India

A dazzling kaleidoscope of colour

Over one billion people and 23 major languages — India is one of the world's most diverse places. You could visit every year for a lifetime and still not see all of it. Many come for its colourful history and tongue-tingling food, or to find themselves at the feet of a Yogi. However, the list of adventures in India is never-ending. You can trek in the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas, hunt for tigers deep in the jungle, head out to watch a desert sunset on camelback or get lost in aeons-old temples — many of which are still used for worship today.

The contrasts in this kaleidoscopic world can be extreme, particularly in the cities where you'll see sleek skyscrapers on one street and people sleeping on pavements on the next. It's the kind of destination that you have to respond to: the intensity of the experiences will challenge and enthral you. Some find it a little overwhelming, but many more get utterly hooked and come back time and again.

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Sharell Cook Mariellen Ward Lakshmi Sharath Mark Stratton Somdyuti Datta Ray Rachel Bracken-Singh

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Home to one billion people and 23 major languages, India is one of the world's most diverse places. You could visit every year for a lifetime and still not see all of it. Many come for its colourful history and tongue-tingling food, or to explore the centuries-old spirituality of a country that places faith at the heart of its society.

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India routes

Suggested tours & itineraries from our experts

Classic Golden Triangle

Explore the culture and history of northern India
Approx. 8 days
Delhi (3 days) → Agra (2) → Jaipur (3)
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India's Golden Triangle & Tigers

Taj Mahal and Rajasthan tiger safari
Approx. 13 days
Delhi (3 days) → Agra (3) → Ranthambore National Park (2) → Jaipur (3) → Mumbai (2)
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Classic Northern India

The Golden Triangle and Rajasthan by train, plane and automobile
Approx. 21 days
Delhi (3 days) → Agra (3) → Jaipur (3) → Jaisalmer (3) → Udaipur (3) → Mumbai (3)
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Golden Triangle and Goa

A journey through India's cultural triangle and Goan beaches
Approx. 13 days
Delhi (3 days) → Agra (2) → Jaipur (3) → Goa (4)
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Golden Triangle and Rajasthan Extended

A journey into the heart of Rajasthan
Approx. 15 days
Delhi (3 days) → Agra (3) → Ranthambore National Park (2) → Jaipur (3) → Jodhpur (2) → Udaipur (2)
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Beach, Islands and Tigers

Desert island beaches and Royal Bengal tigers
Approx. 11 days
Chennai (1 days) → Andaman and Nicobar Islands (3) → Chennai (1) → Ranthambore National Park (3) → Jaipur (2) → Delhi (1)
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Keralan waterways and beaches

Exploring Kerala’s backwaters and coastline
Approx. 7 days
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Complete Kerala

Kerala from north to south
Approx. 14 days
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Tea plantations, backwaters and Keralan culture

A journey from mountaintop to sea shore
Approx. 10 days
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Keralan Tea and Beaches

Approx. 7 days
Kochi (3 days) → Periyar National Park (2) → Kumarakom (3)
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Golden Triangle and Best of Kerala

Approx. 14 days
Delhi (2 days) → Agra (2) → Jaipur (2) → Kochi (3) → Periyar National Park (2) → Kumarakom (3)
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