India Tailor made holidays

India Tailor made holidays
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 Rajhastan tour, India
Discover the cultural wonders of Rajasthan, from £1650 (14 days) ex flights
Kerala homestay tours
See Kerala from a different perspective, from £350 - £460 (8 days) ex flights
North Kerala tailor made holidays
Uncover the rich culture of northern Kerala, from £1400 (13 days) ex flights
India bird watching holiday in the Himalayas
Specialised bird watching in the Himalayas, from £850 - £1100 (14 days) ex flights
Rajasthan tailor made holiday, India
See the temples & palaces of Rajasthan, from £625 - £820 (12 days) ex flights
India holiday to Rajasthan, tailor made
opulent palaces, golden forts, elephant ride, from £1540 - £1970 (14 days) ex flights
Kerala birdwatching holidays, Western Ghats
An endemic birding tour through the Western Ghats of India, from £870 (8 days) ex flights
Rural cycling tours in South India
The perfect way to cycle in rural Keralan countryside., from £620 (8 days) ex flights
Tadoba National park tiger safari, India
Tadoba the best tiger reserve of India, from £720 - £860 (8 days) ex flights
Tiger watching holiday in India
A chance to see the majestic tiger in the wild, from £560 - £760 (9 days) ex flights
Central India holiday, culture and wildlife
The very best of central India's wildlife and history, from £2750 (16 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
Kerala tailor made holiday, India
plantations gods own country mangroves beaches house boat, from £750 (10 days) ex flights
Kerala luxury holiday
Kerala at a relaxed pace, from £1992 (15 days) ex flights
India Golden Triangle tour
Massive forts, peerless palaces and majestic monuments., from £1199 - £1399 (15 days) ex flights
Tailor made tiger safari in India
17 game drives in 3 National Parks, from £2650 (13 days) inc UK flights
Kerala homestay tour, India
Stay in homestays in various destinations in Kerala, from £1268 (15 days) ex flights
Kerala cultural holiday, tailor made
Seasons never ends in this breathtaking beautiful land., from £849 - £1249 (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
Southern India tour, temples & nature
Tour from Coimbatore to Bangalore via Mysore, from £494 (6 days ) ex flights
Gujarat holidays, Asiatic Lions, Blackbuck & Wild Asses
Asian lions in Gir National Park, from £600 - £800 (9 days) ex flights
South India by rail holiday
Rail trip visiting Kerala and Tamil Nadu, from £1752 (19 days) ex flights
Karnataka holidays, tailormade, India
Experience the highlights of Karnataka at a relaxed pace, from £2312 (15 days) ex flights

