Nowhere beats India for the sheer variety of cultural experiences: it is a country with more than 4,500 years of recorded history, the birthplace of multiple world religions, and some 780 languages are spoken here. There is no singular Indian culture; the excitement is in its vibrant diversity.
If you travel from one international brand hotel to the next, you’ll miss out on the authentic cultural flavours of India. That’s why at Journeysmiths we have such a passion for heritage hotels converted from former palaces and fortresses, and lodges and camps which have integral links with local communities and enable you to interact closely with them.
Nothing beats dining with the grandson of a maharaja, praying with the Buddhist monks in a gompa, or dancing into the early hours of the morning with the members of a Naga tribe.
A particular spectacle is joining the locals for the traditional Pushkar Camel Fair, where thousands of camels, horses and cattle – and their owners, of course – gather for a two week festival at the time of the Kartik Purnima full moon.
Journeysmiths eschews cultural performances which are laid on solely for tourists. The most rewarding experiences are those which are spontaneous, authentic, and genuinely educational.