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Tiger,Dudhwa National Park, India

India Holidays

Home to majestic tigers and royal palaces. With a little help from our travel experts, you can crown your bespoke India holiday itinerary with experiences which let you see the country in exactly the way that you want.

India is one of the most exciting and fascinating countries on Earth. From the mighty Himalayas of Ladakh bordering the north to the coastal backwaters and rolling tea estates of tropical southern Kerala, an India holiday can feel like a visit to more than just one country.

The colourful and historical cities of Rajasthan, for instance, contrast immensely with the abundance of wildlife you will discover on a tiger safari holiday.

Sunrise over River Ganges, Varanasi, India

Join William Dalrymple on our Ganges River Cruise

Board the five-star Ganges Voyager on a 10-day river cruise into the heart of West Bengal. William Dalrymple, author and historian will join you onboard to share his knowledge of India and explore key regions mentioned in his latest book, The Anarchy.

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Peacock, India

India with Steppes Travel

When you travel with us to India you can expect the following to be included in your holiday:

  • VIP meet and greet in hub cities
  • Complimentary arrival spa massage to assist with getting over jet lag and journey
  • 24/7 emergency response line and dedicated support for the duration of the trip
  • Handpicked guides to suit personal interests and specialisms
  • Hotel upgrades offered at no extra cost, subject to availability
  • Default 25kg luggage allowance, priority seats and meals onboard on all internal flights
  • In-vehicle WIFI on long journeys (regional limitations)
  • Cars under three years old with fitted seatbelts
  • Water, soft drinks and snacks, packed lunch for long road transfers
Oberoi Udaivilas, Lake Pichola, Udaipur, India
Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, India
Palace Suite, Raas Devi Garh, Udaipur, Rajasthan, Udaipur
RAAS Devigarh, Udaipur, India
Bathroom, Raas Devi Garh, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India
RAAS Devigarh, Udaipur, India

Accommodation in India

Hotel accommodation in India varies hugely in standard and style, from region to region, so choosing a hotel to really suit you can be a bit of a minefield. Our India experts are crucial to booking the right room, in the right hotel, making sure you get exactly what you want and avoiding the many pitfalls of booking hotels directly online. We will also try and arrange a complimentary upgrade.

The ‘Heritage Hotel’ concept originated in Rajasthan and has spread to neighbouring Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and the foothills of the Himalayas.

Property owners who still inhabit their ancestral homes are converting them into small and atmospheric hotels. These forts and palaces are central to village life and give the visitor somewhere comfortable to stay while exploring more rural parts of the country.

There are also plenty of wonderfully luxurious 5-star hotels to choose from, some contained in old palaces and forts.

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Explore India

  • Delhi
  • Rajasthan
  • Gujarat
  • Kerala
  • Chennai and Tamil Nadu
  • Assam
  • Pench National Park
  • Kanha National Park


It’s all here. Things to see and do, places to explore and moments to discover.

Iconic Indian Railway Journeys

Ride the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. Experience the foothills by Indian rail.

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Rural India

Visit remote villages with their own, distinguishable cultural features and stay in small, boutique heritage hotels.

See Bengal Tigers in India

Head out on a game drive by Jeep in search of tigers.

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India’s Old Hill Stations

Explore glorious old hill stations that take you back to the times of the Raj.

Explore Kerala

Walk the lush green paddy fields of the plains, through spindly rubber plantations and blooming coffee plantations.

Visit the Temples of Khajuraho

Visit Khajuraho and discover some of India’s best-known temples covered with erotic carvings.

Visit the Holy City of Varanasi

Journey to one of India’s holiest cities, and watch religious rituals being performed daily on the banks of the River Ganges.

Visit the Taj Mahal

Travel to Agra to witness first hand the incredible beauty of the Taj Mahal.

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Tiger Safari

See a wild tiger strutting through the jungle, straight out of Rudyard Kiplings’s Jungle Book.

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Ranthambore Tiger Safari

Go in search of tigers at Ranthambore National Park.

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Track Tigers in Central India

Visit one of India’s wildlife parks – Madhya Pradesh, Kanha, Bandavgarh, Satpura and Pench in search for tigers.

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Need Inspiration?
Browse our India holiday ideas.

