India Cultural Holidays

Culture is a very subjective word, and if you ask a group of people what they hope to experience on a cultural holiday in India they are likely to come up with very different ideas. We don’t aim to capture all the adventures that await in this India cultural holidays guide, but just give you a taster menu. This is a country with 22 official languages after all, as well terrifically varied landscapes, from the Himalayas to the Arabian Sea.
I had been on a mission to see the Golden Triangle for years. But to call it a triangle is to undersell it. An octagon, more like, each point simply overflowing with cultural highlights.
You have Mughal, Rajput and Tamil heritage, all informing the architecture, cuisine and art forms, as well as the spice trades and colonial influences throughout the southern states, from Portuguese in Goa and French in Tamil Nadu to British in Kerala. Go on a tailor made trip or a small group tour, stay on a houseboat, in a homestay or in a haveli. All our holidays have culture at their core.

Is a cultural India holiday for you?

Go on a cultural India holiday if….

… you haven’t been to India before and you don’t know where to start. Deserts and Delhi, Kerala’s coast or Tamil Nadu’s temples? There’s a lot to choose from. … you would like to have a tailor made holiday with your own driver guide, picking and choosing how many temples, how many homestays or how many palaces. … India’s Golden Triangle has always been top of your travel dream list. We can help make it a reality. … you want to see the cultural highlights of India on a budget, or splash out on some luxury. And boy, India does luxury.We have cultural holidays to cater for every budget.

Don’t go on a cultural India holiday if…..

… you aren’t very sociable. Our cultural holidays bring you into the heart of communities.
… you are in a rush. India’s culture can’t be ‘done’ in a weekend.
… you haven’t read up a bit about India’s history, or aren’t interested. There are so many different influences going on in this magnificent country, it is good to be prepared.
… you are a picky eater. Food is central to India’s culture. One of the best expressions you can learn is svadist khana! Which means, enjoy your meal!

Our top India culture Holiday

Golden Triangle with Ranthambore tour, India

Golden Triangle with Ranthambore tour, India

Brilliant experiences including Tigers and Temples

From £1199 to £1299 11 days ex flights
Tailor made:
This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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Written by Catherine Mack
Photo credits: [Page banner: Uzi Yachin] [People Taj Mahal: dMz] [Karnataka Temple in Badami : Nicolas Vollmer ] [Tamil Nadu - Sri Meenakshi Temple: Bryce Edwards] [Thar Desert : Jack Wickes] [The Golden Temple: Ravi Jhar] [Agra - Mosque at Taj Mahal: Varshesh Joshi] [Blue architecture - Jodhpur: David Baxendale] [The camel rider: plaits] [Backwaters -Kerala : Jean-Pierre Dalbéra] [Street Photography - Women and child: R ZwartBy: R Zwart] [Pushkar camel fair: Prabuddha Jain] [Kathakali dance - Costume : Arian Zwegers] [Plastic Convenience - Plastic Bottles in piles of bags : Christian Haugen ]