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India holidays

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. To guide you where to go when faced with such rich variety, our India specialists use the experience of their own travels to create your tailor-made holiday to India.

The north is banded by the snow-crowned peaks of the Himalaya. Moving south, you pass through Rajasthan, a microcosm of India with its forts, palaces and temples, as well as the Taj Mahal. Central India shelters leopards, elephants and the Bengal tiger. In India’s northeast corner, Calcutta still exudes its colonial heritage in a landscape of Bengali mansions and neo-Gothic architecture. 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.

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Suggested itineraries for India

These itineraries give you a starting point for what your trip to India could entail. They cover routes we've found work particularly well and feature some of our favourite 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 travelling. 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
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Mumbai, Goa & 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
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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
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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 travelling 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.

Sadhu in Varanasi
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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.

Alleppey Backwaters, Kerala
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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.

Tiger
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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 holiday. She recommends how to experience the best tiger safari, and where you might glimpse sloth bears and leopards.

Varanasi, India
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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 favourite things to see and do while cruising along the Bhramaputra, Ganges and Hugli rivers.

The Maharajas' Express Train
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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.

View from Leti, Almora
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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.

Steam train up to Shimla
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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.

Stakna Monastery, Tiger Nose
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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.

Holi festival
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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 holiday in India with a traditional Indian festival, we can tell you what's taking place where, and when.

Taj Mahal, Agra
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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.

Sunset over the Ganges, Varanasi, India
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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
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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.

Carol at Fatehpur Sikri, 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.