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India holidays and tours, 2015 and 2016

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South India small group tour
Beautiful cities, colonial hill stations & colourful temples, from 1999 - 2859 (21 days) inc UK flights
Kerala holiday, Malabar Adventure
Kerala adventure staying in a variety of accommodations, from 1335 (14 days) ex flights
Kerala birdwatching holidays, Western Ghats
An endemic birding tour through the Western Ghats of India, from 960 (8 days) ex flights
Kerala homestay tour, India
Stay in homestays in various destinations in Kerala, from 1254 (15 days) ex flights
Northern India holidays
The best of northern India in a short itinerary, from 1349 - 1769 (10 days) inc UK flights
India holidays to the Golden Triangle, tailormade
An ideal trip for the first-time visitor to India, from 1465 (8 days) ex flights
Tailor made Rajasthan tour, India
Discover the cultural wonders of Rajasthan, from 1650 (14 days) ex flights
Family holiday to India, sightseeing and safari
Taj Mahal in Agra to the Palace of the Winds in Jaipur, from 1259 - 1334 (11 days ) inc UK flights
Delhi to Goa overland tour
Indian curries temples harems & Himalayas, from 729 (15 days) ex flights
Tiger watching holiday in India
A chance to see the majestic tiger in the wild, from 660 - 860 (9 days) ex flights
History, culture & wildlife of India holiday
From the Nilgiri Hills to the beaches of Goa, from 1336 (15 days) ex flights
Rajasthan tours, India
Discover the evocative northern province of Rajasthan, from 690 - 950 (15 days) ex flights
Kerala walking holiday in India
Walk through beautiful hills and tea plantations, from 1979 - 2449 (16 days) inc UK flights
Tiger tour in India, land of the Tiger tour
Wildlife tour through India, from 2449 - 2869 (16 days) inc UK flights
North India cultural tour
An adventure to one of the planet's exotic destinations, from 755 - 955 (22 days) ex flights
North Kerala tailor made holidays
Uncover the rich culture of northern Kerala, from 1400 (13 days) ex flights
Elephant safari in Corbett National Park, India
Exciting elephant safari in Corbett National Park, India, from 1550 - 1725 (8 days) ex flights
India wildlife camp, Jalore Wildlife Sanctuary
Rajasthan cottage cccommodation in wildlife reserve, from 120 - 130 per person per night all inclusive
Southern India tour, temples & nature
Tour from Coimbatore to Bangalore via Mysore, from 494 (6 days ) ex flights
Wildlife photography holiday in India
Photograph superb wildlife & even the illusive tiger, from 630 - 810 (10 days) ex flights
Rajasthan desert adventure
Explore India's desert state, tigers and Taj Mahal, from 1549 - 1949 (14 days) inc UK flights
South India holiday
Tour the ancient trading cities and towns, from 1851 (15 days) ex flights
South India tour, Trivandrum to Goa
Head to the beaches and backwaters of southern India, from 640 - 780 (16 days) ex flights
South India & Kerala holiday
Mysore Palace village stay Kerala Backwaters, from 800 - 915 (15 days) ex flights
Gujarat holidays, Asiatic Lions, Blackbuck & Wild Asses
Asian lions in Gir National Park, from 600 - 800 (9 days) ex flights
Kayaking in the Keralan Backwaters
Enjoy a riverside view of life, from 385 (5 days) ex flights
Tadoba National park tiger safari, India
Tadoba the best tiger reserve of India, from 770 - 910 (8 days) ex flights
India small group holiday, a food adventure
2 week discovery of the sights, sounds & flavours of India, from 1240 - 1385 (15 days) ex flights
Rajasthan heritage cultural tour, India
Rajasthan art history and connoisseurship, palace home stay, from 265 - 270 (6 days) ex flights
Endangered wildlife tour in India
Endangered wildcat and birding wildlife tour in India, from 1100 - 1300 (14 days) ex flights

363 reviews for India holidays4 star overall rating

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Rajasthan tours, India
Don't hesitate to book. Just go! It was amazing. The operator uses local transport, including trains. The hotels were small businesses and not part of large world wide chains. Our group was a mix of ages from 20 year olds to over 60's so it is suitable for all wanting to experience India. (more)Kathryn Heirons
Most memorable - the amazing places we stayed and the wonderful people we met most exciting - being driven through the streets of Delhi, it got the adrenaline pumping anyway! (more)Beki Williams
