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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Tailor-made Itineraries to India

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

11 Days from £1,495pp

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

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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

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

10 Days from £1,700pp

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

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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

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 £1,865pp

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

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 £1,950pp

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.

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 £1,975pp

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

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 £2,035pp

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.

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 £2,250pp

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

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 £2,315pp

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

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 £2,315pp

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

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 £2,420pp

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

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 £2,490pp

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

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 £2,515pp

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

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 £2,545pp

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

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 £3,135pp

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

Rural & cultural Rajasthan

  • Give something back by staying at the beautiful Araveli Cottages and Tented Camp

  • Visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise and see it in a different light from Kachpura at sunset

  • Explore the contrasts of bustling Jaipur and sleepy Samode

14 Days from £3,145pp

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

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Rural & cultural Rajasthan


  • Give something back by staying at the beautiful Araveli Cottages and Tented Camp

  • Visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise and see it in a different light from Kachpura at sunset

  • Explore the contrasts of bustling Jaipur and sleepy Samode

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 £3,215pp

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 £3,255pp

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

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 £3,275pp

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 £3,565pp

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

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 £3,625pp

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

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 £3,830pp

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 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 £4,225pp

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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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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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.

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