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Tours in the Indian Subcontinent

Comprising of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, the Indian Subcontinent is defined by a wealth of cultural diversity, vibrant landscapes and traditions dating back centuries. A feast for the senses, you’ll discover labyrinthian bazaars, sacred monuments, bustling cities and rugged mountain ranges. Sample a host of flavourful cuisine and observe lively, colourful festivals of traditional song and dance.

As part of our 10-day India’s Golden Triangle tour, you’ll first wander the streets of Delhi, admiring the 17th century bastions and turrets of the octagonal Red Fort, the white marble minarets of the Jama Masjid mosque, and the artistry of the ornate Lotus Temple. Witness the splendour of the Rashtrapati Bhavan and its manicured gardens, before venturing on to Agra – home of the magnificent Taj Mahal. Embark on a thrilling 4x4 safari drive through the expansive plains, thriving marshes and dense woodlands of Ranthambore National Park in search of tigers, sloth bears, crocodiles and deer. Tour the ancient ‘pink city’ of Jaipur, learning of its fascinating history as you explore its red and pink honeycomb Hawa Mahal palace, before completing your Indian adventure with a visit to the Jantar Mantar – the world’s largest stone and marble observatory.

Alternatively, swap the frenetic energy of Delhi’s streets for the serene, holy temples of Nepal on our Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal tour. Observe the majesty of the Pashupatinath Temple and its plethora of inscriptions, Hindu sculptures and adornments, before gazing up at the one of the world’s tallest stupas (a dome-like structure for prayer and worship) – the Boudhanath Stupa. Take in spectacular vistas of Kathmandu from the Swayambhunath Monkey Temple, as your trip culminates with a jungle safari through the Royal Chitwan National Park, in search of leopards, tigers and the one-horned rhinoceros.

4 days

Maharajas' Express - Treasures of India

Guide Price £3,499 pp  

Have you ever thought about experiencing and exploring India's mesmerising golden triangle by rail? Be treated like Indian royalty and travel the infamous route in unrivalled luxury. Taking inspiration from the golden age of rail, travel the Maharajas' Express -...

Rail journeys

Maharajas' Express - Treasures of India
15 days

In Search of Tigers 14-night tour

Guide Price £3,699 pp  

Welcome to the best tiger safari in India. On our thrilling 14-night In Search of Tigers tour, you’ll take on the role of a jungle explorer, searching out one of nature’s most elusive and majestic creatures - the mighty tiger...

In Search of Tigers 14-night tour
3 days

Mahabalipuram Extension

Guide Price £399 pp  

If you don’t feel quite ready to end your holiday in India, why not consider our three-day Mahabalipuram extension? You can continue your epic Silk and Spices of South India tour or any of our other incredible India itineraries -...

Mahabalipuram Extension
4 days Gateway of India, Mumbai

Mumbai by Dawn

 

Discover the true spirit of Mumbai with our extension tour. ‘Mumbai by Dawn’ will let you witness the hubbub of activity that takes place in the early hours as India’s largest city starts the day. From the market vendors, dockers,...

Iconic journeys

Mumbai by Dawn
13 days The Taj Mahal, Agra, with reflective pool

Princes & Palaces

 

Discover the wonderful delights of India’s famous Golden Triangle and beyond with our 13-day Princes and Palaces Tour. Starting in India’s capital Delhi, you’ll journey into Rajasthan to visit the famous cities of Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur. Rich in...

Iconic journeys

Princes & Palaces
4 days Udaipur

Udaipur Extension

 

With its tranquil lakes and opulent palaces, it’s not hard to see why Udaipur is called the most romantic city in India. On this tour extension, you will enjoy a sightseeing day discovering the cultural delights of this beautiful city...

Iconic journeys

Udaipur Extension
10 days Punakha Dzong

Treasures of Bhutan with Kolkata Tour

Guide Price £3,099 pp  

The tiny and remote Kingdom of Bhutan has a unique ancient culture and breathtaking scenery. Discover the charm of this medieval kingdom as you travel by jeep to see its Buddhist monasteries, dzongs (fortresses and castles) and sacred shrines. Stretch...

