“The one land that all men desire to see and having seen once, by even a glimpse, would not give that glimpse for all the shows of all the rest of the globe combined.”
- Mark Twain
India Cultural Series
In 2009, as I drove through the length of India, I stopped in tiger country in Rajasthan. That’s where, at a friend’s place, I saw John Keay’s book, Into India. The intro of the book on its back cover seemed to encapsulate all my experiences, my travel and my feelings of discovering India perfectly: “India challenges the visitor like no other country. Vast, ancient, and impossibly demanding, it is never just a holiday or an assignment. Advertisements call it an experience; it changes people in unexpected ways. To comprehend and enjoy this experience, there is no better introduction to the traditions and inhibitions of the world’s most complex society than Into India.”
When I finally decided to put together a cultural section for my website for independent travellers to offbeat India, no other introduction seemed perfect than what we had read that day many years ago. It is what we aim to do with our India Cultural Tours: to help you comprehend and enjoy this experience called India.