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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.
Best for: Hideaway, Spectacular scenery, Family
Situated near Munnar in Kerala’s Western Ghats, amongst some of South India’s most stunning scenery, the Windermere Estate is a plantation retreat that offers glorious views, superb hospitality and all the comforts of (a very British) home.
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Surrounded by woods, hills and tea plantations, Windermere Estate feels rather like a piece of Scotland transplanted into the Kerala highlands. Rooms are housed in bungalows that are a throwback to an older way of life, and the high ceilings, teak furniture, terracotta floors and crochet art framed on the walls all create a warm, homely feel. All rooms come with a breathtaking view of the surrounding gardens and valleys, and there are large verandas and balconies for guests to sit out and relax.
Meals are served in one of two dining areas, the sunlit Barn looking out across to the hills, and the charming Hut with its unadorned native appeal. Dishes are Anglo-Indian in style, and feature excellent home-cooked cuisine made from old family recipes. The fruit and vegetables are all home grown, and you can even enjoy a traditional English breakfast. The estate has 18 guest rooms which include 3 cottages. There are 4 Garden rooms set in lush green surroundings with spectacular views of the Chithirapuram Valley. There are 6 Estate Rooms with king sized beds and spacious bathrooms. The Planter's Villa rooms have beautiful French windows, private balconies, sitting and dining areas and bathrooms which open out onto a courtyard.
While at the estate, guests can wander through the plantation, take guided treks to waterfalls and to the top of a nearby peak, visit a local tea factory or simply relax on the hammocks and garden seats dotted around the estate, perfect for taking in the stunning landscapes. Birdlife on the estate is plentiful, but serious twitchers will also want to visit the Thattekad Bird Sanctuary.
When to go
Southern India’s tropical climate means the area isn’t as dry as much of India, though temperatures stay pretty consistent all year round. You can expect a light sprinkling of rain any time of year but the beaches are best visited during the months of November to February with warmer temperatures and minimal rainfall. The hot season between March to June brings high levels of humidity making it best to visit the hill stations which provide relief from the hotter lowlands. Monsoon season begins in July lasting until September, bringing marginally more rain than other times of the year. Once the monsoon subsides in September, the stunning emerald landscape marks an exceptional time for hiking or visiting hill stations.
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Things to do
Eravikulam National Park and Tea Museum
Explore Tea region of Munnar, the tea museum and the nearby Eravikulam National Park.
Munnar Hill Trek
A trek in the hills surrounding Munnar where you will be able to spot endemic birds, tea plantations and mountain peaks, as well as enjoying a scenic picnic lunch.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Shahpura, Udaipur, Cochin, Munnar, Madurai, Thekkady and Periyar National Park, Backwaters, Marari
Discover beguiling India and all it has to offer on this 19 night itinerary, taking you from the glittering palaces and mighty forts of the north to the rolling hills, vibrant temples, and enchanting backwaters of the south.
Cochin, Munnar, Dindigul, Maudrai, Tanjore, Pondicherry, Chennai, Andaman Islands
A truly tempting two and a half week itinerary that combines the beauty and culture of south India with the pristine sandy beaches of the Andaman Islands.
Cochin, Munnar, Madurai, Thekkady and Periyar National Park, Backwaters, Marari
From cosmopolitan cities and temple towns to the enchanting backwaters and mountainous hill stations, this twelve night itinerary introduces you to some of the best sights and experiences Kerala has to offer.
Cochin, Munnar, Thekkady and Periyar National Park, Backwaters, Marari Beach
Staying in luxurious boutique hotels whilst exploring glistening waterways, lush hill stations and sandy shores, this two week trip is perfect for honeymooners or couples wishing to discover Kerala’s romantic side.