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Luxury India holidays

India is, without question, the most bonkers and most vibrant country in Asia. Everything about it is truly amazing. The sights, colours, smells, culture, people, wildlife… the list is endless. A luxury India holiday with Yonder truly is an assault on your senses of the best possible kind.

This is a country overflowing with culture, history, beautiful landscapes and senses tickling situations that will leave you feeling gloriously overwhelmed. Luxury India tours with Yonder provide a spectacular diversity that cannot easily be comprehended before you’ve visited. Some things in life have to be experienced to be believed.

If you do India properly, especially in carefully crafted, bite-sized chunks created for you in a luxury India holiday from Yonder, you’ll be left with memories sweeter than that omnipresent Indian dessert Gulab Jamun.

Chaos and confusion runs hand in hand with the sophistication of the world’s largest democracy. But don’t let this be a source of anxiety. Thanks to Yonder’s brilliant Escapologists, you’ll see the chaos on your luxury India tour but not experience it. You’ll revel in the highs and will also be pleased you’ve seen the lows. For it all comes together to form the rich tapestry that is India.

Despite what some people say… size really does matter. And India is huge. To claim to fully know it would be like claiming to remember every position in the the Karma Sutra, that well known Indian classic for contortionists. To our minds, well nigh impossible.

Therefore, we make a less audacious claim. We believe that for Yonder’s luxury India holidays we have selected the very best experiences in northern India, especially Rajasthan, and have particular inside knowledge in the little-known and rather mysterious Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

So let’s turn first to Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. The former seat of the British Raj in all of its elegance and finery and a perfect setting for a luxury holiday in India. Home of the Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The great bastion of the Maharajas showcasing their dazzling palaces.

This is the India of your imagination made real, alive with noise, spice, heat and colour. But also blessed with profound tranquility. We have uncovered hotels so spectacular a shiver will run down your spine. From the shimmering Lake Palace in the city of love, Udaipur, where James Bond’s Octopussy was filmed, to secretive hilltop forts oozing privacy and excess. Throw in other fabulous palaces now operating as superlative hotels, luxury boutique hotels in rural retreats and exquisite tented camps deep in tiger reserves that are of Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book made real … and one can’t help but wonder whether this is the most amazing place on earth.

Now let’s switch landscapes. Jump on a three-hour flight and head east across the Bay of Bengal almost to the Thai-Myanmar border to the most stunning archipelago you’ve ever seen. In fact, here you’ll find the best beaches in Asia, according to Time Magazine. This is the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Governed by India, few have heard of them. Even fewer have visited them. But for the intrepid, and for those wanting the ultimate Robinson Crusoe experience, the Andamans offer a superlative beach holiday off the beaten track.India is a constant journey of discovery.

No two visits are every the same; this is why we go time and time again. And on the road less travelled, there are jewels so brilliant that we can scarcely believe they still remain largely undiscovered. Seeing wild tigers and leopards, saying in the most ornate palaces which are largely deserted and finding beaches where you can walk for kilometres without seeing a soul. This is true Yonder country. This is true luxury travel in India. This is Yonder’s India…

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Whether you are looking for the perfect hotel stay or to create an exciting itinerary tailored just for you, every last detail of your trip with Yonder is carefully crafted, including hand-picked hotels that we adore ourselves

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Sujan Jawai

Nestled seamlessly in the sandy grasslands of Rajasthan’s western wilderness, where leopards roam free against a backdrop of formidable granite rock formations, the SUJÁN JAWAI is a masterclass in minimalist elegance.

Killa Bhawan

There are no other hotels in Jaisalmer quite like the Killa Bhawan. It is the place to stay with its unique location within the ancient fortress. A delightful boutique guest house full of character, it is simple, unpretentious and utterly charming.

Trident Nariman Point

Trident Nariman Point has a superb location at the heart of bustling Mumbai overlooking the sea. Soaring 35 storeys high, it offers panoramic views of the Marine Drive or the Queen’s necklace, as the beautiful promenade is lovingly called.

Windermere Estate

Nestled amongst the tea plantations of the Western Ghats, near the hill town of Munnar, sits Windermere Estate – a place to slow down, take a step back and discover the loveliness that surrounds it.

