India is an awe-inspiring spectacle of raw energy that defies simple definition. Bejewelled with opulent monuments to a tumultuous past, bustling with multi-cultural activity, and blessed with diverse regions of outstanding natural beauty, this fragrant melting pot bubbles with the promise of the extraordinary.
A miraculous stitching together of cultures and wildly varying landscapes, India’s exotic vibrancy, bursting forth from the moment you step off the plane, excites the imagination and feeds the soul. Home to over one billion people and their fascinating cultural heritage, sumptuous spiced delicacies and wonderfully infectious zest for life, India is a feast for the senses, which, like traditional thali meals, are endlessly topped up until your departure. With a rich history of competing civilisations, from the Moguls to the British Raj, India embodies a collision of cultures, trade-routes, and grandiose empires whose monuments are a testament to the cultural wealth of the land, and the flamboyant bravado of its past rulers. Sights as diverse as onion-domed mosques, imposing red sandstone forts, monkey-infested temple ruins, and opulent palaces await exploration.
Faith and ritual take on an everyday beauty in this land of contrasts. Businessmen bow to orange-clad gurus; kites weave between towering mosque minarets; and Buddhist flags whisper prayers on the wind to the high Himalayas. Time your visit to coincide with one of India’s many festivals to experience the country at its most joyful and devout. See plumes of multi-coloured flour explode around ecstatic faces during Holi, or witness the annual procession of wooden juggernauts roll by sheer force of excitement into Puri’s Jagannath Temple. India’s breathless pace of life finds its counterpoint in peaceful nature reserves, tea-rich hill stations, grand train journeys, and sun-drenched beaches. Take a morning safari from your luxury tented camp to encounter elephants, rhinos, and Royal Bengal tigers navigate idyllic backwaters from the comfort of a plush Keralan houseboat; or sample Darjeeling tea from the cool heights of one of the British Raj’s summer retreats. India’s multi-dimensional travel opportunities, from metropolitan hubbub to tranquil natural wonders provides the ideal base to curate your luxury, tailor-made itinerary with the attentive help of our knowledgeable specialists.
Romantic India at is most beguiling, the aptly-named Land of Kings is at once proudly regal and modestly charming, with crumbling hill-top forts and restored luxury palaces overlooking quaint cities painted pink, blue, or white. Offering everything from tiger spotting to dune hopping, this is India’s must-see state.
Situated on the tropical southwest coast, Kerala operates at a noticeably slower pace than many of India’s other tourist hotspots. Perhaps spend a night in a houseboat, navigating Kerala’s palm-fringed canals, head out on safari in the Periyar National Park, or lose yourself among Munnar’s exotic spice gardens.
India boasts a dazzling array of golden beaches along its 7,500km coastline. Unwind with a traditional ayurveda massage, dine at sunset with delicately spiced seafood curries, or simply relax in luxury overlooking a quiet coastline dotted with temples, forts and quirky colonial remnants.
From the arresting French-influenced Pondicherry, up past Chennai, through to Odisha and Darjeeling, India’s east offers huge sun-weathered temples, gleaming white basilicas, verdant tea plantations and even the British Raj’s attempt at a Taj Mahal: Kolkata’s Victoria Memorial. Towards the south, temples rise high above the cities of Tamil Nadu, treating the traveller to technicolour exteriors, majestic interiors and welcoming locals.
Safari into landscapes that inspired The Jungle Book to encounter India’s national animal – encapsulating all that’s alluringly enigmatic about this country – the Royal Bengal tiger. Ranthambore, Bandhavgarh and Kanha National Parks provide exotic luxury stays surrounded by an abundance of rare flora and fauna.
India’s Golden Triangle
8 days from £2,820 pp incl. flights
Experience a trio of India’s finest sights in luxurious style; there’s Delhi’s chaotic heritage, Rajasthan’s fort cities and, of course, the Taj Mahal at Agra.
Keralan Spice Coast
12 days from £2,530 pp incl. flights
Travel palm-fringed backwaters in a traditional kettuvallom boat, stroll through terraced tea plantations in the verdant countryside and indulge in accommodations appointed with private butlers, accomplished chefs, and Ayurvedic health treatments.
Highlights of Rajasthan
14 days from £5,430 pp incl. flights
In Rajasthan, jungles hide tigers and the Mughal Empire still flexes its might in grand fort cities and delicate lakeside palaces that enjoy a new lease of life as heritage hotels.