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India

Today India has become an intriguing holiday destination - with flawlessly developed infrastructure; Indian government is leaving no stone unturned to make the tourists as comfortable as possible. You can find all kinds of accommodations in India right from the famous house- boats of Kashmir to the adventurous tree- houses of Kerala. In fact India is a dream holiday that rewards every traveller with cherished memories and complete rejuvenation of body, mind and soul. To travel around India is to discover a land gifted with everything that makes up for an ideal travel package.

Fact File

CLIMATE

India has a hot tropical climate but with variations between regions.There are three seasons in India- summer, winter and monsoon. The best time to visit India is during the winters, i.e., between October to February. The hottest months are April to June. The monsoon period occurs in most regions between June and September.

VISAS

All foreign nationals including UK and Ireland require visa to enter India. British and Irish nationals must have a valid passport with a validity of six months prior to applying for a visa. Details and fees can be obtained from the High commission of India in the UK and the Indian Embassy in Ireland.

You can apply online or gather more details on obtaining a visa for India by visiting: http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk

CURRENCY

The Rupee, abbreviated Rs. One Rupee is equal to 100 Paise. It is advisable to carry a mix of cash and travellers cheques. The US Dollars is the easiest currency to exchange followed by Sterling. Travellers bringing UD$10,000 or more must complete a declaration form on arrival into the country. Please note that no Indian currency whatsoever can be imported or exported, except Rupee travellers cheques. Tourists are advised that changing money through unauthorised persons is not only illegal but also counts as an offence under the Foreign Exchange Regulations Act. There are 24hrs exchange facilities available in all major cities and international airports. Banks are open from 10:00hrs to 14:00hrs Mon to Fri. Most of the banks today have 24hr ATM facilities too.Credit cards are widely accepted in hotels, shops and restaurants as well as at the airports and Railway stations.

CUSTOMS

Please visit the Indian Customs website www.cbec.gov.in for important information regarding customs procedures.

TIME

GMT + 5.30hrs (Oct to Mar), GMT + 4.30hrs (April to Sept).

HEALTH/IMMUNISATIONS

No vaccination is required for travelling to India from UK and Ireland. However, inoculations against Typhoid, Hepatitis and Meningitis are strongly recommended alongside precautions for Malaria. Please consult your doctor for more advice. For more information visit www.dh.gov.uk

Always use bottled water for drinking, brushing teeth and washing your hands. Eat fruits you can peel or wash with bottled water. If you fall ill - Drink plenty of fluids e.g. Coconut water and lassi (yoghurt drink) will kill bacteria. Eat plain rice or simple Khichdi (an easily digestible mixture of rice and lentils). Consult a doctor is symptoms persist.

Carry a basic first aid kit with mosquito repellent and an anti-diarrhoeal.

CLOTHING

Our advice is travel light ? clothing and laundry is inexpensive in India. Women should avoid sleeveless tops or short skirts/shorts. Loose cotton wear for daytime and warm jackets for evenings (during winter) are recommended. Head scarf and trousers/long skirts and sleeved tops are compulsory for visits to Temples.

SHOPPING

With her colourful history and centuries of old skills and artistic skills, India is renowned for crafts and handicrafts. Each region produces handicrafts unique to that region only. Hand printed material, carpets, metal ware and paintings of Rajasthan, Marble in-lay work of Agra, Silks & idols of Varanasi, Pearls and Bidri work of Hyderabad, Antiques, diamond jewellery and high fashion of Mumbai, Handloom fabrics and woodwork of Bangalore are a few of the shoppers delights. Local governments Emporiums are the best places to buy local handicrafts, whilst the new emerging shopping malls are an ideal place for the latest in fashion wear.

Local bazaars are ideal for inexpensive goods and an ideal place to brush your bargaining skills.

Regions

Central India

Central India comprises of Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Maharashtra and Goa

Kerala

Kerala has many mazes of canals and lagoons, houseboat stays, palm fringed beaches, wildlife and idyllic resorts for those wanting a taste of Ayurvedic therapies.

North East India

Enjoy festivals like Bihu, Jhum Cultivation, Ke Pemblang, Nongkrem, Durga Puja and Karchi Puja

South India

South India is a linguistic-cultural region of India that covers the four Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu and the Union Territory of Pon

Accommodation

LE MERIDIEN NEW DELHI 5*

Le Méridien New Delhi is situated two kilometres from Rashtrapati Bhawan, the home of the president of India; the Presidential Palace; Parliament House; and the commercial hub of Connaught Place. Our city centre hotel is set amidst the most alluring shopping and [...]

