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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 itinerary 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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Ideas for your trip to 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.

India's Golden Triangle & Tigers


  • Walk the narrow lanes of Old Delhi

  • Sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal

  • Search for tigers in Ranthambhore National Park

  • Take guided tour of the 'Pink City' of Jaipur

Classic Kerala: culture, tea, wildlife & backwaters


  • Marvel at cantilevered Chinese fishing nets

  • Take a cruise on a traditional rice-barge

  • Walk through tea plantations

  • Explore a spice plantation

  • Relax on a palm-fringed beach

Highlights of Ladakh tour

  • Morning prayers at Thikse Monastery

  • Cross the world's highest pass

  • See unique Indian Buddhist art

  • Experience Tibetan culture

  • Enjoy spectacular views throughout

11 Days from £1,975pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Highlights of Ladakh tour


  • Morning prayers at Thikse Monastery

  • Cross the world's highest pass

  • See unique Indian Buddhist art

  • Experience Tibetan culture

  • Enjoy spectacular views throughout

South India: from Western Ghats to Coast

  • See one of India's most astonishing palaces at Mysore

  • Take the Blue Mountain Railway through the Nilgiri hills from Ooty

  • Enjoy tranquil Cochin and its colonial heritage

  • Explore life in the Backwaters

  • Relax a few days on the beach

11 Days from £2,410pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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South India: from Western Ghats to Coast


  • See one of India's most astonishing palaces at Mysore

  • Take the Blue Mountain Railway through the Nilgiri hills from Ooty

  • Enjoy tranquil Cochin and its colonial heritage

  • Explore life in the Backwaters

  • Relax a few days on the beach

Ladakh Explored: Leh, Alchi & Nubra Valley

  • Explore the monasteries around Leh, and admire their stunning locations

  • Drive to the top of Khardung La, one of the world's highest driveable passes

  • Ride a camel through the high altitude dunes of the Nubra Valley

  • See the life of the monks who live at 4000m

13 Days from £2,470pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Ladakh Explored: Leh, Alchi & Nubra Valley


  • Explore the monasteries around Leh, and admire their stunning locations

  • Drive to the top of Khardung La, one of the world's highest driveable passes

  • Ride a camel through the high altitude dunes of the Nubra Valley

  • See the life of the monks who live at 4000m

Tea & Buddhism in West Bengal & Sikkim

  • The capital of the British Raj

  • The Darjeeling toy train

  • Rumtek Buddhist Monastery

  • The scenic town of Pelling

  • A relaxing stay at an operational tea estate

13 Days from £2,480pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Tea & Buddhism in West Bengal & Sikkim


  • The capital of the British Raj

  • The Darjeeling toy train

  • Rumtek Buddhist Monastery

  • The scenic town of Pelling

  • A relaxing stay at an operational tea estate

North India Uncovered

  • Experience the contrast between Old and New Delhi

  • Enjoy the breath taking views of the Taj Mahal

  • The Fort in Gwalior is grand and little visited

  • Khajuraho has stunning temples

  • Varanasi is India's culture at its most intense

12 Days from £2,490pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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North India Uncovered


  • Experience the contrast between Old and New Delhi

  • Enjoy the breath taking views of the Taj Mahal

  • The Fort in Gwalior is grand and little visited

  • Khajuraho has stunning temples

  • Varanasi is India's culture at its most intense

South India's temples and backwaters

  • Soak up the view of the Shore Temple at sunset.

  • Enjoy France in India in this former colonial enclave.

  • Stay in a village of 19th century merchants' homes.

  • Witness the ceremonies in Sri Meenakshi temple with hundreds of pilgrims and the smell of incense.

13 Days from £2,520pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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South India's temples and backwaters


  • Soak up the view of the Shore Temple at sunset.

  • Enjoy France in India in this former colonial enclave.

  • Stay in a village of 19th century merchants' homes.

  • Witness the ceremonies in Sri Meenakshi temple with hundreds of pilgrims and the smell of incense.

Foothills Uncovered: Amrisar, Dharamshala & Shimla

  • Visit the Golden Temple at night during a nightly religious ceremony.

  • Experience the Closing the Border ceremony between India and Pakistan.

  • Visit the Dalai Lama's residence.

  • Ride on the 'toy train' a UNESCO World Heritage site.

  • Get a taste of British Raj in Shimla.

