There’s no other country on the planet that blazes its way into your memory like colourful India. It is by far and away, the most challenging of Asian destinations as it pulsates with a spectacular mix of people, traditions and landscapes unequalled anywhere.
India is a favourite destination of Student Educational Adventures, and never fails to delight even the most experienced student traveller for many and varied reasons.
- There’s the food
Perhaps no other country can offer the range of cuisine that India does. There’s no such thing as typical Indian food; from Kerala to Kolkata, none of our student trips to India would be complete without a hands-on cooking where we learn to coon a smorgasbord of fabulous regional dishes – well beyond the familiar favourites of chicken tikka masala, rogan josh, malai kofta and tandoori butter naan.
- Visit the world’s most famous building
Once described as a teardrop on the cheek of eternity, the Taj Mahal is arguably the most recognisable building in the world and certainly one of its most beautiful. It was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in loving memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz, who tragically died in childbirth in 1631. This most extravagant monument ever built for love, today remains one of India’s most enduring symbols.
- There are wonderful railway journeys
Nothing quite compares with travelling around India by train, an experience that engenders wonder, nervous anticipation and heady exhilaration in equal measure. The Darjeeling-Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage site that winds through the narrow streets of Darjeeling, is an obvious highlight, but there are many others. All the train adventures taken by our student travellers are on tried & tested routes to adhere to stringent safety policies whilst facilitating the ‘sociability’ that’s the spirit of any rail journeys in India. Short, medium or long journeys are possible as are day trips or even overnight journeys.
Varanasi is India for the experienced – from its vibrant (sometimes claustrophobia) back alley’s where mourners carry their dead on biers to the burning terraces to the city’s plethora of astrologers and palm readers – the city is not for the fainthearted and is always a spectacle. It is also an essential stop for students seeking to learn about the origins of this complex country and a great place to visit some delightful schools where students may spend time with their local contemporaries.
- The wildlife is incredible
Whilst not the first county that comes to mind when people think of to get up close with wild animals, India’s record for preserving animal habitats and protecting endangered species is among the world’s best practise. With hundreds of world-class national parks, visitors can see everything from tigers and elephants to rhinos and Rufous-bellied hawk eagles and even Asiatic lions in Gir Forest. Notable parks include Ranthambore, Pench, Kanha and beautiful Bandhavgarh.
- There’s a temple that will restore your faith in humanity
Can you imagine what it is like to share and celebrate food with as many as 50,000 pilgrims or, on high days and holidays, twice that number? This is exactly what happens in the langar (dining halls) of the Golden Temple in Amritsar, the most sacred place in Sikhism, every day of the year. Better still, it is free. All the food is donated and most of the helpers are volunteers. The Golden Temple is a shining example of the good in people’s hearts. Everybody who visits is welcome to the feast and the kitchens and dining halls are open all day. The food is prepared and cooked non-stop, at all hours of the day. This is a place that is never closed to travellers, worshippers, witnesses or the simply gobsmacked – and no one is ever turned away.
- There’s a Golden Triangle! (Rajasthan)
The landscaped of Rajasthan are the opening scene of a thousand Indian movies. This dry region of Indian is home to an amazing display of arts and architecture, courtesy of it being a princely state. Each kingdom of Rajasthan has a distinctive style of architecture and arts making it one of the most culturally diverse places in the world. When in this region, camels make for a terrific mode of transport allowing the traveller a sublime and authentic experience.
- You can play a game of cricket
Cricket is a national obsession in India; from dusty parks to mega stadiums, the game is played with gusto across the country. Student Educational Adventures can readily arrange a competitive game of cricket with a young local team or a much more informal match for students simply looking for fun and interaction. Another great distraction we can include on any of our student trips is an excursion to an India cricket stadium for a national or international match depending on the schedule.
- You can hike the Himalayas
Though the star attraction of the Himalayas, Mount Everest, lies many hundreds of kilometres away from India, on the frontier between Nepal and China, the Indian portion of this epic mountain range offers many attention-grabbing vistas and fine hiking. Alternatively, we can spend a little time in the foothills of Darjeeling or even Rishikesh – often called “the yoga capital of the world” that became world-famous thanks to the Beatles, who came to stay 50 years ago.
For further information regarding tours to India please contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org or head to the Destinations link on our website and click on India to see some sample travel itineraries.