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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. 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.
Chambal Safari Lodge
Best for: Culture History, Wildlife
The Chambal Safari Lodge is a family run and eco-friendly property which lies within the National Chambal Sanctuary, just an hour's drive from the Taj Mahal. The lodge is an oasis in the heart of this wildlife sanctuary and offers excellent safari trips.
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Originally founded in 1472 as the Mela Kothi, the lodge has a fascinating history, and has been passed down through the generations ever since. In 1999 it became the Chambal Safari Lodge. Set within 35 acres of sprawling farmland, this is a peaceful and tranquil lodge that strives to ensure that all its guests have a relaxing stay. Accommodation combines traditional design with modern amenities, and the design and details have been chosen to be as sympathetic to the natural surroundings as possible. There are 12 rooms at the Chambal Safari Lodge, each spacious and comfortable with colourful textiles.
The lodge kitchen serves buffet style meals of authentic, traditional dishes using organically grown ingredients. Meals can be enjoyed in either the garden or the dining rooms, and tea and coffee is provided throughout the day. There is a nightly bonfire, which provides a perfect opportunity to interact with other guests and enjoy staring up at the starry sky. In terms of wildlife, the grounds are home to numerous species of small mammals and birds, and night walks offer up the best opportunity to view a range of species. Jeep safaris, river safaris, bicycle rides, camel safaris and village walks can all be enjoyed from Chambal Safari Lodge, and are bound to keep everyone entertained.
When to go
The local area here is very much like Rajasthan. It is largely hot and dry throughout the year, making it a great destination to get away from European winters.
Summer extends from April to June. It is s the hottest season, with temperatures ranging from 32 degrees C to 45 degree C, so not ideal for travel, although early April is a good time to get cheaper rates if you dont mind the temperature in the high 30s.
The second season - technically the "Monsoon" (although in reality Rajasthan never receives much rainfall) extends from July to September. The temperature drops slightly, and humidity increases. 90% of the rain Rajasthan can expect occurs during this period. Lakes and rivers will be higher from mountain run-off and flowers and grasses come to life, bringing added colour to the landscape.
The Post-monsoon period is from October to November. The average maximum temperature is 33 degree C to 38 degree C, and the minimum is between 18 degree C and 20 degree C. The official "season" for hotels in Rajasthan starts in October. It’s a great time to travel - warm and sunny during and perfect for exploring and relaxing.
The fourth season is "winter", and runs from December to March. With day time temperatures still in the high 20's during the day this a very popular time to travel. Hotels are at the their busiest over the Christmas and new year period. Be aware though that December and January can have very cool mornings and evening and we suggest taking some warm clothing. Whilst temperatures in the desert areas are always hot in the daytime, they become some of the coolest areas of the state once the sun goes down. It’s also fairly standard to expect some fog in December and January.
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Things to do
Visit Agra Fort
Agra fort is one of the finest Mughal forts in India and well worth visiting with an entertaining private guide. The interior of the fort features stunning white marble reminiscent of the nearby Taj Malal and belies the stark red sandstone battlements.
Visit Bateshwar Fair
The Bateshwar Fair, a bustling and vibrant festival in honour of Lord Shiva is a fascinating insight into Hinduism and its accompanying rituals. This day trip is available between October and November.
The Old Agra walking tour
The Old Agra walking tour is the perfect way to combine Agra’s famous old monuments and the hustle and bustle of the heart of the medieval town.
The Mehtab Bagh is Agra's famous park that sits just across the Yumana River from the Taj Mahal. From the park there are incomparable views of the mauseoleum and it is a lovely place to relax.
Fatehpur Sikri, Agra
Visit the magnificent deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri and discover the history of the Mughal Empire.
Sunrise at the Taj Mahal
Visit the stunning and historic Taj Mahal at sunrise for a breathtaking experience.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Delhi, Kanha National Park, Bandhavgarh National Park, Panna National Park, Khajuraho, Gwalior, Orchha, Chambal, Agra, Jaipur
Taking you through ancient towns and cities steeped in culture and history, alongside fantastic game viewing in some of India’s most renowned national parks, this itinerary is the ultimate combination of wildlife and culture.
Delhi, Agra, Chambal, Gwalior, Panna National Park, Varanasi
Discover India’s spiritual side on this two week trip through some of India’s most holy destinations and sacred temples whilst staying at a fantastic selection of hotels to create an experience that is both relaxing and enlightening.