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India

A kaleidoscope of colour

India tailor-made & luxury holidays

Introduction

Welcome to India, a land of over a billion people and home to ancient temples, imposing forts, fairy-tale palaces, wildlife-filled jungles, golden beaches, verdant tea plantations and the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas.

A holiday here opens both the eyes and the mind, feeds the imagination and the spirit, enriches the soul, astounds, excites and confounds in equal measure. The sheer volume of people, rather than being oppressive, is often exhilarating, a feeling that’s further fuelled by the beaming smiles and unbridled optimism of almost everyone you meet along the way. Call our India specialists to start planning your holiday.

India's extraordinary architecture 

India’s civilisations, from the Mughal Empire to the British Raj, have spawned a rich and remarkable history dating back to at least 2,500 BC. Throughout the country you’ll find a wealth of mesmerising monuments, such as the iconic Taj Mahal, the great temples of Tamil Nadu and Jaipur’s magnificent Amber Fort, to name just a few. Our India holidays take in the very best of these man-made icons, and plenty of lesser-known gems, too. And, you'll explore them all in the company of guides who can really bring their often colourful histories to life.

Amber Fort, Rajasthan

Vibrant celebrations in India

India is a country of vibrant celebration, and its festivals showcase the diverse cultural traditions and intoxicating religious fervour that make it one of the most spiritual nations on earth. Expect things to get loud and lively, especially if you happen to be around during Holi. Known as the 'festival of colours', devotees take to the streets in incalculable numbers to dance, eat, drink and cover each other in riotously coloured paints – it really is an incredible spectacle.

Holi Festival, India

India: A foodie's paradise

Food and drink play a vital role in Indian life. And, from aromatic curries to the steaming glasses of chai served on almost every street corner, each region has its own flavours and cooking styles. Perhaps the best way to experience the culinary diversity of each region is to tuck into a thali – a collection of small-plates designed to showcase the very best of a region's cuisine, whether that's the fresh fish and tropical flavours of Kerala or the richly spiced curries of Rajasthan. And, don't miss out on the street food which, from kati rolls to chaats and puris, are a staple of traditional Indian cuisine and a true insight into the sheer breadth of spices that make India one of the world's tastiest nations. 

traditional Indian dosa

India's incredible wildlife 

India’s wildlife is also extraordinary, with elephants, leopards, rhinos and over 1,250 species of birds found throughout the country. You can see many of these species in India’s national parks such as Ranthambore, where crumbling forts and mist-shrouded hills provide the ideal habitat for a whole host of species, including the royal Bengal tiger. And, to the southeast, the national parks of Madhya PradeshBandhavgarh, Pench, Panna and Kanha – offer similarly diverse nature, as well as arguably the best tiger spotting opportunities in the country. No matter where your travels take you, you can expect the very best in service and facilities, at luxury lodges that pair standout locations with gourmet dining and activities that truly bring these region's and their wildlife into the sharpest focus.

tigers at Bandhavgarh National Park

 

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At a glance

Flying time from UK
9½ hours

Time zone
GMT +5½

Currency
Rupee (Rs) = 100 paise

Language
English & Hindi, among 14 other official languages

Travel advice
Check the FCDO for visa & Covid-19 travel advice

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Top itineraries in India

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The Essence of Rajasthan

12-day tailor-made holiday 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.

Amber fort, Jaipur, Rajasthan

India’s Golden Triangle

8-day tailor-made holiday from £1,610 pp incl. flights

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.

Houseboat backwaters cruise

Keralan Spice Coast

13-day tailor-made holiday from £2,260 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.

Maharajas' Express

Delhi, Mumbai & The Maharajas' Express – Indian Splendour

10-day luxury rail and city-stay holiday from £6,350 pp incl. flights

Travel across India in style aboard the Maharajas' Express, a train experience as opulent and luxurious as the palaces that inspired it. Visit Agra's Taj Mahal, take a tiger safari in Ranthambore and explore the glittering palaces of royal Rajasthan before sweeping south to Mumbai.