158 reviews for India Tailor made holidays4 star overall rating

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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 £690 - £1275 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
History, culture & wildlife of India holiday
The most memorable parts were staying at the home of the Kumars, visiting Golden Temple at Amritsar and WildFlower Hall...Outstanding. (more)Andrew Hollas
All brilliant...Mysore and Dewelokam were the highlights (more)Leah Dunthorne
This was the trip of a lifetime for us. We asked for a trip that would take us off the beaten track, give us a chance to meet local people and learn about local activities and customs, and give us a good introduction to the culture and history of India. This trip surpassed our goals in every way. (more)Mary Vetter
From £1336 excluding flights
Tiger watching holiday in India
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
Fantastic, but certainly not a relaxing one...long distances, very bad roads in places, but worth it once there....seeing Tigers in the wild was the best part! (more)kevin mann
The visit to Bandhavgarh was excellent having seen a tigress and her two cubs shortly before the end of our last visit to the reserve. We felt that we were being given special treatment by the staff at the reserve. (more)David Whitehead
From £560 - £760 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 £1992 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 £1268 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 wildcats 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 £2200 - £2600 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 £350 - £460 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
Gujarat holidays, Asiatic Lions, Blackbuck & Wild Asses
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
Most memorable? Perhaps the sightings of leopards and wolves as well as the Asiatic lions, wild asses and blackbuck promised. But also being just about the only Europeans in the area we felt a lot closer to the local population including the tribal people. (more)Lesley Prout
From £600 - £800 excluding 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
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
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 birdwatching holidays, Western Ghats
The most memorable part of the holiday was...Getting away from cities to the real Southern India in Kerala & Tamil Nadu. Seeing lots of birds and other wild fauna & flora, and having such knowledgeable people as our guide Jijo (more)Keith Pigdon
It was really an excellent experience...we were well looked after by a great driver/guide, Peter. He was ever cheerful and patient when one of us was a bit slow and tried hard to meet the high expectations of the other. We had some really good sightings of rare species. (more)Dianne Reidy
Excellent holiday mainly thanks to our guide Peter...the most memorable part was seeing birds, some at close range and the beautiful scenery of Munnar and Thattekad (more)Sue Swan
From £870 excluding flights
Rajasthan tailor made holiday, India
The holiday was good...Visit to Cochin in Kerala. The Taj Malabar is a unique one!!! And also Usaipur, the city is great and the Leela palace hotel is a must seen. (more)Itay Mehl
Most memorable was the Taj Mahal. It's everything it's claimed to be. A remarkable building that shows little sign of age. We visited in the afternoon then went back at dawn. It's well worth two visits (more)Sally Wylie
From £625 - £820 excluding flights
Kerala family activity holiday, India
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
Everything was superb from beginning to end. The guides and drivers used were truly professional...We were impressed by the quality and freshness of all the food that we were given - wonderful flavours. We enjoyed all the activities from sightseeing to birding, cooking demos to kayaking. (more)Richenda Askew
From £840 excluding 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 £850 - £1100 excluding flights
Kerala cultural holiday, tailor made
Memorable parts? There were so many memorable moments - we loved the tea plantations, spice farms, the friendliness of all the people, the scenery when we were up in the hills, the houseboat and staying in the backwaters Tips? We had added on a few days on the beach, at the end of the holiday. This was based upon experience of other tours where we had felt you needed some time to rest/relax at the end. With hindsight this wasn't necessary with this trip. The time would have been better... (more)Andrew Dobson
From £849 - £1249 excluding flights
Kerala culture and backwaters holiday, India
Memorable parts? We (a married couple of mature years) spent two nights at a homestay situated within a bird sanctuary. The family, four generations, gave us a touchingly friendly welcome ('this is your home'), and at dawn our host took us to a rocky promontory where we sat as the sun rose over the jungle and the birds began their day - hornbills, bulbuls, sunbirds, woodpeckers, mynahs, parakeets, etc, etc. We counted at least 35 species including, on the way back, a pair of frogmouths,... (more)Robin Fox
From £750 - £890 excluding flights
Snow Leopard tracking in the Himalayas
Memorable parts? Actually being able to watch snow leopards in the wild - the main aim of the trip. We spent nearly 50 hours watching interaction between several different cats including hunting and mating. Tips? Make sure you have good telescope, binoculars and camera lenses. Even if you don't see snow leopards, they are needed for the birdlife. Suggest getting a solar powered charger for electrical equipment - they don't weigh much and work really well. Have a care if you suffer... (more)Liz Cooke
