When it comes to places to stay, India offers an irresistible array of hotels, forts, palaces and havelis. We take into account a range of criteria in selecting our group tour hotels. Having inspected countless hotels, we offer a carefully selected range of 3-star hotels and heritage-listed properties. The emphasis is on accommodating you in well-managed centrally located properties that factor in comfort, cleanliness and a modest range of guest facilities. With the exception of some havelis, all guest rooms offer en suite bathrooms, a television and sometimes a fridge.
Most of our hotels also offer a range of guest facilities such as a restaurant or somewhere to eat and sometimes additional facilities such as bars, shops or a swimming pool. In smaller towns, the choice of accommodation may be limited but based on our group tour standards, we will always book the best accommodation available for our groups.
In some locations, for example, Agra (home of the Taj Mahal), Varanasi and Delhi we’ll stay in conventional, purpose-built 3-star hotels. All of these hotels are close to where it’s all at, offering you the convenience of exploring these cities easily during your free time while on tour.
Hotel accommodation in Delhi is now amongst the most expensive in the world and in Delhi, in particular, location is everything. All the main attractions of Old and New Delhi are on tap, yet it is traffic build-up that often adds unwanted delays to the day’s touring. As such, location was a big factor in deciding upon our hotel choice in Delhi. Conveniently located just 1 km away from the traffic congested Karol Bagh in New Delhi, our 3 star group tour hotel offers modern and comfortable, well appointed rooms with LCD televisions, WI FI and air-conditioning.
India and Rajasthan in particular, is famous for it’s forts, castles, havelis (courtyard mansions) and colonial homes. In recent years, many of these buildings have been artfully converted into wonderfully ambient or chic hotels. The concept of the ‘heritage property’ originated in Rajasthan where owners (often the ancestors of royalty and local cognescenti) struggling with these great ancestoral piles, many of which were slowly being abandoned or left to decay, decided instead to resurrect these historically important buildings and throw open their doors to paying guests. It is a gamble that has paid off in Rajasthan and across India. Many of these buildings have been meticulously restored to their former glory combining original furnishings and traditional local style, sometimes with a modern twist. The results are stunning and have to be seen to be believed.
Due to the quirky nature of these buildings, room sizes and amenities vary from property to property, so every heritage stay is a unique stay. Even your room is unlikely to be the same as your neighbour’s! Some rooms may be smaller but afford a giant bathroom or bath, whilst other rooms may offer a small bathroom but an industrial sized living space. The beds in many of our heritage style hotels may be four-poster in style and invariably large! Some palaces and forts are a destination in themselves.
Our property of choice in Bikaner, the Lalgarh Palace, is one half of an entire palace still owned and operated by the family of the Maharaja of Bikaner. Indeed, many of these properties are still owned and managed by the original owners, who act as your hosts and are fascinating to chat to during your stay.
Meanwhile, in the historic town of Bharatpur we stay at Laxmi Vilas Palace - a beautiful Heritage hotel, built in 1887 for the younger brother of the ruler of Bhatpur. In 1994 this family home was converted into a hotel, allowing guests to soak up it's incredible history. The palace is a fascinating mix of Rajput and Mughal architecture set in 50 sprawling acres of secluded land, with exquisite period decor and antique furniture.
Look out for heritage properties on all our group tours. And, when you get home, you really can take coffee table conversation to the next level when you tell your friends, family and envious colleagues that you stayed at a fort, palace, haveli or former colonial home!
No-frills or fancy, historic, quaint or quirky, On The Go Tours offers accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets.
On all our tailor-made quotations we will provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels using our ‘On The Go’ categories below. Accommodation can range from western-style hotels and resorts to charming boutique or heritage properties, cruise boats, desert camps, jungle lodges and other styles of accommodation unique to the region.
Whether it be a basic mountain lodge, houseboat or simple 2 star, western-style hotel in remote areas where accommodation is limited, this is a no frills option.
As comfortable as a western 3 star hotel, usually featuring en suite rooms, with a moderate range of facilities.
A good standard of accommodation, usually equating to a western 4 star, with well-appointed en suite rooms and facilities, which more often than not include a swimming pool.
Luxury, comfort and 5 star facilities, often in beautiful settings - spacious, en suite rooms, restaurants, swimming pool, fitness centre and other amenities, plus excellent service.
Crème de la crème, 5 star plus - exquisitely appointed en suite rooms, restaurant, pool, fitness centre and amenities galore. Sheer opulence!
The Indian subcontinent has a fantastic choice and range of accommodation, from glorious historic palaces, fabulous 5 star resorts and holistic retreats to family-run havelis, rambling forts, colonial tea estates and small boutique-style hotels.
As you will see from the description of accommodation on our group tours, we favour a balanced combination of modern and heritage style hotels. On your tailor-made holiday, enjoy the best of both worlds with a bespoke mix of hotels - perhaps a fort one night, a grand palace the next night, a deluxe hotel with all those lavish therapies, room service and restaurants just waiting to be sampled and then a night or two in a haveli or small family-run guest house.
We can advise upon choices available at all locations to be featured on your touring itinerary and can offer further information on any choice of accommodation.
Remember, tailor-made is exactly that. Our dedicated team can create a hotel portfolio exactly to your specification and individual requirements.