Craft Your Journey

India is an experience that delights every sense of yours, but can sometimes overwhelm them. With so much to see, learn, taste, touch, how does one decide on a Journey that satisfies who we are on a deeper level? At Kamalan, we truly believe travel is the greatest educator, teaching us as much about ourselves as about the cultures we touch upon.

We view ourselves as craftsmen, taking into account your preferences, interests and comfort, while crafting your journey to India. In this age of great standardisation, we believe each traveler is unique, and deserves a carefully handcrafted itinerary. Your Journey to India begins here. Each question you answer helps us find the best of what India has to offer you. Each step of this process leads you to one of the most meaningful experiences of your life.

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WHERE 1/4

India is a land of Sufi poets and sacred Hindu texts,
of musky mangroves and mountains shrouded in fog,
of sweets, kebabs and a million iterations of daal,
of silk’s gentle touch and ancient myths carved in stone.

India is a land that touches upon the breadth of human experience. Each region, in turn, engaging, satisfying, overwhelming and nourishing your senses, offering an experience you’ve always been seeking.

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North India

Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Leh, Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, UttarakhandTransient sand dunes.
A soft piece of carefully
block-printed cotton.

Opulent Mughal architecture.
A sufi qalaam; its spirit, lost and found
in the spaces between Punjabi and Urdu.

Entire landscapes showered in colour.
Spiced nibbles of slow-roasted meat.
The touch of sensuous shawl in a Shikara.

The northern states overwhelm your senses
the richness of their stimuli, layered one over the other.

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South India

Kochi, Marari, Kumarakom, Periyar, madurai, Thanjavur, Pondicherry, Mahabalipuram, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Lakshadweep, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Andhra Pradesh, TelanganaMarvels of Indian temple architecture
set against backwaters and brackish lagoons.
The myriad variations of sambar.

A unique dialect of Urdu.
Tamil Sangam’s age-old poetic nectar.
The whiff of a spice market.

Stories painted on cloth; poetry in silk.
Glistening beans of homegrown coffee.
Coral reefs meet untouched white sand.

The southern states pamper your senses,
rewarding those with an appreciation of the subtle.

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East India

Darjeeling, Gangtok, Kolkata, West Bengal, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura, Orissa, Sikkim, Chhatisgarh, Bihar, JharkhandA valley surrounded
by snow-capped peaks.
Cotton sarees sway to Tagore.

Ululations echo through
the birthplace of the Buddha.
Offerings of shondesh.

Amongst the wet wilderness of the Sunderban delta,
towering chariots of stone stand in tribute.
A savoury gravy of ground meat is served with rice.

The eastern states nourish your senses,
each experience hides within it, the quiet depths of history.

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West India

Mumbai, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Madhya PradeshA diverse mountain ecosystem
stands next to a sun-baked beach.
Myths etched in stone.

Traditions of song and dance
immortalised through film.
Rivers of cotton, tied and dyed.

Mashed potato sandwiches,
vegetables shallow-fried with spices,
yogurt tempered with saffron, cardamom and nuts.

The western states satiate your senses,
acting as gateways into this ancient land.

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  • North India
  • South India
  • East India
  • West India

 

WHAT 2/4

Kamalan Journeys are handcrafted to best suit your interests. Bring the musician in you to a school of living traditions, where children sing ancient hymns;  wonder at monuments that tell stories of lives lived before the written word came into being; treat your taste buds to recipes invented for toothless emperors. Wherever your interests lie, we will find you an experience that educates, delights and challenges the way you view the world.

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Arts & Crafts
Dance, Fine Arts, Handicrafts/Textiles, Music

Stalwarts of Carnatic music preparing for their next performance; the art of tie-and-dye as practiced by three generations of Bandhani craftswomen; students learning Kathakali, an ancient storytelling dance form; for the artfully inclined, India hides a legion of treasures under her silk sleeve.

