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India tours

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 tour 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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Our recommended tours in 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.

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Local family in rural Rajasthan

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.

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Indian street food vendor

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.

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Varanasi, India

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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Sunset over the Ganges, Varanasi, India

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.

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Keralan backwaters

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.

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Thiksey Monastery in Leh, Ladakh

Summer in India: Ladakh

Considering India between June and September? India specialist James explains that, while much of the country is too hot or wet to visit, it’s the ideal time of year to explore mountainous Ladakh, a region of high-altitude deserts, Buddhist monasteries and sheer-sided mountains.

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Amritsar's Golden Temple

India’s western foothills

With sacred Hindu and Sikh temples, remnants of British colonialism and a thriving Tibetan community, India’s western Himalaya hold a raft of experiences. India specialist Andy gives his take on visiting the region, from the hill town of Shimla to the holy city of Haridwar.

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The Gateway of India, Mumbai

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.

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Cycle rickshaw, Calcutta

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.

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Sadhu in Varanasi

What to do in India: our highlights guide

Our India specialists pick some of their best things to see and do, and where to stay from the Himalaya to Kerala. Include spotting tiger, staying in a palace in Rajasthan, taking a boat trip down the Ganges and experience one of the country’s many festivals in your trip to India.

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