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India

A kaleidoscope of colour

Tailor-made India 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.

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.

Vibrant celebrations

The country’s festivals showcase the diverse cultural traditions and intoxicating religious fervour that make it one of the most spiritual nations on earth; its food and drink – from aromatic curries to the steaming glasses of chai served on almost every street corner – are a perfect reflection of the country’s vibrancy, colour and diversity.

Rich 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 like Ranthambore, where crumbling forts and mist-shrouded hills provide the ideal habitat for the Royal Bengal tiger.

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 FCO for latest visa & travel advice

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Special offers in India

Royal Rajasthan with Taj Hotels

12-day tailor-made journey from £3,920 pp

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– Save up to £875 pp
Book by: 20 December 2018

Explore India's princely state on this luxury tailor-made holiday, staying at Taj hotels throughout. Witness Delhi's big-city bustle and the Taj Mahal's white-marble glow before delving into the glittering palaces and towering forts of Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur.

The Deccan Odyssey – Maharashtra Splendour

12-day tailor-made rail & city-stay holiday from £3,995 pp

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offer

Stay 7 Pay 5 – Save up to £1700 pp
Book by: 31 July 2018

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

India's Golden Triangle & the Sacred Ganges

15-day stay and cruise from £5,979 pp

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cruise offer

Free one-way Business Class upgrade – book by 31 July
Book by: 31 July 2018

An ideal journey for culturally curious travellers, spiritual seekers, photographers, and adventurous souls looking for a truly immersive and unforgettable experience.

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Top itineraries in India

India’s Golden Triangle

8-day tailor-made journey from £1,570 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.

The Essence of Rajasthan

12-day tailor-made journey from £2,425 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 £2,225 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.

Rajasthan with Heritage Hotels

15-day tailor-made journey from £2,980 pp incl. flights

Rajasthan is the epitome of romantic India. Towering forts, ornate temples, peaceful lakes and glittering palaces characterise the cities and towns of this incredible north-Indian state. Explore it all on this tailor-made tour, which includes stays at some of the region's most characterful hotels.

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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

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

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.

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

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.

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 Himalayas are 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 that includes the world's highest peak, Mount Everest.

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.

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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.

Escorted Tours

Get the most out of your trip with the expert guidance of an escorted tour guide. Garner insights from the people who know India best, and enhanced access to local sites—while we take care of all the details.

Beach holidays

With more than 7,500 kilometres of coast, India has a beach to suit every traveller, in nearly every region. Enjoy a lively resort with plenty of activities, or find your own secluded stretch of white sand.

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.

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.

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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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