Immerse yourself in a world of colour and culture in Rajasthan, drift along the tranquil backwaters of Kerala or experience the mysteries of the Ganges. You can explore the Himalaya, track rhino in Assam or visit one of the many reserves for an unforgettable encounter with tiger, leopard and elephant.
If ever there was a destination perfectly suited to tailor-made travel then India is it. Such a large and diverse country requires a careful approach - it’s important to decide what it is you want to see and concentrate on that. Otherwise you will spend your whole holiday rushing around, trying to see it all and in the end seeing nothing. The joy of tailor-made travel is that we can arrange private cars and drivers to take you where you want, at a pace that suits you. You have choices about what you do and where you stay from camel treks and cooking lessons, to eco lodges and palaces stays.
To experience 'exotic' India then there is nowhere better than Rajasthan. Home to walled desert cities and a multitude of Maharaja Palaces, it offers not only world-famous sites such as the Taj Mahal and the Lake Palace, but also deserted cities like Jaisalmer and huge desert landscapes. If you want to do something unusual, why not go on a camel safari, sleeping out under the stars?
When to Go
The weather in India is governed by the Monsoon that sweeps in from the Indian Ocean and slowly spreads up the country. It starts in May and continues through until September. During this time it is wet, humid and hot. The best time therefore to visit India is during the months of October to April, when it is predominantly drier and cooler. Being such a vast country, and surrounded in high mountains and oceans, there are regional variations and slight differences in timing.
Traditionally the best time to go is during October and November when it is cool after the rains and everywhere is still lush and green. December can be cooler and then in the spring the heat starts to build again as spring goes on bringing an increasing amount of cloud and a reduction in visibility.
Prepare to relax completely, slowing down to the laid back pace of southern India on our Simply Kerala holiday. Admire Cochin, get a taste of rural life at a farm homestay, and spend time aboard a houseboat before hitting the beach to complete your R&R.
India offers a host of opportunities to the walker, from a full on mountain trek to more simple day walks that can be added to a longer itinerary. From the Himalaya in the north to the Western Ghats in the south there is a wealth of landscapes offering a myriad of flora and fauna. It's important to choose the right season if you want to include some walking in your holiday as at different times of year any one area might be too hot, too cold, too wet or impassable. We can advise on the best times to visit different areas.Continue Reading...
India is home to some of the World's most iconic and critically endangered species. First among these is the Bengal Tiger, estimated to have a population of some 2,500 left in the wild. Solitary and hard to see, a game drive through the morning mists of a game park is an exciting component of any tour to India, looking out for a tiger as it returns from hunting or crosses a river or track. But here is much more to see. The one horned rhino, the Asian elephant, the sloth bear and several species of leopards and monkeys are all there to be spotted on your safari.Continue Reading...