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'there is enough in this world for a man's need. but there is never enough in any world for a man's greed' - mahatma ghandi

india – a country like no other

india, country or continent?

people, land, architecture, food and language vary - from north to south, from east to west. it’s hard to find a country on this planet as diverse and colourful as india.

although people have travelled to india for a long time, the country has stayed mystic, fascinating and gloomy.

travellers to modern-day india want to escape their everyday life; they want to experience the famous beaches and mountains; they look for adventure and strong impressions and want to find their inner self and much more. everything can be found in india, but nothing is as expected.

the only thing a traveller should expect consists of the unexpected which has many forms and always strikes from very close. India’s spirit seems to capture your heart and run through your veins.

love it or hate it, but you cannot ignore india’s impact.

it is not a country that can be travelled without drawbacks, and quite a few people long for their flight back home during their stay. but nevertheless, many of them come back the following year.

the cause for India’s attraction may be found in its fascinating contrasts: it can be deserted but also overcrowded, it is a land of sweeping planes and spectacular heights. india is modern and open-minded, but also ancient and mystic. food can be heaven and hell. travelling is incredibly exciting, but also awfully tiresome.

india is far from being an easy travel destination.

it is hard to describe India with words, for they lack they country’s key ingredients: music, scents, colours, scenery, architecture and the mood which is hence created. In a nutshell, India is what you make and want it to be.

if you want to visit temples, you can choose from a dazzling variety. if your main interest is history, you can explore hundreds of fortresses, palaces, ruins, battle fields and monuments. all of them have a story to tell. if you have no plans and want to experience india in a laid-back approach, the country’s soul will confront you face to face anytime, anywhere. However, the most intense experiences can be found during a trip on a bus or a train. while this way of travelling may not always be a blast, it certainly is culturally enriching.

india is not a place that limits its appeals to your eyes. it is a place of experiences that attacks all of your senses and will therefore always be remembered. yet many more things are a part of india, e.g. diseases, child labour, tremendous poverty, religious wars, hygienic shortcomings and casteism.

india – we could fill all our homepage and more with information on this unique country. what we want to give is a selection of diverse pieces of specific information.

recommended itineraries

north/east/west

delhi - agra - jaipur - bharatpur - jaipur - pushkar - udaipur - mt abu - jodhpur - jaisalmer - bikaner - mandawa - delhi

delhi - (corbett national park, projekt tiger) - haridwar - rishikesh - dehra dun - gangotri (saisonabhängig april-sept.,quelle des ganges) - chandigarh - shimla - kulu - manali - dharamsala - mc leod ganj (home of h.h. the dalai lama) - delhi

delhi - agra - khajuraho (temples of tantra) - varanasi -siliguri - darjeeling - kalimpong - gangtok -siliguri - delhi

delhi - agra - lucknow - varanasi - gaya - bodhgaya - (calcutta) - bhubaneswar - puri - konark - bhubaneswar - calcutta or delhi

south

delhi - agra - jaipur - pushkar - udaipur - ahmedabad - bombay - panaji (goa) - benaulim (beach) - palolem (beach) - gokarna - panaji - bombay

bombay - panaji - benaulim - hospet - hampi - bangalore - mysore - coonoor - ooty (hill station) - kochi - allepey - (backwaters) - kollam (quilon) - varkala (beach) - kovalam (beach) - trivandrum - madurai - kodaikanal (hill station) - madras - mahabalipuram - madras

bombay - kochi - allepey - (backwaters) - kollam - varkala - kovalam - trivandrum - (western ghats) - kanyakumari - madurai - rameswaram - tiruchirappali - pondicherry - mahabalipuram - madras

hill stations / himalaya

delhi - dalhousie - dharamsala - shimla - manali - leh - delhi

temple, monuments, central and south india

madras - kanchipuram - mahabalipuram - pondicherry - kumbakonam - thanjavur - tiruchirappalli - madurai - kodaikanal - udhagamandalam (ooty) - mysore - bangalore - belur - halebid -sravanabelagola - hampi - badami - bijapur - bombay

the path of buddha

delhi - varanasi - sarnath - bodhgaya - nalanda - sanchi  - patna - calcutta

holy cities

delhi - pushkar - haridwar - rishikesh - varanasi - puri - tiruchirapalli - rameswaram - madras

 

hotels

z hotel      puri, orissa
bikaner house    mt abu, rajasthan
palace heights    connaught place, new delhi
peacock lodge     pushkar, rajasthan
ashok hotel          bodhgaya, bihar
palm grove cottages   benaulim, goa
marine palace   varkala, kerala
taj coromandel      madras
lake palace hotel    udaipur, rajasthan
taj mahal interconti    bombay
hotel ascot bombay
ciarans palolem, south goa
old harbour hotel fort cochin,cochin,kerala
mayfair beach resort    puri, orissa

 

meditation / yoga

mc leod ganj

himachal pradesh tibetan buddhism home of h.h. the dalai lama
tushita retreat centre

bodhgaya, bihar 

most holy place in buddhism

monasteries of every buddhist country
restreat centres

rishikesh, uttar pradesh   many ashrams and yoga schools
ramana maharishi  tiruvannamalai, tamil nadu
sri aurobindo      pondicherry, tamil nadu
sai baba   puttaparthi, andhra pradesh
raja yoga mt abu, rajasthan
osho pune, maharashtra
krishnamurti foundation  madras
ramakrishna calcutta
matha amritanandamay devi amritapuri, kerala

 

travel guides, books & movies

travel guides & books    
lonely planet india a travel survival kit
rough guides india
travellers’ tales india
literature  
dominique lapierre freedom at midnight
  city of joy
v.s. naipaul india
  an area of darkness
mulk raj anand the untouchable
  gauri
arundata roy the god of small things
paramahansa yogananda autobiography of a yogi
bisham sahni  tama
gita mehta karma kola
trevor fishlock india file
william dalrymple city of djins
  the age of kali
  nine lives
rohinton mistry  a fine balance
gautam malkani londonstani
suketh mehta bombay
salman rushdie midnight's children
jhumpa lahiri the namesake
thrity umrigar bombay time
aravind adiga the white tiger
monika ali brick lane
zadie smith white teeth
die klassiker ramayana & mahabharata
movies / dvd  
  bhaji on the beach
  siddharta
  lagaan
  salaam bombay
  fire
  earth
  water
  bend it like beckham
  mr and mrs iyer
  dil se
  monsoon wedding
  east is east
  gandhi
  asoka
  swades
  veer zara
  bollywood - hollywood
  rang de basanti
  britz
  lajja
  the namesake
  nina's heavenly delights
  sacred india
  the story of india
  ganges
  brick lane
  the bandit queen
  slumdog millionaire
   

 

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