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Taj Mahal, India

India

A kaleidoscope of colour

India tailor-made 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. 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

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

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

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 FCO for latest visa & travel advice

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Special offers in India

Maharajas' Express

Delhi, Mumbai & The Maharajas' Express – Indian Splendour

10-day luxury rail and city-stay holiday from £4,760 pp incl. flights

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offer

Valid for train departures on 06Oct19 & 01Dec19 – Save up to £1100 pp
Book by: 30 September 2019

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.

Rambagh Palace, Jaipur, Rajasthan

Royal Rajasthan with Taj Hotels

12-day tailor-made journey from £3,305 pp incl. flights

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offer

– Save up to £820 pp
Book by: 20 December 2019

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.

Camel, with Dubai in the background

Arabia, India & Solar Eclipse

12-day cruise from £2,400 pp incl. flights

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cruise offer

Special Offer Fly-Cruise Fares
Book by: 31 July 2019

Give yourself and loved ones an unforgettable holiday gift: a total annular solar eclipse from sea. The timing and location couldn’t be better for this dramatic event that will take place on December 26 at 9 AM. And that’s just one of many reasons to say “yes” to this exotic holiday getaway.

Krabi, Thailand

Dubai To Singapore on Seven Seas Voyager

21-day cruise from £8,345 pp incl. flights

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cruise offer

Exclusive FREE Business Class flights offer
Book by: 31 August 2019

Take advantage of FREE Business Class flights - exclusive to us - on this all-inclusive voyage where every luxury is included

Top itineraries in India

Taj Mahal, Agra

India’s Golden Triangle

8-day tailor-made journey from £1,580 pp incl. flights

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– Save up to £105 pp
Book by: 15 September 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.

Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur

The Essence of Rajasthan

12-day tailor-made journey from £2,350 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.

Houseboat backwaters cruise

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.

Deccan Odyssey

The Deccan Odyssey – Maharashtra Splendour

12-day tailor-made rail & city-stay holiday from £5,130 pp incl. flights

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

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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.

Exclusive Natasha Kumar Tour

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.

Private Dining on Beach, Taj Exotica, Goa

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.

Tigers in Ranthambore National Park

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.

Alleppey Backwaters, Kerala

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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India articles

  • Holi: A closer look at India's Festival of Colours

    India's Festival of Colours, the annual Holi celebration, is an event celebrating good triumphing over evil as told in ancient mythology, as well as the welcoming of spring. We explore in closer detail what makes the festival so important in Indian culture and the best places to celebrate it.

  • Great train holidays

    Whether it's the old world charm, luxurious surroundings and service or the incredible sense of place that comes with train travel, the option remains one of the most sophisticated and sought after modes of travel around. 

  • Tiger spotting in India

    There can be few more exciting experiences than spotting a tiger in the wild. From Ranthambore National Park to the jungles of Madyha Pradesh, here we round up the best places in India to enjoy what is a truly unforgettable wildlife encounter.

  • Discover the Ultimate Indian Island

    A scattering of dreamy islands in the Bay of Bengal, the Andamans are India’s furthest flung region, all platinum sands glittering between turquoise waters and emerald forested interiors. Here we take a look at the islands' latest luxury hotel - the Taj Exotica Resort & Spa.

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