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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.
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.
Travelling with Newmarket Holidays on an India tour, you will discover the north’s Golden Triangle. Hold your breath and feel the goose bumps rise, as the sun slowly sets behind the Taj Mahal, keep a watchful eye for the elusive tigers of Ranthambhore 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.
To the south, unwind totally as you float through Kerala’s languid backwaters on your own 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.Explore
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.Explore
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).Explore
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.Explore
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.Explore
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.Explore
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.Explore
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.Explore
Once the capital of the Mughals, the UNESCO-listed Red Fort (Lal Quila’) continues to remain of ancient times.Explore
You will find no shortage of things to do on your India tour. This is a country of endless possibilities and endless options, with over 1 billion residents, 22 official languages, a history of kingdom and empire, and some of the world’s most impressive landscapes and wildlife. A simple day spent tasting street-food in Mumbai’s exciting Colaba district or another taking a tour of one of Madurai’s incredible temples is likely to give you great insight into the working of this fascinating country. However, if you’re planning your Indian holiday, we think that experiencing at least one of the below is an absolute must.
The seemingly ubiquitous curry of Western restaurant-fame is just one string on India’s thickly strung culinary bow. Walk through the market in any village, town or city and you’ll find the air bursting with the aromatic scents of picked herbs, farm-fresh produce and freshly ground spices.
Not content with significant regional variation, India’s cuisine boasts huge variation from town to town and from city to city. A journey of 50 miles is frequently enough to see a marked change in local specialities. Your holiday to India would not be complete without trying dosa, a thin and crispy savoury pancake filled with lightly spiced mashed potato and served with a selection of piquant sambals, often served in the country’s south. Being a largely coastal region, the south also boasts some quite incredible fish – often a feature of Goan curries.
To the east you’ll be treated to peppery hints of the Orient, with Chinese street-food being readily available in Kolkata. India’s Thar Desert to the west and the northern region that surrounds it offers spicy, thick curry and an array of wonderful breads. Whichever part of India you choose to visit be sure to try the wide variety of biryanis, bhajis, puris, pakoras on offer.
In hot weather, Indians choose to drink piping hot, thick sweet chai tea – often bought from a chai wallah with an urn attached to a cart, bicycle or motorbike. If you’re after something cooler, though, try lassi, a chilled yoghurt-based drink that’s often sweetened with mango – it’s also great for battling against any overpoweringly strong spices.
First trip to India? Here are a few questions you might have.
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.