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India defies description. The beautiful subcontinent is a magical menagerie of sorts. India is your getaway to all that is mystical, exotic, new, and different yet warm, inviting, and deeply reassuring. It’s where you will see and not simply look. Just when you think you have it figured, India has an uncanny way of reminding you differently. It is this unpredictability that makes demystifying India a constant exploration in which you slowly start to discover not just her many layers but yourself too. As you explore the many sacred sites and rituals you begin to realize and appreciate the country's long, colourful, and sometimes tumultuous, religious history. If food is your passion, India offers you one of the richest and certainly most interesting culinary trips of your travelling life. Fry, bake, boil, simmer, roast, sizzle your way across a deliciously diverse selection of dishes. And even then you would have only scratched the surface.

Mandu
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Mandu

Most itinerary planners would be confused if you said you wanted to visit Mandu. In case you haven't heard of it either, Mandu is a small town situated in Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh. And the reason we at Luxe love it so much is that it is home to some of the most beautiful medieval Afghan architecture in India.
There is no comparison to the stunning Taj Mahal in Agra. But Hoshang Shah's Tomb is said to be the monument that served as the inspiration for that famous monument. Today, Mandu is a huge, crumbling collection of old buildings from the 15th and 16th centuries, that sit on top of a large plateau with steep, sloping sides and rugged hairpin bends. But once, a long, long time ago, Mandu was called Shadiabad (City of Joy). Gazing out at the incredible architecture you, it is not hard to see a picture of the city in its glory.
The dramatic rise and fall of dynasties that ruled and affected the destiny of India with the intrigue of palaces and at the battles outside its ramparts. Or feel the poignancy of the famous love story of Baz Bahadur and Rupmati; lovers who could not unite in life. Mandu is a great place to spend a couple of days exploring grand and beautiful architecture in a relaxed rural setting, easily toured by bicycle – and contemplating the reversals of fortunes that lead to the downfall of the capital of a once powerful kingdom into just another Indian village.
Want to experience the splendour of Mandu? Contact us
Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand
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Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand

The Valley of Flowers, sits under the protective shadow of the towering Himalayan peaks at an altitude of 3,600 meters above sea-level in the hill state of Uttarakhand. It eluded discovery by the outside world for centuries until in 1931 when fortuitously British mountaineers lost their way and strayed into this stunning, beautiful valley.
On gazing at the sheer number of variety of alpine floral life, they thus bequeathed it its name: Valley of Flowers. Declared a National Park in 1982 and a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2004, the Valley of Flowers is accessible only for a few months in a year; from mid-May to the last week of September. The best season to see the most varieties of flowers is during the monsoon months of July to August. It is said that the valley changes its colours almost every day.

For the rest of the year, it is covered in snow. There are more than 600 different types of flowers found here like the Brahma Kamal, Blue Poppy and Cobra Lily. There are also saxifrags, sediams, lilies, poppy, calendulars, daisies, geraniums, zinnias and petunias. Frank Smythe, in his description of this valley said, "Others will visit it, analyse it and probe it, but whatever their opinions, to me it will remain a Valley of Flowers, a valley of peace and perfect beauty where the human spirit may find repose." Unsurprisingly, this enchanting land comes with its fair share of legends. Some believe the valley to be the garden of gods, Nandan Kanan. Locals will tell you this place is inhabited by fairies. Whatever your bent, be prepared to be charmed.
Want to include more interactions with locals during your trip to India? Contact us
Hampi
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Hampi

The Valley of Flowers, sits under the protective shadow of the towering Himalayan peaks at an altitude of 3,600 meters above sea-level in the hill state of Uttarakhand.
It eluded discovery by the outside world for centuries until in 1931 when fortuitously British mountaineers lost their way and strayed into this stunning, beautiful valley.
On gazing at the sheer number of variety of alpine floral life, they thus bequeathed it its name: Valley of Flowers. Declared a National Park in 1982 and a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2004, the Valley of Flowers is accessible only for a few months in a year; from mid-May to the last week of September. The best season to see the most varieties of flowers is during the monsoon months of July to August. It is said that the valley changes its colours almost every day For the rest of the year, it is covered in snow. There are more than 600 different types of flowers found here like the Brahma Kamal, Blue Poppy and Cobra Lily.
There are also saxifrags, sediams, lilies, poppy, calendulars, daisies, geraniums, zinnias and petunias. Frank Smythe, in his description of this valley said, "Others will visit it, analyse it and probe it, but whatever their opinions, to me it will remain a Valley of Flowers, a valley of peace and perfect beauty where the human spirit may find repose." Unsurprisingly, this enchanting land comes with its fair share of legends. Some believe the valley to be the garden of gods, Nandan Kanan. Locals will tell you this place is inhabited by fairies. Whatever your bent, be prepared to be charmed.
Looking for an itinerary to travel to Hampi with us? Contact us
Mandu
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Mandu

