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India Tiger Safari - Kanha and Bandhavgarh National Parks (Photo by Dr Mike Leary Ohwin)

India

To visit India is to visit another world; a chaotic, colourful world, with an extraordinary culture, fascinating history and unique wildlife.

India may be just eight hours flying time from the UK, but first-time visitors to this magnificent country could be forgiven for thinking that they've landed in a different world - a vibrant, chaotic world, full of contrasting sights, sounds and colours. Often overwhelming, but never less than thrilling, few countries feel as utterly different as India - while still being utterly welcoming!

Our India specialist, Sarah Williams, has been travelling in India for over 20 years and in that time developed a wealth of knowledge about the country, its people and its wildlife. That knowledge forms the basis of our extensive range of India holiday itineraries.

As safari specialists first and foremost, many of our holiday programmes to India focus on its national parks and wilderness reserves, with a special but not exclusive emphasis on its tiger reserves. Our tiger safaris focus on just a handful of parks where the tigers are truly wild and where other wildlife - such as rhino, leopard, chital and more - can also be observed. Learn more on our dedicated Tiger safari pages. Wildlife enthusiasts might also like to consider a snow leopard expedition, which provides a quieter, more adventurous alternative to a traditional tiger safari.

In addition to our wildlife-oriented itineraries, we also offer in-depth cultural tours to India focused on uncovering the country's wealth of historical treasures, from the Mughal-era wonders of Agra and Delhi in the north to the colonial-era heritage of Kerala and Cochin in the south. Our tailor-made itineraries cover the length and breadth of India's historical and cultural landscape.

Away from both its historical treasures and fantastic wildlife reserves, India also offers excellent trekking opportunities, particularly in the northernmost region of Ladakh, with popular walking routes along the Markha Valley and to the summit of Stok Kangri. See our trekking pages for further information.

As India is a sizeable country, careful planning is essential; we can work with you to make the most of the time you have available and to incorporate the sights and experiences that particularly interest you. Whether you want to cover the historic sights or visit remote wilderness regions such as Dudhwa, we will help you plan a tailor-made itinerary taking into account your interests and preferences.

India offers so many different experiences. Combine seeing the iconic and beautiful Taj Mahal at sunrise with a Tiger safari; explore on foot the ruins of an early-modern Mughal fort and then stay in a stunning Haveli; or tour the bustling city of Delhi in a rickshaw before relaxing on a beautiful beach... India will surprise, even captivate you—we encourage you to visit soon!

Photos used with the kind permission of Dr Mike Leary-Ohwin, who travelled with us to India in 2015. See more of Mike's fabulous photos on his flickr page.

Example itineraries in India

Agra to Satpura

This 14-day itinerary beginning in Agra and ending in Satpura combines the best of India's monument-laden cities and its wildlife parks. Ideal for wildlife-enthusiasts, this India holiday itinerary can also be adapted to suit families.

Discover Kerala

Visit the coastal region of Kerala, famous for its beautiful beaches, exotic cuisine, rich culture and long history. This 13-day itinerary includes time on the beach, in the Ghat Mountains, in the historic capital Cochin, and on a houseboat exploring Kerala's backwaters.

Satpura Under Canvas

Our unique Satpura Under Canvas itinerary represents a one of a kind opportunity to explore Indian tiger country on foot. Follow the Pachmahri trail into the heart of Satpura, the only Tiger Reserve in Central India where comfortable mobile camping and trekking in the core area of the reserve is possible.

Jewels of Southern India

Life moves at an altogether more languid pace in India’s tropical south. This unhurried itinerary will allow you to discover the best that the region has to offer, from the stunning temples and palaces of Mysore to the tranquil backwaters of Kerala.

Lions of Sasan-Gir

Travel to Gujarat State to visit Sasan-Gir National Park, the last refuge of the Asiatic Lion, on this 5-day lion safari extension.

In Search of Tigers

Prime tiger country, Madhya Pradesh in central India is the location of several of India's most famous tiger parks. On this 10 day safari you will visit Pench, Tadoba and Kanha National Parks.

Dudhwa Wildlife Safari

Experience the most remote and beautiful of India's National Parks, Dudhwa, in the far north of the country close to the border with Nepal.

India and Bhutan Highlights

From Mumbai to Thimphu, experience the highlights of India and Bhutan on this 11-day journey.

North India Highlights

7-day sightseeing tour to North India, visiting New Delhi, Agra, the Taj Mahal, Varanasi, and Sarnath. This India tour focuses on the towns and culture of North India.

Maharajas' Express Luxury Rail Holidays

Established in 2010, the Maharajahs’ Express is India’s newest luxury train service. It offers fascinating journeys to some of the country’s most spectacular attractions, taking in much of the best of India’s landscapes and cultural heritage.

Red Panda Expedition (April, 2018)

Journey to Himalayan forests of Singalila National Park, on the India-Nepal border, in search of the elusive red panda.

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