Off the Beaten Track Holiday Ideas

From the mountains and rivers of Sikkim to ancient village rituals in northern Kerala, take the road less travelled with one of these holiday ideas – each of which is crafted by destination experts from a trusted local travel company.

Highlights

  • Getting within touching distance of Kanchenjunga in Sikkim
  • Exploring the emerald coffee plantations of Kodagu (Coorg)
  • Witnessing Theyyam in a remote north Keralan village
  • Discovering exquisite hidden coves in southern Goa
  • Camping at an altitude of over 4,000 metres in the Himalayas

Bhutan Heritage Trail

  • When to go: March – December
  • Duration: 9 nights

With its flourishing age-old Buddhist culture – one that’s largely protected from the influences of globalisation – Bhutan’s unique heritage is very much ‘living’. This culturally orientated trip will introduce you to magnificent monasteries, terrific temples and delightful dzongs – all of which represent key parts of daily Bhutanese life – in addition to discovering this Himalayan mountain kingdom’s incomparable natural beauty.

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Spiritual Bhutan

  • When to go: March – December
  • Duration: 10 nights

Indulge in morning meditation sessions surrounded by the heavenly Himalayas, learn about Lamaism from student monks and visit a range of magnificent monasteries on this spiritually minded journey through the world’s most tranquil mountain kingdom. Crossing from central to western Bhutan via the prayer flags of Pele La pass – taking in iconic sights like the Tiger’s Nest temple complex along the way – this unique trip combines complete peace and quiet with a spirit of adventure.

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Secret Goa

  • When to go: October – March
  • Duration: 7 nights

Beautiful beaches, warm waters and lush landscapes – minus the crowds. Get off the beaten track and discover not only Goa’s best-kept secrets, but the ‘real’ face of this former Portuguese colony. Starting in the sublime south and ending in the nearby north, this week-long holiday combines the state’s coast and backwaters with the finest hand-picked boutique accommodations.

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Bhutan for Adventurers

  • When to go: March – December
  • Duration: 7 nights

Combining thrilling Himalayan excursions with exploring traditional Buddhist culture, this adventurous introduction to Bhutan’s spellbinding highlights takes in heavenly hikes to mountain-dwelling monasteries, visits to precariously placed temples and white-water trips down rapid-packed rivers. Packing as much as possible into just a week, this all-encompassing trip can only be described as an adventure of a lifetime.

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Exclusive Secret Goa

  • When to go: October – March
  • Duration: 10 nights

Discover Goa’s blissful beaches from two secluded seaside retreats. This exclusive take on our Secret Goa holiday allows you to experience a slice of tropical paradise otherwise hidden from view, in the most authentic way possible. Beginning in the north – at a location separated from the mainland by a salt water creek – this unique trip ends in the south at what is, quite possibly, the prettiest beach in India..

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East Coast Explorer

  • When to go: May – October
  • Duration: 13 nights

Largely untouched by mass tourism, Sri Lanka’s east coast is defined by near-deserted golden sands, pretty fishing villages and fascinating cultural relics. After briefly exploring Sri Lanka’s gloriously green interior, this fortnight-long trip takes in laid-back Arugam Bay – a favourite of local surfers – and peaceful Pasikudah, which boasts one of the world’s longest stretches of shallow coastline. Before heading back west, there’s enough time to climb the iconic rock fortress of Sigiriya.

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Karnataka: Culture, Coffee & Wildlife

  • When to go: October – April
  • Duration: 9 nights

Sandwiched between central India and the country’s tropical south, Karnataka is among South Asia’s most rewarding destinations – largely because of its fascinating culture, verdant coffee plantations and superb wildlife-spotting opportunities. From exquisitely ornate temples to spotting herds of wild elephants, this is the perfect introduction to one of India’s most captivating – and largely undiscovered – states.

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Ultimate East

  • When to go: October - April
  • Duration: 13 nights

Witness a spellbinding aarti ceremony on the holy River Ganges, take to the hills onboard Darjeeling’s famous ‘toy train’ and get breathtakingly close to Kangchenjunga – the world’s third-tallest mountain – on this eye-opening introduction to India’s east. Starting in Delhi before venturing into Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Sikkim, this two-week journey goes from Hinduism’s heartland to the bosom of Buddhism via time-honoured rituals, spectacular landscapes and arguably the world’s best-tasting tea.

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Sri Lanka for Adventurers

  • When to go: October – April
  • Duration: 12 nights

From trekking to remote jungle villages to rafting down the thundering Kelani River, experience Sri Lanka’s verdant valleys, raging rivers and colourful coastline from a uniquely adventurous perspective. There’ll also be opportunities to explore the island nation’s cultural side – namely remote mythical temples, abandoned ancient capitals and caves adorned with exquisite frescoes.

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Himalayan Highway: Amritsar to Leh

  • When to go: May – September
  • Duration: 14 nights

A journey that begins in earnest at Amritsar’s exquisite Golden Temple culminates at the dramatic Himalayan surroundings of Leh, 3,500 metres above sea level. Experiencing Sikh, Hindu and Buddhist culture – and visiting the Dalai Lama’s adopted home town – en route, take one of the world’s most spectacular road journeys on this adventure-focused journey of a lifetime.

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Tigers & Temples

  • When to go: October – April
  • Duration: 8 nights

Go in search of tigers in their natural habitat, be inspired by some of the world’s finest temple carvings and discover where Rudyard Kipling was inspired to write The Jungle Book. This superstimulating trip to laid-back, landlocked Madhya Pradesh – via Delhi’s Mughal marvels and bustling bazaars – combines the best of the natural and man-made worlds in thrilling fashion.

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