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India For First Timers

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India can be baffling especially if you haven’t travelled there before, where do you visit, what should you see and how does it all work? Our India for First Timer itineraries will take care of all these concerns for you. They are designed in order to ensure that you get to see all of the main sights in the best way possible but also give an insight into the extraordinary culture of the destination. From the Golden Triangle to the highlights of Kerala, each of these itineraries will ensure your holiday is the best it can be and may even persuade you to come back again.

The Discovery Collection

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These itineraries take in the better-known destinations of a region but with a little added extra. These are additional experiences or destination which fit a particular interest of yours. Would you like to experience a walking tour, learn how to cook a home-cooked meal, sample a street food tour, take a cycle ride into the surrounding villages, volunteer with an NGO for a day, add a more off beat destination into a more regular itinerary so that you can experience rural India? Whatever you would like to experience whilst you are in India will be worked into your chosen itinerary for you.

BTT Signature Tours

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This is one of our favourite collections. They are perfectly suited to the repeat visitor or a first time visitor wanting to truly get away from the mainstream. In each of the regions, we have handpicked some of our favourite off beat destinations, hotels and experiences which truly showcase the real India and will give you stories to talk about from places which others may not have heard of or activities which they may not have known were possible in India! We take a well-known region and really get into the heart of it. We take you off the well-trodden path to meet the people and discover those best kept secrets which combine to make a trip to India truly extraordinary.

Special Interest Tours

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You may have gathered by now that India is incredibly diverse and truly offers something for everyone. Over the years we have catered to many different special interest tours from women only groups with a focus on shopping and textiles to cycling safaris across the south of the country to golfing holidays, horse riding safaris, culinary itineraries with a focus on Mughlai cuisine to yoga and wellness groups. We have shared some of these itineraries here for you and hope that you enjoy browsing through them. If you have a special interest that you would like us to curate a tour around and can’t see it here, don’t worry, contact us and we will prepare something exclusively for you.

Wildlife

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There is little more exciting than heading out, huddled up against the early morning chill listening to the sounds of the jungle as the sun begins to rise and the wildlife and birds begin to start their day. Who knows what may be revealed as a predator begins its hunt for a meal to feed it’s cubs and scavengers, hover closely, waiting to make their move. Of course, India’s wildlife is synonymous with the magnificent Bengal Tiger but there are many more species to rival a safari holiday in any other destination; one-horned rhinos, leopards and lions, sloth bears and brown bears, wild elephants and bison, monkeys and gibbons, wild dog and jackals to name but a few. A wildlife experience in India truly is extraordinary.

Fairs & Festivals

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Holi, Diwali and Pushkar are probably the three best known festivals of India and Holi and Diwali in particular are celebrated over most of the country in what the world has come to recognise, in their own unique and spectacular ways. Other festivals include the kite festival in Gujarat and Rajasthan, Bateshwar and Nagaur cattle festivals, Onam in Kerala and its famous snake boat races. There are also modern festivals which are now capturing the imagination of the traveller, from sufi festivals to techno fests, the now world-famous Jaipur Literature Festival has spawned many smaller literature festivals and art shows are becoming increasingly popular in Mumbai and Delhi. India even has its own home-grown wine festival. A selection of the main ones is below but we will be happy to assist you with finding something a little more obscure too.

Art & Spirituality

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It is impossible to sum up even the essence of the wealth of religions and spirituality that is embroiled into the very fabric of what defines India. It’s thousands of Hindu gods are worshipped by millions, daily rituals, weekly and annual events celebrate each of these in turn. From Islam to Christianity, Jainism and Sikhism, each religion is part of the melting pot that make up the baffling and diverse country that is India. Destinations depict certain rituals and beliefs, Rishikesh and Varanasi, Amritsar and beyond. And when it comes to art, well India’s art is as varied as its religions, with ancient carvings in extraordinary, ancient monolithic temples to the greats of the classical era to the contemporary street art now taking certain cities by storm.

Adventure

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India is a fabulous adventure destination. From the mighty Himalayas in the north to the waterways of Kerala, the deserts of Gujarat and Rajasthan to the forests of central India, there are a host of options from soft adventure to activities for hard core adrenalin junkies. From village treks to mountain climbs, from jeep safaris to morning city cycling experiences to full blown expeditions. From hot air balloon rides to camel safaris to horse riding and zip lining to paragliding, kayaking and white-water rafting, India has it all. Whatever your preference from the gentle to the extreme, we can plan a trip to ensure the adrenalin flows! Our adventure collection shows you a few examples of these but they can be tailored in any way to meet with your exact requirements.

