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Private tour of India

Mark and David's verdict:

A visit to India is an unforgettable experience - the swirling energy, the intense colours, the culture, the history, the sheer life-affirming exuberance of the place. Enjoy a private tour of Rajasthan in the North in your own chauffeur-driven car, or explore the glorious landscapes and beaches of Kerala.

Recommended tour operator: TransIndus

The Amber Fort, JaipurThe Taj MahalThe fishing nets of Cochin, KeralaElephants at Periyar, Kerala

TransIndus says

We have specialised in tailor-made journeys to India for more than 24 years and we take great pride in matching the dreams of our clients with the very best of all that India has to offer to create a seamless, memorable and very personal experience.

We offer a wide range of private tours throughout India.

One of the most popular choices is the 16-day Golden Triangle Plus, in and around Rajasthan – travel from Delhi to Mumbai via some of India’s most spectacular sights and sites.

In Varanasi, take a rickshaw ride along the banks of the Ganges. In Agra, you will not only enjoy time at the Taj Mahal but also the impressive fort. Ride in a cycle-rickshaw to a bird sanctuary in Bharatphur, gaze in wonder as you wander around the incredible palaces, forts and temples of Jaipur and Jodhpur – and discover the largest palace complex in Rajasthan in the romantic lake city of Udaipur.

In complete contrast, our popular nine-day God’s Own Country tour of Kerala takes you from the tea plantations of Munnar to the colonial port city of Cochin, a wildlife adventure in Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary to the dreamy backwaters of Kerala. This superb introduction to Kerala ends with a relaxing couple of days on the beach in Kovalam.

The best time to travel in Rajasthan and Kerala is from October to April – August and September are also possible in Kerala.

On all our holidays, you will stay in comfortable, characterful and atmospheric hotels where the service is as impressive as the architecture. We select first class guides too and ensure smooth travel arrangements from first class rail travel to a private car and driver.

Find out more about our private journeys and escorted tours in India. Download or request a brochure here.

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