Luxury India Tours
India is an immense nation of vivid contrasts and unrivalled culture
The seventh biggest country in the world and the second most populous, India can sometimes feel more like a continent than a country. From the snow-capped Himalayas in the far north to the lush waters of the south, this is a place where landscapes and cultures change in the blink of an eye. India is at once chaotic and noisy, peaceful and calm and it is this diversity that makes it such a fascinating and compelling destination.
India is one of the world’s oldest civilisations, its culture shaped by thousands of years of history. It gave birth to some of the world’s most prominent religions and is a country where life is lived out in hundreds of local dialects. Its soil was home to several ruling dynasties, each of whom left their mark. Every corner of the country reveals a different reflection on the past, from great Mughal masterpieces such as the Taj Mahal to quaint colonial churches and grand palaces built during the reign of the British Raj.
With one of the world’s fastest growing economies, you’re now just as likely to come across skyscrapers and glitzy shopping malls as you are hilltop villages and tea plantations. Cities are huge and sprawling and while they may feel hectic at times, Delhi and Mumbai are wonderful places to see how the old and new intertwine.
The northern state of Rajasthan is home to some of India’s most well-known and frequently visited cities. Meaning ‘Land of Kings’, the landscape is littered with magnificent forts and palaces. From the state capital of Jaipur and the Blue City of Jodhpur to the serene lakes of Udaipur and the dusty dunes of the Thar desert, Rajasthan is one of the most culturally rich pockets of India. The north is also home to the holy cities of Varanasi, Rishikesh and Amritsar, and few who come here fail to be touched by their spirituality. Further north still also offers some of the world’s best hiking, with the mighty peaks of the Himalayas in Kumaon and Ladakh.
Worlds away from the busy northern states, the south is somewhere to catch your breath. Kerala, affectionately known as God’s Own Country, is a lush and verdant state, one of emerald green waterways and coconut groves, and home to the wonderfully colonial town of Fort Cochin. While away your days on a houseboat, gliding along the network of canals and rivers, then discover laid-back beaches while listening to the rustle of palm trees and the sound of the ocean as it laps against the shore.
And then there’s the wildlife. India is a real-life Jungle Book, home to tigers, leopards and elephants. Ranthambore, Bandhavgarh and Kanha are home to some of the country’s highest tiger populations while the luxurious and remote JAWAI camp is the best place to catch a glimpse of the beautiful and elusive leopard.
There are few places on earth like India. A whirlwind of colours, sounds and smells, its energy is undeniably contagious and the best way to appreciate this rich and unique country is to throw yourself head first into its way of life.
India – a country that is impossible to summarise in one statement. It is truly a land of contrasts: the arid desert of the north and lush abundance of greenery in the south; the hustle and bustle of the cities compared the truly remote rural settlements; the reliance of those in the city on a variety of wallahs compared to the self-sufficiency of those living off the land in the countryside; the list goes on. The colour in India is impossible to overlook. The procession of women in vibrant saris walking along country roads, collecting water at village pumps and crowded into markets is a beautiful sight and one I continually tried to capture. The bright red turbans of the Rambari men – a tribe who make up a tiny village of around 300 people in Rajasthan – were so majestic and this tiny snippet of this vast country just fascinated me. Majestic palaces, a variety of cuisine, wildlife, shopping, spectacular scenery, observing a different way of life, Ayurveda and wellness – there are so many reasons to visit India, not just once, but over and over again.
Our top example trips to India
Jacada does a great job planning and organizing our family trips -- so far we've been on two, one to Malaysia and one to India. Rachel O'Leary is a great help, as is the whole Jacada team. Very well done!
We have never had such a thoughtfully conceived itinerary proposed to us and which was executed well beyond even our highest expectations. The local staff were fully briefed on what was to be included at each stop and (with one minor exception) they flawlessly followed through. And we cannot say enough about our travel designer, Sarah Kounnou. She really "knows…
we felt taken care all throughout the journey. Jacada was with us.
Incredible experience thanks to Jacada Travel. They helped curated a tailored experience for us in South India and Maldives that exceeded expectations. They were extremely responsive in adjusting and helping make last minute changes. Will definitely work with them again on future vacations.
Jacada did a great job planning our trip to India. The hotels were great, guides amazing and activities were really fun. We would recommend them highly.
Inspiring tour destinations in India
Need to Know
- is the local time
- Indian Rupee is the local currency
- New Delhi is the capital city
- Biryani is India's national dish
- Mumbai is the country's largest city
When to go
The best time to visit is during the dry, cool season between October and March. National parks in central and northern India are open from October until the end of June with animal sightings better from February onwards when there is less foliage. The dry season is also ideal for those wanting to trek in the far north.
Whatever you want your luxury tour or safari itinerary to include, we’ll create something fully bespoke for you… and only you.