The 6 India experiences ... not to be missed

| July 27, 2017

India is a colourful, vibrant and ever-changing country with a long history and fascinating traditions. Planning a visit to India is exciting, but with so many places and so much on offer, where do you start? No one can see all of India in one visit but by choosing authentic experiences, you will discover the real India. Here is a selection of Cox & Kings’ favourite new experiences to make your holiday to India truly memorable.

Flower market, Kolkata, India

Private photographic tours of Kolkata 

Experience Kolkata (Calcutta) from a different perspective. Spend your morning with a professional photography instructor and a local guide, who will take you around the vibrant sights of Kolkata. Hone your photographic skills whilst immersing yourself in the local markets, marvelling at the vestiges of European architecture or exploring the more hidden aspects of Kolkata’s religions and myriad cultures.  

You will go home not only with great memories, but also professional photos of your own and the experience of seeing Kolkata through a slightly different lens. The tours are suitable for all levels of photographic experience.

This can be included on any private tour of Kolkata.

Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India. Indian palace

Zip lining over Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, Rajasthan

Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur is 5km long, which makes it one of the largest forts in India. It is also one of the most impressive as it sits on a hill and its red sandstone palaces watch over the blue-washed houses of Jodhpur.

The battlements of the majestic fortress are a perfect place for zip lining. There are six zip lines to try out – ranging between 70- and 300-metres-long– and give spectacular views of the fort, the Ranisar and Padmasar lakes and the Brahmin blue houses below. This is a family-friendly activity suitable for people of all ages. 

It lasts for 90 minutes with an introductory practice ride. Guides carry water for everyone and give out pouches to keep your camera safe, but we recommend you wear trainers to avoid losing your sandals mid-flight!

Here is a video of Sue, one of our India experts, zip lining over the fort.

This can be included on any private tour of Jodhpur.
Mysore Palace, Mysore, India

Food and walking tour in Mysore

Locals always know the best places for delicious food and this new tour allows you to experience Mysore’s best gastronomic delights with an expert. A guide will take you through the charming city of Mysore visiting its architectural and historic sights. The tour then walks through local food markets before finishing at some of the best places where you can try delicious regional dishes like a Mysore masala dosa.

This is included in Cox & Kings’ Passage through Kerala tour, which is new for 2018.

Chandra Mahal Palace-City Palace-Jaipur

Private visit to Jaipur’s City Palace

The City Palace in Jaipur, Rajasthan showcases a wonderful fusion of Mughal and European architecture and seeing the palace is a must when visiting the area. Most of the buildings are open to the public except the Chandra Mahal building, which is the residence of the former kings of Jaipur and home of the present maharaja. Cox & Kings can arrange a private guided tour of the residence, which includes many of the private rooms spread across the six floors of Chandra Mahal. You can explore Mughal paintings, artefacts and furniture commissioned by the Maharajah of Jaipur.

This can be included on any private tour of Jaipur.

Indian Kathak dance, Lucknow, best India experiences

Kathak dance performance and Awadhi dinner at Khajurgaon Palace in Lucknow

What would be a better way to understand the history of Lucknow’s Hindu royalty than to join Raja Amresh Kumar Singh’s family at Khajurgaon, his city palace. The excursion also includes a cooking demonstration, Kathak dance performance and a traditional Awadhi dinner at Khajurgaon Palace.

Awadhi cuisine dates back to the Nawabs, who enjoyed tasty and nutritious food. They perfected the art of slow-cooking and developed a wide array of dishes such as korma, salan, kababs, keema, dal, bhuija and many more.

This can be included on any private tour of Lucknow.

Mohanam Cultural Centre in Auroville, India

Visit Mohanam Cultural Centre in Auroville, Tamil Nadhu

Located just outside Punducherry (Pondicherry) is Mohanam Cultural Centre, which offers an authentic south Indian arts and culture experience. The independent non-profit centre was started in 2001 by local villagers from Auroville and the surrounding villages, with the aim of keeping local traditions alive. The founders succeeded and today the centre has an array of activities that showcase the beauty, traditions and continuing evolution of south Indian arts and culture.

A visit to the Mohanam Cultural Centre includes a tour of various workshops such as pottery, silver work, textiles and candle making. The villagers demonstrate and share their skills in dance, martial arts, hatha yoga, meditation, traditional healing and much more.

This is included in Cox & Kings' Treasures of Southern India tour, which is new for 2018.

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