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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.

What to expect on your India holiday

Forget the stereotypes. Go to India 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 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 is the desert region of north-west India, home to the Rajputs and famous for the glorious Hindu architecture of Jodhpur and Jaipur. Home also to the magnificent Taj-operated palaces, Umaid Bhawan and Rambagh Palace. 
  • 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 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. 
  • Golden Triangle holidays - If you're a first time visitor to India, our Golden Triangle holidays allow you to see the very best of the country including the three most famed cities Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. From marvelling at iconic architechure and monuments retelling centuries old history to viewing spectacular wildlife on our tiger safaris, a Golden Triangle holiday provides your perfect introduction to India.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • Watch the sun rise over the Taj Mahal from your private balcony at Amarvilas.
  • Stay at blissfully cool tea plantations in the foothills of the Himalaya.
  • Sight leopards on safari at Jawai Camp, Rajasthan.
  • Witness the oldest festivals of India, from the cattle fair at Bateshwar to the Hornbill festival in Nagaland.

Beyond the ordinary

Our India Experts

Joe and Kate both visited India during their formative years and have returned on numerous occasions in the years since. 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 651010 to start planning your India holiday.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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!

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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