Trip ideas to India

All the trip ideas below can be tailored just for you

These trip ideas are designed by our specialists, who’ve travelled the routes themselves and have a guidebook-like knowledge of India. Each trip idea highlights a route we’ve loved travelling, which showcases aspects of India we're passionate about, not just the run-of-the-mill tourist circuits. Use these ideas to give you a starting point, some inspiration, as you decide what you want to do on your trip to India. Then speak to us and we’ll start to bring your trip to life to suit your tastes.

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Tailor-made Itineraries to India

Classic Kerala

Discover the main highlights of tropical Kerala including Cochin, the Backwaters and Munnar, with time on the beach to relax at the end of your trip.

  • Marvel at cantilevered Chinese fishing nets

  • Take a cruise on a traditional rice-barge

  • Walk through tea plantations

  • Explore a spice plantation

  • Relax on a palm-fringed beach

11 Days from £1,505pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Golden Triangle & Tigers

10 days exploring the highlights of North India’s cities with the opportunity to go on the trail of the royal Bengal tiger at Ranthambhore National Park.

  • Walk the narrow lanes of Old Delhi

  • Sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal

  • Search for tigers in Ranthambhore National Park

  • Take guided tour of the 'Pink City' of Jaipur

10 Days from £1,700pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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A taste of Ladakh

This itinerary will provide a taste of what Ladakh has to offer. High desert landscapes and ancient Buddhist monasteries are explored with visits to Leh, Alchi and the Nubra Valley.

  • Morning prayers at Thikse Monastery

  • Cross the world's highest pass

  • See unique Indian Buddhist art

  • Experience Tibetan culture

  • Enjoy spectacular views throughout

11 Days from £1,865pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Foothills Uncovered

Explore the diverse foothills of the Himalaya including Amritsar, Dharamasala and time in Shimla to relax and experience the remains of the British Raj.

  • Visit the Golden Temple at night during a nightly religious ceremony.

  • Experience the Closing the Border ceremony between India and Pakistan.

  • Visit the Dalai Lama's residence.

  • Ride on the 'toy train' a UNESCO World Heritage site.

  • Get a taste of British Raj in Shimla.

12 Days from £1,965pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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South India: from Western Ghats to Coast

Explore the main highlights of Karnataka and Kerala including Mysore, the Blue Mountain Railway, Cochin, the tropical Backwaters with time on the beach to relax at the end of your trip.

  • See one of India's most astonishing palaces at Mysore

  • Take the Blue Mountain Railway through the Nilgiri hills from Ooty

  • Enjoy tranquil Cochin and its colonial heritage

  • Explore life in the Backwaters

  • Relax a few days on the beach

11 Days from £1,975pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Temples and Backwaters

12 nights exploring the main highlights of Southern India including Chennai, Tanjour, Madurai and Cochin with a relaxing cruise around the Backwaters

  • Soak up the view of the Shore Temple at sunset.

  • Enjoy France in India in this former colonial enclave.

  • Stay in a village of 19th century merchants' homes.

  • Witness the ceremonies in Sri Meenakshi temple with hundreds of pilgrims and the smell of incense.

13 Days from £2,035pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Western Himalaya Explored

Enjoy the full diversity of India’s western Himalaya, taking in colonial history in Shimla, Tibetan culture at Dharamsala, the Sikh’s Golden Temple in Amritsar and a Hindu ceremony on the Ganges.

  • Discover the colonial past of Shimla

  • Enjoy a ride in a toy-train

  • Visit the Golden Temple in Amritsar

  • Enjoy the spectacular 'Closing the Border Ceremony' at Waga border

  • Explore Tibetan culture at Dharamsala

  • Witness an evening Aarti ceremony in Rishikesh

13 Days from £2,270pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Tea & Buddhism

A thirteen day loop around Darjeeling and the Kingdom of Sikkim

  • The capital of the British Raj

  • The Darjeeling toy train

  • Rumtek Buddhist Monastery

  • The scenic town of Pelling

  • A relaxing stay at an operational tea estate

13 Days from £2,315pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Ladakh Explored

A trip to the mountain kingdom of Ladakh, taking in beautiful scenery, high altitude passes, deserts and monasteries.

  • Explore the monasteries around Leh, and admire their stunning locations

  • Drive to the top of Khardung La, one of the world's highest driveable passes

  • Ride a camel through the high altitude dunes of the Nubra Valley

  • See the life of the monks who live at 4000m

13 Days from £2,315pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Golden Triangle & the Maldives

Explore the iconic sights and highlights in India's Golden Triangle followed by four nights of relaxation in the Maldives.

  • Walk through Old Delhi's bustling bazaars

  • Sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal

  • Explore the 'Pink City' of Jaipur

  • Snorkel, scuba & swim in the Maldives

11 Days from £2,420pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Kerala & the Maldives

Enjoy the beauty, traditions and culture of India's southern state Kerala before four nights of luxurious relaxation in the Maldives.

