India holidays and tours, 2014 and 2015

Our India holidays take in the best sites & off the beaten track places from the Taj Mahal & Golden Triangle to the beaches of Kerala, trekking the wilds of Ladakh or exploring the deserts of Rajasthan. All our India holidays are provided by operators committed to supporting local people & the environment.
South India small group tour
Beautiful cities, colonial hill stations & colourful temples, from £1899 - £2399 (21 days) inc UK flights
Calcutta to Amritsar rail journey
The plains of India into the Himalaya, from £1922 (18 days) inc UK flights
Kerala and tropical India cycling holidays
Beautiful landscapes, fascinating towns and long white beaches, from £1959 - £2599 (15 days) inc UK flights
Rural cycling tours in South India
The perfect way to cycle in rural Keralan countryside., from £620 (8 days) ex flights
India Golden Triangle tour
Massive forts, peerless palaces and majestic monuments., from £1199 - £1399 (15 days) ex flights
Tiger tour in India, land of the Tiger tour
Wildlife tour through India, from £2399 - £2899 (16 days) inc UK flights
Southern India tour, temples & nature
Tour from Coimbatore to Bangalore via Mysore, from £494 (6 days ) ex flights
Rajasthan tours, India
Discover the evocative northern province of Rajasthan, from £638 - £860 (15 days) ex flights
Overland small group tour of India
Roam across India on this small group tour, from £749 (20 days) ex flights
Kerala luxury holiday
Kerala at a relaxed pace, from £2022 (15 days) ex flights
Gujarat holidays, Asiatic Lions, Blackbuck & Wild Asses
Asian lions in Gir National Park, from £600 - £800 (9 days) ex flights
India holiday to Rajasthan, tailor made
opulent palaces, golden forts, Village Visit, from £1540 - £1970 (14 days) ex flights
Tiger watching holiday in India
A chance to see the majestic tiger in the wild, from £610 - £810 (9 days) ex flights
Kerala walking holiday in India
Walk through beautiful hills and tea plantations, from £1949 - £2459 (16 days) inc UK flights
India small group holiday, a food adventure
2 week discovery of the sights, sounds & flavours of India., from £1016 - £1495 (14 days) ex flights
Kerala homestay tours
See Kerala from a different perspective, from £400 - £510 (8 days) ex flights
Delhi to Goa overland tour
Indian curries temples harems & Himalayas, from £699 (15 days) ex flights
Bandhavgarh tiger and wildlife safari, India
this trip will deliver unrivalled tiger-viewing success, from £1769 - £2199 (11 days) inc UK flights
Tailor made Rajhastan tour, India
Discover the cultural wonders of Rajasthan, from £1650 (14 days) ex flights
India small group tour
An express pass through India to see all the best!, from £499 - £649 (9 days) ex flights
India bird watching holiday in the Himalayas
Specialised bird watching in the Himalayas, from £900 - £1150 (14 days) ex flights
Adventure holiday in India, Wildlife & Moghul Cities
Simply the best of Northern India, from £1356 - £1579 (16 days ) inc UK flights
Kerala birdwatching holidays, Western Ghats
An endemic birding tour through the Western Ghats of India, from £870 (8 days) ex flights
North India cultural tour
An adventure to one of the planet's exotic destinations, from £668 - £910 (22 days) ex flights
India holidays to the Golden Triangle, tailormade
An ideal trip for the first-time visitor to India, from £1465 (8 days) ex flights
Rajasthan tailor made holiday, India
See the temples & palaces of Rajasthan, from £755 - £900 (12 days) ex flights
North Kerala tailor made holidays
Uncover the rich culture of northern Kerala, from £1400 (13 days) ex flights
India tour, rural India
Experience the beauty of rural India, from £1995 - £2195 (14 days) ex flights
Kerala tailor made holiday, India
plantations gods own country mangroves beaches house boat, from £750 (10 days) ex flights

358 reviews for India holidays4 star overall rating

These full and frank independent India holidays reviews are from travellers who have booked directly through responsibletravel.com. They are not edited by us or any of the companies we work with. Find the real story, from real travellers below.

