Welcome to India
"This is India; the land of dreams and romance, of fabulous wealth and fabulous poverty, of splendour and rags, of tigers and elephants, the cobra and the jungle, the country of a thousand nations and a hundred tongues, of a thousand religions and two million gods, cradle of the human race, birthplace of human speech, mother of history, grandmother of legend, great-grandmother of tradition — the one land that all men desire to see, and having seen once, by even a glimpse, would not give that glimpse for the shows of all the rest of the globe combined." Mark Twain
In one word, India is ‘diversity’. Glamorous and beguiling, splendid and romantic, energetic and colourful, the entire country is awash with experiences for both the daring and the cautious traveller. She lays claim to the soaring snow-capped mountains of the Himalayas, the sleepy rhythmic backwaters of Kerala and everything in between, not to mention splendid Mughal architecture such as the infamous Taj Mahal, and some of the world’s most outstanding luxury hotels – from historic havelis to royal palaces and forts of the maharajas. Across the land you will find amazing culture, sumptuous food, spectacular scenery, effervescent metropolises, inherent kindness, unsurpassed luxury and infectious happiness that is prevalent throughout the country. It can almost be described as a collection of countries due to its vast size and dazzling regional array of languages, cuisines and religions.
Some people feel they can only do India justice if they travel for a long period, but we couldn’t disagree more, even ten days is enough. Our personal travel advice for a holiday to India would be to cover less ground in detail, and then return to explore different parts; you will find that there are endless things to discover. For romantic honeymoons, India is discreet and fairy tale palaces, showering you in candlelit dinners and private excursions, and for family holidays, it is an adventure playground waiting to be explored and discovered. Holidays in India are whatever you desire them to be.
The vastness of India means that the weather patterns are extremely varied, but generally, the best time to visit for warm, dry and sunny weather is between October and March. The most marked contrasts between the climates of north and south are December and January, and from June to September. In mid-winter Delhi is ravaged by winds blowing off the snowfields of the Himalayas, whilst the Tamil plains and coastal Kerala, bask under sultry sunshine. In the summer, when the monsoon season breaks on the Keralan coast at the end of May, working its way northeast across the country, Ladakh juxtaposes the rest of the country with the most fabulous weather. Flight times from London to India vary, with Delhi approximately eight hours, Mumbai and Chennai nine and ten hours respectively.
Click on one of the below icons to explore suggested itineraries and luxury hotels of either North India or South India, and start planning your tailor-made holiday…