India Escorted Tours 2019/2020
There’s nowhere else like India. A chaotic culture, historic traditions and religions, diverse landscapes and one of the most popular cuisines on the planet are a few reasons why it’s a must-visit destination. But there’s far more to India than the obvious.
India offers something for every type of traveller. Delve into the wonderful mix of customs, culture and spectacular sights of this magical country.
India Escorted Tours
Travel from Delhi to the Taj Mahal, Jaipur and Mumbai in your own private car, staying at 5* hotels along the way.
Eight nights, room only FROM £3889pp
Step inside Jaipur's majestic golden forts, and watch the sun peek over the Taj Mahal's dazzling white domes.
Seven nights, selected meals FROM £1899pp
Search for wild tigers on game drives, enjoy a cooking demonstration and dine with members of Udaipur's royal family.
14 nights, selected meals FROM £3379pp
Visit the 'holy city of the Sikhs', Amritsar, explore the city of Shimla which is nestled in the Himalayan foothills, enjoy the sights of Delhi on a full-day city tour and more.
Based on 3rd Sep 2019, more dates available.
From £1,629pp | 16 day Escorted Tour
The perfect introduction to India, where a wealth of cultural and historical treasures reside in the famous Golden Triangle
8 days from £1,199
Delve deeper into India's fascinating culture and history, and tick off safaris in Ranthambore National Park.
8 days from £1,599
See India's iconic highlights, including the princely state of Rajasthan with its extravagant palaces and exquisite temples.
14 days from £2,069
This is an all-out exploration of India from the Golden Triangle in the north to Kerala's peaceful backwaters in the south.
18 days from £2,724
Famed for its aromatic spices, peaceful backwaters and lush, tropical landscape, Kerala is a mesmerising and enchanting destination.
10 days from £1,599
See the sights of Old & New Delhi on city tours, see the famous Ranakpur temple complex outside Udaipur, tour the 'Blue City' of Jodhpur, see the magnificent Taj Mahal as well as the Red, Agra, Jaisalmer & Amber forts and more.
From £1,699pp | 16 day Escorted Tour
Marvel at the Taj Mahal, spot the beautiful tigers of Ranthambore on safari, explore the stunning Amber Fort, visit the palaces of Udaipur and uncover vibrant Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.
Stay in handpicked five-star hotels that have become a byword for luxury, visit the Bangla Sahib Gurudwara to see the evening Langar in Delhi, meet an expert on the conservation projects of Ranthambore National Park and more.
From £1,599pp | 9 days
Explore the cities and landscapes on a 28 day adventure through India. Tour the majestic Taj Mahal in Agra, see the holy city of Amritsar and take an overnight stay in Kerala on a houseboat. Gaze in awe at the views of the Himalayas in Darjeeling and ride on the UNESCO recognised Toy Train.
From £2,649pp | 28 day Escorted Tour
On a stunning 10 day, 8 night tour of India's Golden Triangle, see the most stunning sights that this remarkable country has to offer. Marvel at the Taj Mahal and discover the 'Pink City' of Jaipur. You'll also spend 2 nights in Ranthambore with the chance to spot the Royal Bengal Tigers.
From £1,199pp | 10 days
Discover the most captivating areas of Kerala on a 12 day adventure which includes wildlife spotting in Periyar National Park, cruise the stunning backwaters of Alleppey with an overnight stay on a houseboat and exploring the eye-catching tea plantations in Munnar.
From £1,169pp | 12 days
Sample culinary delights and explore the heart of North India on this compelling 17 day tour. Enjoy a sunrise boat trip along the River Ganges and take city tours of Delhi, Varanasi, Jaipur and Amritsar. Marvel at the magnificent Taj Mahal and traverse mountainous terrains on the UNESCO recognised 'Toy Train'..
From £1,699pp | 17 day Escorted Tour
Travel from Delhi to Mumbai on four scenic train journeys as you explore the historic Maharajas, forts and palaces of India. Admire the Holy Lake at Pushkar, see the magnificent Taj Mahal and enjoy city tours of Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur and Mumbai.
From £1,699pp | 15 day Escorted Tour
1. See the Taj Mahal at sunrise
We’re almost certain that this is on everyone’s bucket list, right? Viewing it at sunrise adds to the sheer beauty, atmosphere and magnificence of India’s greatest monument.
2. Stay overnight in a tented
You won’t get much more authentic than staying overnight in a tented camp in the Thar Desert. And to top it off, enjoy a Jeep safari through local Bishnoi villages, meeting its residents as you pass through.
3. Search for Bengal Tigers in Bandhavgarh National Park
We don’t just give you the opportunity to see one of the Big Five once, but twice! Take an early morning and mid afternoon jeep safari through off-the-beaten-track Bandhavgarh National Park for opportunities to spot up to 50 tigers!
4. Join a puja ceremony on the banks of the River Ganges
One of the world's most ancient cities, Varanasi is spread along the banks of the River Ganges, where thousands of locals flock for their traditional ceremonies. Dive in head first and experience the traditions just like they do!
