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NORTH INDIA - Holi festival

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.

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NORTH INDIA - The Imperial, Delhi, North India - Jaguar at the main porch

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 the daring, the cautious and the luxury traveller visiting India. 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 forts and palaces of the maharajas. Whilst on a luxury India holiday you will find remarkable history and culture, sumptuous food, spectacular scenery, effervescent metropolises, inherent kindness, unsurpassed luxury and infectious happiness that is prevalent throughout the country.

Luxury India trips offer experiences for every kind of traveller. Rajasthan is the ideal region for romantic honeymoons; discreet and fairy-tale palaces, candlelit dinners under the stars of the Thar Desert and private boat trips on the serene Lake Pichola. Family tours in India turn the country into an adventure playground just waiting to be explored and discovered, particularly the temple scattered sites of Tamil Nadu, where our expert guides can bring the history and magic alive. India is also perfect for adventure holidays and has some of the best wildlife and birdlife viewing opportunities in Asia. Head to Central India, to the wildlife rich state of Madhya Pradesh, where leopard, sloth bear, sambar deer, langur, wild boar, wild dog, jungle cat and many more species abound, including hundreds of resident and migratory birds. One might even be lucky enough to see a majestic tiger in its natural habitat in rural Rajasthan, especially in the renowned Ranthambore National Park. That’s the beauty of luxury tours of India, they can be tailor-made to one’s exact requirements. 

The sheer size of the country means that the weather patterns are extremely varied, and we can advise the best region for whichever month you choose to travel to India. But generally speaking, the best time to visit India is between October and March for warm, dry and sunny weather. In December and January, and from June to September marks the largest contrast between the climates of northern India and southern India; in mid-winter icy winds from the snowfields of the Himalayas chill the north, whilst the Tamil plains and coastal Kerala, bask under the sultry sunshine. While visiting Kerala during the summer, monsoon season breaks on coast before working its way northeast across the country, whilst Ladakh juxtaposes the rest of the country with the most fabulous sunshine weather. 

When planning a trip to India, we often speak to clients who feel they can only do the country justice if they travel for a long period of time, but we couldn’t disagree more, and believe sometimes, 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 on shorter Indian tours, and then return to explore different regions. The joy with travelling across India is that there are endless parts 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. Travelling to India is straightforward, with varying flight times from London; the capital of India, Delhi is approximately eight hours flight, the buzzy Mumbai nine hours, and Chennai in the south is a ten hour flight.

We have recently launched Ampersand’s Unusual Escorted Journeys, a selection of small group tours that delve into our favourite destinations, under the chaperone of our charming, diverse and distinctly different guides. We have created two escorted tours to India: Rajasthan for Diwali Festival and Punjab & Kashmir for Holi. For more information, speak to one of our India travel specialists.

To help you decide where to travel in India, click on one of the below icons to explore suggested itineraries, luxury hotels and locations of either North India or South India, and then speak to one of our destination specialists who will be happy help you plan your bespoke Indian getaway, complete with our best travel tips and expert travel guides…

Our Tours of India

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An Act of Faith: Ardh Kumbh Mela, Allahabad

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15 days from £3,650

On this two-week-long itinerary, you will visit two of India's oldest living cities at the most auspicious time to do...

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Ampersand's Unusual Escorted Journey to Rajasthan, Diwali

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12 days from £5,600

There’s nowhere in India quite as magnificent as the Land of Kings, particularly during India’s visually spectacular Festival of Lights....

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Ampersand's Unusual Escorted Journey to Punjab & Kashmir, Holi

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11 days from £4,450

Hop on a magic carpet ride through India’s colourful festival of spring, Holi. Ampersand’s Unusual Escorted Journey to Punjab &...

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Madhya Pradesh: Wildlife, History & Romance

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11 days from £4,950

Madhya Pradesh has always slightly dodged the spotlight which shines so brilliantly on more celebrated neighbouring states, which means one...

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The Palaces, Wildlife, Plantations & Beaches of Karnataka

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17 days from £5,260

The astounding ruins of the Vijayanagar Empire at Hampi, exquisite rock cut temples of Badami, Pattadkal and Halebeedu, and giant...