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Culture
Cuisine, Festivals & Celebrations, Traditions

The art of draping a traditional Maharashtrian saree; the celebratory pandals of Durga Pujo; a chilli-eating contest to make your eyes water; Indian culture takes new form every hundred miles, the only way to experience it all is to keep driving through.

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History & Architecture
Forts & Palaces, Monuments, Temples, Urban

The quarters from where emperors commandeered formidable armies; temples designed to amplify a believer’s prayer; a memorial to Gandhi that reflects his calls to peace; Indian architecture is a curious story, told in unison by its residents and starry-eyed interlopers.

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Nature
Backwaters & Beaches, Mountains, Outdoor, Wildlife

The flow of Indus, the river around which this subcontinent flourished; the fine grain of sandalwood; the stately tread of a flock of Greater Flamingoes; for the nature lover, India has everything to offer.

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Wellness
Ayurveda, Leisure, Spirituality, Yoga & Meditation

Cuisine tailored to your body type; the art of being mindful; a deep dive into spirituality; meander through India’s storied wellness traditions where answers aren’t always what we expect them to be.

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WHO 3/4

Our Pathfinders are curious about you, taking great care in understanding your preferences before crafting for you, the perfect journey.

What is your reason to travel?
How do you like to travel?

Have you travelled to India before?

Which time of day are you most active?

HOW 4/4

Our itineraries are hand-drawn. We introduce you to the incredible diversity of India at the pace you seek, taking you to the places you wish to visit, scheduled at a time convenient for you.

What is the pace of the journey?
How comfortable would you like to be?
What type of accommodation would you prefer?
Where did you hear about Kamalan?
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Chettinad
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North India
North India
North India
North India
North India
Transient sand dunes.
A soft piece of carefully
block-printed cotton.

Opulent Mughal architecture.
A sufi qalaam; its spirit, lost and found
in the spaces between Punjabi and Urdu.

Entire landscapes showered in colour.
Spiced nibbles of slow-roasted meat.
The touch of sensuous shawl in a Shikara.

The northern states overwhelm your senses
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East India
East India
East India
East India
East India
A valley surrounded
by snow-capped peaks.
Cotton sarees sway to Tagore.

Ululations echo through
the birthplace of the Buddha.
Offerings of shondesh.

Amongst the wet wilderness of the Sunderban delta,
towering chariots of stone stand in tribute.
A savoury gravy of ground meat is served with rice.

The eastern states nourish your senses,
each experience hides within it, the quiet depths of history. + ADD TO INTERESTS

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South India
South India
South India
South India
South India
Marvels of Indian temple architecture
set against backwaters and brackish lagoons.
The myriad variations of sambar.

A unique dialect of Urdu.
Tamil Sangam’s age-old poetic nectar.
The whiff of a spice market.

Stories painted on cloth; poetry in silk.
Glistening beans of homegrown coffee.
Coral reefs meet untouched white sand.

The southern states pamper your senses,
rewarding those with an appreciation of the subtle. + ADD TO INTERESTS

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West India
West India
West India
West India
West India
A diverse mountain ecosystem
stands next to a sun-baked beach.
Myths etched in stone.

Traditions of song and dance
immortalised through film.
Rivers of cotton, tied and dyed.

Mashed potato sandwiches,
vegetables shallow-fried with spices,
yogurt tempered with saffron, cardamom and nuts.

The western states satiate your senses,
acting as gateways into this ancient land. + ADD TO INTERESTS

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Arts & Crafts

Stalwarts of Carnatic music preparing for their next performance; the art of tie-and-dye as practiced by three generations of Bandhani craftswomen; students learning Kathakali, an ancient storytelling dance form; for the artfully inclined, India hides a legion of treasures under her silk sleeve.

