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An incredible journey through the desert province of Rajasthan, including Delhi, Jaipur, Jodhpur, the Taj Mahal and much more!

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Book an India tour to experience one of the most authentic and diverse countries. With over 1.4 billion citizens of a thousand ethnicities, this vast country has disparate regions ranging from tropical beaches to Himalayan peaks. 

Sporting a rich history, breathtaking landscapes, and a culture very different from the western style, India is a feast for the senses. Incredible aromas of varied, delectable cuisine are obvious draw cards for foodies, but this country has something for everyone.

Almost all our travel packages include flights, hotels, tours, and transfers. India trips are packed with exciting things to see whether you are after a cultural, historical, or adventurous experience. 

Trips to India from the UK

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A carefully planned India tour helps you traverse a country with at least 5,000 years of archeological evidence dating back to the Indus civilization. Many confess amazement at the enormous population, the spirituality, and epic food variations.

Explore nearly 5,000 miles of coastline littered with deserted beaches, forgotten hippies, and a laid-back atmosphere. 

The birthplace of yoga and chess, our India trip packages take in towering Himalayan peaks and the home of the Dalai Lama in the north. The tropical south is famous for sun-kissed beaches, temples in multitudes, and a thriving culture with mouthwatering cuisine.

Enjoy an adventure into the vast desert with forts, palaces, and monuments in Rajasthan. Spot one of the 3,000 tigers that remain in this country of 22 official languages. 

Attend one of the traditional celebrations, like Diwali (festival of lights), Holi (festival of color), or Maha Shivaratri (the great night of Shiva). They’re all dwarfed by the iconic Kumbh Mela, a peaceful gathering of 200 million people. 

The country is famous for producing 70% of the world’s spices. It’s also home to the Bollywood film industry, which releases impressive cinematic offerings. Chaotic and bustling, it’s also friendly, tolerant, mystical, and mystifying. 

Top points of interest in India

The seventh-largest country by area with the second-highest population, tour packages in India offer numerous attractions. This list merely scratches the surface of options in this intriguing nation.

Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer is in the middle of the Great Indian Desert, with the iconic 12th-century fort at its heart. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it displays the palaces and deserts of Rajasthan.

The sprawling citadel has impressive walls and is operational, with a population of around 4,000 inhabitants. There are shops, hotels, the Maharaja Palace, and intricate Jain temples.

It dominates the skyline with its finely carved sandstone architecture, but there’s more to the “Golden City.” Shop at the local bazaar for handicrafts, camel leather items, souvenirs, brassware, rugs, and shawls.

Include a camel safari in your India tour package. Venture into the Thar Desert and spend a traditional evening under the stars with folk music and dance. Jeep safaris are also popular, or take a boat out for the Instagram-friendly views around Gadisar Lake.

Goa

The smallest state, Goa tempts Indian tour packages with its white sand beaches, happening nightlife, and colorful markets. There’s epic colonial architecture and fantastic seafood, while smiling locals continue to welcome busloads of tourists each year.

From the hippies, flea markets, and nightlife of Anjuna to the laid-back village vibe of Agonda or picturesque Palolem, the 100 km coast has something for everyone. It’s got churches, temples, spice farms, national parks, and waterfalls before you even get to the idyllic beaches.

Action junkies can dive into scuba, bike tours, river cruises, waterfalls, bungee jumping, fishing, and kayaking. There’s also surfing and other watersports, including parasailing, to keep you entertained and in shape. Soak up the sun with a cocktail or coconut if you prefer.

Agra

The home of the Taj Mahal, Agra is a must-see for those who tour India. Backed against the Yamuna River, the ivory-white crypt is among the world’s most fantastic architectural monuments, with a love story to match. 

The city boomed in the golden age of the Mughal emperors. They included Shah Jahan, who constructed the mausoleum for his favorite empress, Mumtaz Mahal. It’s the jewel of Islamic art in India and a universally admired UNESCO World Heritage monument. 

Calligraphy depicts verses from the Koran on the exterior, but the gateway, spectacular central dome, and minarets are also stunning. It’s the main attraction of an India tour, but Agra Fort, the 16th century Mughal garden Ram Bagh, and the tomb of Akbar the Great offer alternatives.

Jaipur

The “Pink City” is the capital of the colorful and arid state of Rajasthan. In the 19th century, Maharaja Singh ordered it painted pink, the color of hospitality, for Queen Victoria’s visit. On the eastern edge of the Thar Desert, it’s a rare example of a planned Indian city.

At the center of the grid is the Jaipur City Palace complex, with buildings, gardens, museums, courtyards, temples, and the royal residence. The Amer (Amber) fort sits on the hill about seven miles from the city center, featuring beautiful yellow and pink sandstone with marble.

