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India Tailor made Holidays

Whatever your travel interests are - wildlife, local culture and food, history, blissful beaches, luxury or outdoor adventure - or any combination of these, we’re here to plan that perfect holiday to India for you.

The Taj Mahal, Jaipur and Udaipur- classic sites of North India and Rajasthan - and unmissable for a first visit to India and the lush tropical state of Kerala in India's South is popular for returning travellers. We’ll recommend activities that perfectly complement your itinerary, suggest destinations off the beaten track and handpick unique things to see and do, ensuring that your holiday to India is truly memorable.

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Must-see's for a holiday to India

India is an incredibly vast country and it's difficult to do it justice in just one visit. Depending on how much time you have, we'd recommend that you focus on one part of India, possibly two if you plan to spend a couple of weeks or more on holiday. The North of India and Rajasthan is the most popular part of the country with travellers, but Kerala in the south is gaining popularity too. Below we've picked out some of India's main draw cards for you.

Agra Highlight

The Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal – perhaps one of the most extravagant monuments to love ever built and an enduring symbol of India that easily tops any traveller’s wish list. Built by the order of Emperor Shah Jahan in the 17th century in affectionate memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz, this iconic marble mausoleum has been named one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World and continues to draw throngs of travellers and locals alike. It took some 20,000 labourers and craftsmen 22 years to build the Taj and ...
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Humayan's Tomb


Delhi is a huge city and one of the oldest on the planet. It is estimated to be over 5000 years old and rebuilt a staggering 11 times. Officially two separate cities, the old city of Delhi and New Delhi are really two parts of one sprawling metropolis. Old Delhi, with its predominantly Muslim population and Mughal architecture is comprised mostly of a labyrinth of tiny lanes crowded with rickshaws, and lined with run-down 17th-century havelis. It is home to Jama Masjid, India's largest which ...
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A flamboyant showcase of Rajasthani architecture and a firm favourite on tourist itineraries as the third corner of India’s ‘Golden Triangle’, the vibrant capital of Rajasthan is popularly known as the ‘Pink City’. Jaipur was chosen by Maharaja Jai Singh II (1693-1743) for his capital. A skilled astronomer and visionary, he worked with superb Bengali architect Vidyadhar Bhattacharya to complete design and construction of Jaipur in less than eight years. The 18th century Jantar is a ...
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Udaipur Highlight


The city of Udaipur is perhaps one of India's most seductive. Known as the City of Lakes or the Venice of the East, Udaipur is the historic capital of the Rajput kingdom of Mewar and is known for its splendid Rajput-era palaces. Its centrepiece is the gorgeous Lake Pichola and the incredible Lake Palace that appears to float on the surface of the water. Famously used in the James Bond Octopussy film, the Lake Palace was originally built as a summer palace in 1743 and features floors inlaid with ...
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Varanasi Highlight


Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh is guaranteed to make an impression. Considered the holiest of places in India, the city of Shiva has been a centre of learning and civilization for over 2000 years. Thousands of Hindu pilgrims come to bathe and rinse away their sins in the waters of the River Ganges and tour its revered temples. Varanasi is also believed to be an auspicious place to die, ensuring release from the cycle of rebirths and an instantly granted passport to heaven. These rituals of life on ...
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Ranthambore Highlight

Ranthambhore NP

Ranthambore was established as the Sawai Madhopur Game Sanctuary in 1955 by the Indian Government, and was declared one of the Project Tiger reserves in 1973. Ranthambore became a national park in 1980. Located in the Sawai Madhopur district of the state of Rajasthan, Ranthambhore is one of India’s most scenic parks and a prime example of Project Tiger’s conservation efforts. The park lies at the edge of a plateau, and is bounded to the north by the Banas River and to the south by the an ...
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Chinese fishing nets


The city of Kochi perfectly reflects the eclecticism of the state of Kerala. Here in historical Kochi, one can see winding streets with mosques, a 16th century Jewish synagogue, 500-year old Portuguese cottages, old churches and a palace built by the Portuguese and later renovated by in the Flemish style by the Dutch. Long famed in the history books, Kochi (formerly known as Cochin) offered refuge to Jews more than 2,500 years ago. The Portuguese founded the first European colony in Kochi in ...
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Khujaraho Highlight


Located in the state of Madhya Pradesh, Khajuraho is famous for its unique temples that rate a close second behind the Taj Mahal. Khajuraho’s temples were mostly built during a major creative burst of genius from 950AD to 1050AD during the Chandela period, a dynasty that survived for five centuries before falling to the mighty Mughal onslaught. Their sheer beauty and immense size has confounded experts as to why and how they were built in Khajuraho, a small town then and still a relatively ...
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India tailor made reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.72 out of 5 based on 18 recent reviews — See All Reviews

The tour was varied and interesting. Having experienced so much I think that I would have liked to take things more slowly so as to absorb the culture more easily. There was more to do in the area around Shimla and I would have liked a little more time there and even more time to explore Delhi with the guide. The best guide was the one in Kolkata and again to have more time with him to see more of the city would have been enjoyable.

