India Tours & Holidays
India. It's vibrant, energetic and relentlessly fast-paced. Place yourself in the heart of the action with a group tour or Tailor-made trip.
Lose yourself in the sparkling lights of Diwali. Splatter yourself with the bright colors of Holi festival. With our range of India holidays, you'll explore beyond the picture-perfect views of the Taj Mahal. Our trips offer what money can't buy; truly authentic experiences, that stay with you for a lifetime.
As an India specialist, we offer a wide selection of India group tours and Tailor-made holidays. 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. Whether you're spotting a Bengal tiger in Ranthambore National Park, exploring the temple-strewn southern city of Tanjore, wandering through the tea plantations of Munnar, taking a Ganges river cruise in Varanasi, or sampling curries in Delhi, Agra and Jaipur - the wisdom of our guides will bring the country's captivating culture to life on your tour of India.
Because we know India. So when it comes to exploring the highlights of this vast country on holiday, you can count on us. That's why travelers choose On The Go Tours for once-in-a-lifetime holidays; time and time again.
India Group Tours
Our group tours in India don't miss a thing. Our classic itineraries take in the Golden Triangle, which is made up of Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra - home to the Taj Mahal. It's the classic itinerary for a first-time visitor to India, especially if you throw in the tiger parks of Rajasthan, the northern city of Amritsar, or a beach break in Goa. We have a dedicated family tour too, for those travelling with youngsters!
Returning travelers may prefer to take the road less travelled. The lush Kerala Backwaters or the southern cities of Kochi, Tanjore, and Madurai are great options for second time visitors to the country.
Captivating Kerala8 days | FROM USD $1,125
Uncover the delights of tropical Kerala in India's deep south on this 8-day group tour. From Kochi visit the...
Taj Express8 days | FROM USD $895
Experience the richness of Indian culture on this classic tour of India's Golden Triangle. Kick off in Delhi,...
Taj Traveller8 days | FROM USD $1,094
Discover the spectacular sights of India's famous Golden Triangle including both old and new Delhi, the Pink...
Chennai to Kochi9 days | FROM USD $1,495
Discover Southern India on this 9-day tour travelling from Chennai to Kochi, taking in some exquisite UNESCO...
Golden Triangle & Tigers10 days | FROM USD $1,121
WILDLIFE TOUR: Explore India's famous Golden Triangle and go wild in Ranthambore National Park,...
North India Family Adventure10 Days | FROM USD $1,335
FAMILY TOUR: Discover the best that India has to offer with the entire family on this 10-day group...
Taj and Raj12 Days | FROM USD $1,625
Explore Delhi, the Pink City of Jaipur and the legendary Taj Mahal in Agra and discover the lofty peaks and...
Golden Triangle & Goa13 Days | FROM USD $1,465
The perfect holiday cocktail! Starting off with the sites of India's famous Golden Triangle, this tour...
South India Explorer14 days | FROM USD $2,415
Explore the highlights of Southern India, from Chennai to Kochi on this 14-day tour. Visit some of the most...
Golden Triangle & Kerala15 days | FROM USD $2,245
Uncover the delights of India’s famed Golden Triangle - Delhi, Jaipur and Agra, then head south to tropical...
Golden Triangle & Amritsar15 Days | FROM USD $1,995
Take in the highlights of India's Golden Triangle and ride a Toy Train ahead of reaching the former hill...
Delhi to Colombo15 days | FROM USD $1,825
Combine the incredible sites of India's Golden Triangle with Sri Lanka's ancient ruins, verdant jungles, cool...
India Festival Tours
Those who want to fully embrace Indian culture may want to join one of our two festival tours in India. Every March our Holi tour takes in the Golden Triangle and joins the festivities to celebrate the Festival of Colour.
And each October or November, depending on the year, we celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Light, with another special Golden Triangle departure. Find out more below and don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.
Holi, Festival of Colour8 days | FROM USD $1,215
Combine a tour of the famous Golden Triangle with the exuberant festivities of Holi - India’s most dazzling...
