India Tailor-made Holidays
Incredible India awaits you in 2018
Whatever your travel interests are - local culture, history, blissful beaches, wildlife, luxury or outdoor adventure, 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 - are 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.
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When planning your holiday we go a step beyond and include some special and unique experiences.Read more about our approach to designing your tailor-made holiday.
Must-sees for a Tailor-made 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. Below we've picked out some of India's main draw cards for you.
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India Tailor-made reviews
Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.83 out of 5 based on 12 recent reviews — See All Reviews
On The Go was amazing from beginning to end. In the planning stages the response was very quick and Sarah was easy to work with. She heard our requests and planned an unforgettable experience. We always felt safe and well cared for. Everyone was attentive to our needs and friendly but professional. We had excellent guides throughout who were clearly passionate about the subject matter and extremely knowledgeable. We could have conversed for hours not only on the sights but on general cultural matters also. Our driver was fantastic. Patient, friendly, flexible - the car was always clean and presentable and the driver punctual and readily available. Having the same driver for the entire trip made us feel very very much at ease. Thanks Raj also for meeting us at the airport on arriving and departing and for ensuring our safe transfers. Spin Monkey was one of the most unique experiences of our trip and I would highly recommend this to other tourists. A great experience to awaken the senses and well worth getting up for at 5am!”
Digvijaysinh was excellent for the 9 days he spent with us in Gujarat and in many ways made the tour for us - he obviously loves his local area and took us to places that weren't actually included on our itinerary which was fortunate as the actual itinerary would have been a bit sparse otherwise. Obviously the tour was based around Gandhi and as such you have to visit Porbandar and Surat, but Porbandar in particular contains very little apart from the house where Gandhi was born and there is nothing much else of interest. Overall we enjoyed the tour but as previously stated this was very much down to the efforts of Digvijaysinh Gohil.”
We had the most fantastic time on our tailor made trip.
The local guides , drivers and people who met us from the stations and airports were fantastic.
Most of the hotels were beautiful and almost without exception the staff were professional and friendly. ”
India Tailor-made Holiday Inspirations
Travel beyond the sites and get a real feel for 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Tailor-made 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.
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 tailor-made 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.