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Bengal tiger in Rajasthan

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 flavour 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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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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Indian street food vendor

Food highlights of India: 6 of the best culinary experiences

India specialist John talks about his love of Indian cuisine and picks six food experiences for you to try. Take a street-food tour in Delhi, dine on a Keralan houseboat or learn to make Indian breads with an expert.

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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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Steam train up to Shimla

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.

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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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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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Sadhu in Varanasi

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.

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Tiger drinking

Activity holidays in India

India is ripe for outdoor experiences. Discover walking routes in the backdrop of tea plantations, track tiger on a game drive in one of many national parks or take to the water to explore via the waterways.

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Taj Mahal, Agra

Luxury holidays in India

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

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The Gateway of India, Mumbai

Mumbai and Goa: An Indian trip of contrasts

Goa’s relaxing beaches are a welcome contrast after spending time exploring chaotic Mumbai, according to our India specialists Nick and Louisa. They share their experiences including waking before dawn in Mumbai and delving into south Goa’s secluded beaches.

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