The Indian Subcontinent has always boasted mighty empires, powerful trading cultures and advanced spiritual societies, all of whom have left temples, palaces and monuments for you to discover on a history and culture holiday here.
India is awash with history and culture and you will inevitably brush up against the past whilst travelling through the country. Mughal architecture, which blends Persian, Indian and Islamic styles is everywhere, whilst there are stand-out examples of temples, palaces and forts to see too.
Take in the Taj Mahal in Agra to discover that it's renowned beauty really is worth all the hype; walk around the remnants of Hampi, a once-legendary Hindu empire reduced to ruins in a surreal landscape; Discover the glorious Buddhist art of the rock caves at Ajanta; explore the fort at Jaisalmer as it rises from the desert; marvel at the erotic sculptures at the Khajuraho temples or simply stroll the streets of Mumbai, Udaipur or Varanasi to see how the sacred integrates with the everyday.
In Nepal soak up the atmosphere of Kathmandu, tour ancient temples in Tansen, meditate amidst monasteries in Lumbini, the birth place of the Buddha, discover Newari architecture in Bandipur or Patan and witness the everyday rituals of Newari life in Bhaktapur.
Discover the Buddhist centres in Bhutan by visiting the Tiger's Nest monastery or travelling to Bumthang, site of the country's earliest and most sacred monuments.
These are just a handful of the options available though. You can also tailor-make your history and culture holiday on the Indian Subcontinent by adding a city stay, wildlife holiday, beach holiday or other excursion to your itinerary; talk to a destination specialist to see what we can do for you.