Whether it be to uncover history, spot wildlife or experience another culture, people are inspired to travel for many reasons. Yet no matter what type of traveller you are, there’s one destination that’s always guaranteed to be a hit. As the seventh largest country in the world, India’s attractions are as diverse as they are spectacular. So to prove that this colourful nation has something for everyone, here we’ve picked six India tours for different types of travellers.
The Bucket-Lister: Taj Express
If you’re looking to visit India to tick those must-see destinations off your bucket-list, than our Taj Express group tour is the one for you. This tour takes in wonders of India’s Golden Triangle, with the added bonus of a night spent at an actual Maharaja’s Palace.
Kicking off in Delhi, you’ll enjoy a rickshaw ride around the city highlights including the vast Jama Masjid mosque. Next you’ll visit the magnificent Taj Mahal, easily India’s most famous site, before exploring the forts and palaces of Jaipur. Returning to the capital, this classic tour packs India’s top sights into one eight-day adventure.
The Wildlife Lover: Shere Khan
Alongside visiting all three points of India’s incredible Golden Triangle, our Shere Khan group tour offers three included game drives in Ranthambore National Park. Once the hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur, this renowned park now plays an important role in conserving the Bengal Tiger.
With three visits into the reserve, you have a higher chance of spotting these iconic big cats. And whilst you’re searching, there’s plenty of other resident wildlife to look out for including leopards, sloth bears, Sambar deer, crocodiles and hyenas.
The Culture Seeker: South India Explorer
Journeying from coast to coast across southern India, our South India Explorer group tour offers plenty of authentic local experiences. Visiting the spectacular Meenakshi Temple in Madurai, you’ll get the chance to experience an Aarti ceremony, where Hindu devotees gather with candles to sing songs of praise.
Later on, in the coastal city of Kochi, you can witness a Kathakali performance. These shows retell great stories of India’s past through a combination of music, dance and elaborate costumes. To top it off, you’ll also enjoy a night aboard a traditional houseboat gliding along the palm-fringed Kerala Backwaters.
The Festival Go-er: Holi, Festival of Colour
Whilst Holi is now celebrated across the globe, nothing beats experiencing this colourful event in its country of origin. And on our Holi, Festival of Colour group tour, you’ll get to do exactly that.
During Holi, India is transformed into a riot of colour as powder bombs and water are thrown across the streets. As well as discovering the Golden Triangle, travellers on this tour get to join in the festivities in the city of Bharatpur. Equipped with white kurta pyjamas and organic colours to throw, you should be prepared to get messy!
The History Nerd: Best of Rajasthan
Known as the ‘Land of the Kings’, it’s no surprise that Rajasthan is most famous its magnificent forts and palaces. And on our Best of Rajasthan group tour, you’ll get a taste for this state’s rich history both through the sites you visit and your accommodation along the way.
You’ll explore the the lofty Amber Fort of Jaipur, the beautiful City Palace of Udaipur and giant Mehrangarh Fort looming over the Blue City of Jodphur. Many of Rajasthan’s colonial homes, havelis and castles have been artfully converted into modern hotels. You’ll get to stay in several of these heritage properties and gain a much deeper understanding of India’s bygone eras.
The Luxury Traveller: A Taj Showcase
Whilst India isn’t a destination you would immediately associate with ‘luxury’, A Taj Showcase is India at its absolute finest. Travellers spend their days exploring the Golden Triangle, then stay at some of the world’s most luxurious hotels.
From the Jai Mahal Palace in Jaipur to the five-star Gateway Hotel in Agra, you’re guaranteed to spending your nights in comfort. In Udaipur we stay at the beautiful Lake Palace Hotel, which floats at the centre of Lake Pichola. This 18th century marble palace boasts grand guestrooms, an exclusive butler service, several specialty restaurants and a spa boat.