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.

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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.

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India Group Tours

On the backwaters of Kerala in a traditional riceboatCaptivating Kerala - 7 days MapExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Captivating Kerala

7 days | FROM USD $1,295

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

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Taj Express

8 days | FROM USD $1,585

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

A stunning shot of the Amber Fort in JaipurTaj Traveller - 8 days MapExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Taj Traveller

8 days | FROM USD $1,585

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

Local family | IndiaIndia For Teens - 8 days MapExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

India For Teens

8 days | FROM USD $1,585

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

Lake Palace | Udaipur | IndiaA Taj Showcase - 9 days MapExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

A Taj Showcase

9 days | FROM USD $5,935

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

Spot tiger in India on our India wildlife toursShere Khan - 10 days MapExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Shere Khan

10 days | FROM USD $1,795

Go in search of the elusive Bengal tiger in Ranthambore National Park,...

Best Exotic Marigold Tour

10 days | FROM USD $2,065

'There's always room in India', so join us for a thrilling adventure a...

Shimla | IndiaTaj and Raj - 11 Days MapExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Taj and Raj

11 Days | FROM USD $1,895

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

The Ganges | Varanasi | IndiaDelhi Palaces Ganges - 12 days MapExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Delhi Palaces Ganges

12 days | FROM USD $2,895

Explore Delhi, both old and new, tour the legendary Taj Mahal in Agra...

Beautiful beach | Goa | IndiaGolden Triangle & Goa - 13 Days MapExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Golden Triangle & Goa

13 Days | FROM USD $3,295

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

Lake Pichola and Udaipur Palace | IndiaPassage to India - 14 days MapExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Passage to India

14 days | FROM USD $2,895

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

Rice boat in Kerala | IndiaGolden Triangle & Kerala - 14 days MapExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Golden Triangle & Kerala

14 days | FROM USD $2,995

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

Polonnaruwa | Sri LankaDelhi to Colombo - 15 days MapExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Delhi to Colombo

15 days | FROM USD $2,875

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

Local family | IndiaRailways of the Raj - 15 days MapExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Railways of the Raj

15 days | FROM USD $3,955

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

Darjeeling tea plantations | IndiaDelhi to Darjeeling - 15 Days MapExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Delhi to Darjeeling

15 Days | FROM USD $3,895

Take in the best of India - the capital of Delhi, Pink City of Jaipur...

Kathmandu Durbar Square | NepalHighway to Himalayas - 16 Days MapExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Highway to Himalayas

16 Days | FROM USD $3,195

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

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

Diwali Festival of Light | IndiaDiwali, Festival of Lights - 8 days MapExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Diwali, Festival of Lights

8 days | FROM USD $1,745

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

Join the festivities of Holi on a special tour in IndiaHoli, Festival of Colour - 8 days MapExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Holi, Festival of Colour

8 days | FROM USD $1,745

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

Pushkar Camel Fair | IndiaPushkar Camel Fair - 9 days MapExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Pushkar Camel Fair

9 days | FROM USD $2,245

See the sights of the famed Golden Triangle and join the colourful of...

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

Cycling in Rajasthan | IndiaCycle Rajasthan - 12 days MapTrek, Cycle and Sightsee

Cycle Rajasthan

12 days | FROM USD $2,095

Cycle the backroads of Rajasthan from Udaipur to the Taj Mahal, taking...

Cycling in the foothills of the Indian Himalaya | IndiaHimalayan Hill Stations Ride - 15 days MapTrek, Cycle and Sightsee

Himalayan Hill Stations Ride

15 days | FROM USD $2,045

Mountain bike through India’s Himalayan foothills, visiting hill the...

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

Kanchenjunga Peaks | Pelling | IndiaSingalila Ridge Trek - 13 days MapTrek, Cycle and Sightsee

Singalila Ridge Trek

13 days | FROM USD $2,345

Combine the delightful hill stations of Darjeeling and Kalimpong with...

Houseboat on the Kerala BackwatersKerala & Cardamom Hills Trek - 13 days MapTrek, Cycle and Sightsee

Kerala & Cardamom Hills Trek

13 days | FROM USD $1,795

Enjoy a four day trek in the lush Cardamom Hills, cruise Kerala's see...

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

The backwaters | Kerala | IndiaClassic Kerala - 9 Days MapTailored To Suit You

Classic Kerala

9 Days | FROM USD $2,065

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

The Taj Mahal | Agra | IndiaGolden Triangle of India - 9 days MapTailored To Suit You

Golden Triangle of India

9 days | FROM USD $1,695

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

Local tribespeople | Orissa | IndiaAdventures in Assam - 10 days MapTailored To Suit You

Adventures in Assam

10 days | FROM USD $4,765

Travel off the beaten track to the state of Assam in India's remote On...

Konark Sun Temple | Odisha | IndiaExplore Orissa - 10 Days MapTailored To Suit You

Explore Orissa

10 Days | FROM USD $2,965

Commencing in Kolkata, we journey south to Bhubaneshwar, home to more...

