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The moment you set eyes on the Taj Mahal, you know you are seeing an edifice unlike any other.  India is like that - it stirs the soul, it challenges your conceptions, it changes you.  It is a spectacular mix of people, traditions and landscapes, from Himalayan peaks to the hills, backwaters and beaches of the south, from the sacred Ganges to the deserts of Rajasthan.  Temples, shrines and fortresses are everywhere, reminders of an ancient history and spirituality.  One things is for sure: you will remember your journey through this fascinating country long after you've left its shores.

India

When to go

The best time to travel to India is the cool dry season from November through March.  If you travel only in the north, consider October and April as well.  Ladakh, in the far north, is best visited between June and September.

Live as if you were to die tomorrow; learn as if you were to live forever

- Mahatma Gandhi

Must-See Places

Signature Experiences

 
 

Delhi

India's capital is an exciting, busy, and often chaotic city rich with historical sites from different eras, museums and galleries, shops and endless bazaars.

 

Varanasi

Like a miniature containing all India has to offer, this city on the sacred Ganges is a must-see for anyone travelling to India.  Take an early morning boat ride on the river or watch a ceremony on its banks - Varanasi will change you forever.

 

Bandhavgarh National Park

A true wilderness with plenty of wildlife Bandhavgarh offers a good chance to spot tigers in their natural habitat.

 

Khajuraho

Thanks to its remote location, the at once famous and infamous erotic temples of Khajuraho were spared destruction by foreign invaders.

 

Taj Mahal

One of the great architectural wonders of the world, this incredible edifice in Agra should be visited by anyone at least once in their life.

 

Fatehpur Sikri

Abandoned after only 15 years, the ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri stands as a testament to the glory of the Moghal civilization.

 

Jaipur

Nicknamed the Pink City, Jaipur is crammed with palaces and bazaars, including the Palace of the Winds and the City Palace.  Don't forget the nearby massive Amber Fort.

 

Jodhpur

The Blue City of Jodhpur, with its jumble of houses and shops lining winding medieval streets is guarded by the mighty Mehrangarh Fortress, an architectural masterpiece.

 

Ranthambhore

Once a favourite hunting grounds for emperors, Ranthambhore today is a great wildlife destination.  Board a 4x4 and go in search of tigers and other animals.

 

Udaipur

India's most romantic city, rolling hills, white palaces and lakes come together to paint a picturesque town.

 

Pushkar

Laid-back Pushkar comes alive with the annual Pushkar Fair, a gathering of camel traders, pilgrims and funseekers from all over northern India.

 

Jaisalmer

Set out in the Rajasthan desert, the honey-coloured fortress town of Jaisalmer makes for a good base to take a camel into the sands beyond.

 

Cochin (Kochi)

The first European trading post in India, the old town of Cochin retains its character of a romantic colonial town.

 

Kanchipuram & Mahabalipuram

South of Chennai lie these two towns famous for its temples from the 6th - 8th century.  Those at Mahabalipuram occupy a stunning position on a rocky outcrop overlooking the sea.

 

Puducherry (Pondicherry)

Once a  French colonial town, its Gallic heritage is still visible in its shady and clean cobble-stone streets of the old town, lined with bougainvillea-draped colonial-era homes.

 

Thanjavur

This historic city of labyrinthine royal palaces is most famous for its Brihadisvara Temple, one of the great monuments of southern India.

 

Madurai

The Meenakshi Temple in the bustling city of Madurai is a hive of activity and the scene of an almost continuous religious festival.  It has beautiful carved columns and sculptured ceilings.

 

Periyar National Park

While the park doesn't hold wildlife in the numbers we know from Africa, it is a nice place to go for an early morning jungle walk.  A visit to a spice plantation makes for an interesting afternoon.

 

Backwaters of Kerala

There is nothing quite like exploring this network of rivers, canals and lakes on a traditionally crafted wooden houseboat.  Watch the scenery float past, visit a hamlet or two and enjoy some of the great food Kerala is known for.

 

Beaches of Goa, Varkala and Kovalam

Swaying palms, white sands and sparkling waters - India's beaches have all the necessary ingredients for an ocean-side vacation.  From laid-back Portuguese-influenced Goa to the backpacker hangout of Varkala and the Ayurvedic resort town of Kovalam, end your trip to India with a few days on a beach.

