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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.
New Delhi, India
Best for: Culture History, Honeymoon, Family
Set in an oasis of calm at the heart of New Delhi, the Imperial is an outstanding classic hotel that oozes history. Blending colonial and Art Deco styles, the Imperial offers understated luxury and is ideally located for shopping and sightseeing.
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Built by Edwin Lutyens in 1931, the Imperial is a treasure trove of paintings, sculptures and murals.
Situated in the centre of Delhi within walking distance of Connaught Place, and overlooking verdant gardens, the hotel offers guests 235 impeccably restored rooms and suites with high ceilings, a blend of colonial, Victorian and Art Deco styles and state-of-the-art facilities. All rooms have large beds and bathrooms with beautiful marble baths and Fragonard toiletries.
The Imperial has a number of restaurants serving a variety of cuisines, including The Spice Route, voted by Condé Nast as one of the top ten restaurants in the world. The two bars have an impressive range of beverages including a notable wine list. In the grounds, the hotel’s large swimming pool is dotted by royal palms and is a lovely place to lounge around, while at the award-winning Imperial Spa you can enjoy a range of treatments from aromatherapy and Swedish massages to body scrubs and reflexology. The Health and Racquet club is fitted out with modern gym equipment, and has squash courts and a yoga centre.
Nearby attractions include the seventeenth-century Red Fort and Jama Masjid, both built by Emperor Shah Jahan, the Chandni Chowk one of the city's oldest markets, Humayun’s Tomb, an elegant example of early Mughal architecture and the war memorial arch of India Gate.
When to go
December to March is the perfect time to visit Rajasthan and the North when rainfall is minimal and temperatures are pleasant during the day. It can get cold at night, so make sure to pack a few extra layers when visiting at this time. Summer starts mid-March and can get very hot getting into May and June. The monsoon period follows directly after from July to September, where humidity is high and the region receives the majority of its rainfall, although still very minimal amounts. The months of October and November after the monsoon season are also a great time to visit the region as it experiences warm and dry weather during the day with cooler temperatures at night.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
Things to do
Explore New Delhi
New Delhi has some of the most famous landmarks, such as Humayun’s Tomb, Qutab Minar and the many monuments and buildings of Lutyen’s Delhi.
Mutiny tour of Delhi
This experience takes you back 150 years to the place where Indian soldiers spent 6 months fighting the British for their independence.
The Great Delhi Food Experience
This experience showcases the very best of street food culture in Delhi. You will try samples of the most popular dishes and learn about the way they are cooked and the history behind them.
A day in Agra
A day trip from Delhi to Agra to explore the Agra Fort and the Taj Mahal.
Retrace the history of the Raj
An experience that follows the story of four notable Englishmen connected with Delhi; James Skinner, John Nicholson, Edwin Lutyens and Lord Mountbatten. Each of their stories reveals more about India’s history.
Visit Sufis in Nizamuddin
A truly unique experience to visit the Sufi holy men; listen to their music, watch them dancing and singing and even see the Dervishes in a trance, whirling around.
Bazaars of Old Delhi
A guide will take you through the bazaars of Old Delhi, mainly focusing around Chadni Chowk.
Explore Old Delhi
Explore Old Delhi on foot and rickshaw, visiting the Jama Mosque, Kinari Bazaar and Khari Baoli to get a taste of the traditions of this medieval city.
Explore the Garden Tombs of Delhi
A tour to visit 3 of Delhi’s most spectacular garden tombs. They were set up hundreds of years ago for the rulers of Delhi to be buried in and are surrounded by beautiful landscapes.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
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, Varanasi, Kalinjar, Panna National Park, Bandhavgarh National Park
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.
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.
Delhi, Agra, Ramathra, Ranthambore National Park, Jaipur
This itinerary offers all the iconic experiences of India’s classic Golden Triangle route coupled with game drives in Ranthambore National Park, one the best places to spot the majestic Bengal tiger in its natural habitat.