India

Few countries hold as much diversity of experience, landscape & exploration as India. A journey of adventure, flavours & spirituality, the frenetic yet fascinating streets of New Delhi belie the tranquility & natural surrounds of Kerala & Rajasthan. Whether you are searching for a profoundly cultural experience, a journey through history or a more classic safari, India abounds in opportunities.

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activities & experiences

India is a cacophony of colour, aromas and the celebration of life. As captivating as it can sometimes be overwhelming, this is only one facet of a far greater dichotomy of experiences. Plunge into the melee of religious ceremonies, drift down idyllic waterways, indulge the senses on a culinary adventure, or escape to the forests and plains in search of elusive tigers. Whatever adventure you choose, you can do so in regal elegance, service and accommodations evoking the opulence of Raj-era India, providing impeccable comfort and luxury wherever you wander.

Adventure greets you the moment you land in India, and whichever international airport you arrive at, incredible experiences await just beyond the door. Bustling marketplaces, splendid architecture, luxurious palace-hotels and jubilant festivals soon give way to remote hilltop forts, golden forests and a far more sedate way of life as you venture across this expansive and ever-changing country.

  • Enjoy sundowners in the tranquil gardens of Mehtab Bag overlooking the inimitable Taj Mahal
  • Drift on the serene waterways of Kerala
  • Take a private cooking class, discovering regional fragrances & spices
  • Relax & unwind in regal elegance in one of the many palace-hotels
  • Evoke the Rajas of yesteryear on a luxury tented safari
  • Explore the stepwells & alleyways of Gujarat
  • Wander the captivating alleys of Jodhpur
  • Revel in the vibrant celebration of Holi – the festival of colour
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destinations

Whatever you desire, India has a location to fulfil your wishes. Tropical beaches, mystical mountains, deeply spiritual retreats and forests and plains akin to Africa’s grasslands are scattered across this vast country of 1.4 billion people. One-third the size of the US, its history and diversity parallels, and often exceed that of other countries, and an Indian vacation wanders across many chapters. There are many iconic and renowned destinations, and infinitely more to discover, but even the most frequented attractions are more than worthy of a visit.

Agra


Home of the magnificent Taj Mahal, Agra has more to offer than India’s most recognised landmark alone. Agra fort is the almost-500-year-old residence of Mughal Emperor Akbar and is remarkably well preserved. Agra serves as a wonderful introduction to India, and you can enjoy numerous tasters of the nation, from history and architecture to wildlife conservation centres and the literal culinary tasters of the region’s cuisine.

Kerala


India’s food is often stereotyped minimising the scope of flavours, styles and dishes we understand as ‘Indian cuisine’. Each region has its distinct dishes and Kerala is a wonderful destination to break these preconceptions. Combining the heavy curry flavours with lighter, fresher herbs and spices, Keralite cooking also incorporates fish and seafood. Enjoy dining on a houseboat as you drift along peaceful canals and find space, peace and a slower pace of life.

Ladakh


Far to the north of India, nestled in the Himalayan foothills, Ladakh is a stronghold for Indian Buddhism. The stunning Shanti Stupa was erected in 1991 is a monument to world peace, holding relics of the Buddha at its based and enshrined by HH Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama. But there is one spirit that dwells here of which many visitors hope for a glimpse: the ghost of the Himalayas, the snow leopard. This fascinating region is home to some of the world’s few remaining snow leopards, and though immensely elusive and rarely spotted, Ladakh offers the best opportunity to see these incredible cats in their natural habitat.

Varanasi


Few places in India, or indeed, the world, reflect such devout spirituality as Varanasi. Established on the banks of the sacred Ganges, the city has stood for over 2,000 years yet, as its labyrinthine streets and alleyways will attest, rumour has it that there is still no accurate map of the city. Swamis recline on the steps leading down to the river, fascinating marketplaces proffer all manner of foods, fabrics and souvenirs and barely a corner can be turned without happening upon a ceremony of devotion or mourning. As the sun rises or sets, viewing this captivating city from the calm waters of the Ganges will have you wondering whether you have stumbled onto a Hollywood film set or into the pages of fiction.

