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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.
Usha Kiran Palace
Best for: Spa, Culture History, Honeymoon
Set amidst 9 acres of beautifully landscaped lawns, this 120-year-old regal palace now an elegant heritage hotel welcomes its guests in true Gwalior tradition.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
Located just 25 kms from the Gwalior Airport, and close to the train station after only a short train ride from Agra or Delhi, the hotel is the perfect base to explore Gwalior's local culture and exquisite architecture. Rich in history, Usha Kiran Palace, which once played host to the King of England, is outfitted with artistic stone carvings and delicate filigree work.
The hotel offers 15 Superior Rooms with gorgeous views and décor befitting royalty, 15 Deluxe Rooms lavishly furnished with Indian style divans and silk cushions, 2 Luxurious Royal Suites adorned with antique Venetian mirrors and mother-of-pearl mosaics and 6 Luxury Suites with Chanderi high-fall curtains and artefacts.
There are also 2 Villas, the perfect getaway within the Palace grounds. Each Villa is provided with a private pool and sun bathing area. The Jiva Spa offers the best in Indian rejuvenation therapies ranging from Indian aromatherapy massages, time-honoured Indian treatments, body scrubs and wraps.
A wide range of recreational activities can be arranged, including parasailing at Tigra Dam, river rafting, rock climbing and rappelling, wall climbing and rappelling, valley crossing, trekking, motorbike expedition to Madhav National Park, ballooning, golf, shooting, horse safari and excursions to local villages.
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
Agra Fort and Taj Mahal
Enjoy a day tour with your local specialist guide visit and stunning Taj Mahal & Agra Fort to learn about their origins and history.
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.
Gwalior City Tour
Explore the stunning fort of Gwalior, one of the finest forts in India, as well as a visit to the Jas Vilas Museum.
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.