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Discover incredible India with On The Go Tours

As an India specialist, we've got plenty to satisfy your travel bug on our wide selection of tours to India featuring India's best places - learn about India's fascinating history, visit spectacular monuments and forts, see the tribute to love that is the majestic Taj Mahal, experience the hustle and bustle of iconic cities in Delhi - both old and new, and Mumbai, spot the elusive Bengal tiger in India's national parks, cruise along the backwaters of Kerala and witness the sunrise over the holy Ganges in Varanasi.

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Tour Spotlight
Taj and Raj - 11 day group tour

Combine the best of India's Golden triangle - Delhi, Jaipur and Agra - with a visit up to the lofty climes of Shimla, the quaint former summer capital of the British Raj on our 11-day Taj and Raj group tour.

India Group Tours

The sites of India’s Golden Triangle - Delhi, Agra and Jaipur - form the base of all our trips with each individual tour offering something unique from the desert towns of Rajasthan, friendly rural villages and holy rivers to breathtaking hill stations, lush backwaters and tropical beaches. Escorted by qualified English-speaking local guides, we include airport arrival and departure transfers, all of your transportation, and accommodation in locally-owned 3-4 star hotels and heritage properties where you will be sure to enjoy India's warm hospitality. read more

On the backwaters of Kerala in a traditional riceboatExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Captivating Kerala

7 days | FROM USD $1,439

Uncover the delights of tropical Kerala in India's deep south. Visit a...

Taj Express

8 days | FROM USD $1,349

Experience the richness of Indian culture on this classic tour of in...

A stunning shot of the Amber Fort in JaipurExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Taj Traveller

8 days | FROM USD $1,349

Discover the spectacular sights of India's famed Golden Triangle both...

Local family | IndiaExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

India For Teens

8 days | FROM USD $1,349

FAMILY TOUR TO INDIA (for children aged 12 years and above): the of on...

Spot tiger in India on our India wildlife toursExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Shere Khan

9 days | FROM USD $1,709

With all the highlights of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra, we also go in of at...

Lake Palace | Udaipur | IndiaExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

A Taj Showcase

9 days | FROM USD $4,099

PREMIUM TOUR: Explore the famous Golden Triangle while staying in the...

Shimla | IndiaExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Taj and Raj

11 Days | FROM USD $1,739

Discover the lofty peaks and breathtaking views of Shimla, India's and...

Shikari boats | Kashmir | IndiaExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Golden Triangle & Kashmir

12 days | FROM USD $3,039

Experience Indian culture on this classic tour of India's Golden some...

The Ganges | Varanasi | IndiaExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Deserts Palaces Ganges

13 days | FROM USD $2,479

An exciting two week tour that takes in Jaipur, the legendary Taj the...

House boat on the backwaters | Kerala | IndiaExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Golden Triangle & Kerala

14 days | FROM USD $3,039

Uncover the delights of India’s famed Golden Triangle - Delhi, and a...

Beautiful beach | Goa | IndiaExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Golden Triangle & Goa

14 Days | FROM USD $2,869

The perfect holiday cocktail! Starting off with the sites of India's a...

The Ganges | Varanasi | IndiaExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Passage to India

15 days | FROM USD $2,789

Embark on a colourful journey through remarkable Rajasthan. Explore of...

Local family | IndiaExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Railways of the Raj

15 days | FROM USD $3,779

Journey across this diverse country by train; Kolkata to the majestic...

Polonnaruwa | Sri LankaExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Delhi to Colombo

15 days | FROM USD $2,789

Combine the incredible sites of India's Golden Triangle with Sri cool...

Mount Everest | Himalayas | NepalExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Highway to Himalayas

18 Days | FROM USD $3,559

Combining an intoxicating mix of culture, incredible wildlife, sights...

Orchha Palace | Orchha | IndiaExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Delhi to Darjeeling

18 Days | FROM USD $3,599

Taking in all the very best of India; Delhi, Jaipur, the Taj Mahal, of...

