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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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NORTH INDIA - Aman I Khas Ranthambore National Park North India 3

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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NORTH INIDIA - Tented Camp (Unknown)

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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North India: When to go

India is subject to two monsoons, southwest and northeast. The former, which is more significant, hits the south coast of Kerala in early June and moves up the west coast to Delhi and beyond. Regional weather varies wildly, but January to September is the most comfortable time to visit the south and March to August the northeast. Rajasthan and the desert country are wonderful during the monsoon (around July) and the Himalayan regions from May to September, before the snows come. Aim for Delhi in spring and autumn - the summer can be insufferable and mid-winter grey and overcast. November to February is best for Bombay.

There are direct flights from Britain to Delhi, Bombay, Chennai, Calcutta, Amritsar and Bangalore. Direct flight times are between 8 - 10 hours. India has an excellent network of domestic flights and combining the north and south is easy.

All visitors to India must obtain a visa prior to departure. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your return from India and have at least 2 blank pages. We recommend Visa Express (0207 251 4822), who will organise your visa on your behalf for a charge of £25 per passport (in addition to the charge for the visa itself). If you are arranging your own visa, you can apply online at VFS Global.All visas are valid from the date of issue. You will need to give the name of two India referees with your visa application. For this and any other information, please contact your Ampersand Travel consultant.

For information on vaccinations and health requirements, we suggest you contact your GP or a travel clinic such as Fit For Travel at least 2 months prior to departure for advice and to arrange immunisations. Recommended vaccinations for travel to India are polio, tetanus, typhoid, meningitis and hepatitis A. We would also recommend you take anti-malarial tablets, but please consult your doctor for his/her advice.

Delhi: 8 hours 15 minutes
Mumbai (Bombay): 8 hours 30 minutes
Calcutta: 9 hours 30 minutes       

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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.
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