Temples, safaris, forests and beaches - amazing!
Let the fragrant spices and colourful surroundings stimulate your senses… with wonderful temples, vibrant festivals, national parks and tantalising cuisine, India has it all.
Northern India is the first stop off when visiting India. See the Golden Triangle of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur with it’s bustling cities and architectural wonders like the wondrous Taj Mahal. Delhi is rich in history and has an abundance of interesting sites to see including the imposing Mughal-era Red Fort and the beautiful Qutub Minar – India’s tallest minaret.
Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay) is a large metropolis with a vibrant buzz and it’s home to India’s thriving film industry so a Bollywood tour of the city is a must. You can also take a short trip across the bay to the UNESCO listed Elephanta Island. This forest-covered island houses the historic Hindu and Buddhist cave temples which date back almost 2,000 years.
Visit Southern India to see the beautiful state of Kerala where you will find mangrove forests and lovely beaches. There’s also Goa in the south-west, which also has many wonderful beaches, markets, wildlife sanctuaries and spice plantations.
Rajasthan is a colourful and exotic part of India where you can easily explore the cities of Jaipur, Udaipur and Jodphur. Jaipur is popularly known as the ‘Pink City’ and has a large choice of luxury accommodation options including traditional havelis and palaces which have been converted into hotels. The Hawa Mahal museum at Jaipur is home to an impressive collection of the maharajas lavish possessions. Udaipur is very picturesque, full of quaint houses and shops and set on the shores of Lake Pichola. Jodphur stands at the entrance to the Thar desert, with the imposing Mehrangarh Fort towering over blue-hued houses.
A holiday to India is one you’ll never forget and Designer Travel are experts in booking luxury holidays to this amazing part of the world. We have extensive knowledge and a passion for customer service, plus we are independent so we can search for and offer you the best choices out of a huge range of holidays and flights. Once you tell us your requirements and wish list, just sit back and we’ll come back to you with suggestions and costs for your consideration. Whether it’s a luxury hotel, villa, apartment, safari, tour or anything else, we can help. You’re not just tied to a 1 or 2 week duration either; we can put together a bespoke holiday that specifically matches your needs for any length of time and to any destination.
- The Taj Mahal in Agra is absolutely breathtaking
- The Lotus Temple in New Delhi is a modern architectural masterpiece
- A jeep safari is a great way to see local wildlife including monkeys and leopards
- Travel to Ranthambore for a tiger spotting excursion
- Elephanta Island is one of Mumbai’s hottest tourist attractions
- Kerala has lovely beaches and dense mangrove forests
- Beach lovers will also appreciate Goa
- The Taj Lake Palace in Rajasthan is a world-famous hotel which featured in the James Bond film ‘Octopussy’
- It’s easy to get round the cities and town by private car, taxi or auto rickshaw
- Rail, bus and internal flight links are also a good way to travel around India
- There are plenty of shopping opportunities at the markets, bazaars and shops
- Single travellers, couples and families are sure to find a place in India suitable for them – ask us for our recommendations
Flying Time: 8 hours 30 mins.
Time difference: GMT +5 hours 30 minutes
We can provide general information about any health formalities required for your trip but you should check with your own doctor for your specific circumstances. Up-to-date travel advice can be obtained from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website.
India is a vast country, so its weather systems can vary enormously, from glacial in the north to desert in the west.
Basically, there are four seasons; winter is January and February, the summer months are March, April and May, followed by the monsoon season from June to September and post monsoon from October to December.
Temperatures can vary from a low of 15°C and a high of 34°C in Bangalore and from 0 to 18°C in Shimla.
Leisure & Activities
No trip to India is complete without a visit to probably the most iconic site in the world, The Taj Mahal. Situated in the city of Agra, this spectacular marble mausoleum was built in between 1632 and 1653 by the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan, to house the tomb of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It is set in beautiful gardens which are a delight to stroll through. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983.
Jaipur, the “Pink City”, is the capital of the state of Rajasthan. It acquires its nickname from the colour of the buildings which are prominent in the city centre. Jaipur offers numerous places of interest, including the City Palace, the open air astronomical observatory Jantar Mantar, the Palace of the Winds and nearby there’s the stately Amber Fort with its elaborate wall carvings and paintings. Of course, these days, Jaipur is also popular as the setting of the film Marigold Hotel.
The former royal hunting ground is home to the elusive tiger. It is one of the biggest national parks in Northern India and is one of the best locations to view tigers in their natural habitat. Situated 130 km from Jaipur, many tour operators offer packages which include a one or two night stay in the area.