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.
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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.
Visit the Taj Mahal at Agra.
Experience Jaipur's palaces.
Climb atop the ramparts of Jodhpur's Mehrangarh Fort.
Relax in rural Rajasthan.
Gaze over the shimmering Lake Palace at Udaipur.
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.
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.
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 the Wagah border.
Explore Tibetan culture at Dharamshala.
Witness an evening aarti ceremony in Rishikesh.
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.
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 4,000 m.
See one of India's most astonishing palaces at Mysore.
Spot elephants and tigers in the wild at Nagarhole National Park.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Some of our favourite travel guides
- An expert guide to experiencing festivals in India
- India’s toy trains: Shimla, Darjeeling and Ooty
- India honeymoons: from Mughal palaces to rural backwaters
- Mumbai and Goa: An Indian trip of contrasts
- The best of Rajasthan: why stay in an Indian fort
- Touring India’s Golden Triangle
- Food highlights of India: 6 of the best culinary experiences
- Homestays in Kerala
- Calcutta & The East
- Walking in India: on foot through the Himalaya & the Western Ghats
An expert guide to experiencing festivals in India
If you want to time your trip to India with a traditional festival, we tell you what’s taking place where, and when. Our specialists lend their thoughts on how best to enjoy Diwali and Holi, and suggest some lesser-known festivals to experience.View this travel guide
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.View this travel guide
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.View this travel guide
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.View this travel guide
The best of Rajasthan: why stay in an Indian fort
Rajasthan is often defined by its range of towering stone fortresses. Here, India specialist Lydia leads you on a tour of the smaller forts that you can spend a night in, and picks out four of the best.View this travel guide
Touring India’s Golden Triangle
The Taj Mahal is just one of many impressive sights on a tour of India’s Golden Triangle. For first-time visitors, the region offers a tempting taste of the vast range of cultures, historical sites, architecture, religion, food and landscapes that India boasts.View this travel guide
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.View this travel guide
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.View this travel guide
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.View this travel guide
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.View this travel guide