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Music
See a Veena being made; visit the schools where children sing a dying language; partake in ancient poetry; the musical traditions of India carry the weight of history.
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Dance
Walk along Chennai’s dancer’s trail; swing by Goa’s Jazz ballrooms; tie a ghungroo around your ankle; dance is a form of storytelling in India.
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Handicrafts/Textiles
Witness colours being extracted from vegetables; explore the various techniques of hand block printing; experience the myriad forms of Indian handicraft.
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Fine Arts
Marvel at paintings embellished with gold foil; learn how geometry informs the art of Madhubani; each piece created in India is lent depth by years of practice.
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Culture

The art of draping a traditional Maharashtrian saree; the celebratory pandals of Durga Pujo; a chilli-eating contest to make your eyes water; Indian culture takes new form every hundred miles, the only way to experience it all is to keep driving through.

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Festivals & Celebrations
A demon is burnt, bringing in an explosion of light; cities descend to the streets to celebrate the God of new beginnings; for a country of a billion people, there’s always a reason to celebrate.
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Cuisine
Saintly vegetarian cuisine at a temple in Udupi; the rich flavour of a mutton galaouti kebab; taste Punjab’s iconic lassi; explore the wildly divergent tastes of India.
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Traditions
An inter-tribal festival in Kohima named after the hornbill; week-long wedding rituals; tradition is the tether that keeps Indians rooted to the values that define them.
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History & Architecture

The quarters from where emperors commandeered formidable armies; temples designed to amplify a believer’s prayer; a memorial to Gandhi that reflects his calls to peace; Indian architecture is a curious story, told in unison by its residents and starry-eyed interlopers.

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Forts & Palaces
An astonishingly pink facade; a fortress wall streaked with shades of electric blue; red sandstone, tempered by time; India’s forts and palaces reflect the opulent lifestyles of the emperors who resided within.
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Temples
Visit the temple that houses the first ever epigraphic record of ‘zero’; wonder at a herculean chariot of stone, tribute to the sun; religion inspires architect.
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Urban
Venture into fiction at Bombay’s film studios; chance upon street art in Delhi’s urban villages; India’s cities span different eras.
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Monuments
Taj Mahal, the marvel in marble; explicit, yet exquisite sculptural masterpieces of Khajuraho’s temples; India houses a plethora of heritage sites.
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Nature

The flow of Indus, the river around which this subcontinent flourished; the fine grain of sandalwood; the stately tread of a flock of Greater Flamingoes; for the nature lover, India has everything to offer.

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Wildlife
Bengal Tigers roam wild and free; birds that migrate to India for their yearly vacation; the royal mane of a lion-tailed macaque; life thrives in India’s vast variety of ecosystems.
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Mountains
The breathtaking view from one of the Himalaya’s highest peaks; the quiet roar of a snow leopard, heard but rarely seen; India’s mountain ranges offer adventure.
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Backwaters & Beaches
A private surfing lesson; falling asleep to the gentle sway of a houseboat on Kerala’s canals; discover the secrets of southern states through their backwaters.
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Outdoor
Dive off the pristine shores of the Andaman islands; hike up to Rizong Gompa in Ladakh to meditate atop a mountain; explore the India that exists beyond urban cityscapes.
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Wellness

Cuisine tailored to your body type; the art of being mindful; a deep dive into spirituality; meander through India’s storied wellness traditions where answers aren’t always what we expect them to be.

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Ayurveda

A balancing of spiritual and physical existence; holistic development of each sphere of one’s life; explore wisdom that can be traced back to 5000 BCE in the Indian subcontinent.

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Yoga & Meditation

An inner world guided by chakras; a sense of community and oneness; yoga and meditation practices are philosophies rooted in the contemplation of life itself.

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Spirituality

Stepping into Ganga, India’s most sacred river; listening to the qawwali at Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah; in India, deep, fulfilling spiritual experiences are easy to find.

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Leisure

A quiet bungalow in the valley of Doon; hidden away nooks of Kerala, only visited regularly by the benevolent forces of nature; there exist spaces for those looking for peace.

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