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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.
Kerala and The Maldives
Cochin, Munnar, Backwaters, Maldives
Best for: Beach, Honeymoon, Spectacular scenery
Introducing some of the most beautiful and serene places south India has to offer, followed by a relaxing break on the white sandy beaches of the Maldives, this 12 night itinerary is perfect for those seeking some peace and relaxation.
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Embrace the laid-back lifestyle of Kerala’s backwaters and secluded hill stations before heading to unwind on the idyllic beaches of the Maldives on this 12 night itinerary, offering the ultimate combination of spectacular scenery and relaxation. After a short stay in the culturally diverse port city of Cochin, travel up into the Western Ghats to the beautiful hill station of Munnar. Stay at a secluded nature resort whilst you explore the picturesque tea and spice plantations that line Munnar’s verdant valleys. Next, discover Kerala’s famed backwaters, experiencing life on the banks of the water and a private afternoon cruise on the iconic houseboat before spending the final few days soaking up some sun on the idyllic Maldives resort of Velarassu.
Days 1 - 3 : Cochin, Kerala, India
Stay at Brunton Boatyard for 2 nights
The trip begins in the Cochin, Kerala’s largest city that captivates visitors with its unique blend of Portuguese, Chinese, Dutch and British influences. Discover this combination of cultural influences with a private specialist guide, visiting highlights including St. Francis Church, the iconic Chinese fishing nets and the bustling markets of Ernakulam. Spend two nights at Brunton Boatyard, a colonial-style boutique hotel with magnificent sea views. If you wish, an evening trip to see a Kathakali performance can be easily arranged, a classic Indian dance drama known for its elaborate costumes and characters.
Days 3 - 5 : Munnar, Kerala, India
Stay at The Tall Trees Munnar for 2 nights
From Cochin, you will be driven approximately four hours to Munnar, a picturesque town nestled in the rolling green hills of the Kerala’s Western Ghats. The next two nights will be spent at Tall Trees, a secluded nature retreat offering 66 acres of preserved wilderness, cardamom plantations, trickling streams and abundant birdlife. Spend that afternoon and the following day exploring plantations, trekking through forests, climbing peaks or relaxing at your private stilted cottage, taking in the fantastic mountain scenery.
Days 5 - 8 : Backwaters, Kerala, India
Stay at Philip Kutty's Farm for 3 nights
On the morning of day four, you will be driven approximately five hours to Kerala’s Southern Backwaters, a vast network of waterways, lakes and lagoons. The next three nights will be spent at Philip Kutty’s Farm, a charming homestay located on an island in the middle of the backwaters. Spend the following afternoon on an iconic Keralan houseboat. Sit on your private deck as the boat meanders along the river, passing lush paddy fields and small communities. The rest of your time at Philip Kutty’s is free to spend how you wish, exploring villages by bicycle, visiting local markets, enjoying Ayurvedic spa treatments or trying your hand at some local Keralan cooking.
Days 8 - 13 : South Male Atoll, Maldives
Stay at Velassaru for 5 nights
Today, you will be driven two hours to Cochin’s airport in time to catch a flight to the Maldives. After arriving into Malé airport, you will then take a short 20 minute boat transfer to the resort of Velassaru on the South Malé atoll. Spend the next four days discovering tropical sea life in the house reef, trying a variety of watersports or relaxing by the property’s stunning infinity pool.
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From $2930 per person
Meals and experiences as per itinerary
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.