A favoured destination for travellers the world over, India possesses a unique spiritual pull. Rich in natural assets and with a world-famous collection of architecturally important monuments, it’s easy to see why it’s a hit with visitors. This is a place where the atmosphere changes from ancient to inescapably modern, where people are unfailingly hospitable and eager to share. From cool mountain settlements to the inner-city throng, India deserves a closer look. You won’t cover this vast, colourful country in one visit. That’s why we have local destination experts on hand to help you handpick your stops and create a visit with a truly personal touch.
everything about our tour was excellent, from replies to execution, drivers and hotels; all carefully selected for us and our taste. We could not have asked for more.
A special remark for our driver! Mr Ravi – a wonderful optimistic man, always joyful and an excellent driver. You have a great team and keep it up. If we travel again, we will go with you.
the trip has been excellent and we will highly recommend you to all our friends. Kudos!
Thank you so much for making my trip to India so very wonderful. The trip seemed to go so smoothly, and I know it was because of the fantastic work you did arranging everything before and during our stay. I never imagined that my trip to India would be one of the best I’ve ever … Read more "Wonderful trip"
Invigorating and fascinating tour of India
Standout hotels were Imperial, Delhi, Oberoi at Agra and Raas Jodhpur. Marriott Jaisalmer gets a special mention too for service, comfort and for not being too corporate, which is what we feared. And service and facilities at Niramaya were exceptional too. Best guides were Gajju at Jaisalmer, Umesh in Delhi (who we put through his … Read more "Invigorating and fascinating tour of India"
- Enjoy a scenic ride on the “Toy Train”, through the Darjeeling tea estates to the base of the Himalayas
- Explore the Victoria Monument in Kolkata and discover the vibrant culture of India’s second biggest city
- Spot tigers in the wild in the Ranthambore National Park, a former hunting ground of the Maharajas of Jaipur
- Tour the bustling streets of Old Delhi in a rickshaw
- Colour, music, choreography – soak it all in at a larger-than-life Mumbai Bollywood show
- Enjoy the dazzling white domes of the Taj Mahal on a 9-kilometre nature walk
- Try a typical vegetarian Sadhya lunch in Kerala, served on a banana leaf
- Take in Delhi’s impressive modern Akshardham Temple, all pink sandstone and white marble
- Witness an enchanting evening prayer ceremony in Varanasi
Get street smart with local children
A unique opportunity to uncover the back streets of Delhi guided by local children who live here. Tours are organised through the Salaam Balaak Trust, an NGO that works with street children, runaways and orphans, providing them with shelter and educational support.
Hit the dancefloor, Bollywood style
Dying for a slice of Bollywood action? Here’s your chance. Take part in a dance workshop led by a professional choreographer and take a recording of your efforts home as a keepsake.
See the ‘Pink City’ by hot air balloon
View the forts, palaces and many colours of the city of Jaipur on an early morning hot air balloon ride. There’s no better way to start the day.
Go zip lining at Mehrangarh Fort
If you’re visiting this striking fort complex set above Jodhpur city, you might like to take in the views in a less conventional way – whizzing past at great speed on a zipwire. Each to their own…
Breakfast with a Taj Mahal view
Sit at a quiet table atop the peaceful green hill of Taj Khema. You’ll get picture-perfect views of the Taj Mahal while you enjoy a laidback breakfast.
Go on safari – on an elephant
Discover the landscape surrounding the city of Jaipur on an elephant-back ride in the Rajasthan countryside. Take in the hill and river views as you trundle peacefully along the trails on one of these majestic animals.
Tour a textile factory
Jaipur is known for its good-quality textiles in flamboyant colours and patterns. Visit one of the city’s busy textile factories to see the manufacturing process in full swing and browse the vast array of designs produced here.
Be a top turban tyer
Take a lesson in local culture with a competitive twist. Learn the art of tying a turban perfectly, then demonstrate your new skill by taking part in a fast and fun competition.
Watch a polo game with a difference
Anyone for camel polo? See players perched high up on their elegant humped team mates for a genteel polo match. There’s live music and a mouth-watering buffet banquet for spectators.
Visit a slum recycling plant
An eye-opening visit to the Mumbai slum of Dharavi, where residents process tons of the sprawling city’s waste. Join the locals in their daily activities here, such as recycling, pottery, soap making and embroidery.
Compete in a snake boat race
Sing and chant your way through this thrilling activity. Take to the water in a long ‘snake boat’ and help row your team to victory.
Try MasterChef, Indian style
Enter a cooking competition where your team will be judged on a main dish and a dessert. Recipes and ingredients are provided, but it’s up to you to add your own flair. A chef is on hand to choose a winner (and at least there’s something to eat afterwards if you need a consolation prize).