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INDIA WITH A&K
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.'
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.
8 hours 20 minutes non-stop
GMT +5 1/2 hours
Required for UK passport holders
Yellow fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area
Suggested itineraries in India
Small Luxury Group Journeys - Taj Mahal & the Treasures of India
India by Private Jet and Chairmans Event
Gala Chairman’s Event – Hyderabad, November 2015
Land Rover Adventure Travel by Abercrombie & Kent to India 2014
Mystical Tamil Nadu
Northern Kerala Explorer
Quintessential Northern India
Journey through Incredible India
Sonepur Mela Festival
In Search of Tiger
Families with teenagers Explore Northern india
Connections India: Spiritual Splendours
Treasures of Northern India
British Polo Day India
Kerala & The Maldives
The Golden Triangle with Oberoi Hotels
Highlights of North India
Empires of the Deccan
Quintessential Southern India
Taj Palaces Incredible Escapes
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 01 Oct up to 20 Dec 14 and from 8th Jan to 15 April 2015.
Experience India in style with these amazing offers at the Taj Safari lodges. It's not all about tigers, these parks are also home to sloth bears and leopard and are great for birders. It was in these beautiful parks that Rudyard Kipling took his inspiration for Jungle Book.
From £3460 per person. Book 5 nights and receive one free night or book 6 nights and receive 2 free nights. (Saving up to £600 per person) Includes international & domestic flights, transfers, all meals and game drives in the park. Valid for travel from the 16th October to the 31st December 2014.
SPEAK TO A TRAVEL CONSULTANT ON 0845 322 3641
Taj Safari Offer - Save up to £1020 per couple
Experience India in style with these amazing offers at the Taj Safari lodges. Book 5 nights and receive one free night or book 6 nights and receive 2 free nights. Prices from £3460 per person includes international & domestic flights, transfers, all meals and game drives in the park. Valid for travel from the 16th October to the 31st December 2014. Terms and conditions apply.
Oberoi Christmas break
Christmas is one of the most pleasant times to visit India with average temperatures of 24 degrees. Whilst Christmas is quite a small festival in India, you will find many of the large hotels still recognise Christmas traditions.
Oberoi Hotels has some of the most luxurious hotels in India. Stay in a selection of Oberoi Hotels from 23rd Dec - 4th Jan for £7,695pp. Subject to availability at time of booking.
SPEAK TO A TRAVEL CONSULTANT ON 0845 322 3641