India’s name is derived from the “Indus” River whose valleys were first settled five thousand years ago.  Successive waves of migration and invaders from distant lands have all contributed to the fantastic culture that continues to amaze its first-time visitors and to exert a pull long after they have gone home.  Reminders of India’s multi-faceted cultural heritage are everywhere;  the glorious past is still alive in the present. You see it in the distinctive regional costumes and cuisine, in the monuments, forts, palaces, temples, mosques and stupas scattered all over the sub-continent.

India is a vibrant, crowded country pulsating with energy and bursting with life. Whether trekking in Sikkim, experiencing the revelry of the Pushkhar Camel Fair, strolling amid Himalayan hills and valleys strewn with wildflowers, traversing the deserts of Rajasthan, or relaxing on long sandy beaches in Kerala with nary a soul in sight, touring India will not fail to amaze you.  India is all this and much more. Once you go, you’ll realize that there are so many more adventures to pursue.