Joanna Lumley’s India

Joanna Lumley’s India is the latest travelogue TV programme by one of our favourite presenters!  

Here at Travel With Jules we love India and we love Joanna she is Ab Fab! 

We are India specialists and would love to help you visit some of the places which Joanna inspires you to see! Contact us on 01728 748209 or send an enquiry. 

Have a browse through our suggested India holidays for just a handful of itineraries.  We can find a suitable group tour or adventure, personally craft a private tour and add lots of unique experiences such as cooking classes, market tours, rickshaw rides and hill station train rides!

Episode 1

Joanna started at the southern tip of India, greeting the dawn with the locals and travelled through Kerala and the Western Ghats (where she travelled up the hundreds of hair pin bend zig zags on the back of a friend’s Royal Enfield motorbike!) and on to Maduari and it’s famous Meenakshi Amman Temple.  She then took part in a film shoot in Hyderabad with it’s modern city culture and technology and spent some time in the famous jewellery bazaars. Ask Jules about staying at the unique Taj Falaknuma Palace here!  To the far north in Sikkim, Joanna enjoyed the cool mountain air and tried to trace her parents and grand parents home, finding some amazing old letters with the help of local historians. 

Arriving at Taj Falaknuma Palace Hyderabad

Arriving at Taj Falaknuma Palace Hyderabad (Jules)

Did you know that the lovely blue & green elephant scarf which Joanna was wearing in the Kerala / elephants scene was produced by a local (to us) company (and fellow Theo Paphitis SBS winners!) “Where Does It Come From”?  This lovely small business works with local artisan weavers in India (mainly in Gujarat) producing ethically sourced clothing with each article having it’s own story tracing back to the person who made it.  Joanna loved this so much she bought the elephant scarf!  Here is the link if you would like to buy one as well 🙂 

Travel With Jules have just taken delivery of our own ethically sourced ‘bespoke’ scarves with our balloon logo! 


Joanna visited Mumbai which as she said, is a land of contrast …. multi million pound skyscraper apartments mix with the famous slums …. Jules visited the slums and had a tour around the artisan businesses there, it certainly was an eye opener!  Plus the crazy railways, the ‘lunch box’ bike boys and the massive outdoor laundry …. all this whilst staying in the Taj Palace Hotel was a bit of an assault on the senses! 

Inland Joanna went to the fabulous Ellora Caves – these buildings and temples carved into the rock are simply stunning…. Over to Ahmedabad she met local people and learned about the caste system of the poorer parts of the state.  

North to Rajasthan, Joanna met the rural herdsmen who tend their camels in the deserts of the region.  Jules also visited these fascinating tribes on a recent visit to India. Read about the herdsmen and Jawai Leopard Camp and the Golden City of Jaisalmer in Jules’ blogs here. 

Rabari herdsman (by Jules) Rajasthan

Still in Rajasthan, Joanna visited Udaipur and the land of the Maharajahs, enjoying a ride in a classic car!  She stayed in a royal palace hotel surrounded by mirrored ceilings, cushioned beds and intricate mosaics and laced architecture.  Read here about Jules’ trip to Udaipur and some of the amazing things you can experience here. 

Full moon over Udaipur from Leela Palace Holi Festival Day (Jules)

Jules with our ground agents in Rajasthan sampling one of the classic cars belonging to the Maharajahs! 

Tiger - David Cargill (TWJ regular client)

Tiger – David Cargill (TWJ regular client)




You listened to what I wanted to do and see, and found me a package that delivered exactly that. Highlights included staying in villages, Chandelao Garh - with a tour of surrounding hamlets, Jojawr Ravla - with a Ganesh procession complete with powder paint throwing and a trip on a local railway where the train stopped just for me to take a picture of a Banyan tree! Visiting a Marwari horse stud in Jodhpur; shopping in Jaipur. The guide was so knowledgeable about the area, and really good at finding out what we were interested in and tailoring the holiday accordingly.
Christine Hanson – India (Aug 2017)
September 4, 2017

We enjoyed every minute of our trip to Southern India. We did a considerable number of miles, in all forms of transport - car, tuktuk, bus, train, boat! The temples in Tamil Nadu which I wanted to see were amazing. The colour and ornamentation is unbelievable.Thank you Jules & Nikhil for another glorious holiday. James was a wonderful driver, guide and all round friend. All in all wonderful!! On with the next!! Love India. Thank you to both of you.
Jenny & David Stagg – India Tamil Nadu & Kerala (Mar 2017)
March 30, 2017

Everything was really terrific, I think we enjoyed India even more this year than last time and Jawai Leopard Camp was simply wonderful! Thank you to you, Nikhil and his team so much for another fabulous holiday to India!
Jenny & David – India (Oct-Nov 2015)
November 23, 2015

In my view life is too short NOT to use Julie's experience and contacts when booking a holiday! I couldn't recommend Travel With Jules more highly.
Nicky Fussell – several destinations (July 2015)
July 3, 2015

We loved our "adventure" in Kerala and returned home feeling quite happy! Thank you for finding this group trip and introducing us to a walking holiday. From the moment our Indian guide met us at Kochi Airport we knew we were going to have fun!
Georgie & Michael – Kerala Walking (Feb 2015)
March 1, 2015

We would like to express our appreciation for the organising of the wonderful holiday to India. We were looked after like 'Sahib and Sahiba' from our arrival until our departure! A huge thank you to yourself and Nikhil at Western & Oriental for our experience of a lifetime.
Jenny & David Stagg – India (October 2014)
October 31, 2014

The arrangements you set up were impeccable. From the moment I walked through arrivals at Delhi airport until departure ten days later, everything went without a hitch and took all the hassle out of being a single traveller.
Sarah Squire – India (October 2014)
November 20, 2014

For the last three years we have been using Jules to arrange our annual winter long haul holidays and have enjoyed travelling with someone else doing the organising in the full knowledge that should a problem occur we have a reliable point of contact who ensures that our enjoyment of the holiday isn't in any way spoiled. I would thoroughly recommend using 'Travel with Jules' to anyone contemplating wishing to travel on a wildlife & sightseeing adventure!
David & Maureen Cargill – India, Nepal, Botswana, Tanzania, Brazil (2012-2017)
July 12, 2014

Jules designed our holiday around us, taking on board everything we said we wanted to do and see and tried to include everything within our budget for our holiday of a lifetime to India. I cannot recommend Travel with Jules highly enough, she takes the time to listen to what you want, how much you have to spend and will fit your holiday around your requirements. Look no further than Travel with Jules for your special holiday.
Neal & Mandy- India (November 2012)
November 23, 2012

One of the things I have come to love about you, Jules, is that you listen and take on board what makes me tick, and then tailor the holiday to fit me, not just try to convince me to fit a holiday in a brochure!
Ian Furbank
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