We had many memorable and exciting experiences from this trip. Some of the local villages we visited were fantastic in terms of getting a glimpse of rural life in Rajasthan. We also stayed at some very interesting accommodation. (more)R and K Mackenzie
From 690 - 950 excluding flights
Kerala budget holiday, tailor made
Most memorable - Kayaking through the Keralan backwaters, meeting villagers and experiencing daily life first hand! Extraordinary and an experience to cherish. (more)Ben Swift
I would like to thank the suppliers, who arranged everything, for a first class service. I couldn't fault them. (more)Roy Cope
Flawless....trekking in Munnar, swimming in Varkala and the houseboats on the backwaters. But more than that meeting the locals, having the best food we've ever had and walking around lots of different villages, towns and cities really made this holiday. (more)Mike Waugh
From 1049 excluding flights
North India cultural tour
Holiday was a great to help me see my own culture with completely new eyes and become more aware of things that I have taken for granted in the past. (more)Judith Brockmann
A very good trip. Varanasi, the camaraderie of group members and our group leader and seeing India in action were the best parts of the trip. (more)Michael Adams
I am in my 50s and I found the pace excellent - no more than 3 nights anywhere - arrive - shower/rest - orientation walk then choose your activities and what a great diversity of activities. I found it stimulating and fun. (more)Hazel Durbridge
From 755 - 955 excluding flights
History, culture & wildlife of India holiday
The most exciting part was not on the original programme. We asked Rajat to give us somewhat more nature and less culture. He arranged for us to spend a day and two nights in a resort on the Kabini Lake, across from the Nagarhole National Park. On a boat safari at dusk, amidst myriad birds and beasts, we saw a male tiger emerging muddily from the river, slinking into the jungle. (more)Robin Fox
Excellent, we enjoyed it all. The two home stays were an amazing part of our trip. Take the plunge and travel on an overnight train with shared accommodation. It's a great experience. (more)Caroline Powell
The most memorable parts were staying at the home of the Kumars, visiting Golden Temple at Amritsar and WildFlower Hall...Outstanding. (more)Andrew Hollas
From 1336 excluding flights
Kerala luxury holiday
This was definitely a 4-star holiday!...By far the most memorable part for us was the houseboat cruise on the back waters. Two nights on a barge - we loved the leisurely pace as we moved slowly along the rivers, giving plenty of time for watching birds and also watching life as lived alongside the river. (more)Aldyth Rowe
Excellent...The backwaters trip and the stay at Serenity were the most memorable parts. (more)john still
It was a 100% enjoyable experience. We got really far off the beaten track & to the real Southern India (Kerala & Tamil Nadu). Seeing lots of wild fauna & flora, including elephant three times. (more)John Tams-Gray
From 2022 excluding flights
Kerala homestay tour, India
Excellent! Best bits: The two days in Mumbai at the beginning and the experience of the Indian roads! (more)William Avery
Excellent! (more)Roger Humphreys
This certainly would be rated up amongst one of the best holidays we have had...Getting off of the beaten track and being introduced to the real India (more)Sylvia Shilliam
From 1254 excluding flights
Tiger watching holiday in India
It was a trip of a lifetime and to experience tigers at such close hand was an experience we will never forget. India is exhausting but the wildlife of the parks was amazing. (more)Julia Gallagher
Excellent, well organised, all arrangements went smoothly and we had a great time. (more)Lucie McKenzie
The two most exciting aspects of my holiday were; viewing a large male tiger for over half an hour in the wilderness, and the tremendously lucky spotting of a pack of wild dogs. Additionally I added about a gazillion birds to my life list and spotted almost every mammal for which the park is famous. (more)Christine Smith
From 660 - 860 excluding flights
Delhi to Goa overland tour
