India is an awe-inspiring spectacle of raw energy that defies simple definition. Bejewelled with opulent monuments to a complex past, bustling with activity and a kaleidoscope of cultures, and blessed with diverse regions of outstanding natural beauty, this fragrant melting pot bubbles with the promise of the extraordinary – no wonder travellers have flocked here for centuries.

A miraculous stitching together of cultures and wildly varying landscapes, India’s vibrancy, bursting forth from the moment you step off the plane, excites the imagination and feeds the soul. Home to more than one billion people and myriad cultural heritages, fragrantly spiced snacks and colourful markets, India is a feast for the senses, which, like the dishes in a traditional thali meal, are endlessly topped up until your departure. With a rich history of competing civilisations, from the Mughals to the British Raj, India embodies a collision of cultures, trade routes, and grandiose empires whose monuments dot the land. 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.

 

Rajasthan

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.

Lake Pichola & City Palace, Udaipur in India

Lake Pichola & City Palace, Udaipur

Jawai Leopard Camp in Rankpur, India

Ranakpur

Amber Fort in Jaipur, India

Amber Fort, Jaipur


Kerala

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.

Munnar tea plantations in Kerala, India

Munnar tea plantations

Backwaters of Alleppey (Alappuzha) in Kerala, India

Houseboat on backwaters of Alleppey

Elephant in Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala, India

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary


Beaches

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.

Private Dining on Beach Taj Exotica Goa, India

Private dining at Taj Exotica, Goa

Beach in Goa, India

Beach in Goa


Exotic East

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.

Victoria Memorial in Kolkata, India

Victoria Memorial, Kolkata

Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple in Madurai Tamil Nadu

Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple, Madurai

Detail on Sree Meenakshi temple, Madurai in Tamil Nadu, India

Detail on Sree Meenakshi temple, Madurai


Royal Bengal Tigers

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.

Wild Bengal Tiger Family in Kanha National Park, India

Wild Bengal Tiger family in Kanha National Park

Banjaar Tola, Kanha National Park in India

Banjaar Tola, Kanha National Park


Holidays to India that enchant

It is impossible to travel to India without leaving powerfully affected. Whether on a holiday in Rajasthan's royal palaces that transports to a gilded age of opulence, or gliding peacefully through the backwaters of Kerala on a river cruise, there are as many ways to experience India as there are travellers to dream them up. We tailor every holiday to our clients, no matter what draws you to travel – and in India, you'll find a destination brimming with sumptuous cuisine, vibrant music and arts, deeply-felt faith and cultural practices that go back millennia. There is simply nowhere that enchants quite like India, and at The Luxury Holiday Company, we bring the delight of discovery into every journey.


Suggested itineraries

Munnar in Kerala, India

Keralan Spice Coast

12 days from £2,470 pp incl. flights

Travel palm-fringed backwaters in a traditional kettuvallam boat, stroll through terraced tea plantations in the verdant countryside and indulge in accommodations appointed with private butlers, accomplished chefs and Ayurvedic health treatments

Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh

India’s Golden Triangle

8 days from £2,705 pp incl. flights

A perfect taster of some of India’s finest sights, visited in luxurious style. Explore the vibrancy of Delhi, Rajasthan’s elegant palaces and fort cities and, of course, the iconic Taj Mahal at Agra

Lake Pichola and City Palace, Udaipur in India

Highlights of Rajasthan

14 days from £4,100 pp incl. flights

Go in search of tigers on jungle safaris, witness sunrise over the Taj Mahal, visit traditional desert villages and stay in palaces that float on lakes, colonial mansions and more on this perfect introduction to Rajasthan

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