 

Ganges boat ride in Varanasi

An early morning boat trip on the sacred Ganges is an unforgettable experience. The energy that comes with throngs of joyful pilgrims is palpable as people cleanse and purify themselves and sing and pray riverside. Elsewhere bodies are being cremated while the waters of the holy river quietly carry off the ashes.

 

Sunset or sunrise at the Taj Mahal

Stand in awe as the soft sunlight drench the Taj Mahal in a beautiful soft pink.  Prepare to be moved to the core.

 

Flavours of India

Delight in the flavours of the many cuisines of India.  From excellent street food to thalis and biryani rice, a mouthwatering experience awaits you.

 

Pushkar Camel Fair

Held each November, this epic fair and carnival, one of the last great traditional melas, brings together livestock, farmers, traders and villagers from all over Rajasthan and as far afield as Central Asia.

 

Tiger safari

Travel by 4x4 deep into a game park in India and watch in silence as a majestic tiger gracefully moves out of the shadows.  Few wildlife experiences can match the thrill of seeing your first tiger.

 

Village visit

Take an open jeep, oxcart or bicycle into the countryside and visit a rural village not often seen by Western eyes.

 

Sleeper trains

Varying from open-coach, curtain-lined berths to clean, air-conditioned cabins, India's overnight trains are a great way to travel long distances while immersing yourself in the local culture.

 

Heritage stay

Stay in the lap of luxury at the home of local landlords or former royalty, the perfect place to take a break from what can be a hectic country.

 

Camel safari

Mount your camel and feel like a 19th-century explorer as you journey through the sands of Rajasthan's Thar Desert. Stay overnight in a comfortable camp and enjoy a hearty meal accompanied by traditional singers.

 

Feel like a king

Enter one of the mighty fortresses in Rajasthan (Jaipur and Jodhpur are good places for this) and imagine what it was like to be the local ruler living here.

 

Narrow gauge railway ride

Whether you take the Blue Mountain Railway to Ootacamund in the south or the Shimla Toy train in the north, narrow gauge railways are a fun way to travel and watch the scenery go by

 

Bollywood blockbuster

Time for a movie anyone? A Bollywood blockbuster surely is a very entertaining way to spend an afternoon in India. Action, romance, drama and music, often all rolled into one!

 

Shop till you drop

Who would go to India and not come back with a souvenir or two. One of the best places to pick up a variety of India's best handicrafts is Delhi's Dilli Hat. Browse the stalls for rose and sandalwood carvings, camel hide footwear, fabric and drapery, gems, beads, brassware, metal crafts, and silk and wool fabrics.

 

Kerala boat cruise

Wake up in the morning on your houseboat and find your crew serving tea and breakfast as you sail through a network of lakes, rivers and canals.  Later that day, disembark to explore a village and learn about local handicrafts, or visit a farm to buy produce.  A houseboat cruise in the backwaters of Kerala is arguably the most tranquil and romantic experience India has to offer.

 

Aryuvedic massage and steam cleanse

Being locked up in a steaming vessel may not sound all that inviting, but follow your Aryuvedic steam bath with a massage, and you will come away renewed and rejuvenated.

 

Aarti on the Ganges

Witness devotees gather to sing their praises on the banks of the Ganges River and be carried away by hypnotic prayers and harmonious singing

 

Visit a temple

And discover the sacred within.

 

 

Suggested Tours

Highlights of Northern India

 

Tour code: EHNI

 

Why we love this trip: a fast-paced introduction to the classical Indian highlights

 

Places visited: Delhi, Jaipur, Ranthambore, Agra, Fathepur Sikri, Varanasi

 

Signature Experiences: Ganges boat ride in Varanasi, sunset or sunrise at the Taj Mahal, flavours of India, tiger safari, feel like a king, sleeper trains, Bollywood blockbuster, shop till you drop, aarti on the Ganges, visit a temple

 

Length: 9 days

 

Accommodation: 6 nights hotels with en suite facilities, 2 nights sleeper trains

 

Included meals: all breakfasts, 1 lunch

 

Transport: van, train

 

Departures: Set small-group dates and daily private departures

 

Customizable? Yes, price on request

 

Price: Small group departures priced from $1020

North India Discovery

 

Tour code: GNID

 

Why we love this trip: a best-selling 2-week tour of the highlights of Northern India

