The Taj Mahal may be the jewel in India's crown, but there's far more to this country than first meets the eye. Find out for yourself on our range of group tours and tailor-made holidays.

As an India specialist, we offer a wide selection of India tours departing in 2019 and 2020. We visit the very best places India has to offer. From the famous Golden Triangle in the north to the scenic Kerala backwaters in the south. Experience the colours of Holi and the lights of Diwali on our festival tours. Spot the elusive Bengal tiger on our wildlife tours. Or design your own unique trip with the help of our tailor-made team. Whether you're a first-time visitor or returning to this captivating country once again, we have an India tour to suit you.

Upcoming India Tours 2019 and 2020

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Amritsar & the Golden Triangle - 13 Days Delhi 07 Oct 2019 USD $1,716 was $2,145 20% off Amritsar & the Golden Triangle - 13 Days Map
Delhi Palaces Ganges - 12 days Delhi, India 12 Oct 2019 USD $2,376 was $2,795 15% off Delhi Palaces Ganges - 12 days Map
South India Explorer - 14 days Chennai, India 12 Oct 2019 USD $2,546 was $2,995 15% off South India Explorer - 14 days Map
Delhi to Kolkata - 15 Days Delhi, India 12 Oct 2019 USD $3,098 was $3,645 15% off Delhi to Kolkata - 15 Days Map
Chennai to Kochi - 9 days Chennai, India 12 Oct 2019 USD $1,271 was $1,495 15% off Chennai to Kochi - 9 days Map
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Captivating Kerala

7 days | FROM USD $1,145

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

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Visited on our India tours, the Taj Mahal in Agra is top of our must-see listTaj Express - 8 days Map

Taj Express

8 days | FROM USD $1,095

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

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Taj Traveller

8 days | FROM USD $1,095

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

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Lake Palace | Udaipur | IndiaA Taj Showcase - 9 days Map

A Taj Showcase

9 days | FROM USD $4,395

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

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Chennai to Kochi

9 days | FROM USD $1,395

Explore the best of Southern India, travelling from Chennai on the...

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Shere Khan

10 days | FROM USD $1,545

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

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Best of Rajasthan

10 days | FROM USD $1,845

Take an exciting journey through the colourful state of Rajasthan,...

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Walking up to Amber Fort in Jaipur - IndiaBest Exotic Marigold Tour - 10 days Map

Best Exotic Marigold Tour

10 days | FROM USD $1,895

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

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Taj and Raj

11 Days | FROM USD $1,795

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

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Delhi Palaces Ganges

12 days | FROM USD $2,645

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

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Amritsar & the Golden Triangle

13 Days | FROM USD $2,145

Marvel at the glimmering Golden Temple and witness the fascinating...

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Beautiful beach | Goa | IndiaGolden Triangle & Goa - 13 Days Map

Golden Triangle & Goa

13 Days | FROM USD $2,495

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

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Passage to India

14 days | FROM USD $2,495

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

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South India Explorer

14 days | FROM USD $2,945

Discover the highlights of Southern India, from Chennai to Kochi....

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Tiger's Nest Monastery | Bhutan Best of India & Bhutan - 14 Days Map

Best of India & Bhutan

14 Days | FROM USD $4,945

Uncover the delights of India's Golden Triangle, travelling from Delhi...

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Rice boat in Kerala | IndiaGolden Triangle & Kerala - 14 days Map

Golden Triangle & Kerala

14 days | FROM USD $2,595

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

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Delhi to Colombo

15 days | FROM USD $2,495

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

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Delhi to Kolkata

15 Days | FROM USD $3,595

Take in the highlights of India's Golden Triangle before heading east...

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Local family | IndiaRailways of the Raj - 15 days Map

Railways of the Raj

15 days | FROM USD $3,695

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

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Darjeeling tea plantations | IndiaDelhi to Darjeeling - 15 Days Map

Delhi to Darjeeling

15 Days | FROM USD $3,945

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

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Kathmandu Durbar Square | NepalHighway to Himalayas - 16 Days Map

Highway to Himalayas

16 Days | FROM USD $4,195

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

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Golden Triangle & Southern India - 16 days Map

Golden Triangle & Southern India

16 days | FROM USD $2,845

Kick off in Delhi, both old and new, explore the magnificent Taj Mahal...

India Independent Group Tours

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World Wonders Tour - 31 Days Map

World Wonders Tour

31 Days | FROM USD $7,495

Tick off the Seven New Wonders of the World on this 31-day...

