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NORTH INDIA - Taj Lake Palace Rooftop

One of the world's most romantic hotels, the Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur offers serene views over Lake Pichola. 

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NORTH INDIA Sher Bagh

Nostalgic tents right out of a 1920s colonial hunting camp, a sleek little swimming pool, ‘Tigertini’ cocktails served at sunset, oil lamps that hang from branches to light up the earthen paths and pitch-perfect service… and all of this in the middle of the lush Ranthambore forest crawling with tigers, sloth bears, sambar deers. Welcome to Sher Bagh!

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One of our favourite Buddhist statues of all time, this golden masterpiece adorns the 15th-century Tikse Monastery, one of Ladakh's biggest and most imposing monasteries. 

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NORTH INDIA - Jodhpur

Admire the views of the 'Blue City' from Jodhpur's Mehrangarh Fort, one of the most underrated and commanding forts in North India.

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NORTH INDIA - Spice Colours

An integral part of Indian culture, her colourful powdered dies are used on the region's famous textiles and brightly-hued saris.

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NORTH INDIA - Pang Lake

Camp beside the remote and hauntingly beautiful Pang Gong Lake in Ladakh. Although now high up in the Himalayas, Pang Gong is actually the site of a pre-historic ocean.

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NORTH INDIA - Old Delhi

Explore the winding alleyways of Old Delhi by tuk-tuk with everything from flowered garlands, wedding bangles, saris and spices for sale.

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The epitome of ‘glamping’, Aman-i-Khas is the chicest and most luxurious tented camp in Asia, secluded within the tiger lands of India's Ranthambore National Park.

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NORTH INDIA - Ranthambore Tiger

Get up close and personal with Ranthambore National Park's many Bengal tigers. As well as tigers, Ranthambore is home to hundreds of other animal and bird species. 

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NORTH INDIA - Aman-i-Khas Campfire

After a hard day of tiger trekking in Ranthambore National Park, relax by the fire at Aman-i-Khas with a cocktail or two. 

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NORTH INDIA - Zip lining in Jodhpur

Try zip-lining over Jodhpur’s 17th Century Mehrangarh Fort in true Batman style (Batman buffs may recognise it as the setting for scenes of the new movie). With emerald green moats beneath you and the blue-walled city in the distance, this cutting edge activity is perfect for daredevil sightseers and it is one of the highlights of visiting Rajasthan. 

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NORTH INDIA - Amber Fort Exterior

Enter the ancient fort of Amber outside Jaipur through a majestic sandstone gateway.

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NORTH INDIA - Amber Fort

Explore the ancient Amber Fort, a citadel that pre-dates Jaipur and one of Rajasthan's most exhilarating sights. 

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NORTH INDIA - Amanbagh Pool Pavilion

Take a dip in your own private pool while staying in one of Amanbagh's Pool Pavilions, which are, we think, some of the sexiest private villas in Asia.

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NORTH INDIA - Amanbagh Roof Terrace

Overlook paradise, or the closest thing to it on earth, with one of Amanbagh's private dining terrace experiences.

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NORTH INDIA - AmanBagh Terrace

Be served on like a Maharaja at Amanbagh's open-air restaurant as local musicians fill the air with atmospheric Indian folk songs. 

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NORTH INDIA - Taj Lake Palace Lily-Pond

Take an al fresco breakfast around the Lily Pond at the Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur.

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Enjoy a traditional North Indian breakfast with a view at the Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur.

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NORTH INDIA - Taj Lake Palace Spa Boat

Indulge all afternoon on the Taj Lake Palace's very own spa boat. Enjoy siganture spa treatments or soak in the hot tub as you enjoy the view of Udaipur's City Palace. 

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NORTH INDIA - Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur

The Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur, a floating palace on Lake Pichola, is one of Rajasthan's most luxurious hotels. 

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NORTH INDIA Wildflower Hall Himachal Pradesh

Get away from it all and luxuriate in an infinity pool with a view at Shimla's Wildflower Hall.

