India

Destination: Taj Mahal, Agra

Embark on a memorable journey of enlightenment and discover the culture, natural wonders and people of India.

Discover North India, from the bustling capital city of New Delhi to spiritual, soulful Varanasi with its ancient funeral ghats beside the sacred Ganges River, and the grandeur of the Raj palaces; North India is a land of incredible contrast that will leave you spellbound.

Explore the famous Golden Triangle of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. Admire the beautiful Taj Mahal – a monument to love – at sunrise, discover the majestic forts and impressive palaces of Rajasthan, or relax by the shimmering Lake Pichola in Udaipur, and marvel at the light reflecting off marble-domed temples. Whether you’re witnessing moving performances and humbling ancient rituals or enjoying immersive cultural excursions, you’ll find there are not enough words to describe the sense of wonder you will feel during your holiday of a lifetime.

Tropical and laid back, with lush coastlines and palm-lined beaches, South India is a complete contrast to the north. Whether you want to get back to nature, admire amazing architecture, delight your tastebuds or reconnect with your spiritual side, you’ll find South India offers plenty for everyone.

Explore the fascinating Kerala Backwaters by houseboat and let your cares drift away as you soak up nature at its finest. Visit the cities of Bangalore and Mysore to learn more about their British colonial history, and Puducherry for its French history. As well as boasting the finest beaches in the country, South India is also home to the Western Ghats, mountains whose slopes support tea, coffee and spice plantations. These mountains also offer a refuge for all manner of wildlife, with sanctuaries and national parks such as Periyar, home to elephants, langur monkeys and tigers, as well as an array of colourful birdlife

Why travel to India with Scenic?

With Scenic, the perks and privileges come included. Enjoy a full range of luxurious benefits that will enhance your experience throughout your journey.
  • Scenic Enrich
    Our seasoned Journey Designers have handpicked and created a range of unique experiences that will be among the highlights of your journey. Enjoy a romantic dinner at candlelit step well, releasing sacred offerings on the Ganges, discover the world of a Geisha and sumo wrestlers and prepare food for endangered Giant pandas.
  • Special Stays
    From luxury resorts in scenic locations to iconic hotels in bustling cities, you’ll enjoy the very best accommodation available wherever you stay with Scenic. Our hotels are selected on more than reputation alone, rather on a combination of location, character and ambience to ensure your hotel stay is truly reflective of your destination.
  • Scenic Freechoice
    You can choose between a vast range of activities, sightseeing and dining experiences to ensure you only see what you want to see and do what you want to do, at a tempo that suits you. From history to culture, cuisine to nature, there’s a wealth of options for everyone.
  • Luxury Cruising
    Cruise Southern India's Kerala Backwaters on board a luxurious, air-conditioned houseboat. You’ll have the chance to stop along the route to meet the locals before returning to feast on delicious local specialities prepared on board.
  • The Nth Degree
    We've thought about the details so you don't have to, from personal airport transfers, first-class transport and local guides. All tips and gratuities are included.
  • Freechoice Dining
    You'll be delighted by the sheer range of dining options available, from local and indigenous fare to specialty cuisines from around the world.
  • Wildlife safaris
    Explore the wonders of Ranthambore National Park, a former hunting ground of the Maharajahs of Jaipur transformed into a major wildlife attraction, spending two nights in the glorious surrounds of the Oberoi Vanyavilas. Or visit Karnataka, Nagharhole National Park with abundant wildlife including tigers, leopards and wild elephants.
  • Local Knowledge
    Enjoy the intimacy of fully escorted small group touring with your knowledgeable local guides and expert Tour Directors.
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5-star hotels

Taj Mahal

You'll find that the wonders of India are even more delightful when you're ensconced in the comfort and luxury of the region's most prestigious hotels. In Agra stay at the Oberoi Amarvilas, only 600 metres from the Taj Mahal, or the eco-friendly Evolve Back Resorts in Coorg and Kabini. Enjoy authentic heritage accommodation at the former hunting lodge of Rawla Narlai or Ranvas in Nagaur Fort. Feel like royalty at the Taj Jai Mahal Palace in Jaipur or the Suryagarh Jaisalmer. In Puducherry, stay at the Palais de Mahe, a tribute to the town’s French legacy, or relax at the colonial-style Brunton Boatyard in Kochi.

Luxury Cruising

Kerala

Southern India’s Kerala Backwaters are a unique network of canals and lakes linked by 44 rivers to create a water navigation system stretching over 450 kilometres. The only way to truly explore this lush world is by staying overnight on board a Kettuvallam, a traditional houseboat. Originally a thatched roof rice barge, these vessels have been converted into luxurious air-conditioned houseboats. Offering a unique way to explore the backwaters, you’ll have the chance to stop along the route to meet the locals before returning to feast on delicious local specialities prepared on board. Voted one of the 50 destinations of a lifetime by National Geographic Traveller, after spending a night on board in this unique region, we're sure you’ll agree.

Wildlife Safaris

Tiger
A visit to India is not complete without exploring the natural wonders of the national parks. Ranthambore National Park is situated deep in the heart of Rajasthan. This former hunting ground of the Maharajahs of Jaipur has been transformed into a major wildlife attraction. Spend two nights in the glorious surrounds of the Oberoi Vanyavilas, where luxury camping is taken to a whole new level. Located in the southern state of Karnataka, Nagharhole National Park is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve with abundant wildlife including tigers, leopards and wild elephants. Your two night stay in a Jacuzzi Hut at the Evolve Back Resort in Kabini offers a wildlife experience like no other.