Majestic grandeur bursting with culture
Perfect for the adventurous and intrepid, as well as those wanting to enjoy the ultimate in opulent luxury, holidays to India are full of unique experiences. Made up of 29 states and 7 territories, each has its own distinct culture meaning every holiday in India is totally different. From barren deserts to vibrant cities, tropical jungles and golden stretches of sand this wonderful country is full of contrasts. Ancient monuments, temples and religious ceremonies make this the perfect destination for history lovers, while those wanting to discover the modern Indian culture will find food markets, bazaars and a thriving economy.
The perfect way to immerse yourself in Indian culture is by watching a Hindu ceremony along the Ganges River. Visit the palaces and forts of Rajasthan or the grand colonial Victorian architecture of New Delhi, along with countless other ancient sites and temples. One of the world’s most famous monuments, the Taj Mahal, is best to view at sunset or sunrise. Spend days relaxing in the coastal region of Goa or explore rainforests and wildlife sanctuaries. Foodies will find a mixture of colonial European and Indian cuisines, with each region, city and some towns having their own unique flavours and dishes.
India is well known as a luxury holiday destination, with opulent architecture, interiors and an excellence in service that’s hard to beat. Stay in five star hotels dripping with majestic grandeur where you can take in the wonderful Asian art and serene gardens. Step back in history to India’s colonial past as you take afternoon tea by the quiet swimming pool or in Victorian dining rooms. Most Indian cities are full of excellent restaurants where you can enjoy fine dining experiences, combining international fare with the very best Indian flavours and traditions.
Luxury holidays in India are full of cool marble courtyards, wonderful artwork and intricate carvings, mosaics of mirrors and rich fabrics, all giving you a sense of India’s famous past royalty. Our selection of five star hotels offer these grand surroundings combined with the modern amenities you need for a comfortable stay.
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Flight times to India from the UK vary depending on your destination. Flights from London to New Delhi take around seven hours and 40 minutes. Flight times from London to Goa are around 12 hours.
The monsoon runs from the end of May until the end of December across India, with different regions hit at different times. This can cause heavy rainfall and intense humidity as well as flooding. The best time to visit is during the dry season when you can enjoy cooler temperatures. This is between November and March.
You will need to apply for an e-Visa before entering India. British passport holders can obtain a 60 day e-Visa from the India Visa Online website. For more details please speak to one of our Trusted Advisers.
A tip of about 10% is customary in restaurants in India. We recommend tipping around 100 INR per person per night at your hotel. A small tip of 50-100 INR is customary for shorter taxi rides, while 200-600 INR is typical for guides and long drives.
Most people in India speak fluent English, especially is larger cities and tourist hotspots. 12 other languages are spoken around the country, with Hindi being the most prominent.
Honouring good over evil and light over darkness, Diwali is also known as the “Festival of Lights”. Featuring street celebrations and colourful clothing, fireworks, candles and lamps this is a magical celebration and a wonderful festival to enjoy. Diwali is celebrated on the 15th day of Kartik, which is the holiest month in the Hindu lunar calendar. The date changes every year but is usually in October or November.
Also celebrating good over evil and known as the “Festival of Colours” Holi is held in the spring in honour of the abundance of the harvest. Coloured powder and water is thrown over everyone and people dance in the streets and underneath sprinklers. Holi is usually at the beginning of March each year.
Honouring the birth of one of the Hindu religion’s most famous Gods, Lord Ganesh, statues are put up in most Hindu homes in India and are paraded through the streets on floats. Singing and dancing accompanies the floats along the street, before they are sunk in the ocean. The festival is held on the fourth day of the waxing moon period in the Hindu month of Bhadrapada (usually in either August or September) and the best place to celebrate Ganesh Festival is in Mumbai.
The biggest festival in Kerala, Onam celebrates the harvest and lasts for 10 days. Honouring the return of King Mahabali people decorate the ground in front of their house using water features, flowers and colourful material. It is also celebrated with new clothes, dancing, snake boat racing and feasts presented on banana leaves. Onam is held at the beginning of the month of Chingam, which is the first month of the solar Malayalam calendar. This is usually in August or September each year.