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Virupaksha Temple, Hampi, Karnataka, India

India

From the white of snow-capped Himalayan peaks and the green of tiger-stalked jungles to the red of Mughal palaces and the opulent gold of Sikh temples, nowhere redefines “colourful” quite like India.

Words do little justice to a country as vast and varied as India. This is a place where rich history meets living culture and imposing natural beauty competes with architectural magnificence.

From the Mughal palaces of Uttar Pradesh to the quiet backwaters of Kerala, every region of India offers something distinct and different. In the north, the peaks of Ladakh hide elusive snow leopards. In the east, traditional funerary rites still grace the shores of the sacred Ganges. In the south, colonial-era hill stations top tropical ghats. In the west, the desert fortresses of Rajasthan guard ancient kingdoms.

Regions to explore

Tiger walking along road, Dudhwa National Park, India
Dudhwa, India
Katra Mosque, Murshidabad, India
Murshidabad, India
Delicious street food, Aloo sabji and puri, India
Aloo sabji and puri, Indian market, Gujarat, India
Gol gappa, Indian streetfood, India
Gol gappa, Indian streetfood
Western Ghats, Tea Estates, Karnataka, India
Munnar, India

Why choose India

India offers something for everyone. Foodies can graze on Old Delhi’s street food, historians can discover Ajanta’s millennia-old cave murals, hikers can walk in the shadow of the Himalayas and wildlife enthusiasts can stalk tigers in the country’s many national parks.

And to unpack these experiences – bringing context and knowledge – are just as many enthusiastic and passionate guides. It is this often underappreciated guiding that really brings a holiday to India to life.

 

Detail of decorated gateway, Amber fort, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
India
Agra Fort, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India
India
Lake Pichola, Leela Palace, Udaipur, India
Leela Palace Udaipur, Udaipur, India

Why travel to India with Steppes Travel

A complimentary massage on arrival in India begins any trip on the right note, but we feel that a rewarding holiday to India is about far more than first impressions. Our travel experts will aim to pace your trip to make the most of your time and relish the experience, steering clear of check box itineraries.

We are also careful to choose hotels that are more than just a bed for the night. In particular, we recommend “heritage hotels” – ancestral homes converted by their owners into boutique hotels. Staying in these is an experience in itself.

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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.

Read more about The Steppes Fund For Change

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.

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.

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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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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.

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Explore India

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

Why Choose Steppes?

Our knowledge and expertise set us apart. So too our curiosity. 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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