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

Windemere Estate, luxury hotel in India

Windemere Estate

Kerala

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.

Where to stay

Windemere Estate
Tranquil Resort

Tranquil Resort

Kerala

Tranquil by name, tranquil by nature – this home stay is housed in an authentic plantation up in the lush Northern Kerala hills.

Where to stay

Tranquil Resort
Karnataka

Karnataka

India

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

Where to go

Karnataka
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
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
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
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
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
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
Eastern India & Calcutta

Eastern India & Calcutta

India

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.

Where to go

Eastern India & Calcutta
Monastery Visits

Monastery Visits

Ladakh

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

What to do

Monastery Visits
Exterior detail at Privacy, luxury hotel in India

Privacy

Kerala

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

Where to stay

Privacy
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
Forts and Palaces

Forts and Palaces

Rajasthan & Agra

Rajasthan is justifiably famous for its wonderful forts and palaces

What to do

Forts and Palaces
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
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
Purity, luxury hotel in India

Purity

Kerala

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

Where to stay

Purity
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
Elephant at Barefoot at Havelock, luxury hotel in India

Barefoot at Havelock

Andaman Islands

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

Where to stay

Barefoot at Havelock
Ladakh

Ladakh

India

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

Where to go

Ladakh
Serenity, luxury hotel in India

Serenity

Kerala

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

Where to stay

Serenity
Rafting

Rafting

Ladakh

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

What to do

Rafting
Zip Touring

Zip Touring

Rajasthan & Agra

Try India’s first zip tour.

What to do

Zip Touring
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

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