12 Days from £2,570pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Foothills Uncovered: Amrisar, Dharamshala & Shimla


  • Visit the Golden Temple at night during a nightly religious ceremony.

  • Experience the Closing the Border ceremony between India and Pakistan.

  • Visit the Dalai Lama's residence.

  • Ride on the 'toy train' a UNESCO World Heritage site.

  • Get a taste of British Raj in Shimla.

Kerala & the Maldives

  • Fort Cochin's colonial atmosphere & architecture

  • Tea tasting in the high hills of Munnar

  • Boat safari in Periyar National Park

  • Stay overnight on a traditional rice barge

  • Snorkel, scuba & swim in the Maldives

13 Days from £2,585pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Kerala & the Maldives


  • Fort Cochin's colonial atmosphere & architecture

  • Tea tasting in the high hills of Munnar

  • Boat safari in Periyar National Park

  • Stay overnight on a traditional rice barge

  • Snorkel, scuba & swim in the Maldives

Western Himalaya Explored

  • Discover the colonial past of Shimla

  • Enjoy a ride in a toy-train

  • Visit the Golden Temple in Amritsar

  • Enjoy the spectacular 'Closing the Border Ceremony' at Waga border

  • Explore Tibetan culture at Dharamsala

  • Witness an evening Aarti ceremony in Rishikesh

13 Days from £2,650pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Western Himalaya Explored


  • Discover the colonial past of Shimla

  • Enjoy a ride in a toy-train

  • Visit the Golden Temple in Amritsar

  • Enjoy the spectacular 'Closing the Border Ceremony' at Waga border

  • Explore Tibetan culture at Dharamsala

  • Witness an evening Aarti ceremony in Rishikesh

Classic Rajasthan

  • Visit the Taj Mahal at Agra

  • Experience Jaipur's palaces

  • Climb atop the ramparts of Jodhpur's Meherangarh Fort

  • Relax in rural Rajasthan

  • Gaze over the shimmering Lake Palace at Udaipur

15 Days from £2,680pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Classic Rajasthan


  • Visit the Taj Mahal at Agra

  • Experience Jaipur's palaces

  • Climb atop the ramparts of Jodhpur's Meherangarh Fort

  • Relax in rural Rajasthan

  • Gaze over the shimmering Lake Palace at Udaipur

India's Golden Triangle & the Maldives

  • Walk through Old Delhi's bustling bazaars

  • Sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal

  • Explore the 'Pink City' of Jaipur

  • Snorkel, scuba & swim in the Maldives

11 Days from £3,300pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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India's Golden Triangle & the Maldives


  • Walk through Old Delhi's bustling bazaars

  • Sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal

  • Explore the 'Pink City' of Jaipur

  • Snorkel, scuba & swim in the Maldives

Tigers & sloth bears: unusual wildlife experiences in central India

  • Experience the only park in India where you can do a walking safari

  • Kayak through the Tawa Reservoir in search of rare bird colonies

  • Avoid the crowds at Tadoba Tiger Reserve

11 Days from £3,375pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Tigers & sloth bears: unusual wildlife experiences in central India


  • Experience the only park in India where you can do a walking safari

  • Kayak through the Tawa Reservoir in search of rare bird colonies

  • Avoid the crowds at Tadoba Tiger Reserve

Birdwatching in India

  • Visit the Taj Mahal at Agra

  • Experience a river boat safari along the calm and placid Chambal waters

  • Cycle rickshaw ride through the Keoladeo bird sanctuary

  • Kayak through the Tawa Reservoir in search of rare bird colonies

13 Days from £3,485pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Birdwatching in India


  • Visit the Taj Mahal at Agra

  • Experience a river boat safari along the calm and placid Chambal waters

  • Cycle rickshaw ride through the Keoladeo bird sanctuary

  • Kayak through the Tawa Reservoir in search of rare bird colonies

Lions, Asses & Blackbuck: Wildlife in Gujarat

  • Visit the beaches of Portuguese influenced Diu Island

  • Go on safari in the Gir Forest, tracking the rare Asiatic lion, only found here

  • Spot blackbuck and wolves in the Velavadar National Park

  • Go to the Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary to see flamingos and pelicans

  • Take a safari to see Asiatic wild asses in Dasada

12 Days from £3,490pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Lions, Asses & Blackbuck: Wildlife in Gujarat


  • Visit the beaches of Portuguese influenced Diu Island

  • Go on safari in the Gir Forest, tracking the rare Asiatic lion, only found here

