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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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- Palaces and regal stays in India
- River cruises in India
- Rajasthan & the north: beyond the Golden Triangle
- Food highlights of India: 6 of the best culinary experiences
- Calcutta & The East
- Walking in India: on foot through the Himalaya & the Western Ghats
- Luxury vacations in India
- India’s wildlife: our safari guide to the central parks
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
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.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
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 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
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
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
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.View this travel guide
India’s wildlife: our safari guide to the central parks
India specialist Samantha explains why central India’s national parks are ideal for a wildlife vacation. She recommends how to experience the best tiger safari, and where you might glimpse sloth bears and leopards.View this travel guide