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JAYPEE VASANT CONTINENTAL 5* NEW DELHI

A tribute to the cosmopolitan culture of New Delhi-the Jaypee Vasant Continental unfolds the finest lifestyle experiences for you. An exquisite blend of business and pleasure, it is the perfect place to confer, relax or pamper your senses.It is one of the finest boutique hotels in New [...]

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THE ROYAL PLAZA 4* NEW DELHI

Hotel The Royal Plaza New Delhi offers 419 Luxury Guest Rooms and Suites, catering to varying needs, which combine warmth, exceptional service and state of the art technology in an attractive ambience. It also boasts of multi-cuisine restaurants and All day dining, bar, Night [...]

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COUNTRY INN AND SUITES 4* NEW DELHI

Located only 15 kilometres from Indira Gandhi International Airport, the Country Inn & Suites Delhi Satbari offers comfortable accommodation on the outskirts of New Delhi. Situated on Chatarpur Road, the hotel offers guests easy access to local points of interest, [...]

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JAYPEE PALACE HOTEL AGRA 5*

The regal Jaypee Palace Hotel and Convention Centre, a glorious structural blend of red sandstone and marble is spread over an unbounded 25 acres of elegantly landscaped luxuriant greenery. Sprinkled with enormous water bodies and endless walkways, this magical [...]

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THE TRIDENT AGRA 4*

Trident, Agra, set amidst beautiful gardens, fountains, landscaped central courtyards, is built of red stone reminiscent of the Mughal era. The Hotel is literally, a stone's throw away from one of the new 7 Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal. Located on the Fatehabad road, [...]

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JAI MAHAL PALACE 5* JAIPUR

LocationJai Mahal Palace, the former residence of the Prime Minister of the princely state of Jaipur, seamlessly blends the elegance of 19th century royal Jaipur with the finest contemporary luxury. The recently refurbished heritage hotel -a vast complex of regal rooms, pretty [...]

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SAMODE HAVELI HERITAGE JAIPUR

Unexpected and charming, Samode Haveli is a self-contained, intimate, heritage hotel, hidden deep in the folds of the busy streets of old Jaipur.A nobleman's urban abode restored to perfection, the Haveli emerges, as if from nowhere at the end of a narrow lane - an oasis of [...]

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GORBAND PALACE HERITAGE - JAISALMER

In this luxurious Royal Retreat you can enjoy all modern-day amenities in an authentic Rajasthani ambience. The retreats lush greenery, fountains, state of the art spa and the blue waters of its swimming pool create a tranquil haven from the heat and dust of the desert city. Also [...]

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RANG MAHAL HERITAGE - JAISALMER

Admist the shimmering sand and in the heart of the Thar lies the Golden City, Jaisalmer. A palace hotel in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, it enjoys a distinct reputation of being one of the few hotels that have retained the art of serving its guests while keeping in tune with the latest in hospitality [...]

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AJIT BHAWAN HERITAGE - JODHPUR

Amidst the serene and vast desert milieu Ajit Bhawan, Jodhpur, stands as an oasis of hospitality, pageantry and the Rajput charm. Built for Maharaja Dhiraj Sir Ajit Singhji, and is still a residence of the Maharaja's family. This hotel has a rich collection of treasure trove and its walls are [...]

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PARK PLAZA 4* JODHPUR

With an aim to recreate the magic of the bygone regal era, Park Plaza has done well to provide a royal service in a property that is luxuriously modern to the very core. Romantically done, the interiors are stunning and provide a cozy comfort to all its guests. All the 65 rooms and [...]

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TAJ HARI MAHAL 5* - JODHPUR

A MODERN FANTASY WITH NEVER ENDING STYLE.There's a new wow in Jodhpur. Just 3.5 km from the railway terminus and a mere 4 km from the airport. On the prestigious Residency Road. Close to Jodhpur's business and entertainment areas.Discover the most happening [...]

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UDAI KOTHI HERITAGE - UDAIPUR

Though within a short, pleasant stroll from the heart of old city, Udai Kothi is remarkable for its tranquility and magnificence.Conceptualized, designed, created and run by Kunwar Vishwavijay and his wife Bhuwneshwari Kumari, Udai Kothi is a superbly modern hotel, which [...]

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TRIDENT UDAIPUR 5* - UDAIPUR

Set in forty three acres of lush green landscaping, Trident, Udaipur is located on the banks of the picturesque Pichola Lake and is ten minutes drive from the city centre. The rooms at the Trident, Udaipur are furnished in shades of beige and light cream and the architecture reflects the [...]

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THE ZURI KUMARKOM RESORT 5* - KUMARKOM

The Zuri Kumarakom, Kerala Resort & Spa is a five–star deluxe spa resort in Kumarakom, set at the heart of the beautiful Southern state of Kerala–fondly referred to as ‘God’s Own Country’. Standing directly beside the Lake, The Zuri Kumarakom, Kerala Resort & Spa offers [...]

