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Incredible India awaits you in 2017

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 while 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, handpick unique things to see and do, and recommend the best time to visit, ensuring that your holiday to India is truly memorable. Make 2017 your year for India!

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Must-sees for a tailormade 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. While the North of India and Rajasthan are the most popular parts of the country with travellers, Kerala in the south is gaining a lot interest too. Below we've picked out some of India's main draw cards for you.

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The Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal is 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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Delhi

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 with a number of attractions. 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 by ...
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Jaipur

The vibrant capital of Rajasthan is a flamboyant showcase of Rajasthani architecture and a firm favourite on tourist itineraries as the third corner of India’s Golden Triangle alongside Delhi and Agra. Popularly known as the ‘Pink City’, in 1876 Maharaja Ram Singh had the whole city painted pink, traditionally a colour associated with hospitality, to welcome the Prince of Wales (later Edward VII). Jaipur was chosen by Maharaja Jai Singh II (1693-1743) for his capital. A skilled and he ...
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Udaipur

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

Located on the banks of the River Ganges and considered to be one of India's most holy of cities, Varanasi is an overwhelming melting pot of colour, chaos and spirituality. Believed to have been founded by Shiva as early as the 11th century, Varanasi - or Kashi and Benares as it has variously been known - is also one of the world's oldest continuously inhabited cities, serving as an important centre of learning and civilization for over 2,000 years. Today thousands of Hindu pilgrims from all the ...
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Ranthambore National Park

Thanks to its proximity to the Golden Triangle of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, Ranthambore National Park is one of the most popular parks in India to see tigers. Located in the Sawai Madhopur district of the state of Rajasthan, Ranthambore is also one of India’s most scenic parks with wild jungle shrub and rocky ridges as well as a number of crumbling burial tombs and the 10th-century Ranthambore Fort. Originally established as the Sawai Madhopur Game Sanctuary in 1955 to become a national park in ...
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Kochi

The city of Kochi perfectly reflects the eclecticism of the state of Kerala - mosques stand beside 16th century Jewish synagogues with 500-year-old Portuguese and Dutch cottages lining the winding streets. Off the coast giant Chinese fishing nets hover over the waters, a legacy of Kochi's importance as a port and centre of Indian spice trade for a number of centuries that attracted Arab, Chinese and European traders. The Portuguese founded the first European colony in Kochi, formerly known as in ...
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Khajuraho

Located in the northern state of Madhya Pradesh, Khajuraho is famous for its unique Hindu and Jain temples that rate a close second behind the Taj Mahal as India's top attraction. Khajuraho’s temples were largely 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 they were built in Khajuraho, a ...
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India tailor made reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.71 out of 5 based on 24 recent reviews — See All Reviews

Excellent holiday. Everywhere we went, we were met by a guide and a car/bus. Guides were very helpful and knowledgeable. Accommodation was very good and the meals were always amazing. The effort that Rachna put into making our holiday memorable was a highlight, her personal knowledge of India was what helped us choose the correct location and length of visit.”  

Kathy Jarvis • Submitted 14 Nov 2016

From the first second we started booking this tour with On The Go Tours we really felt like your consultant, Sarah really wanted to make this a special trip for us. She put together everything we could've asked for the trip down to the finer details. Our tour guide was amazing and we had a very good time in India, our favourite part of the trip was the Elephanta Caves, but really every day felt so special to us because we customized the whole trip. Once we got home from the trip we did have a complaint about one part of the trip, we reached out to Sarah and she promptly refunded us for this part of the trip as it did not meet expectations. I cannot stress enough how amazing the customer service has been from On The Go Tours. ”  

Karissa Binns • Submitted 22 Apr 2016

The tour was excellent. Our driver Mr Brij was lovely and so helpful. We enjoyed his company very much and we were always happy to see him when we had travelled by plane or train.

Everything that had been arranged was perfect. The service provided by everyone was superb.

