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India is not somewhere easily summed up. It offers spectacular natural beauty, multiple traditions and cultures all brought together to make this lively place so friendly and happening.

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Why we love India

The latest insight from our time spent exploring India.

Landscapes & Scenery

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.

Culture

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.

Jungle

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.

India Highlights

Delhi

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.

Agra

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.

Jaipur

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

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.

Ranthambore

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

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.

Rajasthan

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.

Mumbai

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.

How to Explore India

These itineraries cover routes and places that are particularly popular with our guests and are designed to inspire. Every single trip we create is tailor-made and highly personalised to meet your specific requirements.

Stars and Stripes

Stars and Stripes

  • India's diverse landscapes offer's distinct wildlife experiences, bird watching, game drives and fine dining. Madhya's Pradesh's National Parks offer extremely remote tiger, elephant and birding experiences.
  • A 9-night stay, including a driver and private game drives throughout and domestic flights from £3,500 per person.
  • Bandhavgarh, Kanha and Pench National Park
Culture & Nature

Culture & Nature

  • Experience busy street life, tranquil havens and architectural splendours in Rajasthan. Spot tigers in Ranthambore and watch the sunrise over the marble mausoleum of the Taj Mahal.
  • A 10-night stay, including a driver throughout, staying in 5* accommodation from £4,800 per person.
  • Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore and Jaipur
Eastern India’s Hill Country   

Eastern India’s Hill Country  

  • A land packed with culture, tradition and outstanding natural beauty. Exceptional terrain and guiding for treks in Sikkim, tea plantations at Glenburn and colonial city life in Darjeeling.
  • 10 nights from £4,000 including flights and transfers.
  • Calcutta, Darjeeling and Sikkim
Family Explorer

Family Explorer

  • Head to Jaisalmer, at the heart of an untrammelled wilderness, where leopards roam wild and free. Explore Jodhpur, the Mehrangarh Fort and enjoy the winding streets and shop vendors. End in Udaipur, exploring the old town and palaces by day and lake side settings by night.
  • A 10-night stay, including a driver throughout and guiding, staying in 5* accommodation from £4,800 per person.
  • Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Jawai
India Unravelled

India Unravelled

  • Cruise the serene backwaters of Kerala on a private houseboat, explore the colonial fishing town of Cochin and witness the rich tea hills in Munnar.
  • A 10-night stay, private guiding/driver throughout, staying in 5* accommodation throughout from £4,600 per person.
  • Cochin, Alleppey, Munnar, Periyar National Park and Marari
A Himalayan Summer

A Himalayan Summer

  • Ladakh, a mountain experience in the Indian Himalayas. It’s both unbelievably remote and immensely picturesque.  Immerse yourselves in local life, witness morning prayers in local monasteries and raft down the electric blue waters of the Indus Valley.
  • From 6 nights at £4,000 per person inclusive of domestic flights, all guiding and a fully inclusive board basis.
  • Delhi and Ladakh

Where To Stay in India

Explore some of our highly recommended lodges within our India Collection.

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

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