Rajasthan


If you are searching for safari, Rajasthan is the destination of choice. Here you will find the vast Ranthambore National Park, the 515 square-mile (1,335km²) home to the greater global population of Bengal tigers, as well as sloth bears, leopard, striped hyena, civets, and various deer and monkey species. Tiger trekking is just one of the north Indian state’s attraction (which also includes Agra and the Taj Mahal), and you will find beguiling towns, such as the Blue City of Jodhpur, the Pink City of Jaipur and many more incredible destinations. As with much of India, Rajasthan transports you back in time, and whichever destination or attraction you find yourself in the resplendent elegance of Raj and colonial-era luxury.

Varanasi Ganges River Ghat With Ancient City Architecture As Viewed From A Boat On The River At Sunset.
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accommodations

Since the early days of the British Raj in the mid-1800s, visitors have enjoyed India’s spectacular hospitality, and its royalty indulged in luxurious accommodation and service far preceding this. Today, many of the original palaces have been restored and maintained in their original elegance while being adapted into hotels. Service is as impeccable as your surroundings, and staff cater beyond your expectations in every sense. Throughout India, you are quite literally able to live like a king or queen.

From the remarkable Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur – made famous in the James Bond movie Octopussy – to the Hawa Mahal, the iconic pink palace of Jaipur, India has some exceptional residences. But is not only in these centuries-old venues that you will find faultless luxury.

On safari, sweeping canvas tents are festooned with golden tassels and fringes, you drinks served in crystal, your meals with gold cutlery, and furnishings far exceed any notion of ‘camping’. This is the safari of India’s kings, and turbanned butlers cater to your every whim in their pressed linen uniforms.

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INDIA ESSENTIALS

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BEST TIME: Oct-Mar

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CLIMATE: Varies greatly. Northern winter can be sub-zero, central summer can exceed 105ºF (40ºC). Consult your travel designer.

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SEASONS:COOL & DRY: Nov-Mar / HOT & WET: Apr-Oct

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BEST FOR: History buffs, adventurers culture & food enthusiasts, nature lovers 

When India gets hot, it is exhaustingly so, and this coincides with monsoonal rains, making it highly unpleasant. For this reason, we strongly recommend visiting only in the cooler, drier months between November and March. For nature lovers, Ranthambore and the opportunity to witness the biggest of the big cats, the majestic Bengal tiger (though the Siberan tiger can grow larger). But to visit India for this reason alone is to forgo a wealth of unmissable and equally as unforgettable experiences. India can be somewhat stereotyped, thought of for its spicy food, chaotic cities and a handful of key experiences, but the wealth of opportunity far outweighs its reputation. Allow your travel designer to guide you in a more comprehensive Indian itinerary.

HOW LONG SHOULD I SPEND IN INDIA?

The short answer is ‘never long enough’! For every experience you enjoy, another dozen present themselves. At least two weeks is necessary to fulfil a reasonable spectrum of destinations. 21 days will give you the opportunity to explore a wider range of destinations, from Ladakh in the north to the islands of Sri Lanka and Mauritius in the south for a relaxing, tropical culmination to your India adventure.

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT?

With many destinations, there is a distinction between preferable and not so beneficial times to go. With India, this division is black and white, and we go so far as to suggest absolutely not visiting in the hot, wet months of monsoon. However with significant climatic and geographical diversity across the country, the exact timing of your visit may vary. October to March are considered the best months, but if you anticipate venturing into the Himalayas to track snow leopards, this may vary slightly to avoid the most frigid months of the year.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM ACCOMMODATION IN INDIA?

Though technically considered a third-world country, accommodation is an aspect of India for which no expense is spared. Wherever you stay, you will find comfort, convenience and unwavering luxury. To complement this, service is of an impeccable standard, and you can be assured of excellent and attentive staff everywhere from the palace-hotels of the cities to the luxury tented camps of the wilderness regions.

OTHER DETAILS:

Depending upon your itinerary, flights will be arranged to one of several international airports. Global flights are convenient and of premium quality. From your arrival destination, internal flights are easily arranged, allowing you to traverse much of the country. Visas are required for most international visitors and should be arranged in advance. Your travel designer will advise you of these requirements.

English is widely spoken, and staff and guides will all have strong language skills to assist you in both their service and translation if required. Despite such luxury and superb service, India can be a little confronting for the more timid traveller, though we will ensure your comfort at all times. We recommend India as an exceptional destination for the curious, those wishing to discover new cultures, wonderful foods, unique, endemic nature and a rich and extensive history.



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