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
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
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
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
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 GROUP OF HOTELS
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.
THE OBEROI GROUP
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.