Across the regions of the world that we feature there is no standardised classification and grading of hotels, therefore we have used the hotel’s own rating if an official rating is not available. It is important to note that this is not an exact science and standards can vary quite dramatically from one country to another. However, we do believe that it will serve as a useful indicator.
To help you find your ideal accommodation we have listed our hotels and resorts as follows:
This modern 5 star luxury accommodation, with acres of gardens with water channels, fruit and flower bearing trees and shaded walkways, is designed in Mughal style.
Offering unrivalled views of the iconic Taj Mahal, The Oberoi Amarvilas pays homage to its Mughal splendour in a splendid display of terraced lawns, fountains, reflection pools and pavilions.
Six acres of lush gardens make the Taj Gateway a tranquil retreat from which to explore the cultural delights of Agra. This hotel, with a bright modern style, also draws influence for the regions Mughal heritage.
In a truly historical building, the Nadesar Palace has has welcomed Kings and Queens, Sheiks and Shahs, Lords and Prime Ministers. The 10 spacious rooms and suites offer opulent accommodation in this former Maharaja’s residence.
This rural oasis of verdant calm, surrounded by the rugged Alwar landscape is the ideal base from which to explore the surrounding area.
This palace-styled hotel offers spacious comfort and rich warm, hospitable service. Conveniently located as a gateway to the World Heritage Sites of Ellora and Ajanta Caves.
This gorgeous lodge is the creation of the Samode family (the first to offer boutique heritage hotels in Jaipur, Rajasthan) and was inspired by their safaris in Africa.
The Resort encompasses 44 tropical acres on the Bay of Bengal, sheltering 144 guest rooms and villas, some with private pools.
Built on the ramparts of an old Dutch fort, is now riding on a fresh new wave.
The Hotel is a lovingly restored mansion and an ideal stop over during an off the beaten track tour of Tamil Nadu.
The Saratha Vilas, built by a wealthy Tamil merchant in the early 1900s, is a prime example of the luxurious mansion unique to the Chettinad region.
With a plethora of activities including hiking, fishing, rafting, cookery classes, massage and ‘The Tea Experience’ there is always something to do at this family run tea plantation.
This award winning hotel, is set amongst 7 acres of landscaped gardens
A stay at this hotel places you in the heart of Gurgaon, steps from Ambience Mall and close to DLF Cyber City. This 5-star hotel is within close proximity of Ayyappa Temple and Sahara Mall
The hotel has presence. Its clean, neat lines and pristine landscaping give it landmark status in Hyderabad.
2,000 feet above Hyderabad, Taj Falaknuma Palace, the former residence of the Nizam of Hyderabad, invites guests to journey into the clouds and revel in its opulence.
This is truly a royal destination. Built in the tradition of the region’s grand Mughal palaces.
The hotel revives the princely lifestyle of India’s legendary Rajput princes and offers consistently high standards of facilities and services.
Experience the splendour of royal India at the sumptuous Rambagh Palace. Sip a cocktail on the wide verandas while watching peacocks wander the gardens of this architecturally stunning former Maharaja’s Palace.
Located on the edge of Kanha National Park, this eco-conscious safari lodge offers bird and nature walks as well as twice daily visits to the national park in customised 4x4s, affording every opportunity to view tigers.
This former Royal family manor house exudes a unique charm. Unexpected and charming, it is a self-contained, intimate, heritage hotel, hidden deep in the folds of the busy streets of old Jaipur.
The magnificent Umaid Bhawan Palace is one of the world’s largest private residences; a golden hued desert sandstone monument set amidst acres of verdant gardens.
The Lodge has been built with the lightest of eco footprints. Each tent has glass doors leading out onto a floating veranda, overlooking the river below.
Resurrected from the remains of a Victorian shipbuilding yard, Brunton Boatyard gives the modern traveller a unique opportunity to dwell amidst the shadow-plays of 19th century history.
From the moment you drive in you will experience Vivanta by Taj Malabar's quiet efficient way . The lobby is a unique mix of chic and classic that sets the tone for guestrooms and dining facilities that deliver the ultimate in urban relaxation.
