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1/5 For many first time visitors, Rajasthan is India. Rural villages pulse with vibrant colours of saris, turbans and even painted cow horns in contrast to the desert.
© Rohet For many first time visitors, Rajasthan is India. Rural villages pulse with vibrant colours of saris, turbans and even painted cow horns in contrast to the desert.
2/5 Young tigers rough and tumble in the lake at Tadoba
© Stewart Canham Young tigers rough and tumble in the lake at Tadoba
3/5 View of Mt Trishul in the Himalaya while trekking in the Kumaon hills
© Kalmatia Sangam View of Mt Trishul in the Himalaya while trekking in the Kumaon hills
4/5 A myriad of colourful sculptures representing gods of the Hindu pantheon decorate temple towers across India
A myriad of colourful sculptures representing gods of the Hindu pantheon decorate temple towers across India
5/5 The balmy Kerala Backwaters make for the perfect tropical escape
The balmy Kerala Backwaters make for the perfect tropical escape

At Natural High we create tailor-made India luxury tours; from private treks in the Himalaya to intelligently guided cultural tours to Rajasthan and beyond.

Hike with views of the snow-capped peaks of the Himalaya, drift through lazy tropical backwaters, visit colourful desert villages and explore jungles home to endangered wildlife. India has diversity like nowhere else on earth. With such complexity, India has a unique identity that can captivate you in one moment and challenge you in the next.  We personalise your India tour to give you the experiences you want while smoothing your way through this incredible country.

Rajasthan palaces and more

Rajasthan palaces and hillsRajasthan is probably the best known state in India and for some it is the very essence of the country, with palaces, hill forts and incredible photogenic scenery.
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Hill forts of RajasthanExplore the hill forts of Rajasthan
For the ultimate Rajput experience, why not stay in a fort? Rooms often come with a fabulous view and you can expore at your leisure.
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Royal palace in RajasthanStay in a royal palace
There are opulent retreats in Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur (the Lake Palace is so romantic) restored to their original splendour, with five star facilities.
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For many first time visitors, Rajasthan IS India. In this large desert state there are literally dozens of forts, both famed and forgotten to explore while the villages of rural Rajasthan pulse with the vibrant colours of saris, turbans and even painted cow horns in contrast to the dust of the desert. For a truly unique experience you can stay in a palace and live in luxury like a maharaja - if only just for a few days - take a look at how an itinerary here might work.  If you're thinking of visiting Rajasthan you might find the following articles of use:

Safaris in India

Seek out tigers on elephantsRide elephants in search of tigers
In Kanha we get you into the heart of the jungle on elephant back; no crowds, just you - and your own tiger sighting (good karma permitting).
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Walking safari in Satpura National ParkWalking safari in Satpura National Park
Satpura National Park is the only national park in India where you can do a walking safari, explore on foot and enjoy wildlife at a more leisurely pace.
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Rhino in IndiaViewing rhino on elephant-back
Traveling by elephant in Kaziranga National Park in Assam will get you close enough to the Indian One-horned Rhino to know what it had for breakfast.
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Some former hunting grounds of the maharajas are now national parks that support a fascinating array of wildlife. Many species are critically endangered and now hover on the edge of extinction. Jeep safaris in search of tiger are top of most people’s wish lists but for the opportunity to go on a walking safari go to Satpura for a unique encounter with the jungle. Conservation of the one-horned Indian Rhinoceros at Kaziranga is one of India’s great wildlife success stories. The sight of these prehistoric-looking creatures from elephant back is an unforgettable experience.  Here are some further articles you may find of use if you're planning a safari in India:

Kerala and the South

Kerala houseboatsThe most well-known of India’s southern states, Kerala is the country’s most verdant and relaxed. It is beautiful and the slow pace of life in ‘god’s own country’ is ideal for unwinding.
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Kerala houseboat and backwatersKerala backwaters and homestays
Spend a few days exploring Kerala’s backwaters from a magnificent kettuvallam houseboat - a great way to soak up the South Indian pace of life.
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Temples of TamilnaduDiscover the temples of Tamil Nadu
The temples in Tamil Nadu - India’s cultural and spiritual heartland - are ancient, but at the Sri Meenakshi you’ll discover they’re still the hub of daily life.
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In Kerala you’ll find a warm welcome from genuinely friendly hosts in charming homestays. This small coastal state is also renowned for its laid-back atmosphere ideal for holidays and nowhere is this more apparent than on the tropical backwaters, where you can drift along watching the world go by from a houseboat. If you're feeling more energetic, Kerala’s hills offer wonderful walking among virgin forests and natural grasslands, tea, coffee and spice plantations around Munnar and Periyar.

Tamil Nadu in the south-east is considered the spiritual heartland of India. Hinduism is at the very centre of everyday life and as well as being magnificent monuments testimony to the wealth of former rulers, Tamil Nadu’s temples attract hundreds of devotees where, more than in any other part of India.

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Walks and treks in India

Treks in KumaonLuxury treks in Kumaon
Hikes in Kumaon, staying in village houses, are a great way to experience staggering views and rural life in the foothills of the Indian Himalaya.
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Darjeeling tea pickingDarjeeling and Sikkim
Magnificent Himalayan views, fresh mountain air and the 'champagne of teas' add up to make Darjeeling and its environs a restorative hill retreat.
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Our village walks in the foothills of the Himalaya take you to remote places where life has barely changed for centuries. During spring and autumn a variety of walking opportunities, as well as cultural experiences can be enjoyed against the backdrop of awesome snow-capped mountains. Options include the chance to stay in village houses in Ladakh and Kumaon, or a working tea plantation near Darjeeling for further forays into Sikkim.  If you're thinking of doing some walking or trekking in India take a look at the following links:

When to go to India

Generally the time to visit India is between October and April, with May to September for Ladakh in the high Himalaya. There are local variations and exceptions that we will be happy to discuss with you when planning your trip and you may find the following helpful.  Alternatively get in touch to discuss ideas and the best timing for your trip:

Where to stay in India

India offers a truly extraordinary choice of accommodation and you can see a selection of some of the places we recommend here. Where possible we suggest small characterful places to stay where location and service are more important than material luxury. In Rajasthan family owned palaces, hilltop forts and former hunting lodges conjure up the spirit of a bygone era while in Kerala you’ll find a warm welcome at a homestay. Colonial bungalows dot hills of tea estates, coffee and spice plantations and converted village houses make excellent bases when trekking. Small cruise boats take you to remote places along the Hugli, Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers while houseboats drift along Kerala’s backwaters. In India's jungles we use small lodges and tented camps with expert guides for an authentic safari experience.

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A few of our favourite places to stay in India

An evening sitting around the camp fire at Shergarh after a safari in Kanha

Shergarh

Shergarh is small tented camp not far from Kanha’s Mukki

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At Chhatra Sagar you only have to move to a chair outside your tent to view birds on the lake

Chhatra Sagar

There are no monuments nearby for sightseeing, no spa or pool,

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Entrance to Malabar House, Cochin

Malabar House

If you like the idea of staying in heritage property, but

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Who to talk to

Andrea Hulme

Andrea Hulme’s travel experiences could fill a small novel; from a bit-part in a Tamil movie, to leading expeditions in Kyrgyzstan and negotiating landslides along the Karakoram highway.

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At Natural High, we've had long experience putting together trips in Africa that really work. Whether it's intimate bushcamps in out of the way places, or a private lodge in one of Africa's top-billing wildlife areas, light mobile camping or remote island escapes, we know there is a lot to choose from. We're absolutely confident that we can recommend the right places for you.

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