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Man on a camel with the Taj Mahal behind him - Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India

India

Exotic temples, splendid palaces, incredible wildlife and enticing cuisine, India promises to be a place you’ll never forget. Explore a diverse land that combines the traditional and modern with surprise around every corner. At one side India boasts of the immense Himalayas while on the other it enjoys miles of exotic beaches. Every landscape will inspire and you’ll be welcomed by a culture of fascinating traditions and warm smiles.

Explore the great royal cities and palaces of the Raj, the wilds of the Ranthambhore National Park, the deserts and colourful forts of the west; and journey south to historical temples, tropical forests and exotic coastlines. For more adventure still, explore the spiritual lands of Nepal and reveal the treasures of Bhutan and Sri Lanka.

India is a shopper's paradise and is particularly renowned for its arts, craft and textile skills. Beautiful cotton and silks and delicate embroidery can make perfect gifts. India is a world leading tea producer so why not return with some flavours to share with friends.

India boasts a colourful calendar of festivals and fairs. Packed with fun and excitement every season brings with it new celebrations. The birthdays of Gods and Goddesses, saints and prophets, historical events and the advent of the New Year are all depicted in vibrant festivities.

From squidgy South Indian idlis (fermented rice cakes) to zesty north Indian curries, foodies can look forward to savouring a seductive smorgasbord of specialities. There are regional specialties, and staple ingredients in each state combining to create a diverse cuisine that never becomes boring. View more trips to India.


Featured Tours

  • Journey into a wonderland of the exotic and enigmatic, full of strange fascination - from the erotic temples of Khajuraho and the splendid Taj Mahal, to the ashy presence of Hindu holy men and the world's only official living goddess.

  • You are invited on this luxury heritage journey though timeless Rajasthan, where Maharajahs built forts and lavish palaces towering over desert cities.

  • The cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur showcase India's rich Mughal and Rajput heritage - imposing forts, sumptuous palaces and gleaming marble temples and tombs, such as the exquisite Taj Mahal.

View the magical Taj Mahal, the ultimate monument to love in the city of Agra, or take a dawn boat ride along the Ganges River to see the early morning scenes of devotion in Varanasi. There’s no shortage of adventure as you scout for big jungle cats in Kanha National Park on a safari through this forested sanctuary, the inspiration for Rudyard Kipling’s ‘Jungle Book’.

Guest Review

Essence of India

So many highlights, well programmed, paced just right. Felt safe on the tour while experiencing everyday India. Can't recommend this tour or company enough.
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Joylene Harkin

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Know before you go
  • Spring

    Mar-May

    Sun

    Av temp: 35˚C95˚F

  • Summer

    Jun-Aug

    Sun

    Av temp: 36˚C97˚F

  • Autumn

    Sept-Nov

    Cloudy

    Av temp: 32˚C90˚F

  • Winter

    Dec-Feb

    Sun

    Av temp: 23˚C73˚F

  • Time difference

    London GMT + 4.5h

  • Currency

    Indian rupee

When to go: Temperatures are high all year; October-April for the lowest rainfall.

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