• Tea Plantation in Kerala

Indian Subcontinent Holidays

From the enchanting temples and palaces of India to the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas and the lush-green jungles of Sri Lanka, no matter where you go on during your Indian Subcontinent holidays, you’ll experience something completely new.

The Indian Subcontinent is rich with cultural tradition, ancient cities, as well as exotic animals found nowhere else on earth.

In India, explore spectacular shrines and incense-infused bazaars combined with nature and wildlife expeditions. Our Golden Triangle tour takes you on a journey through Delhi, Agra and Jaipur and includes the palaces and markets of Delhi, the spectacle of the Taj Mahal in Agra, and the beautiful pink city of Jaipur. You’ll also venture through Ranthambore National Park, home to India’s highest density of tigers. This is the perfect spot for unforgettable animal encounters.

Head north to Nepal and embark on a hike to Mount Everest Base Camp, or for those looking for something just as adventurous but less intense, there is a wide variety of trails that offer the best panoramic views of the mighty Himalayas. Immerse yourself in Nepal’s diverse culture in the spiritual city of Kathmandu, home to a wealth of ancient history.

Indian Subcontinent Holidays: Tigers, Temples and Tea

Head to Sri Lanka and sip upon a fresh brew at one of the many charming tea plantations or take a 4x4 adventure through Yala National Park, Sri Lanka's most famous wildlife park. If you’re looking to combine culture and tropical serenity with ultimate beach indulgence, why not book a multi-centre holiday? Perhaps you might like to start your Indian Subcontinent holiday exploring the ancient sites and spiritual mountains of Bhutan, and finish your trip on a luxurious desert island, in a private-thatched villa in the Maldives? 

Hayes & Jarvis have been crafting tailor-made tours for 65 years. Give our Destination Specialists a call and we’ll help you to create an unforgettable tailor-made Indian Subcontinent holiday.

Destination Highlights
  • Witness a Himalayan sunset, explore ancient cities, walk barefoot on wild, jungle beaches, or celebrate a traditional, local festival
  • Go in search of wild tigers in the national parks or choose from a variety of wildlife and trekking adventures across the Indian Subcontinent
  • Travel to incredible off-the-beaten-track locations, or head off on an adventure with like-minded travellers
  • Prepare to be spellbound by the many hidden mountain kingdoms, temples and shrines of this magical region

Our favourite hotels

Browse our favourite places to stay in India Subcontinent - we are here to help you find the perfect hotel.

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ITC Grand Goa Resort & Spa

Goa

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 £1,899  pp

ITC Grand Goa Resort & Spa

Rich in culture, deep in diversity, outstanding in natural beauty and heaped in historic wonders, the Indian Subcontinent is a vast continent with plenty to explore and even more to experience. Here's a few highlights to give you inspiration.

  • Taj Mahal, Agra

    Cultural Treasures

    As you explore the Indian Subcontinent, you'll come across a plethora of cultural treasures, all offering a peek inside local culture, history and heritage.

  • Himalayas

    Natural Beauty

    Witness the piercing summits and jagged valleys of Nepal, where eight of the world’s 10 highest peaks reside, not least Mount Everest, or relax on Sri Lanka's stunning beaches. Home will feel miles away.

  • Tiger in Bandhavgarh National Park

    Wonderful wildlife

    Holidays in the Indian Subcontinent give you the chance to see creatures that usually only come with a David Attenborough voice over.

  • Jaipur

    Golden Triangle

    India's Golden Triangle is formed by Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. The triangle is called golden for the wealth of cultural and historic sites available to see. India's capital, New Delhi, is large and diverse, while Jaipur is home to some fantastic bazaars a festivals. Head to Agra to see the ethereally beautiful Taj Mahal.

  • Tiger

    National Parks

    The Indian Subcontinent has an array of National Parks many of which are known for unique species, Ranthambore National Park, famed for Tigers, where the elusive snow leopard can be spotted at Hemis High National Park.

  • Harriet, Destination Specialist

    Harriet

    Destination Specialist

    “For a holiday with a twist why not book a twin centre tour of the Indian Subcontinent? India's Golden Triangle pairs nicely with a beach stay in Goa or Kerala.”

     

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    Katie

    Brand & Advertising Campaign Manager

    “Consider our Taj and Tigers tour, which takes you to the Taj Mahal in Agra; through Ranthambore jungle to find wild Bengal tigers; and across the Rajasthan desert to the pink-hued city of Jaipur.”

Events & Festivals

Festivals and events are wonderful to include during your India Subcontinent holidays, offering a glimpse into the country’s authentic culture and traditions.

 

  • Holi Festival

    Holi, a traditional Hindu festival held in spring, celebrates the beginning of spring as well as the triumph of good over evil. It is best known around the world for the paint powder that revellers throw on each other, leaving festival-goers coated in colour by the end of the day. No wonder it is called the ‘Festival of Colour’. Dates vary according to the lunar calendar, but is often during the month of March.

     

  • International Yoga Festival

    Join spiritual masters from all over India in a week-long event held in Uttarakhand during the month of March, where you can attend lectures and demonstrations of a wide range of yoga styles. Meditate on the banks of the sacred river and meet like-minded people looking to rejuvenate and experience something different.

     

  • Diwali

    Diwali is held at the end of October and is also known as the ‘Festival of Lights’. This is a religious festival commemorated by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and some Buddhists around the world. Every autumn, millions of people attend firework displays, prayer services and festive events in celebration of the occasion, and is one of the most wonderful events to immerse yourself in local celebrations.

Local Cuisine

Get a flavour of the local culture through your palate during your India Subcontinent holiday. Here are a few of our favourite foodie dishes.

  • Butter Chicken

    Similar to Chicken Tikka Masala, Butter Chicken consists of chicken pieces cooked in a creamy, spiced tomato sauce.

  • Dal Makhani

    Dal makhani originates from the Punjab region of the Indian Subcontinent. This dish consists of whole black lentil, red kidney beans, butter and cream and can be incredibly more-ish. The best way to eat it is with your hands, using an Indian flatbread, such as naan or roti.

     

  • Goan Fish Curry

    Goa is best known for fish curries, and visiting without trying one would be a crime. Delicate white fish is served with a creamy curry sauce, lightly spiced with masala and served over a bed of rice. There's nothing like it.

  • Masala Dosa

    Popular in South India, a dosa is a large, crispy pancake made of rice and lentils, usually served rolled up, with sides of chutney and sambar. A stuffed dosa will come with a delicious potato filling, seasoned with mustard seeds and coriander.

Our Indian Subcontinent destinations

Punakha Dzong, Bhutan

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The Taj Mahal, Agra, with reflective pool

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India

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