India Holidays: An Overview

Pretty much indisputably the most vibrant country on Earth, India can conjure up a multitude of conflicting emotions during any stay. As a result it's not everybody's cup of chai, but those who fall for the subcontinent fall hard, and become lifelong devotees.

Miranda is here to help give you the inside track.

Why we think you’ll love it

  • Because there's nowhere quite - in fact, at all - like it. India is a kaleidoscope of cultures with different customs, dress, history, religion food and landscape - and as a result, it has something for everyone. Sip tea on an old colonial estate, visit the tattooed tribes of Orissa, witness the extraordinary rituals and ceremonies in the Temples of Tamil Nadu, gallop Mawari horses through the Thar Desert, or gaze in awe at a majestic tiger as he crosses your path.
  • It's a place of unparalleled diversity, from the soaring Himalayas in the north to the tropical palm-fringed beaches in the south, the jungles of the central regions to the deserts of Rajasthan.
  • There are innumerable cultural gems to be explored, from the forts, palaces and mausoleums of the Mughals in colourful Rajasthan to the elegant architecture of the British Raj in Bombay, Calcutta and Delhi.
  • Learn more and find out when to go in our in-depth guide
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Original Highlight

Seeing tigers in the wild is a serious highlight – it may be a cliché, but there honestly is nothing quite like it.

Miranda, Original Traveller

A note on price

Flights to India cost approximately £570 (economy) and many airlines fly directly from the UK. Accommodation-wise, prices vary hugely: Rajasthan could cost around £3,000 per person for two weeks, whilst South Kerala would come in a lot cheaper comparatively for a luxury holiday of a similar length. Learn more about our pricing

Top picks for India

Zip Touring

Zip Touring

Rajasthan & Agra

Try India’s first zip tour.

What to do

Zip Touring
Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu

India

The beaches, hills and temples of Tamil Nadu represent a gentler introduction to India or a perfect 'deeper cut' for regular visitors.

Where to go

Tamil Nadu
Visalam

Visalam

Tamil Nadu

Over half a century ago, and quite unusual at the time, Visalam was built for the daughter of a local merchant. The same love was taken in its restoration, allowing it to be opened as a hotel in 2007. Dispel thoughts of golden doors adorned with jewels, but rather local craftsmanship and original woodwork that stand at the heart of the Chettinad community.

Where to stay

Visalam
Aerial View of the Andaman Islands

Andaman Islands

India

Pristine diving + snorkelling elephants + indigenous tribes = one of the world's most original destinations.

Where to go

Andaman Islands
Sukoon Houseboat

Sukoon Houseboat

Kashmir

Sukoon is, quite simply, the best luxury houseboat on Dal Lake in Kashmir, the mystical corner of north east India that has come in from the cold.

Where to stay

Sukoon Houseboat
Kashmir Dal Lake

Kashmir

India

Kashmir is back. Enjoy this beautiful part of India for the first time in a generation.

Where to go

Kashmir
Monastery Visits

Monastery Visits

Ladakh

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

What to do

Monastery Visits
Taj West End

Taj West End

Karnataka

The Taj West End is a rejuvenated old regal property set in a 20 acre garden in the heart of fast-paced Bangalore. Once an army base, it grew into a boarding house for passing army officers in the 1880s, and has remained a beacon of Indian warmth and hospitality ever since.

Where to stay

Taj West End
Malabar House, luxury hotel in India

Malabar House

Kerala

Malabar House is situated on a peaceful green in Fort Cochin. In 1996 Malabar House became India’s first boutique heritage hotel.

Where to stay

Malabar House
Mountain Villages & Trekking

Mountain Villages & Trekking

Ladakh

One of the highlights to this trip are the villages the trekking passes through.

What to do

Mountain Villages & Trekking
pool at Neeleshwar Hermitage, luxury hotel in India

Neeleshwar Hermitage

Kerala

The entire resort has been built according to the traditional architectural principals of Kerala Vastu, which dictates that a building should be constructed so to conform to the subtle laws of nature.

Where to stay

Neeleshwar Hermitage
Rafting

Rafting

Ladakh

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

What to do

Rafting
Royal Orchid Metropole

Royal Orchid Metropole

Karnataka

Built by the former Maharaja of Mysore in 1920 for his British guests, Royal Orchid Metropole is a conveniently placed heritage hotel saturated with Mysore culture and colonial influences. It quietly stands on the Cauvery River looking out across the stunning Brindavan Gardens.

Where to stay

Royal Orchid Metropole
Rajasthan & Agra

Rajasthan & Agra

India

Visit evocative cities such as Jodphur and Jaipur and the iconic Taj Mahal, alongside enjoying a slower pace of life in the villages of Rural Rajasthan.

Where to go

Rajasthan & Agra
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.

What to do

Riding
Forts and Palaces

Forts and Palaces

Rajasthan & Agra

Rajasthan is justifiably famous for its wonderful forts and palaces

What to do

Forts and Palaces
Traditional Fishing Nets on a Keralan Beach

Kerala

India

Drift through backwaters on a rice barge, explore Cochin, chill on a beautiful beach and hike among tea plantations in the hill country.

Where to go

Kerala
Ladakh

Ladakh

India

Ladakh contains one of the most intact Tantric Buddhist societies left on earth.

Where to go

Ladakh
Karnataka

Karnataka

India

The best of India (minus the mountains) in one hugely under-rated state.

Where to go

Karnataka
The Bison Resort

The Bison Resort

Karnataka

Right where the Bandipur and Nagarhole National Parks meet, on the shores of the Kabini River, boldly stands The Bison Resort; an East African camp meets lavish Raj lodge.

Where to stay

The Bison Resort
A tiger lying in the bush

Central India

India

Classic tiger country combines with Delhi and some of India's cultural highlights.

Where to go

Central India
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.

What to do

Taj Mahal
Shreyas Retreat

Shreyas Retreat

Karnataka

As one of the world’s best yoga getaways Shreyas Retreat is the place to go to cleanse mind, body and soul and all that zenful jazz. Guests are spoiled with rejuvenating spa treatments, fresh organic food and 25 acres of landscaped greenery to bring them closer to nature.

Where to stay

Shreyas Retreat
The Indian Himalayas

The Indian Himalayas

India

Pristine mountainous landscapes, village walks and homestays, and the unique retreat of 360 Leti lodge.

Where to go

The Indian Himalayas

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