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India, officially the Republic of India, is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by geographical area, the second-most populous country, and the largest democracy in the world. Bounded by the Indian Ocean on the south, the Arabian Sea on the west, and the Bay of Bengal on the east, India has a coastline of 7,517 kilometers (4,671 mi). It is bordered by Pakistan to the west; China, Nepal, and Bhutan to the north-east; and Bangladesh and Myanmar to the east. India is in the vicinity of Sri Lanka, the Maldives, and Indonesia in the Indian Ocean.


Things to Do in India

India, officially the Republic of India, is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by geographical area, the second-most populous country, and the largest democracy in the world. Bounded by the Indian Ocean on the south, the Arabian Sea on the west, and the Bay of Bengal on the east, India has a coastline of 7,517 kilometers (4,671 mi). It is bordered by Pakistan to the west; China, Nepal, and Bhutan to the north-east; and Bangladesh and Myanmar to the east. India is in the vicinity of Sri Lanka, the Maldives, and Indonesia in the Indian Ocean.

Luxury India Tours
1Papaya has unrivaled knowledge and experience with luxury travel in India, enabling us to design journeys that are truly unforgettable. We appreciate the raw beauty of India and know her best-kept secrets — from the most serene parts of Kerala’s palm-fringed backwaters to the fairytale city of Udaipur’s most romantic nooks to our favorite abandoned temples to stroll, with no one but a few resident peacocks. We look forward to sharing our knowledge so we can create the most memorable luxury tour of India, customized just for you.

From the foothills of the Himalayas to the lush tropics of the south, luxury travel in India is the ultimate experience for many travelers. With a landscape as vast and varied as its cultural offerings, India has beckoned travelers for centuries. 1Papaya is proud to offer a unique series of itineraries, highlighting the arts, cuisine, wildlife, history, style and spirituality of India. The richness and variety of possible experiences make it one of the world’s most alluring destinations.

On your India tour, learn why Varanasi is the heart of this incredibly spiritual country, and float along the lifeblood of the city — the holy river Ganges — to better understand the extraordinary rituals that take place daily on its banks. In the northern Himalayan foothills, take time to focus inward at one of the world’s most renowned wellness retreats and appreciate the healing energy of this remote region. During your luxury travel in India, we also recommend heading to the jungle for the ultimate safari experience — to witness a tiger in the wild.
India tours also mean strolling down the streets of Delhi and feeling the dizzying energy and buzz of this colorful city. We recommend exploring its atmospheric bazaars and historical ruins while taking in all the pampering and comforts provided by some of India’s most luxurious hotels.



Travel in India
No luxury India vacation is complete without a stop at the Taj Mahal, which was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007. Here you will be mesmerized by the vast mausoleum of white marble, built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife. Luxury travel in India can also include a stop in its largest city Mumbai (more famously known by its former name of Bombay). Perched on the Arabian Sea, this cosmopolitan city is home to India’s famous Hindi language film industry, Bollywood, and is a worthwhile addition to any luxury India vacation. And let’s not forget the food! The options for culinary tours of India make our mouths water.

We’ve visited home kitchens, streetside stalls, and royal palaces to learn the techniques of northern and southern cooking traditions, and we love introducing you to the families, chefs, and locals behind the naan, biryani, curries and chutneys!

While you may find yourself overwhelmed by the dazzling range of experiences possible for private luxury travel to India, 1Papaya is here to help you build a customized India tour that showcases the many sides of this incredible country. Whether you’re interested in the region’s culture, history, food, luxury hotels or all of the above, our team is happy to design a luxury tour of India you will never forget.


It varies from The Tropical monsoon in south India to temperate in north India. India is such a vast country that the climate varies considerably.
While the heat is unbearable in the Gangetic plain, the people of Ladakh shiver in the snowy cold. The Indian year passes through four seasons. Winter lasts from December to February, and summer from March to May. The rainy season of Southwest monsoon is from June to September.
The post monsoon season, which is North East monsoon in South India, is in October and November. The most pleasant weather in India lasts from June to November.