Marari Beach Resort

Set within 30 acres of coconut groves, lily ponds and fruit trees, Marari Beach Resort is a fusion of gentle, fisherfolk-inspired wellbeing and the seaside environment in which it effortlessly sits.

Spice Village

Traditional tribal homes, crafts and community meet ethical, minimalist and understated comfort in an award winning experiential hotel.

Kumarakom Lake Resort

Colourful, charmingly traditional, and in harmony with the beautiful landscape that surrounds it, Kumarakom Lake Resort offers unparalleled comfort, serenity and peace in which to enjoy your luxury holiday in Kerala.

MS Oberoi Vrinda

Take in ‘The Venice of the East’ on this luxury cruise boat, spacious enough to allow you to enjoy a slightly longer stay on the Keralan backwaters, offering two and three night itineraries.

Eight Bastion

Contemporary hotel with a unique conceptual style that draws inspiration from the seafaring history of Fort Kochi. Beautiful rooms and fantastic dining.

Brunton Boatyard

Formerly the shipyard of Geo Brunton and Sons on the seafront in Fort Forth Kochi. Now beautifully restored, this period building of the British Raj is a boutique, five- star hotel with a unique charm.

The Claridges

Classic in its decor, as well as in the quality and standards of attentive service, The Claridges Delhi, built in 1952, has a long-established reputation as one of the go-to quality hotels in Delhi.

47 Jobner Bagh

Rajasthan is best known for its many palaces that have been transformed into luxury hotels but there are a number of secret historical haveli dwellings like 47 Jobner Bagh that are utterly charming.

Taj Mahal Palace

The Taj Mahal Palace hotel is not only a historic luxury hotel that has played host to the most illustrious of guests but it is Mumbai’s greatest landmark in its own right.

Maharajas' Express

There’s a reason the Maharaja’s Express is known as the palace on wheels. It is one of the world's great luxury train experiences and a completely unique way to explore northern India.

Taj Exotica Goa

The Taj Exotica in southern Goa is the kind of hotel that will slow your heart beat to a tranquil tempo. Nestled into 56 acres of manicured gardens, with 800 meters of uninterrupted sandy beach facing the Arabian Sea and more facilities than we can recount here.

The Leela Goa

Sandwiched between a turquoise lagoon and the azure ocean, The Leela Goa is a slice of paradise that very few hotels can match. Add in Leela’s trademark service, beautiful rooms and a private golf course, and you’ll quickly grasp that this is somewhere very special indeed.

Jalakara

Chic, modern, airy and sophisticated private hotel with just six rooms, set inland on a magical plantation, with outstanding service, food and comfort. Pool overlooking the jungle is heaven on earth. Bring a book and your imagination – no wifi or phone signal to distract you.

Rawla Narlai

Crenelated former village stronghold redesigned with a dash of contemporary style. Charming shady courtyards, superb pool area and a tented spa. Great activities. Set out by 4x4 to spot leopards, go birdwatching at nearby lakes or hack out on thoroughbred Rajasthani horses.

Ranvas at Nagaur

Well off the beaten track, In a corner of a huge fort, a spellbinding cluster of havelis built to house the Maharaja of Jodhpur’s wives. Authentic, elegant rooms around a stunning central quad with pool and arched pavilion dining room where the cuisine is superb.

Rajmahal Palace

A dazzling reincarnation of a former Maharaja’s palace. Bespoke wallpapers, butlers pristine in white, scents of jasmine from the lush gardens, Art Deco pool, monogrammed linen, custom china… 14 suites, all unique but united by creative flair. And fabulous food to boot.

Trident Chennai

The perfect overnight bolthole when transiting through Chennai, a haven of tranquility just five minutes from the airport. Gym, pool, gardens and spa all beautifully maintained and richly decorated with marble, giving a sense of class and quality. Good food and service.

Barefoot at Havelock

The ultimate hideaway beach experience. Cut off from the world and located beside arguably the best beach in Asia. Thatched and hardwood cottages, villas in simple, no-frills style but with essential mod cons like air con, hot water and decent beds.

