India

A dazzling kaleidoscope of colour

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

Authentic India

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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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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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8 days

Classic Golden Triangle

Explore the culture and history of northern India
Delhi (3 days) Agra (2) Jaipur (3) Delhi
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13 days

India's Golden Triangle & Tigers

Taj Mahal and Rajasthan tiger safari
Delhi (3 days) Agra (3) Ranthambore National Park (2) Jaipur (3) Mumbai (2)
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21 days

Classic Northern India

The Golden Triangle and Rajasthan by train, plane and automobile
Delhi (3 days) Agra (3) Jaipur (3) Jaisalmer (3) Udaipur (3) Mumbai (3)
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13 days

Golden Triangle and Goa

A journey through India's cultural triangle and Goan beaches
Delhi (3 days) Agra (2) Jaipur (3) Goa (4)
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15 days

Golden Triangle and Rajasthan Extended

A journey into the heart of Rajasthan
Delhi (3 days) Agra (3) Ranthambore National Park (2) Jaipur (3) Jodhpur (2) Udaipur (2)
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11 days

Beach, Islands and Tigers

Desert island beaches and Royal Bengal tigers
Chennai (1 days) Andaman and Nicobar Islands (3) Chennai (1) Ranthambore National Park (3) Jaipur (2) Delhi (1)
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7 days

Keralan Tea and Beaches

Backwaters, plantations and hidden beaches
Kochi (3 days) Periyar National Park (2) Kumarakom (3)
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14 days

Golden Triangle and Best of Kerala

India's classic route combined with Keralan adventure
Delhi (2 days) Agra (2) Jaipur (2) Kochi (3) Periyar National Park (2) Kumarakom (3)
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  • Delhi

    Delhi

    Start your Indian adventure in capital city Delhi...
  • Agra

    Agra

    Your arrival into Agra will give you your first glimpse of the world-famous Taj Mahal...
  • Andaman and Nicobar Islands

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  • Rajasthan

    Rajasthan

    The Land of Kings
    Rajasthan is a riot of colours...
  • Kerala

    Kerala

    Exploring God’s own country
    Kerala is one of India’s most beautiful states...
  • Mumbai

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  • Goa

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  • Chennai

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  • Maheshwar

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