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The best of India
In a country so huge—just one of its 29 states, Karnataka, is bigger than England – it’s extremely hard to whittle down a list of India’s best hotels to just a dozen, and in the end it’s a judgment call. Although we have included hotels in major cities, there are standouts – both large and small, in rural locations – and we have tried to get a geographical spread too. The most highly-regarded Indian hotels are dominated by the large domestic luxury chains – Taj, Oberoi and Leela – where standards of housekeeping and food service are among the finest in the world. But beyond these are a growing number of independents which, while no longer bargain basement territory, nevertheless still offers value for money and probably an experience you will treasure forever. Be prepared to be blown away. Nameste.
You couldn’t fault India for diversity and charm. From the snow-covered Himayala to the golden dunes of the Thar Desert, this country makes for a radical collision of terrains, cultures and wildlife. As far as holiday destinations go, few are as fascinating. And in fact, whether you’re in search of royal splendour, a chilled-out beach hideaway, a jungle safari, a vibrant city break or just a healthy dose of history, you’ll be raving about any trip here for years to come. Researching where to visit in India? Certain regions have remained perennial favourites for decades. Many first-time visitors to India fall for the slow pace of life in backwater-riddled Kerala, while others prefer the grandeur of the Golden Triangle circuit, stretching from historic capital Delhi to Agra – home to the Taj Mahal – to palace-filled Jaipur. Beyond these tried and tested areas, however, there are various under-the-radar places to stay that are slowly but steadily luring in more adventurous visitors. Mysore in southern India draws yoga enthusiasts from around the world, and fauna-packed Madhya Pradesh is becoming a go-to destination for wildlife buffs. Discover these and more in our pick of the best places to visit in India right now. Discover India: 🛎️ The very best hotels in India