Satyan Bhalla

India Travel Expert

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Satyan Bhalla

India Travel Expert

Satyan caught the travel bug as a child, thanks to a father who thought nothing of travelling hundreds of miles in search of good food and trying out a well-recommended restaurant for himself, and clocking up thousands of miles overland on family holidays. Since then, he has spent 25 years working in the travel industry, sharing his love of timeless India, and showcasing the memorable experiences this diverse country has to offer. He specialises in tours spanning the length and breadth of India, from the colourful, bustling north to the scenic green landscapes and laid-back vibe of the south, and from the Golden Triangle to exceptional wildlife parks - via a multitude of lesser-known gems. He also loves to travel around the country by train. 

His wealth of experience has taught him that travellers treasure the uniquely memorable insights that come from immersing themselves in local culture and spirituality, and interacting with the local people - which he feels India offers in a way that no other country does.

With his first-hand knowledge, Satyan can help you experience India in a way that most people never will - connecting with the real India and bringing this vibrant country to life on an unforgettable luxury holiday.

My Top Tips


Stay in a regal riverfront palace

Ahilya Fort has a magnificent location on the banks of the Narmada River in Maheshwar, and offers prime views of the bustling life of the river - including fishermen, holy men and a temple in the middle that's said to sit at the centre of the universe. Relax on your balcony at sunset and take it all in.


Explore India's culture, trains and beaches

Discover India's iconic cities, temples and beaches on this luxury holiday. For lovers of history, Hyderabad is must: visit the nawabs and the markets that form its heart. Experience Hampi's unspoilt landscapes, while train enthusiasts will love taking an interesting day trip through spectacular scenery to the beaches of Goa.


Make the most of a visit to the Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal is well worth the hype. It's simply beautiful and shouldn't be missed. Experience it at sunrise, sunset and moonlight, walk around it, see it from all angles, and take the perfect photo. I have been visiting it since I was a little boy and I'm still always taken aback. For me it is more than a monument - it is a living celebration.


Embrace the unexpected on your travels

My favourite travel memories are the unexpected ones - such as the spontaneous encounters with local people, or the impromptu discoveries of local villages and markets en route to somewhere else. These are what make a holiday exceptional, and the more you're open to them on your travels, the more you will get back in return.


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