India 

...an exotic, inexpensive add-on or the locus of a major journey of discovery

The Taj Mahal - Truly the most beautiful building in the world

The Golden Triangle - The three great cities of North India: Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur plus a desert day-safari on camelback and an overnight in a beautifully recreated desert camp.

The South - A completely different India from the tourist trail, full of friendly people, beautiful beaches, and the most amazing temples on the planet.

Or any program you like - We know India intimately and can advise and arrange any program here. See our current featured programs at special prices below!



What's To Do?
Lots! India is more a continent than a country, with 10 official languages and the most varied terrain and climate of any country. For example...

Take your time at the Taj - it's rightly judged one of the great wonders of the world. The artisans of Agra continue the tradition of spectacular stone carving and inlay work of semi-precious stones. If you wish, your guide can show you some lovely shopping opportunities.

Visit Mandawa, an outpost on the ancient camel route from the coast to Delhi and Agra. Overnight in a beautifully done recreation of an old desert camp, with traditional mud walled buildings which have all the "mod cons" inside, and take a camel safari.

Explore Jaipur, the fabled Pink City, home of the most famous of the Maharajas, Jai Singh. Jai Singh was the best mathematician and astronomer in the world in his time (the early 1700s), and his outdoor observatory is quite spectacular. You'll visit his palace too, and the city and it's environs.

Wander the old quarter of Delhi, a fabulous bit of an ancient world amazingly preserved with its great Moghul fort and mosque apart from the modern city.

Walk a deserted beach with warm surf crashing at your ankles and monkeys chattering at you from their perches in the palm trees.

Follow pilgrims through thousand-year-old temples embellished with gods and goddesses beyond your wildest imagination

Float through India's intercoastal waterway on a houseboat.



Featured India Adventures

The Golden Triangle

6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS
Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur
A perfect taste of the high
culture and amazing diversity
of North India
From only $675 per person

Highlights of North India

9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS
Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur plus
Mandawa, Samode Palace and
Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary.
Options for Gwalior and the
amazing temples of Khajuraho
From only $999 per person

South India: The Kerala Coast

7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS
Cochin, Munnar, Kumarakom,
Allepey, and Kovalam: the entire
span of the beautiful western
India coast.
From only $1099 per person

South India: The Dravvidian Adventure

7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS
Madras, Kanchipuram, Mahabalipuram,
Pondichery, Chidamberam, Tanjore,
Trichy and our favorite spot in India,
magical Madurai
From only $749 per person


India programs can start any day. Flight reservations are very tight during the
peak times, so please make arrangements as far in advance as possible.

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Highlights of North India

Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur plus an excursion into the desert, where traders led camel trains and stayed in beautiful fortified trading-post mansions. See medieval Samode and stay in the palace a robber baron built with his loot. And visit the wonderful Sariska wildlife sanctuary. Nine days packed full, all at a price lower than many operators charge for Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur alone!

9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS
Starting at only $999 per person

Day 1 ARRIVE DELHI
Meeting, greeting, and assistance on arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport. Transfer to the Ashok Country Resort. Overnight at hotel.

Day 2 DELHI
Morning after breakfast full day sightseeing: Tour Old Delhi & New Delhi, visiting the Rajghat, Humayun's Tomb, India Gate, the Qutab Minar, Raj-era buildings, Laxminarayan Temple and more. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3 DELHI - MANDAWA (230 KMs)
Morning after breakfast leave by car or coach for Mandawa. Sightseeing to Shekhawati, Nawalgarh, the havelis and more. On arrival transfer to Castle Mandawa Hotel. Overnight at the hotel.


Day 4 MANDAWA - SAMODE (160 KMs)
Morning after breakfast leave by car or coach for Samode. On arrival transfer to the Samode Palace. Afternoon sightseeing to Samode. Meals & Overnight at Samode Palace. 

Day 5 SAMODE - JAIPUR (47 KMs)
Morning after breakfast leave by car or coach for Jaipur. On arrival transfer to Hotel Mansingh. Afternoon sightseeing tour of the city, visiting the City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar and a local bazaar. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6 JAIPUR
Morning sightseeing tour of Amber Fort with elephant ride (or a jeep for anyone unready for the elephant...) Afternoon at leisure for shopping or R&R. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7 JAIPUR - SARISKA (100 KMS)
Morning after breakfast leave by car or coach for Sariska. On arrival transfer to the Sariska Palace Hotel. Afternoon visit to the wildlife sanctuary. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 8 SARISKA - AGRA (250 KMS) Morning after breakfast leave by car or coach for Agra. Enroute visit the amazing abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri. On arrival in Agra transfer to the Hotel Mansingh. Afternoon sightseeing tour of the city, visiting the world famous Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Overnight at the Hotel. THE TAJ MAHAL IS CLOSED ON FRIDAYS

Day 9 AGRA - DELHI (210 KMS)  Morning after breakfast leave for Delhi. On arrival the remainder of the day is free. Late evening transfer to the International Airport to connect to your homeward flight.