From £2395 - £2675 excluding flights
South India holiday
The holiday was completely wonderful in every way. The whole holiday was memorable beyond expectation but if I have to chose one element that was most memorable it's the organiser Ravi Kumar and his wonderful family at Aakriti who treated me like a loved family member (more)Nelson Jeannette
It was fascinating to experience a little part of this remarkable mixture. The visit to the backwaters - which included 24 hours on our boat - was particularly worthwhile. This is an area of lakes, rivers and small canals quite unlike any other we have visited. (more)John Burley
Most memorable parts were - sharing the Diwali Festival during a homestay at Aakriti. The choice of hotels and the mixture of interests including an overnight journey on a train. (more)Richard Kinch
From £1851 excluding flights
Wildlife photography holiday in India
Most memorable? It would have to be seeing FIVE tigers however the whole holiday was fantastic. India is certainly a challenge especially the train stations. (more)Gillian Ash
The most memorable part was without doubt the 13, yes 13 tiger sightings during our stay in Kanha National Park for 5 1/2 days in December 2008. This included a very young tiger cub!! A great privilege to see one tiger let alone more than one. (more)Stewart Holt
From £580 - £760 excluding flights
Kerala budget holiday, tailor made
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
Really nicely looked after, such good food and so relaxing. Best bit though was staying at Koshy's home stay in Kumily. (more)Stacy Smith
From £994 excluding flights
Elements of Kerala tailor made tours
The opportunities that presented themselves for us to see real Theyyem in the northern villages with no other westerners for miles. Arriving in the Wayanad hills on the one day in the year that the coffee plants flower and to be enveloped by their amazing scent. (more)Rosemary Richardson
A superb experience. Sights, sounds, smells, people....a little overwhelming occasionally; but the backwater cruise in particularly was a wonderful getaway. The operator organised everything wonderfully, and we can't recommend them more highly. (more)Anne Jenkins
The area is stunning. Very beautiful. The homestay aspect was great and enjoyed staying in more representative settings than in hotels. All fabulous for different reasons. (more)Alexandra Pearce
From £748 excluding flights
Kerala tailor made holiday, India
Memorable parts? Staying in some amazing properties in Kochi, Thekkady, Kumarakom, Kovalam, in a beautiful part of India, that some might consider a wonderful antidote to the absolute (wonderful) madness of Northern India. Kerala is a great place to explore. Tips? We were lucky that the variety of accommodation was very high (but obviously this was negotiated with the company). Discuss what you want out of the holiday, the activities, style of trip etc... as it is totally tailor made.... (more)Brendan Godfrey
From £750 excluding flights
Golden Triangle tour in India
There was not one particular memory, it was a week of full on assault on the senses, in a very positive way. Well organized and carried through...We had a wonderful week! (more)Julie Kranz
The most memorable parts were the variety of the cities and sites, the vibrant colours and sounds mixed with the dirt and poverty, the kindness of the people. The Taj Mahal was so beautiful and seeing tigers was memorable. (more)Stephen Pick
From £700 excluding flights
Golden Triangle & tigers holiday in India
The most memorable parts were 1) Kanha Wildlife park and 2) Monkey Temple Jaipur. (more)John Hill
Great - everything we hoped it would be. Bar some teething problems with the operator we had the holiday of a life-time. The hotels were excellent and the local guides that were arranged were very knowledgeable, (more)Martine Sobey
Most memorable was visiting our driver's home and family - an impromptu visit. (more)Lynley Marett
From £450 - £650 excluding flights
Kerala houseboat holiday, India
It was a wonderful holiday, and we would love to go back...The houseboat was run so professionally by Suresh and his team. Our room was spotless, the living accommodation at the front of the boat was comfortable and spacious, the food amazing (we were offered and enjoyed all manner of Keralan dishes) and plentiful, the staff genuinely friendly and helpful. (more)Fran Smart
Each place we visited was like a new holiday. Brilliantly put together, great choice of places to stay. And of course Kerala was amazing, and the food to die for. (more)Sarah Beard
I would say that the most magical moment was waking up in the houseboat on the Kerala backwaters to see, way across a paddy field, an elephant trudging along the road amid the usual chaotic cacophony of cars, lorries, tuk-tuks, bikes, motorbikes and unaccountably still living pedestrians. (more)Melinda Letts
From £592 excluding flights
Kerala luxury holiday, India
Memorable parts? The homestays were particularly enjoyable, allowing us some insight into everyday life in a way that can be difficult to experience as a tourist. Our hosts were warm, genuine, entertaining and thoughtful people who put a great deal of effort into ensuring that we got the best from our trip. It felt very sad each time we had to move on! Also, Keralan food is wonderful, though 3 home cooked meals a day can have a serious impact on your waistline (perhaps we should have refused... (more)Liz Livingstone
From £2039 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
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A bit disappointing really

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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)

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