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NORTH INDIA Lakshman Sagar

North India has a selection of superb boutique hotels. One of our favourite new openings has to be Lakshman Sagar in Pali, Rajasthan - a candy-coloured jewel in the desert.

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NORTH INDIA - The Oberoi, Gurgaon

Our airport hotel of choice, the Oberoi Gurgaon is conveniently located in Gurgaon, a short drive away from Delhi's main airport.

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North India - Taj Mahal

Admire the view of the world's finest monument to love, the Taj Mahal. The best photos of the Taj Mahal are often taken from across the banks of the River Jumna. 

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The Manvar Desert Camp and Resort in Shergarh, situated amongst the silent dunes of Rajasthan's Thar Desert.

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NORTH INDIA - Water Lily Bungalow, Glenburn tea estate

Take Afternoon Tea with a view at Glenburn Tea Estate in Darjeeling.

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NORTH INDIA - Umaid Bhawan Candlelit Feast

For a once in a lifestime experience, dine by candlelight in the grounds of Jodhpur's Umaid Bhawan Palace.

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NORTH INDIA - Tree House Hideaway Bandhavgarh

Snuggle down amongst nature at the Tree House Hideaway, an exclusive jungle camp set in 21 acres of jungle adjacent to Bandhavgarh National Park. It has five bedrooms built on stilts overlooking the jungle, designed in a rustic style using local wood and finished with traditional craftsmanship.

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NORTH INDIA - The Serai Pool

A stay at the Serai, a luxurious tented camp surrounded by sand dunes, is one of the highlights of any visit to Jaisalmer.

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NORTH INDIA - The Leela Udaipur Sheesh Mahal

Dine at Sheesh Mahal, the Leela Palace's fine-dining restaurant with killer views of Udaipur and Lake Pichola.

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NORTH INDIA - Shakti 360 Leti

A hotel so remote that the only way to get there is by foot, Shakti 360 Leti in the Himalayas will suit those with a sense of adventure and a love of stunning panoramic views. 

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NORTH INDIA - Samode Palace Rooftop Pool

Samode Palace is home to one of Rajasthan's finest rooftop pools. Take a dip, sunbathe under the Indian sun, or enjoy champagne and canapes as the sun goes down.

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NORTH INDIA - Samode Palace

Take tea in your opulent surroundings while at Samode Palace. A short drive from Jaipur, Samode is the site of a small village with a fairy-tale palace. 

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NORTH INDIA - Butler at Sher Bagh

Have your every whim catered for at boutique tented camp, Sher Bagh, while visiting Ranthambore National Park.

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NORTH INDIA - Sher Bagh Camp Fire Night

Dine under the stars and around the camp fire at Sher Bagh, one of our favourite tented camps in India. 

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NORTH INDIA - Ranthambore Taj Safaris

Go in search of the elegant Bengal Tiger at Rajasthan's Ranthambore National Park, an area of incredible natural beauty.

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NORTH INDIA - Ranakpur Temples

Admire the ancient intricate carvings of the white marble Jain temples at Ranakpur. 

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NORTH INDIA - Rambagh Palace Indoor Pool

Swim in the historic swimming pool at Rambagh Palace. Gayatri Devi, the last Maharani of Jaipur, swam lengths in this pool every morning.

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NORTH INDIA - Rambagh Palace

While in Jaipur stay in style at the unforgettable Rambagh Palace. A majestic retreat that was once home to the Maharaja of Jaipur, Rambagh is one of the finest hotels in the world.

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NORTH INDIA - Oberoi Udaivilas

Peer out over your pool at the Oberoi Udaivilas to admire scenic views of the tranquil Lake Pichola and the magical city of Udaipur beyond.

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NORTH INDIA - Oberoi Amarvilas Swimming Pool

While away an afternoon at the Oberoi Amarvila's impressive Moghul-inspired mutli-layerd swimming pool.

