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About India

India’s geographical diversity gives it a climate variation few other countries can match. Summer in the Thar desert can be really hot during the day (desert evenings are usually cool), while winter in Ladakh may mean snowing for weeks, a weather that is quite literally freezing. There is little variation in the tropical temperature in the Andaman or Lakshadweep groups of islands, and in Cherrapunji, the heaviest average rainfall in the world has been recorded.

Generally, summers in the country are warm, the winters pleasant to cold. It is best  to  head for  the  cool hill resorts  all over India during the hot summers, though air-conditioned facilities can  mean you will not be effected by the heat even in the plains, should you plan a summer holiday in some of the popular historic and cultural destinations of the country.


Cultural Discovery

India’s past is always at hand. From the Taj Mahal in Agra, a 17th century monument, to such discoveries as the Ajanta and Ellora cave paintings, from the temples of South India to the palaces and forts of Rajasthan, from British memorials and buildings to Hindu and Islamic monuments, and their medley, every city and town in India is a vivid pageant of history.

Like gems that glitter, India’s arts embellish its ancient heritage. Classical dance forms, the cadences of music – both vocal and instrumental – the art of calligraphy, textile weaving, marble inlay, enameling, rug making crewel embroidery, wood carving, gold and silver smithry… these are but a few examples of the rich treasures that await you.

The Outdoors

The grand Himalayas are the world’s youngest, and also its highest chain of mountains. The Thar desert stretches unrelieved, a monotony of sand. Dense forests, the world’s largest estuary with its mangrove swamps, riverine plateaus and stretching lowlands make up India, an exciting amalgam for those who seek the outdoors, its lakes and rivers, a long coastline (the waters of three seas touch Indian shores), forest trails and the silence of high mountain fastnesses.


It is, therefore, natural, that you can enjoy here too leisure activities linked with the outdoors. Trekking and mountaineering or just camping in the high hills and mountains is an exciting experience. The grand Himalayas are the world’s youngest, and also its highest chain of mountains. The Thar desert stretches unrelieved, a monotony of sand. Dense forests, the world’s largest estuary with its mangrove swamps, riverine plateaus and stretching lowlands make up India, an exciting amalgam for those who seek the outdoors, its lakes and rivers, a long coastline (the waters of three seas touch Indian shores), forest trails and the silence of high mountain fastnesses. It is, therefore, natural, that you can enjoy here too leisure activities linked with the outdoors. Trekking and mountaineering or just camping in the high hills and mountains is an exciting experience.

You can also raft the rapids of Himalayan rivers among some of the world’s most challenging waters. Take an option and set off on a camel safari in the desert, or in a hot air balloon, or perhaps try your hand at hang gliding. There’s kayaking too, and canoeing, and of course, para sailing, snorkeling, deep sea diving, or setting off on your own on water scooters. And if you thought that was all, there’s winter skiing too, as well as that ultimate adventure sport – heli skiing!


Wildlife

India has a large number of national parks and sanctuaries, most of them fairly easily accessible, with comfortable lodgings. Here, a wealth of wildlife can be sighted: the Indian tiger in all his majesty, rare animals such as the snow leopard, Himalayan tahr, Indian rhinoceros, gaur, thamin deer, Kashmir stag, Asiatic lion, wild ass and the Indian elephant.



There are some magnificent bird sanctuaries too, home to hundreds of species of resident and migratory birds including the wintering Siberian crane, and the great Indian bustard, once thought extinct. India boasts 53 national parks, 247 sanctuaries, with over 350 mammal and 1,200 bird species.

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