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COCONUT LAGOON - VEMBANAD, KUMARKOM

Coconut Lagoon is located in the Kerala district of Kuttanad.There’s only one way to get to Coconut Lagoon: over the water. From the jetty, your boat courses out over a breeze-laden watery highway. You are greeted with a reviving coconut cocktail, you step off the boat and [...]

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MARARI BEACH RESORT - MARARI

Far from the madding crowd, and distant from the world of trendy hotspots and beach raves, Marari’s lietmotifs are space and silence. A sprawl of lawns, far-flung lotus ponds and whispering coconut groves, all threaded through with stone- flagged pathways. A wind-break of palms runs [...]

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THE SPICE VILLAGE - PERIYAR

The timeless wilderness of Periyar Tiger Reserve is just a short distance away . If you need evidence that comfort is easily obtained without intruding on Nature, you don't need to look further than Spice Village's cottages. No fancy carpets. Just coir mats on bare stone floors. [...]

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FALUKNAMA PALACE HERITAGE - HYDERABAD

Falaknuma Palace is also known as the ’mirror of the sky‘ because at 2000 feet, it was built in the clouds and reflects the ever-changing moods of the sky. Set in 32 acres of land and spread over 19400 square meters, the Palace was commissioned by Sir Nawab Vikar-Ul Umra, a [...]

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TAJ COROMANDEL - CHENNAI

Offering a fusion of rich, South Indian design cues and classic European elegance, the Taj Coromandel is a welcoming spot for either business or leisure. Personal, attentive service and a staff that regularly goes above and beyond has won the hotel many repeat guests and rave [...]

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TAJ EXOTICA 5* - GOA

Located on the southwest coast of Goa, overlooking the Arabian sea, this Mediterranean-style 5 star resort is one of the best five star hotels in Goa and has a way of slowing down time to a tranquil tempo. Set amidst fifty-six acres of lush gardens, Taj Exotica is a showcase for [...]

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THE OBEROI BANGALORE

Located on MG Road, which is the heart of the business, financial and shopping districts of Bangalore.The hotel is conveniently connected to the major IT business park locations such as Embassy Golf Link, C.V.Ramannagar, Manyata, Whitefield, Electronic City and is 15 minutes [...]

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THE OBEROI AMARVILAS - AGRA

Indulge with your own private view of the greatest monument of love at The Oberoi Amarvilas, recognised as the leading luxury hotel in Agra. Wake up to the glorious sight of the Taj Mahal, bathed by the first rays of dawn. Watch her sparkle by day as the sun shines on her [...]

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THE OBEROI RAJVILAS - JAIPUR

Located just eight kilometres from Jaipur, The Oberoi Rajvilas is the perfect base from which to explore one of India’s most exotic and vibrant cities. This idyllic retreat that evokes princely Rajasthan with luxury villas and royal tents in a fort-like setting is situated on 32 acres of lush [...]

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THE OBEROI VANYAVILAS - RANTHAMBORE

Nestling in the natural beauty of the wilds, The Oberoi Vanyavilas is India’s leading luxury jungle resort on the edge of the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve.The perfect base from which to explore the territory of the majestic tiger. While it is warm during the day, mornings and evenings [...]

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THE LEELA - GOA

Combine the opulence and luxury of The Leela with the natural beauty and Portuguese heritage of South Goa for the ultimate beach holiday. The hotel is set in 75 lush acres with a pristine beach, a 12 hole golf course and world class dining.Rooms and Suites - Personality, style [...]

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Places to see

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Delhi
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Jaipur
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Udaipur
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Agra
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Jodhpur
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Jaisalmer
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Amritsar
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Ladakh
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Maharashtra
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Goa
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Orissa
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Gujarat
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Alappuzha
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Bekal
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Kovalam
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Kumarkom
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Munnar
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Varkala
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Tamil Nadu
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Karnataka
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Sikkim
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Itinerary Ideas

NORTH INDIA HERITAGE TOUR

8 Nights, 7 Days. Day 1: Arrive Delhi. Day 2: Full day sightseeing in Delhi. Day 3: Travel by road to Agra. Afternoon sightseeing. Day 4: Train to Gwalior. Afternoon sightseeing. Day 5: Travel by road to Orccha. Afternoon sightseeing. Day 6: Travel to Khajuraho. Afternoon [...]

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PALACES OF RAJASTHAN

12 Nights, 13 Days. Day 1: Arrive Delhi. Meet and assist on arrival & transfer to Hotel. Overnight at chosen hotel. Day 2: Full day tour of Old & New Delhi. Overnight at hotel. Day 3: Post breakfast drive to Jaipur. Check in at Hotel. Balance day at Leisure. Overnight at chosen hotel [...]

