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India Escorted Tours 2019/2020

There’s nowhere else like India. A chaotic culture, historic traditions and religions, diverse landscapes and one of the most popular cuisines on the planet are a few reasons why it’s a must-visit destination. But there’s far more to India than the obvious.

India Escorted Tour Deals

1. See the Taj Mahal at sunrise

We’re almost certain that this is on everyone’s bucket list, right? Viewing it at sunrise adds to the sheer beauty, atmosphere and magnificence of India’s greatest monument.

Experience this on our 14 day Inspiring India tour from £2,290pp.

2. Stay overnight in a tented desert camp

You won’t get much more authentic than staying overnight in a tented camp in the Thar Desert. And to top it off, enjoy a Jeep safari through local Bishnoi villages, meeting its residents as you pass through.

Available on our 22 day Rajasthan Panorama tour from £3,190pp.

3. Search for Bengal Tigers in Bandhavgarh National Park

We don’t just give you the opportunity to see one of the Big Five once, but twice! Take an early morning and mid afternoon jeep safari through off-the-beaten-track Bandhavgarh National Park for opportunities to spot up to 50 tigers!

Available on our 18 day Highlights of India tour from £3,890pp.

4. Join a puja ceremony on the banks of the River Ganges

One of the world's most ancient cities, Varanasi is spread along the banks of the River Ganges, where thousands of locals flock for their traditional ceremonies. Dive in head first and experience the traditions just like they do!

Join in with the traditions on our luxury 19 day Essence of India tour from £5,990pp.

Celebrating the Festival of Light

Experience India at its vibrant best
As we adjust to dark evenings, India prepares for one of the most important dates in the Hindu calendar - the Festival of Light. Diwali celebrates the triumph of good over evil, and light over dark. There are numerous Hindu legends related to Diwali. In the north, they celebrate Lord Rama and Sita returning to Ayodhya after 14 years in exile and a battle against the demon king Ravana. In the south, they celebrate the day Lord Krishna defeated the demon Naakasura.

It also welcomes the Hindu New Year. Colourful flower garlands are hung in the entrances of every building and on every lorry. Women’s hands are painted with beautiful henna designs. And rituals welcome Lakshmi, goddess of wealth, fortune and prosperity, into each home.

It is also a time to celebrate family. Loved ones gather for great feasts, give gifts, and enjoy great fireworks displays that scare away evil spirits.

Diwali festivities in India

Tens of thousands of Amritsar’s Sikh devotees take part in one of India’s largest celebrations. Temples are draped in lights and fireworks ignited to celebrate Guru Hargobind Sahib.

Varanasi holds India’s most spiritual Diwali. The banks of the Ganges glow with lamps and echo with the clang of cymbals and the rhythmic chants of Hindu priests.

Look out for special Diwali treats in Jaipur and join locals at the Johari Bazaar at night, when the markets are ablaze with colourful lights as they compete to be the ‘best dressed’.
21 October 2019 departure of India's Golden Triangle coincides with Diwali

Udaipur is particularly pretty during Diwali, when the streets are filled with lights and the skies are filled with fireworks, which glow in the city’s lakes. Be sure to visit the lit City Palace.
24 October 2019 departure of Splendours of India coincides with Diwali

In Delhi, there are many ways to celebrate Diwali. Shopping is essential, and markets entice with colourful stalls and street entertainment. Taash parties test men’s faith in Goddess Lakshmi.
17 October 2019 solo departure of In the Foothills of the Himalaya coincides with Diwali

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