India Luxury Tours

Luxury Travel to India

India epitomizes the fundamental reasons we travel – to experience the unfamiliar, to meet and learn from other societies, and to encounter a world far removed from our own.

India is surprising, impressive, daunting, alluring – an endlessly fascinating puzzle –and few countries can match India’s frenetic pace and boundless energy. Some of the world’s oldest cities contrast with high tech areas rushing headlong into the future.

The grand sweep of human history is carved across the face of India. And, nowhere has religion played a more important role in the culture and society of a people than here. Ancient Buddhist monasteries, the rock caves of Ellora and Ajanta, and the more than 3,000 marble caves in the hills of Shatrunjaya, all attest to the power of human beliefs.

The country has regions of great natural beauty from the lush tea plantations at the foot of the Himalayas, to the ancient limestone caves at Borra. There are national parks to explore, the great Thar Desert to discover, and the lazy backwaters of Kerala to enjoy. The state of Karnataka is noted for its influence in India’s artistic traditions, especially in classical music. Go off the beaten track in Haridwar, visit the sacred Har-Ki-Pauri Ghat, and savor a rare experience – the golden reflection of flowers floating in the sacred Ganges River during a twilight aarti ceremony. Jojawar beckons the visitor to explore this hidden gem and experience everyday life. Assam is known for tea, silk and the first oil well in Asia. The state has conserved the one-horned Indian rhinoceros from near extinction, along with the pygmy hog, tiger and various species of Asiatic birds. It also provides one of the last wild habitats for the Asian elephants. India’s palaces, heritage hotels and desert camps offer astonishing adventures in luxury. The raucous bazaars of Mumbai and Delhi, rare royal Bengal tigers, the romantic Taj Mahal, and the warmth of the Indian people capture your heart and imagination.

Yet, with all India has to offer, it continues to change in ways scarcely imagined in the not so distant past with topics such as gender equality beginning to come into focus. In support of the economic wellbeing of local communities, Big Five hires women guides, both for their unique insights into the local culture, as seen through a woman’s eyes, and as powerful way to elevate women into the workforce, beginning in Delhi. –


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President’s Picks India Ghats, the Ganges & Leopards 18 Days President’s Picks Interest(s): Safari Tours, Adventure Travel

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“When you see a regular India itinerary, it usually encompasses the same cities and sites repeatedly. You only get to see what everyone else sees. Would you believe that represents less than 10% of India’s history? That is not nearly good enough. This journey represents Big Five’s India, which means that you go into the interior, into the heart, where the legacy of India was born.”

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In art school, I was introduced to the work of photographer Margaret Bourke White. She had a phenomenal talent and passion, and she was absolutely fearless. That fearlessness led her to become one of the leading photojournalists of the 20th century and one of my heroes. She had a long list of ‘firsts’ in her career – both as first photographer and first woman. She was the first photographer to have a cover photograph on the first issue of Life magazine in 1936. Among her most iconic images are those of Mahatma Gandhi at his spinning wheel in 1946. She spent two years in India photographing refugee families flooding into Delhi, women going to the village well and grass sellers as well as portraits of more prominent figures such as Jawaharial Nehru. She sought to portray every level of Indian society in the 1940s and left a powerful visual, historical record for the rest of us. I believe she would be thoroughly at home in India today, pointing her camera into the corners of 1,000-year-old grottos, or photographing tiger conservation projects, or flowers floating in the sacred Ganges at a twilight Ganga aarti ceremony.

Kids Kouncil Approved™ India by City and Country 13 Days Precious Journeys® Interest(s): Safari Tours, Family Travel

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This highly original India family adventure is the first of our Kids Kouncil™ Approved journeys. It has been reviewed by the junior board members of the Kids Kouncil, and encompasses a variety of experiences from tracking tigers in Panna National Park, to a visit to a one-of-a-kind museum, to a family Segway tour through New Delhi.