Memorable parts? Seeing was believing when it came to the Taj Mahal, not many places live up to be better than you anticipate as this place did. My wife and I have done some travelling, but this has to be the most impressive building we have ever witnessed. The Taj Mahal was almost worth the tour fee alone. Tips? Do not be put off by such a cheap price for the package, if we had paid treble we still would have been getting value for money! Don't be put off by such high attention from... (more)Jonathan Kenyon
From 729 excluding flights
Tailor made Rajasthan tour, India
Memorable parts? History and culture. I enjoyed the amazing hotels we stayed in that were beautiful locations and historical. Tips? Due to distance between locations, ensure there are two nights at every hotel. There is significant time spent driving (in a car) between each location. If flying from Delhi during December / January be aware of fog delaying / cancelling flights. Local benefits? We visited local communities (e.g. Bishnoi, Samode) but not sure how it benefitted... (more)Tracey Warren
From 1650 excluding flights
Kerala holiday, Malabar Adventure
Memorable parts? The food and the beds Tips? No alcohol on first day of month and every Sunday. Internal flights have much lower baggage allowance than international flights Local benefits? Perhaps Overall rating? I feel good after it. (more)Marion Shepherd
From 1335 excluding flights
India holidays to the Golden Triangle, tailormade
Was exciting from beginning to end...Excellent. Would recommend this operator. (more)Denise Brooks
Gwalior Palace and Khajaraho Jain temples (more)Paul Street
Indian train travel, sumptuous hotels and beautiful new Delhi were the most memorable parts of the holiday. (more)Lydia Walton
From 1465 excluding flights
Tiger tour in India, land of the Tiger tour
Definitely a benefit for the local people with the money and jobs and investment in the school. (more)Linda Hall
Absolutely brilliant. Great leader, well organised, accommodation and food great. We had the privilege of seeing a total of ten tigers in three different National Parks. (more)Peter Kemp
We enjoyed every minute of this holiday, although seeing a tiger for the first time was amazing...10 out of 10. (more)Gaynor Jean-Louis
From 2449 - 2869 including UK flights
Kerala and tropical India cycling holidays
Memorable parts? Cycling down the Ooty Hill, the views were breathtaking, as well as visiting the orphanage. Tips? Padding, padding and padding. Local benefits? Yes. Overall rating? Excellent. (more)Olga Baranova
From 1949 - 2699 including UK flights
India wildlife camp, Jalore Wildlife Sanctuary
The highlight of my trip was the Jalore Wildlife Sanctuary. I was welcome by the owners of the land and taken around on night safaris by the son Ravindra. (more)Viveca Ott
Seeing all three cat species that live savely in the sanctuary was amazing (they where the reason for me wanting to go there). Jungle cat from up 15 m! (more)Yvonne Rijsdijk
We had a truly amazing holiday, we were looked after as if we were royalty by our hosts Gajendra and Ravi and wanted for nothing from the moment we were picked up at Jodhpur airport. (more)Philippa Marland
From 120 - 130 per person per night all inclusive
North Kerala tailor made holidays
Memorable parts? We traveled as a family and moved every couple of days so ever day brought something new and was memorable. What was exciting about this holiday was learning about other cultures and meeting people living in a variety of different ways. But as a family, the favorite experience was riding an elephant. Tips? Take plenty of hand sanitiser for when you are out and about and some toilet rolls too. Food is very cheap, eat out! Don't eat at the Sandesh Prince hotel in... (more)Gentian Bolt
From 1400 excluding flights
Kayaking in the Keralan Backwaters
Don't hesitate as it was wonderful for activities, food and accommodation! (more)Helen Bell
The most memorable part was visiting a local village Theyyam festival in Northern Kerala. Not a tourist experience but a real festival with wonderful people and amazing costumes and customs. (more)Jayne Mills
We walked, cycled, bird-watched, searched for elephants, travelled the country stopping to buy bananas and lemonade, lazed about on a beach, visited local families, stayed at all kinds of places from fancy resorts through eco-lodges to family homestays. (more)Angela Charles
From 385 excluding flights
Southern India tour, temples & nature
