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.

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.
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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

Where to go in India

Kashmir Dal Lake

Kashmir

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

Kashmir
Traditional Fishing Nets on a Keralan Beach

Kerala

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

Kerala
Aerial View of the Andaman Islands

Andaman Islands

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

Andaman Islands
Central India

Central India

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

Central India
Eastern India & Calcutta

Eastern India & Calcutta

Eastern India retains much of India’s colonial architecture and atmosphere, and Calcutta is an endlessly fascinating city, but there is far more to see aside from the capital of West Bengal.

Eastern India & Calcutta
Rajasthan & Agra

Rajasthan & Agra

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.

Rajasthan & Agra
Ladakh

Ladakh

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

Ladakh
The Indian Himalayas

The Indian Himalayas

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

The Indian Himalayas
Mumbai

Mumbai

You say Bombay, he say Mumbai. Call it what you will, this is - without question - the most vibrant city on Earth

Mumbai

What to do in India

Forts and Palaces

Forts and Palaces

Rajasthan is justifiably famous for its wonderful forts and palaces

Forts and Palaces
Zip Touring

Zip Touring

Try India’s first zip tour.

Zip Touring
Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

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

Taj Mahal
Riding

Riding

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

Riding
Expert-Led Journey: Rajasthan International Folk Festival (RIFF), 6th - 13th October 2014

Expert-Led Journey: Rajasthan International Folk Festival (RIFF), 6th - 13th October 2014

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?

Expert-Led Journey: Rajasthan International Folk Festival (RIFF), 6th - 13th October 2014
Monastery Visits

Monastery Visits

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

Monastery Visits
Rafting

Rafting

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

Rafting
Mountain Villages & Trekking

Mountain Villages & Trekking

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

Mountain Villages & Trekking

Where to stay in India

Sukoon Houseboat

Sukoon Houseboat

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.

Sukoon Houseboat
Windemere Estate, luxury hotel in India

Windemere Estate

The owners live in the old planters bungalow and their friendly staff will take you off on long walks in the hills or private cardamom estate.

Windemere Estate
Malabar House, luxury hotel in India

Malabar House

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

Malabar House
pool at Neeleshwar Hermitage, luxury hotel in India

Neeleshwar Hermitage

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.

Neeleshwar Hermitage
Exterior detail at Privacy, luxury hotel in India

Privacy

This is one of the 'escapes' from the team behind Malabar House, sitting on the palm-fringed shores of Lake Vembanad.

Privacy
Purity, luxury hotel in India

Purity

This boutique hotel is situated in the backwaters of Kerala, on the shores of Lake Vembanad.

Purity
Serenity, luxury hotel in India

Serenity

A sister hotel of Malabar House, Serenity's location makes it the ideal stopover on the long journey between Cochin and Thekkady.

Serenity
Shalimar Spice Garden, luxury hotel in India

Shalimar Spice Garden

The resort's five acres are reached across a wooden suspension bridge, which leads into a world of landscaped gardens, palms and mango groves and fragrant spices and nutmeg trees.

Shalimar Spice Garden
Elephant at Barefoot at Havelock, luxury hotel in India

Barefoot at Havelock

Situated at the end of what was once voted the ‘best beach in Asia’, Barefoot at Havelock is the finest hotel in the Andamans.

Barefoot at Havelock
Ahilya Fort, luxury hotel in India

Ahilya Fort

The majestic 250 year old fort sits on the edge of a cliff, high above the sacred Narmada River, surrounded by the beautiful and unexploited town of Maheshwar.

Ahilya Fort
Interior at Baghvan, luxury hotel in India

Baghvan

This charming lodge is located alongside a stream on the edge of a dry deciduous forest of predominantly teak trees.

Baghvan
Bathroom at Samoda Safari Lodge, luxury hotel in India

Samode Safari Lodge

The brainchild of the Samode family, Samode Safari Lodge is in a secluded location by the new – and virtually unused – entrance to Bandhavgarh National Park.

Samode Safari Lodge
Shergarh, luxury hotel in India

Shergarh

Shergarh is an exclusive camp situated at the southern edge of Kanha National park, and providing a highly personalised wildlife experience for every guest.

Shergarh
Wildlife at Pashan Garh, luxury hotel in India

Pashan Garh

A jungle safari lodge made up of a cluster of stone cottages with magnificent views over the forest and a large waterhole which has been host to numerous wildlife sightings.

Pashan Garh
Logo detail at The Imperial, luxury hotel in India

The Imperial

One of the most distinguished hotels in the country’s capital, built in 1934, is located in the heart of the city.

