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.

Learn about India's fascinating history, visit spectacular monuments and forts, see the tribute to love that is the Taj Mahal, experience the hustle and bustle of iconic cities like Delhi and Mumbai, spot the elusive Bengal tiger, cruise along the backwaters of Kerala and perhaps witness the sunrise over the holy Ganges in Varanasi. With a wide choice of tours to India and tailor-made options that cover all the best places, we've got plenty to get your travel bug biting again and hope to welcome you on a holiday there soon.

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Ironically, it's the legacy of the British Empire that's shaped the strongest bond between India and New Zealand today... a passion for cricket! With Indian cuisine rapidly gaining popularity too, so has India as a holiday destination and it's now a firm favourite among adventurous travellers from New Zealand. As you'll soon discover, India presents an intoxicating cultural experience for any traveller and is a real feast for the senses.

Upcoming India Tours 2019 and 2020

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Taj Traveller - 8 days Delhi, India 23 Nov 2019 NZD $873 was $1,745 2-for-1 Taj Traveller - 8 days Map
Amritsar & the Golden Triangle - 13 Days Delhi 28 Oct 2019 NZD $2,836 was $3,545 20% off Amritsar & the Golden Triangle - 13 Days Map
Chennai to Kochi - 9 days Chennai, India 09 Nov 2019 NZD $1,796 was $2,245 20% off Chennai to Kochi - 9 days Map
Shere Khan - 10 days Delhi, India 28 Dec 2019 NZD $2,116 was $2,645 20% off Shere Khan - 10 days Map
Taj and Raj - 11 Days Delhi, India 30 Oct 2019 NZD $2,476 was $3,095 20% off Taj and Raj - 11 Days Map

India Group Tours

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Captivating Kerala

7 days | FROM NZD $1,795

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

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Taj Express

8 days | FROM NZD $1,645

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

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Taj Traveller

8 days | FROM NZD $1,645

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

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A Taj Showcase

9 days | FROM NZD $6,895

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

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Chennai to Kochi

9 days | FROM NZD $2,045

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

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Shere Khan

10 days | FROM NZD $2,495

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

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Best of Rajasthan

10 days | FROM NZD $2,945

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

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Best Exotic Marigold Tour

10 days | FROM NZD $2,995

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

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Taj and Raj

11 Days | FROM NZD $2,895

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

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Delhi Palaces Ganges

12 days | FROM NZD $3,995

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

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Amritsar & the Golden Triangle

13 Days | FROM NZD $3,445

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

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Golden Triangle & Goa

13 Days | FROM NZD $4,195

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

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Passage to India

14 days | FROM NZD $3,895

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

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South India Explorer

14 days | FROM NZD $4,445

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

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Best of India & Bhutan

14 Days | FROM NZD $7,945

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

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Golden Triangle & Kerala

14 days | FROM NZD $3,945

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

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Delhi to Colombo

15 days | FROM NZD $3,895

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

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Delhi to Kolkata

15 Days | FROM NZD $5,545

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

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Railways of the Raj

15 days | FROM NZD $5,945

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

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Delhi to Darjeeling

15 Days | FROM NZD $6,345

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

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Highway to Himalayas

16 Days | FROM NZD $6,395

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

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Golden Triangle & Southern India

16 days | FROM NZD $4,295

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

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World Wonders Tour

31 Days | FROM NZD $12,495

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

India Festival Tours

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Diwali, Festival of Lights

8 days | FROM NZD $1,845

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

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Holi, Festival of Colour

8 days | FROM NZD $1,845

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

India Trekking Holidays

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Kerala & Cardamom Hills Trek

13 days | FROM NZD $3,245

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

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India Private Tours

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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. Discover the fascinating culture of headhunting tribes in the north-east, ride in comfort on India's luxury trains or follow in the footsteps of Gandhi.

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Should you wish to visit parts of India that we have not covered, we'll be happy to organise this for you too.

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India Wildlife Tours

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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.

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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.

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India Short Stays

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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.

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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 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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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

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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.

Booking your India tour from New Zealand

To book your tour to India, please call us on +44-20-7371-1113, email us at info@onthegotours.com or book online. Alternatively, we work with a number of travel agents, so you can book through your travel agent if you prefer. Recent travel agents that booked a trip to India with us:

St Lukes A Flight Centre

Shop 212, Westfield Shopping Centrel, St Lukes Mall, 72 St Lukes Rd, Mt Albert, Auckland, New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand
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Taj Traveller - 8 days

Taranaki Street B Flight Centre

Cnr Manners & Cuba, Wellington, New Zealand, Wellington, New Zealand
+61 4384 4413
Highway to Himalayas - 16 Days

Taranaki Street B Flight Centre

Cnr Manners & Cuba, Wellington, New Zealand, Wellington, New Zealand
+61 4384 4413
Ranthambore NP - 4 days

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Level 3, 124 Vincent Street, Auckland, New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand
+64 9301 9124
Taj Traveller - 8 days