The Indian subcontinent offers an embarrassment of riches and is an assault on all the senses (in a good way). Here, you’ll find some of the world’s most celebrated and enchanting landmarks, experiences, traditions and wildlife.
In India, the ultimate country of contrasts, visit the ethereal Taj Mahal at sunrise, experience the glitz and glamour of Bollywood in the capital, Mumbai, see the Red Fort and walk the historic winding streets of Delhi, travel the serene backwaters of Kerala, venture into the fabled Himalayas and relax on the chilled-out beaches of Goa.
In Sri Lanka, as well as meeting elephants (and leopards), you can see the spectacular elephant-shaped rock fortress of Sigiriya, and you can also head underground into the Dambulla caves, explore the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy, sip tea amidst lush green plantations, immerse yourself in colonial history on the waterfront in Galle and stay in remote hideaways on pristine palm-fringed beaches.
And in Bhutan, admire the regal architecture and fascinating markets of capital Thimphu, and explore centuries-old temples, monasteries and fortresses, set amidst panoramic landscapes of glacial mountains and alpine valleys (walk up to Tiger’s Nest, set in the cliffside, for incredible views). Immerse yourself in ancient legends, folk music and masked dances, and come face to face with the Himalayan bear.