India Tailor-made Holidays
Incredible India awaits you in 2020
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.
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 4.75 out of 5 based on 8 recent reviews — See All Reviews
Sabrina popped in with feedback:
Great guides, car was clean, when flights were delayed the guides were totally on top of it. Tailormade Golden Triangle with the full crew was truly a holiday - easy for the family.
In Dharamshala - feedback was that guide did not speak much english, which is understandably a symptom of the area. Could have used more guidance in getting around Manali, Mcleod Ganj - but this is not something that was included in invoice to be honest - they knew they had to guide themselves and that's what they wanted.
They raved about the Raakh Resort - they got lucky and ended up staying when the owners were there. They'd spend the evenings around a bonfire with music and sleep under the stars. It was what made their trip. The lack of wifi, long walk to their room had them phased at first, but really pulled them out of their shell and got them to kick back.
I was extremely impressed with the organisation of our tailor-made tour. From the time we arrived to the time we departed the first segment of the tour, we were all thrilled with the care and knowledge of our guides and driver. Our driver from Delhi to Agra was so sweet, and an excellent driver.
Our time in Varanasi was somewhat disappointing, as very little was included and even with the extra Sarnath trip we had many hours of downtime. The hotel in Varnasi was also frustrating, and we had several issues there. ”
The tour was very well organised. We were very happy with the itinerary and the level of service we received from your partners.
When our overnight train was cancelled from Umaria to Agra the hotel staff at Bandhav Villas contacted the Indian On the Go rep and reorganised our trip. We lost a day and could not visit Agra but had a great day in Bandhavgarh Park instead.
All of our guides were excellent in India. A special mention to Muhammad who met us In Ranthambore.
This was a real adventure where travelling was no problem at all.”
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.