India Festival Tours

Time your visit with one of India's lively festivals and completely immerse yourself in the local celebrations. We have a selection of special itineraries that coincide with some of the country’s most popular festivals offering an authentic experience that is truly unique to India. Travel into the heart of the Thar Desert for the spectacular Pushkar Camel Fair, join us for colourful Holi – India’s most dazzling celebration, watch fireworks fill the dark nights of Diwali - India’s favourite festival; or witness the ancient rituals of the Himalayan festivals in Ladakh and Leh. read more

The Hemis Festival | IndiaExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Hemis Festival

5 days | FROM USD $1,129

Join us at the Hemis Festival in 2016! See the richly adorned masks in...

Diwali Festival of Light | IndiaExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Diwali, Festival of Lights

8 days | FROM USD $1,579

Every year on the dark nights of Diwali firecrackers announce the of a...

Join the festivities of Holi on a special tour in IndiaExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Holi, Festival of Colour

8 days | FROM USD $1,489

Combine a tour of the famous Golden Triangle with the exuberant of - a...

Pushkar Camel Fair | IndiaExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Pushkar Camel Fair

9 days | FROM USD $2,029

See the sights of the famed Golden Triangle before joining the of the...

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India Private Tours

If you're looking to get off the beaten track with the services of your own private guide, consider one of our unique private itineraries. Enjoy Kashmir from a houseboat, discover the fascinating culture of headhunting tribes in the north-east, ride in comfort on India's luxury trains, follow in the footsteps of Gandhi, or enjoy a Hollywood-inspired jaunt with our exclusive Best Exotic Marigold Tour. Should you wish to visit parts of India that we have not covered, we'll be happy to organise this for you too.

Shikari boat | Kashmir | IndiaTailored To Suit You

Kashmir If You Can

5 days | FROM USD $1,789

Visit the far north of India, Kashmir, and spend time on Lake Dal your...

The backwaters | Kerala | IndiaTailored To Suit You

Classic Kerala

9 Days | FROM USD $2,429

Combining historic Kochi, the hill station of Munnar and a houseboat -...

The Taj Mahal | Agra | IndiaTailored To Suit You

Golden Triangle of India

9 days | FROM USD $2,239

Coined as 'golden' for the extraordinary wealth of cultural & Delhi, &...

Houseboat | Kashmir | IndiaTailored To Suit You

High Road to Leh

9 days | FROM USD $3,589

Taking in the classic sights of Kashmir, from staying in a house boat...

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India Wildlife Tours

India is home to some of the finest national parks on the planet for spotting deer, leopard, langur, wild boar, rhino, elephant, buffalo and of course, the elusive Bengal tiger. Top picks include Ranthambhore, Kanha and Corbett, where there's a good chance of spotting tiger. There are very few places where this rare and enigmatic big cat can still be glimpsed in the wild and India has the highest density of tigers in the world. And for something unique, consider Kaziranga - home to the rare one-horned Indian rhino. read more

Elephant safari | Corbett National Park | IndiaTailored To Suit You

Corbett National Park

4 days | FROM USD $1,529

Backing onto the forest-covered slopes of the Himalayan foothills, is...

Grazing rhino | Kaziranga National Park | IndiaTailored To Suit You

Kaziranga NP

4 days | FROM USD $2,699

Situated in Assam on the banks of the mighty Brahmaputra River, with...

Tiger tracking | Panna National Park | IndiaTailored To Suit You

Ranthambhore NP

4 days | FROM USD $1,529

Ranthambhore National Park is one of India’s most scenic parks and a...

Tiger tracking | IndiaTailored To Suit You

Tiger Trail

9 days | FROM USD $4,499

Follow the tiger trail and enter two of India’s premier tiger - Park...

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India Day Tours

Join us on a day's outing in Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bangalore to visit the iconic Taj Mahal, impressive cave temples, attractive gardens, lively markets, grand palaces and museums strewn with treasures.

