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
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
The obvious (with good reason) starting point is the magical
state of Rajasthan, home to majestic palaces, bustling
cities, serene deserts and tiger inhabited national parks. A visit
to the Taj Mahal, though technically not in Rajasthan
itself, combines well with this part of the country.
Once you've got the bug (and we don't mean Delhi belly), you
will want to explore more, and that's when it gets complicated.
Where to head next? The North West frontier of imperial legend is
home to Kashmir, finally back on the map after decades
of being off limits, and the Tibetan Buddhist enclave of Ladakh - perfect trekking country with charming
homestay accommodation and a blessed opportunity to see Tibetan
culture as it should be.
South East of here are the Indian Himalayas proper, bordering Nepal, and
this region is home to more fantastic walking country and elegant
Further east still, the legendary city of Calcutta awaits on your India luxury holiday,
and the less explored but equally interesting states of Sikkim and
Safari nuts should head straight for Central India where the country's finest
National Parks are reporting - finally - a small and very welcome
increase in tiger numbers. In our humble opinion very little beats
the thrill of seeing this most magnificent big cat in the wild.
Overlooking the Arabian Sea is unmissable Mumbai for a touch of glamour and a gallon of
chaos, and the perfect way to decompress after the city is heading
south for a stay in elegant Kerala with its beaches and backwaters best
explored on an overnight stay aboard a charming converted
Last but not least, the most original - in all senses of the
word - destination in India is the extraordinary Andaman Islands, nearer to Burma than the
Indian mainland and home to sea-swimming elephants and indigenous
tribes who have little or no contact with the outside world. A
destination with a high luxury holiday 'boastability' quotient if
ever there was one.
In an ever-changing country, we are constantly adding to our
knowledge of this vast region on research trips (tough life),
sniffing out the finest little antique shop in Udaipur or the best
bhaji in Bangalore. Speaking of Bangalore, we are constantly
researching more unusual parts of the country such as Karnataka (of
which Bangalore is the capital), or the temples of Tamil Nadu.
Watch this space for more information on both, and more.