October 3, 2012
San Francisco, Calif. (Oct. 3, 2012)—Bristling with astonishing diversity, India offers an array of mesmerizing sights and attractions—from mountains, deserts and beaches to mysterious temples, grand palaces and exotic food. Viator.com—the leading resource for researching and booking more than 10,000 tours and activities in 800-plus destinations—recently added a selection of new experiences to help travelers get a first-hand glimpse into the intoxicating and thrilling sights and attractions in some of the more off-the-beaten-path destinations throughout India.
The bustling metropolis of Chennai features many historical and archaeological gems, and Viator’s Private Tour: Chennai Sightseeing Including Fort St. George and Government Museum stops at popular landmarks and temples throughout the city. Those looking for a relaxing day trip will enjoy the Private Tour: Pondicherry Day Trip, with visits to the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, the Pondicherry museum and the Matrimandir temple. The Private Cultural Tour: Day Trip to Mahabalipuram and Dakshinachitra includes a glimpse into the local customs of a traditional Dravidian village, and the Private Tour: Day Trip to Kanchipuram Temple City offers an overview of the country’s religious culture and heritage along with a silk-weaving demonstration.
Swaying palm trees, white sands and sparkling waters attract visitors to Goa, where they can bring home a fresh catch on Viator’s Deep-Sea Fishing Trip; spot brightly colored kingfishers and dolphins on a five-hour Dolphin-Watching Cruise; or explore the tropical underwater world on the Snorkeling Day Trip and Beach Barbecue. The Small-Group Grand Island Adventure from Goa with a Seafood BBQ Lunch offers a little bit of everything including snorkeling, fishing, swimming and relaxing. Land lovers can explore the natural beauty of Goa on the Private Eco-Tour: Crocodile Watching, Spice Plantation and Elephant Experience.
The ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur holds certain glamour, with stunning hilltop forts and glorious palaces. Viator’s 2-Day Private Architecture Tour visits Mandawa’s historical mansions famous for their opulent 18th century Indian architecture and intricate, lavish décor. The Private Tour: Jaipur Sightseeing Including Jantar Mantar, Amber Fort and Elephant Ride offers an overview of top cultural and architectural attractions, while the Private Tour: Pushkar Day Trip from Jaipur allows travelers to experience India beyond major tourist spots and a chance to participate in a puja ritual. The Jaipur Puppet Show and Dinner showcases India’s folklore, legends and culture in a unique and authentic Rajasthani experience.
Laid-back Kochi, a former spice trading center, is today a living homage to its varied colonial past with a 16th century synagogue and ancient mosques. Viator’s Private Tour: Kochi Harbour Sunset Cruise offers a tranquil escape with exquisite seaside views of Fort Kochi, Bolgatty Island and the Kochi shipyard. Travelers can immerse themselves in the rich history, architecture and culture on the Private Tour: Kochi Half-Day City Tour and enjoy a dramatic Kathakali dance performance on the Private Tour: Kochi City Tour and Kathakali Dance Performance. The Small-Group Kochi Bike Tour highlights the city’s colonial past and cosmopolitan present, with visits to the Indo-Portuguese Museum, the Dutch Cemetery and the Dutch Palace.
India’s second-biggest city, Kolkata (also known by its old spelling Calcutta), is locally regarded as India’s intellectual and cultural capital, with dozens of venues showcasing Bengali dance, poetry, art, music, film and theater. The Private Tour: Kolkata Sightseeing Including Mother House, University of Calcutta and Victoria Memorial visits the city’s most iconic landmarks and the Private Tour: Places of Worship in Kolkata including Mother House includes visits to five temples and two cathedrals. The Private Tour: Temples and Ashrams of Ganga Sagar Day Trip from Kolkata explores various temples and ashrams in Ganga Sagar, an important Hindu pilgrimage site—ideal for those looking to immerse themselves in India’s religious heritage and humanitarian culture.
Viator adds new destinations, tours and activities each month, so travelers should check in often. For more of the best things to do in India, as well as the latest deals, promotions, contests and Viator news, visit www.viator.com and the Viator Travel Blog as well as Viator’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
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