There is a heavy rainfall in Northeastern region, the western slopes of the Western Ghats and parts of the Himalayas during the year. On the other hands, there is hardly any rainfall in Rajasthan, Kutch, and Laddakh. There is medium or average rainfall in other parts of the country.

The Official language of the Union of India is Hindi and its subsidiary official language is English.


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Agra is an ancient city, mentioned in the Mahabharata and came into the limelight during the reign of the Mughals. It is famous as being home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World-the Taj Mahal. The Taj is a monument of such incredible elegance that it is considered synonymous with beauty itself.

Amritsar, literally a Pool of Nectar, derives its name from Amrit Sarovar, the holy tank that surrounds the splendid Golden Temple. Guru Ramdas, the fourth Guru of the Sikh faith, founded Amritsar in 1579. He constructed a pool on land gifted by the Mughal Emperor Akbar and called it Amritsar.
Home to the world famous Golden Temple, the 400-year-old city of Amritsar is the most important seat of Sikh history and culture.    One of the most poignant memorials of free India — Jallianwala Bagh – is also located in the city. Amritsar district was once a part of the vast area covered by the Indus valley Civilization during the early period of history.

No other city in the world is like Delhi, the capital of India. One of the oldest cities in the world, Delhi has an excellent old town ambiance in Old Delhi, and is modern in New Delhi.

Stately and historic, the city is one of the undisputed highlights of the country. An array of historical sites including World Heritage Sites of Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb and Qutub Minar rests among other several historical treasures in Delhi’s possession.

The seamless blend of old and new worlds makes for a fascinating exploration of this metropolis. The city is normally the first port of call for those planning to visit Northern India.

Jaipur, dubbed “the Pink City” after the colour-wash of its old city’s walls, is indeed a visual treat. The city, which is the Holy Grail of Indian tourism, boasts its assembly of world-renowned monuments. The monuments which draw the largest crowds to Jaipur are the Palace of Winds or Hawa Mahal, Jai Singh’s City Palace and Jantar Mantar Observatory, built by the city’s founder, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, a man famed for his talents as a politician, astronomer, and mathematician. Other attractions that will detain you in the capital of Rajasthan are Ram Niwas Bagh and Govindji Temple, Ram Niwas Bagh, the city garden, houses Albert Hall (Central Museum).


Situated in the in the Sawai Madhopur district of the Indian state of Rajasthan, Ranthambore Tiger Reserve is compact, yet full of game. Sprawling over an undulating terrain of Aravali and Vindhyan ranges, the park occupies an area of 393 sq. Km.. A system of three artificial lakes enhances beauty of the park. The density of the tiger population at Ranthambore Tiger Reserve is quite high in India. Ranthambore national park is one of the most visited national parks in India. The area got the status of a wildlife sanctuary in 1957 and was declared a National Park in 1981. Ranthambore national park was taken under the Project Tiger in the year 1974.

Udaipur is often called ‘Venice of the East’. It is also the ‘city of lakes’. The Lake Palace (Jag Niwas) located in the middle of Pichola Lake is the finest example of architectural and cultural marvel. The grand City Palace on the banks of the lake along with the Monsoon Palace (Sajjan Garh) on the hill above enhances the beauty of this magnificent city. Udaipur is also the center for performing arts, crafts and its famed miniature paintings. The Shilpgram festival is a great crowd-puller on new year.

Maharana Udai Singh founded Udaipur in 1559 AD.According to alegend Udai Singh was guided by a holy man meditating on the hill near Pichola Lake to establish his capital on that very spot. Surrounded by Aravali Ranges, forests and lakes this place was less vulnerable to external invasion than Chittaurgarh. Maharana Udai Singh died in 1572 and was succeeded by Maharana Pratap who valiantly defended Udaipur from Mughal attacks.
Maharana Pratap is the most revered Rajput icon who gallantly fought the Mughals at the battle of Haldighati in 1576. Mewar continuously defied foreign invaders and has a history of bloody battles until the British intervention in the nineteenth century when a treaty was signed to protect Udaipur. Upon independence, Udaipur merged with the union of India.