Group Tours

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There is nothing we like better than arranging small group tours, whether they be culturally planned or around a theme. In a small group, the possibilities for creating special experiences when there are several people traveling is multiplied and this is when they can really become fun! Over the years we have worked on specialist groups for various clients based around different ideas, golf, women in power, art and architecture and cuisines of India. If you have a special interest and would like to bring a group to India, do let us know and we would be delighted to assist you in putting this together.
We also have specialist group tours, on fixed departures which anyone can join, as a single person or a couple or small group of like minded individuals. Please do look at the two featured below and let us know if you would like to join, we will be happy to send you further details.

Wellness

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We have handpicked the best resorts and spa destinations across the country. Goa to Kerala, Tamil Nadu to the Himalayas we have selected hotels which offer perfect beach holidays and spa experiences. Ayurveda is indigenous to Kerala where we offer a choice of treatments to suit your budget. India boasts of being the birthplace of Yoga and you have the option of an immersive experience at a yoga ashram or a five star luxury resort in the hills.

For many travellers, Kerala is South India’s most serenely beautiful state. A slender coastal strip is shaped by its layered landscape: almost 600km of glorious Arabian Sea coast and beaches; a languid network of glistening backwaters; and the spice- and tea-covered hills of the Western Ghats.
With more than 500 temples, Pushkar is one of Hinduism’s holiest sites. The main temple is supposedly the only temple in existence dedicated to Lord Brahma. It is best known for the yearly festival, during October or November, which runs for a week, the first part of which is largely for the trading of goods and livestock – notably camels. The ‘second part’ is much more religious, with many pilgrims and sadhus attending to cleanse their sins in the holy lake.
Most majestic and romantic of all the Indian states is Rajasthan with its royal palaces, forts, and legendary cities such as Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur whose majesty and history conjure up images of the opulence synonymous with the region. It combines ancient desert tribes, warring Rajputs and royal Maharajas and features forgotten.
Surrounded by ancient forts and the rugged Aravali Hills, Jaipur, Rajasthan's Pink City, is one of the most enticing places in India. Every aspect of Jaipur (The story goes that when Queen Victoria visited 1876, the maharaja painted the whole city pink hence its nickname) was originally meticulously planned when it was founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh. Today it is one of India’s fastest-growing cities, showcasing ‘new meets old’, yet even in the most modern parts, ancient traditions remain.
Bombay, now known as Mumbai, is a world unto itself, with a unique intensity that hits you the moment you land. Mumbai, India’s greatest port, financial capital, and trend-setting East-West nexus. Perched on the Arabian Sea on an island and separated from the rest of India by a winding creek. Its culture is contemporary, vibrant and often in your face, reflecting both the affluence and poverty of more than 15 million people crowded onto this island. Restaurants, bars, museums, and shops intermingle with shining new skyscrapers, congested streets, bright neon lights, and the glamorous film industry of Bollywood, India’s most prolific film industry.
Delhi is a city that bridges many different worlds. It has seen the rise and fall of many empires, that have left behind a plethora of monuments commemorating the glory of bygone ages. Then there is Old Delhi, with its labyrinth of narrow lanes, lined with crumbling Havelis and housing India’s largest mosque; in contrast, New Delhi created by the British Raj comprises spacious, tree-lined avenues and imposing government buildings. Then in modern Delhi, you will discover a city of shopping malls, world-class restaurants, fascinating museums and art galleries and a vivacious performing-arts scene. Whether architects or chefs, history buffs or teenagers,
Rishikesh and its many ashrams – some clearly humbly ascetic, with others verge on the opulent – continue to draw devotees and followers from around the world. It is also considered the Yoga Capital of the World. The whole place is considered to be sacred, as it is believed that meditation here leads to the attainment of salvation. The beautiful Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is one of great importance to pilgrims, and is set in an area of astounding beauty. However, Rishikesh was also made famous by The Beatles who spent time here in the 1960’s, for its Ganga Arti, or prayer ceremony which takes place on the banks of the river every evening, as a yoga destination.
It is the duty of all Hindus to visit Varanasi at least once in their lifetime. As the sun rises over the River Ganges in the early morning, you may witness many of the faithful as they come to the ghats to pray and bathe. Colorful temples line the banks and a network of narrow alleys lead down to the water’s edge. All sense of modern life is lost as you absorb the ancient daily rituals, of river bathing, prayer and Aarti ceremonies. Varanasi can be overwhelming. It is teeming with people taking part in hundreds of daily ceremonies that celebrate every aspect of life from birth until death (there are ghats where the recently deceased are burnt in wooden pyres). However, this city will undoubtedly leave you with lasting memories of this most holy and quintessentially Indian city.
Amritsar is most famous for being the home of the Golden Temple, the most important holy pilgrimage site in the world for Sikhs. Made out of pure marble with an imposing dome of pure gold the temple is surrounded by a sacred pool and all these factors combine to ensure that it is an extraordinarily beautiful sight. Tens of thousands of people visit the temple every day which leads to the next extraordinary fact, each person who visits can enjoy a free meal.