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NORTH INDIA - Leela Udaipur Lake View Room

Look out over tranquil Lake Pichola from your room at the Leela Palace Udaipur

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NORTH INDIA - Leela Udaipur Courtyard

Enjoy an atmospheric candle-lit traditional Rajasthani music performance at the Leela Palace Udaipur.

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NORTH INDIA - Leela Palace Delhi

Feel like a modern Maharani at the glamorous and opulent Leela Palace, the latest luxury hotel to open in Delhi and a firm Ampersand favourite. 

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NORTH INDIA - Ladakh Jispa

Be blown away by the dramatic landscapes of Ladakh with its snow-capped mountains, deep blue skies and crystal clear lakes.

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NORTH INDIA - Jaisalmer Desert

Explore the forts, dunes and camels of Jaisalmer, a city at the heart of Rajasthan's vast Thar Desert. 

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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 - Ganges, Varanasi

Visit Varanasi, one of the world's holiest cities located on the River Ganges. Love it or hate it, you certainly won't forget it. 

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NORTH INDIA - Fort Seengh Sagar, Ragasthan

Take over the secluded lakeside fort of Seengh Sagar, a short drive from Deogarh. Surrounded by some of Rajasthan's most scenic natural landscapes, this will be heaven on earth for nature lovers and those looking for downtime on a tour of the region.

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NORTH INDIA- - Deogarh Mahal

Spend a night in an authenic Rajasthani palace in the beautiful village of Deogarh. 

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NORTH INDIA - Deogarg Mahal, Rani Sahiba in Sheesh Mahal

Spend time with a princess in her regal surroundings at Deogarh Mahal in Rajasthan.

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NORTH INDIA - Banjaar Tola

Banjaar Tola is a gorgeous Taj Safari's camp with just 18 lightweight tented suites spread over two elegant camps - a wonderfully unique destination for wildlife and luxury enthusiasts. 

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NORTH INDIA - Ampersand Angels Elephants

Like the Ampersand Angels, take a ride on an elephant at Dera Amer stables, just outside Jaipur. Unlike most elephant safaris, this one comes with a glass of champagne! 

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Welcome to North India

Glamorous and beguiling, North India crackles with energy and colour. Nothing compares to the splendour and romance of Rajasthan, spilling over with ancient temples and Mughal monuments. You have vibrant and exciting cities like Mumbai, Delhi and Calcutta, blissfully cool tea plantations, the soaring Himalayas and some of the world’s most outstanding luxury hotels – from historic havelis to Royal Palaces.

The topography of the northern states varies from colossal Himalayan peaks in the far north of the country to the forested tiger country of the centre; from the dramatic Ganges delta wetlands of the Sunderbands in the northeast, to the exotic deserts of Rajasthan. There are walled cities and citadels, desert villages and colonial hill stations, national parks and great rivers lined with temples and ghats. The north Indian cities are also unique: Delhi, the capital, is divided into the bustling, labyrinthine Old City and the majestic colonial avenues of New Delhi. Mumbai (Bombay) is famous for its massive population, thriving business culture and Bollywood film industry. Calcutta (Kolkata) sees itself as the capital of contemporary culture. Jaipur and Jodhpur are the great princely cities of the north-west, with thriving textiles industries and wonderful faded buildings. Few people visit the north without fitting in the luminously beautiful Taj Mahal and nearby red sandstone Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri. Many visitors come to Rajasthan to see the impossibly glamorous palaces and forts of the maharajas, many of which have become luxury hotels. The trick with India is probably to do less, rather than more, and plan to go back.

Here are a few highly recommended India itineraries, but do remember that all of Ampersand Travel's tours are tailor-made for each client.

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Madhya Pradesh: Wildlife, History & Romance

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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India & China; Past, Present & Future

21 days from £9,800

Combine two of the world’s largest and oldest countries on an immersive and epic tailor-made holiday to India and China.