Rambagh Palace

This jewel in the Taj’s crown offers 78 stunning grand luxury rooms and suites, once the chambers of the Maharaja. The palace retains its splendour with vintage cars, guards on horseback and exquisitely uniformed staff. Mughal gardens and exceptional cuisine.

Trident Agra

A little island of cleanliness and calm in the middle of the Taj Mahal mayhem. With this chain, you can be sure of excellent service, flawlessly clean rooms and a tickbox list of facilities. Lacking a little character, perhaps, but excellent value for money.

Oberoi Amarvilas

A view with a room: the whole orientation of the Oberoi Amarvilas is towards the Taj Mahal, which is visible from much of the lobby and bar area. Rooms are exquisitely appointed. Superb pool area is a sunken step well. Two brilliant restaurants.

Khem Villas

Created using locally sourced materials and perfect for those looking for tranquility with bucketloads of charm. Range of accommodation from simple but elegant tents to spacious cottages. Only vegetarian food is served, out of respect for the abundant surrounding wildlife.

Sher Bagh

Spellbinding tented camp on the Ranthambore national park with magic in the air. 1920s style runs throughout this luxury camp and its 12 tents, with cane furniture, pith helmets and plenty of reminders about the feline celebrities who roam beyond the camp boundary.

Aman-i-Khas

Sublime tented accommodation in the heart of tiger territory. The soaring 6m canopies are divided to create rooms within your suite, which comes with its own batman. Enjoy convivial dining before retiring to the firepit to exchange stories of the bush.

Umaid Bhawan

The live-in residence of the Maharaja of Jodhpur, Umaid Bhawan is an Art Deco masterpiece only marginally smaller than Buckingham Palace. You’ll be treated like a member of the Maharaja’s family. Sumptuous rooms with views over manicured gardens and courtyards.

RAAS Jodhpur

Hip Maharaja living at its best, with incredible view towards Mehrangarh Fort. An 18m infinity pool lined with muslin-draped cabanas. The ILA spa is a fast track to heaven, while the cuisine is brilliant. Luxury rooms are perfectly formed envelopes of bliss.

RAAS Devigarh

One of the most stunning hotels in Rajasthan, a fairytale castle perched high on a rock, RAAS Devigarh overlooks green countryside and exudes exclusivity and privacy. Elegant contemporary interiors. Pool, gardens, renowned ILA spa and excellent dining.

Amet Haveli

With only 20 rooms, the Amet Haveli is a treasure trove of history dating back to 1752 set in a perfect location on Lake Pichola. Rooms are delightfully idiosyncratic with intricately carved windows and decorative coving. Small plunge pool and superb restaurant.

Trident Udaipur

A former hunting estate of the Maharana of Udaipur on the edge of the city, the Trident is a superb value-for-money option, ever reliable, with excellent service, good food and standards of cleanliness second to none. Brilliant location and wide-ranging facilities.

Oberoi Udaivilas

In a league of its own, the Oberoi Udaivilas is a sensational creation of Mughal style domes, charming pavilions, reflection pools and ornate fountains with views over Lake Pichola, together with opulent interiors and exquisite dining. Linger and luxuriate.

Amanbagh

An idyl fashioned in pink sandstone in the heart of rural Ajabgarh. For Aman virgins, the service will be amongst the best you have ever experienced, the rooms elegant, stripped back and distinctive, the facilities second to none and the food delicious. Sheer heaven.

Taj Lake Palace

The most iconic and romantic hotel in India. Set upon Lake Pichola, everyone from Jacqueline Kennedy to James Bond have enjoyed spectacular sunsets from its rooftop. Interiors are charming in their faded elegance. Sumptuous rooms come complete with Butlers.

The Imperial

A unique blend of Victorian, Old Colonial and Art Deco style, the iconic and historic Imperial is seriously good. Beyond the turbaned, mustachioed doormen, elegant interiors are adorned with fine art. Great rooms compiled with delicious understated elegance.

The Lodhi

Super hip, refined, elegant and contemporary, The Lodhi oozes luxury. There’s an art gallery, a library and cigar room, a spectacular sunken pool, a vast gym and health club. The restaurants are truly superb and the rooms simply the best in Delhi.

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