As this week sees Joanna Lumley back on British TV screens to travel the length and breadth of India, holiday company Cosmos reports that bookings have doubled in a year to the subcontinent, making it the fastest growing long haul holiday choice for customers.
Rob Goodwin, Cosmos’ Head of Product & Commercial commented: “Strong public awareness of the colour, culture and incredible wildlife of India from TV programmes like 'Joanna Lumley’s India' has had a significant effect on bookings, as customers want to experience this amazing continent themselves. And, there appears to be no sign yet of interest waning.” He added: “A private tour to see the most iconic sights and wildlife of India is proving a popular option for our customers. Setting your own pace and having your own guide/driver with air-conditioned vehicle to take you to the most incredible places like the Taj Mahal or the Amber Fort at Jaipur is a real ‘once in a lifetime adventure.”
Animal lovers and those wanting to see the famous sights of India can enjoy the 10 day ‘India’s Golden Triangle and the Tigers of Ranthambore’. The tour features the iconic sights of Delhi, Agra, the spectacular Taj Mahal and ancient city of Jaipur. See Old Delhi’s famous Red Fort from a cycle rickshaw, visit Agra Fort for a sunset visit of the Taj Mahal before travelling to the Ranthambore National Park for three thrilling game drives to see the protected tigers which Kipling drew inspiration from for his Jungle book character of ‘Shere Khan’. Offering great value, the tour is priced from £1,366pp to include a private VIP home pick up service, return flights, eight nights bed and breakfast accommodation in 4 and 5 star rated hotels and guided sightseeing.
Cosmos’ customers can get to the heart of Northern India’s incredible cities with authentic experiences unique to the region on a new 14 day small group tour ‘Highlights of Northern India’ (from £1707pp) whilst staying in well-appointed hotels. As well as seeing the famous Amber Fort at Jaipur and Taj Mahal, take a guided walk through the back streets of Delhi and enjoy snacks at the ‘snack capital’ of the area Bikaner. Customers can immerse themselves in the local culture by learning how to tie a turban, visit the local Bishnoi desert tribes by jeep, see the old block printing technique at Jaipur’s Anokhi Museum before enjoying sweets at a local heritage sweet shop.
Starting in Chennai, the 14 day ‘Discover Southern India & Kerala’ (from £1775pp) offers a journey of discovery through the southern region of India including the lush green backwaters of Kerala. Unique local experiences include a demonstration of local silk weaving at Kanchipuram, a tour of Pondicherry based on the famous book ‘Life of Pi, an authentic Tamil cuisine experience in Tanjore as well as taking part in a prayer ceremony at Madurai and visit a spice plantation at Thekaddy. Customers can enjoy sailing on a half day cruise through the backwaters of Kerala past palm trees and plantations before heading to Kochi for a fascinating heritage tour.
All prices quoted are based on departures from Heathrow and include a private VIP home pick up service*, return flights, accommodation, guided sightseeing and airport transfers.
All of Cosmos’ India holidays are available as part of a group, or on a private basis with your own private guide and driver. For more information or to make a booking ring Cosmos on 0800 440 2797, visit www.cosmos.co.uk or contact your local travel agent.
*The private home pick up service is available within 50 miles radius of the UK departure airport with extra mileage chargeable at £1.70p per mile.
Note to Editors:
Cosmos is part of the Globus Family of Brands, an international travel company with over 80 years’ experience of providing touring holidays. With offices worldwide, the UK tour operator has access to the best choice of land arrangements and excursions and offers the widest choice of escorted tours, cruises, multi-centre holidays and rail journeys. Cosmos Tours Ltd is a member of ABTA and is fully bonded with the CAA. Brands include Cosmos, Archers Holidays and Avalon Waterways.
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