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Ancient India: A historical Journey through Central India

17 days from £4,450

Central India is home to the country’s most ancient cultural sites. A hugely underrated region and an Ampersand favourite, the...

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A Family Wilderness Adventure in Kipling Country

16 days from £4,995

This bespoke Indian wildlife adventure has been especially designed for families travelling with children, bringing to life Rudyard Kipling's stories.

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Birding in the Himalayan Foothills

16 days from £3,627

India is home to a staggering 1,314 recorded species of avifauna. This itinerary is perfect for those who are looking...

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Lions & Wolves: Gujarat's Exceptional Wildlife

14 days from £4,927

Experience the rare wildlife and pristine landscapes of Gujarat on an all-encompassing wildlife itinerary to track the elusive Asiatic lions.

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A Royal Visit to North India & Bhutan

26 days from £18,414

Follow the royal connections between England and the Indian Subcontinent, which have existed since the majestic days of the Raj.

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The Jungle Book Wildlife Adventure

15 days from £5,995

Travelling to the tiger reserve that inspired Rudyard Kipling to create the mighty Shere Khan, this unique, two-week adventure has...

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Health and Happiness in the Himalaya: a wellness adventure to Bhutan and India

20 days from £12,500

Mountains are synonymous with rejuvenation. The higher the altitude, the fresher the air, the brighter the outlook and the better...

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The Legacy of Lutyens

18 days from £5,950

Largely designed by Sir Edwin ‘Ned’ Lutyens over twenty years, New Delhi is a classic example of his invented new...

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Ladakh Village Walk Experience – Indian Himalayan Tour

16 days from £9,995

This beautiful cultural tour takes you off the beaten track to unspoiled, traditional villages in the Indus valley. The perfect...

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Taj Palace Tour... The Ultimate Indian Indulgence

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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Exploring India's Royal Mughal & Maratha Dynasties

14 days from £4,260

Experience the cities, palaces and forts of India's royal Mughal and Maratha dynasties by exploring Delhi, Baroda, Maheshwar, Gwalior and...

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Boutique Rajasthan... Romance, Culture & Stylish Hotels in North India

19 days from £4,685

Here at Ampersand we like to do things differently, so on this itinerary you won’t find any one night stops...

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Cultural Glamping with The Ultimate Travelling Camp In Ladakh

9 days from £3,420

Experience Ladakh’s soul-stirring scenery and culture from the comfort of your nomadic home, ‘The Ultimate Travelling Camp’ – the first...

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India's Ultimate Wellness Retreat - A Week at Vana

9 days from £2,990

Indulge in the ultimate restorative break: 8 days at Asia’s most innovative yet authentic new wellness retreat, Vana in the...

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'Indian Summers'... A Historical Highlands Drama

14 days from £3,280

To celebrate the launch of Channel 4’s hotly anticipated 10-part period drama ‘Indian Summers’, we have created the ultimate tour...

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Colours of Rajasthan, North India

17 days from £3,490

This is a wonderfully vibrant way to experience India: from bustling Delhi and the impressive Taj Mahal to the 'Pink City'...

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India with Aman – A sophisticated journey for the senses

10 days from £4,987

India is a divine destination for an Aman journey. The rich culture you'll discover here is a delightful sensory whirlwind....

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Rajasthani Nights - Dreamy Desert Luxury Tour of North India

13 days from £4,550

Combine sparkling sand dunes, secluded tented camps, sunset camel rides, impressive forts and glittering palace hotels in this 13 day...

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Grand Tour of North India... Our Favourite Luxury India Holiday

18 days from £8,500

Named the Grand Tour for good reason! Experience Delhi, the majestic Taj Mahal, the sacred city of Varanasi and Khajuraho...

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Leh in Ladakh and Rajasthan's Golden Triangle... A Perfect North Indian Pairing from April to Sept

16 days from £4,250

Ladakh and Rajasthan are a match made in heaven – the contrast makes for a wonderfully varied and well-paced trip....