Rajasthan tours, India
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
The most memorable part was the Camel Fair at Pushkar. To see so many camels and horses assembled in one spot was awesome. (more)Linda Williams
The most memorable parts of the holiday in Rajasthan were the diversity of the scenery and the people. The colours and the smells and the respect for cows are also etched into my memory. (more)Ingrid Jones
From £638 - £860 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 £1016 - £1495 excluding flights
Adventure holiday in India, Wildlife & Moghul Cities
Seeing a tiger in the wild was the most memorable part...Fantastic. (more)Liz Middlebrook
Fantastic experience. Really nice group and the tour guide was an asset......We visited the (optional) temple during a large pilgrimage. We were surrounded by very cheerful and friendly people who made the visit really enjoyable. (more)Kerry Loan
I had a great time, I travelled with a lovely group of people and we shared some lovely experiences together. (more)Nelly Clark
From £1356 - £1579 including UK flights
Tiger tour in India, land of the Tiger tour
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
The skill and knowledge of our birding guide was exceptional, enabling us to see 170 species of birds during our visit... The holiday overall was very enjoyable, with some good locations, notable Munar and the Hornbill Camp. (more)Chris Sparkman
From £2399 - £2899 including UK 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
North India cultural tour
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 £668 - £910 excluding flights
Fair trade tours to India
Memorable parts? The visit to the tea plantation. Tips? Try to get out of the coach and wander about. Local benefits? Some benefit to local people. Impact on the environment minimized through use of a coach. Overall rating? A good chance to meet local people. (more)Peter Bentley
From £1645 - £1745 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 £699 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
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 most memorable part of the holiday was seeing a tiger resting and grooming in Kanha National Park. The monsoon rains in Sikkim. The Buddhist monasteries in Ladakh. (more)Maureen Fidkin
From £610 - £810 excluding flights
Kerala luxury holiday
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
Out of 100 - 100. Out of 10 - 10 Out of 5 -5 It was the most perfect holiday in the whole wide world. (more)Susan Ainger
From £2022 excluding flights
Kerala homestay tour, India
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
This was a tremendous experience...drifting peacefully through the backwaters on our own private rice barge was one of the most memorable experiences. (more)Daphne Donkin
Really enjoyable. The homestays exceeded our expectations. (more)Rosanna reynard
From £1254 excluding flights
India Golden Triangle tour
The temples and history were fascinating, especially the Taj Mahal, Red Fort, Amer Fort, Pink city etc and were very interesting the animals, birds, environment, and landscape were amazing with stunningly beautiful scenery in many locations. (more)Elizabeth Gooch
Seeing the Taj Mahal and Baby Taj in Agra was so amazing. I got to see the Taj at sunset and it really does change colors. The biggest surprise was Mumbai. (more)Patricia Iris Mayo
From £1199 - £1399 excluding flights
Endangered wildlife tour in India
Memorable parts? The sightings of the Desert Cat and the Leopard were fantastic. Roopangarh Fort was spectacular. Tips? At this time of year (March/April), the middle of the day is too hot to be outside for long. January/February would probably be better for both heat and early morning/late evening safaris. As cat sightings are not guaranteed, it is good if you have another interest, eg birding / photography. Lots of travelling. Be prepared for several hours in the car - not a... (more)kate Wilson
From £1100 - £1300 excluding 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
Rural cycling tours in South India
Memorable parts? Cycling and trekking through the tea plantations at Munnar. Tips? Don't bother with the cycling UP to Munnar (difficult, unsafe and unpleasant). Local benefits? Contributed to the economy - not sure about reducing environmental impacts. Did celebrate conservation on wildlife. Overall rating? Enjoyable for sure but would have benefitted from some better planned days. (more)Howard Rossman
From £620 excluding flights
Central India holiday, culture and wildlife
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 £2750 excluding flights
South India by rail holiday
Memorable parts? Staying in some fabulous homestays. Arriving at the first one, Nelpura, Moncompu in a canoe felt like royalty. Tips? No need to take too many clothes so easy to get things washed. Had thought we would be dressing up for dinner so took clothes to cover this eventuality. Local benefits? It was wonderful to go into people's houses to see craftsmen at work - the potter, weaver, basket. Since returning have told many people about life out there, how people have... (more)Clair Butler
From £1752 excluding 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 £1959 - £2599 including UK flights