Intimate India: go off the tourist trail
Our local experiences are all about getting to know the real India, and the best way to discover a country's hidden gems is guided by someone who calls it home. Chat to locals over a cup of coal-fired chai in Rajasthan's pink city of Jaipur, explore Kochi on a bicycle tour, or see Mumbai at dawn and watch the markets come alive as fishermen sell their catch of the day.
Take a peaceful boat ride across Udaipur's inky-blue Lake Pichola and arrive on an exclusive fairytale-like island, where you'll stay at one of the world's most romantic hotels. We can take you to a chic safari lodge on the edge of Kanha National Park – the setting that inspired The Jungle Book, or to a unique hotel with views of the Taj Mahal from every room.
Celebrating the Festival of Light
Experience India at its vibrant best
As we adjust to dark evenings, India prepares for one of the most important dates in the Hindu calendar - the Festival of Light. Diwali celebrates the triumph of good over evil, and light over dark. There are numerous Hindu legends related to Diwali. In the north, they celebrate Lord Rama and Sita returning to Ayodhya after 14 years in exile and a battle against the demon king Ravana. In the south, they celebrate the day Lord Krishna defeated the demon Naakasura.
It also welcomes the Hindu New Year. Colourful flower garlands are hung in the entrances of every building and on every lorry. Women’s hands are painted with beautiful henna designs. And rituals welcome Lakshmi, goddess of wealth, fortune and prosperity, into each home.
It is also a time to celebrate family. Loved ones gather for great feasts, give gifts, and enjoy great fireworks displays that scare away evil spirits.
Diwali festivities in India
Tens of thousands of Amritsar’s Sikh devotees take part in one of India’s largest celebrations. Temples are draped in lights and fireworks ignited to celebrate Guru Hargobind Sahib.
Varanasi holds India’s most spiritual Diwali. The banks of the Ganges glow with lamps and echo with the clang of cymbals and the rhythmic chants of Hindu priests.
Look out for special Diwali treats in Jaipur and join locals at the Johari Bazaar at night, when the markets are ablaze with colourful lights as they compete to be the ‘best dressed’.
21 October 2019 departure of India's Golden Triangle coincides with Diwali
Udaipur is particularly pretty during Diwali, when the streets are filled with lights and the skies are filled with fireworks, which glow in the city’s lakes. Be sure to visit the lit City Palace.
24 October 2019 departure of Splendours of India coincides with Diwali
In Delhi, there are many ways to celebrate Diwali. Shopping is essential, and markets entice with colourful stalls and street entertainment. Taash parties test men’s faith in Goddess Lakshmi.
17 October 2019 solo departure of In the Foothills of the Himalaya coincides with Diwali
DISCOVER THE WONDERS OF INDIA
Home to the iconic Taj Mahal and Agra Fort, a visit to this enchanting city will see you exploring bustling markets, discovering Mughal style architecture and wandering through tranquil gardens.
Known as the 'Pink City', Jaipur boasts some extraordinary sights. Gaze upon intricate designs at the Hawa Mahal, pay a visit to the regal City Palace and spend time at the impressive Amber Fort.
The jewel in India's crown, Rajasthan is a place of dreams bursting with iconic sights. Our highlight is the unforgettable Ranthambore National Park, where you can spot the majestic Bengal Tigers.
Delhi is the perfect combination of old and new, with a rich history contrasting with lively modern life. Feast on delicious street food, wander the vibrant streets and uncover hidden treasures.
Exciting and colourful, charming and intoxicating, India is an feast on the senses. And with impressive sights, magnificent wildlife and idyllic scenery on offer, there's so much to explore. TV and radio presenter Penny Smith, ventured to India on our Beyond the Golden Triangle tour - here she shares her expereince...
Penny Smith in India
"When we first touched down in Delhi, our guide told us: ‘India is a country full of colours, of wonders, of nature and architecture’. He was not wrong. From the incredible sight of the Taj Mahal, to tiger spotting in Ranthambore, tasting delicious sambal soup and fast-paced rickshaw rides, India truly was a wonder.
Our tour manager and local guides were awash with information in every place we visited and their expert knowledge made each trip memorable. We were up at 5am to visit the Taj Mahal, but the early start meant cooler temperatures and fewer queues, so we could truly appreciate the once in a lifetime experience.
In between excursions, we had plenty of free time to explore each destination. For me, that meant shopping. From incredible made to measure shirts to marble plates and brightly coloured saris, there were hidden treasures around every corner. I threw myself head first into India’s delicious cuisine with unusual yet glorious breakfasts - sambal soup was my favourite! An aromatic lentil soup with aubergine, tomato tamarind, it definitely set me up for the day. We also enjoyed a mouthwatering cauliflower Gobi curry and an interesting, pudding-like concoction – sadly the name escapes me!
As well as our included meals, there was ample opportunity to try local flavours along the way. In Delhi we made a stop at a splendid carpet shop where we learned from the experts about their intricate craft, as we sipped mellow cardamom and cinnamon tea. I made a point of indulging in a cup of creamy masala chai at every opportunity.
This was my second escorted holiday with Travelsphere and once again it was fantastic to experience the trip with my fellow travellers. While the free time meant we could explore different places, a highlight was coming together in the evening to share our stories over dinner."
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