Check-in at Spice Village is not at a boring reception desk, but out on the lawns, with a welcoming healthy herbal brew. Get invigorated, absorb the sights and sounds of nature, and before you know it, your bags are whisked away to your room and you are ready to completely relax.
Enjoy a short boat trip along a narrow canal lined with wildflowers being being greeted at Coconut Lagoon with a reviving coconut cocktail.
Sprawling across 25 acres of lush greenery and set in soul-stirring ambience, Kumarakom Lake Resort exudes the charm of Kerala’s true heritage while offering a complete range of New Age amenities for a luxuriously comfortable stay
For millennia, the fisherfolk of Mararikulam have lived in accord with the land and the ocean. This harmonious way of life is the inspiration for Marari Beach. From the palm thatch roofs to rigorous eco-practices, you'll find constant echoes of Malabar's coastal cultures.
Swissotel Kolkata is Kolkata’s newest luxury hotel near the airport and attached to a mall with restaurants and a multiplex cinema. Located in Rajarhat, the hotel is unique in India for its unique Swiss design and Swiss hospitality with attention to detail.
Fondly referred to as the 'Grande Dame of Chowringhee' offers the ultimate classical residence in the City of Joy. This heritage hotel’s neo-classical facade and grand pillared entrance mark a successful fusion of classical Victorian and traditional Indian style.
The 229 newly refurbished rooms and suites of Taj Bengal, Kolkata leave a lasting impression. Traditional hand-tufted rugs on rich teakwood floors are set off by elegant silk and organza furnishings.
Off the beaten track, this restored fort has 13 guest rooms offering an authentic experience. Situated on the banks of the sacred Madhya Pradesh River, this is the perfect base to explore the surrounding area, take a boat trip along the river or relax by the pool, surrounded by lush gardens.
This is a perfect urban retreat with a beautifully landscaped garden with a waterfall. There are several dining options offering contemporary and classic ethnic cuisine.
Located in the city's prime business and shopping district, The Oberoi, Mumbai, is the ultimate destination for style and luxury. Along with The Oberoi Group's legendary service and meticulously planned rooms and facilities, this luxury hotel in Mumbai is ideal for both leisure and business travellers.
Ideally situated for the airport, Trident Bandra Kurla offers 436 well appointed, modern guestrooms and suites. There is a swimming pool and fitness centre as well as three restaurants serving Indian, International and Italian cuisine.
The history of Mumbai and The Taj Mahal Palace are dramatically intertwined. Overlooking the Gateway of India, The Taj Mahal Palace is Mumbai’s first harbour landmark and the site of the first licensed bar in the city.
The best view of Mumbai – The Marine Drive, a 3-kms-long beautiful promenade that rings a natural bay, greets guests at the Trident.
The award-winning Ananda In The Himalayas is a tranquil spa retreat in which to rejuvenate the mind and body.
The hotel has long been the favoured accommodation of heads of state, royalty and business leaders from across the world.
The contemporary yet colonial architecture of the majestic Imperial epitomises the grandeur of a bygone era.
Built in the shape of a butterfly, The Leela Palace is committed to taking guest service to reverential heights, welcoming guests to a world of grandeur and luxury.
One of the oldest hotels in Delhi, Maidens offers charm and elegance combined with colonial architecture.
Sophisticated and luxurious, situated right in the centre of town, and overlooking the golf course. The facilities are fantastic and the hotel is perfectly located for sightseeing.
At the heart of New Delhi, lies, arguably, the most distinguished address in India's capital.
This rural, luxurious eco-conscious retreat, offers six ‘rustic on the outside, elegant on the inside’ cottages and even the dining area provides outstanding views of the countryside.
With its open rooftop machans and large wooden decks that overlook the shady nullah, guests to Baghvan Pench Jungle Lodge are constantly immersed in the sights and sounds of the Indian jungle.
Set in 22 acres of lush green, the Luxury Resort is well placed in the buffer zone of the Pench National Park which is just 2.5 Kilometres from the resort.