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Gems of North India... The Best of the Golden Triangle & Magical Udaipur

12 days from £4,800

This leisurely journey takes in North India’s classic sights: Imperial Delhi, the Taj Mahal, the Amber Fort, the Golden Triangle,...

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A Jewish Heritage Tour of India

16 days from £4,450

Journey through India’s Jewish past and present on this special tour of her Jewish heritage hubs – Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta...

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Himalayan Heights... A Summer in Ladakh, Northern India

11 days from £3,550

Admire Ladakh’s dramatic landscapes and rich culture, full of distinctive Buddhist architecture, jewellery & costumes. Hike through refreshing mountains, enjoying monasteries,...

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Luxury For Less... Oberoi's 2018 North Indian Holiday Special

11 days from £3,990

This tour visits the Golden Triangle region of Northern India whilst staying at the some of the finest hotels in...

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Grand Colonial Tour of Asia: India, Sri Lanka, Burma, Vietnam & Singapore

15 days from £8,490

Experience Asia's diverse colonial heritage on this 15-day whirlwind tour designed for those with an interest in the history and...

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Taj, Temples and Tigers of North India – The Perfect Family Holiday to India

12 days from £3,825

An exhilarating tour for keen wildlife spotters covering two of India’s most renowned national parks: Bandhavgarh and Kanha. But before...

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Himalayan Odyssey... North India's Finest Monasteries, Temples & Spas

16 days from £4,195

A delightful tour starting with the incredible Golden Temple in Amritsar, followed by travels through the scenic foothills of the...

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Essential India... Our Comprehensive Tour of North & South India

17 days from £6,800

This itinerary is one of our absolute favourites. It combines the fascinating historical and natural gems of the northern regions...

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Forts & Palaces of Rajasthan... Experience India's Living History

15 days from £3,967

This is a wonderfully vibrant way to experience India: from bustling Delhi and the impressive Taj Mahal to the 'Pink...

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Diwali - India's Festival of Lights: November

14 days from £6,795

At Ampersand, luxury and culture are what we do best and our “Festival of Lights” tour is the epitome of...

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Temples, Tribes & Textiles of Gujarat – A Cultural Tour of West India

13 days from £3,800

Explore colourful tribes, exotic textiles and glorious temples in Gujarat. Next, venture from the undulating Aravalli Hills to the salt...

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Historic Hooghli River Journey... Calcutta Cruise, North India

16 days from £3,295

This itinerary seamlessly blends the busy and historic city of Kolkata with rural India at its very best as you...

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Maharajas' Express - North India's Most Luxurious Train Journey

11 days from £5,795

Experience India’s most luxurious train, the Maharajas’ Express, on a fascinating route through bejewelled cities, cultural sites and wildlife hubs....

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Journey to the Heart of India

8 days from £3,012

For those who say they want to see the “real” India, look no further. This journey to the heart of India is a...

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Holy Cities & Sacred Rivers of North India

15 days from £3,825

Explore India’s most sacred cities and rivers including Amritsar, Khajuraho, Varanasi and Calcutta. See Amritsar’s beautiful Golden Temple, the centre...

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India's Pushkar Camel Fair: November 2018

14 days from £4,450

Be a part of one of the largest camel and cattle fairs in the world and one of the most...

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Gently Down The Ganges... A Slow & Spiritual Boat Journey in North India

17 days from £3,795

The Ganges River has long been a draw to the Hindu faithful and foreign travellers alike. With the introduction of...

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Mowgli's India - The Perfect Tiger-lover's Tour

11 days from £3,845

We love our wildlife at Ampersand and in this tour we've combined three of the top national parks in India....

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ABC of India: Art, Books & Culture... An Arty Tour of North India

12 days from £3,255

Make the most of India's cultural offerings with this luxury art, book & culture itinerary taking in both the Jaipur...

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