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Taj Mahal in Agra

India

A kaleidoscope of colour

Tailor-Made India Holidays

Introduction

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.

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

Visa
Please check the FCO for latest advice

Where to go in India

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.

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.

Himalayas & Foothills

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.

Agra and 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.

What to do in India

Safaris

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.

River Cruises

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.

Natural World 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.

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.

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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 …

Top itineraries in India

India’s Golden Triangle

8-day tailor-made journey from £1,395 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.

Keralan Spice Coast

13-day tailor-made journey from £1,945 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.

Hill Stations & Tea Plantations

12-day tailor-made journey from £2,895 pp incl. flights

This luxury holiday takes you to the beautiful hill stations in the Eastern Himalayas, and to Darjeeling where you'll learn about tea production

Rajasthan’s Artistry with Maxine Relton

12-day exclusive escorted tour from £2,085 pp

Starting in Udaipur on 18th November and finishing in Mumbai on 29th November 2016, esteemed artist Maxine Relton will guide you through water palaces, Mughal forts, rural village huts, bustling markets, intricately carved shrines, humanitarian NGOs and ancient island temples

Top places to stay in India

Taj Gateway Hotel, Varanasi

Accommodation

Situated in the ancient city Varansani, the Taj Gateway hotel is regarded as one of the top five-star hotels in the city, complete with two restaurants, comfortable rooms and a gym and spa

Palace on Wheels

Luxury train

Proud staff and decadent interiors make the Palace on Wheels – India’s answer to the Orient Express – the ideal way of seeing the forts and desert landscapes of historic Rajasthan.

Royal Rajasthan on Wheels

Luxury train

A journey aboard the Royal Rajasthan on Wheels evokes the unapologetic luxury and elegance of regal India.

The Deccan Odyssey

Luxury train

Relax in the opulence of your private cabin or with a fine vintage in the on-board bar as you wind through stunning landscapes.

Special offers in India

Enchanting India with Oberoi Hotels

8-day tailor-made journey from £1,845 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Save up to £880 per couple on selected departure dates
Book by: 31 March 2017

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.

India & the Middle East

19-day cruise from £2,499 pp incl. flights

Exclusive
offer

Exclusive tailor-made fly, stay and cruise holiday

Enjoy 3 nights in Abu Dhabi including theme park tickets on this stay and cruise to the Middle East and India. Includes tours and excursions in Abu Dhabi, Oman, India & Dubai. Spend New Years Eve in Dubai and enjoy the spectacular fireworks display.

Delhi, Udaipur and Goa with The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts

9-day tailor-made journey from £2,295 pp

Special
offer

Lunch for 2 at The Leela Goa - The Restaurant
Book by: 05 October 2016

Combine India’s city energy and history with lake palace and Goan beach serenity, while staying in some of India's most evocative hotels.

India articles

  • The flavours of southern India

    From Kerala to Tamil Nadu, the food of India's south has its own style and flavour; here's what to expect on a southern Indian holiday.

  • A guide to India’s Golden Triangle

    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.

  • Brahmaputra River Cruise

    Wexas India specialist Krisha Ghosh reports on her recent journey aboard the M.V Mahabaahu, travelling along the Brahmaputra River from Nimati to Guwahati.

  • Royal Spotlight: Bhutan & India

    The first time a British royal visited the subcontinent, the towering basalt of the Gateway of India was erected in his honour. Now, Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge have just visited India and Bhutan. Follow in their footsteps with our ideas of a perfect luxury holiday in these countrie…

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

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