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Northwest India

Northwest India

Majestic palaces, cool hill stations and spectacular Himalayan scenery, India's remarkable contrasts come to life in the states of the northwest.

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2 Holidays

Curzon's Trail & Kuari Pass, Indian Himalaya Adventure Special

17 day Vigorous Walking & Trekking

  • A stunning trek in the Garhwal Himalaya over the Kuari Pass
  • High mountain passes, dense forest and wide open meadows
  • Spectacular views of Trisul and Nanda Devi
  • Fully supported camping trek to a little-visited area
  • A train ride to Hardiwar and rafting to Rishikesh along the Ganges
  • One of India's best-kept secrets

Flight inclusive from £2395, Land only from £1795

Gentle Walking, Indian Hill Stations & the Golden Temple

16 day Gentle Walking & Trekking

  • Ride a mountain train, walk the Mall in Shimla and visit the magnificent Golden Temple at Amritsar
  • Visit Dharamsala, the home town of the Dalai Lama
  • Stay in converted palaces, heritage properties and characterful hotels
  • Enjoy good day walks and explore the key cultural sights on foot.

Flight inclusive from £3260, Land only from £2585

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Rajasthan is synonymous with all that is grand and most impressive in Indian architecture and history. Formidable Meherangarh fort at Jodphur, the floating palace of Udaipur and the dusky pink city of Jaipur being the most notable examples or its regal Rajput heritage. Whilst the incomparable Taj Mahal is also only a short journey away in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh. But, as India’s largest state, Rajasthan has so much more to offer. Dramatic desert forts, wildlife rich parks and romantic royal palaces, including the incomparable Taj Mahal, combine to provide a collage of contrasts that make Rajasthan the perfect touring destination. And there’s no better way to see the key sights of Agra, Jaipur and Jodhpur, whilst staying in indulgent, heritage accommodation than on our Rajasthan in Style tour.

For those seeking a more active holiday, the Himalayan foothills of Himachal Pradesh offer excellent opportunities for gentle day walks amidst splendid mountain scenery and the faded grandeur of colonial hill stations such as Shimla and Dharamsala. Combined with a flight to Amritsar to see the glittering Golden Temple our Gentle Walking, Indian Hill Stations & the Golden Temple holiday is the very best way to discover this delightful region.

More challenging trekking can also be found in the region known as the Garhwal – famed for its Alpine-like beauty. Our Curzon’s Trail & Kuari Pass is a truly classic and remote trek that will take you over high passes on a pilgrim route that offers day-after-day of spectacular Himalayan scenery and views.

Accommodation in Northwest India is always interesting with stylish heritage properties, colonial era hotels and former hunting lodges providing atmospheric overnight stays. In fact, Northwest India has all the ingredients to provide an unforgettable holiday of a lifetime.

Key Facts

  • Capital cities: Rajasthan - Jaipur; Himachal Pradesh - Shimla
  • Population: Rajasthan - 75,530,000 (est 2015), Himachal Pradesh - 6,856,509, Garhwal - 5,000,000 (est)
  • Size of country: Rajasthan - 342,239 km sq, Himachal Pradesh - 55,673 km sq, Garhwal - 14,580 km sq
  • Currency: Indian Rupee
  • Power supply: 220-240v
  • Sockets: two pin sockets or Indian three-round pin variety
  • Language: Gahrwal - Gahrwali, Sanskrit & Hindi, Rajasthan - Hindi, Marwari, and Rajasthani, Himachal Pradesh - Hindi and Pahari
  • Time difference: GMT +5.5 hours
  • Visas: British nationals require a visa to visit India which must be obtained in advance.
  • Religion: Rajasthan - 89% Hindu, 9% Muslim, 3% others, Himachal Pradesh - 96% Hindu, Muslim 2%, Buddhists 1%, Sikhs, 1%
  • Popular dishes: Rajasthan - Bajre ki roti (millet bread) and Lashun ki chutney (hot garlic paste) are famous dishes of the region. Rajasthanis also enjoy a wide range of sweet dishes which are eaten before, during and after a meal. In Himachal Pradesh, Roti Sabzi (flat bread) is very popular along with Patande - the 'Indian pancake'. Pulses form the staple diet in Garhwal, often served with fiery chutneys.
  • Popular drinks: Rajasthan - Chai (tea) including Kashmiri Chai a pink milky tea served with pistachios and casamon. Himachal Pradesh - Lassi (fermented milk) and Tchaku Cha (a salty tea based drink).
  • Did you know: Jaipur is known as the 'Pink City' because in 1876, the city it was painted with terracotta pink colour to provide a grand welcome for of the Prince of Wales. Since then the name has not only stuck, but has given the city its unique identity.
  • FCDO advice: FCDO travel advice for India


When is the best time to travel to Northwest India?

Our temperature and rainfall charts will give you a guide to the climate in Northwest India.

The best time to visit Rajasthan and Gujarat is in the winter, between October and March. Temperatures average a comfortable 25 degrees during the daytime. However this is the busiest time of year for tourists visiting the region, so hotels book up well in advance. If you want to go out of the peak season, then March and mid-September to November are still good, though hotter.

Pre-monsoon, between April to June, temperatures can climb to 45 degrees making travel uncomfortable. In mid-June, the monsoon arrives, bringing rain and slightly cooler temperatures.

In Himachal Pradesh, in the Indian Himalaya, the monsoon normally lasts from mid-June to mid-September. Following the monsoon, the autumn (September to November), is the best time to trek in the region. During the winter, high passes can be blocked by snow, and temperatures are icy cold. As the temperatures increase in spring, trekking in the area becomes viable again.

If you can't make the dates of our group departures, then take a private departure on dates to suit you, or we can create a Tailor Made holiday to Northwest India, especially for you and your family or friends.

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