Our India experts have created and curated these tailor-made holiday ideas to get you started. Take the time to search through them and find something that is the spark for your unique adventure in India.

Bengal Tiger, Ranthambore National Park, India
Bengal Tiger, Ranthambore National Park, India

Tiger Safari with Steppes Travel

Nothing prepares you for seeing your first tiger in the wild. The world’s most iconic big cat is a mightily impressive sight. Yet despite being the undisputed king of the jungle, tigers face an uncertain future across the Indian subcontinent.

Read more about the challenges facing wildlife tourism and how you can travel on a Steppes Travel tiger safari in a sustainable manner.

Tiger Safaris



Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Kate Hitchen

My travels were first inspired by my love of the UK, which I take as much pleasure in exploring as countries far and wide. For me, travel is all about the adventure, the people I meet and the food I sample along the way. In fact, I am never happier than when I’m cycling, trekking or simply eating my way through a country! My heart and head regularly pull me east, notably to India but I may also be found wandering through the galleries and piazzas of Italy or daydreaming about fresh ceviche in the far west.
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Joe Parkes

As a child I read voraciously so the seed of travel was planted by none other than Enid Blyton. Family holidays ran the gamut from icy dips in the early summer seas of Cornwall, to camel rides in north Africa, from Times Square to Tenerife. A GAP year upon leaving school cemented the travel bug. After graduating University and before stumbling, happily, into a career in the travel industry I spent a couple of glorious years exploring southern and east Africa, large swathes of South-east Asia, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.
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Frequently asked questions about India

What is train travel like in India?

To experience the real India is to stay at ground level and take a train journey. No visit to India is complete without experiencing the bustle of an Indian railway station. We recommend express trains, which normally offer air-conditioned chair seats or first or second class sleeper cabins. All seats and berths are reserved for the ticket holder.

The reservation list is displayed on the train itself, your name and reserved berth clearly shown. Berths are numbered in classes, so AC1 AC2 AC3 and sleeper class cars. There are toilets on the trains. Don’t expect pristine western standards but if travelling on an air-conditioned express train then the service is reasonable. High-speed express trains link cities efficiently, such as Delhi to Agra, Jaipur to Jodhpur.

Where is the best place to see tigers?

India is home to more than 40 national parks. To help increase the odds of spotting a tiger, Steppes Travel can offer you a greater understanding of the local issues and differences between the parks, the best chance of being in the right place at the right time and advice on how to avoid the many pitfalls that create substandard safari experiences.

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Everything went smoothly, we were met as arranged by extremely knowledgeable personnel. The guides and drivers came up to and exceeded, our expectations.


Tadoba is a very friendly and family orientated park. It was the best for tigers, with nine different tiger spottings during our stay. Birds and other wildlife was also great. Our drive, Richin, was very knowledgeable, both in India history and world politics as well as being a great naturalist and spotter.

Tadoba National Park

Kate Hitchen was excellent and managed to book and organise our trip to India perfectly, it was even better than expected. Thank you.


Outlining a trip and having Joe fill in the details and make suggestions or changes meant we had a wonderful experience.


A great itinerary for an introduction to India. It has given us lots of ideas and enthusiasm for a return trip.


All guides, drivers and vehicles were superb and it was such a great way to see everything and know everything. The service was excellent.


Outlining a trip and having Joe fill in the details and make suggestions or changes meant we had a wonderful experience.


Charlotte knows India extremely well. Very happy to answer even the most trivial of questions. Nothing is too much trouble.


Joe was wonderful and very knowledgeable about India. He was patient with us as we made numerous changes to the itinerary and very quick to respond.  


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OSCAR Foundation
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Chhanv Foundation, India
Wild Shaale, India
Sambhali colourfully dressed women
Sambhali Trust, India

Our projects in India

We support projects right across the planet. Explore below to see where and how we’re making a difference – in some cases, we can even arrange a visit as part of your tailor-made itinerary.

The Steppes Fund for Change supports four incredible organisations in India; Chhanv Foundation, OSCAR Foundation, Sambhali Trust and Centre for Wildlife Studies.

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Why Choose Steppes?

Our knowledge and expertise sets us apart. So too our curiosity. A curiosity of the world and of you, and your passions. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you, all the while ensuring we travel and operate sustainably.

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