India Signature Festival Tours

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Diwali Festival of Light | IndiaDiwali, Festival of Lights - 8 days Map

Diwali, Festival of Lights

8 days | FROM USD $1,295

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

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Join the festivities of Holi on a special tour in IndiaHoli, Festival of Colour - 8 days Map

Holi, Festival of Colour

8 days | FROM USD $1,295

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

India Active Trekking Holidays

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Houseboat on the Kerala BackwatersKerala & Cardamom Hills Trek - 13 days Map

Kerala & Cardamom Hills Trek

13 days | FROM USD $2,085

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

India Independent Private Tours

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The backwaters | Kerala | IndiaClassic Kerala - 9 Days Map

Classic Kerala

9 Days | FROM USD $1,945

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

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The Taj Mahal | Agra | IndiaGolden Triangle of India - 9 days Map

Golden Triangle of India

9 days | FROM USD $1,695

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

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Local tribespeople | Orissa | IndiaAdventures in Assam - 10 days Map

Adventures in Assam

10 days | FROM USD $4,945

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

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Konark Sun Temple | Odisha | IndiaExplore Odisha - 10 Days Map

Explore Odisha

10 Days | FROM USD $2,965

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

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Gateway of India | Mumbai | India Aboard the Deccan Odyssey - 10 days Map

Aboard the Deccan Odyssey

10 days | FROM USD $8,995

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

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Marigold Hotel | IndiaJewel in the Crown - 11 days Map

Jewel in the Crown

11 days | FROM USD $2,695

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

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Local musician | IndiaLegends of the Rajputs - 11 days Map

Legends of the Rajputs

11 days | FROM USD $2,995

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

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Temple in Kolkata | IndiaKolkata to Darjeeling - 11 days Map

Kolkata to Darjeeling

11 days | FROM USD $4,145

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

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Naga Warriors | Nagaland | India | Photo courtesy: Rajkumar 1220Tribes Of Nagaland - 14 days Map

Tribes Of Nagaland

14 days | FROM USD $6,385

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

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A photo of Gandhi chatting with NehruFootsteps of Gandhi - 14 days Map

Footsteps of Gandhi

14 days | FROM USD $4,695

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

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Tea plantation | Kerala | IndiaBeautiful South - 14 days Map

Beautiful South

14 days | FROM USD $3,245

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

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Wildlife spotting | Kerala | IndiaGreat Southern Getaway - 15 days Map

Great Southern Getaway

15 days | FROM USD $5,545

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

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Buddhist Monastery of Tikse | Leh and Ladakh | IndiaHills and High Places - 16 days Map

Hills and High Places

16 days | FROM USD $4,495

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

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Learing to cook famed Indian cuisine!Cooking Course in Goa - 8 days Map

Cooking Course in Goa

8 days | FROM USD $2,479

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

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Spa breaks | IndiaKerala Ayurvedic Break - 8 days Map

Kerala Ayurvedic Break

8 days | FROM USD $4,165

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

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Spa breaks | IndiaHimalayan Spa Break - 8 days Map

Himalayan Spa Break

8 days | FROM USD $4,495

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

India Independent Wildlife Tours

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Grazing rhino | Kaziranga National Park | IndiaKaziranga NP  - 4 days Map

Kaziranga NP

4 days | FROM USD $2,595

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

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Elephant safari | Corbett National Park | IndiaCorbett National Park - 4 days Map

Corbett National Park

4 days | FROM USD $1,495

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

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Tiger tracking | Panna National Park | IndiaRanthambore NP - 4 days Map

Ranthambore NP

4 days | FROM USD $1,345

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

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Tiger tracking | IndiaTiger Trail - 9 days Map

Tiger Trail

9 days | FROM USD $3,345

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

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Bird watching | IndiaBirds Eye View - 12 days Map

Birds Eye View

12 days | FROM USD $4,395

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

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Wildlife spotting | Ranthambhore National Park | IndiaRanthambore to Kanha - 15 days Map

Ranthambore to Kanha

15 days | FROM USD $5,595

Where the wild things are! Ranthambore, Bharatpur, Bandhavgarh and...

