Tailor-Made India Holidays
Travel to India carries a feeling of the exotic, no matter how many times you visit. With more than one billion people creating an intoxicating cultural cocktail of colourful saris, welcoming temples, richly-scented food served fresh and many languages, there is plenty to discover on our luxury India holidays.
The Golden Triangle is India's beloved travellers' route and a perfect introduction to the country from Delhi to Agra and the Taj Mahal, while India's south abounds with beautiful landscapes, colonial architecture, lush jungles, ruined forts, centuries-old churches and lavish basilica. For the spiritual seeker, Tamil Nadu is India's temple heartland, while Varanasi is one of the oldest cities in the world and certainly India's holiest, best seen by a dawn boat-ride on the River Ganges, as the city is bathed in soft glittering light.
River cruises in India bring the curious traveller up close to local culture, as landscapes shift and morph before your eyes. Slide through the waters of Kolkata and the Lower Ganges on our Spirit of India cruise tour, discover the beaches and backwaters of Kerala, or travel into rich history and wildlife on the Brahmaputra River in Assam.
The landscape is varied throughout India, and on your holidays you can see snow-capped mountains in the Himalayas and sun-kissed beaches in Goa, tranquil temples and dusty villages. Come face to face with the colourful birds, regal tigers, and lush plants that make up this country when you explore its national parks.
From grand vestiges of the Raj in New Delhi to the rich cultural heritage of the former maharajas in royal Rajasthan, India bustles, hustles and delights. There is a wealth of palaces and historic luxury hotels to explore,as well as the storied cities and tea plantations in the east.
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Where to go in India
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.
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.
The Himalaya is the world's greatest mountain range, a 1800-mile mass of white-tipped peaks and valleys that runs from Afghanistan to the border of south-west China.
What to do in India
Don’t miss the opportunity to discover India’s iconic wildlife, particularly the legendary Bengal tiger. Our wildlife safaris will show you a side of India that most humans never see.
Slip along peaceful waterways on a luxurious river boat, as you watch the landscape turn from verdant tea plantations to deep, lush jungles and small, welcoming villages. Fall in love with India as you immerse yourself in its rich network of waterways.
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.
When to go to India
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 …
Top itineraries in India
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.
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.
This luxury holiday takes you to the beautiful hill stations in the Eastern Himalayas, and to Darjeeling where you'll learn about tea production
Top places to stay in India
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.
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 Claridges combines elegant decor with graceful architecture, and is one of the best hotels in Delhi. It is based in the eminent Lutyens' Delhi, putting it in close proximity to the various shopping districts, cultural centres and historic landmarks.
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Chaotic, colourful and captivating, the Indian cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, collectively known as the Golden Triangle, are home to some of the country's most resplendent architecture, vibrant street life and fascinating cultural heritage.
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The fabled Golden Triangle is a compact trio that packs in three of India’s premiere destinations – Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. It’s the perfect introduction to the subcontinent’s culture and rich history, so we’ve put together this mapped guide to help you plan your luxurious holiday.
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What our clients say about our India holidays
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