Becky Milligan

India Travel Expert

Extending from the Himalayas deep into the Indian Ocean, you’d be hard pushed to find a more culturally and geographically diverse tailormade holiday than India. Whether you’re exploring Ayurveda up in Dehradun, studying the ancient Buddhist Caves of Ajanta or relaxing on the pristine beaches of the Andaman Islands; this Asian wonder truly is a continent in its own right.

Becky Milligan

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India Highlights

From the peace and tranquillity of the remote Ladakhi mountain passages to the vivid bazaars of Jaipur, India is a country of contrasts that will continually surprise you. Head through the Amer Fort before hours and meet the elephants that amble up the hillside every day, or go on a private cooking journey that takes you from the Kolkata marketplace to table with some of the best dishes we’ve ever tasted, from freshly caught machher johl to spiced lentil dal.

The country’s colossal size and our travel guides’ expertise guarantees you’ll discover new sides to India no matter how many times you visit.

LUXURY IN INDIA

India is a country that has long excelled in opulence and grandeur. Take the Taj Mahal for example - one of the greatest architectural achievements in the world, crafted from pure white marble in the 1630s and continuing to stun the world today. Modernity is creeping into Indian culture, fusing the country’s history and spirituality with high-end boutique hotels and hand-crafted itineraries fit for royalty.

A HOLIDAY IN THE HIMALAYAS

The reigning mountainscape of Mother Earth’s kingdom, the great Himalayas come second to none. High in the hills and surrounded by remote villages and colorful monasteries, a tailor-made tour through the region of Ladakh is cultural immersion through peaks and valleys, apricot orchards and restorative hotels, at it’s very finest. Recount recent histories with monks and take to the sky for a helicopter journey over the tallest summits in the world with the insider guidance of our on-site experts.

FROM PALACE TO PALACE

In the course of India’s history, there has been a multitude of various dynasties, empires, and diverse governing religions. These transitions in history have shaped India into a country with an ongoing narrative and the temples, palaces, and ashrams encapsulate the intricate architecture intrinsic to unraveling India’s culture. Deep dive into Delhi, Agra, and Rajasthan for a behind the scenes look at India’s most elaborate palaces and beautiful buildings.

CRUISE THROUGH KERALA

Kerala goes about its business at a slower pace of life and we can’t help but be enamored by its rejuvenating and enchanting qualities. The rainforest is best explored by boating down the Alleppey waterway and the countryside is home to elephants, sloths, and tranquil resorts. It’s a spellbinding region for culinary enthusiasts, wildlife lovers, and those wanting to escape the city bustle - easy to do when you’re surrounded by 400 acres of coffee and spice plantations.

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Rishikesh

Stop and take a deep breath in Rishikesh. Not only the birthplace of yoga (according to the locals, at least), this northern city is the ideal base for Swarg Ashram a little way up the Ganges – an eye-catching, traffic-free, clean-living retreat you can only reach on foot. We’ll reserve you a one-on-one with an expert yogi who can perfect your form, then relax on the riverbank and look on as a priest offers blessings during a traditional Aarti worship ceremony.

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Jaipur

India’s Pink City is an intoxicating mix of regal, salmon-coloured buildings, bustling bazaars, and the perfect balance of old and new. Foodies will love the contemporary cool of its buzzing Rajasthani restaurant, café, and bar culture while historians will lap up the awe-inspiring City Palace. The regal home of Jaipur’s royal family was built according to stunning Vastu design, with the traditional Indian architecture combining rich culture, nature and religion with scientific structure and symmetry. Inject harmony into your Jaipur break and retreat beyond the city’s walls, riding camel-back with a local guide through the golden sand dunes.

Luxury Hotels in India

Kerala

Kerala is the ideal respite from India’s relentless metropolises. Calm palm-tree-lined lagoons, quiet rice paddy plains, and uncluttered golden beaches invite you to unwind. Remember to tread carefully and not disrupt the local wildlife when the Muithanga Game Reserve keepers take your party on a private trek. Wander in peace with the local elephants or spot sleeping sloths nestling in the trees. Think you’ll be hungry after all that? How about a private moonlit dinner on black-sanded Thiruvambadi beach?

