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India awaits you, magnificent and mysterious, colourful and bewildering – a land which truly offers something for everyone. Temples, mosques and churches, abandoned cities, remote tribal lands, romantic forts and palaces, a panorama of life untouched by the passing of time. Our tailor made holidays to India explore the high passes of Ladakh and lakes of Kashmir, the desert fortresses and villages of Rajasthan and Gujarat and the tropical south with its palm-fringed beaches and stunning temples. Search for tiger in one of the excellent national parks, cruise the Hugli and Brahmaputra rivers or visit the tribal villages of the north east. Breathtaking scenery, vibrant cities, deserts, snow-capped mountains and exotic flora and fauna combine with an amazing variety of people whose culture and traditions are as diverse as India itself.

POPULAR TAILOR-MADE India ITINERARIES

Rural Images of Kerala

15 days from £2970 per person

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Historic Rajasthan

20 days from £4310 per person

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Places to visit in India

A melting pot of language, culture and religion, India is a multifaceted country and almost impossible to define. Rajasthan, northern and western India are home to the country’s best known cities including capital Delhi, the pink city of Jaipur, home of the Taj Mahal, Agra and holy Varanasi. These regions are also famed for their handicrafts, artwork and textiles. Central India is the setting for the country’s finest national parks with Kanha, Bandhavgarh and Pench the best places to see tiger. The southern half of India is divided by the tea plantations and spice farms of the Western Ghats. To the east are the stupendous temple towns of Tamil Nadu and Islamic architecture of Hyderabad and to the west under explored Karnataka, location of deserted Hampi, and the tranquil backwaters and palm-fringed beaches of Kerala. Eastern India is defined by Kolkata and the Ganges River whilst the remote north east remains a frontier-land of rare indigenous culture and reserves renowned for both birdlife and one-horned rhinoceros.

When to Visit India

India is a year-round destination but, in general, the best time to visit the country is from late September to early April when temperatures are comfortable and the risk of rain low. Mid-April to June see a rise in temperature and, as foliage dies back, are the perfect time for viewing wildlife including tiger and leopard. The monsoon arrives by the end of June and lasts until early September. Showers tend to be short and heavy but the lower temperatures and fewer tourists make this a good time to travel. Conversely, the monsoon months are the best time to visit the northern Himalayan region of Ladakh.

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This is a general overview suggesting when to travel in the country. Please note that this may not directly apply to any specific itinerary or region.

Essential Information

Capital: New Delhi

Main Language: Hindi / English

Time Zone: GMT + 5.30

Currency: Indian Rupee

India Holiday Review

Freshly back from our wonderful trip to India, we’d like to give you some feedback. The keyword is: sensational! The route was wonderful and somehow to go from a first part involving big very busy cities to a quieter part in Rajasthan was just perfect. Also, any worries I had about two rural stays in a row, were of course nonsense: Dev Shree and Chhatra Sagar were so different and each so special in their own way.

Our especial praise must go to your loyal, long-time driver Desraj Verma whose company, driving and planned breaks we hugely enjoyed in Rajasthan. What a knowledge of the routes, the country and his charges! A delightful and highly competent man who spoke affectionately of his long association with you.

Should you have any specific questions, we’d be happy to answer them. Meanwhile we’re already thinking about what Pettitts destination might brighten up our next winter!

BD & TD - India - March 2019

Accommodation in India

There is a huge breadth of accommodation in India with styles and standards varying across the country. India is famed for its heritage properties, the majority of which tend to be found in the north of India. These come in all shapes and sizes from beautifully restored buildings and luxurious palaces operated by distinguished hotel groups to small privately owned forts and ancestral homes. Homestays are also very popular and found throughout the country. Whether a grand family residence, plantation retreat or simple abode, they offer a high level of service and a unique glimpse into everyday Indian life. In more remote regions, hotels are likely to be clean and simple whilst wildlife accommodation is generally either in jungle lodges or comfortable tented camps. For those looking to relax there are many excellent beachside hotels and an increasing number of retreats specialising in both Ayurveda and yoga.

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