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Udaipur leaves visitors wide-eyed for many reasons: its exquisite architecture, elegant white hotel swaddled by serene Lake Pichola and floodlit Monsoon Palace 'floating' high in the night sky. But for one A&K traveller, there was another major surprise. At sights including the Jagdish Temple he was amazed to find tourist crowds being parted to allow him, his wife and their guide, Vikram, through. 'It was quite extraordinary,' he writes. 'I have never seen other guides move their customers aside. Vikram is excellent, and clearly has the respect of his peers'

Vikram is just one of a stellar A&K supporting cast who made the Rajasthan holiday so memorable. Take a bow our staff in the UK, guides on the ground, and driver, Viru, who made light work of a thrilling road trip enlivened by recalcitrant cows, haughty camels and rickshaws. 'Driving in India takes special skills,' says Air Commodore Leaning. 'Viru is one of the best.'

For nearly 30 years Abercrombie & Kent's large, highly experienced team have been offering luxury Indian holidays. We offer the country's best vehicles, hotels ranging from sumptuous to heritage to homestays and a network of guides and consultants embracing experts in everything from museums, art and architecture to conservation, food and history. With privileged access, they make the unique possible: An Indian cookery lesson in a private home? A private peek at a royal crystal collection? A Bollywood film set visit? Not a problem.

The subcontinent is such a diverse, intoxicating, sensory overload, it's hard to know where to start. Take a holiday or tour to India with A&K and we'll show you Delhi's teeming bazaar and awe-inspiring Raj architecture, Agra's Mughal Taj Mahal, and Rajasthan's mountains and deserts frescoed with palaces and forts.

You can walk in Himalayan foothills or Ladakh's high altitude desert, watch teeming life on Varanasi's sacred Ganges or study the erotic carvings of Madhya Pradesh. We'll take you to throbbing Mumbai's famous harbour, Bangalore's 'Silicon Valley' and lovely Mysore's palaces and festivities. You can flop on Goa's beaches or float through Kerala's backwaters eating masterful food.

We offer it all. And you're travelling with the knowledge that you're in the safest, most reliable hands. When Mumbai was engulfed in the chaos of 2008's terrorist attacks, our guest Mrs Lacey, was evacuated from her hotel at 4am. Our guide had located her room, and descending the ladder, she was overjoyed to hear: are you with A&K? 'They were,' she says, 'the most reassuring words I have ever heard'

And when Air Commodore Leaning and his wife needed urgent medical care, we made sure they got the best. The very best. Their holiday was uninterrupted. 'When things go wrong,' he wrote, 'you really appreciate the depth, concern and sheer professionalism of a company such as yours. Abercrombie and Kent, take a huge group hug from Jo and me: you were simply outstanding.'


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Best time to be there

From October to March the weather is refreshingly cool with minimal rainfall in most places. India's main festivals also take place during this time, such as the Pushkar Fair in Rajasthan, the Republic Day of India and Holi, the festival of colours.

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flying time

8 hours 20 minutes non-stop

time difference

GMT +5 1/2 hours


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Health Requirements

Yellow fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area

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Rambagh Palace, Jaipur and Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur

Rambagh Palace, Jaipur and Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur

India Autumn offers
Stay like Royalty in India's finest great palaces during Diwali, the festival of lights.
Experience the festival of lights - Diwali staying at Rambagh Palace, Jaipur and Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur. This is a magical time to experience India where the cities are festooned with candles and during a time of family celebrations.
13 nights from £3840 per person. (Saving £500 per person on a 4 night stay) Valid for travel from 8th January to 15th April 2015.


Suggested itineraries in India

Classic India

Nights: 11 | from £3,710

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Quintessential Northern India

Nights: 13 | from £3,445

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Highlights of North India

Nights: 7 | from £1,850

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In Search of Tiger

Nights: 10 | from £3,975

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Small Luxury Group Journeys - Taj Mahal & the Treasures of India

Nights: 15 | from £5,815

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Peacocks and Palace

Nights: 14 | from £2,890

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India by Private Jet and Chairmans Event

Nights: 14 | from £18,950

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Christie's Art Journeys: A Colourful Odyssey through India

Nights: 9 | from £4,995

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Gala Chairman’s Event – Hyderabad, November 2015

Nights: 3 |

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British Polo Day India

Nights: 3 | from £1,480

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Land Rover Adventure Travel by Abercrombie & Kent to India 2014

Nights: 8 |

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Mystical Tamil Nadu

Nights: 13 | from £2,575

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Northern Kerala Explorer

Nights: 13 | from £2,865

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Journey through Incredible India

Nights: 15 | from £3,275

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Families with teenagers Explore Northern india

Nights: 9 | from £1,695

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Treasures of Northern India

Nights: 14 | from £2,890

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Kerala & The Maldives

Nights: 14 | from £2,790

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Wonders Of the World by Private Jet

Nights: 22 | from £70,600

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The Golden Triangle with Oberoi Hotels

Nights: 7 | from £2,790

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Empires of the Deccan

Nights: 11 |

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Quintessential Southern India

Nights: 11 | from £2,705

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Taj Palaces Incredible Escapes

Nights: 10 | from £2,350

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Suggested accommodation in India

The Leela Palace, New Delhi


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Taj Falaknuma


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The Oberoi Rajvilas


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The Oberoi Udaivilas


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The Oberoi Vanyavilas, Ranthambore


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Coconut Lagoon


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