The program includes a local guide and an air-conditioned vehicle in each city where the sightseeing tours are included. Three-star accommodations as noted with breakfast only unless other meals are noted in the itinerary. Extra fees in Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary of $10-$20 per person

Two to four people $1090 per person, twin sharing
Five to eight people $999 per person, twin sharing
Single room supplement $510


UPGRADE TO FOUR STAR HOTELS
The Fortune Select in Delhi; the Desert Resort in Mandawa; and the Holiday Inn in Jaipur and Agra. Add $280 per person twin-sharing to the three-star rates. Add $315 for a single room to the three-star rates plus the three-star single supplement.

UPGRADE TO THE FABULOUS RAMBAGH PALACE HOTEL IN JAIPUR

Add $230 per person twin sharing to the three-star or four-star rates. Add $300 for a single room to the three-star or four-star rates plus the applicable single supplement(s). Breakfast is not included in the room rate at the Rambagh.


ADD ON A TWO-DAY EXTENSION TO THE TEMPLES OF KHAJURAHO
Add $475 per person twin sharing to the three-star or four-star rates, $535 for a single room to the three-star or four-star rates plus the applicable single supplement(s). Train Fare approximately $20 per person additional

ADD ON A TWO-DAY EXTENSION TO GWALIOR, HEART OF THE RAJ
Add $380 per person twin sharing to the three-star or four-star rates, $425 for a single room to the three-star or four-star rates plus the applicable single supplement(s). Train Fare approximately $15 per person additional 

The Golden Triangle

Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur: A perfect taste of the high culture and amazing diversity of North India in less than a week.

6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS
From only US$ 675 per person

Day 1 ARRIVE DELHIMeeting, greeting, and assistance on arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport. Transfer to the Ashok Country Resort. Overnight at hotel.

Day 2 DELHI
Morning after breakfast full day sightseeing: Tour Old Delhi & New Delhi, visiting the Rajghat, Humayun's Tomb, India Gate, the Qutab Minar, Raj-era buildings, Laxminarayan Temple and more. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3 DELHI - AGRA (210 KMs)
Morning after breakfast leave by car or coach for Agra. On a

rrival transfer to Hotel Mansingh. Afternoon sightseeing tour of the city, visiting the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Overnight at the hotel. THE TAJ MAHAL IS CLOSED ON FRIDAYS

Day 4 AGRA - JAIPUR(235 KMs)
Morning after breakfast leave by car or coach for Jaipur, enroute visiting the remarkable abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri. On arrival transfer to Hotel Mansingh. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 5 JAIPUR
After breakfast a full day sightseeing tour of the city. Overnight at the hotel

Day 6 JAIPUR/DELHI (265 KMs)
Morning after breakfast leave by car or coach for Delhi. Remainder of the day free after arrival. Evening transfer to the International Airport to connect to onward destination.
 

The program includes a local guide and an air-conditioned vehicle in each city where the sightseeing tours are included. Three-star accommodations as noted with breakfast only unless other meals are noted in the itinerary.

Two to four people $725 per person, twin sharing
Five to eight people $675 per person, twin sharing
Single room supplement $300


UPGRADE TO FOUR STAR HOTELS

The Fortune Select in Delhi and the Holiday Inn in Jaipur and Agra. Add $250 per person twin-sharing to the three-star rates. Add $290 for a single room to the three-star rates plus the three-star single supplement.

UPGRADE TO THE FABULOUS RAMBAGH PALACE HOTEL IN JAIPUR

Add $230 per person twin sharing to the three-star or four-star rates. Add $300 for a single room to the three-star or four-star rates plus the applicable single supplement(s). Breakfast is not included in the room rate at the Rambagh.


ADD ON A TWO-DAY EXTENSION TO THE TEMPLES OF KHAJURAHO

Add $475 per person twin sharing to the three-star or four-star rates, $535 for a single room to the three-star or four-star rates plus the applicable single supplement(s). Train Fare approximately $20 per person additional


ADD ON A TWO-DAY EXTENSION TO GWALIOR, HEART OF THE RAJ

Add $380 per person twin sharing to the three-star or four-star rates, $425 for a single room to the three-star or four-star rates plus the applicable single supplement(s). Train Fare approximately $15 per person additional



South India: The Kerala Coast

Cochin, Munnar, Kumarakom, Allepey, and Kovalam, the entire span of the beautiful western India coast. India's south is as different from the north as the Mediterranean is from Scandinavia or America's deep south is from New England. Enjoy the laid-back pace of the south, its wonderful beaches, hill resorts, backwaters and ancient culture.

Starting at only $1099 per person

Day 1 ARRIVE COCHIN
Meeting, greeting, and assistance on arrival at Cochin International Airport. Transfer to the Le Meridian Hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2 COCHIN - MUNNAR (175 KMs)
After breakfast take a sightseeing tour of Cochin, visiting the synagogue, the old palace, Francis Church and more. Afternoon leave by car or coach for Munnar. On arrival check in at the KTDC Hill Resort. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3 MUNNAR
Day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4 MUNNAR - KUMARAKOM (175 KMs)
Morning after breakfast leave by car or coach for Kumarakom. On arrival transfer to the Hotel Golden Water. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 5 KUMARAKOM - ALLEPEY (45 KMs)
Morning after breakfast leave by car or coach for Allepey and the backwaters. On arrival transfer to a houseboat for daytime cruising and an overnight stop.

