

Footsteps Of Buddha

From Siddharth to Sakyamuni and finally to the Buddha or the Enlightened one - an incredible transformation of prince to an enlightened teacher, who walked the earth more than 2500 years ago. This tour will take you to the most important places to give you insight into the 800 years old Buddhist religion as well as the world's best monuments of great history and art. You will start the tour with visit to the World's greatest monument of Love -Taj Mahal, now a wonder of the World, The Nirvana city -Varanasi which still have traditions and cultural values intact just like it used to be centuries ago. Bodhgaya - the Mahabohi Temple where Lord Buddha got the enlightenment and continue traveling on his footsteps visiting Rajgir, Nalanda, Patna, Kushinagar and Lumbini - the birth place of Lord Buddha and traveling back to Capital city Delhi"

Duration: 13 Days
Places to Visit:
Delhi / Agra / Varanasi / Bodhgaya / Rajgir / Nalanda / Patna / Khushinagar / Lumbini / Balrampur / Lucknow

Enlightening Of Buddha

Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha, was located in 1890 after being untraced for 1,500 years. At the excavation site in the Maya Temple, are the ruins of a monastery and a pool. There are ruins of a stupa at Sravasti as well. Kusinagar is where the Buddha finally attained Mahaparmirvana. Amongst the ruins are the Mukutbandhan Stupa and a beautiful statue of the reclining Buddha. At Gorakhpur, en-route to Kusinagar, there is the Rahul Sankritayan Museum with a collection of thangka paintings. An inscribed relic casket was dug out of the ruins of a stupa at Piprahwa, now identified as Kapilavastu. Sarnath, where the Buddha preached his first sermon in the Deer Park, contains the most impressive remains, as well as a modem temple. The Dharmarajika, Chaukhandi and Dharnek stupas are outstanding. There are also the remains of a monastery, and the beautifully polished Lion Capital of Ashoka. Sarnath contains a rich library and at the Mula gandha Kutir Vihara there are excellent frescoes by Kosetsu Nosu. The Sarnath Museum, not far from the site, contains some of the finest specimens of Buddhist sculpture.

Duration: 7 Days
Places to Visit:
Delhi / Lucknow / Sravasti / Lumbini / Kushinagar / Patna / Rajgir / Bodhgaya / Varanasi

The Sanctuaries

The Sanctuaries The Sanctuaries of Botswana has some of the world's largest National Parks and vast unspoiled landscapes.

Activities
  • Guided Tours in 4X4 vehicles
  • Mokoro Excursion
  • Game Viewing
  • Fishing

Taste of Greece

Taste of Greece Enjoy an incredible week in Greece, with overnight stays in Athens, Delphi, Olympia, and Nauplia. All highlights are included with Local Guides: the Acropolis, the Roman Temple of Zeus, and the Theater of...