The Taj Mahal | Agra | IndiaTailored To Suit You

Delhi: Essential Taj

1 Day | FROM USD $279

Explore the legendary sights of Agra, from the imposing Red Fort on of...

Gateway of India | Mumbai | IndiaTailored To Suit You

Mumbai: Dreams & Extremes

1 Day | FROM USD $269

One of the most populated cities in the world, Mumbai is glaring in at...

Chowmahalla Palace | Hyderabad | India | Photo courtesy: Jules1651Tailored To Suit You

Hyderabad: Chowmahalla Palace

1/2 day | FROM USD $109

Explore the majestic Chowmahalla Palace, a wonderful testimony to the...

Charminar Mosque | Hyderabad | IndiaTailored To Suit You

Hyderabad's Old City

1/2 day | FROM USD $99

Explore the charming Old City of Hyderabad and visit the colossal the...

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India Short Stays

Our short stays in India are an easy way to add on a visit to that extra place or two which may not be included on your chosen group or private tour itinerary. You can also create your own itinerary by combining any number of our short stays into a longer holiday. We’re also happy to adapt these short stay packages to suit your needs, from upgrading your accommodation to adding more time to explore an interesting location - we’re here to tailor things to suit your travel requirements.

The Taj Mahal | Agra | IndiaTailored To Suit You

Agra

3 days | FROM USD $659

Agra, once the capital of India under the Mughals, a lasting legacy of...

The Amber Fort | Jaipur | IndiaTailored To Suit You

Jaipur

3 days | FROM USD $729

A favourite of travellers, the architecturally flamboyant capital of a...

House boat on the backwaters | Kerala | IndiaTailored To Suit You

Keralan Backwaters

3 days | FROM USD $949

A peaceful and rustic 3 day sojourn on the mellow backwaters of off to...

Kolata | IndiaTailored To Suit You

Kolkata

3 days | FROM USD $629

Capital of West Bengal, Kolkata is a sophisticated, cultural and city....

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India Foodie and Spa Holidays

Beyond tigers and the Taj Mahal, just the mention of India conjures up thoughts of aromatic curries, soothing tea and Ayurvedic spas. If you love Indian cuisine then join our cooking course in tropical Goa whilst tea lovers can sip a cup of the world’s finest chai in acclaimed tea estates set in the lofty hills of Darjeeling, or for complete rejuvenation, Ananda Spa in the Himalayas may be just the ticket. read more

Tea plantatino | Munnar | IndiaTailored To Suit You

Munnar Tea Estate

4 days | FROM USD $889

Munnar in South India offers breathtaking views of the surrounding tea...

Ananda Spa | Himalayas | IndiaTailored To Suit You

Ananda Spa

4 days | FROM USD $4,729

Set amongst virgin forest in the Himalayan foothills, Ananda Spa is in...

Learing to cook famed Indian cuisine!Exciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Cooking Course in Goa

8 days | FROM USD $2,479

Set in palm-fringed Goa, this introduction to the art of cooking food...

Spa breaks | IndiaTailored To Suit You

Kerala Ayurvedic Break

8 days | FROM USD $4,399

Relax your spirit, body and mind on an ayurvedic break in beautiful up...

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India tour reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.59 out of 5 based on 111 recent reviews — See All India Reviews

The Taj and Raj tour was fantastic! I would recommend it to anyone. I went during January and the weather was superb - not too hot and not too cold. The short stay in Shimla was a real treat. The town is quite different from the other cities we visited, and it was a good place to acclimatize to India. The rest of the tour is much more hectic, so the chilled atmosphere was a good start. Delhi, Agra and Jaipur were a whirl of colours, sounds, wonderful tastes and new experiences. I particularly enjoyed visiting the rural school - what an eye opener. The second last day (travelling from rural India back to Delhi) was very long and the least memorable.

