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We are able to book a wide range of accommodation and pride ourselves on being able to match our customers’ requirements with accommodation to suit. To help guide you we have developed our own classification system. As a rule of thumb, the higher the classification the higher the price.

North India has an extremely wide range of accommodation on offer – including tented camps and jungle lodges. Some of the best hotels in the world may be found here - and so can some of the worst! The luxury and top hotels are easy to find and recommend, but if your budget does not run to these then it is important to find good quality, well run, clean and comfortable alternatives. We spend a lot of time and effort looking for good mid-range and standard hotels as well as guesthouses and homestays that we can recommend to our customers.

The hotels you will find on this website are those we consider to be the best options within each category at each destination. At some places there is a limited choice, at others a very wide range. We are fully aware that things change and we do our best to keep this website up-to-date by removing accommodation that we find has lowered its standards and by adding good new properties.

In addition to the featured accommodation we are happy to book properties that are not listed. You are welcome to talk to us about your accommodation requirements and we can then supply you with the most up to date information.

Luxury. These hotels are of 5 star plus quality, offering a full range of facilities. North India has a number of truly luxurious hotels – some are converted from forts and places (so are also heritage) and some have the most spectacular positions. If your budget is unlimited then you are spoilt for choice in some places.

Top Quality. These hotels are 4 or 5 star standard with comfortable rooms and a good range of facilities.

Mid Range. 3 or 4 star hotels offering a range of facilities and reasonable comfort. They mostly offer air-conditioning (where necessary) and many have swimming pools.

Standard. Simple or economy hotels. The facilities will be limited but the rooms will have en-suite facilities (unless stated otherwise). These hotels may not offer air-conditioning but a friendly service often compensates for the lack of amenities.

Heritage. Any of the above categories may also be old or heritage properties.

Boutique. Any of the above, but a hotel with a small number of rooms offering stylish accommodation. Boutique hotels are usually privately owned.

Guesthouse. A small individually owned property offering a limited number of rooms to guests. Mostly you can expect a room with an en-suite bathroom but few other facilities. The choice at mealtimes is likely to be limited and local cuisine served.

Homestay. Staying as a paying guest in the home of a local family, much like the British B&B. Most homestays have guest rooms with attached bathrooms but other than this, facilities are likely to be limited and the food will be local but staying in a family home is a great way to get to know a country and its people.

The differences between a guesthouse and a homestay can be blurred. For example some homestays have guest rooms away from the main house.

We generally book hotels on a bed and breakfast basis as this gives you flexibility to eat elsewhere. However, there are some situations where the accommodation is only offered on a half or full board basis. This applies to the homestays and the more remote properties.

Jungle Lodges. These are hotels situated in or very near Wildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks and cater to visitors who have come to see wildlife. The quality of jungle lodges varies enormously. In the past they were usually fairly simple, rustic places with the belief that their guests’ main concern was wildlife viewing and therefore they would put up with whatever accommodation was available in the area. However, not everyone interested in wildlife is willing to ‘rough it’ and there is now a market for top end hotels in these areas.

Tented Camps. There are a number of these in the drier areas of India and offers yet another accommodation experience. In many cases the tented camps are of very high quality and should not be compared with the sleeping under canvas experiences of scouts and guides! The tents are large, attractive and fully furnished with en-suite facilities.

There are many HOTEL GROUPS operating in India that people like to use. Most (eg Hilton, Radisson etc) use the group name and their hotels are therefore easy to identify. But Taj and Oberoi have more than one brand and this is explained below:

Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is an Indian owned group with hotels across India and beyond. They own what is perhaps India’s most famous hotel – the Taj Mahal in Mumbai. This large hotel group operates using brand names for the different styles of hotel. TAJ hotels are the luxury end of the market – their flagship properties. TAJ EXOTICA are the top end/luxury leisure hotels with spas. VIVANTA BY TAJ are high quality/premium leisure hotels. GATEWAY are high to mid quality hotels. GINGER are their economy range. They also have TAJ SAFARIS, which are luxury wildlife lodges.

Oberoi Hotels and Resorts is an Indian hotel group with hotels across India. Hotels called OBEROI (plus the WILDFLOWER HALL in Shimla) are their luxury brand and TRIDENT Hotels are top range (5 star). All their hotels offer a high level of quality and service. The Oberoi also own a few other heritage hotels that form part of their history. The quality of the accommodation is not as high but the service is just as good and they are popular with our customers - they include THE MAIDENS hotel in Delhi and the CLARKES hotel in Shimla.

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