Indian Subcontinent

The charming chaos of India; the serene tranquillity of Bhutan; the Sri Lankan and Nepali phoenixes rising from the flames and picture perfect Maldivian islands, all in one enduringly fascinating region. Frankly, what's not to like?

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • Extraordinary diversity of landscapes and cultures in one manageable region

Our guide to holidays in Indian Subcontinent

Original Travel consultants have lived, worked or travelled extensively in all the countries in our Indian Subcontinent portfolio, and can design the perfect plan to fit your travel needs. We revisit all our destinations on a regular basis and only work with the very best properties and guides so you know you'll be in the best hands possible, whichever country you visit.

At the far end of the spectrum lie the elegant atolls of the Maldives and a collection of the finest hotels in the world. Here there are difficult decisions to be made simply because the quality of accommodation on offer is so impressive. Several of our team have travelled throughout the islands and can recommend the best option for you, from family favourites to dive destinations or honeymoon hangouts.


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Coming back from a dive to have a pristine white sand beach and clear blue seas all to myself in the Andaman Islands. They remain wonderfully undeveloped.

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Top picks for Indian Subcontinent

India

India

Indian Subcontinent

Utterly original, which probably explains why we love India so much.

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Expert-Led Journey: Rajasthan International Folk Festival (RIFF) with Amelia Stewart

Expert-Led Journey: Rajasthan International Folk Festival (RIFF) with Amelia Stewart

Rajasthan & Agra

The Rajasthan International Folk Festival, more affectionately known as RIFF, descends on Mehrangarh Fort for four nights in October. Usually closed to visitors after dark, seeing the Fort at night is a spectacle in itself. The Fort commands the surrounding desert landscape and sits atop a craggy outcrop overlooking the painted blue roofs of the city, opulent palaces, and the sands of the Thar desert - what could be a better setting?

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Amankora Gangtey

Amankora Gangtey

Bhutan

Named after nearby Gangtey village, this is probably the most remote of the Aman properties, situated in the Phobjikha Valley area of the Black Mountains National Park.

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Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

Rajasthan & Agra

In our humble opinion, this might just be the classic site anywhere worldwide that most lives up to expectations.

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Ahilya by the Sea

Ahilya by the Sea

India

Sister hotel to the exclusive Ahilya Fort hotel in Maheshwar, Ahilya by the Sea is a charming hideaway in Goa, where the Mandovi and Nerul rivers meet the Arabian sea. The one time private estate of the Trinidades family, Ahilya by the Sea transitioned from family home, through simple guesthouse, finally emerging from its cocoon as a charming boutique hotel in late 2015.

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Tiger's Nest

Tiger's Nest

Bhutan

Tatsang Palphug, also known as the Tiger’s Nest, is a Buddhist monastery clinging to the side of a steep cliff. A must see for anyone who is lucky enough to enter the world’s last remaining Shangri La, this temple complex lies 3000ft above the Paro Valley, where many long distance treks start from.

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Festivals

Festivals

Bhutan

An integral part of Bhutanese culture are the festivals conveniently spaced throughout the year. These exotic and mysterious commemorations are calculated using the (highly complicated) Bhutanese lunar calendar.

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Amankora Punakha

Amankora Punakha

Bhutan

While some of the other Aman properties are based on designs from dzong fortress monasteries, Amankora Punakha is a lovingly converted Bhutanese farmhouse, with a correspondingly intimate feel, and set in orange orchards and farmland with the ever-present mountains as a backdrop.

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Rafting

Rafting

Ladakh

Head to the Indus River for a raft from Choglamsar to Phey.

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Amankora Bumthang

Amankora Bumthang

Bhutan

Amankora Bumthang is in exalted company, sharing the Choekhor Valley with 29 ancient temples and monasteries and sitting pretty next to the first two King of Bhutan’s Wangdichholing Palace in Jakar town.

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Trekking in Bhutan

Trekking in Bhutan

Bhutan

Some of the best trekking on Earth is in the mountainous kingdom of Bhutan, including both day treks and longer treks such as the six day Druk Path Trek, which follows the ancient trading route between Paro and Thimpu.

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Prayer Flags in Bhutan

Bhutan

Indian Subcontinent

A fascinating Himalayan kingdom offering unique cultural insight, superb trekking and landscapes, and welcoming people.

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Fort Bazaar Courtyard

Fort Bazaar

Galle & the Southern Beaches

Opened in January 2016, Fort Bazaar is one of the newest and slickest additions to the booming boutique hotel scene in Sri Lanka. The hotel is set within a sensitively restored 17th century town house right in the heart of Galle Fort, once the home of spice, tea and gem traders, and offers plenty of charm and an ideal location. 

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Forts and Palaces

Forts and Palaces

Rajasthan & Agra

Rajasthan is justifiably famous for its wonderful forts and palaces

What to do

Diphlu River Lodge

Diphlu River Lodge

Eastern India & Calcutta

The charming cottages at Diphlu River Lodge offer comfortable accommodation in the Kaziranga National Park, which is a World Heritage Site. Situated on the banks of River Diphlu, guests are often treated to close up views of the wildlife that comes to the river to drink, as well as views of the lush green jungle beyond.

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Monastery Visits

Monastery Visits

Ladakh

During the trek, there are opportunities to visit some of Ladakh’s finest monasteries.

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Riding

Riding

Rajasthan & Agra

One of the best ways to explore the beautiful Rajasthani scenery is on horseback, riding through small villages and experiencing the culture close up.

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Nepal

Nepal

Indian Subcontinent

Wedged like an appendix between China and India, the two most populous nations on earth, Nepal packs quite a punch for a small country.

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Uma by COMO, Punakha (Uma Punakha)

Uma by COMO, Punakha (Uma Punakha)

Bhutan

COMO Hotels have recently opened Uma by COMO, Punakha, a sister property to Uma Paro (or Uma by COMO, Paro as it’s now supposed to be called. Catchy, no?)

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Living Heritage Koslanda courtyard

Living Heritage Koslanda

Cultural Triangle & Tea Plantations

Set in the Eastern Hills of Sri Lanka, Living Heritage Koslanda is a divine four suite getaway for those seeking serenity.

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Amankora Paro

Amankora Paro

Bhutan

Amankora Paro, Aman Resorts’ first venture into Bhutan, is a 30-minute drive from the kingdom's only international airport and is the largest of the five Aman lodges, sitting in a pine forest nearly 9,000ft above sea level.

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Zip Touring

Zip Touring

Rajasthan & Agra

This is a heritage tour with a difference; fly down from ridge tops and hill forts on a series of zip wires seeing views over the Mehrangarh Fort and Jodhpur city accompanied by a trained instructor who imparts facts and the local history, culture and ecology.

What to do

Taj Tashi

Taj Tashi

Bhutan

This seven-storey structure is a welcome addition to the emerging kingdom's small capital city.

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Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

Indian Subcontinent

The teardrop-shaped island of Sri Lanka, at the southern tip of India, is a small country with a great combination of attractions – culture, beaches and nature.

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