The Imperial
Dinner at the hotel pool at Forsyth's Saptura, luxury hotel in India

Forsyth’s Satpura

A small stylish lodge set in 44 acres of wildlife-filled jungle at the edge of the Satpura Tiger reserve.

Forsyth’s Satpura
Usha Kiran Palace, luxury hotel in India

Usha Kiran Palace

Set in nine acres of beautifully landscaped lawns, this regal palace, rich in history, is decorated with ornate artistic stone carvings and recalls a bygone era.

Usha Kiran Palace
Mahua Kothi, luxury hotel in India

Mahua Kothi

Pronounced ma-hoo-a, this tree with its fleshy off-white flowers plays a central role in festivals and rituals, as the vitamins, minerals and sugar-rich flowers are used in a number of ways.

Mahua Kothi
Verandah at Glenburn Tea Estate, luxury hotel in India

Glenburn Tea Estate

This little plantation retreat lies on the banks of the River Rungeet, high in the Himalayas and overlooked by the mighty Kanchenjunga.

Glenburn Tea Estate
Assam Bengal Navigation Boats, luxury hotel in India

Assam Bengal Navigation Boats

Assam Bengal Navigation is a two boat party offering wilderness cruises along the vast Brahmaputra River.

Assam Bengal Navigation Boats
The Oberoi Grand, luxury hotel in India

The Oberoi Grand

The Oberoi Grand, fondly referred as the 'Grande Dame of Chowringhee' offers the ultimate classical residence in the City of Joy.

The Oberoi Grand
Mihir Garh , luxury hotel in India

Mihir Garh

This small mud fort is perched on a sand mound, surrounded by scrub desert, just south of Jodhpur.

Mihir Garh
The pool at Sher Bagh, luxury hotel in India

Sher Bagh

Just minutes from the gateway into Ranthambore National Park, Sher Bagh is a charming and romantic jungle camp.

Sher Bagh
Rawla Narlai, luxury hotel in India

Rawla Narlai

This delightful 17th century property, surrounded by forested hills, represents a Rajasthan that few see today and is in one of the most beautiful parts of the state.

Rawla Narlai
Devi Garh, luxury hotel in India

Devi Garh

The ingenious owners have given life back to what was a derelict hilltop palace and it is now a luxury 'palace' hotel, the epitome of modern India, with an emphasis on design and detail using local marbles and semi-precious stones.

Devi Garh
Pool at Oberoi Amarvillas, luxury hotel in India

Oberoi Amarvilas

The Oberoi Amarvilas - Sanskrit for ‘Eternal Haven’ - is set among lush and serene Mughal-inspired pools and terraced gardens.

Oberoi Amarvilas
The swimming pool at Oberoi Udaivilas, luxury hotel in India

Oberoi Udaivilas

The hotel stands on the banks of Lake Pichola facing Udaipur, with views across the water to the 17th century palaces of of Jagmandir and Jagniwas.

Oberoi Udaivilas
Balcony at Raas, luxury hotel in India

Raas

Raas is situated at the foot of the mighty Mehrangarh Fort, in the heart of Jodhpur’s (Blue) Walled City.

Raas
Pool at Samode Haveli, luxury hotel in India

Samode Haveli

Built over 150 years ago as the Samode royal family’s suburban house, the hotel stands as a reminder of the past, beautifully restored.

Samode Haveli
Pool at Taj Lake Palace, luxury hotel in India

Taj Lake Palace

Built on top of a small island in 1746, the structure was purposely designed without any land visible beneath or around it, creating a surreal and enchanting atmosphere.

Taj Lake Palace

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A little more info

India is a place of unparalleled diversity - from the soaring Himalayas in the north to the seemingly endless string of white sand beaches in the south, the country has something for everyone, be it impressive landscapes, outstanding cultural sites, colourful festivals, relaxing mountain or coastal retreats and invariably friendly people. It's no surprise then that India is such a fabulous and popular destination for a luxury holiday.

LUXURY HOLIDAYS TO INDIA

There are innumerable experiences - far too many for just one trip - that Original Travel's India team can talk you through in the search for the perfect luxury holiday designed just the way you want it.

In an ever-changing country, we are constantly adding to our knowledge of this vast region, through travel and research, and including more unusual and out of the way places in our portfolio from the French influenced Pondicherry to the Temples of Tamil Nadu.

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Flight from London

8:15 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +6 hrs

Miranda is our India expert and as a seasoned traveller has the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

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