Offering the modern traveller a multitude of experiences India is a country of many influences and cultures and personified by its people, monuments and palaces. Luxury Holiday Tours to India take in the myriad of attractions provided by its extensive spiritual and cultural heritage. With scenery that benefits from the majesty of jungles, deserts, mountains and beaches even the most seasoned traveller will be moved by its unique personalityVisit India’s many incredible sights on an ITC Luxury Travel made-to-measure tour. This page features just an example of what we can create with you in mind.
Days 1-2 - The Imperial Delhi Arrive in Delhi and stay two nights at The Imperial, a wonderful centrally located property that provides an oasis of serenity within the city. On the first day relax and take advantage of the hotel's luxurious spa. On day two, enjoy a tour of the highlights of both New and Old Delhi.
Days 3 - The Oberoi Amarvillas Head for Agra by Shatabdi Express train and visit the most romantic wonder of the world, the Taj Mahal. Follow this with a visit to the magnificent Agra Fort and a night at The Oberoi Amarvillas with its panoramic views of this iconic building.
Days 4-5 - Rambagh Palace Transfer to Jaipur via the deserted city of Fatephur Sikri where you will discover the palace built by the Emperor Akbar in 1569. Then check in to Rambagh Palace for a two night stay. On day five ascend the hill on elephant back to visit the Amber Fort, followed by an afternoon in Jaipur City where you can explore the famously colourful markets and bazaars.
Days 6-7 - The Oberoi Udaivilas Transfer to Jaipur Airport and Udaipur; an enchanting boat ride across Lake Pichola takes you to The Oberoi Udaivilas for a two night stay. Udaipur, is a city of majestic palaces and beautiful lakes often described as the 'Venice of the East'. Discover the Crystal Gallery, a collection of exquisite crystal furniture, or visit the Eklingi and Nagda Temples and enjoy a voyage on Lake Pichola for stunning views of the palaces.
Day 8 Departure via Udaipur Airport to Delhi Airport for your onward destination.
EXTENSION OPTION 1 - THE MAJESTY OF THE TIGER
Day 8 The Imperial Delhi Transfer to Udaipur Airport for a flight to Delhi and stay overnight at The Imperial.
Days 9-11 Mahua Kothi, Madhya Pradesh Situated in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, Bandhavgarh National Park is a 448 square kilometer, renowned tiger reserve. Nestled among the picturesque Vindhya and Satpura ranges, this is one of India's most beautiful national parks. Stay at Mahua Kothi, a lodge that sprawls over its 40 acre grounds, and is situated just 20 minutes from the park entrance. Enjoy daily game drives to see tigers and other wildlife whilst staying in one of only 12 charming guest suites or kutiyas (jungle village huts) built in the vernacular style of central India but housing luxurious, modern amenities.
Day 12 Depart via Jabalpur Airport to Delhi and relax for the day at a hotel. Then transfer back to Delhi Aiport for your onward journey.
EXTENSION OPTION 2 - A HIMALAYAN JOURNEY
Day 8 The Imperial Delhi Transfer to Udaipur airport for a flight to Delhi and stay overnight at the Imperial.
Days 9-11 Wildflower Hall, Shimla Transfer to Delhi Airport for a flight to Shimla and stay at Wildflower Hall. Days are at leisure relaxing at the hotel, enjoying the magnificent spa or exploring Shimla. There is a range of activities available from mountain biking and horse riding to white water rafting or for those guests who want less active experience, there is the option to simply relax and enjoy the stunning panoramas.
Day 12 Departure via Shimla Airport to Delhi and relax for the day at your hotel. Transfer back to Delhi airport for your onward journey.
EXTENSION OPTION 3 - DISCOVERIES OF RAJASTHAN
Days 8-9 The Serai, Luxury Desert Camp and Spa Transfer to Udaipur Airport for a flight to Jodhpur and proceed by road to Jaisalmer, the desert citadel. See the architecture of intricately carved havelis of Nathmalji ki Haveli, Patwon ki Haveli and Salim Singh ki Haveli and visit the Jain Temple. Stay for two nights in one of the Serai's large luxurious tents in the Great Thar Desert.
Days 10-12 Umaid Bhawan Palace Journey to Jodhpur, The Blue City at the edge of the desert and check in at Umaid Bhawan Palace. On day eleven visit the Victory Fort and the Mystic Jaswant Thada before discovering Jodhpur's markets by rickshaw. On day twelve your host, a relation of the royal family of Jodhpur, will escort you on a jeep safari to the Bishnoi villages.
Day 13 Departure via Jabalpur Airport to Delhi and relax for the day at a hotel. Transfer back to Delhi Aiport for your onward destination.
Days 1-4 Taj Coromandel Hotel Fly UK to Chennai and upon arrival transfer to the Taj Coromandel Hotel for a 3 night stay. The following day enjoy a morning at leisure to explore the environs before an afternoon visit to the impressive temple of Mahablaipuram. Day 3 begins with a morning excursion to Kanchipuram, regarded as one of the seven holiest cities in India. After lunch enjoy an afternoon in the vibrant city of Chennai.
