12 April 2016 by Ronan Gay
The first time a British royal visited the subcontinent, the towering basalt of the Gateway of India was erected in his honour. Today, Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge will find Kerala’s palm-fringed backwaters just as sleepy and Rajasthan’s forts and palaces just as regal as when King George first stepped foot in this unique country.
India’s verdant interior of national park jungles still play host to the leopards and tigers that inspired Rudyard Kipling while the 16th century temples and colonial hill stations of the Himalayan foothills are equally enticing. As the royals continue their journey out of India, head northeast and enjoy a river cruise along the Brahmaputra past tribal villages and tea plantations, or follow in their footsteps and head for Bhutan’s mysterious Buddhist hill temples and golden stupas.
Take a look at our luxury India and Bhutan holidays below for inspiration. We can tailor any aspect of these, and they are just a sample of what we can offer. For more, just call one of our tailor-made specialists on 020 7590 0605.
A land of gilded temples, mysterious monasteries, mist-shrouded valleys and soaring peaks, Bhutan has been beguiling holidaymakers since it opened its doors to the world in 1974. And, on this tailor-made adventure, you'll take in its highlights with private touring and transfers throughout.
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.
Perched high above Jodhpur, Umaid Bhawan Palace is the last of the great palaces of India. Designed in an opulent colonial style and completed in 1943, it blends influences from both east and west into what is still one of the largest private residences anywhere in the world.
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 incredible luxury tour brings you the highlights of the Indian Himalayas. You will marvel at the breathtaking vistas of Shimla, the hustle and bustle of Delhi, and the Tibetan outpost of Dharamsala.
Head off the beaten track with a luxury, small-ship cruise through India’s northeast, taking in unique wildlife, stilted villages and ancient island cities with a range of included excursions, from elephant-backed safaris to cooking courses.