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Itineraries from 11 to 25 days showing the best of India
India is without doubt a country of contrasts; a land of majestic forts and grand palaces; of sacred rivers and high mountain ranges, a melting pot of extraordinary cultures, religions and culinary delights. A tour of India is a sensory experience like no other, an exhilarating carousel of colours, aromas, sights and sounds that are uniquely Indian yet universally recognisable.
Our small group tours in India give you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the incredible diversity this country has to offer and discover a journey of heart-warming and never to be forgotten experiences. Our escorted tours of India all represent exceptional value for money without compromising on the usual Distant Journeys’ award-winning quality and service.
Each tour has its own highlights, from a sunset or sunrise visit to the iconic Taj Mahal and private safaris in Ranthambore National Park, to an overnight stay on a traditional Keralan houseboat and a visit to a tea plantation in the Western Ghats; a ride on the UNESCO Toy Train to Shimla and a private dinner in a family home in Jaipur.
All our classic tours are also available as a Private Tour, offering you exclusive departures.
New this 2024/25 season, we are delighted to introduce two new rail tours, the 14-day Deccan Odyssey’s Grand Heritageand 15-day Deccan Odyssey’s Cultural Discovery, which combine a tapestry of must-see destinations with a truly remarkable rail experience. And for the first time, Distant Journeys are offering the chance to explore India by river and has exclusively chartered the Assam Bengal Navigation Sukapha riverboat. With just 12 cabins, exclusively accommodating Distant Journeys’ guests, the ABN Sukapha is home for seven nights on the 17-day Brahmaputra River & Darjeelingitinerary.
At Distant Journeys we are true escorted touring experts. From our knowledgeable Directors and Reservations consultants at Head Office to our Tour Managers on the ground, each person plays a unique role in ensuring you have the holiday of a lifetime.
We have extensive experience in the travel industry and in creating the best escorted tours of India from the UK. You can be confident that our escorted tours to India are of the highest standard.
Our success is evident having now become 13-time winners at the prestigious British Travel Awards, and we have been awarded Feefo’s highest Platinum Trusted rating.
Your money is 100% safe when you book with Distant Journeys. All our Indian touring packages are fully-bonded by the Civil Aviation Authority (ATOL no. 10913).
We have won numerous awards at the British Travel Awards, most recently ‘Best Small Holiday Company to Australasia’, ‘Best Small Holiday to Sub-Saharan Africa’ and ‘Best Small Escorted Tours Holiday Company’.
Our customers are at the heart of what we do, and this is reflected across our company. We have received an incredible 4.8/5 customer experience rating with independent reviews provider Feefo, and were awarded its highest ‘Platinum Trusted’ rating, for consistently delivering an excellent level of customer service.
India holiday highlights
Our tours to India are full of highlights. Here’s a selection of just some of them, depending on your choice of itinerary…
Visit the iconic Taj Mahal
Jeep ride and tour of Amber Fort
Explore the Keralan backwaters on board a traditional houseboat
Witness the ‘Going to Bed Ceremony’ at Meenakshi Temple, Madurai
The Golden Temple, Sikhism’s most sacred site, in Amritsar
The hill town of Shimla, in the Himalayan foothills
Ranthambore National Park, home to the elusive Indian tiger
Discover the tea-making process in Munnar, in the Western Ghats
Enjoy dinner at a local family home in Jaipur
The spectacular ‘Beating Retreat’ ceremony at the India-Pakistan border
An evening food walk in Old Delhi, sampling the best in street food
Relax with an Ayurvedic massage in Kumarakom
Join a Thar Desert Camel Ride
Watch the sunrise over the Himalayan Range
Several wildlife safaris in Kaziranga National Park
View the temples of Sibsagar
Choose the holiday style that’s right for you
Although our love of travel unites us, we all have our own individual requirements when it comes to how we travel. It’s your holiday, and at Distant Journeys you can choose the style of holiday that suits you best.
Our Classic escorted tours are a great way to travel and experience India’s scenery, culture and sights with a group of like-minded people, guided by a friendly and knowledgeable Tour Manager who will bring the destination to life. In India, we have several classic tours to choose from – a characteristic Golden Triangle, ideal for first time visitors with limited time, a Splendours of Kerala which covers the very best of this well-loved region, to our 26-day Grand Tour of India, which covers all of the countries many highlights. In India all our classic tours travel with no more than 24 people.
Our Exclusively Solo itineraries are crafted to include activities and sightseeing to create friendships forged through shared experiences, and memories to last a lifetime. You will be accompanied by a Tour Manager, dedicated to ensuring you get the best from every moment of your holiday and at the end of a busy day, you can retreat to the privacy of your own hotel room. Travelling with no more than 19 people, these tours represent great value for solo travellers.
Be transported to an age of romance and royalty, with an enchanting stay on India’s most opulent train, The Deccan Odyssey. Once reserved only for Indian royalty and British aristocrats, travelling by train is now one of the most exciting and rewarding ways to journey across India.
For the first time, Distant Journeys are offering the chance to explore India by river and has exclusively chartered the Assam Bengal Navigation Sukapha riverboat. With just 12 cabins, exclusively accommodating Distant Journeys’ guests, the ABN Sukapha is home for seven nights on the 17-day ‘The Brahmaputra River & Darjeeling’ itinerary.
For those who like to travel as a couple or with a group of friends, our Private Tours offer an intimate, exclusive holiday experience that is surprisingly affordable. Enjoy the same expertly-crafted itinerary and hand-picked hotels, but with the exclusivity and convenience of your own friendly and knowledgeable guides, your own private vehicle and a departure date to suit you.
All our India tours are offered as a Private Tour.
So much included
From start to finish, each Distant Journeys India tour is meticulously planned. As you would expect from a touring holiday, we include return international flights from the UK on award-winning scheduled airlines, with all your on-board meals and drinks included. Breakfast and dinner are included each day, in addition to several lunches and unique dining experiences.
All your touring holiday essentials are included, such as overseas transport in modern air-conditioned coaches, hotel porterage for your luggage, all pre-payable airport and resort taxes, and all the entrance fees to the many incredible places and monuments you will visit. What’s more, to help you make the most of your time, you will be accompanied by a knowledgeable Tour Manager throughout your journey.
Our escorted tours of India include:
Return economy class flights with either Virgin Atlantic or Qatar Airways (dependent on your tour) from London Heathrow
Flights from Manchester Airport may be possible
Airport transfers overseas
Superior hotels, with great locations
Daily breakfast and dinner, plus several lunches, included
Experienced local tour managers and drivers
All pre-payable airport taxes
All hotel porterage
ATOL protection for your holiday
Our Price Promise
Freedom & Flexibility
Here at Distant Journeys, we think we’ve found the perfect balance of freedom and flexibility that your escorted tour of India needs.
What would you like to do?
On an escorted tour of India, we think it’s important to enjoy all the iconic sights and lesser-known gems, but to also have the flexibility to enjoy experiences that really interest you. We build in Freedom Days on our itineraries, allowing you to do just that. Whether you would like to take a guided tour through Jaipur’s bustling markets or meet the women of Sadna to learn about how they have transformed the well-being of their society, it’s all about what you’d like to do.