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India vacations 2020 & 2021

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A country by name, but a continent in scale, India in one word is diversity. To guide you where to go when faced with such rich variety, our India specialists use the experience of their own travels to create your tailor-made vacation to India.

The north is banded by the snow-crowned peaks of the Himalaya. Moving south, you pass through Rajasthan, a microcosm of India with its forts, palaces and temples, as well as the Taj Mahal. Central India shelters leopards, elephants and the Bengal tiger. In India’s northeast corner, Calcutta still exudes its colonial heritage in a landscape of Bengali mansions and neo-Gothic architecture. West-coast Mumbai is an improbable proposition — a hub of manufacturing where you can wander among Art Deco architecture or through a teeming bazaar. Down in India’s south, cruising Kerala’s backwaters on a converted rice barge is a suitably relaxed way to embrace this region’s laid-back approach to life.

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Suggested tours for India

These tours give you a starting point for what your trip to India could entail. They cover routes we've found work particularly well and feature some of our favorite places to stay. Treat them as inspiration, as each trip is created uniquely for you.

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Our expert guides to traveling in India

Written by our specialists from the viewpoint of their own travels, these guides will help you decide on the shape of your own trip to India. Aiming to inspire and inform, we share our recommendations for how to appreciate India at its best.

  • My travels in India 2018

    My travels in India 2018

    On your tailor-made trip through India’s western foothills, you could make chapattis in Amritsar’s Golden Temple, watch the eccentric Pakistani border crossing ceremony or ride to Shimla on a toy train — as India specialist Nick recently discovered.

  • Taj Mahal, Agra

    Luxury vacations in India

    If you're planning a luxury vacation to India we have a wide range of luxury hotels, tours and excursions available which will enhance your experience of this colorful country.

  • Holi festival

    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.

  • 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 favorite things to see and do while cruising along the Bhramaputra, Ganges and Hugli rivers.

  • The Maharajas' Express Train

    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.

  • Alleppey Backwaters, Kerala

    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.

  • Hawa Mahal, Jaipur

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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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