Five stars! We had an incredible adventure for our honeymoon, and hope to go back. Southern India is breathtaking, and we had nothing but good experiences with all of the people and companies we traveled with. (more)Robyn Nadolny
Excellent, I can't say enough good things about the trip and the experience....There were two very memorable parts of the holiday. First the wonderful home stay in the Nilgiri mountains with Rajat and his family. An unforgettable experience that gave me a deeper understanding of the culture of South India. (more)Melinda Rice
I had a wonderful holiday. I have recommended it to many friends already. I think Akriti and explore India do a great job of making a trip across India easy. Great for people who want to go but feel overwhelmed or nervous. (more)Anna Perkins
From 494 excluding flights
Kerala family activity holiday, India
I would thoroughly recommend it. We have no experience of this kind of undertaking and we had an exceptional time that catered perfectly for a family of 4 including an 11 year old girl and 14 year old boy who all valued the tour immeasurably. (more)hugh garling
Absolutely incredible! The children loved it (age 8 and 5) as well as the parents, we had so many rich experiences and wonderful stories to take home. (more)Sarah Bland
Excellent, it was so good. There is nothing I could fault everything met or exceeded our expectations, some of the main highlights were: the homestays, the food, the people, the variety of activities, visiting a local school and orphanage, elephants, the Ayurveda. (more)Juliet Shayler
From 980 excluding flights
Gujarat holidays, Asiatic Lions, Blackbuck & Wild Asses
We really enjoyed the holiday....To enter through the gate of the Taj Mahal at dawn with only 8/10 people in front of you. What an amazing place! (more)Evert Versteeg
Where to start! The lions, the leopard and her cub, the jungle cat kitten, or the magical sighting of wolves. The insight into Gujarati culture was also unforgettable and we were grateful to our driver, Mr Khuman Singh, for not only finding us so much wildlife but also introducing us to local people from all walks of life. (more)Gillian Brand
Fantastic, the mix of adventure with luxury was amazing and the team tried very hard to meet our wishes. It is said all too often how unique somewhere is or a trip is, but in 20 years of travel to India we have never been to such a mix of unique wildlife spots with wonderful palace and fort like accommodation. (more)Ed King
From 600 - 800 excluding flights
Kerala backwater holiday, India
It was a wonderful holiday, very well organized by our local host. Everything went seamlessly and especially the contact with the locals and the homestays was fantastic. There is not one negative thing I could come up with. THANK YOU (more)Christian Conrad
Everything went like clockwork... The people we met were friendly... Kerala is wonderful... It was just about the best holiday ever. (more)Robert Lorimer
It's really hard to pick a single highlight, there were so many. For all the incredible sights, it was probably something quite simple - a sunset canoe ride around the lagoon at the back of the home stay is something I think that will stay with me forever. (more)Jonathan Green
From 550 excluding flights
Central India holiday, culture and wildlife
It was the first time we had travelled to India and we were on a mission to see the wild side of India. Our first tiger encounter is something we will never forget It was amazing (more)Louise Knop
5 stars all round. The holiday was so unique .......... busy, relaxing, fun, massively interesting and a huge privilege. (more)Claire Martin
Highlights have to be the Puri ceremony at the temple at Bhoramdeo (not for the feint hearted). The abundance of amazing home cooked, freshly prepared, organic food. The local market at Neur, which was beautifully vibrant and colourful. The train ride was a great experience...it was all fabulous! (more)Rosy Everitt
From 2350 excluding flights
Tadoba National park tiger safari, India
I feel that I was looked after very well, Neelesh who organised my itinerary was most attentive. Where I stayed was beautiful and relaxing. Staff were excellent and very attentive (more)Kerrie Griffin
Outstanding, we loved every minute of it and were blessed with fantastic people to guide us through the whole holiday. (more)caroline huxford
From 770 - 910 excluding flights
South India & Kerala holiday
Wonderful, fabulous, went beyond my already high expectations. Everyone should do this one, it's a gem. (more)Dorothy Shirvell
