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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 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.
Taj Mahal Palace
Mumbai, Central India
Best for: Culture History
Overlooking the historic Gateway of India and the Arabian Sea, the Taj Mahal Palace is Mumbai’s, and quite possibly India’s, most emblematic hotel – a sumptuous beacon of luxury and gracious hospitality within a city of irrepressibly vibrant people.
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A member of Leading Hotels of the World, and the Taj Group’s flagship hotel, the Taj Mahal Palace is a temple of fine living. Built in 1903, the Taj fuses Oriental, Moorish and Florentine design elements, and has played an intrinsic part in the life of the city, hosting Maharajas, dignitaries and eminent personalities from around the world. The hotel’s 516 rooms and 44 suites are situated on the sea front or overlook the city’s prime historical and commercial hub, and have been beautifully restored by some of the world’s top designers, with a perfect blend of history and modern convenience. Sumptuously decorated with opulent antiques and artwork, their spaciousness and style is reminiscent of the days of royal living.
The Taj Mahal Palace has seven restaurants, two bars and a nightclub, all among the most sought after in India. Guests are treated to diverse cooking styles and the most imaginative culinary traditions from India, Europe, the Middle East and the Orient. The bars are stylish and offer a wide selection of cocktails, fine wines and spirits.
You can take to the seas in the hotel's own yacht, perhaps cruising across to Elephanta Island to view the medieval caves, or enjoying an exclusive dinner and drinks aboard. Back at the hotel guests can relax by the swimming pools, rejuvenate in the flagship Jiva spa, work out in the hotel gym or even take a fascinating tour of this historic hotel.
When to go
Central India, Mumbai and Goa are 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
Mumbai Street Food Tour
A tour of Mumbai’s street food stalls led by a culinary enthusiast, where you will have the chance to try some of the city’s best quick, easy and cheap dishes.
Visit Elephanta Caves
Accessible only by boat, Elephanta Island is one of a number of small islands in Mumbai Harbour. On this tour you will visit the caves on the island, which take the form of Rock Temples, marked by a large number of beautifully carved sculptures.
Mumbai's religious diversity tour
A tour of Mumbai’s cathedrals, synagogues, mausoleums and Hindu temples to understand the religious diversity of the city.
Photography tour of Mumbai
A photography tour of Mumbai by day or night to capture daily life, vibrant colours and unique architecture.
A Tour of Mumbai’s colonial buildings
A tour led by a history and architecture expert of Mumbai’s colonial buildings. Your guide will teach you about the history of the buildings and tell you fascinating stories.
Walking Tour into the heart of the Old Fort
A walking tour into the heart of the old fort area of Mumbai, visiting the Victoria Terminus, Heritage Mile, Flora Fountain, the historic district of Kala Ghoda, Churchgate Station and the Dhobi Ghat.
Explore the colourful markets of Mumbai
A tour of Mumbai’s energetic and bustling markets. From fruits and vegetables, to jewellery and antiques, this tour will help to immerse you into daily life in Mumbai.
A tour of Mumbai with a local specialist guide. You will visit the dhobi Ghat, colonial buildings, the Gateway of India and the Prince of Wales Museum.
Heritage walking tour of Mumbai, Dabbawallah and Dhobighat
A walking tour of Mumbai, Dabbawallah and Dhobighat where you will see some of Mumbai’s architectural highlights and immerse yourself in local culture and daily life.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore National Park, Jaipur, Goa, Mumbai
This two-week itinerary is the perfect combination of culture, wildlife and relaxation, including the attractions of India’s well-travelled Golden Triangle route, the abundant wildlife of Ranthambore National Park and the serene sandy shores of Goa.