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India tours

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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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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Amritsar's Golden Temple

India’s western foothills

With sacred Hindu and Sikh temples, remnants of British colonialism and a thriving Tibetan community, India’s western Himalaya hold a raft of experiences. India specialist Andy gives his take on visiting the region, from the hill town of Shimla to the holy city of Haridwar.

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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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Sunset over the Ganges, Varanasi, 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.

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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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Cycle rickshaw, Calcutta

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.

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Varanasi, 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.

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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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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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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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