Reasons to Visit
India's central parks are home to a vast range of species - on any game drive you might see spotted and barking deer, sloth bears, Indian gazelle, numerous bird species and of course the majestic tiger. But India can boast a lot more than this - visitors to the Chambal Sanctuary might spot the rare Gangetic dolphin and the elusive Asiatic lion can be found at Sasan Gir.
Whether it's the bright saris and traditional jewellery worn by Indian women, the colourful mounds of spices adorning market stalls, or the soft, pastel pink of a sunset over Agra, every way you turn in India you are confronted by vivid and beautiful colours.
As Brits we are famously fond of a curry, but anyone who has been to India will tell you that traditional Indian food is in many ways very different. The subtle and expertly blended herbs and spices create an incredibly tasty meal and the variation of flavours and ingredients between each region is remarkable.
India has perhaps the greatest diversity of landscape of any country; from the mighty Himalaya range to arid lunar landscapes in Ladakh, forested foothills, tea and spice plantations, deserts, mangrove forests, vast plains, tropical backwaters and remote islands. You won't have to travel far to feel like you are in a completely different world.
From the Mughal forts of Jodhpur and Gwalior to the palaces of Jaipur and Udaipur, there are majestic buildings in every major city. There are also numerous smaller forts and palaces which have been carefully restored, providing an excellent place to stay and experience regal Indian life as it once was.
India is the meeting place of several different world religions. We can suggest the most important places to visit to enjoy the beauty of ancient Buddhist sculptures or marvel at Hindu temples adorned with the pantheon of colourful gods. Our guides will point out the intricacies of mosque design or explain the meaning of a ceremony in a Sikh gurdwara.
Any trip to India should include at least one journey by train. Rail travellers will experience a glimpse of a bygone era, and an overnight journey offers the excitement of waking in your private car to a new and vibrant landscape beyond the window.
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The famous Taj Mahal, Agra
From mighty Himalayan peaks to paradise islands, from teeming colourful cities to sleepy hill stations, the Indian subcontinent has diversity like no other place on Earth.
India is home to many national parks and within these a fantastic array of wildlife, much of it unique. Learn about the best parks to visit, the best accommodation options plus the wildlife you will see.
Enjoy a relaxing river cruise and discover otherwise inaccessible areas as well as experiencing local culture from a different perspective.
Members of our India team provide an insight into the smaller forts of North India and Rajasthan. Stay in a fort in India and experience life from a bygone era.
From the mighty peaks of the Himalayas to tropical island paradises, from teeming colourful cities to sleepy hill stations, India has diversity like no other place on Earth. Our India travel specialists use their unsurpassed experience of its landscapes, cultures, cuisines and peoples to create superb tailor-made India tours.
A holiday in India presents endless possibilities for creating memories that will last a lifetime. Look forward to relaxing under a shady palm by the warm waters of the Arabian Sea if you choose one of our popular Goa holidays. If the idea of exploring India’s lush, tranquil backwaters and forested hills further inland sounds more your cup of tea, a Kerala tour might be for you. For those with an interest in wildlife, try an Indian safari and look out for an array of incredible animals, including the elusive Indian tiger.
Culture vultures should head to India’s bustling capital, Delhi, to discover some of India’s greatest architectural splendours nestled in amongst the contemporary sights, sounds and smells of one of the country’s most famous cities. Other fabulous Indian cities worthy of a visit include cosmopolitan Mumbai (Bombay), the so-called ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur, and of course Agra – home to India’s most famous landmark, the iconic Taj Mahal.
If you prefer a cooler climate and an escape from the hustle and bustle of India’s cities, the majestic snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas are just half a day away from Delhi – a trip that promises to be as spiritual as it is breathtaking, with countless unmissable temples, ceremonies and festivals that are sure to leave you feeling inspired. You might also enjoy the pleasant climate of Darjeeling, famous for its tea, which is known as the ‘Champagne of the East’.
11 Days from £1,730pp
Discover the main highlights of tropical Kerala including Cochin, the Backwaters and Munnar, with time on the beach to relax at the end of your trip.
10 Days from £1,795pp
10 days exploring the highlights of North India’s cities with the opportunity to go on the trail of the royal Bengal tiger at Ranthambhore National Park.
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Discover the highlights of North India and Rajasthan, including the capital New Delhi, the Taj Mahal, rural life and ending your trip at Udaipur.
8 1/2 hours (New Delhi)
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