Your India expedition. Accept crazy, live colour.
Prepare for a whirlwind. Head to the Himalayas for trekking, prayer flags and altitude, head south for tea plantations, beaches and houseboats. But make sure you dive into the golden triangle head first. It’s not a full Indian experience unless you surrender to the immense contrasts of this vast country. Sounds, smells, colour. Vast mountain ranges, glaciers and lakes, sweeping deserts, colonial architecture, tea plantations, lush waterways and palm fringed tropics. Build your own itinerary through this epic country with so much to choose from, you’ll be back more than once.
Enjoy a cup of chai tea, spend time with a Buddhist monk, reach that high altitude pass, watch the world go by in the backwaters, jump in a tuk tuk. Speed up, slow down. Energise, relax. Get ready for the ride.
Some of the best bits
See sunrise at Taj Mahal
Bask in the sunrise of the beautiful Taj Mahal and sunset at Agra Fort before heading to experience the frenetic charm of Jaipur, the Pink City. Peer out of the ornate windows of royal palaces and visit hilltop forts. Listen to the legends, the Emperor who ordered the hands of the architect of the Taj to be cut off, so he could never build anything so magnificent again.
Visit monks at a monastery
Steeped in Buddhist culture, everywhere in Ladakh welcomes you with prayer flags. Monks and monasteries abound, with bright white stupas peppering the skyline. Visit monasteries nestled in mountainsides and if your lucks in, you’ll catch the Dalai Lama on a retreat near Leh.
Slow it down in the south
Palm trees frame the canals of Kerala’s backwaters. Watch the world drift by on board a traditional houseboat or paddle past daily life in a kayak. Stop for a fresh coconut, watch women washing clothes in the canals, listen to the sound of India at its calmest.
Hike the Himalayas
Snow-capped peaks, high passes and mountain trails lead you through the stunning landscape of the Himalayas in Northern India. Whether it’s 5 or 15 days, choose between Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand or Ladakh and your trekking is bound to be breathtaking for all the right reasons.
Support women’s empowerment
Collaborate with the Sambali Trust to support the empowerment of women in rural communities through the development of safe community spaces, access to vocational training and micro-financing schemes. Learn about the caste system and powerful movements for change.
“The feeling accomplishment you get when you finally reach the top of the highest peak on your trek, above the clouds is truly worth all the time and effort before and during the trip.”
“Seeing the Taj Mahal on the last day at sunrise was absolutely amazing, as after such a long and amazing trip. It was such amazing monument.”