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Our lodges in India

Oberoi Amarvillas

Oberoi Amarvillas

Agra
Aman-i-Khás

Aman-i-Khás

Ranthambore
The Imperial

The Imperial

Delhi
Rawla Narlai

Rawla Narlai

Jodphur
Taj Lake Palace

Taj Lake Palace

Udaiphur
Umaid Bhawan Palace

Umaid Bhawan Palace

Jodphur

Why we recommend India

  • Marvel at the architectural history and immerse yourself in the rich spirituality
  • Experience the melting pot of colour and culture and enjoy tantalising cuisine
  • Witness India's infamous wildlife, enjoy up-close encounters with icons of nature
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About India

Spread through 29 states, India has the second largest population in the world. It stretches from the snowy summits of the Himalayas to the tropical backwaters of the south, encompassing an astounding range of landscapes, cultures and people.

The sheer magnitude of India is difficult to comprehend even after you have experienced it first hand. Nowhere compares with the richness and diversity. India is an utterly compelling destination and one which you can never attempt to tackle in a single visit.

India is best explored in stages and we would recommend starting with the Golden Triangle. Made up of Delhi, the colonial capital; Agra, home of the Taj Mahal; the Pink City of Jaipur, the Blue City of Jodhpur and culminating in the lakes of Udaipur - thought by many to be the most beautiful city in all of India, a true Venice of the East. Each of these locations is rich in its own distinct character, atmosphere and history.

An Indian experience is not complete without heading into the jungle to catch a glimpse of the Subcontinent's most iconic resident, the Royal Bengal Tiger. Rajasthan's hills are rich with leopard and the variety of birdlife throughout the country is astonishing.

In the Summer months escape the heat and head up to the Himalaya. Explore the winding waterways of Kerala and the beaches of Goa. Mumbai is a must - can there be a more historic view than that of the Gateway of India from the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel?

Often described as life affirming, India is an extraordinary country that most certainly gets under the skin. Whether it's your first visit or your fiftieth, you will always find new corners to explore. Speak to our team of specialists to start planning a tailormade itinerary.

Snapshot of India

Capital city: New Delhi
Flight time: 9 Hours
Language: Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Urdu, Gujarati, Punjabi, Assamese,
Population: 1.4 Billion
Religions: Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Sikhism, Jainism, Zoroastrianism and Judaism.
Sun hours / day: 8
Max. temperature: 51
Min. temperature: -20

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Where to go

Agra

Agra is a city that lies in northern India's Uttar Pradesh state and is home to the iconic Taj Mahal. However this spectacular ivory white marble mausoleum does not stand alone. The legacy of the Mughal empire has left an array of fascinating tombs and monuments including Akbar's impressive Red Fort and the magnificent tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah.

Delhi

Guests will often begin and end their journey in the bustling capital of Delhi. Although there may be no need to spend more than a night here, the city is still worth exploring to uncover Delhi’s intriguing past. The large Red Fort and the Jama Masjid Mosque, one of the largest in India, remain central to the old city’s structure and are a wonderful introduction to the architectural splendor of northern India. Between these two buildings run the narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk, where spice traders continue to sell their goods in a scene unchanged for centuries.

The designation of New Delhi as the British capital in 1911 sparked the construction of wide tree-lined streets and colonial architecture designed by Lutyens. From experience, Delhi can be explored in one or two days.

Jaipur

Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, is known as the Pink City because of its brightly-painted stone buildings. It was founded in 1727 and is today a lively and bustling place full of old and new culture.

The narrow streets are crammed with overflowing buses, dawdling camels and buzzing motorbikes. Hidden beneath this relative chaos, Jaipur’s majestic past can be found evoking a different pace and another world. At the city’s heart, you can explore the lavish architectural projects sponsored by the Royal family, including the Jantar Mantar Observatory, which received UNESCO World Heritage status in 2010.

Other attractions include the Royal Observatory and the Hawa Mahal. And just out of sight, in the desert hill country surrounding the city, is the Amber Fort, Jaipur’s main attraction.
Anber Fort Was Built By Raja Man Singh I. Amber Fort is known for its artistic style, blending both Hindu and Rajput elements. With its large ramparts, series of gates and cobbled paths, the fort overlooks the Maota Lake, at its forefront.

Jodphur

Jodhpur was once the most important town of Marwar, the largest princely state in Rajputana, and now has a population of around one million people. It is found on the eastern edge of the Thar Desert and cowers below the mighty Mehrangarh Fort, the most spectacular citadel in Rajasthan. Where Jaipur is known as the Pink city, Jodhpur is known as the Blue city after the colour of its old town houses.

The bazaars of the old city, with different areas assigned to different trades, radiate out from the 1910 Sardar Market with its tall clock tower marking the centre of town. Get lost in the blue maze of the old city where you’ll stumble across Muslim tie-dyers, puppet-makers and traditional spice markets. Jodhpur’s famed cubic roofscape, best viewed at sunset, is a photographer’s dream.

