India Tours & Holidays
Escorted tours of India
Where to begin when describing the wonders of India?
A vast land that has everything from icy mountain tops to arid desert. India is a country rich with history, culture, and some of the best street food in the world, making a visit to the subcontinent is so much more than your average trip abroad. Whether you’re a beach lover looking for paradise on our Kerala tour, a wannabe wildlife expert searching out the Bengal Tiger, or even pining to live in the lap of luxury for a while, you’ll find what you want in this incredible landmass.
With a Newmarket Holidays escorted tour of India you’ll be able to see much of what this truly unique country has to offer, although even with our expert guides and years of experience, you’ll only be able to experience some of what makes India so special. With that said, there’s no doubt that once you’ve had a taste of the subcontinent you’ll be itching to come back.
On your India holiday you can explore the magnificent Taj Mahal and Amber Fort, and trek through some of the world’s wildest national parks. India is great for solo travellers and groups alike too, with local guides able to shepherd you through South India and the backwaters of gorgeous Kerala, and teach you all about the holy River Ganges. There truly is nothing like India, and once you visit, you’ll see why.
Things to do in India
Newmarket Holidays tours vary from region to region in India, capturing the best of this vast country's culture, nature and architecture. See a few of the country's highlights below to see what type of tour would suit you.
A tiger in Ranthambore National Park
No India tour would be complete without a visit to the immense, untamed Ranthambore National Park. The conservation area has some of the most unique flora and fauna in the country, and a safari here is truly a one-of-a-kind experience.
India’s Golden Triangle
Known as India’s Golden Triangle, the bustling cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur showcase much of what this phenomenal landmass has to offer. See ancient sites alongside modern delights, and make sure to grab a bite from the street sellers that line the packed roads.
While India’s North and Centre have long been represented in Western ideas of the country, the stunning South is only now receiving the love it deserves.. Kerala, Bangalore, Goa, and other states in the region are blessed with everything from majestic waterfalls to idyllic beaches, as well as some great food to dive into.
Things to see in India
There’s a reason why the India remains one of the most visited destinations in the world: it simply doesn’t disappoint. From the Taj Mahal, the ultimate expression of the painful beauty of love and grief, to Ranthambore National Park, every corner of India is exceptional.
India tour highlights
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.
Indian food and drink
The concept of Indian food is a bit of a misnomer, as there’s as much culinary diversity in the land as there is across all of Europe and more.
Punjabi food is what most people in the UK would recognise as Indian, so if you want to get a true taste of your favourite dishes, then make sure you eat your way through the breadbasket of India.
While Northern Indian food is generally more popular across the globe, the South has its own special traditions, with a bigger focus on meat, fish, and coconut-inspired dishes. Kerala especially has a unique culinary culture, so get yourself to the beautiful southern state to try it out.
Nobody does tea quite like the Indians. Chai, the word for tea in multiple Indian languages, is a spiced concoction which blends regular English breakfast tea with flavours like cardamom and fennel, with many tea houses having their own special blend of spices to give each drink a unique flavour.
India by region
With an incredible 1.2 million square miles, there is simply so much land to explore in India. While it's no secret that there is unique cultural diversity in the South Asian nation, the landscapes also vary widely, from the dramatic Himalayan peaks of the north, onwards to the lush coastal region of Kerala in the south.
First trip to India? Here are a few questions you might have.
- Time Zone
- GMT +5.30 hours
- Avg. Flight Time
- 8.5 hours
- Visa Required
- Visa required
- Indian Rupee
What are the best tours to India?
To get the best of your Indian adventure, we recommend the following tours:
- India - Tigers & the Taj Mahal
- India - Tigers, the Taj Mahal & Amritsar's Golden Temple
- India's Golden Triangle & Shimla
- Kerala & India's Beautiful South
- A Journey Through India - Palace & Fort Stays
If you'd like to see more India tours, check out our website.
Is there a dress code in India?
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.
When is the best time to visit India?
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.
Do I need to speak Hindi to visit?
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.
I’m sensitive to spicy foods. Are there milder meal options in India?
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.
What is the currency in India?
The Indian rupee is the official currency of India. Visit XE to see the current exchange rate.
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