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
- Choosing the right Indian experience for you
- What to do in Kerala: our highlights guide
- An expert guide to experiencing festivals in India
- Luxury train journeys through India
- Palaces and regal stays in India
- Touring India’s Golden Triangle
- Homestays in Kerala
- River cruises in India
- Rajasthan & the north: beyond the Golden Triangle
- Activity holidays in India
Choosing the right Indian experience for you
Would you rather relax in the cool mountain breeze with views of the Himalaya, or cruise the languid backwaters of Kerala? Admire the Taj Mahal, or seek out a little-visited temple on the banks of the Yamuna River? Our India specialists share their knowledge to help you decide.View this travel guide
What to do in Kerala: our highlights guide
Kerala’s slow pace of life is a gentle introduction to India, with tranquil backwaters, manicured tea plantations and fishing villages to explore. India specialist Tara lends her advice for how to make the most of your time there.View this travel guide
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
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 this travel guide
Palaces and regal stays in India
Private butlers, priceless chandeliers, and gilded furniture: life as an Indian royal was the epitome of opulence. With many royal residences now palatial hotels, you can taste life as a maharaja or maharani. We’ve chosen the best regal experiences from Rajasthan to Varanasi.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
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
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 Brahmaputra, Ganges and Hugli rivers.View this travel guide
Rajasthan & the north: beyond the Golden Triangle
While the Golden Triangle hosts some of India’s best-known sights, India specialist Katherine says you shouldn’t limit yourself to this popular route. Instead, visit north India’s remote desert camps and border-post cities, and tour mural-painted towns or a collection of (truly) unique temple carvings.View this travel guide
Activity holidays in India
India is ripe for outdoor experiences. Discover walking routes in the backdrop of tea plantations, track tiger on a game drive in one of many national parks or take to the water to explore via the waterways.View this travel guide