Mumbai

Mumbai lies on India's west coast and is the country's largest and most populous city. It is extremely diverse, home to the Bollywood industry, along with some of Asia's largest slums and the largest tropical forest in an urban zone. The city is home to India's financial sector, yet is home to some of the grandest colonial-era architecture in the world. It is a city with an enormous energy, and is certainly a grand introduction to India.

Rajasthan

Rajasthan’s extravagant palaces, forts and finely carved temples create one of India’s most romantic destinations. Combine the major highlights of a visit to the Taj Mahal with a trip to the timeless local villages and old artisan quarter. Of all India’s states, Rajasthan is perhaps the most diverse, from magnificent architecture to the atmospheric landscape of the Great Indian Desert. A trip to Rajasthan is a unique experience, which leaves you wanting to come back again and again. The most popular destinations like Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur are well interconnected with Rajasthan meaning that every third foreign tourist visiting India also travels to Rajasthan.

Ranthambore

Ranthambore is a five hour drive from Agra and is the National Park which is perfectly placed to include in your itinerary, especially if tiger sightings are high on your bucket list.

Ranthambore is exceptionally beautiful, with a historic fortress standing within the park. Tiger numbers have increased slowly since 1973 when it became a National Park, and some tigers are now being moved to other parks such as Sariska, in the hope these parks will once again breed a new tiger population.

Just outside the park, Ranthambore is also home to some of India’s most luxurious safari lodges.

Udaipur

Udaipur is one of India’s most magical cities, a bastion of Rajasthani tradition, with its creamy-white Palaces beside a glistening lake, rambling old havelis (traditional mansions) and romantic luxury hotels.

Elsewhere in southern Rajasthan you’ll clamber around mighty forts full of heroic and tragic legends, visit exquisitely carved Hindu and Jain temples, wander through medieval streets and markets in tangled old town centres, and, if your budget allows it, indulge in the luxuries of quaint palace hotels.

You can shop endlessly for a vast range of colourful artisanry, and get right off the beaten track exploring a host of wildlife sanctuaries from the wild, from the forested hills of Kumbhalgarh to the grasslands of Sorsan. And if the heat gets too much, skip away to the cooler heights of Mount Abu, Rajasthan’s only hill station.

Practical info

Vaccinations

Vaccines advised to all visitors:

Hepatitis A - 1 dose
Tetanus, Diptheria and Polio - 1 dose
Typhoid - 1 dose

Vaccines advise to some visitors:

Cholera oral - 2 doses
Hepatitis B - 3 doses
Japenese Encephalitis - 2 doses
Rabies Vaccine - 3 doses

There is a risk of Malaria in India. London Travel Clinic offers a range of antimalarials to keep you protected.

NOTE: British travellers should also ensure they have adequate protection from Measles, mumps and rubella and tuberculosis, which are normally given as part of the childhood vaccination schedule.

Insurance

Comprehensive travel insurance is essential, including medical cover. We also highly recommend trip cancellation cover. You are 100% financially protected through our membership of the Travel Trust Association.

It’s crucial to get a police report in India if you’ve had anything stolen; insurance companies may refuse to reimburse you without one.

Passports and Visas

Passports:

Your passport must be machine readable, with 2 blank pages for your visa and valid for a minimum of 180 days at the time of your visa application.

The guidelines regarding passport validity on arrival in India are unclear. To avoid possible problems at immigration, make sure your passport is valid for a minimum of 180 days at the time of entry into India.

Visas:

You’ll need to get a visa before travelling to India. You can find further information about how to apply on the Indian High Commission website.
Holders of passports endorsed ‘British citizen’ who meet the eligibility criteria can apply for an e-Tourist Visa (e-TV) to enter India at certain designated airports. You can find more information about the eligibility criteria on the government of India’s e-Tourist Visa website.
To transit through India you will need a transit visa.



Currency

The Indian currency is the Rupee and as it can’t be imported or exported, you won’t be able to pre-purchase it in the UK. Instead you’ll need to get them when you arrive. Currency can only be changed at banks or authorised money changers in India, including hotels. GB sterling travellers’ cheques can be exchanged and we suggest obtaining low denominations for small purchases and tips. Don’t accept any torn bank notes if you are given them as change, as most Indians won’t accept them as payment.

ATMs are plentiful in India and they accept most international bank cards, however you’re unlikely to come across many cash points in more rural areas so it’s worth taking some extra cash with you.

A 10% tip is the norm in restaurants and hotels when no service charge is added to the bill.

Weather

India JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
min. temperature ( ℃ ) 8 11 20 25 25 27 26 22 21 18 13 9
Max. temperature ( ℃ ) 24 26 33 38 42 45 36 32 35 35 30 26
Rainfall ( mm ) 9 6 6 3 16 60 165 180 70 11 5 0

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