Discover India through the eyes of an expert

We asked Cox & Kings’ India expert, Greg Thurston, what he loves so much about the country and what his top tips are for really experiencing this fascinating destination.

Q – How long have you worked for Cox & Kings?

A – I’ve been with the company for seven years and hold the position of national account manager. It’s a wonderful place to work. Not only do we offer incredible tours around the world (many of which I’ve had the luxury of experiencing), it is also a very well-respected, established company with genuine links to India, dating back to 1758! 

Q – Where have you visited in India? 

A – I have been fortunate enough to visit India three times – spending most of my time in Rajasthan and the Himalayas. Last year I was lucky to spot tigers in Ranthambore and witness the Aarti ceremony from the banks of the River Ganges. I have also spent time in the neighbouring country of Sri Lanka. 

Q – What is your most memorable experience in India and why? 

A – One of my most memorable experiences in India was visiting The Golden Temple in Amritsar. It is the most beautiful, serene and welcoming religious site I have ever visited. Taking a tour of the kitchens, where thousands of local Sikhs are catered for every day, was incredible and strangely moving. 

Q – Where is your all-time favourite destination? 

A – This is a tough one as everywhere has something special to offer. It would probably have to be either Petra in Jordan or Iguazu Falls in Argentina. Both equally spectacular and dramatic. 

Q – Any top tips for travelling to India? 

A – Just go for it! Immerse yourself in the culture, the food, the sights and sounds. And, if you can afford it, staying in the Oberoi Amarvilas in Agra is a must. Waking up to sunrise over the Taj Mahal from your balcony is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and worth every penny. 

Come and meet Greg at our ‘Ask the Expert’ day to find out more about Cox & Kings private tailor-made itineraries and, small group tours, luxury train journeys and private villa stays across India. He’ll be on hand all day to offer advice and guidance on a trip to India. Drop in between 11am and 4pm or email or call 0191 285 9321 to book an appointment with Greg.

Speak to one of our personal travel experts to start planning your trip to India today. Give us a call on 0191 285 9321, send an email to or stop by our store on Gosfort High Street. 

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