India Holidays

Joe and Kate quite separately made their first forays into India during their formative years and have, over the intervening years, returned on numerous occasions. Both have considerable experience to create exciting, interesting and unusual holidays to India without losing sight of the “must-see” places.

Why we like India

We love India for all the reasons that many people hate India. The kaleidoscope of colours, the smell of incense, the sheer volume of people, cows blocking traffic on a main thoroughfare, the food and the wandering sadhus. If you love it you develop a magnetic attraction which draws you back time and time again.

What to expect on your India holiday

Forget the stereotypes, go with an open mind, don’t expect anything and every day will bring new experiences. Whether it is architecture, food or local customs, India is unpredictable. Go with the flow. There will be delays, there will be seemingly mindless bureaucracy which defies logic and yet somehow everything moves forward on the great wheel of life. Hotels cater to every level of requirement from the utterly fabulous to slightly quirky palaces of Maharajas where old family retainers still look after guests in a wonderfully haphazard fashion. In addition sophisticated African-style tented camps have sprung up near the game parks. Internal flights take time and traffic can be wearisome so consider trains. There is little better way to see the countryside.

Some ideas for travelling in India

  • Rajasthan. The desert region of north-west India. Home to the Rajputs and famous for the glorious Hindu architecture of Jodhpur, Jaipur and the magnificent lake palace hotel in Udaipur.
  • Kerala. Spend a few days drifting down the waterways on a luxury river boat of your own. Daily life unfolding as you go.
  • Kashmir. At long last this summer mountain retreat is opening its doors to tourism once more. Stay on a house boat and be taken on day trips paddled in style.
  • Ladakh. The last bastion of true Tibetan Buddhism. Wonderful old monasteries, very traditional culture and still relatively few tourists.
  • River cruise. There are now a number of small luxury river boats with very interesting programmes into previously inaccessible areas.
  • Arunachal Pradesh, lying above Bangladesh, is bisected by the Brahmaputra and inhabited by numerous different tribes each with their own customs and culture.
  • Tiger Safari. Choose from a number of National Parks with our guidance to get the most out of your safari.
  • Take a private walking holiday in Ladakh stopping overnight at village houses
  • Watch the sun rise over the Taj Mahal from your private balcony at Amarvilas
  • Ride into the jungle on elephant back in search of tigers in Central India
  • Stay at blissfully cool tea plantations in East India
  • Sight leopards on safari at Jawai Camp, Rajasthan
  • Explore the little visited 'paradise' of Kashmir, and take a shikara water safari
  • Witness the oldest cattle fair at Bateshwar from a riverside vantage point

Beyond the ordinary

  • Play polo at Jaipur on elephant back courtesy of the Maharaja
  • Join one of our snow leopard tours
Send us an enquiry:
Speak to an India expert:

Joe Parkes

+44(0) 1285 651 010

Kate Hitchen

Kate Hitchen

+44(0) 1285 651 010


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