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India

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.

Luxury holidays in India

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.

India's Golden Triangle

9 day suggested trip


At a glance
  • Visit one of the world’s most iconic sights – the Taj Mahal
  • Take in the diversity of Delhi, India’s capital city
  • Visit the “Pink City” of Jaipur and admire its unique architecture
  • Add an optional few days in Goa and simply relax in this laid back town
From £1295 per person

Highlights of Kerala

12 day suggested trip


At a glance
  • Learn how tea, coffee, spices and tropical fruits are grown in the paradise of India’s landscapes
  • Relax on the beach as you take in the coconut palm trees and surrounding rice paddies
  • Explore Periyar National Park where you can see elephants, fruit bats and hundreds of species of birds
  • Explore lagoons and lakes by boat and take in the serenity of the area
From £1595 per person

A Family Tour of India

10 day suggested trip


At a glance
  • Explore the fascinating historical sights of Delhi and Agra, including the Taj Mahal
  • Spot protected Royal Bengal tigers as you explore one of India’s most spectacular national parks
  • Take in the pink buildings and architecture of lively Jaipur city
  • Add on a relaxing stay on the beach in Goa where you can explore rainforests and waterfalls
From £1195 per person

Journey Through India on the Deccan Odyssey

10 day suggested trip


At a glance
  • Explore Ranthambore National Park where you might spot leopards, lions, eagles and woodpeckers
  • Immerse yourself in Indian culture with musical performances, a village tour and visits to bazaars
  • Take in the spectacular architecture of India with its majestic palaces and blend of cultures
  • Experience an extravaganza through the fascinating, ever-changing vistas of a colourful, vibrant and ancient India
From £4195 per person

The Best of North India

13 day suggested trip


At a glance
  • Visit the fantastic sites dotted throughout Old Delhi and New Delhi
  • See Palaces dating from the Medieval times to modern India
  • Visit one of the most iconic wonders of the world – the Taj Mahal
  • Experience a Hindu ceremony and glide through the majestic waters of the River Ganges
From £1995 per person
Our pick of the top hotels in India
Every one of our hotels is handpicked and personally visited by our team

Brij Rama Palace Varanasi

India, Varanasi
Overlooking the impressive River Ganges
Located in a lavishly restored 18th Century palace
Evening ceremonies include live music and candlelit dancing

Coconut Lagoon

India, Kumarakom
A tranquil hotel surrounded by gardens and set on the shore of Vemband Lake
An ecological resort with upcycled wooden furniture and more
Enjoy nature walks, a butterfly garden, sunset cruises and cultural shows

Fragrant Nature Kochi

India, Cochin
A five star boutique hotel steeped in history
Overlooking the harbour and close to the bustling streets
Choose from five restaurants, including Street Café 

Fragrant Nature Munnar

India, Munnar
Set in the mountains, with views from every window
Try hiking, wildlife and birdwatching tours and visit a plantation
Relax in elegant rooms with fireplaces, balconies and more

Hotel Dev Vilas

India, Ranthambore
Close to the entrance of Ranthambore National Park
Built in the style of a Maharajah’s hunting lodge
Award winning Rajasthani cuisine and a relaxing bar

ITC Maurya

India, New Delhi
  • Bustling Delhi is right on your doorstep
  • Tranquil gardens make this the perfect hotel for relaxing
  • Enjoy the colonial interiors in this majestic hotel
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Flight Information

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. 

When to go

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. 

Visa Information

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.

Tipping

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. 

Introduction to languages

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. 

Events and Festivals

Diwali

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.

Holi

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.

Festival of Ganesh

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.

Onam

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.

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