India

Intense. Vibrant. Exotic. These are just a few of the words that could be used to describe India. This melting pot of a nation which stimulates your senses and inspires your soul can be discovered in a myriad of ways. Everywhere you go, feel the distinct energy and rhythm of life pulsing through India. Steeped in culture and tradition while emerging as an economic powerhouse, India continues to dazzle visitors with all it has to offer.

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What to Expect

Thriving metropolises like New Delhi, Kolkata, and Mumbai will leave you dizzy with their buzz and bustle paired with a rich cultural heritage. Stay in palaces and opulent resorts that cater to your every need with gracious service.

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Delve into the unmatched beauty of India’s great outdoors where tigers reign supreme and the forest is a haven for flora and fauna. Intrepidly explore the far-flung corners of this nation where it be the peaks of the Himalaya or the sandy beaches of a secluded private island. Our expert team will help you make sense of this incredible nation by taking you beyond the ordinary.

Don't Miss Out

The Essence of India — Some might say that visiting the iconic Taj Mahal can be skipped because ‘it is just another building’. We disagree. It is stunningly beautiful with its clean lines, scalloped domes, and sparkling white surface.

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It is a monument to love, an architectural gem, and breathtaking example of history all wrapped into one. Waking early to witness dawn bathing the Taj Mahal in soft pastel hues and golden tones might just bring tears to your eyes and stir your soul. Here’s a tissue…

Transformative Travels — There are many things in India that may take you out of your comfort zone, which we believe is a good thing. For some it might be exploring on foot a chaotic bustling city slum and finding mutual humanity despite impoverished conditions. For others it may be pushing your physical limits on a hike or trek and being humbled by the magnitude of nature in the far reaches of the Himalayan range.  Still, others might find growth and enrichment meeting tribal people who own their identity and cling to their indigenous way of life. No matter what your boundaries of your comfort zone, we hope they will be broader by the time you complete your travels in India. We often hear this from our travelers; a trip to India is a life changing experience, and you are not the same person you were when you arrived.

Festivals of India – The vibrancy of this nation shines a bit brighter during one of the many festivals held annually. Be covered in a rain of colors during Holi, experience the traditions of the Pushkar Camel Festival, be immersed in tribal customs at the Hornbill Festival in Nagaland, or celebrate good over evil, the end of the harvest and the dawn of a new year at the festival of lights at Deepavali. High energy and an assault on your senses, festivals are an essential part of life in India and we give you a window into the soul of them. Please note that festival dates vary each year.

Hidden gem— Who needs mountains? Although India is famous for stunning mountain ranges with amazing trekking and hiking. We suggest beach treks along the balmy coastline of Karnataka. Soft sand underfoot and palm trees swaying along the ocean front—this is a rare adventure! Climb rocky crags, visit historic forts and ancient temples, and find serenity and solace in the rhythm of the waves.

Need to know

Flights can be easily arranged to fly into any of the major Indian cities such as Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, Calcutta, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Cochin, and Pondicherry.

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  • The airline choices are plenty. There are non-stop options from US gateways and a choice of airlines with comfortable lay overs in a European hub or via the Middle East.
  • We recommend 12-21 days in India. It is a perfect complement to the other mountain realms of Nepal or Bhutan or with a relaxing island getaway to Sri Lanka, Maldives, or Mauritius.
  • India is recommended for inquisitive travelers seeking to know more about history, culture, wildlife, food, and life in general.
  • Visas are required for most visitors and should be secured in advance. Inoculations are recommended and we suggest you see a travel medicine specialist for advice.
  • India’s domestic flight network is far better than the road system, however traveling by road to some of the cities can be comfortable and very scenic.
  • English is the official language of India. Hindi is the national language. English is widely spoken throughout the country.
  • India rightfully boasts of outstanding hospitality and excellent licensed tour guides.
  • Cuisine in India is just as diverse as the nation itself—but equally delicious and full of flavor. You will find varied international and local dishes with fresh ingredients. Vegetarian choices are abundant and special diets can be accommodated easily.

When to go

One can’t generalize about anything when you travel to India. Certainly not the weather. India is large and has many diverse weather patterns.

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The most popular time to visit India is from October to March, during the winter when temperatures tend to be moderate and dry. The Himalayas stop the cold winds from reaching most of India, so much of the country experiences a tropical climate with warm winters and very hot humid summers.

Accommodation

India knows how to deliver service to visitors. Like the nation itself, the variety of accommodation is staggering, and we are pleased to guide you through choosing just the right places for your sojourn. Ranging from 7* ultra-luxury properties to charming houseboats and rainforest ecolodges, you will find consistent warm welcomes and attentive service.

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Boutique properties abound in many locations, often in converted historic homes. Palaces and forts have been refurbished to give a feel of the heritage of the culture and upscale hotels scattered throughout the country will blow your mind with their ambiance. Every property booked on a Rothschild Safari is vetted by staff and offer the highest standards in each category.

What our travelers say

Amy Lundberg

Wow, wow, wow!! We are back in LA now, recovering from jet lag and still in shock and awe regarding our experience. From the moment we landed in South Africa to the moment we touched down in LA, our experience was seamless and amazing. 

Betsy Robertson

We were thrilled with the trip. It was as good as or better than described at every turn. The prep, attention to detail, willingness to make changes and ensure we were ready and prepared was outstanding. Our Travel Designer was awesome! 

Dawn Jacobs

Choosing a safari expert is never easy given the choice and lists upon lists of "top suppliers"....but we made the BEST choice for us....why....because above all, Rothschild listened ....really listened to what we wanted to experience.

George Kowalski

It was a well organized trip. It was easy to get around since we were guided through all of our itinerary. Everyone was pleasant and very helpful. This is an excellent way to travel. Rothschild Safari did very well and brought a fantastic African experience to us.

Jackie Smith

My trip was beyond AMAZING! I truly enjoyed every moment. The itinerary allowed me to experience a variety of different activities all of which I enjoyed! When I originally thought of going to Africa I was just thinking of safaris. This trip opened my eyes (and my family/friend's) to so much more Africa has to offer.

Jamie Scarlett

Trip was PERFECT!! Every single detail was planned out and the accommodations and people were wonderful. This trip exceeded all of our wildest expectations. Every place we stayed was just lovely and each each camp had a different vibe, which was really neat. Everyone we worked with was outstanding. 

Joe Moravec

On behalf of the Moravec’s and the Stone’s……thank you for arranging a trip of a lifetime. Every detail was accounted for and all the recommendations were perfect. It honestly could not have gone any better.

Kim Mather

Meggan Woody and Kim Killick were extraordinary at crafting THE PERFECT safari for our family of 8. They both listened (actually 'read' my email) to EXACTLY what we wanted, within the budget that we needed, and miraculously pulled off miracles in obtaining the properties that we wanted! 

Lisa Anderson

Every aspect of my trip went according to plan and the plan Rothschild's help me to orchestrate was magnificent! I loved every lodge that I was blessed to be in! They were all very different yet all high end and very accommodating.

Mary & Rob Johannigman (and family)

It was the most exciting, scenic, inspiring trip we've ever taken. To say it was a trip of a lifetime doesn't begin to capture our experience. Pam Langhoff and the Rothschild team did an outstanding job of helping us plan this trip.