With snowcapped Himalayan peaks, emerald green backwaters, verdant jungles and sweeping desert plains, India’s diversity enthrals visitors. A journey to India leaves lasting impressions of an ancient land populated by an eclectic people whose rich history and traditions are still ingrained in daily life. In the north of the country the deserts and rolling Aravalli hills remain the realm of the Rajputs, whose ncestral forts and palaces dominate the landscape. Away from the plains the rolling foothills, dotted with olonial hill stations, have long provided respite from the summer heat, while the beneath the stunning backdrop of the mountain peaks vast tea plantations grow the ‘Champagne of the East’. The centre of India is a mysterious land with cave temples, lost cities, national parks rich in birdlife and healthy tiger populations, and the unique tribal groups of Orissa.To the south, the Keralites maintain a lifestyle seemingly in keeping with the languid pace of the backwater canals, while the towering temples of Tamil Nadu are a vibrant display of colour and devotion. Throughout India Mughal monuments, elaborate Hindu temples and imposing colonial architecture contrast with a rural patchwork of villages and farms, making this an inspiring, beguiling and unique country to explore.
When to Travel
India has five seasons; spring, summer, monsoon, autumn and winter. The monsoon hits different regions at different times as it sweeps from the Indian Ocean to the Himalaya, affecting north and central India from May to September. In the south the monsoon generally lingers into October. There are advantages to be gained by travelling offseason - particularly in Rajasthan which is largely dry - as hotels are better value and monuments are quieter. The western ranges of the Indian Himalaya are also generally best visited during this time to escape the heat and rains on the plains. Between October and March the daytime temperature ranges between 25C – 30C, falling in the evening and overnight to between 18C – 22C. After the monsoon, the air is dry, making the heat more bearable and reducing the humidity.
Its rich history has bequeathed India with a wonderful choice of hotels, and our regular visits allow us to find the best accommodation to enhance your experience. Many of the royal families of Rajasthan have opened their doors, and converted palaces in the cities as well as those throughout the Aravalli Hills allow you to absorb the regal atmosphere. Such has been their popularity, ‘new palaces’ have been constructed - largely by the Oberoi , Taj & Leela group - with an emphasis on luxury and high quality service. As well as the luxury hotels there are boutique spas, converted tea planters’ cottages, hill station retreats and beach bungalows.