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We have a selection of guidebooks to some of our most popular countries in Asia. Written by our specialists, they detail destination information, a wildlife guide, some suggested itineraries and plenty more to inspire your holiday. Fill in the form below and if you live in UK, your guidebook will arrive by post within the next couple of days. For those who live abroad, we will send this via a PDF to your email.
The Golden Triangle is a great starting point for anyone visiting India for the first time. The journey is made up of three of the most visited cities in north India – Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, offering a fantastic combination of history and culture.
Only after stepping foot in India will you realise that Indian cuisine, as you know it, just doesn’t exist. To paint both the delicate and punchy flavours of India with the same broad brushstroke overlooks the smorgasbord of dishes on offer from north to south. Tried and tested recipes balance coriander, cumin and cardamom with almost scientific precision, guaranteeing a culinary experience you will never forget.
Enjoy a sneak peek into daily life in India by staying at a haveli or in a homestay. If only for a few nights, you will be shoehorned into a family, enjoying traditional Indian hospitality, sampling home cooked food and exploring the path less travelled. Staying at one of these unique lodgings will give you an incredible insight into real India, and you will be welcomed with open arms by hosts whose wealth of local knowledge knows no bounds. Coming in all shapes and sizes, from plantation bungalows to historic houses, majestic forts and charming cottages, a short stay in one of these unique properties allows you to immerse yourself in India rather than simply visit it.
India is a magical country which welcomes travellers with a chaotic and colourful assault on the senses. Never is this more prominent than during one of the many festivals. Below we have listed the dates for the major festivals in India in 2017. Speak to one of our specialists about incorporating one of these into a tailor-made itinerary.
With millions of passengers on the move every day, travelling on some 71,000 miles of track, India's intricate network of railways are the arteries of the country, connecting its bustling cities with its sleepy villages and everywhere in between. The sprawling rail network reaches the nooks and crannies of India which are otherwise impossible to find. Amongst the country's miles of train tracks are some of the most picturesque rail journeys in the world, most notable of which are its famed toy trains. Whilst perhaps not the most efficient way of getting from A to B, the experience is an absolute must to add to your India itinerary.
Extraordinary Central India
Delhi, Varanasi, Kalinjar, Panna National Park, Bandhavgarh National Park
Best for: Luxury, Off the beaten track, Wildlife
Embark on an unforgettable adventure in comfort and style on this 11 night itinerary. Discover India’s hidden beauty in the remote Kalinjar region with Kaafila Camps, explore the holy city of Varanasi and seek out wildlife amongst India’s wild interior.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
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Perfect for those looking for something truly special, this itinerary includes a two night luxury mobile camp through India’s remote Kalinjar region. Whilst spending the evenings at a series of secluded camps, a team of expert guides will take you to uncover the natural beauty and man made wonders of this region rarely visited by tourists. The itinerary also includes the holy city of Varanasi, two of India’s most prolific national parks, and India’s vibrant capital of Delhi to offer an unforgettable journey through this remarkable destination. There is no need to compromise on comfort as you move from a palace hotel fit for royalty in Varanasi and luxury safari-style tents with Kaafila to two of our favourite safari lodges in Panna and Bandhavgarh national parks.
Day 1 - 2 : New Delhi, India
Stay at The Imperial for 1 night
The trip begins in India’s bustling capital city of Delhi. Upon arrival in the city, you will be collected by one of our representatives and transferred to your hotel in the heart of New Delhi, with the rest of the day at your leisure.
Day 2 : Flight from Delhi to Varanasi
Days 2 - 4 : Varanasi, India
Stay at Taj Nadesar Palace for 2 nights
The following morning, you will be collected from your hotel and transferred to Delhi’s airport in time to catch a one and a half hour flight to Varanasi. Spend two nights at one of the most luxurious accommodations options in the city whilst spending the days exploring this holy destination. Enjoy an early morning boat ride along the Ganges, a walking tour of the old town and an evening Aarti ceremony on the ghats, a Hindu religious ritual where light wicks are offered to deities alongside music and colourful displays.
Day 4 : Flight from Varanasi to Khajuraho
Days 4 - 6 : Kalinjar, India
Stay at Kaafila Camps for 2 nights
On the morning of day four, you will be transferred to the airport in time for a one hour flight to Khajuraho, followed by a two and a half hour drive to Kaafila Camp Kalinjar. Spend the next two days with Kaafila Camps, a luxury mobile camp offering a one-of-a-kind nomadic experience through some of India’s most extraordinary locations. Discover the untouched beauty of Kalinjar as specialist guides take you off the common tourist trail through this remote region, spending days visiting historic ruins and forts and evenings around the campfire.
Days 6 - 8 : Panna National Park, India
Stay at Sarai at Toria for 2 nights
Today, you will be driven approximately two hours to your accommodation in Panna National Park followed by an afternoon boat ride along the River Ken that afternoon. The following day, you will be taken to explore the World Heritage listed temples of Khajuraho, a remarkable temple complex renowned for its intricate (and often erotic) carvings.
Days 8 - 11 : Bandhavgarh National Park, India
Stay at Samode Safari Lodge for 3 nights
From Panna National Park, it is a four and a half hour drive to Bandhavgarh National Park, a vast and stunning wilderness home to the highest tiger density of any of India’s reserves alongside some fascinating ruins. Over the next two days, enjoy morning and afternoon game drives through the park, spotting an array of wildlife along the streams and marshes, from Egyptian vultures and kingfishers to wild boar and sloth bears, not forgetting the elusive Bengal tiger.
Day 11 : Flight from Jabalpur to Delhi
Day 11 - 12 : Delhi, India
Stay at Pullman Aerocity for 1 night
The trip draws to a close on the morning of day 11 as you are driven to Jabalpur airport in time for your two hour flight to Delhi. Enjoy one final night in Delhi at your leisure before you are transferred to Delhi’s international airport the following day in time to board your flight home or on to your next destination.
When to goFrom November to Feburary Kaafila Camps operates in Central India, before moving to Ladakh for summer operations between June and August.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
From $7664 per person
International economy class flights and airport taxes from the UK
All accommodation and breakfasts
Activities and excursions as per itinerary
Private car and guide
Ask our specialists for prices excluding flights from the UK. This price is as a guide only. The actual price is influenced by fluctuations in exchange rate, time of year, travel class of flights and the use of private versus shared excursions. Single supplements are likely to apply.