  • Spot blackbuck and wolves in the Velavadar National Park

  • Go to the Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary to see flamingos and pelicans

  • Take a safari to see Asiatic wild asses in Dasada

Rural & cultural Rajasthan

  • Marvel at the Moghul splendour of the Taj Mahal, Udaipur and bustling Jaipur

  • Explore rural India; idyllic scenes in the timeless villages of the Aravalli hills

  • Learn about day-to-day village life during visits to schools as well as water and farm projects

14 Days from £3,500pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Rural & cultural Rajasthan


  • Marvel at the Moghul splendour of the Taj Mahal, Udaipur and bustling Jaipur

  • Explore rural India; idyllic scenes in the timeless villages of the Aravalli hills

  • Learn about day-to-day village life during visits to schools as well as water and farm projects

On the Tiger's Trail in India's central parks

  • Experience Old and New Delhi

  • Visit the iconic Taj Mahal

  • Search for elusive tigers on safari

  • Visit Bandhavgarh fort

12 Days from £3,545pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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On the Tiger's Trail in India's central parks


  • Experience Old and New Delhi

  • Visit the iconic Taj Mahal

  • Search for elusive tigers on safari

  • Visit Bandhavgarh fort

North & South India: Rajasthan & Kerala

  • Sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal

  • Guided tour of the 'pink city' of Jaipur

  • Take a guided jungle walk looking for elephants in Periyar National Park

  • Spend the night on a house boat in the peaceful Keralan backwaters

20 Days from £3,570pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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North & South India: Rajasthan & Kerala


  • Sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal

  • Guided tour of the 'pink city' of Jaipur

  • Take a guided jungle walk looking for elephants in Periyar National Park

  • Spend the night on a house boat in the peaceful Keralan backwaters

India's Wildlife Treasures

  • Undertake jeep safaris in search of tigers and other wildlife

  • As well as the key mammals, learn about the incredibly varied birds, insects, flora and fauna

  • Visit the central fort in Bandhavgarh National Park

13 Days from £4,055pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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India's Wildlife Treasures


  • Undertake jeep safaris in search of tigers and other wildlife

  • As well as the key mammals, learn about the incredibly varied birds, insects, flora and fauna

  • Visit the central fort in Bandhavgarh National Park

Cruising in West Bengal

  • Explore Calcutta on an unusual walking tour

  • Watch the world go by from the comfort of a river cruiser

  • Discover the colonial French and Dutch settlements dotted along the riverbank

  • Travel by boat, cycle rickshaw and train, avoiding the chaos of Indian roads

12 Days from £4,115pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Cruising in West Bengal


  • Explore Calcutta on an unusual walking tour

  • Watch the world go by from the comfort of a river cruiser

  • Discover the colonial French and Dutch settlements dotted along the riverbank

  • Travel by boat, cycle rickshaw and train, avoiding the chaos of Indian roads

Cruising in Assam

  • Explore the old colonial capital of Calcutta

  • Experience a relaxing cruise on the Brahmaputra

  • Discover the fast disappearing Majuli river island

  • Stay in a traditional Assamese tea bungalow

14 Days from £4,760pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Cruising in Assam


  • Explore the old colonial capital of Calcutta

  • Experience a relaxing cruise on the Brahmaputra

  • Discover the fast disappearing Majuli river island

  • Stay in a traditional Assamese tea bungalow

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Our Hidden Beaches Itineraries

Part of our Hidden Beaches collection, these trip ideas are our answer if you’re looking for relaxation but still have the urge to explore. Each itinerary combines time at one of our hand-picked beach properties with a few days spent exploring. That could be taking in a city, a safari, discovering the local culture or just hopping to the next beach. These itineraries are just suggestions, and a dedicated Hidden Beaches specialist would tailor-make your holiday.

Beach + Culture

Barefoot Resort Havelock Island and Mahabalipuram and Pondicherry

Combine the historic monuments and temples of Mahabalipuram, a World Heritage Site, the French colonial heritage of Pondicherry and the beautiful, remote beaches of the Andaman Islands.

15 Days from £2,044pp

3 nights Mahabalipuram, including breakfast and excursions; 7 nights Barefoot at Havelock, including breakfast. Includes flights and transfers plus 2 nights in Port Blair and 1 night in Chennai.

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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.

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