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INDIA & THE SUBCONTINENT


HOMESTAYS A great way to experience India, a homestay offers the chance to stay in small family-run guest houses, plantations and farms with private en suite rooms. Soak up the real flavours of the country and meet and converse with local people.


BRAHMAPUTRA RIVER Cruise on an elegant river boat along one of the largest rivers in the world. The Brahmaputra flows from the glaciers of Tibet to the sparkling waters of the Bay of Bengal.


AMRITSAR The holiest shrine of the Sikh religion, the Golden Temple is visited each day by thousands of pilgrims.


PINNEWALA ORPHANAGE Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage is a refuge for orphaned and abandoned elephants. Twice daily the elephants bathe in the nearby River Maha Oye and the sight of them splashing is a highlight of a visit to Sri Lanka.


GWALIOR FORT One of the biggest forts in all of India, the stunning Gwalior Fort overlooks the town from an isolated rock.


Chitwan National Park


CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK A designated rhino sanctuary, lying in Nepal’s subtropical lowlands, Chitwan is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take an elephant ride to view the tiger, deer and up to 450 species of birds.


TREKKING & WALKING From day walks and overnight treks for different levels of fitness, the options for enjoying the magnificent Himalayan scenery on foot are endless.


THIMPHU Bhutan’s capital, the Thimphu Valley is home to the immense 17th Century Taschicho Dzong and a landscape festooned with prayer flags.


Holi Festival


HOLI & DIWALI Experience the Festival of Colours (Holi) in March and Festival of Lights (Diwali) in October during special departures of the Classic India tour.


Tea pickers, Sri Lanka


EVEREST FLIGHT, NEPAL The experience of a lifetime that will be remembered forever.


FESTIVALS OF BHUTAN Soak up the atmosphere at one of Bhutan’s many colourful festivals, the most popular being held at Paro, Thimphu and Bumthang.


ANNAPURNA LODGE TREK, NEPAL Travel through the foothills of the Annapurnas, fully portered, using comfortable Ker and Downey Lodges to experience magical vistas.


POKHARA, NEPAL Set before the tranquil waters of Lake Phewa Tal, Pokhara is also the starting point for the Annapurna treks and ideal for easy day walks.


Paro Festival, Bhutan


MULTI-COUNTRY OPTIONS Cross from eastern Nepal into Sikkim, India and continue into Assam and Bengal. Overland from eastern Bhutan you have access to the Brahmaputra River and various cruising and wildlife options.


BEST TIME TO TRAVEL Conditions across the regions in India can vary appreciably; in general the climate is tropical, but major factors to consider are heat and the monsoons. Much of the north is a dry, desert climate which is at its best between October and March. Monsoons generally are between June and September. Southern India experiences much higher humidity, but generally October to March is best, with monsoon rain in June and July.


In Sri Lanka, November to February is the most pleasant time to travel. The months of March to May bring higher temperatures but July and August have lower rainfall.


The vast ranges of the Himalayas strongly influence the climate across Nepal and Bhutan and temperatures in the mountains themselves can vary greatly. The ideal time to visit Nepal is October to April, although during December and January you should be prepared for cooler nights.


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