India Independent Short Stays

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Tea plantatino | Munnar | IndiaMunnar Tea Estate - 4 days Map

Munnar Tea Estate

4 days | FROM USD $855

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

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Ananda Spa | Himalayas | IndiaAnanda Spa - 4 days Map

Ananda Spa

4 days | FROM USD $4,745

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

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The Taj Mahal | Agra | IndiaAgra & The Taj Mahal - 3 days Map

Agra & The Taj Mahal

3 days | FROM USD $570

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

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The Amber Fort | Jaipur | IndiaJaipur - 3 days Map

Jaipur

3 days | FROM USD $645

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

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Houseboat on the backwaters of KeralaKeralan Backwaters - 3 days Map

Keralan Backwaters

3 days | FROM USD $975

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

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Kolata | IndiaKolkata - 3 days Map

Kolkata

3 days | FROM USD $535

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

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Lake Pichola | Udaipur | IndiaUdaipur - 3 days Map

Udaipur

3 days | FROM USD $1,045

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

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Golden Temple | Amritsar | IndiaAmritsar - 4 days Map

Amritsar

4 days | FROM USD $695

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

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Ellora Temple | Ajanta and Ellora | IndiaAjanta & Ellora - 4 days Map

Ajanta & Ellora

4 days | FROM USD $1,645

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

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Gateway of India | Mumbai | IndiaBombay Dreams - 4 days Map

Bombay Dreams

4 days | FROM USD $995

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

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Temples in Hampi | IndiaHampi - 4 days Map

Hampi

4 days | FROM USD $1,495

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

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The Ganges | Varanasi | IndiaKhajuraho & Varanasi - 4 days Map

Khajuraho & Varanasi

4 days | FROM USD $2,285

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

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Town scene | Shimla | IndiaShimla - 4 days Map

Shimla

4 days | FROM USD $735

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

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Ghats and Ram Jhula Bridge| Rishkesh | IndiaRishikesh - 4 days Map

Rishikesh

4 days | FROM USD $635

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

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Winter landscape | Leh and Ladakh | IndiaLeh & Ladakh - 4 days Map

Leh & Ladakh

4 days | FROM USD $1,625

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

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Lighthouse and beach | Kovalam | IndiaKovalam Beach - 5 days Map

Kovalam Beach

5 days | FROM USD $495

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

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Beautiful beach | Kerala | IndiaMararikulam Beach - 5 days Map

Mararikulam Beach

5 days | FROM USD $675

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

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Tea plantatino | Nilgiri Hills | India Nilgiri Hills - 5 days Map

Nilgiri Hills

5 days | FROM USD $1,545

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

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Beach sunset | Goa | IndiaTropical Goa - 5 days Map

Tropical Goa

5 days | FROM USD $895

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

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Chinese fishing nets | Kochi | IndiaKerala Homestay - 8 days Map

Kerala Homestay

8 days | FROM USD $2,095

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

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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 Day Tours and Excursions

Experience the best of what India's cities have to offer with our range of day tours in the following destinations:
Agra | Bangalore | Chennai | Delhi | Goa | Hyderabad | Jaipur | Kochi | Mumbai | Varanasi

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India tour reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.72 out of 5 based on 127 recent reviews — See All India Reviews

It was truly amazing. Got a real feel for India. Thank you. Could not have asked for a better guide. Yusuf Khan was amazing! ”  

Stephen Geldenhuys • Submitted 29 Apr 2019

Fabulous trip, India by turns challenging humbling and thrilling and always teeming with people, a tad scary at places like Delhi station. Predictable highlights tajmahal, wonderful, lots of people there but didnt feel overcrowded: Amritsar, real feeling for the humble people and their inclusivenes allowing tourists to help make the chapattis; surprise gems chandigar and Kerauli, want to send a donation to their nationla trust to keep the work going there!

Tour guide Sat brilliant. Inexhaustible fund of information, wonderful sense of humour ( he even managed to tune into mine) highly competent administrator with limitless patience. ”  

Paul Dibley • Submitted 13 Apr 2019

This was a great our, not too big a group and a wonderful diversity of participants. I appreciated being able to contribute to the tip kitty and not have to be concerned with having "change" for tips.

Yusuf was an excellent tour director; very knowledgeable and continually making small adjustments to improve the flow of the visit. His willingness to talk about his personal experiences made the tour much more interesting. I appreciate being able to contribute to the school in Karauli and knowing the money will be used appropriately.”  

Ginny Waldron • Submitted 1 Apr 2019

Frequently asked questions about our touring holidays in India

I want to see the Taj Mahal - do you include this on your tours?

Yes we do. We include this New World Wonder on all our India group tours that cover the north. You'll spend the afternoon on a guided tour of the Taj Mahal, learning all about why and how it was built. Our visit to Agra also includes guided touring of the Agra Fort.

I'm interested in seeing tigers in India - what options do you have?