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
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
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 £770 - £870 excluding flights
Southern India holiday
The most memorable parts were...The walk in the jungle, the Serpent temple, the tea plantations are stunning. (more)Simona Perlasca
The tour provided much work for local people and the guide always made a point of telling us where we could benefit the individual Indian people rather than the large companies. (more)Paul Crew
Excellent. Our tour guide, Avdhesh, was superb and for a holiday in India this was an almost unbelievably stress free experience. For us it was the first time we've travelled in an organised group rather than on our own, and we covered so much more than we could ever manage without being guided. (more)Neil Smith
From £1439 - £1859 including UK flights
Rajasthan luxury tours
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
What made the holiday extra special was the outstanding quality of the guiding - more like travelling companionship - by Ravindra. His knowledge, intellect, humor, honesty and pride in his culture brought it alive in a compelling way. (more)Rita Gardner
From £535 - £1120 excluding flights
Cycling holidays in Kerala
Wonderful memories....The organisation of our two week cycling holiday in Kerala with the operator was excellent. Additional activities, our accommodation, our driver support, bike guide and equipment were all well chosen and provided an excellent introduction to Keralan life. (more)Stevan Johl
To join a Hindu marriage, included to experience the hospitality and kindness towards us. Thanks Jerry! (more)Niels Revsgaard
The cycling was great, having a bike guide and a backup van worked really well for our style of cycling as it meant we didn't have to worry about each other. Francis and Shibu were great fun and we all enjoyed a beer together after finishing a ride. (more)Susan Reid
From £1050 - £1125 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 £1379 - £1899 including UK flights
India bird watching holiday in the Himalayas
For us the nature based activities and birdwatching were tremendous. We had some really good guides and got to see tigers and a leopard which is very rare. The people, the culture and the environment were very exotic to us. (more)Dianne Reidy
Seeing the Taj Mahal at Sunrise is an unforgettable event in our lives. Many special rare species of birds seen on our Birding Himalyan tour...Superbly organised. (more)Michael Clark
The bird watching was excellent...Bird guides were very good too, and all knew their local birds. However outstanding was Sunil (Kumar?) in Nainital. His excellent English made our outings a great pleasure (more)Jacky Davis
From £900 - £1150 excluding flights
Teaching projects in Southern India
Memorable parts? 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! Tips? Be open to experiencing a totally different way of life. Local benefits? Yes. Overall rating? Fantastic experience! (more)Sylvia Schwall
From £695 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
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 £1839 - £2049 including UK 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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For solo travellers or family adventurers, small group holidays are an excellent way to see any country. We sent Jerrine, one of our helpdesk experts, on a group adventure in India to see first hand what a group holiday is all about. "Having always travelled independently on my globe trekking adventures I was curious to see how a small group adventure would compare. India has always been high on my must-do places to visit so I was delighted to take up the challenge. Here´s a little bit about my adventures and what a small group holiday is really like... Always happy when the flight is over, but usually apprehensive about tackling the language barriers and over-zealous taxi drivers I was more than happy to be greeted with a smile by an Exodus representative. I was soon whisked off to the hotel where I met what was to be my new family for the next 8 days. . Read more about Jerrine's adventure in India in this India article.

Country facts for India holidays

Weather
North India experiences some extremes of heat in Summer and cold in Winter but, except in the Himalayas, snow is very rare. The winter season is from November to January and the hottest months are April and May. There is a brief spring in February and March, especially in North India. The Southwest India monsoon, which lasts from June to September affects most parts of the country but the west coast in particular. The Northeast India monsoon affects the east coast between October and February.

Holidays & festivals
There are three national holidays in India: Republic Day (January 26), Independence Day (August 15), and Gandhi Jayanti (October 2). The main annual festivals are Holi (mid-March), Navratri (Sept-Oct) and Diwali (Oct-Nov).

Languages
The official national languages of India are Hindi & English but there are also many other regional languages.

Money
The currency in India is the Indian Rupee (INR)

Time zone
GMT+5.5 (UTC+5.5)
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