With diverse landscapes and ethnic groups, a rich history and delicious cuisine, India is an intoxicating cultural experience for any traveller and a real feast for the senses! India's history dates back thousands of years and having absorbed many an invasion - from the times of Alexander the Great to its more recent pre-independence days of the British Raj - you'll certainly feel the echo of India's past as you travel around the country.
As an India specialist, we've got plenty to satisfy your travel bug on our wide selection of tours; 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.
Our trips are peppered with local experiences - 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 ride a rickshaw through Old Delhi.
India Group Tours
Experience the vibrant culture and history of India on one of our guided group tours. Escorted by qualified English-speaking local guides, we include airport arrival and departure transfers, all of your transportation, and accommodation in locally-owned and comfortable 3-4 star hotels and heritage properties where you can enjoy India's legendary hospitality. 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. read more
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Experience India the way it really is
Our experienced international team have travelled extensively throughout India. It's our first-hand knowledge that's essential to ensuring that you see the very best of incredible India.
Authenticity is core to our holidays and we'd love for you to experience India the way it really is. We know this can make the difference between a great holiday and a truly memorable one, and as such all of our trips to India are led by local guides who are passionate about sharing their country with you.
“On a hot air balloon flight in India we landed in a tiny village and met the most amazingly friendly villagers and in Holi week there was a real buzz...”
by Sonia Frew
Posted on 27 Sep 2015
Recommended places to visit in India
The Taj Mahal
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 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.
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.
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.
Ranthambhore National Park
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to avoid Delhi-belly & plenty more useful tips!
India's seasons and the ideal time to holiday there
Kashmir to Kumarakom and the best bits in between
No visa, no entry. Here's how you get one!
Trip reviews from our travellers to India
Sustaining India's diminishing tiger population
by Gregory David Roberts
- Around India in 80 Trains
by Monisha Rajesh
- The White Tiger: A Novel
by Arvind Adiga
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.