  • Fort Cochin's colonial atmosphere & architecture

  • Tea tasting in the high hills of Munnar

  • Boat safari in Periyar National Park

  • Stay overnight on a traditional rice barge

  • Snorkel, scuba & swim in the Maldives

13 Days from £2,490pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Classic Rajasthan

Discover the main highlights of North India and Rajasthan, including the Taj Mahal, Meherangarh Fort and ending your trip at Udaipur.

  • Visit the Taj Mahal at Agra

  • Experience Jaipur's palaces

  • Climb atop the ramparts of Jodhpur's Meherangarh Fort

  • Relax in rural Rajasthan

  • Gaze over the shimmering Lake Palace at Udaipur

15 Days from £2,535pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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North India Uncovered

Explore the slightly less visited highlight of north India other than Delhi and Agra including Gwalior, Khajuraho and one of the worlds oldest living cities and a spiritual highlight; Varanasi.

  • Experience the contrast between Old and New Delhi

  • Enjoy the break taking views of the Taj Mahal

  • The Fort in Gwalior is grand and little visited

  • Khajuraho has stunning temples

  • Varanasi is India's culture at its most intense

12 Days from £2,555pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Northern Sri Lanka

Combining some of Sri Lanka's traditional highlights with an adventurous exploration of the undiscovered north, this trip shows you more of this fascinating country.

  • Watch traditional dancing in the cultural capital, Kandy

  • Stand on top of Sigiriya Rock and admire the views

  • Walk through the ruins of historical Anuradhapura

  • Discover the tourist free Tamil areas of the north

  • Bargain hard in Colombo's Pettah Market

15 Days from £2,595pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Tigers and Sloth Bears

This itinerary allows you to avoid the crowds and visit lesser-known national parks to go in search of the elusive tiger and sloth bear.

  • Experience the only park in India where you can do a walking safari

  • Kayak through the Tawa Reservoir in search of rare bird colonies

  • Avoid the crowds at Tadoba Tiger Reserve

11 Days from £3,150pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Birdwatcher's Paradise

The Subcontinent is home to over 1200 different species of birds. This itinerary allows you to discover this exquisite collection by exploring off the beaten track habitats that support these indigenous and migratory species.

  • Visit the Taj Mahal at Agra

  • Experience a river boat safari along the calm and placid Chambal waters

  • Cycle rickshaw ride through the Keoladeo bird sanctuary

  • Kayak through the Tawa Reservoir in search of rare bird colonies

13 Days from £3,235pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Asiatic Lions, Asses & Blackbuck

Find Gujarat's incredible wildlife in this trip that takes you off the beaten track. See rare and unusual animals clinging on at the edge of the country, and visit a less developed region that is full of interest.

  • Visit the beaches of Portuguese influenced Diu Island

  • Go on safari in the Gir Forest, tracking the rare Asiatic lion, only found here

  • Spot blackbuck and wolves in the Velavadar National Park

  • Go to the Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary to see flamingos and pelicans

  • Take a safari to see Asiatic wild asses in Dasada

12 Days from £3,255pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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On the Tiger's Trail

Discover India's diverse wildlife; on the trail of the tiger and much more in the central wildlife parks, whilst also including a visit to the Taj Mahal.

  • Experience Old and New Delhi

  • Visit the iconic Taj Mahal

  • Search for elusive tigers on safari

  • Visit Bandhavgarh fort

12 Days from £3,290pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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A Journey Through Central India

This tour explores the main highlights of central India, including Mumbai, the cave temples of Ajanta and Ellora, Hyderabad and the faded Islamic architecture of small towns across the Deccan Plateau.

  • Boat trip to Elephanta Island.

  • Tour of medieval Golconda fort.

  • 2nd century BC cave paintings at Ajanta.

  • Atmospheric royal tombs of the Deccan.

  • Explore the vast ruined city at Hampi.

16 Days from £3,320pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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North & South India

A 21 day itinerary covering the highlights of two of India's most diverse and popular states; Rajasthan and Kerala. From the forts, palaces and bustling cities of the north to the tropical Backwaters and tea plantations of Kerala, ending with a relaxing night on the beach.

  • Sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal

  • Guided tour of the 'pink city' of Jaipur

  • Take a guided jungle walk looking for elephants in Periyar National Park

  • Spend the night on a house boat in the peaceful Keralan backwaters

20 Days from £3,565pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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India's Wildlife Treasures

A 13 day trip designed for those who want to enjoy Central India’s best national parks, providing a good contrast in scenery, activities and game to ensure a rounded safari experience.

  • Undertake jeep safaris in search of tigers and other wildlife

  • As well as the key mammals, learn about the incredibly varied birds, insects, flora and fauna

  • Visit the central fort in Bandhavgarh National Park

13 Days from £3,830pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Our Hidden Beaches Itineraries

Hidden Beaches is our select collection of exclusive beach destinations.

15 Days from £2,283pp

3 nights Mahabalipuram, including breakfast and excursions; 7 nights Barefoot at Havelock, including breakfast. Includes flights and transfers plus 2 nights in Port Blair and 1 night in Chennai.

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Homestays in Kerala

The concept of the homestay was first developed in Kerala and the naturally friendly Keralites continue to welcome visitors to their homes. Our specialists have visited many homestays and can suggest the best places to stay.

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