India is the best place in the world to see tigers in the wild. There are a number of national parks and wildlife reserves that have been set up to protect the numbers of this endangered species. We have two group tours that include two nights in Ranthambhore National Park where you will go on morning and afternoon game drives in search of the stripey big cat. We also have private itineraries to other parks for tiger safaris. If you want to know more, head to our guide on tiger spotting in India.

Should I be worried about food hygiene in India?

Many people worry that they might get sick in India but if you stick to the standard rules of safely eating abroad there's no reason why you should suffer. Stick to busy restaurants, avoid street food or anything that's been sat outside for long and forgo salads as the water is definitely not safe to drink. Indian cuisine is amazingly diverse and forms an integral part of the travel experience so don't be afraid to try new dishes and flavours. Our Top Travel Tips page has more info on food and eating out in India.

I'm a second time visitor to India. What can you offer me?

If you've already covered India's popular Golden Triangle, consider visiting the tropical south. The state of Kerala offers sandy beaches, lush waterways and wildlife reserves, and is a great choice for second-time visitors. Our escorted Captivating Kerala tour covers the best of the region in a week-long itinerary. Alternatively, we have a range of exciting private itineraries that cover everywhere from the far northeast to the less-visited south. You can also create your dream tailor-made holiday with the aid of our expert team. Get in touch to start planning.

How big are your tour groups and what is the age of your travellers?

On shorter itineraries that cover the Golden Triangle and other highlights in India's north, the average group size is around 18 passengers. Once you start travelling further afield on longer tours then this average size drops down to around 8-10 passengers. Our special festival departures are much larger due to the unique nature of the events we cover such as Holi and Diwali. You'll find a real mix of ages on our India tours from those in their late 20s to those in their early 70s. The average age is between 45-50 years.

What is the standard of hotels on your trips?

On our India group tours you'll be staying in 3-4 star hotels with a mix of modern and heritage properties. On all tours that visit the main sights of Rajasthan you'll get to experience former royal residences and beautiful havelis transformed into tourist accommodation. It'll give you a real insight into the region's cultural and architectural heritage. While in Kerala you'll spend a night aboard a traditional houseboat - it's the perfect way to explore the backwaters.

What sort of transport do you use?

For the most part you'll be travelling in comfortable, private vehicles with air-conditioning. The size of the vehicle depends on the group size with either mid-size people carriers or larger coaches. There will also be the chance to experience more local forms of transportation including a rickshaw ride in Delhi and a houseboat ride in Kerala.

When is the best time to visit India for general sightseeing?

India is a big country and the climate varies dramatically from north to south though the dry season is by far the best time to visit. The months of October to February are ideal as rainfall is minimal in most parts of the country, which makes sightseeing much more pleasurable. For more info on the weather, have a read of our Best Time to Visit India page.

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Experience the capital by bike
BACKSTREETS OF DELHI MORNING CYCLE

Get to know Old Delhi like the locals do with an early morning bike ride through the symbolic heart of India's capital. Discover hidden gems as you explore the city on two wheels with stops at a local bakery, spice market, Sikh temple and the incredible Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in the country. Finish your morning with a traditional Indian breakfast.

Highlights of our India tours

The Golden Triangle is India's most popular touring route and forms the basis of our India group tours but travel further afield and you'll find a staggering range of attractions. Here is a selection of some of these highlights:

The Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal in Agra | India

Enjoy a guided tour of the world's greatest monument built in the name of love with time to explore the perfectly symmetrical gardens and white marble Taj Mahal at leisure.

Jaipur

Take in highlights of the newly UNESCO-listed city including 18th century Jantar Mantar, the impressive City Palace and the lofty Amber Fort on a guided tour. Opt for a hot air balloon ride over Jaipur for a bird's eye view.

Ranthambhore National Park

Go in search of Shere Khan and other exotic wildlife on tours that include two nights in Ranthambhore with morning and afternoon game drives accompanied by local naturalist guides.

Varanasi

The River Ganges in Varanasi | India

Immerse yourself in India's holiest city in India with a sunrise boat ride along the Ganges River, a guided city tour and free time to explore its many temples, mosques and riverside ghats.

Udaipur

See why Udaipur is a great place to celebrate Holi in our comprehensive guide to the festival

Be seduced by the beautiful lake city of Udaipur with an evening cruise on picturesque Lake Pichola and visit the majestic City Palace with free time to explore the local shops and markets.

Shimla

View of Shimla town | India

Journey to Shimla aboard the Himalayan Queen Toy Train for scenic vistas with a sightseeing tour of this former hill station for a taste of India's British heritage and colourful bazaars.