The Hawa Mahal, or Palace of the Winds, is another architectural marvel made from red and pink sandstone. Most of our India trips take in this bustling city with museums, temples, and bright saris characteristic of the region. It’s also a great place to launch your desert safari

Other attractions

Varanasi is the spiritual heart of Hinduism. On the banks of the Ganges River, the old, sacred ghats are steps next to the river used for cremation, among other things. Watch the pilgrims hail the sunrise by immersing in this holiest of rivers on our Indian tours. 

The highlands of Darjeeling are famed for tea, Assam for the one-horned rhino, Amritsar for the Golden Temple, Mumbai for the iconic Gateway to India, and Hampi for its ruins. There’s a long list of compelling sights in one of the world’s most fascinating destinations

 

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Step out of your comfort zone with an epic India trip. Experience the contrasting culture and lifestyle on the subcontinent. We use our expertise to guide you through this lively country.

 

All included: Flights, hotels, tours & transfers

 

Planning a trip to India can be a daunting undertaking, we know. The diversity of the land makes it incredibly interesting for tourists and often frustrating for planners. Different languages and local customs may be challenging to navigate for independent travelers.

We negotiate directly with airlines and hotel groups to bring you fantastic rates and personally check out accommodations to ensure it lives up to expectations. Our tried and tested itineraries offer a balance of inspiration, education, and relaxation.

All India package tours from Exoticca include flights, transfers, tours, and hotel accommodations. We arrange and schedule, leaving you free to sit back and enjoy the captivating experience. 

 

India trips partially or fully guided

 

We offer a variety of travel options, like fully or partially guided group tours. If you’re on a solo India trip, you have the option to join in on these group excursions. 

Partial allows you to maintain some freedom and flexibility over your India tour. We provide a detailed itinerary with a blow-by-blow schedule that gives you free time and the chance to explore at your leisure.

Many adventurers hope to learn a lot during a relatively brief visit. On your trip to India, enjoy valuable insights from local guides who explain and educate with their understanding of local customs, language, and culture.

 

Crafted by our own travel experts

 

Our travel experts draw from personal experience traveling around this beguiling country. The size and population can be overwhelming, but few nations can compare with the sensory activation. 

Planning an Indian trip can be overwhelming, so let us simplify your experience with a tailored tour. We combine must-see attractions with our picks of the most enthralling nearby sights, increasing our coverage at a stimulating but leisurely pace.

With such a large area, you can’t see everything, so look through our varied India tour options. Determine what appeals to you and choose accordingly.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which place in India attracts many tourists?

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A simply stunning architectural monument, the Taj Mahal is the most-visited single attraction, while the capital Delhi edges out Mumbai as the most visited city. 

When is the best time to tour India?

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Most tourists opt for an India tour during winter, which falls between October and March. The north gets much colder in January and February, especially in the mountains, but it also makes for excellent vistas. The rest of the country is warm, dry, and sunny.

Is an India tour worth the effort?

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Touring India can be overwhelming with the myriad smells and spectacular sights. You must contend with the cacophony of noise and the premium on personal space, but it’s well worth the effort. 

How many days is enough to see India?

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We recommend at least two weeks to get a decent understanding of this very different culture. It’s halfway around the world, so you may as well make a trip to India worthwhile.

Is India affordable to tour?

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On long or short trips to India, it is more affordable than Europe and even much of Asia. Of course, the cost depends on the duration of your stay, activities, and where you stay. In general, accommodation and transport take up the largest chunk of your travel budget. 

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My wife and I recently used Exoticca for a 2 week trip to India. Our guides were extraordinary with their knowledge of the subjects at hand, enthusiasm and attention to detail. Exoticca ensured we were seamlessly housed, guided and secure. We highly recommend Exoticca for tour planning.

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A holiday to India is a journey through a complex history, a colourful culture and a varied landscape which stretches from the snowy caps of the mighty Himalayas to the luscious coast of the abundant Indian Ocean. The 6th largest economy in the world and home to a staggering 3 billion people, India holds within its territory some of the worlds most mythical and iconic sights and cities such as the eternal Taj Mahal, Varanasi, the Ganges River, the lush beaches of Goa and Rishikesh, the world centre of yoga, not to mention the lively capital of Delhi. This vast country shares borders with China, Nepal, Bhutan, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Myanmar and its immense coastline, stretching for more than 7,500 kilometres, sits on the Indian Ocean, the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea. Today, India is divided into 29 states and 7 union territories.