Diwali, Festival of Lights8 days | FROM USD $1,080
Every year, firecrackers announce the celebration of India’s favourite festival. Homes are decorated, gifts...
India Private Tours
If you prefer the idea of a private tour of India to a group tour, we can help! You'll get everything that makes our tours great, including the services of our expert local tour guides, but it will just be you and your family or friends on the tour! You can book these private adventures off the shelf or get in touch with our Reservations team to design a bespoke tailor-made holiday from scratch. Let your imagination run wild - combine the country with nearby Nepal, head south for hiking in the Western Ghats, or search for tigers in wildlife-rich reserves.
Golden Triangle of India9 days | FROM USD $1,075
PRIVATE TOUR: Coined as 'golden' for the extraordinary wealth of cultural and historical splendour,...
Classic Kerala9 Days | FROM USD $1,085
PRIVATE TOUR: Combining historic Kochi, the hill station of Munnar and a houseboat cruise on the...
Tiger Trail9 days | FROM USD $1,995
WILDLIFE TOUR: Follow the tiger trail and enter two of India’s premier tiger reserves - Pench...
Legends of the Rajputs11 days | FROM USD $2,015
PRIVATE TOUR: Delight your senses in colourful Rajasthan on this classical itinerary of the North....
Jewel in the Crown11 days | FROM USD $1,805
PRIVATE TOUR: Head out on a journey to some of India’s finest sights. Take in bustling Delhi, the...
Birds Eye View12 days | FROM USD $0
WILDLIFE TOUR: Looking skyward, Keoladeo National Park teems with thousands of migratory birds during...
Beautiful South14 days | FROM USD $1,855
PRIVATE TOUR: Chennai, Pondicherry and Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Kochi, colonial hill stations and a...
India Short Stays & City Breaks
Short on time? Our city breaks and shorter Indian adventures are perfect if you'd like to spend a few days somewhere different in the country before or after your tour - somewhere like Amritsar, Goa, Jaipur, Mumbai, or the historic hill stations of Shimla and Munnar. We also offer breaks in some of the country's best wildlife reserves, if you'd like a chance to spot tigers and other wildlife on safari.
Agra & The Taj Mahal3 days | FROM USD $355
PRIVATE TOUR: Agra, once the capital of India under the Mughals, a lasting legacy of this time are the...
Keralan Backwaters3 days | FROM USD $465
PRIVATE TOUR: A peaceful and rustic sojourn on the mellow backwaters of Kerala. Setting off from...
Kolkata3 days | FROM USD $315
PRIVATE TOUR: Capital of West Bengal, Kolkata is a sophisticated, cultural and friendly city. Top...
Udaipur3 days | FROM USD $655
PRIVATE TOUR: An oasis of cool, with its massive lake and Venetian-like appearance, Udaipur is one of...
Jaipur3 days | FROM USD $315
PRIVATE TOUR: A favourite of travellers, the architecturally flamboyant capital of Rajasthan is often...
Shimla4 days | FROM USD $535
PRIVATE TOUR: Shimla, was the ‘summer capital’ of British India. The natural beauty of Shimla will...
Munnar Tea Estate4 days | FROM USD $465
PRIVATE TOUR: Munnar in southern India offers breathtaking views of the surrounding hills carpeted with...
Ranthambore NP4 days | FROM USD $725
WILDLIFE TOUR: Ranthambore National Park is one of India’s most scenic parks and offers a rich...
Corbett National Park4 days | FROM USD $995
WILDLIFE TOUR: Backing onto the forest-covered slopes of the Himalayan foothills, Corbett is one of...
Amritsar4 days | FROM USD $495
PRIVATE TOUR: Home to the world famous Golden Temple and the seat of the Sikh religion, Amritsar is one...
Bombay Dreams4 days | FROM USD $445
PRIVATE TOUR: Formally known as Bombay, exhilarating and charismatic Mumbai is the most populated city...
Ajanta & Ellora4 days | FROM USD $735
PRIVATE TOUR: See the remarkable, rock-hewn 2nd century B.C. caves of Ajanta, adorned with exquisite...
