India

India

The Jewel in the Crown

explore celebrated wonders

 

A remarkably diverse country, and the seventh largest in the world, it’s not surprising that India contains some of the most magnificent sites on earth.

From awe-inspiring mountain ranges to golden beaches, and from mysterious temples to bustling cities, there’s plenty to keep you occupied. At Azure, our luxury Indian tours give visitors a taste of the best the country has to offer, or you can design your own trip with one of our bespoke packages.

Our luxury holidays in India take you to some of the country’s most celebrated architectural wonders. The most famous is undoubtedly the Taj Mahal mausoleum in Agra, which was named one of the New7Wonders of the World in a 2000 campaign. While this white marble monument is certainly one of the nation’s most spectacular and historically significant structures, it’s by no means the only one. India is home to a vast selection of temples devoted to various religions, including Baha’i Lotus Temple in the capital city of New Delhi, the Sikh Golden Temple in Amritsar, and the Buddhist Great Stupa (India’s oldest stone structure) in Sanchi. Meanwhile, the state of Tamil Nadu in the south-east of India is home to the most ancient temples in the country.

Visit the Pink City of Jaipur, where you’ll find the Jaipur City Palace, the remarkable, honeycombed Hawa Mahal and the marvellous Amer Fort. Head to the Golden City of Jaisalmer, which is dominated by the imposing Golden Fort. Prepare to be amazed by the artistic complexity of the Ellora Caves near to Aurangabad, a monastery carved directly into the side of a towering basalt cliff. Alternatively, travel to the sacred city of Varanasi where you can admire the beautiful steps leading directly down to the River Ganges.

If you’re seeking sun-kissed coastlines, look no further than Goa - home to a variety of stunning shores and a thriving beach party scene. For somewhere a little less lively, head for the golden sands of Gokarna further south or, for more in the way of watersports, make for Andaman to scuba dive, snorkel and parasail to your heart’s content.

For a glimpse of a bygone era, travel to Dharamsala, the home of the Dalai Lama and the popular hill resort of Shimla. The city is packed with relics of its previous life when it served as the summertime capital of the British. Another highlight is Darjeeling in the Himalayan foothills of West Bengal. Here, you’ll find the finest tea gardens in the country, as well as the Darjeeling toy train - a unique UNESCO World Heritage train.

Wildlife-enthusiasts are spoilt in India. For a chance to spot a tiger, you can visit Ranthambore or Bandhavgarh, or make your way to Kanha, the area made famous by Rudyard Kipling. To catch a glimpse of majestic elephants, travel to Nagarhole or Bandipur, while the best place to see leopards is Bera. To spot an Asiatic lion, head to Gir.

Meanwhile, the entire state of Kerala holds an abundance of national parks, lakes and waterfalls guaranteed to delight. For the ultimate Kerala experience, you can take a trip on a canoe or houseboat through the state’s peaceful backwaters. These glistening channels stretch north, south and east of Alleppey, and the largest - Vembanad Lake - reaches all the way to Kochi.

Let us help you make the very most of your time in this exotic country by booking one of our tailor-made Indian holidays. Contact us by phone or live chat to find out more.

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Highlights

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    The famed circuit has lost none of its charm and wonder boasting such wondrous sites as the Taj Mahal, Old Delhi and Palace of the Breeze. This is the classic introduction to India for a good reason.

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    India's rooftop of the world promises landscapes to delight and opportunities to find adventure or find yourself, thanks to the acclaimed wellness retreats.

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    A serene network of emerald canals, rivers lakes and inlets, that together with lush hill stations, waterfalls, sprawling plantations and paddy fields make for a unique landscape that is best discovered onboard a luxury floating home.

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    If visiting India is more of a journey than a pure holiday, then Goa is where you can rest and replenish thanks to its stunning beaches

Our Destination Specialists

 

our destination specialist

Paul Jones
Paul Jones Specialist area: Asia 20 years in travel industry
Jessica Jones
Jessica Jones Specialist area: Caribbean and Indian Ocean 19 years in travel industry
Julie Crump
Julie Crump Specialist area: Africa 32 years in travel industry

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Annual weather

 
SUMMER - Mar - May - 34°C

As daytime temperatures are very high, we'd advise excursions in the morning and evenings only. We do warn of the very high temperatures of up to 45°C and the humidity, which can be very uncomfortable.

AUTUMN - Aug - Oct - 32°C

One of the best times to travel anywhere in India, offering wonderful weather as well as multiple festivals. It is beautifully sunny and warm, marking the start of the peak travel season.

WINTER - Nov - Jan - 26°C

Celebrations are underway due to the arrival of the much-needed monsoon rains. humidity is high and thunderstorms very frequent.

SPRING - Dec - Feb - 27°C

Lovely daytime temperatures, but mornings and evenings are much cooler and sometimes foggy, however a great time for sightseeing within the day time.

travel information

Find out the essentials before you go.

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    Destination

    India

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    Time Difference

    GMT + 5.30

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    Flight Duration

    8 hours 50 minutes

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    Language(s)

    Hindi and English

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    Capital

    New Delhi

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    Currency

    Indian Rupee

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    Best Time To Travel

    October - March

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    Visa Needed

    A visa is required

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    Combines Well With

    China, Thailand

The Essentials

Private transfers are 60 minutes from Mauritius Airport / 162 Suites & The Villa / 3 Restaurants / 5 Bars / Fitness Centre / Spa / Golf Course / Aqua Gym / Water Sports / Tennis Academy / Kid’s “Only” Club for 3-11 years

When to travel

Generally speaking the best time to visit is between November and March, with the monsoon season running between July and October in the south and July to September in the North

How to get there

British Airways and Jet Airways fly to Dehli and Mumbai, Virgin Atlantic fly to Dehli. You can reach Cochin with Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways via Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha respectively. Goa is serviced via Doha on Qatar Airways or via Bombay on Jet Airways

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