The complaint I have is the amount of time we had to sit in a car going up and down the hills in Sikkim, and there may be no way around that.”  

• Submitted 9 Nov 2015

All local guides and drivers were fantastic, especially the man in Kolkatta.

All were on time, pleasant and knowledgeable, and gave wonderful well paced and interesting tours.

The hotels were also excellent - I would recommend them all.

My favourite tours were Kolkatta, Mumbai and Varanasi. My favourite hotels were Kolkatta, Mumbai and Goa.

Many thanks for helping arrange a wonderful trip, Marilyn West Ref 3131389”  

• Submitted 5 Nov 2015

The tour was great.

Firstly because of very extremely good organising, coordination and booking from Australia.

Secondly in India our flights, transfers and hotels went according to plan. The news of our only delayed flight was relayed to us immediately and adjustments by hotels and transfers made seamlessly.

Thirdly all Hotels were comfortable all our guides were knowledgeable and drivers tours etc always on time.

Finally appreciated the follow up from the Delhi office to ensure all going to plan.

Well done On The Go”  

• Submitted 1 Nov 2015

Visit the highlights of North India

Beyond New Delhi and the Taj Mahal in Agra, Rajasthan, the regal ‘Land of the Rajputs’, is top of most travellers list for India. The colour, pomp and history of Rajasthan makes it is one of India’s biggest draw cards. Places like the Pink City of Jaipur, the Lake City of Udaipur, the Blue City of Jodhpur and romantic desert outposts such as Jaisalmer are Rajasthan personified. Our other recommendations for a tailor made holiday to North India include the Golden Temple at Amritsar, the carved temples of Khajuraho, the holy Ganges at Varanasi and the stunning natural beauty of Kashmir.

Inspirations for a holiday in India

Travel beyond the sites and get a real feel for life in India. There's so many interesting and unique things to do in India and here's a few less known gems that made our shortlist.

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Sunset in the desert

Camel Safari in Bikaner

Drive out into the desert from Bikaner by vintage jeep to the camel handlers village where you get to mingle with the locals. It's a short camel safari up to a top vantage point to see the sunset over a delicious Indian dinner, a perfect way to end the day.

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A tropical sunset cruise

The backwaters of Kerala

For a total chill, take a rice boat on the tranquil backwaters of Kerala near the town of Poorvar. Right in the thick of a tangle of lush tropical waterways, glide past colourful local villages and spot the many migratory and resident wild birds. If you don't fancy spending a night on a backwaters, we can arrange shorter 2-3 hour cruises too.

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Travel with the locals

Railways of the Raj

Indian train stations are a real hive of activity, literally buzzing 24-7. Travelling by train is a great way to mingle with the locals and you're likely to find yourself playing a game of cards with them too! Consider a private version of our Railways of the Raj tour, taking in Kolkata, Darjeeling and Shimla.

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Bhaji on the beach

Learn to cook Indian food

Love Indian cuisine? Add some extra spice to your holiday with a unique hands-on culinary course in Goa. Learn how to prepare a traditional Indian meal and take some of that holiday flavour home with you. Read more here.

Raj Mindir Enhance Option
A taste of Bollywood

The Rajmandir Heritage Cinema

If you're travelling to Jaipur, head out in the evening to the famous Raj Mandir Cinema, a heritage listed building with 1970’s decor galore. Indian's just love watching Bollywood movies and it'll be an interesting experience watching one at one of India's most loved cinemas.

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The world's largest laundry!

Dhobi Ghats of Mumbai

Widely considered the world’s largest outdoor laundry, the Mumbai Dhobi Ghats are certainly worth visiting. This is where linen for hospitals and hotels all over Mumbai are washed and our guided tour of the area offers a fascinating insight into the sheer ingenuity of Mumbai’s poorer communities.

Classic travel itineraries for India:

The Taj Mahal | Agra | India

Golden Triangle of India

9 days | FROM USD $2,239

Coined as 'golden' for the extraordinary wealth of cultural & historical splendour, Delhi, Agra & Jaipur offer...

The backwaters | Kerala | India

Classic Kerala

9 Days | FROM USD $2,429

Combining historic Kochi, the hill station of Munnar and a houseboat cruise on the backwaters of Kerala. In of...

Marigold Hotel | India

Jewel in the Crown

11 days | FROM USD $4,229

Head out on a journey to some of India’s finest sights. Take in bustling Delhi, the beautiful Pink City of a...

India’s Tropical South

Increasing in popularity, South India is known for its tropical climate, lush vegetation, palm fringed beaches and mouth watering coconut and spice-based cuisine. Highlights include In Tamil Nadu’s capital of Chennai (Madras), the spectacular shore temples of Mahabalipuram, the former French enclave of Pondicherry, the temples at Madurai, the hill stations of Ooty and Coonoor and historical Trichy. In Kerala, kick back on a rice boat in the tropical backwaters, discover wildlife at Periyar, sip a cuppa at beautiful Munnar tea estate and uncover oodles of history at charming Kochi, topping your holiday off at one Kerala’s stunning beaches. Tyrpically, 2 weeks is plenty for a tailor made holiday in the South of India, covering the main points of interest at a relaxed pace.