Join us on an escorted tour of India, a country like no other. A country full of colour, excitement and intrigue. A country of scents, sights and sounds. A country of mountains, deserts, plains, beaches, megacities and jungle. A country so captivating, your holiday to India will live long in the memory.
Whether you have a passion for history, culture, art or nature, you'll feel totally spoilt on our India holidays. Photography enthusiasts are sure to find extraordinary shots at every turn, and of course it (almost) goes without saying that the food on offer throughout the country is exceptional. Walk the streets of vast bustling, bewildering cities and gaze through time at preserved remnants of the British Empire and East India Company, set alongside the glittering buildings of modern-day India. Hear the timeless cry of chai wallahs selling their sweet tea and smell the scent from freshly strung jasmine flowers, in markets as full of life as any in the world.
Newmarket Holidays' India tours will provide you with the chance to discover the north’s Golden Triangle. Hold your breath and feel the goosebumps rise, as the sun slowly sets behind the Taj Mahal, keep a watchful eye for the elusive tigers of Ranthambore National Park and bear witness to the deeply spiritual ritual of pilgrims bathing in the sacred Ganges at Varanasi. Farther north still, breathe in crisp mountain air in the foothills of the Himalayas.
For India holidays in the south of this enchanting country, visitors can unwind totally while floating through Kerala’s languid backwaters on a kettuvallam houseboat. Sample delicious teas at a hill-country plantation. Choose to watch local fishermen haul in their catch, through crashing waves, or indulge yourself with a treatment in one of the subcontinent’s many ayurvedic spas.
Wherever you holiday in India, be sure to take time out to get to know its welcoming people; understand the complexities of the country’s numerous unique cultures and religions, and to feel the warmth of welcome for which the country is so famed. With our friendly, experienced Indian Tour Manager there to guide you along the way, let us take care of you.
Things to see and places to visit on your escorted tour of India
Stroll through royal pavilions as you take in Agra’s magnificent sights. Find the city’s pulse, and get lost in its lively maze of colourful bazaars and markets reminiscent of ancient times.
A place which has to be seen to be believed, Delhi is a land where ancient and modern wonders collide in a teeming, colourful, enthralling metropolis.
Join us on an escorted tour to the coastal former Portuguese enclave of Goa, India’s smallest state, and a slice of sun-kissed tropical heaven.
Discover the remarkable Pink City of Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan and witness its breath-taking forts and majestic palaces; from the Amber fort to the City Palace and the Palace of the Winds (Hawa Mahal).
Boasting nearly 600km of Arabian Sea shoreline, Kerala is best known for its palm-lined beaches and backwaters, impressive network of canals, sloping mountains and peaceful retreats.
Undoubtedly one of the world’s most famous and most beautiful buildings, the Taj Mahal and its pristine gardens sit gracefully just to the east of the maelstrom of the city.
The former hunting ground of Indian princes, beautiful Ranthambhore National Park, today, is a perfect natural habitat for the famed, endangered tigers and countless other species.
Home to some of the highest mountain ranges on the planet and carpeted with dense green forests, the Himalayas embody the majestic grandeur and beauty that nature can bestow.
Built for the Mughal Emperor Akbar the Great in the late 16th Century, Agra Fort served as the main palace of the Mughal Emperors until the capital moved to Delhi in 1638.
Once the capital of the Mughals, the UNESCO-listed Red Fort (Lal Quila’) continues to remain of ancient times.
Once the capital of the Kachchawahs, the Amber Fort is steeped in history dating back to 1592.
Undoubtedly one of the world's most recognisable buildings, few India holidays would be complete without a visit to the Taj Mahal. Located in Agra in the north of the country, this majestic structure was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife following her death in 1631. The magnificent white-marble mausoleum took 17 years and 20,000 workers to complete, and includes stunning architectural and decorative touches such as intricate floral designs and gemstones such as diamonds, jade and pearls.
