TV audiences have been dazzled recently with the beauty of India and all she has to offer in many programmes marking her 60th year of independence. This TV coverage could largely explain the increase Saga Holidays has seen in bookings for holidays to India over recent months. The renewed interest in this diverse and enchanting country has led Saga to expand its range of Indian holidays to include a more independent style hotel stay.
Introducing Sagas first hotel stay in India, Temple Bay Hotel Mahabalipuram, Nr Chennai
Overlooking the sea, the Temple Bay Hotel is just a short walk from the heart of historic Mahabalipuram, an ancient Hindu town, once the chief sea port of the Pallava's dynasty, with seven spectacular and mythical pagodas along its beachfront. Considered to hold some of India's finest architecture, Mahabalipuram's amazing rock cut monuments, reliefs and beautiful temples have earned it UNESCO World Heritage Site status.
For those who want to explore, the Temple Bay Hotel is ideally situated for some fantastic excursions further afield, really offering the chance to get a cultural feel for India. Tour Chennai city, visit the former French colony of Pondicherry, take a cultural tour taking of the temples of Kanchipuram. Don't miss watching people weave silk saris, the Coastal temples and the Chennai crocodile bank and stone park. Saga Holidays is offering 11-nights at the Temple Bay Hotel for 1,299 on a half board basis.
For Culture Vultures - Kerala: Cultural Heart of Southern India Embracing the southwestern tip of India, Kerala's isolated position has, for centuries, preserved its unique identity. This all-encompassing new tour reveals its ancient customs, spellbinding scenery, tropical beaches and wildlife at a relaxed pace, staying at prestigious Taj hotels throughout, with ample time to enjoy the excellent spa facilities and Ayurveda treatments. After arriving in Cochin, a tour will show you the highlights of this ancient fortress city, including a sunset cruise and dinner. Heading inland, experience life on a working tea plantation and continue down through spice lands to the edge of Periyar Nature Reserve where you should lookout for buffalo, abundant birdlife and if you're lucky, a tiger! The final days will be spent cruising leisurely across Lake Vembanad on a traditional-style houseboat, offering the opportunity to admire the spectacular views all around. Saga Holidays offers this 13-night* trip from 1,699, including all accommodation, numerous excursions, most meals, return flights and transfers and the services of a Saga tour manager.
Take in stunning temples and enchanting palaces – Jewels of India
View the highlights of Agra, Jaipur and Delhi on this 10 night* tour. In Dehli relish the chance to see the city's magnificent temples and perhaps take in some traditional Indian dancing. Then it's off to Agra, where you get to see the unforgettable Taj Mahal at sunrise and have the opportunity to visit Agra Fort, the most important fort in India. The final stage of the tour takes you to Jaipur, with its infamous red sandstone buildings, take the opportunity to visit the impressive Amber Fort or the Hawa Mahal (palace of the winds), this iconic structure is actually a faade, built for the ladies of the royal household to watch everyday life from.
Saga's Jewels of India tour starts from 1399 based on Apr 14, 2008 departure. The price includes all accommodation, numerous excursions, most meals, return flights and transfers and the services of a Saga tour manager.
Saying 'no' to single supplements – India Tours for Single travellers
Saga Holidays understands that people don't always travel in groups or pairs, so you shouldn't always have to pay a supplement for travelling on your own. In recognition of this, Saga Holidays is now offering a greater choice of trips in India especially for single travellers. These include: Kerala: The Heart of Southern India (departure dates April 24 and September 4 2008), and Land of the Maharajas** (departure dates include Oct 4, November 8 and 22 2007).
For more information on Saga Holidays or for a copy of the new 2008 Travellers World brochure call 0800 056 5880 or visit www.saga.co.uk/travelshop
Notes to editors:
* *includes one night aboard aircraft
* **based on Jewels of India itinerary above.
* All holidays include flights, insurance and cancellation cover
* All of Saga India tours include Saga's free UK travel service - customers have a choice of either a door to door chauffeur service if they live within 75 miles of the airport, included airport parking, included UK connecting flights or included travel by coach to and from the airport.
* Saga holidays are exclusively for people aged 50 and over, a travelling companion may be aged 40 or over.
* Saga holidays are only available direct and not through travel agents.
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