India

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and the Bengal tiger with Natural Focus

Full of colour and life, fascinating cultures, ancient temples, historic palaces, and amazing wildlife like the Bengal tiger, the Indian sub-continent has something to tempt every traveller.

Our India tours feature some of this region’s best known landmarks such as the walled cities of Rajasthan, the Taj Mahal, the temple city of Varanasi, the tea gardens of Darjeeling and the meandering waterways of Kerala.

We also have a range of tours designed to take you off the beaten track including jungle safaris, boutique hideaways and scenic treks in the Himalayan foothills.

Elsewhere on the subcontinent we have tours that explore the teardrop-shaped island nation of Sri Lanka. With a history going back some 2,500 years, this enchanting country is renowned for its cultural heritage, ancient temples and historic fortresses. We also offer culturally rich and extraordinary beautiful Nepal, with its stunning mountainous landscapes and lowland jungles. Last but not least, we feature the isolated Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan, one of the most unique destinations on Earth.

We understand that every traveller is different, so we have created a broad range of travel options to suit you. Explore India on one of our escorted small group tours for a completely hassle-free experience or have one of our destination experts tailor-make a trip that suits your specific interests and budget.

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Small Group tours

At African Wildlife and Natural Focus, our philosophy is all about personalised, tailor-made travel. Unless of course, you join this hugely popular escorted safari accompanied in its entirety by our very own General Manager and India guru, Anne-Marie (Annie) Zambelli.

Check out our popular Taj Temples and Tigers escorted tour

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Itineraries

Be inspired by our range of recommended India itineraries including Rajasthan and Taj Mahal tours, unique escapes, river cruises, wildlife safaris, train journeys, South India tours, and itineraries to the Himalayas, Nepal and Sri Lanka. This information provides a good starting point in planning your India adventure.

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India & Sub Continent

River Cruising

Take a magical journey through India by river boat as you cruise down the sacred River Ganges or the mighty Brahmaputra. From the shaded deck you can watch the rich panorama of stunning landscapes, traditional villages, exotic wildlife, and the timelessness of rural life. Go ashore to visit magnificent temples, ancient cities and historic sites.

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Luxury Train Journeys

An excellent way to explore India is on board a travelling hotel on wheels! We offer a number of exciting luxury rail journeys aboard opulent trains that capture the romance and atmosphere of a bygone era. Visit ornate temples, majestic palaces, massive forts and wonderful wildlife sanctuaries, retiring each night to your mobile hotel room.

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Unique Escapes

These magnificent properties offer a unique and authentic experience of rural Rajasthan. Soak up the sumptuous atmosphere whilst seeking out incredible wildlife at Jawai Leopard Camp, or unwind on the manicured grounds of Shahpura Bagh’s sprawling estate.

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Wildlife Safaris

Leave the bustle of cities behind and discover India’s wonderful national parks. Take jungle safaris by Jeep in search of the majestic Bengal tiger, Asian elephant, rhino, jackal, langur monkey and many species of bird. You can also cruise the wildlife-rich waterways of Kazaringa National Park and the Sundarbans.

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The Leela Kovalam in India

Unique Escapes

Unlock some of the many secrets of North and South India, while staying at these properties carefully chosen for their uniqueness, be it their wild location, relaxed ambience or their ability to provide an authentic royal experience.

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India & Subcontinent

Rajasthan & North India

Romantic Rajasthan, land of the Maharajas, is famous for its rich history and stunning architecture. Discover opulent palaces, intricate temples, lush gardens and imposing fortresses. You can also explore the surrounding desert landscapes by 4WD or attend the vibrant Pushkar Camel Fair.

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South India & Kerala

South India & Kerala

With its palm-fringed beaches, emerald rice paddies and spice laden air, warm, lush southern India provides fascinating contrast to the north. The best way to travel is by houseboat, along Kerala’s languid backwaters – a maze of canals and rural villages.

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Varanasi, Kolkata & The Ganges

Varanasi, Kolkata & The Ganges

The Ganges River is considered sacred by millions of Hindus. Ancient Varanasi is one of the best places in India to observe pilgrims bathing in its waters, offering flowers or performing last rites. Formerly India’s capital, Kolkata sits by the Hooghly River, fed by the Ganges, and retains a treasure trove of colonial architecture.

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Mumbai & Goa

Mumbai & Goa

Mumbai is India’s financial and commercial centre, a combination of grand avenues, colonial buildings and exotic bazaars. It is also home to Bollywood, one of the largest film industries in the world. An hour’s flight south is Goa, whose palm-fringed beaches and Portuguese heritage make it an interesting and peaceful escape from urban life.

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Himalayan Foothills

Himalayan Foothills

North India offers spectacular scenery as well as an array of ancient monuments. The peaks of the Himalayan range form a dramatic backdrop to the lush foothills, where hikers will discover wildflower-filled meadows, rushing streams and cascading waterfalls.

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Tsechus festival in Bhutan

Bhutan

Discover Bhutan, a spectacular kingdom high in the Himalayan mountains where magnificent fortresses command hilltops and colourful Buddhist prayer flags flutter around ancient monasteries. The Dragon Kingdom has remained relatively isolated from modern influences enabling it to maintain its rich heritage, rooted in Mahayana Buddhism.

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Nepal

Nepal

The mountain kingdom of Nepal is culturally rich and extraordinarily beautiful. It boasts 8 of the world’s highest mountains, an amazing seven World Heritage Sites within a 20km radius. Roaming the lush jungle plains of famed Chitwan National Park are Bengal tiger, Asian elephant, one-horned rhino and sloth bear.

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Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

The teardrop-shaped tropical island of Sri Lanka is rich in cultural and archaeological treasures spanning some 2,500 years of history – from the sacred city of Anuradhapura to the lion-shaped rock fortress at Sigiriya. Unbeknownst to many, Sri Lanka also has a wealth of national parks and excellent beaches.

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Accommodation

Below are some of our preferred accommodation options in India, carefully selected for their superior locations, service and level of comfort. Explore the highlights sections above to view more of our handpicked luxury hotels, lodges and camps in India.

Bandhavgarh – Mahua Kothi

Mahua Kothi offers luxury accommodation minutes from the entrance to Bandhavgarh National Park, one of the best places in India to view the majestic Bengal tiger.

Jawai Bandh

Jawai Bandh is a splendid Relais & Châteaux luxury tented camp set in untrammelled wilderness where leopards still roam free.

Maharajas’ Express

India's lavish Maharajas' Express whisks passengers back to the golden age of rail travel, visiting the country's finest landmarks in high style.

Rambagh Palace

The extravagant 19th century Rambagh Palace offers spectacularly restored guestrooms that were once the private chambers of the Maharajah of Jaipur.

Taj Lake Palace

The Taj Lake Palace is a unique luxury hotel set in an 18th century palace of white marble that appears to float on Udaipur's Lake Pichola.

The Oberoi Amarvilas

The Oberoi Amarvilas in Agra offers lavish Mughal-style accommodation in an unrivalled location a mere 600m from the iconic Taj Mahal.

The Oberoi Vanyavilas

The Oberoi Vanyavilas offers absolute luxury at the edge of Ranthambore National Park, India's most famous Bengal tiger reserve.

The Taj Mahal Palace

The magnificent Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai first opened its doors in 1903, and today, continues to impress visitors from all over the world.

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