Rishikesh4 days | FROM USD $385
PRIVATE TOUR: Gaining instant fame as the site where ‘The Beatles’ travelled to visit their guru,...
Tropical Goa5 days | FROM USD $575
BEACH BREAK: Palm fringed beaches, tropical warm seas and year round sun are just three of the many...
Kovalam Beach5 days | FROM USD $265
BEACH BREAK: Palm fringed Kovalam Beach in Southern India is a true paradise, Kovalam means 'a grove...
Mararikulam Beach5 days | FROM USD $315
BEACH BREAK: Located in the picturesque fishing village of Mararikulam, Marari beach is fringed by...
Nilgiri Hills5 days | FROM USD $735
PRIVATE TOUR: The Nilgiris or Blue Mountains, often called The Queen of Hills are a range of mountains...
India tour reviews
Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on 3 recent reviews — See All India Reviews
I've just come back from the Taj Express tour in India. It was amazing!
Our tour leader Yusuf was the best. So knowledgeable, kind and one of life's gentlemen. The tour was the right balance of sightseeing and time out. The hotels were a great blend of old and new. I highly recommend On The Go and will definitely be using your company again. ”
There was always someone to meet us at the destinations. Tour guide Mahi was knowledgable and cared about our wellbeing. We had a great group and we all got on well. This was the first time I had visited India and it has left me with the most wonderful memories I just want to go back. We also did a tour the week before and again the tour guides were friendly and knowledgeable. They also asked us what we wanted to do and never rushed us.”
The Holi Festival Tour was a convenient way to see the some of the major sites of India and join the spirit of Holi”
Frequently asked questions about our tours to 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 tours that cover northern India. 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 the city of 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 several India group tours that include two nights in Ranthambhore National Park where you will go on morning and afternoon game drives in search of the big cat.
We also have private itineraries to other parks for tiger safaris. If you want to know more about booking a tiger holiday, head to our guide on tiger spotting.
Should I be worried about food hygiene in India?
Many people worry that they might get sick on holiday but if you stick to the standard rules of safely eating abroad there's no reason why you shouldn't stay safe and healthy on your tour of India.
Stick to busy restaurants, avoid street food or anything that's been sat outside for long and forgo salads throughout your trip as the water is definitely not safe to drink.
Indian food is amazingly diverse and forms an integral part of the travel experience so don't be afraid to try new dishes and flavors. Our Top Travel Tips page has more info on Indian food and eating out in the country. Your guide on our India trips will be able to advise you on good places to eat and which places to avoid in order to stay safe and healthy.
I'm a second time visitor to the country. What can you offer me?
If you've already been on holiday to Delhi, Agra and the pink city of Jaipur, consider visiting the tropical south for a different dose of culture.
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. And our comprehensive 14-day South India Explorer tour is perfect for those looking for a longer adventure.
There are other less well-trodden destinations in the north too, such as Amritsar and Varanasi, where the holy River Ganges flows!
Alternatively, we have a number 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.
Is India a safe destination for travellers from the LGBTQ+ community?
According to the 2022 LGBTQ+ Travel Safety Index, India scores a D+ rating for LGBTQ+ traveler safety, ranking 84th out of 203 countries.
Same sex marriage is not legal, and there are no constitutional or worker protections based on sexual orientation. However, 51 – 75% of consulted citizens consider India a good place to live for gay and lesbian people, and there are no legal punishments for same sex relations. Most trips for LGBTQ+ travelers to India are trouble-free.
The LGBTQ+ Travel Safety Index is designed to provide a good overall picture of attitudes towards the LGBTQ+ community in each country and may not reflect the experience of foreign travelers to the country.
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 northern India, 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 trips, 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 group escorted 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 on holiday 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 on your India trips?
For the most part you'll be travelling in comfortable, private vehicles with air-conditioning throughout your trip. 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?
The climate varies dramatically from the north to the south of the country, though the dry season is widely considered the best time for a holiday.
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.
Will I have a tour guide in India?
Are flights included in the tour price?
We do not offer flights to and from your destination or include them in our packages. However, some of our trips such as Delhi, Palaces, Ganges, and Golden Triangle & Goa use internal flights to travel around. Economy class tickets for these flights are included in the tour price.
