At Creative Travel, we know just how
much India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Tibet have to offer every kind of
traveller. At the same time, we also know just how different the expectations of
the culture enthusiast are from that of the nature lover, the historian from the
gourmet traveller, and the keen trekker from the avid shopper. Therefore, we
take great pleasure in custom-making travel itineraries to match every need.
So, whether you want to golf in the foothills of the Himalayas, or embark on a
journey of the soul, take an educational trip or go bird watching, are in search
of the best shopping bargains or a guru to teach you classical Indian dance, we
know just where to take you. What we present here is just an indication of what
is possible. So, just tell us what interests you, and you can be sure that we’ll
make it something special.
At Creative Travel, we specialise in offering tours specially designed for
groups of professionals, with specific interests and needs. Medical tours for
doctors and nurses that take them to hospitals, research centres and other
scientific establishments. Architectural tours that take designers, engineers
and architects through the splendour of India’s architectural legacy. Academic
tours for scholars, familiarisation tours for government officials. You name it,
and we’ll set up the perfect tour which will give you the opportunity to
interact with your Indian counterparts, broaden your knowledge of how this
country operates, and still allow you some time off for relaxation, or your
dream visit to the Taj Mahal.
luxury on wheels
You’ve seen it in the movies, maharajas and princesses in their royal carriage,
looking out graciously as a steam engine carries them through exotic Indian
landscapes. And you’ve wished that one day you could be ensconced in such luxury
and waited upon like royalty. Step aboard the Palace on Wheels to Rajasthan, or
The Royal Orient to Gujarat, and you will embark on the journey of a lifetime.
Rated among the best railway journeys in the world, these trains will transport
you to another era altogether. An era of elegance and refinement in your own
private room. Wander through the splendid, gold appointed saloon cars befitting
bygone royalty, with the added advantage of every modern convenience. Sip
refreshing cocktails at the bar. Visit the lounge or the library. And dine under
the glow of classic Victorian lamps as you watch the stars come up over the
passing Indian landscape.
But India has much more to offer train enthusiasts. Narrow gauge trains that
wind through the scenic hills, fondly called Toy Trains, are the legacy of the
British Raj. Among these are the trains of Darjeeling, Shimla and Ooty, the
Fairy Queen and others. This of course, is in addition to India’s nationwide
network of passenger trains that are a travelling experience all of their own.
Creative Travel will provide detailed itineraries of any train journey that
takes your fancy.
in the footsteps of the buddha
You don’t have to be a believer to be fascinated by this pilgrimage that traces
Lord Buddha’s journey from Lumbini, where he was born to Bodhgaya, where he
gained enlightenment, further on to Sarnath near Varanasi where he gave his
first sermon, finally culminating at Kushinagar, where he attained nirvana. You
will have the opportunity to see some spectacular architecture of the times and
visit other Buddhist pilgrim centres such as Rajgir, Nalanda and Sravasti along
with the cultural sights of nearby Delhi, Agra, Varanasi and Kathmandu. Creative
Travel will be happy to customise a special program to ensure that your visit to
Buddhist monasteries, temples, hot springs and stupas is tempered with the urban
wonders of Delhi and Kathmandu.
ayurveda & yoga
India has always been a preferred destination for traditional systems of
holistic health like ayurveda and yoga. Evolved to nourish the body, mind and
soul, ayurveda dates back further than 2500 BC. Based on age old texts and
scriptures, this system of medicine derives its healing powers from herbal
sources, uses the power of the five elements of nature, and combines it with
massage. Some of the main centres of ayurveda are in South India along the
Kerala coast. So, you can combine a complete rejuvenation program with a tour to
some of the most beautiful sights India has to offer. Yoga, the traditional
Hindu system of philosophic meditation and asceticism is known for much more
than its health benefits, it has been the path to effect a reunion with the
universal spirit. Travellers on a journey of the soul, often combine meditative
holidays with time dedicated to learning yoga at an ashram, many of which are
located in the holy cites of Rishikesh and Haridwar.
food for thought
It isn’t just a cliché that India and her neighbouring countries are a gourmet’s
paradise. The fact is that the cuisine in the region is as diverse as its
cultures, its geography and its people. From the hot tandoor preparations of the
north to curries of the south simmering in coconut milk, from rich creamy
delicacies created by the Mughals to the subtle flavours of Kashmir, a
mouthwatering range of epicurean delights tempt you. Add to that, the
opportunity to travel down the age old Spice Route, visit gardens peppered with
the aroma of fresh spices, or special sessions with well known chefs, and you
know why gourmets find these tours so hard to resist.
architecture & history
Think of architectural wonders in India, and you think of the greatest monument
of love, the Taj Mahal. But India and her neighbouring countries have more to
offer the architectural enthusiast. In fact, when you travel in India, Nepal,
Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Tibet, you could travel anywhere between 3000 BC and the
21st Century. Going from pre-historic cave paintings to sculptures dating back
to the Golden Age, from temples of the Chola Dynasty to ancient Buddhist
architecture, magnificent Mughal monuments to the legacies of the British.
Landmarks of civilisations gone by that often live shoulder to shoulder, with
vibrant forms of local architecture, thatched homes of Kerala, mud houses of
Rajasthan and painted wooden homes of Bhutan. And only Creative Travel knows how
to take you there.