Not so much a country as a continent, India is an assault on the senses: spices, colours, palaces, temples, bustle and a magic hard to articulate. India is the sort of place you dream of visiting but with only limited time, where do you start?

Rajasthan offers the archetypal introduction, with its famous cities, forts and palaces; Kerala is an altogether more relaxed state with rolling green hills and sleepy backwaters; and the country is crowned by the majestic Himalayas, showcasing the most spectacular vistas in the world.

India offers some of the most extraordinary places to stay, from beautifully converted forts and palaces to low-key lodges and camps. There are phenomenal diamonds in the rough when it comes to accommodation and there are styles to suit every pocket.

Some travel to India for its culture; some for its architecture; some for spiritual insight; and some simply to get away from it all. Whatever you are after we will guide you through the options and make sure you get the most out of your time.