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INDIA HOLIDAYS AND TOURS

At Wild Frontiers we believe it’s important to see these iconic sights, but we also like to offer travellers a sense of the true India. So on our India holidays, we also venture off the beaten track to stay in rural villages, where you can connect with the locals and make memories that will last a lifetime.

It's hard to imagine a more exciting, exhilarating, romantic or exotic destination than India. A land of matchless superlatives, the largest country in the subcontinent shares ...

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Group tours

Travel to India with like-minded people on one of our small group tours (usually max size 12), featuring knowledgeable local guides and an expert tour leader.

TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAYS

Whether you want to travel on one of our award-winning itineraries or build your own journey from scratch, our expert consultants will help create the perfect tour for your tastes and budget. Below are a few suggestions of the kind of trips we can offer, all of which can be tailored to you.

SUGGESTED ITINERARIES

Highlights of India

BEST EXPERIENCES

OUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO STAY

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Abode Boutique Hotel, Mumbai

The Abode is a fantastic option in the heart of Colaba which offers character and quality in the form of a friendly boutique hotel. The property aims to offer its guests a more personal, authentic…
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Ahilya Fort, Maheshwar

A gorgeous property - this boutique, heritage hotel makes for a charming escape. Dining is a movable feast, either outside under the grand neem trees, on one of the terraces overlooking the river, or…
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Brijrama Palace, Varanasi

Located on the banks of the Ganga River, the Brijrama Palace and the Darbanga Ghat are one of the oldest landmarks of the city. The palace was commissioned in 1812 and features the first ever lift in…
Luxury | Boutique Hotel

Brunton Boatyard, Cochin

Located in the centre of Fort Cochin, close to the Chinese fishing nets, this property is one of Cochin's premier hotels. Originally a shipyard, the property beautifully recaptures the city's nautical…
Superior | Heritage Hotel

Castle Bijaipur, Bijaipur

An enchanting and modest castle standing high on a plateau of the great Vindhyachal ranges, Castle Bijaipur is one of our favourite heritage hotels. This is not, it should be made clear, because of the…
Luxury | Tented Camp

Chamba Camp Thiksey, Leh

A new and innovative award winning addition to the growing number of luxury camps in India, The Ultimate Travelling Camp's originality resides in the fact that the camps are all mobile, being in…
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Denwa Backwater Escape, Satpura National Park

Denwa Backwater Escape overlooks the backwaters of the Denwa River dam, on the edge of Satpura National Park. Surrounded by 10 acres of forest and grassland, the lodge melts into the landscape due to…
Superior | Lodge

Diphlu River Lodge, Kaziranga National Park

Only opened in 2008, the Diphlu River Lodge has already created buzz, with Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge here in 2016. Located along the banks of the Diphlu River and overlooking…
Luxury | Resort

Evolve Back Hampi, Hampi

Inspired by the magnificent royal palaces, temples of the Vijayanagara rulers at Hampi, Evolve Back (previously Orange County) Hampi is a luxurious hotel set within lovely landscaped gardens featuring…
Luxury | Boutique Hotel

Glenburn Penthouse, Kolkata

The Glenburn Penthouse is a discrete, elegant residence in the heart of historic Kolkata, with spectacular views of all the city's iconic landmarks, from Victoria Memorial to Eden Gardens, the lush…
Premium | Traditional Accommodation

Glenburn Tea Estate, Darjeeling

A fantastic boutique lodging situated just outside Darjeeling, this lovely little plantation retreat lies above the banks of the River Rungeet, deep in the Himalaya and is overlooked by the…
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Haveli Dharampura, Delhi

Originally built in 1887 AD, the haveli in Dharampura, Old Delhi has been transformed into an award-winning heritage hotel. After six, painstaking years of renovation, the property now offers one of…
Superior | Traditional Accommodation

Itmenaan Estate, Naugaon

The Itmenaan Estate is set within a ten-acre resort in the Kumain Himalaya. Take a stroll through the resort, basking in the shade of virgin pine, oak and rhododendron trees and sampling seasonal…
Luxury | Tented Camp

Jamtara Wilderness Camp, Pench Tiger Reserve

Situated in a gloriously remote and rural setting in the buffer zone of Pench National Park, with private access to its ‘own’ gate, Jamtara is a gem. There are 10 wonderfully spacious and…
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Kanha Earth Lodge, Kanha National Park

Using locally sourced materials, the award winning Kanha Earth Lodge provides the perfect balance between a lodge that blends into the beautiful surrounding natural landscape, yet is still equipped…
Luxury | Lodge