The ideal place for nature lovers, Forsyth's is an environmentally friendly lodge set within 44 acres of rehabilitated jungle on the edge of Satpura National Park. This was the first lodge to be constructed near the park and the owners have engaged with the local authorities and community to offer a complete, rather than tiger-centric, experience at Satpura.
Set in 22 acres of lush green, the Luxury Resort is well placed in the buffer zone of the Pench National Park which is just 2.5 Kilometers from the resort.
Built in 1884 as a Himalayan hill station, the hotel has been extensively renovated. With fabulous views across the valley, this is the perfect base from which to explore the spectacular mountain scenery, cedar forests and ancient monasteries of this world famous destination.
Set in 22 acres of virgin woods of pine and cedar, Wildflower Hall, the former residence of Lord Kitchener has been rebuilt to a new magnificence, recreating the grand style of the colonial era.
One of the most romantic hotels in the world, Udaipur’s 250-year old Taj Lake Palace offers guests a unique blend of serenity and opulence. The exquisite white marble palace, which appears to float on the still waters of Lake Pichola was built in the 18th century on a natural foundation of four acres of rock by Maharana Jagat Singh II.
The Leela Palace Udaipur offers a spectacular view of the tranquil waters of the Lake Pichola, the City Palace and the Aravalli mountains, and evokes the grandeur and opulence of the land of the Mewars.
Arriving at The Oberoi Udaivilas is an enchanting experience - a short boat ride across Lake Pichola transports guests to a ceremonial welcome at the resort.
A perfect base to explore the fabled city of Udaipur, acclaimed worldwide for its beautiful lakes, medieval palaces and colourful bazaars.
Situated in the heart of the old “Ville Blanche” (white town) of French Pondicherry, at 5 Rue de la Caserne, is one of India’s most striking designer hotels.
Opened in 2012, this French Colonial building is just steps from the famed Promenade.
Ideal for those looking to embark on a journey of wellness with meditation, delicious wholesome food, ayurvedic spa treatments and yoga.
Tanjore Hi is a Heritage Boutique Hotel presenting the perfect gateway to the historical region of Tamil Nadu
A resort, one hundred years in the making, in the heart of a city that grew from drops of nectar that flowed from the locks of Shiva, as legend would have us believe.
Amid 62 acres of peaceful, landscaped gardens, the hotel is the epitome of colonial architecture. Here you'll find a charmed spot to relax and take in picturesque views of the Temple City and the Kodai hills.
The estate includes 55 acres of undulating rises and dips covered with cardamom & coffee, located on the slopes of the Western Ghats.
Perhaps the grandest boutique hotel in India. It's ideally sited for water tours of Kerala, Jew town, local food and antique markets.
Located atop a small hill, with stunning views of the forest and the large watering hole that draws several wild animals.
This lodge sprawls over the 40 acre grounds, around the renowned erstwhile tented camp, Churhat Kothi, the accommodation and facilities of the lodge blend charmingly into the quaint and rustic surroundings.
The Taj Gateway Hotel’s nondescript exterior conceals luxurious haven of peace and tranquillity in this ancient temple city with stylishly decorated guestrooms and public spaces.
Showcasing the rich heritage of the Mewar region, Chunda Palace combines breathtaking opulence and spectacular views of City Palace and Lake Pichola with traditional Indian hospitality.
The award-winning The Oberoi, Gurgaon is an urban sanctuary spread over 9 acres. High ceilings and open spaces offer spectacular views of the hotel’s sparkling pool and lush green wall.
Sitting in the heart of New Delhi, The Claridges commands pride of place with Delhi’s quintessential landmarks, including India Gate.
Nestled in the heart of the city and within walking distance of the Taj Mahal, Radisson Blu Agra Taj East Gate guarantees a lavish and memorable holiday.
A stay at Suryauday Haveli begins with a 15 minute boat ride along the famous ghats of Benaras to reach the Haveli, built by the Royal Family of Nepal.
Hyderabad is the perfect blend of the traditional and the modern, where skyscrapers brush shoulders with heritage monuments and is home to the contemporary Trident, Hyderabad.