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What our clients say about our India holidays

  • The Tour leaders Natasha and Benedict were fantastic, their company, knowledge and good humour made the trip. I would happily go on any trip led by them. The bus was kept very clean and tidy and we were regularly supplied with bottled water throughout the trip. I was happy with the standard of hotels.

    Katy K

  • All the arrangements went according to plan and on time. A most enjoyable and relaxing insight into Kerala

    David D

  • Very pleased with the service

    Robin John R

Top places to stay in India

The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra

The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra

Grand & elegant hotel

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

Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur

Historic hotel

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.

Lobby, The Imperial, New Delhi

The Imperial Hotel, Delhi

Historic hotel

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.

Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Andamans

Taj Exotica Resort & Spa Andamans

Contemporary hotel

The Taj Exotica Resort & Spa Andamans lies in the otherworldly Havelock Islands, an archipelago of looming rocks that lie among turquoise waters. Thatched-roofed huts pepper a sugar-white beach and three exquisite restaurants offer al fresco dining created using local produce.

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Where to go in India

The Golden Triangle is India's beloved travellers' route and a perfect introduction to the country, incorporating Delhi, the Taj Mahal in Agra, and the splendid Jaipur. Further south, India abounds with colonial architecture, lush jungles, ruined forts, centuries-old churches and lavish basilica.

Udaipur, Rajasthan

Rajasthan

Rajasthan was once a land of royalty and today revels in its regal past. Scores of forts and palaces loom from the arid desert sands, along with cities as colourful as their brightly swathed locals, who fill the streets in dazzling fabric outfits.

Munnar in Kerala, India

Kerala

Translating as 'Land of the Coconuts' Kerala is awash with verdant backwaters and is known as God's Own Country. Experience the relaxed rivers, postcard-perfect beaches, sensational food and laid-back lifestyle of this sleepy region.

Kanchenjunga, India

Himalayas & Foothills

Framed by the ice-caped peaks of the Himalaya, India's mountainous north is a region of verdant, tea-studded valleys, remote hill stations and monasteries hidden amid the rock, ice and snow.

Taj Mahal, Agra

Agra & the Taj Mahal

Agra, in Uttar Pradesh, is home to the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and also a wealth of imperial palaces, tombs, forts and gardens dotting its riverine landscape.

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What to do in India

On your holidays you can see snow-capped mountains in the Himalayas, beaches and backwaters in Kerala, tranquil temples and dusty villages. Go in search of exotic wildlife, including the regal Bengal tiger, and combine it with a tour of India's magnificent fort landscape that makes Rajasthan stand out as perhaps the most spectacular state of them all.

Tigers in Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan

Nature Holidays

Mountains, jungles, rivers, even deserts—the rich natural landscapes of India are sure to tempt you outdoors, and these holidays will make the most of every opportunity.

Taj Mahal, Agra

History and culture

Monarchs, generals, religious leaders, artists... they’ve all left their mark on India over the millennia. Get to know the country’s rich and varied legacy with trips that bring it all to life.

Club, Maharajas' Express

Great railway journeys

India is known for its vast railway network, and it remains one of the best ways to explore the country. And with opulent, luxurious rail services available through Wexas, you can travel in classic style.

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When to go to India

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Broadly speaking, India is defined by three seasons, the hot, the wet and the cool. The coolest and most pleasant time to visit is after the monsoon is over, from October to March. That said, Rajasthan, which stays largely dry in the monsoon (loosely May to September) is worth considering in the off-season as hotels are better value and attractions are quieter. And bear in mind the monsoon moves across the country, breaking in Kerala in May and then moving northeast across the country, so it should be possible to plan your trip to avoid it - or like author Alexander Frater, who wrote the wonderful Chasing The Monsoon, to follow it. There are …

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