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South India | Newmarket Holidays

In a country as vast and diverse as India, it can be hard to cover everything in one journey. The most marked distinction in the country is between North and South. North India and South India offer different types of pleasures for the discerning traveller. Historical differences mean that South India has developed its own unique charms and a unique appeal. This can be quite distinct from North India, where one will find the Taj Mahal, Mughal architecture and the capital city of Delhi. In fact, South India has an architectural and literary history all its own. Travellers to this region won’t just be seeing India, but a side of India completely different from the somewhat more famous North.

South India occupies around 20% of India’s total area and even this makes for too much to take in on one journey. Travellers, regardless of where they go in South India, will encounter a region rich Newmarket Holidayswith rain forests, tea and spice plantations, wildlife parks, grand temples and ancient history. The state of Kerala in the far south has famous backwaters for travellers to enjoy while on a traditional, thatched Kettuvallam houseboat. Misty mountains and protected wildlife sanctuaries are only a short distance inland. If they are lucky, customers will even be able to see tigers and leopards in such parks, which also feature the opportunity to see beautiful Indian elephants.

The forested uplands of Kerala are dotted with churches and Hindu temples, as well as verdant tea estates and hill stations. Such landscapes and destinations form a pleasing contrast with the busy and bustling cities of the North. Even the famous Keralan city of Kochi has a European, relaxed atmosphere that differs drastically from, for example, India’s capital Delhi. Historic architecture is among the many highlights of Kochi, formerly known as Cochin, a city that lies between the vast waters of the Arabian Sea and the idyllic backwaters of Kerala. Travellers here will also findsome of India’s finest beaches, all within a relatively short distance from the hill stations and wildlife parks mentioned earlier. For those travellers looking to further explore the local culture, a visit to sacred Madurai is essential to explore the remarkable temples and learn more about the many Hindu religious ceremonies.

In order to discover the best South India has to offer, visitors should take advantage of the escorted holidays offered by Newmarket Holidays. This travel specialist works to arrange fascinating day-by-day tours and activities, as well as comfortable accommodation and travel, all at good value.

Sightseeing Around the World with Newmarket Holidays

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Newmarket Holidays understands that for many people, an unforgettable travelling experience at excellent value is vital when arranging a holiday, no matter how long it’s for. The wonders of the world are best experienced in good company, with friendly guides and plenty of time for free-style exploration. Newmarket Holidays offers great value in escorted tours to a wide variety of global destinations; from China to Rio de Janeiro, there is something for everyone. Some of their most popular tours include:

Extraordinary Japan

The fun here begins with a three-night stay in Kyoto, Japan’s imperial capital from 794 to 1868. While this city of 1.4 million people has been modernised, its heritage is reflected by its preserved historical sites. Meticulous gardens, elaborate shrines and temples, and majestic palaces welcome more than 4 million visitors each year. The tour continues on to cities and villages such as Nara, Kanazawa, Ogimachi, Takayama, and Matsumoto in the Japanese Alps. Spend a day at the sulphurous hot springs of the Owakudani Valley before travelling to the stunning Hakone National Park.

Fascinating China

Spend a couple of days being shown the fascinating sights of Shanghai, with its ultra-modern statement in an otherwise traditional country. Must-see sights include the Shanghai City History Museum and the Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower. The tour continues through Suzhou, Beijing, Badaling, Chongqing and Xi’an, among other fascinating stops. Some of the most famous landmarks toured include the Great Wall of China, said to be the only man-made structure visible from space, and the Three Gorges Dam, the largest hydroelectric plant in the world.  Throughout this holiday, travellers take in thousand-year old classical gardens, tree-lined waterways and stunning architecture.

Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam – Following the Mekong

Experience the heart of Indochina as this tour drifts along such fascinating waterways as the Mekong Delta, the River Kwai, and the Khlong canal. Visit unforgettable locations such as Thailand’s capital Bangkok,  Siem Reap and Phnom Penh in Cambodia, and Chau Doc in Vietnam. From dramatic temples to floating markets, this region of the world is unique in every way.

Tours to Faraway Places

From China, Japan and Indochina to India and South America, Newmarket Holidays offers tours to a wide variety of diverse places and brings travellers to the world’s most exotic sights. A comprehensive list of Newmarket Holidays’ escorted tours can be found on their website. Their friendly Customer Service Team is available to answer questions and help book tours suited to the customer. With such a large variety of destinations, there is truly something for everyone.