Come the season of Kurinji, and all the roads of South India lead to the Nilgiris or Blue Mountains, upon reaching which you will feel, that all of Nature or the Universe has conspired for you to behold this phenomenon – a tapestry of lush green transforming into an undulating ocean of violet.
We're sure many of you are aware and may even be highly proficient in preparing the mouth watering Kashmiri dish, 'Rogan Josh'. But, what if we told you about yet another recipe, the one which has been in existence for more than 300 years, its technique an absolute secret - and you cannot even eat it!
There is a reason the National Geographic magazine chose to do an in-depth feature on the Bishnois and their commitment to the environment. Their now famous photo of the Bishnoi woman suckling a young deer had a tremendous impact and left the world awe struck. In an age where cutting ancient trees and uprooting forests isn’t given as much as a second thought, the philosophy, the life and the religion of the Bishnois is one that stands out. The Bishnois can be considered one of India’s and perhaps the world’s earliest environmentalists. Their 500 year old religion was founded by Guru Jambeshwar who established two clear principles . The first instructs the Bishnois not to cut down green trees and the second asks them to be kind and compassionate to all living beings.
MAJULI ISLAND, ASSAM
Located on the river Brahmaputra, Majuli is the largest fresh water island in India. 200 km from Guwahati it is accessible by ferries from Jorhat city which is about 20 km away. With a population of approximately 1.6 lacs Majuli is rich in ethnic culture and traditions.
If you happen to visit Ladakh in the summer try your best to align your holiday with the Hemis Festival. The festival commemorates the birth of the revered Guru Padamasambhava who is said to have brought the tantric form of Buddhism to the Himalayan kingdom.
Travelling is not always about reaching your destination, a major chunk of the fun lies in the journey as well. If you happen to be a nature lover, road trips are a great way to immerse yourself in the beauty of your surroundings and soak it all in so that the memories linger for a long time to come.
When it comes to festivals, no other country can quite equal India in terms of diversity in culture, customs and tradition. The country sees a number of festivals throughout the year celebrating a variety of religions, sects, beliefs, and values.
There is no better way to explore Benaras than by walking through the lanes and by-lanes of this ancient city and experiencing for yourself all that it has to offer. The magnificent city rises from the western banks of the Ganga and is known as the spiritual capital of India.
The soul of our country lies in its interiors. Taking off from that, the Dera Village Retreat near the charming village of Kalakho is a property that provides an immersive and unique experience in the heart of Rajasthan.
Firmly perched atop a 100ft sand dune the Dera Dune Retreat is one of the few luxury resorts of its kind. This a place where the vast expanse of the desert completely envelopes your senses and you can’t help but give into its charms.
1. The Majuli Festival
Positioned in the heart of the mighty Brahmaputra, the Majuli Island is home to the largest river island festival in the world, the Majuli festival. Over time, it has transformed into an extravaganza that is now an integral part of Assam’s identity.
Orchha, is an ancient city with a magical soul and a colourful past. Centuries ago, the Orchha region was ruled by the Bundela kings. Just 30 minutes away from Jhansi, Orchha is a popular weekend destination for locals and a tourist attraction for people from around the globe.
White water rafting is an adventure sport that should be on every traveller’s list.
Saved from the ravages of time and modern civilization is a small town called Orchha, which still carries remnants of its glorious past. And on the Betwa River, old-world charm comes into a seamless confluence with the modern world through river rafting.
Want to explore India in true luxury while simultaneously experiencing her myriad of living cultures? If so, it doesn’t get any better than the Luxury on Wheels and Water Journey.
To get to really know Kerala, one must first understand her waterways – the lifeline of the entire region. There’s no better way to enrich oneself than to truly comprehend the life of the people of the land. And what better way to visit them at close quarters than in awe-inspiring river cruise boats – it’s like having a floating home on the water.
It is often said that true magnificence of anything can be truly measured by how much of it is left even after it is ruined. Once a flourished city of global prominence, Hampi was established in the mid-14th century by the Vijayanagara Empire.
Bhutan sounds exotic, mystical and almost otherworldly. Well, it feels that way too.
Most travellers are typically attracted to a destination by three things and Bhutan ticks each of these boxes and how:
The promise of delicious food and innate beauty
Waves come crashing on golden shores, cascading and caressing each grain of sand; a warm embrace between water and land. The sky turns a fiery orange and then a gentle flamingo pink. Sounds dreamy? Life in Andamans surely is.
Toy Makers of Varanasi
Ms Ginette Sylvie and Mr. John Charles Fox Canada
We had a fantastic time! We only have great things and compliments to say to all the crew! Everything was fantastic! We freely enjoyed the African safari! We found the cruise and the talks very informative and it gave us a better understanding of Assam. Thank you!
Jawaharlal Bhatt United States of America
Since each and every destination, lecture, optional program was unique so its very difficult to highlight. The group leader along with the instructors did a fabulous job and his experience , knowledge and personal touch all corralled to a wonderful India tour.
Robert William Symons Australia
We recommend Far Horizon as much as possible to anyone who is interested in India. We really appreciate the work and support of Pankaj and his team.
Val and Steve United Kingdom
The magic of India and The Mahabaahu
The light is fading, as we are gliding downstream, somewhere near Dhansiri, at the confluence of the Dhansiri River and the Brahmaputra. I'm enjoying this second Brahmaputra expedition even more and as anticipated Steve has fallen headlong under the spell of India.
Juli Kauffman United States of America
South India surprised us in every way. We enjoyed learning about the culture, religions and daily way of life. This set the stage for us. Some experiences were extraordinary. I appreciated the flexibility and real time attention provided by Far Horizon on whole
Ian Cluskey United Kingdom
Thank you yet again for your tremendous service. Far Horizon really is the best travel company: friendly, efficient, knowledgeable, reliable and so upfront in sorting out any queries or problems. Thank you to all of you who have dealt with our several trips!
Russell Brand United Kingdom
What a beautiful voyage!! Raghu took us to his home. Joshi taught us about birds. The whole team taught us about Indian hospitality. We found God himself on the backwaters. With love and abundant memories.
Late Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee (Former Prime Minister of India) India
A day to remember!
Mr. & Mrs. Davis United States of America
We had a great time in Agra. Karen was so happy with the hotel she took hundreds of pictures. Everything have been great