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Best time to go: October - April
Best for: Culture & Beach

One of slight puzzling aspects of travelling to India is just where to fit on a beach stay at end. You have Goa or Kerala, but in many ways the hotels and destination don’t always meet expectations. You can nip across from Oman or Dubai, or even fly the other way and try Thailand or Malaysia (but you have a really long flight on the way back). Some are now choosing Sri Lanka more and more but the best beaches down there are a long way from Colombo Airport. Now with better flight links, the Maldives is coming back into vogue. The flight from Delhi connects easily in Cochin with Spice Jet, making it a fairly long, but doable journey.

You can do as much or as little in India as you want before continuing your holiday to the Maldives, but we think an ideal introduction is to take in the Golden Triangle of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. You can of course add on places like Ranthambore for tigers, or head deeper into Rajasthan to see places like Udaipur and Jodhpur. What this does allow you for a two-week trip that is equally matched with a cultural element and time on the beach to end.

Begin in Delhi, and it’s worth spending two days here exploring the city with a private guide. Nip down to Agra on the train and marvel at the sheer beauty of the Taj Mahal. Continue across to Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan and packed with those amazing forts and palaces that you might have read about. Mingle through the old bazaars on a heritage walking tour and maybe opt for an elephant safari through the countryside just outside of the city. You then head back to Delhi for a night before taking the flight, via Cochin to the Maldives. We can offer you any sort of resort in the Maldives, and a quick conversation will allow us to match the place that you will feel most at home.

Guide Pricing

Starting At

£3475-£5820
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Price per person including all accommodation, private transfers, unique experiences and excluding international flights.

Highlights

  • Combine the forts and palaces of Rajasthan, the amazing Taj Mahal and the Maldives
  • Stay in characterful boutique hotels, or luxury palaces
  • Have your own private driver and guides throughout
DaysLocationHotel
Day 1-2 Delhi The Manor The Imperial Hotel
Day 3 Agra ITC Mughal The Oberoi Amarvilas
Day 4-6 Jaipur Samode Haveli Taj Rambagh Palace
Day 7 Gurgaon Trident Gurgaon The Oberoi Gurgaon
Day 8-12 Maldives Velassaru Baros
Day 13 Male Airport Fly Home

Suggested Hotels

Day 1-2

The Manor

$ $ $ $ $  

The Manor is a luxury boutique hotel tucked away in the swish district of Friend’s Colony in southern Delhi, offering just 14 rooms.

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Day 1-2
Imperial Hotel, Delhi, India

The Imperial Hotel

$ $ $ $ $  

The Imperial Hotel is Delhi’s most iconic luxury hotel and is located in the heart of Connaught Place. Featuring elegant art deco and colonial design, it simply is the best address in town.

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Day 3
ITC Mughal, Agra, India

ITC Mughal

$ $ $ $ $  

The ITC Mughal is a comfortable international hotel located close to the Taj Mahal in Agra, India, set within 25 acres of landscaped gardens featuring Mughal style water gardens and fruit trees.

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Day 3

The Oberoi Amarvilas

$ $ $ $ $  

The opulent and elegant Oberoi Amarvilas is by far the best hotel in Agra, with all the exceptional rooms offering exceptional views of the Taj Mahal.

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Day 4-6

Samode Haveli

$ $ $ $ $  

Samode Haveli is a gorgeous traditional haveli hotel in Jaipur, oozing boutique charm and perfect if you want your hotel to be a little bit more Rajasthani.

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Day 4-6
Taj Rambagh Palace, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India | Luxury Palace Hotel | Millis Potter Travel

Taj Rambagh Palace

$ $ $ $ $  

The Taj Rambagh Palace is the grandest and most opulent hotel in Jaipur, Rajasthan. The Rambagh has 85 sumptuous rooms, fantastic facilities and ample grounds.

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Day 7
Trident Gurgaon, Delhi, India

Trident Gurgaon

$ $ $ $ $  

The Trident Gurgaon is a luxury city resort located close to Delhi’s International Airport, perfect for a first or final night on a tour if India.

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Day 7
Oberoi Gurgaon, Delhi, India

The Oberoi Gurgaon

$ $ $ $ $  

The Oberoi Gurgaon is a luxury city-resort hotel, located just 15 minutes from Delhi’s International Airport, and has world-class facilities and rooms.

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Day 8-12
Velassaru, Maldives | Luxury Resort | Millis Potter Travel

Velassaru

$ $ $ $ $  

Velassaru is a luxury Maldives resort located in the South Male Atoll, just a speedboat ride away from the airport and has a contemporary and elegant style.

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Day 8-12
Baros Maldives_Aerial View_HR (3)

Baros

$ $ $ $ $  

Sophisticated, elegant and simply sublime, Baros is a picture-perfect luxury resort in the Maldives offering both beach and over-water villas in salubrious surroundings.

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Customise Your Itinerary

We can tweak and change any element of this itinerary and you can depart on any day you want, add nights here and there, and we can fully customise your day-to-day experiences depending on your interests. Here are just a few ideas of many that we can look at and discuss when we come to plan your tailor-made itinerary.

Idea 1

We can hand-pick any of the resorts in the Maldives to suit any budget, and what type of hotel you like.

Idea 2

We can add on time in Rajasthan, maybe including Udaipur or more time seeing rural Rajasthan.

Further Itinerary Suggestions

Sri Lanka and the Maldives

Negombo - Cultural Triangle - Hill Country - Maldives  

Sri Lanka and the Maldives is one of the best twin-centre holidays you can experience, a blend of culture, adventure and beach that makes for such a wonderful journey.

13 days from £2705 p. p.

Kerala and the Maldives

Cochin - Munnar - Backwaters - the Maldives  

Combine the bustling and colourful markets of Cochin, wander through tea plantations and cruise the backwaters of Kerala before kicking back on the turquoise blue lagoons of the Maldives on an ultimate twin-centre holiday.

13 days from £2295 p. p.