Gateway of India | Mumbai | India Aboard the Deccan Odyssey - 10 days MapTailored To Suit You

Aboard the Deccan Odyssey

10 days | FROM USD $10,795

Journey through the state of Maharashtra aboard the Deccan Odyssey, an...

Marigold Hotel | IndiaJewel in the Crown - 11 days MapTailored To Suit You

Jewel in the Crown

11 days | FROM USD $2,925

Head out on a journey to some of India’s finest sights. Take in the...

Local musician | IndiaLegends of the Rajputs - 11 days MapTailored To Suit You

Legends of the Rajputs

11 days | FROM USD $3,235

Delight your senses in colourful Rajasthan on this classical itinerary...

Temple in Kolkata | IndiaKolkata to Darjeeling - 11 days MapTailored To Suit You

Kolkata to Darjeeling

11 days | FROM USD $4,135

From bustling Kolkata, India’s vibrant capital of culture, to the of...

Naga Warriors | Nagaland | India | Photo courtesy: Rajkumar 1220Tribes Of Nagaland - 14 days MapTailored To Suit You

Tribes Of Nagaland

14 days | FROM USD $6,385

Embark on a captivating journey of discovery through Nagaland - state ...

A photo of Gandhi chatting with NehruFootsteps of Gandhi - 14 days MapTailored To Suit You

Footsteps of Gandhi

14 days | FROM USD $5,095

Commencing in Mumbai and travelling through the historical state of -...

Tea plantation | Kerala | IndiaBeautiful South - 14 days MapTailored To Suit You

Beautiful South

14 days | FROM USD $3,395

Chennai, Pondicherry and Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Kochi, colonial a...

Wildlife spotting | Kerala | IndiaGreat Southern Getaway - 15 days MapTailored To Suit You

Great Southern Getaway

15 days | FROM USD $5,755

Discover exotic stone carved temples, princely palaces and colonial a...

Buddhist Monastery of Tikse | Leh and Ladakh | IndiaHills and High Places - 16 days MapTailored To Suit You

Hills and High Places

16 days | FROM USD $4,765

From the Golden Sikh Temple in Amritsar, journey north to the home of...

Learing to cook famed Indian cuisine!Cooking Course in Goa - 8 days MapTailored To Suit You

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 | IndiaKerala Ayurvedic Break - 8 days MapTailored To Suit You

Kerala Ayurvedic Break

8 days | FROM USD $4,165

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

Spa breaks | IndiaHimalayan Spa Break - 8 days MapTailored To Suit You

Himalayan Spa Break

8 days | FROM USD $4,495

Ananda Rejuvenation Spa offers a serene and truly unforgettable of and...

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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

Grazing rhino | Kaziranga National Park | IndiaKaziranga NP  - 4 days MapTailored To Suit You

Kaziranga NP

4 days | FROM USD $2,415

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

Elephant safari | Corbett National Park | IndiaCorbett National Park - 4 days MapTailored To Suit You

Corbett National Park

4 days | FROM USD $1,435

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

Tiger tracking | Panna National Park | IndiaRanthambhore NP - 4 days MapTailored To Suit You

Ranthambhore NP

4 days | FROM USD $1,255

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

Tiger tracking | IndiaTiger Trail - 9 days MapTailored To Suit You

Tiger Trail

9 days | FROM USD $3,565

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

Bird watching | IndiaBirds Eye View - 12 days MapTailored To Suit You

Birds Eye View

12 days | FROM USD $4,725

Looking skyward, Keoladeo National Park teems with thousands of birds...

Wildlife spotting | Ranthambhore National Park | IndiaRanthambhore to Kanha - 15 days MapTailored To Suit You

Ranthambhore to Kanha

15 days | FROM USD $5,845

Where the wild things are! Ranthambhore, Bharatpur, Bandhavgarh and in...

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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

The Taj Mahal | Agra | IndiaDelhi: Essential Taj - 1 Day MapTailored To Suit You

Delhi: Essential Taj

1 Day | FROM USD $305

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

Gateway of India | Mumbai | IndiaMumbai:  Dreams & Extremes - 1 Day MapTailored To Suit You

Mumbai: Dreams & Extremes

1 Day | FROM USD $310

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

Chowmahalla Palace | Hyderabad | India | Photo courtesy: Jules1651Hyderabad: Chowmahalla Palace - 1/2 day MapTailored To Suit You

Hyderabad: Chowmahalla Palace

1/2 day | FROM USD $85

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

Charminar Mosque | Hyderabad | IndiaHyderabad's Old City - 1/2 day MapTailored To Suit You

Hyderabad's Old City

1/2 day | FROM USD $105

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

AP State Museum | Hyderabad | India | Photo courtesy: AbhinabaHyderabad: Museum Musings - 1/2 day MapTailored To Suit You

Hyderabad: Museum Musings

1/2 day | FROM USD $120

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

Mysore Palace | India Bangalore: The Kingdom of Mysore  - 1 day MapTailored To Suit You

Bangalore: The Kingdom of Mysore

1 day | FROM USD $275

Explore the enchanting city of Mysore, famed for its grand palaces and...