Goa, situated on the west coast of India, is one of the most delightful states in India. Formerly a Portuguese colony, it is endowed with variety of attractions, like palm pronged beaches, miles of golden sands, lush green country-side, an incredible mosaic of cultural heritage, magnificent churches, temples, forts and monuments and a unique cultural synthesis of the east and west.

With its tropical climate, Goa is a tourist’s destination for all seasons. Goa’s cities are impressively individual. The capital, Panjim (Panaji), for many, hast the edge over many cities in the country.Replete with colonial architecture, the city is known for its vibrancy that attains its pinnacle in the annual Goa Carnival festival.

The capital of the State of Andhra Pradesh in Southern India is also its cultural and financial center where vestiges of the medieval past merge with local culture and modern aspirations. In a travel to this fifth largest city in India, visitors can enjoy the city’s innocent charm, exquisite cuisines and beautiful mosques and minarets, as well as the chaotic energy of ebullient Hyderabad. Separated by its twin city of Secunderabad by Hussain Sagar Lake, Hyderabad has plenty of attractions including its restaurants, bars and teeming bazaars.
New shopping complexes and ultra-modern malls are popping up all over the city, driving a new fashion dynamic. Hyderabad also claims to have the best Biryani in India.

Kochi, the commercial hub of Kerala, is one of the most picturesque places in Kerala with an all weather harbor and a grand seascape and is termed the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’. The earliest verifiable history of Kochi kingdom is traced to the last Perumal of the second Chera Dynasty, Rama Varma Kulashekara Perumal in the 12th century.

Chinese and Arab traders are believed to have been the first traders to this port, heralding a wave of subsequent visitors, the Portuguese, Dutch and British, who brought in the era of colonial power to the region. Kochi was able to offer in abundance the best of spices to the world, a reputation that continues to this day.

In addition to spices, the voyagers also coveted the fine ivory, sandalwood, perfumes and gold that came to this market town. At one point nothing but a small fishing village, the destiny of Kochi changed in 1341, with the flooding of the Periyar River, which rendered the then popular Kodungallur ineffective.

Among many repercussions of this event was the creation of a natural harbor at Kochi. It was Sir Robert Bristow, an experienced harbour engineer who came to Kochi in 1920 who was responsible for the modernization of Kochi harbor. The city is now the proud owner of one of the most beautiful ports of the country that is the biggest in Kerala and is also one of the premier industrial trading and commercial centers of southern India. Kochi expanded to include many towns and villages surrounding it and the corporation of Kochi was formed in 1967.

Think a labyrinth of backwaters with shimmering water, the brilliant green of mangrove forests, coconut palms lining the embankments, blue skies, flocks of migratory birds skimming the water and you begin to understand that Kumarakom, a cluster of little islands on the on the eastern banks of Vembanad Lake in God’s Own Country, is a veritable dreamland.
The bird sanctuary located in this enchanting backwater destination, which is spread across 14 acres, is a favorite haunt of migratory birds and an ornithologist’s paradise. Egrets, darters, herons, teals, waterfowls, cuckoo, wild duck and migratory birds like the Siberian Stork visit here in flocks to fascinate the visitors.

Andaman Islands
The Andaman Islands are an Indian archipelago in the Bay of Bengal. These roughly 300 islands are known for their palm-lined, white-sand beaches, mangroves and tropical rainforests. Coral reefs supporting marine life such as sharks and rays make for popular diving and snorkeling sites. Indigenous Andaman Islanders inhabit the more remote islands, many of which are off limits to visitors. Despite of the horrid reputation during the colonial period, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands this day are one of the most sought after tourist destination of India. The islands are famous for its serene, white sandy beaches characterized by sparkling blue waters.


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