Another of the country's most spectacular sights, the Red Fort in New Delhi is another must-do. Built in 1648 by Shah Jahan using striking red sandstone, it is a photographer's dream. With stunning architecture, serene spaces and the Chatta Chowk bazaar to explore, it makes a fantastic addition to any India itinerary. Equally spectacular is the Amber Fort of Jaipur. Dating back to 1592, it is an imposing yet beautiful landmark, providing today's visitors with the chance to wander through its courtyards, temples, and halls. Unsurprisingly, one of the stars on many India tours is Hawa Mahal, or the 'Palace of the Winds'. Constructed in 1799 to allow the royal ladies to glimpse the outside world without being seen, this red-stone structure remains one of Jaipur's most impressive sights.
For those looking for a slice of adventure and the chance to experience the country's natural wonders at their finest, the Himalayas are one of the most popular stops on India tours. From local villages and captivating forests to incredible wildlife and breathtaking vistas, it makes for a true once in a lifetime experience. Visit Buddhist monasteries, hunt for rare flora and sip tea at an estate in Darjeeling. Wildlife lovers, meanwhile, will find plenty of opportunities to seek out glimpses of the local species. India holidays provide the chance to see a fantastic variety of fauna, ranging from tigers and leopards to monkeys and birds. Sikkim is home to a large number of giant butterflies, while Gir National Park is the only place in the world to see the last remaining Asiatic lions.
Those with a love for city life should opt for India tours that include a visit to lively Mumbai. Home to a wide variety of sights and attractions, from the Elephanta Caves to the Hanging Gardens, the city offers plenty in the way of culture, history and cuisine. From grand colonial buildings to sparking skyscrapers, it provides a splendid mix of old and new. For travellers more inclined to soaking up sunshine on a sandy beach, Goa is the ultimate destination. Featuring huge stretches of postcard-worthy coastline, flavoursome cuisine and intriguing influences dating back to its Portuguese imperial past, it showcases a different side to the bustling streets of India's cities.
Experiencing authentic Indian food is undoubtedly one of the biggest highlights on most India holidays. Fragrant, flavoursome and fresh, it's easy to find a delicious meal here to fuel your sightseeing. From tantalising street food and cafes frequented by lunching locals to family run restaurants and plush hotel dining venues and bars, there is a wealth of options to choose from. Vegetarians and vegans will find they are exceptionally well catered for, and seafood lovers will also be delighted with the superb array of fare on offer, particularly in the regions of Kerala and Goa.
With each region having its own style of cuisine, India tours provide the chance to taste a wide variety of traditional dishes. Curries, biryanis, dhal, and koftas are sure to delight visiting taste buds, and even side staples such as the breads, chutneys and pickles are the stuff of dreams. For those with a sweet tooth, India is full of temptation. Favourites such as kheer, a creamy rice pudding; jalebis, bright orange pretzel-shaped coils of batter deep fried and dipped in sugar; and barfi, a fudge-like milk-based sweet, are very unlikely to disappoint.
First trip to India? Here are a few questions you might have.
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While Delhi and Mumbai are modern cities, it’s best to dress modestly in regional areas. At sacred monuments and religious sites, wear covered clothing and bring along a scarf in case you need to cover your head as a sign of respect.
India has a varied seasonal and geographical climate. Generally, the north of India is cooler, the centre of the country is hot and dry, and the south enjoys a tropical climate. Determining the best time to travel largely depends on the areas you’re interested in visiting and the climate there.
No, you don’t. While Hindi is India’s national language and is spoken by more than half of its citizens, English is spoken widely throughout India. In fact, most children learn English during their schooling. Many Indians in the major cities speak and understand English, and most street and shop signs are also displayed in English.
Absolutely. One of the best parts of India is the delicious cuisine. While it’s known for its spicy curries, if you walk on the milder side of life, you can still enjoy naan, butter chicken, dosa, chutneys, dahi wada, malai kofta, and more. Check out our guide to Indian cuisine on our blog.
The Indian rupee is the official currency of India. Visit XE to see the current exchange rate.
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