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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.

Deccan Odyssey Train, Rajasthan, India
Deccan Odyssey Train, India
Wild Bengal tiger, India
Bengal tiger, India
Rajasthani Woman, Rajasthan, India
Rajasthan, India
Taj Mahal, Agra, India
Agra, India
Sunrise at Mount Kanchenjunga, Sikkim, India
Sikkim, 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
  • Indian Mobile with local numbers at disposal during trip
  • 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

Experiences

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.

Rural India

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

See Tigers in India

Take a Jeep ride in search of tigers.

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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Holiday Inspiration

Our 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.

Morungs, Kohima, Nagaland, India
Kohima, India

India – Tribes of Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh

Have you been to India before? Read about our inspiring journey to Nagaland, in the north of the country, meeting with the last of the Konyak tribes.

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Rare and elusive snow leopard on mountain top lookout, Ladakh, India
Leh, India

India – Track Snow Leopards in the Himalayas with New Scientist

Endangered, beautiful, and elusive, snow leopards are rarely seen in the wild. In an effort to promote their well-being and to offer the chance to glimpse these solitary creatures, we’ve teamed up with the New Scientist and the Snow Leopard Conservancy to offer a bespoke itinerary.

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Places to stay

Every captivating tailor-made itinerary needs a perfect base. Our team has handpicked this collection of properties to give you luxury options in styles to suit any adventure.

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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

Do I need a visa to visit India?

UK passport holders require a visa for India and you must obtain this visa before you travel to India. The easiest way to do this is to apply online – there is no need to involve a visa company or to go to the Indian Embassy in person. The application process takes four days and costs £52.50 for a single-entry tourist visa. The visas are valid for six months from its date of issue.The web address is https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/index.html

Please don’t hesitate to call our travel experts if you have any queries.

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.

What vaccinations do I need for India?

We recommend that you speak to your GP and visit the excellent travel-medicine website http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home.aspx

It strongly recommends you get vaccinations for typhoid, tetanus, poliomyelitis and hepatitis before travelling to and around India. The key for travel vaccinations is to start planning well in advance. Both diphtheria and tuberculosis require a three-month incubation period before the start of the trip. Start by consulting your GP (who will be able to advise if you are up-to-date with your polio and tetanus jabs); he or she may be able to provide the jabs or direct you to a travel-medicine specialist.

When is the best time to travel to India?

India is a huge country – it is fourteen times the size of the UK – and its weather is wide-ranging with considerable regional variations. The key feature of the subcontinent’s climate is the monsoon, which breaks on the Keralan coast at the end of May and then works its way northeast across the country. At this time rainfall can be very heavy, particularly over the higher regions facing the sea. Thus the best time to travel to India, or at least the majority of the country, is during the dry season from November and March when it is cooler. It is a great time to visit Delhi, Agra, Varanasi, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

The best time to visit the tiger parks is from October to April. If you can bear the heat, then May is also an option when the vegetation is not as thick and it is also mating season.
In the south – Kerala and Goa – the weather is comfortable from November through to January. In the Himalayas, the best time to go trekking is in August and September. However, we would recommend travelling earlier in the year, in March, if you want to try and see snow leopards.

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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