Days 4-6 Brunton Boatyard Transfer to Chennai Airport and fly to Kochi for two nights at Brunton Boatyard, a property situated on a historic stretch of Kochi harbour, resurrected from the remains of a Victorian Shipyard. It is a unique city hotel with all 22 rooms overlooking the sea. On the final day of your stay, enjoy a city tour and a Kathakali Dance Show.
Day 6 Spice Coast Cruise After breakfast, transfer to Alleppey and set sail for a one night voyage on the Kettuvallom, queen of the Kerala backwaters and your floating home. With a bedroom, lounge, modern plumbing and lights powered by solar panels on the roof, you can just sit back, relax and enjoy the cruise.
Day 7 Kumarakom Lake Resort, Kumarakom Disembark in Kumarakom, a quiet backwater and transfer to Kumarakom Lake Resort on the banks of Lake Vembanad, a tranquil property where you can choose to lounge by the poolside, indulge in an Ayurvedic massage or explore Kumarakom's farms and villages.
Day 8-9 Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad Transfer to Kochi Airport for the flight to Hyderabad where you will be transferred to the Taj Falaknuma Palace for a 2 night stay. On your final day, there is the fantastic opportunity to participate in a full-day tour of the highlights of Hyderabad, an enthralling city.
EXTENSION OPTION - THE BEACHES OF GOA
Days 9-12 The Leela Kempinski Washed by the warm waters of the Arabic Sea and blessed by the influence and traditions of nearly five centuries of Portuguese rule, Goa is a tropical paradise with low rolling hills that encircle basins of green rice paddy fields laced by wide slow-flowing waterways, amidst which gleam white churches, colourful houses and occasionally the striking remains of a long abandoned fortress. Enjoy four nights at The Leela Kempinski, an elegant retreat nestled amongst lush greenery and winding lagoons, bordered by a beautiful, secluded beach.
Day 13 Depart via Goa Airport to Mumbai International Airport for the journey to your onward destination.
HIGHLIGHTS OF NORTHERN INDIA
TOUR OF DELHI A tour of this city is the best way to see its two distinct sides. From the splendid array of architecture in the Raisina Hill area, to the rickshaws riding past the Red Fort and Chandini Chowk, cultural attractions can be found at every turn. An excellent example is the Moonlit Square, one of Delhi's most lively areas, sporting the city's largest marketplace which features jewellers, spice merchants, food vendors and workshops as well as palatial residences, a setting which epitomises Old Delhi.
TAJ MAHAL, AGRA Often described as the most extravagant monument ever built for love, the Taj Mahal's construction took 22 years and required a 20,000 strong workforce. Amazingly graceful from almost any angle with semi-precious stones inlaid into the marble in beautiful designs, the beauty of the Taj Mahal has to be viewed in all its grandeur to be believed.
PALACES, FORTRESSES & TEMPLES The tour enables you to discover the architecture of civilisations through the age by not only visiting but residing in distinguished palaces. A notable example is Rambagh Palace which remained the home of the Jaipur royal family until 1957, when it was first converted into a luxury hotel. Now a Taj Hotel Resort, it is the jewel in this iconic hotel group's crown.
HIGHLIGHTS OF SOUTHERN INDIA
South-East - Tamilnadu See Mahabalipuram, a monumental art exhibition, the pièce-de-résistance being Arjuna's Penance or The Descent of the Ganga. Discover the Shore Temple, Mahabalipuram's best known landmark, pure poetry in granite, housing shrines for both Shiva and Vishnu in repose. Visit the Mandapam's five structures, each a cave scooped from a hillside, ornamented with pillars and sculptured panels that have inspired generations of South Indian temple builders.
South-West - Kerala Explore the 'spice island' of Kochi, widely believed to be the oldest European settlement in India. Kochi/Cochin lies in the south west coast of the Indian Peninsular in the scenic and prosperous state of Kerala. Informally Cochin (its colonial name) is also referred to as the Gateway to India'
Hyderabad The city of Hyderabad, sometimes known as the City of Pearls is the fourth largest Indian metropolis and is well known as being a centre for impressive art and architecture. The city's heritage has been composed of a mixture of Islamic and Hindu influences and this makes for a cosmopolitan environment throughout and a fascinating place to visit.
Time difference: GMT +5 hours Flight duration: 8 hours 20 minutes to Delhi (direct) Currency: Indian Rupee Capital: New Delhi
Flights British Airways and Virgin Atlantic fly direct from London Heathrow. Emirates operate from most UK Airports via Dubai.
Climate With India being such a large subcontinent, the weather varies greatly throughout the country. As a general rule, in northern areas, October to March brings warm days with dry, cool nights and is widely viewed as the best time to travel. Southern India is most pleasant from November to March with rains from late May through July. Himalayan summers range from April to June, with a maximum temperature of 28°C and a minimum of 15°C with the winters bring cold temperatures throughout.