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Colour, culture, cuisine and more – India holidays offer a wide range of experiences from standing in awe in front of the majestic Taj Mahal in Northen India, to practicing yoga in one of Western & Oriental's featured enlightening Indian mountain wellness retreats; relaxing on the soft sandy beaches in South India, to the excitement of seeing tigers in Central India.
Our collection of India tours represents our recommendations for some of the best ways to experience the varied regions of this beautiful country on a luxury tailor-made holiday to India.
Each of our luxury India holidays allow you to experience the cultural diversity of the land and the unique coexistence of a number of religions and Indian cultural traditions. This is a vast landscape, taking in the foothills of the Indian Himalayas, the beaches and islands, the bustling cities and the topography in between. The delicious Indian food, vibrant colours, spectacular sights and sounds will enable you to have a unforgettable experience on your luxurious holiday to India.
Browse our India holidays & tours and speak to on of our dedicated India specialists and let us tailor-make your luxury India tour covering the diverse variations of India - from the mountainous landscapes, sun-drenched beaches to tropical jungles, your senses will be overwhelmed at every turn. India is also a base from which you can explore further afield – the neighbouring countries of Bhutan or Nepal, or the island of Sri Lanka perhaps. Speak to us today and let us help you plan your once in a lifetime Indian experience.
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India Holidays Travel Guide
Several airlines offer flights to India, though we mainly use British Airways, Virgin, Emirates, Etihad and Jet Airways with the flight taking around 8 hours when flying from the UK to Delhi. Other gateaways are Mumbai, Kolkatta, Madras, Cochin and Hyderabad.
From the airport transfers can be arranged to your hotel. In general we always recommend organising private transfers as they are safer and more economical.
Things to See and Do in India
India is a country rich in culture and history meaning that the places to explore are endless and the activity options are varied, finding something for the whole family to enjoy won't be a problem here, however narrowing down the list might be!
- In Delhi, visit the Lotus temple, a place of public worship since its inauguration in 1986. As you may glean from the name, the Temple is designed in the form of a Lotus and daily guided tours are on offer as well as ample photograph opportunities.
- The Taj Mahal, one of the 7 wonders of the world, is the best known site in India with four million tourists visiting each year. This beautiful site, built between 1632 and 1653 was built in honour of the wife of the Mogul Emporer Shah Jahan.
- Visit the world renowned tea gardens in Assam, where you can wonder the brightly coloured groves and learn about this large part of India's heritage.
- Leh Palace in Ladakh is a 9 storey dun-coloured palace, unoccupied since the Ladakhi royals were stripped of their power. Today you can wonder the maze of corridors, stairways and ladders, up to the rooftop for spectacular views or into the exhibition.
- Kanha National Park is India’s premier national park and was the region that inspired Rudyard Kipling to write The Jungle Book. Watch for Jackals, Swamp Deer, Pythons and a plethora of exotic birds, as well as the majestic Bengal Tigers of course!
- Asiatic Lions should also be on your to-do list, are a rare breed of Lion, they are protected in India and a humbling sight!
The best way to see India is at ground level and particularly by train: the hustle and bustle of India's railway system combined with the tea sellers that come down the aisle! It is nothing like the images we are so often privvy too of people sitting on the roofs of overpacked trains, journeys are comfortable and safe, as well as offering great routes around India with lots to see on the way!
Health and Safety in India
India is generally safe for tourists, however we advise against travelling alone, particularly if you are a woman as there have been an increased amount of reported assaults on lone females in certain areas. Women should dress respectfully at all times when outside of their resort.
Food and Drink
Resorts and hotels in India offer a varied range of restaurants and bars, serving national dishes as well as international cuisine. Smaller hotels may only serve local cuisine with modifications available. We advise avoiding street food as this may have been out in the hot sun and drink only bottled water, avoiding ice in your drinks unless it is within a hotel that has its own water purification system. Alcohol can be purchased easily all over India, except in Gujarat which is a dry state.
Eating in India is extremely reasonable and the following amounts may be used as a general guideline to help you in planning how much money to take to cover your food whilst in India. Obviously these prices will vary according to how much you eat and what items you choose on the menu (items such as lobster, king prawns, caviar and the more rarefied imported food items are very expensive). However, this may be used as a useful guideline.
Continental breakfast £6 - £7
Full breakfast £8 - £10
Lunch (simple lunch at small hotels / cafes when en route somewhere) £8 - £10
Lunch (at the larger, city hotels, in town) £12 - £15
Dinner (full 3 course, at large, city hotels, without alcohol) £20 - £30
Dinner (full 3 course, at small hotels, restaurants in town, without alcohol) £15 - £25
You will need a visa to enter India and this should be arranged prior to your departure from the UK as you cannot obtain one on entry. You may be refused travel if you do not have the necessary visa documentation with you at check in. It takes around 3 - 4 days on average to process visa applications with postage taking an additional 2 - 3 weeks.
We suggest that all our customers review foreign office advice for India before travelling. Click here for the latest information from the foreign office.
The local currency in India is the Indian Rupee,however major credit/debit cards are accepted in the main hotels, resorts and larger shops and restaurants. Travellers cheques and cash may be the only payment method in smaller shops or bars.
India uses the 3 pin plug with the same voltage as the UK however it is wise to purchase an adaptor before travel.
There is no such language as 'Indian', there are many variations in language across the country, however many people here speak english and it is certainly spoken in main hotels and resorts. Other than English common languages include Hindu, Punjabi and Urdu.
Customs and Public Holidays
India has the same five day week as in the UK, public holidays include India's national holidays include International New Year's Day (1 Jan.), Republic Day (26 Jan.), Independence Day (15 Aug.), and Mahatma Gandhi's Birthday (2 Oct.).