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Bengal tiger in Rajasthan

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Bengal tiger in Rajasthan

India's sheer scale and diversity means that there are vast differences between regions and, at times, long distances between sights. Getting your travel plans right will make a world of difference and you'd be well advised to choose one or two regions to visit and then tailor your trip from there.

The tour ideas below are designed to give you a flavor of what is possible and what works particularly well. These suggestions are inspired by routes that our specialists have loved, and that champion the lesser-known areas whilst still including the obvious highlights.

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Our recommended tours in India

These itineraries are designed to give you some suggestions for what is possible when you travel in India, and they showcase some of the routes that we’ve found work particularly well. Treat them simply as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely for you by one of our specialists based on your particular tastes and interests.

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Lake Palace Hotel, Udaipur

Palaces and regal stays in India

Private butlers, priceless chandeliers, and gilded furniture: life as an Indian royal was the epitome of opulence. With many royal residences now palatial hotels, you can taste life as a maharaja or maharani. We’ve chosen the best regal experiences from Rajasthan to Varanasi.

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Gwalior Fort

The best of Rajasthan: why stay in an Indian fort

Rajasthan is often defined by its range of towering stone fortresses. Here, India specialist Lydia leads you on a tour of the smaller forts that you can spend a night in, and picks out four of the best.

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Local family in rural Rajasthan

Rajasthan & the north: beyond the Golden Triangle

While the Golden Triangle hosts some of India’s best-known sights, India specialist Katherine says you shouldn’t limit yourself to this popular route. Instead, visit north India’s remote desert camps and border-post cities, and tour mural-painted towns or a collection of (truly) unique temple carvings.

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View from Leti, Almora

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.

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Thiksey Monastery in Leh, Ladakh

Summer in India: Ladakh

Considering India between June and September? India specialist James explains that, while much of the country is too hot or wet to visit, it’s the ideal time of year to explore mountainous Ladakh, a region of high-altitude deserts, Buddhist monasteries and sheer-sided mountains.

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Alleppey Backwaters, Kerala

What to do in Kerala: our highlights guide

Kerala’s slow pace of life is a gentle introduction to India, with tranquil backwaters, manicured tea plantations and fishing villages to explore. India specialist Tara lends her advice for how to make the most of your time there.

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Hawa Mahal, Jaipur

Touring India’s Golden Triangle

The Taj Mahal is just one of many impressive sights on a tour of India’s Golden Triangle. For first-time visitors, the region offers a tempting taste of the vast range of cultures, historical sites, architecture, religion, food and landscapes that India boasts.

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Cooking demo, Dewalokam

Choosing the right Indian experience for you

Would you rather relax in the cool mountain breeze with views of the Himalaya, or cruise the languid backwaters of Kerala? Admire the Taj Mahal, or seek out a little-visited temple on the banks of the Yamuna River? Our India specialists share their knowledge to help you decide.

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Bengal Tiger

India’s wildlife: our safari guide to the central parks

India specialist Samantha explains why central India’s national parks are ideal for a wildlife vacation. She recommends how to experience the best tiger safari, and where you might glimpse sloth bears and leopards.

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Keralan Backwaters

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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