Day 6 ALLEPEY/KOVALAM (200 KMs)
Morning after breakfast leave by car or coach for Kovalam. On arrival transfer to KTDC Samudra. Remainder of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 07 KOVALAM/COCHIN (250 KMs)
Morning after breakfast leave by car or coach for Cochin. Remainder of the day at leisure. Late evening transfer to International Airport to connect to onward or

 

The program includes a local guide and an air-conditioned vehicle in each city where the sightseeing tours are included. Three-star accommodations as noted with breakfast only unless other meals are noted in the itinerary. Entrance charges of less than $5 per person will be extra.

Two to four people $1189 per person, twin sharing
Five to eight people $1099 per person, twin sharing
Single room supplement $632


UPGRADE TO FOUR STAR HOTELS
The Malabar Residency in Cochin, Club Mahindera Lake Resort in Munnar, The Kumarakom Lake Resort in Kumarakom, and the Leela Lake View in Kovalam. Add $478 per person twin-sharing to the three-star rates. Add $613 for a single room to the three-star rates plus the three-star single supplement. 

COMBINE THIS TRIP WITH THE DRAVVIDIAN ADVENTURE and see the best of the whole south
Add $435 per person and combine our two flagship South Indian trips into a wonderful 13 day / 12 night program, covering the whole region. 

South India: The Dravvidian Adventure

Madras, Kanchipuram, Mahabalipuram, Pondichery, Chidamberam, Tanjore, Trichy and our favorite spot in India, Madurai: This is the trip that put John hopelessly in love with South India. India's south is as different from the north as the Mediterranean is from Scandinavia or America's deep south is from New England. Enjoy the wonderful food, fascinating history, and mind-blowing temples.

7 DAYS / 6 NITES 
From only US$ 749 per person

Sample itinerary in 7 days

Shore temple in MahabalipuramDay 1 ARRIVE CHENNAI (Madras) 
Meeting, greeting and assistance on arrival at Chennai International Airport. Transfer to the Ambassador Hotel. Afternoon half day sightseeing tour of the city. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2 CHENNAI - KANCHIPURAM (50 KMs) - MAHABALIPURAM (55 KMs)
Morning after breakfast leave by car or coach for Mahabalipuram, stopping for a visit in Kanchipuram. On arrival transfer to the MGM Beach Resort. Overnight at the resort.

Day 3 MAHABALIPURAM - PONDICHERY (134 KMs)
Morning after breakfast leave by car or coach for Pondichery. On arrival transfer to the Kailash Beach Resort, followed by a sightseeing tour of the city. Overnight at the hotel

Day 4 PONDICHERY - CHIDAMBARAM (80 KMs) - TANJORE (100KMs)
Morning after breakfast leave by car or coach for Tanjore, stoping en route to visit Chaidambaram and Darasuram. On arrival transfer to the Oriental Towers Hotel. Overnight at the hotel.


Day 5 TANJORE - TRICHY (65 KMs) - MADURAI (145 KMs)
Morning after breakfast leave by car or coach for Madurai, visiting Trichy en route. On arrival transfer to The GRT Regency Hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 06 MADURAI
A full day sightseeing tour of the city, visiting the world famous temples and much more. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 07 MADURAI - CHENNAI BY AIR
Morning after breakfast transfer to airport to connect to flight for Chennai:
Lv : Madurai at 0830 hrs by 9W3522
Ar: Chennai at 0945 hrs
Meeting and assistance on arrival; for transfer to international airport later in the day.  

 

The program includes a local guide and an air-conditioned vehicle in each city where the sightseeing tours are included. Three-star accommodations as noted with breakfast only unless other meals are noted in the itinerary. The above rates include entrance for Fort Gorges, The Museum of Chennai, the raths and temples in Mahabalipuram, the museum in Tanjore, Rock Fort and Srirangapatnam Temple in Trichy, and the Nayak Palace and Meenakashi Temple in Madurai, all with local guides. Entrance fees of about $25 per person in total are extra. Airfare Madurai - Chennai is extra. The present tariff is USD 220 per person, subject to change.

Two to four people $879 per person, twin sharing
Five to eight people $749 per person, twin sharing
Single room supplement $294

UPGRADE TO FOUR STAR HOTELS
Le Meridian in Madras, The Ideal Beach Resort in Mahabalipuram, Le Dupleix in Pondichery, the Ideal Beach Resort in Tanjore, and The Taj Gardens in Madurai. Add $340 per person twin-sharing to the three-star rates. Add $365 for a single room to the three-star rates plus the three-star single supplement.

COMBINE THIS TRIP WITH THE KERALA COAST and see the best of the whole south
Add $435 per person and combine our two flagship South Indian trips into a wonderful 13 day / 12 night program, covering the whole region.