What is the current travel advice for India?
As a UK-based company, we follow the latest up to date advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCDO). You can see the latest travel advice and local laws here. The advice can change so check regularly for updates!
We also have a handy guide to passport and visa information for India.
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Protecting tigers in India
On some of our tours in India, travelers have the opportunity to visit Ranthambore National Park, one of the country's premier tiger parks. On three included game drives you will have a great chance to spot these enigmatic big cats. India is home to around 3,000 wild tigers, and while this number is increasing thanks to conservation efforts, it remains historically low. This is why we partnered with Travel Operators for Tigers (TOFTigers), to help protect the species through sustainable tourism.
The aim of Travel Operators for Tigers is to find a sustainable way for people and wildlife to coexist within the tourism sector. They believe that "developing more sustainable enterprises and providing viable long-term solutions – that create real economic benefit – are critical to rural communities, especially those living in and around parks, sanctuaries, and wildernesses across South Asia".
TOFTigers work with hotels, tour operators, and other businesses in the sector to achieve PUG certification, which is a measure of sustainability.
PUG-certified businesses help nature thrive by supporting ecotourism, and providing nature-friendly jobs for local communities. TOFTigers also advocate nature protection with governments and other interest groups, and they run an annual Wildlife Travel Awards.
We have been partnered with TOFTigers for 15 years, and we make a donation to them for every traveler on our Golden Triangle & Tigers tour, helping to preserve wild tigers and their habitat for future generations. Visit TOFTigers website for more information about their work.
Best of India
Our tours are expertly crafted to help you see the best of India, from Jaipur and Amritsar to the Himalayas. As well as all the main sights of the country, our excursions give you the chance to get stuck in and experience the country as the locals do. Here are six must-visit places for your holiday in India!
The Taj Mahal
The most extravagant monument to love ever built, and India's most visited attraction. The Taj Mahal never fails to disappoint. Located in Agra, all of our tours to northern India visit this extraordinary place.
Famously colored pink and home to such highlights as the dazzling Hawa Mahal, Amber Fort, the Royal Palace, and the Jantar Mantar space observatory, Jaipur is unlike anywhere else. Best seen from above, on many tours you'll have the opportunity to sail over Jaipur aboard a hot air balloon.
Ranthambore National Park
The best place in Rajasthan to enjoy a tiger safari, numbers of this threatened big cat have risen to more than 80 in Ranthambore, giving visitors a great chance to spot them, as well as other exotic wildlife. Enjoy three included game drives on our Shere Khan group tour - we'll also make a donation to TOFTigers to help protect tigers in the wild.
The Indian capital city is the start point for the majority of our tours, with guided sightseeing included. Split into Old and New Delhi, there are things to see aplenty in both. The old part of the city is home to Humayun's Tomb, Jama Masjid Mosque, and Raj Ghat, the site of Gandhi's cremation. And in New Delhi, highlights include India Gate and the Rajpath.
An India trip is an assault on the senses - it's busy, it's loud, it's atmospheric. Sometimes you need to take some time out. This is where the blissful, tranquil Indian Ocean beaches of Goa come in handy. Combining your India tour with some R&R in south India is the perfect beach and culture adventure.
Southern India receives only a fraction of the visitors the north does, but the peaceful Kerala Backwaters make an incredible trip for first-timers and returning travelers alike. Set sail aboard a traditional rice boat, past palm-fringed banks and accompanied by the sounds of abundant birdlife. Then why not explore the biodiverse Western Ghats?
DISCOVER INDIA'S BEST KEPT SECRETS
Our local guides are experts at seeking out hidden gems and culture. From rickshaw rides through spice markets to spending the night at the Maharajah's palace in Karauli, our trips certainly veer from the beaten track.
And you'll want to explore India on your own terms, too. That's why, with our group tours, you'll have plenty of personal time to create your own memories. So whether you're looking to meet like-minded new friends, or enjoy authentic Indian experiences - with On The Go Tours, you're in good hands on holiday.