Most itinerary planners would be confused if you said you wanted to visit Mandu. In case you haven't heard of it either, Mandu is a small town situated in Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh. And the reason we at Luxe love it so much is that it is home to some of the most beautiful medieval Afghan architecture in India.
There is no comparison to the stunning Taj Mahal in Agra. But Hoshang Shah's Tomb is said to be the monument that served as the inspiration for that famous monument. Today, Mandu is a huge, crumbling collection of old buildings from the 15th and 16th centuries, that sit on top of a large plateau with steep, sloping sides and rugged hairpin bends. But once, a long, long time ago, Mandu was called Shadiabad (City of Joy). Gazing out at the incredible architecture you, it is not hard to see a picture of the city in its glory.
The dramatic rise and fall of dynasties that ruled and affected the destiny of India with the intrigue of palaces and at the battles outside its ramparts. Or feel the poignancy of the famous love story of Baz Bahadur and Rupmati; lovers who could not unite in life. Mandu is a great place to spend a couple of days exploring grand and beautiful architecture in a relaxed rural setting, easily toured by bicycle – and contemplating the reversals of fortunes that lead to the downfall of the capital of a once powerful kingdom into just another Indian village.
Want to experience the splendour of Mandu? Contact us
Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand
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Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand

The Valley of Flowers, sits under the protective shadow of the towering Himalayan peaks at an altitude of 3,600 meters above sea-level in the hill state of Uttarakhand. It eluded discovery by the outside world for centuries until in 1931 when fortuitously British mountaineers lost their way and strayed into this stunning, beautiful valley.
On gazing at the sheer number of variety of alpine floral life, they thus bequeathed it its name: Valley of Flowers. Declared a National Park in 1982 and a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2004, the Valley of Flowers is accessible only for a few months in a year; from mid-May to the last week of September. The best season to see the most varieties of flowers is during the monsoon months of July to August. It is said that the valley changes its colours almost every day.

For the rest of the year, it is covered in snow. There are more than 600 different types of flowers found here like the Brahma Kamal, Blue Poppy and Cobra Lily. There are also saxifrags, sediams, lilies, poppy, calendulars, daisies, geraniums, zinnias and petunias. Frank Smythe, in his description of this valley said, "Others will visit it, analyse it and probe it, but whatever their opinions, to me it will remain a Valley of Flowers, a valley of peace and perfect beauty where the human spirit may find repose." Unsurprisingly, this enchanting land comes with its fair share of legends. Some believe the valley to be the garden of gods, Nandan Kanan. Locals will tell you this place is inhabited by fairies. Whatever your bent, be prepared to be charmed.
Want to include more interactions with locals during your trip to India? Contact us
Hampi
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Hampi

The Valley of Flowers, sits under the protective shadow of the towering Himalayan peaks at an altitude of 3,600 meters above sea-level in the hill state of Uttarakhand.
It eluded discovery by the outside world for centuries until in 1931 when fortuitously British mountaineers lost their way and strayed into this stunning, beautiful valley.
On gazing at the sheer number of variety of alpine floral life, they thus bequeathed it its name: Valley of Flowers. Declared a National Park in 1982 and a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2004, the Valley of Flowers is accessible only for a few months in a year; from mid-May to the last week of September. The best season to see the most varieties of flowers is during the monsoon months of July to August. It is said that the valley changes its colours almost every day For the rest of the year, it is covered in snow. There are more than 600 different types of flowers found here like the Brahma Kamal, Blue Poppy and Cobra Lily.
There are also saxifrags, sediams, lilies, poppy, calendulars, daisies, geraniums, zinnias and petunias. Frank Smythe, in his description of this valley said, "Others will visit it, analyse it and probe it, but whatever their opinions, to me it will remain a Valley of Flowers, a valley of peace and perfect beauty where the human spirit may find repose." Unsurprisingly, this enchanting land comes with its fair share of legends. Some believe the valley to be the garden of gods, Nandan Kanan. Locals will tell you this place is inhabited by fairies. Whatever your bent, be prepared to be charmed.
Looking for an itinerary to travel to Hampi with us? Contact us

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