Thinking of touring India before or after the Colloquium?
India has an incredible lot to offer. Whether you're an adventure junkie, a wildlife enthusiast, a Nature lover, a fitness freak, on a spiritual trail, a heritage aficionado - you name it, she has it on her menu.
India is a kaleidoscope of unforgettable sights, sounds and experiences. And touring India is unlike touring any other place in the world. Often, like the beautiful monsoon showers that pour forth from the heavens, with not a moment's notice, you meet with the unexpected - or rather, the unexpected meets you. All you need to remember, to have the time of your life in Planet India, is the famous advice: "Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine".
Plan your journey of discovery with:
http://www.incredibleindia.org/travel (official site of the Department of Tourism, Government of India)
Or you could take a look at these recommendations of the Lonely Planet.
Shopping - Delhi
("For those here to catch a flight home there are some glorious last-minute shopping opportunities, with handicrafts from all around India...")
Beaches - Goa
("Swaying palms, white sands and sparkling waters: the three essential elements that attract 2 million visitors annually to Goa’s balmy shores...")
Trekking - Himachal Pradesh
("Even the beaten track is a dirt road between mountain walls – no wonder Himachal is most people’s favourite northern state!")
Yoga - Rishikesh
("...styles itself as the ‘Yoga Capital of the World’, with masses of ashrams and all kinds of yoga and meditation classes.)
Food - everywhere!
Tigers - Madhya Pradesh
("View the cats from an elephant at Kanha, Bandhavgarh, Panna (site of Kipling’s Jungle Book) and Pench.")
Thrill-seekers - Manali
("...with mountain adventures beckoning from all directions, Manali is a year-round magnet for tourists.")
Religious fervour - Varanasi
("...one of the world's oldest continually inhabited cities and is regarded as one of Hinduism's seven holy cities.")
Just chilling - Kerala
("...the real emerald jewel in South India’s crown are the backwaters that meander throughout Kerala")
And if you have time for only one tour, you might consider the classic and all-time favourite tour of:
The Golden Triangle.