Monkey in Ranthambore, India Holiday

India Holidays

We love India for many reasons. 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 as we do you develop a magnetic attraction which draws you back time and time again.

When planning a trip to India the best place to start is to call one of our extremely knowledgeable and passionate travel consultants. Joe and Kate both have considerable experience of creating exciting, interesting and unusual holidays to India without losing sight of the “must-see” places.

Call our travel experts on 01285 601 632 to start planning your India holiday.

SOME IDEAS to get you started

  • Rajasthan is the colourful, desert region of north-west India, home to the Rajputs and famous for its glorious Hindu architecture. A first time visitor to India might visit the ‘golden triangle’ (Delhi, Agra and Jaipur) and for those with more time include the famed cities of Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Udaipur. Rajasthan is also home to some of the most magnificent palace hotels - Taj Lake Palace, Umaid Bhawan and Rambagh Palace. 
  • Kerala – Tropical, slow paced and home to Ayurveda, spend a few days drifting down the waterways on a houseboat of your own, daily life unfolding as you go.
  • Kashmir - At long last this summer mountain retreat has opened its doors to tourism once more. Whether you visit as part of a group or explore on an individual basis, a must do is to stay on a house boat and take day trips, paddled in style on a shikara water safari.
  • Ladakh is the last bastion of true Tibetan Buddhism and still has relatively few tourists. Experience its traditional culture on a walking tour passing wonderful old monasteries, isolated villages, glaciers and desert.  
  • River cruise holiday in India - There are now a number of small luxury river boats with very interesting programmes that can take you into previously inaccessible areas.
  • Stay at blissfully cool tea plantations in the foothills of the Himalaya.
  • Get behind the wheel and self-drive through the Rajasthani desert.
  • Want to join a group tour? Then read more about our expert-led tours of India.
  • Tiger Safari holidays in India - Succesful tiger sightings depend on being in the right place at the right time. To ensure the best game drive allocations you need to book early. We will advise you where private vehicles are possible, so you can maximise your enjoyment through having exclusive access to a dedicated naturalist. The Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve is one of India's best protected tiger reserves and the film below gives an insight into their work. A tiger safari holiday with Steppes Travel will ensure that you have first hand access to the conservation work behind your holiday.

Call our travel experts on 01285 651010 to start planning your India holiday.

India FAQs

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What clothing should I take?

When visiting any country it is important to respect their dress code. Women should avert from wearing sleeveless and tight-fitting clothing and dress modestly, especially when visiting temples and religious monuments.

Short dresses and skirts should also be avoided, loose trousers and long skirts being more favourable and cooler in the heat. If travelling during the winter months or in the north of the country, we advise a jumper for the evenings and early mornings when it can be quite chilly, and of course comfortable footwear for days out and about.

Can I eat food from street markets and stalls?

One of the attractions of India is the tempting array of foods available. We recommend eating at stalls where there are more people and where you can see your food being prepared in front of you ensuring it is fresh. Avoid eating at buffets and where food has been left on display.

Is there an etiquette to photographing people?

When photographing people in India, we always advise to ask the person you would like to photograph beforehand out of politeness. In most cases people are happy to have the picture taken, especially children who will readily pose for several! If photography is prohibited, this is usually clearly marked.

When is the best time to travel to India?
The best time for travel to India is from late October seeing the end of the Monsoon rains to mid March before the daytime temperatures begin to climb in April and May.
Are there lots of mosquitoes in the Keralan backwaters?
During the day mosquitoes are not too much of an issue but by night they can be more so. We tend to advise against staying overnight on the houseboats in the backwaters, instead recommending you cruise in the day when you are able to enjoy the wonderful scenery in peace!
Do I have to take my luggage with me on the train?

This would depend on the length of the journey and whether your car and driver are following the train or not. For many shorter journeys the car would follow with luggage and you would be met the other side.

As a general rule of thumb if you are travelling overnight by train or for more than around 6 hours then you will have your luggage with you.


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JLF at Southbank, London, India


Showcasing South Asia’s unique multilingual literary heritage, JLF@Southbank is an intense teaser to the Jaipur Literature Festival, to be held next January. Travel with Steppes on our exclusive group tour.

The London edition of JLF retains and resonates with the unique spirit of the annual Jaipur Literature Festival, which has firmly established its place in the global literary calendar as the world’s largest free literature festival.

JLF@Southbank will be held in collaboration with Alchemy, the Southbank Centre’s festival of South Asian culture.Festival Directors, Namita Gokhale and William Dalrymple bring together a day of talks, music and readings.In true JLF fashion, the weekend will begin with music and finish with a debate.

Buddist Monk, Ladakh, India

Hemis Festival July 2016

This summer the Hemis Festival happens at the monastery during the 13 - 15 July. This festival is a definite attraction if you are in Ladakh.

This two day festival celebrates victory of good over evil. See the richly adorned masks that the monastery Lamas wear during unqiue dance performances. There will be an unfurling of a two-storey high "Thanka", depicting Padmasambhava, an event that happens once every 12 years, during the Tibetan year of the monkey.  Travel to Ladakh with Steppes Travel this summer, exploring this high altitude kingdom.


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Langur monkeys, India, JK
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Thanks to her knowledge and responsiveness the trip exceeded my expectations! ''

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Holi Powder, India
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There really is no substitute for a travel expert with recent personal knowledge of the destination. ''

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Indian Elephant, India
'' Kate took time for face to face contact. 
She tailored the trip to our particular interests. We had an excellent driver and knowledgeable and engaging guides at all times. An excellent experience from first to last. ''

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Flowers and Coconuts, India
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Local representatives in Leh were fantastic. Standard of everything was very high. The experience that we received in Leh was amazing."

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Rajasthani Woman, India
"We had several awkward requests and these were all dealt with extremely professionally. 
Steppes tailored to our specific needs and desires with Kate's knowledge and expertise on hand to steer us in the right direction. Our private guide and driver made a special holiday exceptional."

Sonia Bowen

Ganesha, India
"Everything we asked for was arranged and useful suggestions were made which enhanced our own ideas.
The car and driver were very reliable and we felt safe and at ease despite the traffic! Representatives and guides were prompt and reasonably well informed. It was a very professionally organised trip."

Trevor Clitheroe

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