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The Golden Triangle is a great starting point for anyone visiting India for the first time. The journey is made up of three of the most visited cities in north India – Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, offering a fantastic combination of history and culture.
Only after stepping foot in India will you realise that Indian cuisine, as you know it, just doesn’t exist. To paint both the delicate and punchy flavours of India with the same broad brushstroke overlooks the smorgasbord of dishes on offer from north to south. Tried and tested recipes balance coriander, cumin and cardamom with almost scientific precision, guaranteeing a culinary experience you will never forget.
Enjoy a sneak peek into daily life in India by staying at a haveli or in a homestay. If only for a few nights, you will be shoehorned into a family, enjoying traditional Indian hospitality, sampling home cooked food and exploring the path less travelled. Staying at one of these unique lodgings will give you an incredible insight into real India, and you will be welcomed with open arms by hosts whose wealth of local knowledge knows no bounds. Coming in all shapes and sizes, from plantation bungalows to historic houses, majestic forts and charming cottages, a short stay in one of these unique properties allows you to immerse yourself in India rather than simply visit it.
India is a magical country which welcomes travellers with a chaotic and colourful assault on the senses. Never is this more prominent than during one of the many festivals. Below we have listed the dates for the major festivals in India in 2017. Speak to one of our specialists about incorporating one of these into a tailor-made itinerary.
With millions of passengers on the move every day, travelling on some 71,000 miles of track, India's intricate network of railways are the arteries of the country, connecting its bustling cities with its sleepy villages and everywhere in between. The sprawling rail network reaches the nooks and crannies of India which are otherwise impossible to find. Amongst the country's miles of train tracks are some of the most picturesque rail journeys in the world, most notable of which are its famed toy trains. Whilst perhaps not the most efficient way of getting from A to B, the experience is an absolute must to add to your India itinerary.
The Lodge at Wah
Best for: Off the beaten track, Walking Trekking
Located at the edge of the Wah Tea Estate in the Kangra Valley, The Lodge at Wah is a rustic homestay where guests can enjoy cycling, trekking, tea tours and visits to nearby Palampur and Dharamsala whilst staying in cosy cottage-style accommodation.
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The Lodge at Wah is a great option for those wanting to experience the stunning rural beauty of Himachal Pradesh alongside its warm hospitality, whilst still within easy reach of both Palampur and Dharamsala. A wonderful extension of its surroundings, the property is almost entirely crafted from local materials. Slate roofs are inspired by traditional 'gaddi' tribal homes, whilst the interior walls' white finish is achieved entirely through using natural materials.
Accommodation is in the form of eight cosy guestrooms spread across three cottages. All made of eco-friendly materials, rooms are rustic, but comfortable, each exhibiting their own unique style. Communal living and dining areas are located in the most central and largest of the cottages, Camellia, where guests can unwind, play games, read books and try their hand at cooking in the kitchen. The Lodge at Wah prides it self on creating simple yet flavorful Indian cuisine that uses fresh seasonal produce from the kitchen garden and the community farming program. Meals are enjoyed in a family-style setting in the dining hall, or outside in the garden if weather permits. Picnics can also be arranged upon request at one of the most picturesque spots on the estate in time for sunset.
There is plenty to do during your stay at the Lodge at Wah. Enjoy a tour of the Wah Tea Estate, the largest tea estate in the Kangra Valley, or venture into the hills of Himachal Pradesh to enjoy an array of adventure activities including trekking, angling, cycling and even paragliding. Discover the rich Tibetan history of nearby Dharamsala visiting the main monastery of the Dalai Lama and strolling through the charming alleys of McLeod Gunj. Back at the lodge, there are plenty of opportunities to spot birdlife amongst the gardens, enjoy an evening bonfire, stargaze, and play a board game or unwind with a book in the cosy lounge.
When to go
Due to its higher elevation, this region experiences much milder weather than other areas of India. The hot season falls between March and June and is the best time to visit as temperatures are fairly warm and there is less rainfall than other times of year, although warmer clothes are necessary for the evenings. Rhododendrons and magnolias are in full bloom during April and May, though at this time you may experience the occasional shower. Monsoon season falls from July to September and although temperatures stay mild, the area experiences heavy rainfall. October is another great time to visit, with cool temperatures and mountain views at their clearest. Progressing into late November the temperature plummets below freezing with snowfall starting and remaining until February.
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Things to do
Visit ‘Mata Ni Pachedi’ textile artists - Ahmedabad
India is drenched in textile tradition, characterised by bright and intricately designed silks and cottons. Exploring the Mata Ni Pachedi is a fabulous insight into the country’s most traditional form of textile art.
Visit to SEWA – Ahmedabad
A visit to the Self Employed Women’s Association who specialise in Chikankari – a fine embroidery technique with Mughal influences.
Enjoy a morning tour of Manali with your local tour guide where you'll visit Hadimba Temple, Roerich Gallery and the Naggar Castle.
One of the most spectacular hill stations established by the British between 1815 and 1847, Dharamsala is the headquarters of the Dalai Lama and offers the most terrific views of granite mountains, surrounded by forests of deodar.
Hike to Naddi Village of the Gaddi Tribe
Hike to Naddi Village where the Gaddi Tribe live. Walk around the village and learn more about the tribe’s culture and traditions.