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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.

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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Authentic India

Fresh perspectives on familiar places

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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Where to go in India

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Delhi

Delhi

Start your Indian adventure in capital city Delhi. Your guide will introduce you to the sights of this grand city, starting with the World Heritage site of Humayun’s Tomb, Gandhi’s eternal flame and the imposing India Gate, a memorial to 82,000 soldiers who died during World War One.

Make sure to explore the narrow streets of Old Delhi, founded in 1639 by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, who moved the Mughal capital here from Agra. Try street food, marvel at the architecture and absorb your surroundings – it’s crowded and chaotic, but this is the real India.

Agra

Agra

Your arrival into Agra will give you your first glimpse of the world-famous Taj Mahal. Spend a couple of days exploring this monument to love (Emperor Shah Jahan built it to house the tomb of his wife Mumtaz Mahal), as well as Agra Fort and Chandni Bazaar. If time allows, visit the ancient ruins of the sandstone city of Fatehpur Sikri.

Rajasthan

Rajasthan

Rajasthan is a riot of colours. From the pink hues of Jaipur to the inky blues of Jodhpur, your first view of kaleidoscopic Rajasthan will be a sensory overload. Known as the Land of Kings because of its Maharaja-filled royal history, the state is crammed with huge medieval forts, shimmering palaces and opulent mansions. It’s history heaven.

However, Rajasthan is more than just its past. Tigers roam its national parks, camel herders still live a nomadic life in its deserts (with the occasional smartphone thrown in) and skilled artisans make handicrafts and textiles that inspire designers around the world. So come and immerse yourself in the colour-soaked India of your dreams.

Kerala

Kerala

Kerala is one of India’s most beautiful states. From its spiderweb of lazy backwaters to the tea-covered hills of the Western Ghats, Kerala’s landscapes are breathtaking – and that’s before you even consider its 600km of coastline and beaches.

However, there is more to Kerala than just natural beauty. This is a place famous for its ecotourism initiatives and its unique culture and traditions, whether houseboats on its waterways or its vibrant Kalaripayattu martial art, said to be a precursor to Kung Fu. Kerala is also home to Ayurveda, a healing therapy using natural herbs that goes back more than 5,000 years. Come to Kerala to nourish both your body and mind.

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