Khem Villas, Ranthambore

At Khem Villas, it is common to see jackals, jungle cats, hyenas, desert fox and crocodiles within the 10 acres of surrounding grasslands. The hotel has a series of cottages and tents, each with…
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Lebua Lucknow, Lucknow

Part of the award winning Lebua Hotels & Resorts, the Lebua Lucknow is a gorgeous heritage property located in the centre of Lucknow. The pretty white bungalow has been beautifully restored to blend a…
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Mary Budden Estate, Almora

Tucked away high in the forest of Uttarakhand the Mary Budden Estate is a true haven of luxury set in one of the last pristine natural environments still to be encountered in India. A windy road leads…
Luxury | Boutique Hotel

Narendra Bhawan, Bikaner

A lavish luxury boutique hotel, Narender Bhawan is the latest addition to Bikaner.This was the former residence of the Maharaja of Bikaner, Narendra Singhji. With art deco design elements, the 82…
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Pench Tree Lodge, Pench Tiger Reserve

Pench Tree Lodge offers a unique boutique experience, set in one of the least explored areas of the Pench National Park. Located in the picturesque village of Sarahiri, the lodge offer it's guests…
Luxury | Boutique Hotel

Raas Jodhpur, Jodhpur

This beautiful old haveli is now a luxury hotel in the heart of Jodhpur's old city. The 150-year-old building was built with Jodhpur's very own 'rose-red' sandstone and has recently been renovated…
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Rajakkad Estate, Dindigul

Set in the Palami Hills of Tamil Nadu, amidst forest and coffee plantations, the Rajakkad Estate is a small garden hotel that offers peace and tranquillity - a paradise for bird lovers. Seven spacious…
Luxury | Lodge

Reni Pani Jungle Lodge, Satpura National Park

This is a wonderful property, situated in a picturesque location among deep forest on the fringes of the park, is owned and run by two royal princes of Bhopal and benefits greatly from their presence.…
Luxury | Boutique Hotel

Samode Haveli, Jaipur

Samode Haveli was converted into a heritage hotel in 1988 after previously being the suburban manor house to the Samode Royal family. The building itself faces north so as to avoid the blistering heat…
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Samode Safari Lodge, Bandhavgarh National Park

Located in the heart of tiger country, adjacent to Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve, in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, this divine getaway is designed around a series of individual safari lodges…
Superior | Tented Camp

Shergarh Tented Camp, Kanha National Park

With just six tents, all of which recently went through a complete transformation and upgrade, Shergarh is a wonderful place from which to explore Kanha National Park. Each tent is set amongst a young…
Luxury | Traditional Accommodation

Sukoon Houseboat, Srinagar

Opened in April 2013, the former Neil Armstrong houseboat is easily the most luxurious on either lake. Owned and run by Altaf Chapri, a real visionary in the world of Indian boutique tourist…
Luxury | Boutique Hotel

Svatma, Tanjore

Svatma is a beautiful heritage property providing excellent service and unique experiences. Built using local materials and with traditional architecture, part of the Svatma hotel was once a family…
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Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad

Retrace the steps of Nizams and European royalty by walking the walk of Kings through this palace in the sky. 2000 feet above Hyderabad, Taj Falaknuma Palace's 60 beautifully refurbished and lovingly…
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Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur

A private floating palace in the middle of Lake Pichola, the Taj Lake Palace is an opulent marble haven, worthy of its status as best hotel in the area, indeed the state. You enter this beautiful…
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Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai

Built in 1903, the stunning Taj Mahal Palace Hotel is an architectural marvel and brings together Moorish, Oriental and Florentine styles. Offering wonderful panoramic views of the Arabian Sea and the…
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The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra

Rated amongst the leading resorts in the world, The Oberoi Amarvilas offers the best view of the Taj Mahal in Agra. The hotel is located 500 metres from the Taj Mahal and all rooms, suites, the lobby,…
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The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata

The Oberoi Grand, a five star deluxe option, located in the commercial centre of Calcutta, creates a secluded haven of luxury that will give its guest a truly magnificent experience of Indian…
Premium | Traditional Accommodation

Village Homes Ladakh, Leh

This is simply one of our favourite products on the subcontinent. Though Ladakh has long been on the map for backpackers, mostly staying in and around Leh, it is has not yet come on the radar of the…
Premium | Heritage Hotel

Visalam, Chettinad

Visalam is a real gem in the heart of Tamil Nadu where a warm and friendly staff will go out of their way to make your stay an unforgettable experience. This century old mansion, has been converted…

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INDIA DESTINATION GUIDE

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Kashmir & The Himalayas

Kashmir & The Himalayas

To the north of India it’s all about the scenery. Whether it’s the old hill stations of Shimla and Dharmsala, or the Sikh capital Amritsar, where you’ll find the Golden Temple, the backdrop of towering snow-capped Himalayas is a stunning feature. Further north still, the region of Kashmir has not been without its troubles in recent times, but intrepid travellers are rewarding with some fine walking terrain and the opportunity to relax on a houseboat on Lake Dal, Srinagar. 

