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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.
Flame of the Forest
Kanha National Park, Central India
Best for: Family, Honeymoon, Off the beaten track
With fabulously romantic views towards the river and the forest beyond, Flame of the Forest is a complete gem of a safari lodge, with outstanding hospitality, total privacy and an ideal location for viewing Kanha’s stunning array of wildlife.
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Flame of the Forest is the result of its Indian-Swiss husband-and-wife team Karan and Isabelle’s shared dream to live responsibly in nature and to learn from the area’s indigenous people. This charming property consists of just four cottages built in the traditional local style using mud and thatch, and decorated with an understated but stylish rustic charm. Connected by a series of pathways and bridges, each cottage has an outside patio area and large day bed, offering fantastic views of the Banjaar River, giving nature lovers an opportunity to observe water birds, monkeys and deer drawn there to drink.
All staff come from the local community and are warm and genuine. Food at Flame of the Forest is delicious and many of the ingredients are grown on site. There are lots of lovely places to dine, and you can make it a sociable affair with the owners and other guests in an elegant dining room, around the camp fire, or have a table set up for a romantic dinner next to the river.
The lodge is located close to the park’s main entrance gate, and has excellent in-house naturalists to show you around Kanha’s pristine wilderness in search of tigers, birds, deer, hyena and much more.
Whilst many guests come to Kanha for the wildlife experience (safaris are tailored to your preferences at Flame of the Forest), there is a great deal more on offer for those who do not wish to focus simply on the animals. You can learn yoga with Isabelle (a qualified teacher), take cookery lessons with the chef, or go on a guided cycling tour or trek. The lodge is also actively involved in education within the local school, meaning you can get a unique insight into the lives of the tribal people from the small nearby villages. Alternatively, slow down and relax on the deck of your cottages and let the wildlife come to you.
When to go
Central India is best visited between November and March when it is less humid, the temperature is pleasant and sun is pretty much guaranteed. During the summer months from April to September, temperatures can be a little high, but relief can be found in the early mornings and evenings. April and May are the hottest months of the year and if you can handle the heat, mark the best time to spot wildlife in some of India’s many National Parks. Monsoon season in Goa begins during June, when the hot temperatures are cooled with the introduction of rain, turning the countryside luscious and green. In Mumbai, the monsoon washes out the months of June to August with almost non-stop rain, so it is best to avoid visiting at this time.
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Things to do
Afternoon Kanha National Park Game Drive
Enjoy an afternoon game drive in Kanha National Park, an excellent trip for keen birders. You also a chance to spot tigers and leopards!
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Delhi, Kanha National Park, Bandhavgarh National Park
An express eight night trip through central India, this itinerary takes you to two of India's most prolific national parks to enjoy safari style game drives, plentiful wildlife and search for majestic Bengal tiger.
Delhi, Kanha National Park, Bandhavgarh National Park, Jawai, Udaipur
Seek out the iconic Bengal Tiger as it roams through two of India's greatest national parks, spot the elusive leopard amongst Jawai's rugged terrain and relish in the striking scenery of the Aravalli Hills in Udaipur on this diverse 15 night itinerary.
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.