This is a culturally rich tour with amazing archaeological sites, grand temples, superb museums, sacred spaces and ancient travel routes overlaid by the newer ones of the British Raj.
You begin at Kolkata, the one–time capital of the British in India, and follow the route of the Ganges river upstream. After Patna, you travel to see the ruins at Nalanda, one of the most ancient seats of learning. In its heyday, 1600 years ago, it attracted students from as far as Turkey and China. Enjoy a serene moment at Bodhgaya, where the Buddha attained enlightenment, before witnessing Varanasi’s robust display of piety. Allahabad is the site of the confluence of India’s two most important rivers and at Lucknow we explore the syncretic Islamic culture – a blend of Shia and Sunni denominations. The Ganga, the goddess who resides in Lord Shiva’s matted hair, returns to tantalise your imagination at Haridwar, one of India’s holy cities, in the manner of Indian traditions with all their historical continuity.