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As with all of our holidays, our tours of India operate at a relaxed and leisurely pace, allowing you to fully explore this fantastic country with ease.

We have several escorted tours of India to choose from, and they all include The Golden Triangle, meaning whichever you choose, you can tick off the three iconic cities of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra. Plus, all of our India tours include a stay in the heart of Ranthambore National Park which was once the private hunting ground of the Maharaja. It’s now home to many species of wildlife, including the park’s most famous resident, the tiger.

What’s more, you’ll get to explore what is arguably the most beautiful building in the world: the Taj Mahal.  All of our tours not only include a visit to this must-see monument, but they also give you the opportunity to see the sun rise over the Taj Mahal from the Moonlit Garden across the river.

New for the 2020 / 2021 season, our tours to India all include a two night stay in the sacred city of Amritsar, home to the holiest shrine of the Sikh religion, the Golden Temple.

By taking the 15-day Highlights of India tour you’ll experience all of this with the help of one of our experienced Distant Journeys Tour Managers. However, if you’d like to delve deeper in to this mesmerising country, you can choose one of our longer tours, 19-day A Journey Through India or for the ultimate Indian experience, the 26-day Very Best of India.

These longer tours both include stays in Varanasi, on the banks of the Ganges River, and the bustling city of Mumbai, considered the gateway to India.  The Very Best of India tour has the addition of Kerala, whose tranquil backwaters and cool highlands provide a welcome respite from the heat of Northern India.

For any of the tours to India travelling from September 2020 onwards, we also have an exciting new optional extension to the beginning of the tour itinerary; a three night stay in Shimla.  Formerly the summer capital during British rule in India, when the colonial government retreated from the heat of the Indian summer they found this tiny hamlet with an ideal climate in the foothills of the Himalayas.

SPECIAL OFFER: To celebrate the launch of our new 2020/ 2021 season, any guests booking a tour of India (departing from September 2020) will be entitled to a two night homebound stopover in Dubai for the incredible price of only £49pp (£98 for single occupancy) or flights with Virgin for a supplement of only £49 (normally £125). Please see the offers tab for more details.

Experience and expertise

Our Directors have over 60 years’ combined experience in the travel industry, plus they’re genuine India experts who not only love this unique country but they also know all there is to know about creating the best tours of India from the UK. As a Distant Journeys customer then, you can be sure our tours are of the highest standard and include the very best that India has to offer.

Plus, all of our touring packages are fully-bonded by the Civil Aviation Authority (ATOL no. 10913), so you can be 100% certain that your money is secure when you book.

India holiday highlights

There is so much India has to offer, and depending on which tour you choose, here are just some of the highlights you might experience:

  • Delhi Explore the bustle of Old Delhi and the tree-lined boulevards of New Delhi.
  • Jaipur No tour of the ‘Pink City’ would be complete without a trip to the Amber Fort
  • Ranthambore National Park Spend two nights among the ruined fortresses and exotic animal inhabitants of this heritage site.
  • The Taj Mahal Arguably the most beautiful building in the world.
  • Amritsar’s Golden Temple – Sikhism’s holiest shrine and one of India’s most breath-taking sights
  • Varanasi The spiritual home of India, on the banks of the River Ganges
  • Kerala’s backwaters including a cruise and visit Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Providing exceptional value while maintaining the highest standards is at the heart of everything we do.

Excellent Hotels

We understand that good accommodation plays a big part in your holiday, which is why we generally use hotels in India with at least a four-star rating. Not only that, but our carefully selected collection of hotels are all situated in the best locations for you to explore – or simply enjoy your surroundings.

So many experiences included

When you choose an India tour with Distant Journeys, you’ll enjoy so many incredible experiences that come at no extra cost. From a rickshaw ride through Old Delhi and two canter safaris in Ranthambore National Park, to visiting the Taj Mahal and Amritsar’s Golden Temple  – they’re all included in the price of your holiday.

Our India tours include

  • Return economy class flights with Emirates / Virgin Atlantic
  • A choice of UK departure airports at no additional cost
  • Airport transfers overseas
  • Superior hotels, with great locations
  • Daily breakfast included
  • Extra meals as highlighted in your choice of itinerary
  • Experienced local tour managers and drivers
  • Incredible excursions
  • All pre-payable airport taxes
  • All hotel porterage
  • ATOL protection for your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee

Here at Distant Journeys, we think we’ve found the perfect balance of freedom and flexibility that your escorted tour of India needs.

Where would you like to fly from?

Well, that’s entirely up to you! On A Journey Through India  the Highlights of India and The Very Best of India tours, our flights with Emirates depart from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, London Stansted, Manchester, Birmingham or Glasgow. Alternatively, you can opt to fly with Virgin Atlantic from London Heathrow at a supplement of £125 per person on selected itineraries.

What would you like to do?

On an escorted tour, we think it’s important to still have the flexibility to enjoy experiences that really interest you. We build in Freedom Days, allowing you to do just that. Whether you’d like to visit the Lotus Temple, have dinner with members of the Rajput royal family in their home or visit an organic farm, it’s all about what you’d like to do.

Would you like to stay a little longer?

Who wouldn’t? If you’d like to extend your stay in India after your holiday, simply let us know. Arranging alternative flights home is all part of our service.

Book your place on a Highlights of India, Journey Through India or Very Best of India escorted tour before 29 February 2020 and you can take advantage of one of two special launch offers.

Option 1

To help break up your journey (and give you an opportunity to experience a fantastic city),as you enjoy a two night stopover in Dubai on the homeward journey for the very special price of just £49 per person, based on two sharing. Your offer includes two nights bed and breakfast accommodation in the deluxe Marriott al Jaddaf Hotel, and return airport – hotel transfers. Single travellers will pay £98 for this offer.

Option 2

Fly direct to and from India, with Virgin Atlantic from London Heathrow, for only £49 per person. The usual supplement is £125 per person. NB Option 2 is not available on The Very Best of India tour, as flights must be with Emirates.

Please note: These offers only apply to tours departing from September 2020.

Award-Winning Holidays

Award-Winning

We are delighted to have received four awards in the last three years, including ‘Best Small Holiday Company to Australasia’ at the British Travel Awards.

99% Customer Satisfaction

Distant Journeys have achieved an incredible 99% satisfaction rating, verified by independent reviews provider Feefo and we have been awarded their highest Gold Trusted Rating.

100 % ATOL Protected

All our holidays are fully bonded by the Civil Aviation Authority meaning you can book with complete confidence knowing your money is 100% safe.

Guaranteed Price Promise

We want you to have the peace of mind you are paying the best price for your holiday, so Distant Journeys guarantees this through our Price Promise.

  • We will reward you for booking early. The earlier you book the better the offer you’ll receive.
  • We never offer last minute discounts, so you can be confident you’ll never see your holiday cheaper once you have booked.
  • We will never add surcharges onto the cost of your holiday, once you have booked.
  • We will price match any identical holiday you find and give you £200 off a future booking.


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