Indian Subcontinent

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?

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • Extraordinary diversity of landscapes and cultures in one manageable region

Our guide to holidays in Indian Subcontinent

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.


Top picks for Indian Subcontinent

Forts and Palaces

Forts and Palaces

Rajasthan & Agra

Rajasthan is justifiably famous for its wonderful forts and palaces

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Prayer Flags in Bhutan

Bhutan

Indian Subcontinent

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

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Villa At Wild Coast Tented Lodge

Wild Coast Tented Lodge

Yala, Wilpattu & Gal Oya National Parks

Wild Coast Tented Lodge is an all new canvas lodge situated on a deserted beach at the edge of Yala National Park. The lodge is set to open in mid-2017 and to say we’re pretty excited would be a slight understatement.

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Claughton House, Sri Lanka

Claughton House

Galle & the Southern Beaches

Claughton House sits atop a hill amidst acres of walled-in gardens on the South Sri Lankan coast. Designed by architect Geoffrey Bawa the villa is a fine example of intelligent architecture enhancing beautiful surroundings.

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Expert-Led Journey: Rajasthan International Folk Festival (RIFF) with Amelia Stewart

Expert-Led Journey: Rajasthan International Folk Festival (RIFF) with Amelia Stewart

Rajasthan & Agra

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?

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Diphlu River Lodge

Diphlu River Lodge

Eastern India & Calcutta

The charming cottages at Diphlu River Lodge offer comfortable accommodation in the Kaziranga National Park, which is a World Heritage Site. Situated on the banks of River Diphlu, guests are often treated to close up views of the wildlife that comes to the river to drink, as well as views of the lush green jungle beyond.

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House on a Hill, Nepal

Nepal

Indian Subcontinent

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

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Zip Touring

Zip Touring

Rajasthan & Agra

This is a heritage tour with a difference; fly down from ridge tops and hill forts on a series of zip wires seeing views over the Mehrangarh Fort and Jodhpur city accompanied by a trained instructor who imparts facts and the local history, culture and ecology.

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Rafting

Rafting

Ladakh

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

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Monastery Visits

Monastery Visits

Ladakh

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

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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.

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Tiger's Nest

Tiger's Nest

Bhutan

Tatsang Palphug, also known as the Tiger’s Nest, is a Buddhist monastery clinging to the side of a steep cliff. A must see for anyone who is lucky enough to enter the world’s last remaining Shangri La, this temple complex lies 3000ft above the Paro Valley, where many long distance treks start from.

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The Fortress

The Fortress

Galle & the Southern Beaches

The Fortress is a boutique resort on one of the south coast's most expansive sandy beaches, Koggala Beach. Only 10 miles from the historic city of Galle the building design and interior furnishings successfully blend traditional Dutch, Portuguese and Sri Lankan architecture with contemporary design.

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Breakfast at Ivory House, Sri Lanka

Ivory House

Galle & the Southern Beaches

Ivory House is a spacious villa in southern Sri Lanka that combines a simple aesthetic with a decor inspired by Dutch colonialism. The property sits at an elevation and boasts large windows to maximise the views of the picture-perfect surrounding rice paddies.

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Trekking in Bhutan

Trekking in Bhutan

Bhutan

Some of the best trekking on Earth is in the mountainous kingdom of Bhutan, including both day treks and longer treks such as the six day Druk Path Trek, which follows the ancient trading route between Paro and Thimpu.

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India

India

Indian Subcontinent

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

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Fort Bazaar Courtyard

Fort Bazaar

Galle & the Southern Beaches

Fort Bazaar is set within a sensitively restored 17th century town house right in the heart of Galle Fort, once the home of spice, tea and gem traders, and offers plenty of charm and an ideal location. 

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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.

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Festivals

Festivals

Bhutan

An integral part of Bhutanese culture are the festivals conveniently spaced throughout the year. These exotic and mysterious commemorations are calculated using the (highly complicated) Bhutanese lunar calendar.

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Skye House Gardens, Sri Lanka

Skye House

Galle & the Southern Beaches

Skye House is a private beach front villa that sits close to the historic town of Galle. The south facing property is just steps from the beach and provides a welcome escape for families and friends alike.

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Ahilya by the Sea

Ahilya by the Sea

India

Sister hotel to the exclusive Ahilya Fort hotel in Maheshwar, Ahilya by the Sea is a charming hideaway in Goa, where the Mandovi and Nerul rivers meet the Arabian sea. The one time private estate of the Trinidades family, Ahilya by the Sea transitioned from family home, through simple guesthouse, finally emerging from its cocoon as a charming boutique hotel in late 2015.

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Suriyawatta Exterior, Sri Lanka

Suriyawatta

Galle & the Southern Beaches

Suriyawatta is a charming family home perched above a coastal lagoon only 40 minutes from the historic town of Galle. With minimalist interiors, and a charming cottage-like exterior, you’ll be in no hurry to leave.

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Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

Indian Subcontinent

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.

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Living Heritage Koslanda courtyard

Living Heritage Koslanda

Cultural Triangle & Tea Plantations

Set in the Eastern Hills of Sri Lanka, Living Heritage Koslanda is a divine four suite getaway for those seeking serenity.

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