 

Places visited: Delhi, Varanasi, Khajuraho, Agra, Ranthambore, Jaipur, Jojawar, Udaipur

 

Signature Experiences: Ganges boat ride in Varanasi, sunset or sunrise at the Taj Mahal, flavours of India, tiger safari, feel like a king, village visit, heritage stay, Bollywood blockbuster, shop till you drop, aarti on the Ganges, visit a temple

 

Length: 15 days

 

Accommodation: hotels

 

Included meals: 14 breakfasts, 4 dinners

 

Transport: Minibus, train, auto-rickshaws, cycle-rickshaws, boat, plane, walking

 

Departures: Set small-group dates and daily private departures

 

Customizable? Yes, price on request

 

Price: Small group departures priced from $2649

North India Discovery

 

Tour code: GNID

 

Why we love this trip: a best-selling 2-week tour of the highlights of Northern India

 

Places visited: Delhi, Varanasi, Khajuraho, Agra, Ranthambore, Jaipur, Jojawar, Udaipur

 

Signature Experiences: Ganges boat ride in Varanasi, sunset or sunrise at the Taj Mahal, flavours of India, tiger safari, feel like a king, village visit, heritage stay, Bollywood blockbuster, shop till you drop, aarti on the Ganges, visit a temple

 

Length: 15 days

 

Accommodation: hotels

 

Included meals: 14 breakfasts, 4 dinners

 

Transport: Minibus, train, auto-rickshaws, cycle-rickshaws, boat, plane, walking

 

Departures: Set small-group dates and daily private departures

 

Customizable? Yes, price on request

 

Price: Small group departures priced from $2649

Cycle Kerala & South India

 

Tour code: ECKS

 

Why we love this trip: saddle up and join the locals cycling the byways of tropical India

 

Places visited: Mysore, Bandipur NP, Mudumalai NP, Ootacamund, Guruvayoor, Cochin, Backwaters of Kerala, Varkala

 

Signature Experiences: flavours of India, tiger safari, village visit, steam train ride, Bollywood blockbuster, shop till you drop, Kerala boat cruise, Aryuvedic massage and steam cleanse, visit a temple, Indian beach, pooja

 

Length: 14 days

 

Accommodation: hotels, bungalows, guest house, house boat

 

Included meals: all breakfasts,

10 lunches and 4 dinners

 

Transport: bike, van, train, boat

 

Departures: Set small-group dates

 

Customizable? No, but we can run private departures for your own group

 

Price: Small group departures priced from $2465

Highlights of South India

 

Tour code: XHSI

 

Why we love this trip: the best of South India in two weeks

 

Places visited: Mysore, Bandipur NP, Ootacamund, toy train, Cochin, Backwaters of Kerala, Thekkady, Madurai, Mamallapuram, Chennai

 

Signature Experiences: flavours of India, tiger safari, village visit, narrow gauge railway ride, Bollywood blockbuster, shop till you drop, Kerala boat cruise, Aryuvedic massage and steam cleanse, visit a temple

 

Length: 14 days

 

Accommodation: 12 nights hotels, 1 night house boat

 

Included meals: all breakfasts,

1 lunch and 1 dinner

 

Transport: Rickshaw, Bus, Train, Boat, Taxi

 

Departures: Set small-group dates and daily private departures

 

Customizable? Yes - price on request

 

Price: Small group departures priced from $2190

Incredible India

 

Tour code: FIIN

 

Why we love this trip: the best of India in two weeks

 

Places visited: Delhi, Varanasi, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, Ranthambore, Jaipur, Cochin, Backwaters of Kerala, Kovalam

 

Signature Experiences: Ganges boat ride in Varanasi, sunset or sunrise at the Taj Mahal, flavours of India, tiger safari, optional sleeper train, heritage stay, feel like a king, Bollywood blockbuster, shop till you drop, Kerala boat cruise, Aryuvedic massage and steam cleanse, aarti on the Ganges, visit a temple, beach

 

Length: 14 days

 

Accommodation: hotels - choose your own comfort level

 

Included meals: all breakfasts,

2 lunches and 2 dinners

 

Transport: private car, train, boat, flight

 

Departures: daily private departures

 

Customizable? Yes - price on request

 

Price: 3-star from $2495, 4-star from $2895, 5-star from $3395