While the Taj Mahal is the jewel in India's crown, as you'll soon discover on our range of escorted tours and tailor-made holidays, there's far more to India than meets the eye.
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.Read More
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 throughout the country.
Top India Travel Deals and Upcoming Tours
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|Best Exotic Marigold Tour - 10 days||Delhi, India||10 Feb 2018||USD $2,057||was $2,285 10% off|||
|Delhi to Colombo - 15 days||Delhi, India||22 Jul 2017||USD $3,235|||
|India For Teens - 8 days||Delhi, India||22 Jul 2017||USD $1,585|||
|A Taj Showcase - 9 days||Delhi, India||22 Jul 2017||USD $5,935|||
|Taj and Raj - 11 Days||Delhi, India||09 Aug 2017||USD $1,895|||
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
Our average group size in India is 15–20 travellers and you'll be guided throughout by a local tour leader, subject to a minimum of 6 in the group. We kick off with a Namaste Welcome Dinner in Delhi, where you get to meet your travelling companions over a traditional Indian meal before you all head off on your adventures! What makes our guided group tours unique?
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 festival – India’s most dazzling celebration, or watch fireworks fill the dark nights of Diwali - India’s favourite festival. read more
Celebrate Diwali in India: While most festivals in India are local affairs, celebrated only in certain regions, Diwali truly unifies the country and is celebrated all over India as well as in Indian communities across the world. Diwali celebrates the victory of light over darkness, which symbolises the triumph of good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. The myths and legends that surround the festival vary according to the part of India in which you find yourself, but what dominates proceedings is an affirmation of hope, a general sense of bonhomie and goodwill. There's loads of fireworks, sweets & presents are exchanged and traditional ‘diya’ lamps are lit in the evenings.
India Cycling Holidays
Enjoy a leisurely ride through colourful Rajasthan or a challenging ride through the Himalayan foothills, on one of our cycling holidays in India. Escorted by a local guide and riding for up to 60kms a day, these small group tours are ideal for fit and active leisure cyclists, who have a good sense of adventure. Sightsee and cycle on these exhilarating biking holidays, which take in famous landmarks such as the Taj Mahal and Amritsar's Golden Temple, cycling through stunning landscapes, with plenty of local interaction along the way.
India Trekking and Walking Holidays
Combining short but very special treks with plenty of cultural sightseeing, these active adventures in India are an ideal introduction to trekking holidays. Escorted by an English speaking guide, with a mix of camping and simple hotels. Enjoy a leisurely walk in Kerala's beautiful Cardamom Hills or embark on one of India's finest treks along Singalila Ridge on the border of India and Nepal.
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.
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
Travel Operators for Tigers (TOFT): As members of TOFT, we pledge a USD$30 contribution to TOFT for every traveller that visits a tiger reserve in India with us. TOFT have set up a Practices Under Guidelines (PUG) certification recognising lodges that follow best practice and meet higher ecological and ethical standards. We support PUG graded lodges and will be happy to recommend ones based on their PUG gradings.
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.
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.
As geographically and culturally diverse as India is, there's no end to the available touring itineraries whether they're classic journeys or adventures off-the-beaten track. Design your own unique trip to India with the help of our expert tailor-made team. With years of experience, we're on hand to recommend top attractions, characterful hotels and memorable activities for the trip of a lifetime whether it's your first time in India or you're a returning traveller passionate about this incredible destination.
India tour reviews
Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.66 out of 5 based on 166 recent reviews — See All India Reviews
The tour was very well organised and had all the elements to get a true feel of the country.
We were able to learn a lot from the guides who were always ready and willing to help.
Would have liked a little more free time and a little less shopping stops but a part from that the tour was perfect. The group was multi cultural and all great people. We all had a fun time together.”
It is so hard to exactly say one highlight of our trip. Our guide Vansh was definitely a highlight he had so much knowledge of everywhere we visited. He also made sure we were always happy, comfortable and had everything we needed. The sites were just incredible. Visiting the school was such a humbling experience. The Havalis we stayed in were so beautiful. And the everyone we met along the way. Much love for the whole experience.”
Yusef was amazing! He was so very informed about all the tour sites and the in and outs of everyday living in India. He was always taking care of our needs and went above and beyond when someone was in need, be it medical needs or bargaining with the locals.”
Recent Travel Articles on India
Discover the many sides of India, one of the world's most colourful countries, with our range of group tours that take in the best sights and experiences from the Golden Triangle in the north to the lush state of Kerala in the south with options to explore the beautiful forts and palaces of Rajasthan and the breathtaking hill stations of the Himalayas with the tea plantations of Darjeeling.
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:
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kashmir to Kumarakom and the best bits in between
India's seasons and the ideal time to holiday there
How to avoid Delhi-belly & plenty more useful tips
No visa, no entry - here's how you get one
Plan your holiday with the best places to visit each month
Our guide to travelling India's Golden Triangle
Our guide to visiting Rajasthan with top places to visit
Plan your visit to 'God's own country' with our guide
The best national parks, where to stay and what to expect
Our comprehensive guide to the festival of colour
Sustaining India's diminishing tiger population
Trip reviews from our travellers to India
Help save India's tigers with TOFT's 4 day fundraising bike ride
A collection of our favourite travel videos taken in India
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. The FCO currently advises against travel to Kashmir and so we are unable to operate tours to this region at present.
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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.