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?

Why we think you’ll love it

  • Extraordinary diversity of landscapes and cultures in one manageable region
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Where to go in Indian Subcontinent

India

India

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

India
Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

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.

Sri Lanka
Bhutan

Bhutan

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

Bhutan
Nepal

Nepal

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

Nepal

What to do in Indian Subcontinent

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 Indian Subcontinent

Taj Tashi

Taj Tashi

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

Taj Tashi
Amankora Bumthang

Amankora Bumthang

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.

Amankora Bumthang
Amankora Gangtey

Amankora Gangtey

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.

Amankora Gangtey
Amankora Paro

Amankora Paro

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.

Amankora Paro
Amankora Punakha

Amankora Punakha

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.

Amankora Punakha
Uma by COMO, Punakha (Uma Punakha)

Uma by COMO, Punakha (Uma Punakha)

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?)

Uma by COMO, Punakha (Uma Punakha)
Uma Paro

Uma Paro

An excellent five-star hotel on a 38-acre site on a forested mountainside, close to the town of Paro, designed to respect local aesthetics while including modern comforts.

Uma Paro
Amankora Thimpu

Amankora Thimpu

Within easy reach of the Bhutanese capital of Thimpu (population 80,000 – think Weston-super-Mare. Actually, don’t) Amankora Thimpu is designed to resemble a dzong or fortress monastery.

Amankora Thimpu
Gurung Lodge

Gurung Lodge

Gurung Lodge is located on the edge of the village of Majgaun, and views of the surrounding valley and mountains, especially Annapurna South and Annapurna One, are spectacular.

Gurung Lodge
Basanta Lodge

Basanta Lodge

Basanta Lodge is located on the outskirts of Dhampus, and therefore is a good place to start or end a trek.

Basanta Lodge
Sanctuary Lodge

Sanctuary Lodge

Located on a headland just north of the scenic village of Birethanti, Sanctuary Lodge overlooks the river and has dramatic views of Machapuchare - the sacred 'Fishtail' mountain – and is set in beautifully landscaped gardens.

Sanctuary Lodge
Himalaya Lodge

Himalaya Lodge

Located at 6,560 feet, Himalaya Lodge overlooks the slate roofed village of Ghandruk, once a major recruitment centre for the Gurka soldiers.

Himalaya Lodge
Seti River Camp

Seti River Camp

As the name suggests, Seti River Camp is located on the river, and is only accessible by boat.

Seti River Camp
Dwarika's

Dwarika's

More museum than hotel, Dwarika's is inspired by the valley’s rich cultural heritage and is modelled upon the architectural grandeur of the palaces of the Newar Kings. A heritage hotel, it is comprised of carved wooden door and window frames and Nepalese artefacts, some dating back to the 14th Century.

Dwarika's
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

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A little more info

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.

Miranda and Rosie are our Indian Subcontinent experts and as seasoned travellers they have the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

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