For first timers to India, the beguiling combination of the
capital, Delhi; Agra for the Taj Mahal and the highlights of regal
would be perfect. The blend of seductive cities such as Jaipur and
Udaipur, the beauty of rural Rajasthan and the chance to see tigers
in Ranthambhore National Park is hard to beat, but it's important
to note that Northern India is not going to be boiling hot at this
time of year. That said, we're talking a very civilised mid teens,
which might not be such a bad thing for an itinerary that includes
several cities and game parks.
If heat is the key consideration, then India still works, but
visitors will want to head to the south of the country, with the
best beaches in the charming southern states of Kerala and Karnataka. Kerala in
particular has a fascinating colonial history (you could even
celebrate Christmas in Cochin in one of the many churches), elegant
yoga retreats and beautiful backwaters work well as a standalone
destination, or as a twin centre trip with the north.
One final thought - you'd be amazed how many months ahead of
Christmas and New Year the best hotels and flights get booked up,
so we would strongly recommend planning WELL in advance.