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The Hidden Beaches of the Andaman Islands

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12 days from £3,650

Explore the hidden beaches and secret gems of India’s underrated and laid-back Andaman Islands on this relaxing 12-day itinerary.

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Boutique South India: From Chennai to Cochin

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15 days from £5,495

This tailor made tour of South India comprises some of the best boutique hotels in the area, providing a unique...

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Taj Palace Tour... The Ultimate Indian Indulgence

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17 days from £6,805

A combination of what we do best, this 17 day tour blends opulent luxury with the best of Indian culture....

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Some of our favourite hotels in India

Ahilya Fort ,
Maheshwar

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  Ahilya Fort is one of Ampersand's Top 10 Romantic Retreats  The unparalleled Ahilya Fort is possibly one of the most...

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Umaid Bhawan Palace ,
Jodhpur

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  Umaid Bhawan Palace is one of Ampersand's Top Ten Hotels in Rajasthan. A magnificent Art Deco palace hotel and still...

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Aman-i-Khas ,
Ranthambore

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  Aman-i-Khas is one of Ampersand's Top 10 Hotels in Rajasthan and Top 10 Safari Lodges in Asia. Aman-i-Khás is an exclusive wilderness camp set in...

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Kumarakom Lake Resort ,
Kumarakom

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One of the most stylish resorts on the backwaters, Kumarakom Lake Resort succeeds in combining modern comforts and luxuries with...

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Coconut Lagoon ,
Kumarakom

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Located on the shores of Vembanad Lake, this unusual resort is a haven of relaxation and tranquillity. Only accessible by...

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Elsewhere ,
Goa

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  Elsewhere is one of Ampersand's Top 10 Beach Hotels On a totally private spit of land overlooking the ocean, separated...

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Some of our favourite places of interest in India

Ahmedabad

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The largest city in the Gujarat, Ahmedabad is an incredible mix of modern and medieval. Tower blocks and factories are...

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Vadodara

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Vadodara, formerly known as Baroda, was once capital city of one of the most powerful and wealthy states in India....

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Mandvi

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Mandvi is an intriguing port town on the Gulf coast, around 60 km south west of Bhuj, in the state...

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Gokarna

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This relatively unspoilt beach on the Karnataka coast has a broad sweep of white sand and a wonderful backdrop of...

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Alleppey

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The sleepy, easy-going town of Alleppey sits largely on the water, surrounded by rustling palm trees and green paddy fields....

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Pondicherry

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Pondicherry (or Pondi) was an outpost of the French Empire for almost 300 years, and still today it is a...

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Testimonials


Ampersand’s details preparation, attention to detail and interaction before and during our trip show exactly why good travel agents have a role in today’s internet/direct booking age. Shalmali was a delight to work with – before and during our trip.
- Mr David Wallace, North India
We have been on expensive and luxurious holidays in the past, but the service and communication Ampersand has provided has far exceeded those offered by other agencies.
- Susan Ford, India
Everything you did for us whilst we were away was hugely appreciated, and Ampersand has been exemplary in every way. I'll always recommend you!
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
Difficult to articulate just how good the service from you and your team really was. We know you will continue to do well and hope we have the chance to seek your assistance again before long.
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
Without question, you put together the best trip I have ever taken. We were shown around like visiting dignitaries, the hotels were fantastic and the itinerary was just right. Everybody I know will hear about how amazing Ampersand is!
- Leslie Siben, India
So many highlights to choose from! The hotels were amazing but Maya Villa was a highlight… I loved just hanging out in the hammock reading my book and watching the peacocks chase the cows!
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
I had a very lovely time and was looked after splendidly. My first visit to India could not have been better, save for being longer! But I shall return at some point and I shall look to you to make the arrangements.
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
We had a wonderful holiday - everything was perfect. Thank you for helping us to make a thoughtful plan to enjoy and make most out of our trip. The places we visited, the guides, the transportation and driver, the hotels selected... Everything was great!
- Jaime Benitez, South India

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