Rambagh Palace

Rambagh Palace, Jaipur

Once home to the ruling Maharaja of Jaipur, Rambagh Palace is a historic five-star hotel where we can ensure you’re given the royal treatment. With flawlessly manicured gardens, horse-drawn vintage carriage rides, and personal palace butlers, you’ll want for nothing in the resort nicknamed the ‘Jewel of Jaipur’. Dinner in the Suvarna Mahal restaurant is essential for those wanting to experience world-beating Indian gastronomy.

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Tranquil Plantation Hideaway, Kerala

What better way to absorb natural India than by staying in your very own deluxe tree villa suite? Tranquil resort is set in the grounds of a colonial-era plantation that dates to the 19th century. Take an extraordinary food journey with a local chef via a taster menu inspired by the locally grown Arabica coffee bean, black pepper, and areca nut crops.

Leela Goa

The Leela, Goa

Beachside bliss and vibrant colour await you at The Leela Goa, positioned on the lulling shore of the Arabian Sea. Seek susegad (complete relaxation and enjoyment of life to the fullest) as you gaze over the glistening lagoon from your luxury suite or villa. Satisfy your taste buds and fall in love with the distinctive local spices at Jamavar, before ambling down to the palm trees and rich sands of Mobor beach.

Enjoy an exclusive backstage Bollywood experience

If you’re enthralled by the unique brand of magic produced by the Bollywood movie industry, allow us to pull some strings and arrange a backstage tour with exclusive access to the entire studio. Visit the film sets, play dress-up in costume departments, and even try your hand at recreating a song and dance routine with the actors of a recent blockbuster.

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Watch the sun rise over the Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal never disappoints. Make an early start and see the magnificent marble without the masses at sunrise. Walk through the fascinating wonder of the world with a private guide, discovering the history behind the 17th century mausoleum, built by Emperor Shah Jahal as a way of demonstrating the eternal love he held for his wife.

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Experience the palaces of Jodhpur in private

Named after the colour of the painted buildings sweeping across the old town, discover the Blue City like nothing else with an exclusive evening at the Mehrangarh Fort, watching the city from above as the sun sets, casting enchanting colour over the sea of sapphire-coloured homes. Finish the evening with a slow wander around the impressive grounds before experiencing a romantic evening of champagne and cuisine served by a team of local chefs.

India Highlights

From the peace and tranquillity of the remote Ladakhi mountain passages to the vivid bazaars of Jaipur, India is a country of contrasts that will continually surprise you. Head through the Amer Fort before hours and meet the elephants that amble up the hillside every day, or go on a private cooking journey that takes you from the Kolkata marketplace to table with some of the best dishes we’ve ever tasted, from freshly caught machher johl to spiced lentil dal.

The country’s colossal size and our travel guides’ expertise guarantees you’ll discover new sides to India no matter how many times you visit.

HOTELS AND ACCOMODATIONS OVERVIEW

From the peaks of the Himalayas to the sandy shores of the Andaman Islands, India is a haven of diversity in culture and accommodations. You may find yourself cruising down the Alleppey on a private boat one day and practicing yoga on your terrace of the infamous Ananda the next, and what’s not to like about that? Balance exploration and restoration when you opt to experience India’s boutique hotels, luxury camps, and wellness resorts.

BEST RETREATS FOR A SAFARI

Where tigers, elephants, camels, and monkeys live in harmony, India is a picture-perfect backdrop for an inclusive safari holiday. The landscape molds from vegetated rainforests to stark deserts, and the diversity of safari experiences – from your mode of transportation to the differences in the landscape – guarantees a safari experience more comprehensive than most. Get up close and personal with big cats at Jawai Leopard Camp in Rajasthan or track tigers from the Indiana Jones-like Sher Bagh.

THE HONEYMOON SUITE

A country of dazzling sights, sounds, and smells, a honeymoon in India doesn’t limit guests to your standard far-flung islands and penthouse suites. India’s cities, coasts, deserts, and mountains invite couples to partake in something more memorable, all while retreating to luxury. Gaze over the ‘City of Pearls’ - Hyderabad - at Taj Falaknuma Palace or take a midnight swim under the watchful eye of romantic Taj Lake Palace.

  • Population Population 1,300,000,000
  • Capital Capital New Delhi
  • Currency Currency Indian Rupee
  • Language Language Hindi
  • Time Difference Time Difference GMT + 5.30 | ET + 10.30
  • Expert Tip Expert Tip

    "Experience life outside of the cities whilst in pure luxury in the likes of Rohet, Jaisalmer or Narlai"

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