The tour itself was slick and well organised, from On The Go people meeting us at the door of the train, to birthday cakes for the two people who celebrated their birthdays during the tour. Yusuf, our guide, deserves special mention - he went out of his way to make the tour a success and gave us all a new respect for India. ”  

• Submitted 4 Feb 2016

The guide was excellent. I really enjoyed Rajasthani home cuisine. ”  

• Submitted 2 Feb 2016

We completed a hard copy feedback but in summary tour was great and I wouldn't change anything, except maybe hotel in Delhi.”  

• Submitted 27 Jan 2016

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See the real India

Our experienced international team have travelled extensively throughout India and all of our trips are led by local Indian guides who'll give you a true insight into the country. Authenticity is core to our holidays and our trips include a few fun local experiences too - watch dhobis in action at the ghats, experience village life in Bharatpur, see jalebi's being made street side, learn how to wrap a sari or a turban in Alsisar, celebrate Holi - the nation's most exciting festival of colour and take a rickshaw ride through the streets of Old Delhi.

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Recommended places to visit in India

India is as diverse as it is vast, with traditions, local culture and cuisine varying considerably from region to region. Compiling a 'best of' is no easy feat, but to get you going with planning your trip, here's a few of our favourite places to visit:

Jaipur - The Pink City

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With 18th century Jantar Mantar, an impressive City Palace complex and the lofty Amber fort, there's good reason why Jaipur forms the third point (after Delhi and Agra) on India's famed Golden Triangle. Jaipur has a vibrant city market too, a top spot to spend a few hours late afternoon after a day exploring the cities sites.

Udaipur - The Lake City

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Lake Pichola | Udaipur | India

One of Rajasthan's gems, the city of lakes, Udaipur is a firm favourite for travellers to India. Highlights include the famous lake side City Palace, the 18th century haveli museum of Bagore-ki-haveli, and the impressive Monsoon Palace perched hillside overlooking the lake. A boat ride for lunch at the exquisite Taj Lake Palace is a real highlight too.

Darjeeling - Tea Central

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Tea plantation | Darjeeling | India

A perfect spot to sip your daily cuppa and with tea plantations aplenty, Darjeeling sits at an altitude of 2,200 metres with a backdrop of mighty snow-clad Himalayan peaks. A visit to the nearby Ghoom monastery is a must and there's plenty of of fabulous trekking in the surrounding area too.

Agra - Home of the Taj Mahal

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The Taj Mahal | Agra | India

An absolute must-see for a first time visit to India and one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, the incredible Taj Mahal in Agra will probably lure you back to India again in no time at all! Try our Taj Traveller trip which includes a day in Agra visiting both the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort.

The Golden Temple - Amritsar

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The Golden Temple | Amritsar | India

As the spiritual and cultural centre of the Sikh religion, Amritsar is home to Harimandir Sahib, better known in the West as The Golden Temple. Constructed of white marble, bronze and gold leaf, the Golden Temple looks absolutely stunning at night and a must-see. The local food from Amritsar is renowned too and be sure not to miss the colourful daily Goodnight Ceremony, also known as the Wagah-Attari Border retreat

Ranthambhore - Tiger Country!

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Tiger tracking | India

There’s an abundance of wildlife at Ranthambhore and if you’re lucky you might spot a tiger or two. It’s also home to the impressive 10th century Ranthambhore Fort, a top location for bird watching. Consider our Shere Khan trip for a couple of relaxing days at Ranthambhore after taking in the key sites of India's North.

Varanasi - The Holy City

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The Ganges | Varanasi | India

Set on the banks of the Ganges, Varanasi is considered the holiest of places in India and has been a centre of learning and civilization for over 2000 years. Visiting Varanasi can be an assault on the senses, but it's certainly rewarding and you'll definitely feel like you've truly seen India. Don't miss out on a sunrise boat ride down the Ganges.