Each of the local guides were very knowledgeable and interesting. We highly recommend On The Go tours.”  

Annabel Vaughan • Submitted 16 Apr 2016

Useful tips for planning your tailormade trip to India

HOW LONG WOULD YOU LIKE TO VISIT INDIA FOR?
We recommend a minimum of 10-days for a visit to India. If you've only got a week, you can still see the main sites of the Golden Triangle; Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. As India is vast, we do recommend that you focus on one part of the country for holidays under 2 weeks, though you could just about see the main highlights of both North and South India within two weeks.

WHAT SORT OF ACCOMMODATION WOULD YOU PREFER?
India offers an amazing choice of hotels, from simple authentic heritage type properties to opulent 7-star hotels fit for royalty. Our recommendation is that you mix things up a bit, so you get to experience different sides of the country through the accommodation you stay at. If visiting Kerala or Kashmir, staying on a traditional rice boat or houseboat is a novel experience while Rajasthan serves up charming havelis (stately homes) and converted forts for your stay too.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE ACCOMPANIED BY A GUIDE THROUGHOUT YOUR TRIP?
We always include the services of qualified English speaking local guides from India at each of the places you visit. These guides know their cities and towns inside and out and are best placed to ensure you get the most out of your holiday. We can also arrange for a national guide/escort to accompany you throughout your holiday, so if you would prefer this option, please ask us for associated prices.

TRAVELLING AROUND INDIA - KNOWING YOUR OPTIONS
Distances can be quite large in India, so for longer journeys we do recommend that you fly. India has a number of professional scheduled airlines like Jet Airways, Indigo and Spice Jet and their national domestic carrier, Indian Airlines. Travelling by road in India is a great way to see more of the country and it's an opportunity to stop off at local villages to experience the rural side to life in India too. And for something truly authentic, we suggest building in at least one journey by train.

WHAT SORT OF PACE WOULD YOU LIKE TO TRAVEL AT?
This is fairly important as it will impact on how many places you visit on your holiday. When you are touring India, there will be a fair bit of hotel check-in and check-out with the usual unpacking and packing that goes with the territory. We'll advise you on how long you need to explore each place you visit at a comfortable pace, but do request you let us know if you would like to build in a few spare days or free afternoons for a bit of poolside R&R.

ARE THERE ASPECTS OF INDIA THAT YOU ARE PARTICULARLY INTERESTED IN?
Beyond the classic sites, there's so much more to India - fabulous food and restaurants, lots of wildlife, a rich and varied history, amazing crafts and fabrics, a thriving local arts scene, colourful markets, top trekking & nature walks and a sublime palm fringed shoreline with beaches galore. And we are here to design that special tailor-made holiday to suit your particular interests and preferences.

MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR BUDGET
The type of accommodation you choose will significantly affect the price of your tailor-made holiday in India. Not just the hotel, but the particular category of room as well. We therefore request that you give us a clear steer on your budget so that we can ensure we deliver the best value for your holiday. Other key factors on price include the time of year when you travel; the peak seasons such as Christmas and New Year in India often carry supplements, particularly in coastal locations like Goa and Kerala. On the flipside, there are usually amazing deals available at top hotels if travelling during the summer and monsoonal months of June through August.

India tailormade holiday inspirations

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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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 tailormade holiday itineraries for India:

It's a tough job to whittle down all that India offers into a handful of recommended itineraries, but to us, the Golden Triangle, tropical Kerala and the Holy city of Varanasi on the Ganges win out! There's of course plenty more to India, so please browse our interactive map below for further holiday inspiration.

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Golden Triangle of India

9 days | FROM USD $2,195

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

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Classic Kerala

9 Days | FROM USD $2,545

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

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Jewel in the Crown

11 days | FROM USD $4,245

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

Visit the highlights of India

THE BEST OF THE NORTH:
Beyond New Delhi and the Taj Mahal, 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 tailormade 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.

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.

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