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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

Tea plantatino | Munnar | IndiaMunnar Tea Estate - 4 days MapTailored To Suit You

Munnar Tea Estate

4 days | FROM USD $825

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

Ananda Spa | Himalayas | IndiaAnanda Spa - 4 days MapTailored To Suit You

Ananda Spa

4 days | FROM USD $4,945

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

The Taj Mahal | Agra | IndiaAgra - 3 days MapTailored To Suit You


3 days | FROM USD $595

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

The Amber Fort | Jaipur | IndiaJaipur - 3 days MapTailored To Suit You


3 days | FROM USD $645

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

Houseboat on the backwaters of KeralaKeralan Backwaters - 3 days MapTailored To Suit You

Keralan Backwaters

3 days | FROM USD $975

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

Kolata | IndiaKolkata - 3 days MapTailored To Suit You


3 days | FROM USD $535

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

Lake Pichola | Udaipur | IndiaUdaipur - 3 days MapTailored To Suit You


3 days | FROM USD $1,045

An oasis of cool, with its massive lake and Venetian-like appearance,...

Golden Temple | Amritsar | IndiaAmritsar - 4 days MapTailored To Suit You


4 days | FROM USD $695

Home to the world famous Golden Temple and the seat of the Sikh is one...

Ellora Temple | Ajanta and Ellora | IndiaAjanta & Ellora - 4 days MapTailored To Suit You

Ajanta & Ellora

4 days | FROM USD $1,655

See the remarkable, rock-hewn 2nd century B.C. caves of Ajanta adorned...

Gateway of India | Mumbai | IndiaBombay Dreams - 4 days MapTailored To Suit You

Bombay Dreams

4 days | FROM USD $845

Formally known as Bombay, exhilarating and charismatic Mumbai is the...

Temples in Hampi | IndiaHampi - 4 days MapTailored To Suit You


4 days | FROM USD $1,345

From tropical Goa, journey to the southern state of Karnataka to the...

The Ganges | Varanasi | IndiaKhajuraho & Varanasi - 4 days MapTailored To Suit You

Khajuraho & Varanasi

4 days | FROM USD $2,285

Khajuraho is famed for its stunning temples which display exceedingly...

Town scene | Shimla | IndiaShimla - 4 days MapTailored To Suit You


4 days | FROM USD $685

Shimla, was the ‘summer capital’ of British India. The natural of...

Ghats and Ram Jhula Bridge| Rishkesh | IndiaRishikesh - 4 days MapTailored To Suit You


4 days | FROM USD $485

Gaining instant fame as the site where ‘The Beatles’ travelled to...

Winter landscape | Leh and Ladakh | IndiaLeh & Ladakh - 4 days MapTailored To Suit You

Leh & Ladakh

4 days | FROM USD $1,655

Leh and Ladakh are ‘other-worldly’ places with Buddhist perched on...

Lighthouse and beach | Kovalam | IndiaKovalam Beach - 5 days MapTailored To Suit You

Kovalam Beach

5 days | FROM USD $625

Palm fringed Kovalam Beach in Southern India is a true paradie, means...

Beautiful beach | Kerala | IndiaMararikulam Beach - 5 days MapTailored To Suit You

Mararikulam Beach

5 days | FROM USD $1,165

Located in the picturesque fishing village of Mararikulam, Marari is a...

Tea plantatino | Nilgiri Hills | India Nilgiri Hills - 5 days MapTailored To Suit You

Nilgiri Hills

5 days | FROM USD $1,345

The Nilgiris or Blue Mountains, often called The Queen of Hills, are a...

Beach sunset | Goa | IndiaTropical Goa - 5 days MapTailored To Suit You

Tropical Goa

5 days | FROM USD $885

Palm fringed beaches, tropical warm seas and year round sun are just a...

Chinese fishing nets | Kochi | IndiaKerala Homestay - 8 days MapTailored To Suit You

Kerala Homestay

8 days | FROM USD $1,895

Combining historic Kochi, the virgin hills of the Western Ghats pepper...

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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.

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Tailor-made Holidays

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.”  

Giuliana Britti • Submitted 10 May 2017

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.”  

Krystle McIntosh • Submitted 10 May 2017

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.”  

Tammy Dixon • Submitted 10 May 2017

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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.

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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:

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.

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.

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.

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Traveller Reviews

Trip reviews from our travellers to India

Raise money to help protect India's tigers with TOFT's Bike4Tigers challenge

Bike4Tigers Challenge

Help save India's tigers with TOFT's 4 day fundraising bike ride

Explore India from the comfort of your chair with our video lounge

India Video Lounge

A collection of our favourite travel videos taken in India

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. The FCO currently advises against travel to Kashmir and so we are unable to operate tours to this region at present.

Useful Online Resources:

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

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.