Naturally India 15 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Safari Tours, Adventure Travel

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This adventure takes you off the tourist routes of India and into the woods and jungles to explore the rich wildlife and landscapes that are the home of endangered species such as royal Bengal tiger, Asian elephant and sloth bear. It takes you into rural villages and communities for rewarding encounters. You will long remember this journey into India's wild places.

Southern India’s Vijaynagar Empire 14 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Adventure Travel

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Southern India offers a wealth of cultural and religious heritage that dates back to the 6th and 7th centuries and represents India beyond the Maharajas. This region of India also represents the best example of sustainable tourism. From Bangalore's 16th-cnetury Tipu’s Palace, to Hampi, seat of the fabled 14th-century Vijaynagar Empire, to the fascinating Cave Temples of Badami, you explore the richness of Southern India.

India: A Northern Adventure 11 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Adventure Travel

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Experience India’s first luxury mobile tented camp in stunning high latitude settings while exploring the towns and villages of the northern province of Ladakh. On this journey, you can participate in a traditional sunrise prayer ceremony at a monastery and explore Nubra Valley and the village of Turtuk, the only place in India where you can witness the centuries-old Balti culture. Experience the Ganges at sunset and witness the Aarti Ceremony at Parmarth Niketan. Explore the striking spiritual ambience found in Haridwar.

Authentic India 14 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Safari Tours, Adventure Travel

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Rajasthan is home to rich traditions and customs that capture the very pulse of North India. Witness an aarti ceremony along the sacred river Ganges, where prayer ceremonies are performed with passion and few tourists are found. Explore the open-air bazaars of Jaipur. Take a local train between Jodhpur and Udaipur and up the scenic Kambli Ghat Pass. Go on Jeep safari into the countryside around Jojawar. This is authentic India.

Silken Thread – India’s Tribal Connections 18 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Safari Tours, Adventure Travel

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Step off the well known trails to carve out a one-of-a-kind travel experience that is uniquely yours, Northeast India is home to more than 200 ethnic groups, each with its own tribal language. This journey takes you into villages rarely visited and offers a wealth of cultural encounters with traditional people who still operate under the tribal system. Most of these people can trace their history directly back to Southern China, which you will see in their faces and in their handed-down traditions.

India Saving Tigers 12 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Safari Tours, Adventure Travel

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Explore India's natural wonders on this dynamic adventure that includes two days in each Tiger Project areas - Tadoba National Park and Pench Tiger Reserve - on safari in search of Bengal tigers as well as leopard, sloth bear, gaur (Indian bison), rusty spotted cat, spotted deer and sambar. Savor stays in luxurious tented camps, including a night in the outdoors on a Star Bed. Discover the nature of India.

India 12 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Adventure Travel

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Explore the desert kingdoms and historic cultures of India's Rajasthan, including the fascinating, 500-year-old Ranakpur Temples, magnificent Jain temples, situated in a deep secluded valley in the Aravalli Hills.

Northeast India, Sikkim & Bhutan 14 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Adventure Travel

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Discover the famous tea plantations of Darjeeling and Glenburn, the high-altitude scenic landscapes and the historic monasteries and fortresses of Bhutan.

India: Gujarat & Karnataka 17 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Safari Tours, Adventure Travel

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This journey explores one of the oldest world religions, Jainism. The adventure also celebrates the home state, Gujarat, of India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi; and includes rich cultural encounters that include meeting with one of three families known for their unique textile art.

South India 17 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Safari Tours, Adventure Travel

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Enjoy the rich variety South India has to offer from high-tech Bangalore, to the wildlife haven of Nagarhole National Park. Take in Chikmagalur, an important Jain pilgrimage center with its colossal, 10th-century statue of Gomateshwara. Experience the quiet charm of Mysore’s verdant gardens, tree-lined boulevards and sacred temples, and savor an overnight river cruise on the backwaters of Kerala on your own private, traditional houseboat.

North India 13 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Adventure Travel

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North India presents a remarkable wealth of culture, history, heritage and majestic architecture to explore.