Things to do in - North and South

Things to do in - North and South

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North India is probably considered as more of a ‘grand sights’ destination and in Rajasthan, Delhi and, of course, Agra, you will find monument after monument with a connection to a different aspect of the rich history of this part of the world. But there is a lot more to this region than just palaces and forts. With a greater array of activities on offer seemingly by the week, we can now incorporate walking tours in the vast majority of cities, cycle tours in many places, hiking in those places where the city limits give way to interesting environments, cooking classes and so much more.

South India has, for the most part, greater scenic diversity than the north as well as a more gentle pace of life. Tamil Nadu is rich in spiritual history and has many of the finest temples in Asia, while neighbouring Kerala is very happy to flaunt its natural beauty under the tag ‘God’s Own Country’. A tour combining both states shows off much of the very best of India, without the crowds found in the north. Most people know little about South India but almost without exception those who come here love it and keep on returning.

Indian wildlife is under increasing pressure from the ever-growing human population, but there is a strong conservation movement and many National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries where protected habitat exists and India’s iconic species can thrive and populations grow. Generally speaking the more time you can put into visiting wildlife-specific parts of the country, the more you will get out of it. That is to say, those places which are most accessible to major cities tend to be rather crowded (particularly at weekends) so the more remote the National Park you visit, the better the experience will be.

Other parts of India tend to have a slightly lower level of infrastructure, but this in no way reflects how interesting they are! For many people, Gujarat, immediately to the south and west of Rajasthan, has greater diversity and is worthy of being more famous than its illustrious neighbour. The hilly-to-mountainous states north of Delhi (and north and east of Kolkata) are extremely rewarding for the intrepid traveller, but do require time- and timing, the weather is a significant factor here- to do justice to. Overall, state governments tend to set the agenda for prioritising tourism in the state’s economy, which means that some of what might be the ‘best’ places in India are hampered by a lack of infrastructure.

As an overall guideline in terms of what to do in India, a slightly elliptical response might be the doing less and being more is the way to go. But we can help you devise and design the best possible itinerary and enable you to get the most out of your experience of India.

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