Join in the with fun of Holi. The festival normally takes place at the end of March each year and is celebrated with colour and excitement all over India.10/11
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 colourful travel experiences for both the daring and the cautious traveller. She lays claim to the soaring snow-capped Himalaya mountains, the sleepy rhythmic Kerala backwaters, the cultural Golden Triangle and everything in between, not to mention the splendid Mughal architecture of the infamous Taj Mahal, Humayun's Tomb and Agra Fort, 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 history and culture, sumptuous food, spectacular scenery, effervescent metropolises, inherent kindness, unsurpassed luxury and infectious happiness that is prevalent throughout the country.
When planning a trip to India, some people feel they can only do the country justice if they travel for a long period, but we couldn’t disagree more, and believe even a week is enough time to visit India. Our personal travel advice for a luxury 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. The vast size and dazzling regional array of languages, cuisines and religions means that one can almost experience a collection of countries when touring India. For romantic honeymoons, India is the discreet and fairy-tale palaces of Rajasthan, showering you in candlelit dinners and private excursions. Family holidays turn India into an adventure playground just waiting to be explored and discovered. India is perfect for a wildlife holiday too and has some of the best wildlife and birdlife viewing opportunities in Asia. Head to Central India, to the state of Madhya Pradesh, and you might even be lucky enough to see a majestic tiger in its natural habitat. The beauty of luxury tours of India is that they can be whatever you desire them to be.
The vastness of India means that the weather patterns are extremely varied, so whichever month you choose to travel to India, we can advise the best region for that month. However, generally speaking, the best time to visit India for warm, dry and sunny weather is between October and March. The most marked contrasts between the climates of northern India and southern India 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. Travelling to India is straightforward, with varying flight times from London; Delhi is approximately eight hours flight, Mumbai nine hours, and Chennai is ten hours flight.
To help you decide where to visit in India, click on one of the below icons to explore suggested itineraries and luxury hotels of either North India or South India, and then speak to one of our destination specialists who will be happy to help you plan your colourful Indian holiday…