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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.'

 



Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

Classic India

Nights: 11 | from £4,475

Experience the flavours of India as you explore the fascinating sites and the historical treasures of New Delhi, Udaipur, Rajastan, Jaipur, Agra and Delhi. Find out more

Holiday type: Set departure

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Quintessential Northern India

Nights: 8 | from £3,445

Palaces, observatories, bazaars, temples, forts, memorials, and James Bond all feature in this enthralling 13 night journey through Rajasthan and Northern India. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Adventure & Culture

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Highlights of North India

Nights: 7 | from £1,850

Visit India's enchanting northern region and explore the pink city of Jaipur, watch the sunrise over the Taj Mahal and ride in a rickshaw through Delhi. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Adventure & Culture

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In Search of Tiger

Nights: 10 | from £3,975

Search for India's tigers in Pench National Park, Kanha National Park and Bandhavgarth, one of the best places to spot these elusive big cats. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Safari & Wildlife

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

Nights: 15 | from £5,815

Explore incredible India on this 15 night adventure staying in opulent former palaces and enjoying the countryside, cities and generous hospitality of this giant country. Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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The Leela Palace, New Delhi

 

The Leela Palace combines neo-classical architecture with elements from historical North Indian palaces. Its magnificent façade rises above native trees... Find out more

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Taj Falaknuma

 

Taj Falaknuma Palace is also known as the 'mirror of the sky' because, at 2000 feet, it was built in the clouds and reflects the ever-changing moods of... Find out more

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The Oberoi Rajvilas

 

This luxury resort recreates the architecture of a traditional Rajasthani walled city, complete with red sandstone fort, torch lit ramparts and 'Haveli'... Find out more

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The Oberoi Udaivilas

 

The Udaivilas' grand architecture is inspired by the palaces of Rajasthan, and paints a picture of majesty resplendent with pavilions and domes. The interiors,... Find out more

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The Oberoi Vanyavilas, Ranthambore

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Nestled in a picture-perfect setting with a dramatic watercourse and sun-kissed private decks, The Oberoi Vanyavilas is India's leading luxury jungle... Find out more

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

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Prices from £5374 per person saving up to £615 per person for 15 nights
Save up to £615 per person on the following departure dates 23rd October and 23rd November 2015. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

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Vana, India

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Prices from £4,995 per person saving £1,785 per person for 14 nights
For all retreats of between 14 and 21 nights, book a Garden or Forest room and receive a complimentary upgrade to a Bodhi/Forest Suite and also receive one extra wellness weight per night per person. Prices from £4,995 per person for a 14 night stay including international and internal flights from the UK. Valid for travel from the 1st July to the 15th September 2015. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

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Annie, Brandon, Debbie, Margaret, Vicky Hamlin, Vicky Smith and Rachel - are experts in designing travel experiences across the region to suit your personal needs, interests and budget. Their intimate knowledge of every hotel and resort featured in our Orient, India, Australasia and Indian Ocean portfolio, together with our own network of offices throughout these areas, allows us to offer unique in-depth knowledge, unparalleled insider access and the VIP service for which Abercrombie & Kent is renowned.

Read about our lastest experiences in our Travel Blog pages.

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A winner will be selected at random at the end of each month. The winner will be notified within 10 days of being selected using the contact details supplied on the enquiry form. The winner will receive a £500 holiday voucher to use against travel with Abercrombie & Kent Limited in the UK. The voucher will be valid for 6 months from the date of issue. Entries are limited to one per household, not per enquiry. Prizes must not be sold or auctioned. Prizes are non-transferable and no substitutions or cash equivalents are permitted. The voucher can only be used against a new booking and cannot be used to amend or book additional tours or excursions on current bookings. Entrants must be aged 18 years or over. Prize winners are responsible for paying the outstanding amount of the booking within the usual booking terms and conditions. Abercrombie & Kent Limited reserve the right to withdraw or otherwise amend this promotion at our discretion.

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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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Delhi/Chennai/Mumbai/Bangalore

flying time

8 hours 20 minutes non-stop

time difference

GMT +5 1/2 hours

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Required for UK passport holders

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Yellow fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area

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