The remote region of Ladakh in the greater Himalaya is a stunning high altitude desert with extraordinary Himalayan mountain landscape and home to one of the greatest rivers in the world, the Indus. 

Kashmir & The Himalayas

Rajasthan & The North

Rajasthan & The North

The classic place to start is Rajasthan and the north, where you’ll find the country’s most famous sites, such as Agra’s Taj Mahal and the Lake City of Udaipur. This is the land of the Moghuls, where forts such as Delhi’s Red Fort, Jaipur’s Amber Fort and Jodhpur’s Mehrangarh Fort tower majestically over their cities.

Rajasthan offers all of the colours under the rainbow, from the blue city of Jodhpur to the pink city of Jaipur, and from the riotous celebrations of Holi to the extravagant saris of locals in the Thar Desert. Delhi, the country’s capital, divides opinion between love and hate, but we are definitely in the former camp, with a walking tour through the backstreets and past the small workshops of Old Delhi offering an excellent introduction to India. 

The state of Gujarat is rightly famed for its textile weaving, but also its diverse landscapes comprising salt flats, coastlines and the hills of Satpura. Its former capital Ahmedabad was declared the first UNESCO World Heritage City in India, to be followed more recently by Jaipur. In Ranthambore National Park meanwhile, you can benefit from one of the natural world’s recent success stories, with the increasing number of bengal tigers meaning excellent chances of viewing these wonderful big cats.

Rajasthan & The North

Central India

Central India

Central India is the home of the tiger. The thrill of seeing one in the wild is one of nature’s most rewarding experiences, and two of the best places to do this are in Satpura and Tadoba National Parks, which both have healthy tiger populations and excellent viewing opportunities. There is also Pench, Panna, Bandhavgarh and Kanha National Parks. Gwalior meanwhile has one of the country’s most famous forts, towering over the city. Architecture is also well represented in the temples of Khajuraho and Orchha. 

The city of Hampi, or Vijayanagar, once the most populated city in the world, rewards those who venture off the beaten path. Its vast and eerie collection of deserted temples, whilst city lovers can discover the home of the biryani in Hyderabad, or tour Bollywood in Mumbai. Finally, the Ajanta and Ellora caves are often overlooked by visitors, which is a mystery to us but great news for visitors. This is the region to visit if you want to cover some of India’s secrets whilst still seeing sights that will stay with you forever. 

Central India

Kolkata & The Northeast

Kolkata & The Northeast

To the east of India you will find probably the country’s most vibrant city, and the country’s intellectual capital, Kolkata. The grand colonial architecture is epitomised by the Victoria Memorial, whilst other highlights include the colourful flower market and the city’s famed street food. 

In the east of India is Varanasi, one of Hindu’s holiest places, on the banks of the Ganges river, and a true assault on the senses. To the north east it gets cooler and more tranquil again, with the hill station of Darjeeling, which has become synonymous with tea and its wonderful toy train. Even further north we offer tours to Assam and Nagaland, two of the country’s most ethnically diverse regions. 

Kolkata & The Northeast

Kerala & The South

Kerala & The South

The south of India couldn’t be more different from the north. Whereas the north reigns in glorious chaos, the south offers a slower pace of life, whether that’s cruising along the backwaters of Kerala, staying in a tea plantation in the Munnar hills or enjoying the tropical beaches of the Keralan coast. The south is not short of culture either, and Tamil Nadu is known as the temple state for good reason. Visit the impressively large Meenakshi Temple in Madurai, the Breehadisawara Temple in Thanjavur and Mahabalipuram’s Shore Temples, as well as its impressive bas reliefs, to get an idea of the depth of history here, as well as the amazing artisanship. 

Just off the South East mainland of India are the Andaman Islands, with Havelock Island having one of the loveliest beaches in the world and offering great diving. In the south you will also get to try a cuisine consisting of plenty of fresh fish, coconut flavours and enough heat for any chilli lover.

Kerala & The South