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India trip ideas

India trip ideas

All of the itinerary ideas below can be tailored just for you

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.

City & Beach: the contrasts of Mumbai & Goa

  • See a different side of Mumbai at dawn as the city wakes.

  • Visit the bustling, entrepreneurial Dharavi slum with a local.

  • Relax on the palm-fringed beaches of Goa.

  • Sample freshly-caught seafood in Goa's old town.

10 Days from £2,395pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK 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.

11 Days from £2,550pp

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

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Foothills Uncovered: Amritsar, Dharamshala & Shimla

  • Visit the Golden Temple for the nightly religious ceremony.

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

  • Visit the Dalai Lama's residence.

  • Ride on the 'Toy Train' to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Shimla.

  • Get a taste of British Raj in Shimla.

12 Days from £2,590pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK 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 the former colonial enclave of Pondicherry.

  • 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.

14 Days from £2,605pp

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

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Western Himalaya Explored

  • Enjoy a ride on a 'Toy Train' to the colonial hill station of Shimla.

  • 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 £2,745pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK 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 for a few days on the beach.

11 Days from £2,790pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK 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 and swim in the Maldives.

12 Days from £2,875pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK 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.

  • Take a guided tour of Gwalior's little-visited Fort.

  • Explore Khajuraho's quirky temples.

  • See the evening pooja (prayers) in Varanasi.

12 Days from £2,885pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK 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 4,000m.

13 Days from £3,080pp

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

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Tea & Buddhism in West Bengal & Sikkim

  • Explore the capital of the British Raj.

  • Ride the Darjeeling Toy Train.

  • Enjoy the views from Rumtek Buddhist Monastery.

  • The scenic town of Pelling.

  • A relaxing stay in an operational tea estate.

13 Days from £3,155pp

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

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Kerala & the Maldives

  • Fort Cochin's colonial atmosphere and architecture.

  • Tea tasting in the high hills of Munnar.

  • Boat safari in Periyar National Park.

  • Stay overnight on a traditional rice barge.

  • Snorkel, scuba and swim in the Maldives.

13 Days from £3,220pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK 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.

13 Days from £3,355pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK 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.

12 Days from £3,375pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK 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.

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

  • Take a boat ride of Udaipur's Lake Pichola.

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

14 Days from £3,500pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK 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.

12 Days from £3,620pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK 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.

  • Take a walking safari to study smaller animals and plant life.

13 Days from £3,675pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK 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 in Periyar National Park.

  • Spend the night on a houseboat in the peaceful Keralan Backwaters.

20 Days from £3,935pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK 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.

  • Spot sloth bears with an experienced naturalist.

12 Days from £4,055pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK 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.

12 Days from £4,410pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK 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.

  • Safari in Kaziranga National Park.

14 Days from £4,760pp

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

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Journey through the Himalayas: Lhasa to Kathmandu along the Friendship Highway

  • Explore Lhasa's Potala Palace.

  • Visit the working Sakya Monastery.

  • Journey from the Tibetan plateau into Kathmandu.

  • Take in views of Mount Everest's north face.

17 Days from £5,135pp

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

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Luxury Rail: travel through Rajasthan on the Palace on Wheels

  • Experience Jaipur's palaces.

  • Visit the beautiful and iconic Taj Mahal in Agra.

  • Climb atop the ramparts of Jodhpur's Mehrangarh Fort.

  • Gaze over the shimmering Lake Palace at Udaipur.

  • Enjoy Delhi's markets at night on a street food tour.

11 Days from £5,945pp

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

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Luxury Rail: a taste of the Maharajas' Express and western Rajasthan

  • Visit the beautiful Taj Mahal in Agra.

  • Explore the Pink City of Jaipur and nearby Amber Fort.

  • Climb atop the ramparts of Jodhpur's Mehrangarh Fort.

  • Experience life in rural India with a local family.

  • Relax in peaceful Udaipur.

11 Days from £6,230pp

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

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Luxury Rail: discover central India on the Deccan Odyssey

  • Explore the holy shrines and historical sites of Aihole and Pattadakal.

  • Discover the unique landscapes and ancient monuments of Hampi.

  • Visit the UNESCO protected sites of the Ellora and Ajanta Caves.

  • Get under the skin of sprawling Mumbai.

  • Relax on Kerala’s Backwaters and beaches.

17 Days from £6,995pp

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

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Walking in India: on foot through the Himalaya & the Western Ghats

Walking in India: on foot through the Himalaya & the Western Ghats

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