Becky Milligan

India Travel Expert

It’s said that India is a continent masquerading as a country because of its size and wealth of cultural diversity. When it comes to hotels and camps the same can be applied. From lavish palaces to remote camps and all that sits in between, there’s nowhere more accommodating than India.

Becky Milligan

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India Highlights

Attention senses; India is waiting. Sights, smells, sounds, nothing compares to India’s color and vibrancy. Bursting with culture, blessed with natural beauties, and blissed out by its beach scene, with us, discover the spirit of India

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 fascinating, storied country and the intricate architecture native to India’s culture lives through its temples, palaces, and ashrams. Dive deep 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 fall in love with its rejuvenating and enchanting qualities. Surrounded by rainforest, make your way down the Alleppey waterway via houseboat and once back on dry land discover the tranquil resorts, elephants and sloth bears. Kerala is 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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Ganga Aarti ceremony in 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 visiting Swarg Ashram a little way up the Ganges. Only reachable by foot, at this traffic-free, clean-living retreat we’ll arrange a one-on-one appointment with an expert yogi who can perfect your form. After some relaxation, sit on the riverbank to watch a religious Hindu ritual of worship. The traditional Aarti ceremony sees a priest offering his blessings to those present using lamps and chants in praise of Mother Ganga.

Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur

Explore India's Pink City: 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.

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Navigate the backwaters of Kerala

Kerala is the ideal respite from India’s relentless subwaypolises. 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. In the evening, enjoy a private moonlit dinner on the black-sand beach of Thiruvambadi.

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 tasting menu inspired by the locally grown Arabica coffee bean, black pepper, and areca nut crops.

Leela Goa

The Leela, Goa

Beachside bliss and vibrant color 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.

Backstage Bollywood access

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.

Taj Mahal at sunrise

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.

Mehranghar Fort, Jodhpur

Explore India's Blue City: Jodhpur

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

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Hawa Mahal Palace in Jaipur

The Golden Triangle

Experience the three most-visited cities in India – and see them from an entirely fresh angle.

They’re popular for a reason, the cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. Named the ‘Golden’ for the immense richness of culture, history and wealth within them, we recommend that clients experience a little bit of each; with Agra, the former capital of the Moghul Empire (crumbling and stately); Delhi, with its unstoppable modern energy; or Jaipur, the desert capital of Rajasthan – famed for having the best bazaars in the country. Our Travel Experts will ensure your guides are locals, insiders and experiences – from dawn to dusk.

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Himalayan mountains, India

The Himalayas

Purple, white, black – and the largest mountain range in the world.

For us, there are many ways to experience the Himalayas. To hike to the base-camp of Everest, stopping off at tea houses as you slowly acclimate to the rarified air. We prefer, however, the tranquil spirituality of Ladakh; a region with very few tourists and extremely traditional (albeit welcoming) villagers. Our local guides are villagers themselves and will introduce you to mountain scenery, Ladakhi cooking, and the monasteries of Phyang.

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Sunrise at Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur

Rajasthan

From desert and island to the iconic Blue City.

Frequently, Rajasthan has topped our lists of India’s most fascinating regions. In Mumbai, you can encounter the culture and energy of Bollywood. You can experience the marvellous UNESCO-inscribed caves of Elephanta. In Jawai you can trek and safari for leopards. Across the deserts of Jaisalmer, you can travel by camel and study the historic Havelis of this historic city. In Jodhpur – the beautiful Blue City – you can stay at some of the country’s most regal, Moghul-era hotels, such as the splendid Raas. It’s a lot. Gladly.

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India Highlights

Attention senses; India is waiting. Sights, smells, sounds, nothing compares to India’s color and vibrancy. Bursting with culture, blessed with natural beauties, and blissed out by its beach scene, with us, discover the spirit of India

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 accommodationss. 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.

Jawai Leopard Camp pool

BEST RETREATS FOR A SAFARI

Where tigers, elephants, camels, and monkeys live in harmony, India is a picture-perfect backdrop for an inclusive safari vacation. 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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