Cultural holidays

Treasures of Bhutan with Kolkata Tour
12 days

India's Himalayan Heritage Tour

Guide Price £2,699 pp  

This extraordinary private tour takes in the best of Northern India, a cultural and religious region that can be visited year round. Visit the lower ranges of the Himalayan Mountains and discover sacred temples, charming towns and hill resorts, surrounded...

Cultural holidays

India's Himalayan Heritage Tour
11 days The Himalayas

Mountains and Monasteries

Guide Price £1,999 pp  

Begin your tour in the former capital of British India, then head to the mountains for majestic Himalayan vistas, charming hill stations, lush tea plantations and Buddhist monasteries. A highlight of the tour is a ride on the Darjeeling Himalayan...

Adventure holidays

Mountains and Monasteries
8 days this is a picture of the ganges voyager

Ganges Voyager from Heritage River Journeys

Guide Price £3,799 pp  

This enthralling seven-night cruise aboard the RV Ganges Voyager presents guests the rare opportunity to explore the remote and idyllic Indian villages that line the banks of the sacred Ganges River. This boutique style ship has 28 guest rooms all...

Iconic journeys

Ganges Voyager from Heritage River Journeys
4 days Shimla Valley

Shimla Extension

Guide Price £599 pp  

Towering high in the foots of the Himalayas, Shimla, also known as the "Queen of Hills" used to be the summer capital during British rule as it sits 2200 metres above sea level and provided much cooler temperatures. Over the...

Cultural holidays

Shimla Extension
9 days Taj Mahal in Agra

India’s Golden Triangle Deluxe 8 Night Tour

Guide Price £1,799 pp  

Our India Golden Triangle Tour is one of the most spectacular ways to experience India, allowing you to really get to know this magical part of the world. The eight-day tour takes you on a whirlwind journey to India’s most...

Cultural holidays

India’s Golden Triangle Deluxe 8 Night Tour

Expert Tips

Christie

Destination Executive

“The Maharajas’ Express train is an excellent way to traverse the ancient cities of India. Not only is it speedy, but you’ll enjoy luxurious hospitality, sumptuous meals and get to observe the dramatic landscape as you go by.”

Nick

Senior Destination Manager

“Wandering through Old Delhi is like taking a step back in time. Make sure to browse the local bazaars and markets for some beautiful hand-crafted jewellery and souvenirs.”

Martyn

Destination Manager

“Photographers won’t be short of sights to capture in Nepal. The soaring Himalayan mountain ranges and ancient temples are not to be missed.”

Frequently Asked Questions

India is widely regarded as the birthplace of four major religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Jainism. While known for its incredible diversity, the main religion practiced across India is Hinduism.

No language here is defined as the country’s official language, although among the most prevalent spoken are Hindi, English, Urdu, Bengali and Punjabi. The usage of each will vary depending on where you choose to visit and, as such, we recommend you research this prior to your arrival, purchasing the relevant phrasebook to aid communication during your stay.

Visitors arriving between May and September will experience the highest temperatures, with the average high here being around 23°C. The coolest months to visit Nepal are between January and February, with the temperature ranging from 12°C to 15°C throughout the day.

Historians, foodies and nature-lovers rejoice – the Indian Subcontinent offers an astonishing diversity of culture, grandiose architectural feats, vivid and flavourful cuisine, and jaw-dropping landscapes.

Why you'll love the Indian Subcontinent...

• Appreciating the beauty of the Taj Mahal
• Haggling for souvenirs and antiques at the bazaars of Old Delhi
• Searching for tigers as you embark on a safari through Ranthambore National Park
• Reflecting in the serenity of the Lotus Temple
• Listening out for the unique call of the lesser adjutant at the Royal Chitwan National Park
• Photographing monkeys at the Swayambhunath Temple
• Hiking the Himalayan mountains
• Touring the rustic village of Bandipur in Nepal
• Admiring the exotic flora of the Mughal Gardens in February
• Wandering through the romantic ‘pink city’ of Jaipur
• Discovering the conservation work of the Snow Leopard Conservancy at Leh
• Gliding along the tranquil canals of Kerala on a canal boat tour

Did you know?

• India has the world’s largest postal system, with over 150,000 post offices.
• India is the world’s largest milk producer, with over 16% of global dairy production coming from here.
• India was the birthplace of chess.