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Five ways to see India in style

During your visit to India, stay in one of our hand-picked properties offering everything from palatial opulence to backyard wilderness

India is the land of variety, where travellers in search of amazement, discovery and luxury are sure to be satisfied. As well as the unique regions the country showcases, you can choose between a range of A&K hotels that boast the ultimate in comfort and extravagance. You can experience ultramodern facilities, ancient charm and a myriad of magnificent dishes in India’s most inviting cities.  

Mumbai


Mumbai is the most populous city in all of India. Its bustling markets and ancient streets invite travellers to lose themselves amid the vibrant Mumbai culture. The greenery throughout this metropolis brings its urban elements to life, while creating a wealth of shady and atmospheric scenes. 

After exploring its historic alleyways, relax in one of the city’s mega-luxe properties. The Taj Mahal Palace is an icon of Mumbai’s southern harbour. Despite sharing the skyline with the awe-inspiring Gateway of India, the hotel holds its own with exquisite architecture on a grand scale.  Stay here for luxury accommodation with views of the Arabian Sea.  

A mile away in the fashionable district of South Mumbai lies The Oberoi Mumbai. This chic, contemporary property offers views of the ‘Queen’s necklace’, a famous strip of golden lights that illuminates Mumbai’s shoreline at night. Stay here amidst white marble and natural light for an ocean view.

Goa


Goa is a beautiful region with a host of inviting sandy beaches on the Arabian Sea. As well as diving, hiking and relaxing on the sand, sampling Goa’s world-renowned cuisine is a must. This region’s flavours are a unique fusion of Portuguese and Indian influences found nowhere else in India.

When you’re full to the brim with exotic chow, head back to be spoiled at a hotel with the ultimate in-room facilities, such as the W Goa which includes a BOSE surround sound system. Or there’s there The Leela Goa that offers a beach and riverside location on top of five-star comfort. 

New Delhi


New Delhi is a whirlwind of colour where the traces of ancient history set every scene. Within Old Delhi, you’ll find Jama Masjid, one of India's largest mosques, and the Red Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But alongside the many ancient wonders, it’s impossible to ignore the skyscrapers that puncture the sky above, a sleek symbol of modernity. It’s also impossible to ignore The Imperial when looking for somewhere to stay in this exciting city. Boldly white, this grand property is full of Victorian artwork and exudes colonial style. 

Agra


The home of the world-famous Taj Mahal, Agra is a must-see destination for many travellers to India. It’s best to see Shah Jahan’s historic monument at dawn, when the shadows are sharpest and move most quickly. This can be done from the comfort of your accommodation with a stay at The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra. Every room at this hotel offers uninterrupted views of the iconic mausoleum, framed with suitably palatial interiors including marble bathrooms and Burma Teak flooring. 

Rural retreats

Beyond the sprawling cities is a quieter, wilder India, a land of nodding palm trees, peaceful temples and exotic animals. 

Travel an hour away from the Taj Mahal to stay at the Chambal Safari Lodge. This 12-room property sits on the Yamuna riverbank, ten kilometres from the sacred Bateshwar Temples. Take a wildlife cruise here to spot gharial crocodile and Gangetic river dolphin.

In southern India, the waterways of Kerala weave from sandy coast through lush palm forests. Sleep under the stars on one of the houseboats here – a true antidote to the chaos and culture-shock of any big city. Or keep your feet on dry land with a stay at the Malabar House, located in the heart of the historical Fort Cochin. The property’s 11 rooms feature private gardens with seating and all modern conveniences – a perfect base from which to explore the natural beauty of this region. 

In contrast to Kerala’s humid, green coast, Rajasthan features sun-baked cities amid golden dunes. Jaipur and Udaipur are the jewels in this desert crown. Stay between these two famous cities in Shahpura Bagh, an oasis located on a beautiful estate in rural Rajasthan. Its spacious Royal Suites come complete with Kashmiri carpets and decorative antiques, lending it an Arabian aesthetic.