 

Nature in India

Lovers of nature are spoilt for choice when they take a tour in India. With habitat zones ranging from tropical rainforests to alpine forests and deserts, India is home to a plethora of endemic plant and wildlife species, the former of which contributes to its strong culture of herbal medicine and Ayurvedic practice. India is famed for its varied and exotic wildlife including Bengal tigers, lions, Indian and white giraffe, leopards and snow leopards, the majestic Indian elephant and the mighty Indian rhinoceros.

The country’s fantastically diverse wildlife is preserved in more than 120 national parks, although it is common to see wild animals roaming the city streets. Supporting such a wide array of wildlife, India is home to a range of geographical regions and landscapes, the most iconic being the Thar Desert, the snowy Himalayas, the lush tropical backwaters of Kerala and the unbelievable metropolises of Mumbai, Kolkata and Delhi.

 

History of India

With a history as vast as its size and stretching back as far as 5 millennia, a package holiday in India will open your eyes to a fascinating mix of traditions, cultures and religions. Often called the ‘oldest religion in the world’, Hinduism is the largest religion in India, and across the centuries it has laid the foundations for the country’s culture and way of life. It’s founding texts, known as the ‘vedas’, were composed in India between 2000 and 5000 BC, marking the beginning of Vedic Culture, a key period in the northwest territories of the country.

During these ancient times in the central Ganges Plain, the territory was divided into 16 kingdoms, known as Mahajanapagas. By the 4th and 5th centuries, the Golden Age of the Gupta Empire had unified much of the Indian Subcontinent and encouraged progress through a practice of Hinduism based on devotion rather than ritual which prompted a proliferation of arts, architecture and Sanskrit literature. As the centuries moved forward so Muslim dynasties and the famous Mughal Empire left their mark on the story of India.

During the Mughal era, from the 16th-19th century, popular monuments such as the Taj Mahal, Humayun's Tomb, Fatehpur Sikri, the Red Fort and the Agra Fort, were constructed and reflected the artistic collaboration between both Persian and Indian architectural styles. The East India Company and the establishment of the British Raj also began in this era and its authority would continue until 1947 when Indian independence was declared. In 1950, a secular and democratic government was established marking the new era of modern India. Today, the colours, rituals, spirituality and vibrant culture of India are known and admired worldwide, so a package holiday to India is the best choice for a full experience of the wonders of the country.

 

Indian culture

The world’s most populous country, India is known for its rich culture which varies from region to region. The official language is Hindi, although there are lots of regional languages that are widely spoken and English is the main language in which education and business are communicated. Religion is an important part of life in India and although Hinduism is the leading faith, Islam, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Christianity and ancient Zoroastrianism all contribute to the melting pot of culture and rituals.

With a complex cultural catalogue of beliefs and practices, concepts such as karma, dharma and the widely popular practice of yoga, all originate from India. Ancient languages such as Sanskrit and Sangam, are considered important pillars of culture in the country, although performing arts and music are at the centre of India’s vibrant heart. Dances often act out myths, legends and religious teachings and are an unmissable sight on a holiday to India.

In recent years the Indian film industry, sometimes known as ‘Bollywood’, has gained recognition worldwide for its brilliant mix of modern and traditional values, opening up an insight into today’s India to viewers around the globe. Family values are another important pillar in everyday Indian life, with a multi-generational patriarchal structure being the most common structure of family life. It is also common for consensual arranged marriages to be organised for the younger generations. Traditional dress is a highly recognisable part of Indian culture, seen in the colourful fabrics and patterns of the ‘saris’ and ‘cholis’ often irresistible to visitors on holiday in India, who cannot resist buying the beautiful textiles to take home with them.

From the immortal deserts of Rajasthan to the sleepy backwaters of Kerala and spiritual ghats of Varanasi, India is a must-visit destination for all intrepid travellers. If you dream of having your eyes opened to a different way of life, to unbelievable devotion, to the most vibrant colours of the spring Holi festival and to the smiles and friendliness of the local people, a package tour of India will deliver these dreams to you.

  • Entry requirements

    Passport with a minimum of six months validity and at least two blank pages.

  • Visa

    A visa is required to enter the country. Issued by the embassy or online E-Visa application one month before arrival in the country.

  • Time zone

    GMT + 5:30.

  • Currency

    Indian Rupee.

  • Language

    Hindi and English.

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  • Electricity

    220 V in the majority of the country. Electrical sockets are European style however an adapter may be useful.

  • Other useful information

    Foreigners cannot bring Indian Rupees into the country, although you can bring foreign currency and exchange it once you arrive.

  • Health

    High levels of air pollution during winter (October to February). Northern cities are the most affected.

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