Travel to Rajasthan: Magnificent and diverse, the forts and monuments, including the Taj Mahal stands at the top. Those unforgettable nights in the old Mughal palace; must-sees, protective forts and mashrabiya dominating the pink and blue cities of Jaipur and Jodhpur. And the twilight camel ride in the Thar desert, with nomad parties and dances, topped off with a little Monk rum! Above all, the immense culture that Sandeep knows and shares with all his usual kindness.
South India: The tour covers two states, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. It's almost two different discoveries in one trip: on the one hand, finely carved and colorful monuments and on the other hand, a natural and wonderful flora and fauna. The huge sacred temples like those of Madurai, Trichy and Mahabalipuram! Also meet and share with pilgrims from the far south at Kanniyakumari. The Backwaters, the ride and the night spent on a boat with all the changes of scenery that entails. The colonial memories of Cochin and Pondicherry lead us on this long disputed road to India.
Eastern India: This route goes from Delhi to Calcutta, and ends at the foot of the Himalayas between Nepal and Bhutan. It's an immersion in the bustle and noise of the city by rickshaw. Then, little by little, we mingle with the inhabitants by taking a night train and all its folklore. We visit many temples carved with sculptures, such as representations of the Kama Sutra of Khajuraho. We join the Ganges and its tributaries in Allahabad to attend the sacred baths at sunset and then we finally reach the wonder of wonders: Varanasi or Benares. It's a continuous walkabout, incantations, joy and gaiety, day and night. Pilgrims bathe in the sacred river, between the various floral offerings, while the cremation pyres are fed continuously. Calcutta does not seem to have aged, "City of Joy" still has its rickshaw pullers on foot, skinny but happy to have enough to feed their families. The relaxing city walk along the river at dusk. Finally our journey to Darjeeling ends with a steam train ride and heaps of ash, handed over to UNESCO World Heritage.