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India History and culture

History and culture holidays in India

Introduction

For millennia, the different regions of India have built powerful individual identities, languages, cuisines and cultures. A political heavyweight today, the India of yesterday was no less influential, filled as it was with intellectual luminaries, religious leaders, cultural thinkers and royalty with far-reaching impact across national boundaries.

Get to know the different sides of India on a tour that focuses on the history and culture of this iconic destination. We offer escorted tours with artists and cultural figures that lead travellers through sketching courses or culinary tours, inspiring our travellers with all the creative energy that India can offer.

Learn about India’s religions

Travel of a tour that brings the religions of India to life. Religious landmarks dot the landscape from north to south in India, with temples, stupas and ashrams forming a strong backbone to Indian people’s history and sense of identity. Hindu temples lend colour and a sense of strong community to the towns and villages of the nation, while Buddhist stupas encourage contemplation and retreat as visitors walk clockwise around the central structure, quietly walking the path of many before them. The Hindu holy cities, of which the best-known is Varanasi, are places of pilgrimage where the rituals of prayer, death and rebirth are played out daily, and the banks of the sacred Ganges are a spiritual home to many that live along its 2,500-kilometre length.

Explore historic monuments

For many travellers, the opulent palaces and intimidating forts of India provide a rich historical perspective. Mughal architecture, blending Indian, Islamic and Persian sensibilities abounds, most notably the iconic Taj Mahal, unofficial emblem of India and a longstanding tribute to the power of enduring love, built as it was by the widower Shah Jahan.

Architecture in India goes far beyond royal commissions, though—from the ruins of Hampi to the rock caves decorated with Buddhist art at Ajanta, the Jaisalmer Fort and Khajuraho temples with its famous sculptures, there is plenty to keep even the most avid architectural and historical buff busy.

Let Wexas tailor your holiday

When you plan your travels with Wexas, we provide top-end guides as well as luxury accommodations, transfers, and the ability to tailor your itinerary exactly to your interests, so that your Indian holiday includes the history and culture that fascinates you.

Our top itineraries for India History and culture

India’s Golden Triangle

8-day tailor-made journey from £1,425 pp incl. flights

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Free value-add experiences in Delhi, Agra and Jaipur – Save up to £105 pp
Book by: 28 February 2019

The Golden Triangle, made up of the cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, is classic India at its very best. This tantalising triumvirate serves up everything you'd expect from a country with such a rich and varied history and a reputation for chaos and conformity in equal measure.

The Essence of Rajasthan

12-day tailor-made journey from £2,435 pp incl. flights

This luxury India holiday will illustrate the beautiful essence of Rajasthan, from its warm and welcoming people, to its bustling cities, antiquated villages, and regal heritage.

Keralan Spice Coast

13-day tailor-made journey from £2,060 pp incl. flights

India's southern coast, bordered by the sparking waters of the Arabian Sea and the evergreen mountains of the Western Ghats, is blessed by a perfect climate, verdant foliage and a slower pace of life.

The Deccan Odyssey – Maharashtra Splendour

12-day tailor-made rail & city-stay holiday from £3,895 pp incl. flights

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Stay 7 Pay 5 aboard Deccan Odyssey; select Mar/Apr dates – Save up to £1445 pp
Book by: 05 February 2019

This eight-day, seven-night trip on-board the Deccan Odyssey takes you to the iconic sites of Maharashtra state.

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Top offers for India History and culture

The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra

Grand & elegant hotel

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One free sundowner cocktail per person
Book by: 28 February 2019

At the leading luxury hotel in Agra you can wake up and experience your own private moment with the world's greatest monument to love, the Taj Mahal, as each room, suite, lobby, bar and lounge offer breathtaking views of the monument.

Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur

Historic hotel

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10% spa discount & free vintage car ride if staying 3 nights
Book by: 28 February 2019

When greeted with a shower of rose petals on arrival, you can see why this is one of India's most famous and romantic hotels. This 19th century summer palace is brimming with old world elegance.

The Imperial Hotel, Delhi

Historic hotel

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Free room upgrade, early check-in & late check-out
Book by: 28 February 2019

An iconic property in Delhi, The Imperial Hotel is evocative of the 1930s colonial rule, and is just a stone's throw from the shopping and commercial district of Connaught Place.

Rambagh Palace, Jaipur

Historic hotel

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Free High-Tea, vintage car ride & spa discounts
Book by: 28 February 2019

The Rambagh Palace is located in the centre of busy Jaipur, Rajasthan. The hotel maintains the finest traditions of Rajput hospitality, offering guests a taste of royal living.

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Why book with Wexas Travel?

At Wexas, we specialise in bespoke travel experiences. Our itineraries are just samples of what we can arrange, and can be changed depending on your precise needs, finances and ideas by our experienced destination specialists.

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