North York, Ontario, Canada, March 4, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Insight Vacations (www.insightvacations.com), the leader of premium and luxury escorted journeys, takes guests to India to celebrate Holi, India's Spring festival and the world's biggest colour party, and discover the cultural riches, spiritual harmony and intriguing history of this fascinating destination.

"The Holi Festival is the perfect way to usher in the spring season with Insight Vacations after our long Canadian winter," said Cris David, president, Insight Vacations Canada. "As the India Specialists, we are offering travellers the opportunity to discover the grand spectacle of India with the Festival of Colour, which represents love and belonging, and is reflective of the warm and inviting culture our guests will experience on their visit."

Insight's trips to India are part of the Gold Luxury experience, with all-inclusive Signature Dining and Signature Experiences that not only offer sightseeing highlights like the Taj Mahal or the pink city of Jaipur, but also show travellers the country through the eyes of the locals. Guests will witness a candle-lit Aarti ceremony on the banks of the Ganges in Varanasi and meet an expert naturalist who will show them the wildlife of tropical Kerala.

Essence of India

From the moment your clients arrive in India, they are warmly welcomed with the continent's rich culture and timeless traditions. After receiving a warm Indian welcome with their floral garlands, clients kick off their eight-day all-inclusive Gold Essence of India experience with a Welcome Reception - a delicious meal with local delicacies and fine wine. The cultural experience becomes the central theme throughout the trip, with Signature Experiences unique to the destination such as a lively rickshaw ride through the bustling streets of Old Delhi, time to explore India's largest mosque, a visit to the lustrous Taj Mahal in Agra, and some free time to wander the famous bazaars in Jaipur.

Colours of Rajasthan

For countless generations, travellers have been drawn to the mystical traditions and timeless beauty of India. Travellers can immerse themselves in the vast continent's intoxicating sights and sounds with Insight's 12-day Colours of Rajasthan escorted journey. Insight's Signature Experiences include a visit to the famed Taj Mahal and an evening cruise on Lake Pichola in Udaipur, which is considered the Venice of the East. Insight guests will live out their romantic dreams by staying at an Insight Signature Hotel, the five-star Taj Lake Palace hotel.

Mystical South India

Insight's guests will journey to the colourful sights, coastal villages and ornate spiritual temples of Southern India on the 12-day Mystical South India escorted holiday. On a morning excursion to the small island of Kumbalangi, guests will partake in a Signature Experience to see how the locals spin golden palm fibres into coir and tap the palms for sap to make a potent drink called 'toddy'. In Thekkady, they will be treated to a stay at an eco-friendly resort and join an expert naturalist for a cruise through the waterways of Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Towards the end of the trip, they can relax at an Insight signature hotel, the opulent Leela Palace in Chennai with its spectacular seafront views and world-class amenities.

Insight's guests will travel in comfort and safety, escorted throughout by the region's finest Tour Directors. They will stay in outstanding hotels at every stop, such as the fantastically modern five-star Le Meridien in New Delhi, or the world-renowned Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur.

For more information, please visit www.insightvacations.com or contact your local travel agent.

About TreadRight

Created as a joint initiative between The Travel Corporation's family of brands, the TreadRight Foundation is a not-for-profit working to ensure the environment and communities we visit remain vibrant for generations to come.

To date, TreadRight has donated more than USD 2.5 million to sustainable tourism projects worldwide. The Foundation's guiding principle is to encourage sustainable tourism development through conservation, leadership and support for communities. Foundation priorities are set by the Steering Committee, which includes sustainability leaders like Céline Cousteau and Costas Christ.

TreadRight's past project partners include WWF, Conservation International and The National Trust in the UK. Current initiatives include sponsoring the National Geographic Society's inaugural "World Legacy Awards," WildAid and inspiring wildlife advocates like Terri Irwin.

To learn more about our past and current work at TreadRight, please visit us at treadright.org.

About Insight Vacations

For more than 35 years, Insight Vacations (www.insightvacations.com) has been designing the world's finest escorted travel itineraries. Insight offers 113 journeys to more countries across Europe than any other operator and provides the same legendary service across North America, India, Bhutan, Nepal, Morocco, Egypt and Israel.

Insight guests enjoy The Art of Touring in Style with business-class legroom aboard customized luxury coaches, intimate groups of just 40 travellers and the services of an experienced Tour Director who acts as 'travelling concierge.' Each expertly planned itinerary includes a range of Signature Events for a unique and authentic look into the history and culture of each destination. Throughout their trip, guests will stay in handpicked hotels that are centrally or scenically located and have the perfect balance of guided and independent exploration.

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