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India vacations

India vacations

Visit Rajasthan and the Taj Mahal, cruise Kerala's backwaters or spot tigers on safari for your Indian tailor-made tour

A country by name, but a continent in scale, India in one word is diversity. Its north is banded by the peaks of the Himalaya. Moving south, you pass through Rajasthan, a microcosm of India with its forts, palaces and temples, and the Taj Mahal, but also its bustling markets and opportunities to spot tiger. In India’s northeast corner, Calcutta still exudes its colonial heritage in a landscape clothed with tea plantations.

West coast Mumbai is an improbable proposition – a hub of manufacturing where you can wander among art deco architecture or through a teeming bazaar. Down in India’s south, cruising Kerala’s backwaters on a converted rice barge is a suitably relaxed way to embrace this region’s laid-back approach to life. Our India specialists use their unsurpassed experience of India in all its rich variety to create superb tailor-made tours.

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Suggested itineraries for India

These itineraries will give you a starting point for what your trip to India could entail. They cover routes that we've found work particularly well and feature some of our favorite places to stay. Treat them as inspiration, as each trip is created uniquely for you.

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Guides to India's regions

To help you decide where to focus your time in India, our region guides describe the areas that you're most likely to visit when traveling. Each guide highlights the types of experiences the region can offer.

Cycle rickshaw, Calcutta
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Calcutta & The East

Calcutta and the East of India retains much of its wonderful colonial architecture and vibrant atmosphere. Visit places like Darjeeling, famous for its tea, or Assam, where it is possible to take a cruise along India’s longest river, the Brahmaputra.

Tiger in Ranthambhore National Park
India

Mumbai, Goa and Central India

With Mumbai and Bollywood on the coast and wildlife-rich national parks inland, the centre of India is one of the country's most enticing regions.

Humayun's Tomb, Delhi
India

Rajasthan & The North

India has been influenced by its many conquerors as much as by its own people, and nowhere exemplifies this more than the desert state of Rajasthan.

View from Thikse Monastery, Ladakh
India

The Himalaya

The Himalaya are perhaps the most beautiful landscape in all of India. A welcome retreat from the bustle of the city and the heat of the plains, they are a place to relax and get to know the country at a gentle pace.

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Our expert guides to traveling in India

Written by our specialists from the viewpoint of their own travels, these guides will help you decide on the shape of your own trip to India. Aiming to inspire and inform, we share our recommendations for how to appreciate India at its best.

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Alleppey Backwaters, Kerala
India

What to do in Kerala: our highlights guide

Kerala's laid-back charm and slow pace of life offer a very gentle introduction to India with tranquil inland waterways and lush tea plantations to be explored. India specialist Alison explains how to make the most out of your time.

Sukapha cruise ship on the Brahmaputra River
India

River cruises in India

Take in the history, wildlife and culture of northeast India on a river cruise. Our India specialist Sarah shares some of her favorite things to see and do while cruising along the Bhramaputra, Ganges and Hugli rivers.

The Maharajas' Express Train
India

Luxury train journeys through India

India specialist and former Mumbai resident Alison shares her experiences of luxury train journeys in India. She has picked out some of the most interesting routes and explains why they’re a fascinating way to explore India.

Steam train up to Shimla
India

India’s toy trains: Shimla, Darjeeling and Ooty

The toy trains of India cross valleys, ravines and rivers to access some of the country’s most scenic landscapes. India specialists share their experiences of riding on mountain railways from the Himalayan hill stations of Darjeeling and Shimla to the tropics of Ooty.

View from Leti, Almora
India

Walking in India: on foot through the Himalaya & the Western Ghats

Exploring India on foot, you pass through remote villages, stop for tea with local people and stumble upon hidden temples. Our India specialists suggest routes through the hills of the Western Ghats, tea plantations of Darjeeling and foothills of the western Himalaya.

Wild Asian Elephant, Nagarhole National Park
India

Wildlife and safari tours in India

India's national parks are home to a wide range of wildlife, much of it unique. We can advise you on the best safari parks to visit, suitable accommodation options, plus the wildlife you will see.

Sadhu in Varanasi
India

What to do in India: our highlights guide

Our India specialists pick some of their best things to see and do, and where to stay from the Himalaya to Kerala. Include spotting tiger, staying in a palace in Rajasthan, taking a boat trip down the Ganges and experience one of the country’s many festivals in your trip to India.

Holi festival
India

Festivals of India

India holds many festivals throughout the year and they can be a highlight on a tailor-made trip. If you want to time your vacation in India with a traditional Indian festival, we can tell you what's taking place where, and when.

Taj Mahal, Agra
India

Luxury vacations in India

If you're planning a luxury vacation to India we have a wide range of luxury hotels, tours and excursions available which will enhance your experience of this colorful country.

Sunset over the Ganges, Varanasi, India
India

India honeymoons: from Mughal palaces to rural backwaters

India specialist Sophie explains why she feels India is an ideal honeymoon destination. Describing her travels through the country, she picks out the best honeymoon experiences to create a special trip, from spending the night in a remote palace to floating candles down the River Ganges.

Backwaters of Kerala
India

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.

Ladakh, India
India

Ladakh for the first-time visitor

This isolated region of northern India has stunning landscapes, friendly people and fascinating monasteries to explore. If you're planning a trip we can recommend accommodations and excursions to help you make the most of your visit.

Taj Mahal, India

Start planning your trip

Provide us with a few starting details about your travel plans, and one of our India specialists will be in touch to give you suggestions and ideas.