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LADAKH & MANALI

15 Days, 14 NightsDay 01 Arrive DelhiDay 02 Delhi - Leh Morning transfer to airport for connecting flight to Leh.Arrival Leh. Wisdom representative will meet, greet, assist and transfer you to Hotel in Leh. Rest of the day free to acclimatise to the high altitude of Ladakh. Day 03 [...]

VIENTIANE

BHUTAN, DARJEELING AND SIKKIM - 11NTS/12DAYS

Day 01: Arrive ParoArrive Paro.On arrival at Paro airport, you will be met by our representative and transfer to the hotel.Afternoon visit to Ta Dzong, formerly a watchtower and now housing the National Museum. Ta Dzong holds unique and varied collections, ranging from ancient [...]

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GOLDEN TRIANGLE

Day 01: Arrive Delhi. You will be met by our representative outside the customs enclosure and escorted till you are transferred to Hotel. Overnight at your chosen Hotel. Day 02: Delhi - Leh. Morning transfer to airport for connecting flight to Leh.Arrival Leh. [...]

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EASTERN DELIGHTS

12 Nights, 13 Days Day 01: Arrive Paro - Bhutan. Day 02: In Paro. Day 03: Paro – Punakha (125 km, 4 hours drive). Day 04: Punakha – Wangduephodrang - Thimphu (90 km, 3 hours drive). Day 05: Thimphu. Day 06: Thimphu – Phuentsholing (180 km, 6 hours drive). Day 07: [...]

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KERALA & BANGALORE

9 Nights, 10 Days. Day 1: Arrive Mumbai. Day 2: Mumbai. Day 3: Mumbai/ Cochin (flight). Day 4: Cochin/ Periyar. Day 5: Periyar. Day 6: Periyar/ Kumarakom. Day 7: Kumarakom. Day 8: Cochin/ Banglore. Day 9: Bangalore. Day 10: Leave Bangalore [...]

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SOUTH INDIA TOUR

9 Nights/10 Days Tour. A land of temples till date South India is untouched and undiminished by any outside influence. It has been able to retain its old charm and ethnic culture, even today you will see the same simplicity and the same customs that were followed years back. [...]

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SPLENDORS OF SOUTH INDIA

14 Nights, 15 Days. Day 1: Arrive Chennai. Day 2: Chennai. Day 3: Chennai/ Trichy. Day 4: Trichy/ Tanjore (60kms). Day 5: Tanjore/ Madurai (158kms). Day 6: Madurai. Day 7: Madurai/ Periyar (160kms). Day 8: Periyar/ Kumarakom (185kms). Day 9: Kumarakom/ Cochin [...]

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MAHARASHTRA - THE BOLLYWOOD STATE

4 Nights / 5 Days. As the name suggests means 'a great nation'. Maharashtra is the third largest and one of the most prosperous states of India. Its beaches, hill stations, temples and forts are a tourist's delight. Nature has been very kind to this region giving Maharashtra its most [...]

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ORISSA & CHATTISGARH TRIBAL TOUR

9 Nights / 10 Days. DAY 01: Arrive DELHI. Welcome & assist at airport. Transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel. DAY 02: Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to airport FOR ONWARD FLGHT TO BHUBANESHWAR. On arrival Sightseeing of Bhubaneshwar, visit to Lingaraja Temple (Outside), [...]

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HERITAGE OF CENTRAL INDIA

11 Nights / 12 Days. Day 1: Arrive Delhi. Day 2: Full day sightseeing in Delhi. Day 3: Train to Gwalior. Afternoon sightseeing. Day 4: Drive to Orccha. Afternoon sightseeing. Day 5: Train to Ujjain. Afternoon sightseeing. Day 6: Drive to Sanchi. Day 7: Sightseeing in [...]

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NORTH AND SOUTH KERALA

13 Nights / 14 Days. Day 1: Arrive Cochin. Afternoon sightseeing. Day 2: Drive to Wayanad. Overnight in Jungle lodge. Day 3: Local excursions with forest guide. Day 4: Day at leisure. Day 5: Drive to Munnar. Day 6: Explore the tea estate and spice gardens. Day 7: Transfer to [...]

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GENERAL KERALA

13 Nights / 14 Days. Day 1: Arrive Cochin. Meet and assist on arrival & transfer to hotel. Overnight. Day 2: Morning city tour. Afternoon free Evening Kathakali dance at auditorium. Overnight. Day 3: Post breakfast drive to Marari. Balance day at Leisure. Overnight. Day 4: Day [...]

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