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An exclusive experience of imperial splendour

Join us in your own 4x4 to explore one of the planet's most colourful, fascinating and vivid subcontinents: India.

HERO 4x4xplore's Grand Tour of India is an Adventure Drive for up to 35 vehicles. It is not a competitive rally, but it is designed for people who love to drive; people who prefer to travel independently while having most of the hassle done for them, following a thoughtfully planned and clearly set out route away from the beaten track. The event is organised in association with leading specialist tour operator Go India and with the support of Indiatourism, the Indian Government Tourist Office.

In just 30 days between 7 October and 5 November 2007, we will take an 8,500 km/5,300 mile journey, starting and finishing at the famous Gateway to India arch on the waterfront at Mumbai (Bombay). Along the way you will visit great cities, unforgettable holy and historic places, breathtaking landscapes and game-rich wildlife parks. Scenic country roads and mountain 4x4 trails will take you deep into unknown rural India; but on most nights you will be cossetted in the five-star luxury of the country's finest hotels, including a number of maharajas' palaces.

The journey begins by climbing eastwards up the Ghats to visit the fabulous Ellora and Ajanta Caves, before heading north into the desert kingdom of Rajasthan, where we visit the historic cities of Udaipur, Jodhpur and Jaipur, and rich sites like Mandu, Kumbalgarh, Ranakpur and Pushkar. One evening, we dine in the open desert air amid the ruins of Osian. We spend two nights in the truly sybaratic splendour of the Oberoi Amarvilas hotel at Agra, close to the great Taj Mahal; then we drive north again to Delhi, pausing to see that city's greatest sights, and on to Amritsar, to marvel at the spectacular Golden Temple.

We head north-east into the lower Himalayas, spending a week exploring some spectacular mountain roads. We visit the old British Raj hill stations of Dalhousie, Shimla and Mussoorie, spend a night in ";little Tibet", Dharamshala, the Dalai Lama's capital in exile, and enjoy a rest day at the luxury spa resort of Ananda. We then drive to the Corbett National Park for another rest day where you can see a rich variety of wildlife, including perhaps a tiger, with the option of an elephant-back jungle safari.

Our next leg takes us southwards down the hilly spine of the subcontinent, visiting major heritage sites at Gwalior, Orchha and Hampi-Vijayanagara. We see the famous erotic temple sculptures at Khajuraho, and visit two more national parks, looking for the elusive tiger. Near Nagpur, we pause at Mahatma Gandhi's ashram; we stay in the major cities of Hyderabad and Bangalore.

We continue southwards through pleasant hilly landscapes to the hill station of Ooty, where we enjoy the hospitality of a traditional gentlemen's club, and perhaps a ride on a splendid narrow gauge mountain railway.

Finally, we head north on homeward stretch past the palm-fringed beaches of the Arabian Sea coast, stopping for a day in Goa for a chance to chill out at the idyllic Fort Aguada Beach Resort, before the final drive to the hill station of Mahabaleshwar and back into Mumbai.

That evening, we get together for a final farewell dinner and celebration, before returning home - or taking part in one of our optional post-event stopovers or side trips.

Please visit the ‘Itinerary’ section for more details on the event. If you would like to enter, please download and send in a completed Entry Application Form together with an appropriate payment. Please also feel free to contact us for a chat, we are more than happy to answer any questions that you may have.

The above information is provisional and subject to amendment