Kerala - The Beautiful South

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On the backwaters of Kerala in a traditional riceboat

Visit Kerala's quaint and historic capital Kochi, spend a day on a rice boat on tranquil backwaters, head to hilly tea plantations at Munnar, discover wildlife at Periyar and top your holiday off at one of Kerala's laid back beaches on the Arabian Sea.

Our guide to travel in India:

Planning ahead can make the difference between a good trip and a great trip, so to get you going, here's our short guide to travelling in India.

Currency

Top Travel Tips

How to avoid Delhi-belly & plenty more useful tips!

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Best Time to Visit

India's seasons and the ideal time to holiday there

Humayun's Tomb | Delhi | India

Best Places to Visit

Kashmir to Kumarakom and the best bits in between

Visas

Tourist Visas

No visa, no entry. Here's how you get one!

A group of Indian women in colourful saris outside the Taj Mahal

The Golden Triangle

Our guide to travelling India's Golden Triangle

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Spotting Tigers

The best national parks, where to stay & what to expect on safari

Cross the The Taj Mahal on your list on a tour of India

Traveller Reviews

Trip reviews from our travellers to India

Tiger tracking | India

Operators for Tigers

Sustaining India's diminishing tiger population

Village elders in Rajasthan

Visiting Rajasthan

Our guide to visiting Rajasthan with top places to visit

Get to know India

Recommended Reading

  • Shantaram
    by Gregory David Roberts
  • Around India in 80 Trains
    by Monisha Rajesh
  • The White Tiger: A Novel
    by Arvind Adiga
Did you know...?

Facts about India

  • At an altitude of over 2,400 meters, the world's highest cricket ground is in Chail, India.
  • India's Hindu calendar has 6 seasons. Spring, summer, monsoon, autumn, winter and prevernal.
  • Spice it up please! Perhaps it's no surprise, but roughly 70% of the world's spices come from India.

India Travel Advice:

We keep abreast of the latest travel advice to India and follow advice as set out by the British Foreign Office. Safety of our travellers is paramount and we recommend that you check the latest travel updates from the relevant advisory body in your country.

Online travel resources for India:

REFER TO: Rough Guides, Fodors, Bradt, Frommers, Footprints, CN Traveller and World Travel Guide.

ALSO SEE: The official India Tourist Organisation site and the latest India Weather Updates from the BBC.

INDIA TRAVEL BLOGS: Here's a few blogs on travelling to India that we love - Itchy Feet, Travel Tales from India and Audio Compass.

India Entries in our #feelgoodtravel photo competition

Our shortlist of winners is out! Vote for your favourites.

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“I loved the vibrancy and energy of this colorful country. I felt incredibly immersed in India and its incredible culture.”

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Exciting Days, Comfortable Nights OTG Signature

Exciting Days, Comfortable Nights

On The Go's Signature group tours place local interaction and authenticity at the heart of your cultural travel experience. Upping the comfort stakes, this range is a clear cut above our OTG Adventure range.

Appealing to a wide age demographic from the 20s to 60+, we maximize your days with excitement and awe and then bring you home to a comfortable 4* hotel with western amenities, air-conditioning, WiFi and, where appropriate, a swimming pool. Hotels can sometimes be of 3 or 5 star standard too, ensuring you get the best value for your holiday.

Visiting all the main attractions you’ll be accompanied throughout by our highly qualified English-speaking local guides too. Group size is typically 18 with a maximum for 28, apart from festival tours, where group sizes can be larger due to the one-off nature of these events.

Tailored To Suit You OTG Independent

Tailored To Suit You

On this range you won’t be joining other travellers, but will be on your own private itinerary. Accommodation, pace of travel and the style of trip is tailored to your individual needs. From pre-priced packages available off the shelf to fully curated tailor-made holidays, this range also includes our selection of one-night stopovers, day-tours and short breaks.

The OTG Independent range gives you all the great service aspects of our Signature range with the flexibility to create a truly unique and bespoke holiday or adventure to a variety of destinations around the world.

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