Designed to provide peace and tranquility within a luxurious jungle camp, Khem Villas is the perfect base for tiger watching.
India is the ultimate travel destination for those seeking a truly awesome experience that will forever remain etched in their minds. This Mecca for visitors offers an exhilarating and mesmerising potpourri of exciting sounds, irresistible flavours, intoxicating aromas and intense colours to fully engage one’s senses. It is vibrant and timeless, a place where the wonders of the past are comfortable bedfellows with the contemporary - an enchanting land with compelling secrets.
The expression ‘a country of diverse contrasts’ could never be more apt. One cannot help but be seduced by the charm of this exotic destination which can be both hectic and serene. In this seductive land, ancient culture and customs exist in tandem with a hotbed of entrepreneurialism and chic designer boutiques. The stark variation in ethnic backgrounds, cultures and religions simply adds to an already magic cocktail.
The discerning traveller is spoiled for choice, there being a host of pursuits and experiences at one’s fingertips. In addition to its cultural and spiritual heritage, this beguiling destination also offers exciting wildlife, breathtaking scenery, snow-capped mountains and beautiful sundrenched beaches.
Initially one is inevitably drawn towards the famous Golden Triangle. Visitors can experience the hustle and bustle of Delhi, the fierce magnificence of Jaipur, and Agra, where the experience of the sunrise or sunset over the iconic Taj Mahal is a memory to be truly cherished. Be in awe of the stunning architecture and fairytale palaces of Rajasthan as well as the quaint villages and imposing forts.
India offers close to one hundred national parks and visitors can relish the anticipation of spotting the elusive Bengal tiger, a leopard, the Asian elephant or perhaps the one horned rhino, in addition to a variety of other exotic wildlife.
Experience Kerala, known as ‘God’s own country’ and included in one of the ten ‘Paradises Found’ by National Geographic. There you can enjoy the stunning natural scenery and catch sight of the waterside communities dotted along the picturesque Backwaters area whilst drifting along on your houseboat. Kerala is also renowned for its stunning beaches.
*Please note that a new liquor policy has been implemented in Kerela, whereby only hotels in the five star category will have licenses to sell beer, wine and sprirts ( and in some case this will be limited to beer and wine only).
And to unwind at the end of a trip what better than to relax on the sun-kissed, palm-fringed, white sandy beaches of cosmopolitan Goa with its renowned laid-back vibe and Portuguese influence.
To compliment all its other attributes, India also offers truly stunning deluxe hotels, superlative service levels, delectable cuisine and the friendliest of welcomes.
Bounded by the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea and bordering Pakistan, China, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar and Bangladesh.
|Vaccinations:||Recommended, contact your doctor|
|Size:||3,287,263 square kilometres||Flying Time:||Approximately 8.5 hours to New Delhi from UK/Ireland|
|Population:||Approximately 1.2 billion||Electricity:||230 - 240 volts|
|Local Time:||GMT + 5.5 hours||IndiaTourist Office (UK) :||www.tourism.gov.in
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|Visa:||Required to be arranged in advance of travel for UK and Ireland passport holders||Language:||Hindi and English are widely spoken|
|Currency:||Indian Rupee||Capital:||New Delhi|
Tipping is very much a way of life in India and tips are very important to lower paid workers. It is therefore important to get it right (not too much, not too little). Our tipping guidelines below are based on local advice.
It is unusual to receive a ‘thank you’ from the person you tip, this is a cultural trait in Indiaand usually the tip will be stuffed in a pocket with hardly an acknowledgement. So don’t think your driver, waiter etc. is ungrateful , especially if you have tipped within the guidelines above.
Some guides (who are all self-employed) may suggest that your tip is not enough, if you have tipped within the above guidelines do not feel obliged to give any more.
Finally, you can decide how much to tip on the basis of the quality of service delivered. If the service has been below standard, you can reduce the amount or not tip at all.
Smoking in public places is prohibited. Places where smoking is restricted include:
Smoking is allowed on roads, and inside private vehicles.
Some states have banned or are considering a ban on electronic cigarettes.