This is a fantastic way to be given a taste of what a wide area of the south of India has to offer, and helps highlight places to which a return is required! (more)Gail Boardman
The highlight was when Peter Lemass organised a car and driver for my wife and me so that we could go round Ooty and Ketti to see where I used to live as a boy. Also the Rock carvings at Mahabaliporam. Also the stay with Thomas in the Kerala backwaters. (more)Roger Hamer
From 800 - 915 excluding flights
India small group holiday, a food adventure
Most memorable was undoubtedly visiting the Taj Mahal, although the journey on the overnight train was a close, but completely contrasting, second. (more)Sarah Memery
Excellent! I would do it again in a heartbeat...Tasting street food of India, feeling reassured that our leader had assessed the risks of hygiene at that particular outlet. The food was always delicious and unforgettable (more)mary souster
From 1240 - 1385 excluding flights
Rajasthan luxury tours
Every moment was memorable and there was such a diversity of places to stay and things to do that every day was exciting. (more)Sheila Taylor
The most memorable part of the holiday were the vivid colours, the clothing of the women it is just a sea of fantastic colours everywhere you look, the brightly coloured turbans of the men. The fantastic people so friendly and welcoming, the culture and food. (more)Sharon Walker
Riding Marwari horses, madcap rides in a Jeep to track leopards & sightings of rare cats...An excellent insight into rural Rajasthan! (more)Tony Prout
From 300 - 650 excluding flights
Trekking holiday in Ladakh, The Markha Valley trek
Memorable parts? The extra trek up to the glacier where we had a fab view. Every amazing view of endless mountains. The cultural elements were great too and a brilliant way to acclimatise safely. Tips? Listen to your leader and drink plenty of water to avoid altitude sickness. Don't do too much when you first get to Leh in order to acclimatise properly. Enjoy the views!!! Local benefits? Local guides were used - we also saw the benefits from the different projects including... (more)Ellie Hawksley
From 1899 - 2049 including UK flights
Teaching projects in Southern India
Excellent experience both inside and outside the classroom! (more)Peter Cruttwell
Living in Madurai was exciting as I really felt like I was living in India and experiencing every day life there and seeing how the locals lived. Also working at the orphanage was a life changing experience and I will remember the lovely kids always! (more)Sylvia Schwall
From 695 excluding flights
Kerala birdwatching holidays, Western Ghats
Many memorable parts - wonderful bird watching trips, cycling in the backwaters, relaxing and enjoying the Keralan food and scenery. (more)Moyra Williams
It's a highly recommendable trip. Excellent birding and other wildlife, scenic landscapes, very nice accommodation and an excellent guiding. (more)Luis Mario Arce
A magnificent tally of endemic birds! This was a birdwatching tour so we hoped and expected to see a number of new birds but our excellent guide provided an enormous list. (more)Henrietta Soffe
From 960 excluding flights
Northern India holidays
A great experience. Lots of travelling, not easy or relaxing or luxurious but it's India and it is an amazing place, wonderful people and a lot to see. This trip is tiring but worth it. (more)Charlotte Beer
Most memorable? Dawn boat trip at Varanasai, the Taj Mahal, a visit to the Sikh temple, the food and the shopping! (more)Lisa Phillips
Seeing the tiger in Ranthambore National Park; the Ghats in the evening and the overnight train journeys were the most memorable parts. (more)Hilary Glegg
From 1349 - 1769 including UK flights
Kerala homestay tours
The most memorable parts were the overnight trip on a rice barge and the canoe trip through villages. (more)Brenda Fox
The most memorable part was the stay in Kumily. It was my first 2 days. Having spent the last 2 weeks in Madurai and Chennai, it was nice to find somewhere cool, clean and tranquil. (more)Peter Shepherd
Excellent....By far the best food is to be had at homestays. (more)Maggie Carr
From 400 - 510 excluding flights

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
1 star
A bit disappointing really
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