Tours of India

Mark and David's verdict
A visit to India is an unforgettable experience - the intense colours, the food, the history, the sheer life-affirming exuberance of the place. Sure, you could book the cheapest package on Google, but you only get one stab at this life, so we suggest you travel with the premier tour operator to India, Cox & Kings, which has spent over 260 years perfecting the art of travel and can put together astonishing itineraries and arrange unique encounters, whether you choose to go in a small group or individually.

Recommended tour operator: Cox & Kings

Cox & Kings says

India has been our heartland since our founding more than 260 years ago. Our passionate and knowledgeable team in the UK knows the country inside out, returning regularly to refresh their knowledge. And we have our own offices in India itself, ensuring seamless service on the ground.

  • Bucket list experiences
  • Unique itineraries
  • Private or group tours

We offer a wide range of finely-crafted small-group tours for up to 18 travellers (average size 12) and private tours throughout India. Alternatively, we can create a tailor-made holiday to fit your available time, budget, party size and interests. Whichever way you travel with us, our matchless contacts guarantee a journey full of curated experiences that will live up to – or exceed – your expectations.

Read on for a selection of our India escorted tours, all of which are available on a shared or private basis. Each journey features Cox & Kings’ Signature Experiences, unique and adventurous activities designed to reveal more of India’s colourful culture and diverse scenery.

The Golden Triangle features on many people’s bucket list and is the most popular choice for first-time visitors to India. It comprises India’s ancient city of Delhi; Agra, former royal capital and home of the Taj Mahal; and the “Pink City” of Jaipur. Passage through Rajasthan is a spectacular two-week journey of discovery that takes in all the classic sights. It also includes a cruise on Udaipur’s Lake Pichola, a scenic rural train ride, a night in the Great Thar Desert and a safari in Ranthambore National Park.

Our Golden Triangle and Shimla holiday will give you a similarly rich experience of Rajasthani hospitality, culture and architecture, perfectly rounded off with a stay at the tranquil colonial-era hill station of Shimla.

India’s mountains have long held a mystical allure for travellers. In our Journey through the Himalayan foothills, we’ll take you on a heritage walk through the holy city of Amritsar, visit a local family in Dharamsala, take a ride on the Kangra Mountain Railway and Solan ‘toy train’, visit the home of the Tibetan government-in-exile and explore Chandigarh.

Our Grand Tour of India is just that, with a heady mix of sights and sounds, from Amritsar and Varanasi to the Taj Mahal and Amber Fort – and so many points in between.

Many of our guests add on a stay in Southern India for a few nights’ R&R but if you wish to explore the region in more depth, consider our Treasures of Southern India tour. Journey from Tamil Nadu to Kerala, with stays in such magical places as Pondicherry and Cochin, plus a relaxing cruise through Kerala’s backwaters.

On all our holidays, you will stay in 4- and 5-star hotels where the service is as impressive as the architecture. We select outstanding guides and ensure smooth travel arrangements, from first-class rail travel to a private car and driver.

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