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India Tours

Discover the best of India on our escorted tours with itineraries from 11 to 25 days

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.

We have an 11-day classic The Golden Triangle & Ranthambore tour, a 14-day Golden Triangle & Goa tour, a relaxed 14-day Splendours of Kerala tour, a 17-day Indian Wildlife Adventure tour, a 19-day Very Best of Southern India tour and finally a 26-day Grand Tour of India, for those who’d like to explore India in a little more depth.

Each Indian 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.

We are also delighted to introduce Exclusively Solos – three itineraries crafted exclusively for solo travellers to India. Choose from a 13-day Temples & Tigers tour, 16-day Highlights of Southern India tour or a 17-day Temples, Tigers & Goa tour. Offering stress-free travel, friendship and freedom, with the bonus of no single occupancy supplements they are exceptional value too.

New this 2024/25 season, we have also introduced two new India rail tours, the 14-day Deccan Odyssey’s Grand Heritage and 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 & Darjeeling cruise tour itinerary.

SAVE up to £200 per person on all India tours departing from September 2024 when you book by 1st July 2024.

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Escorted touring experience

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 18-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).

Award-winning tours

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 tour 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 escorted touring 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.

Classic India Tours

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.

India Solo Tours

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.

India Rail Tours

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.

India River Cruises

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.

Private Tours of India

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
  • Incredible excursions
  • 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.

Would you like to explore further?

Who wouldn’t? If you would like to extend your holiday in India after your The Golden Triangle & Ranthambore tour, we have holiday extensions available to Amritsar, Shimla or Varanasi. Alternatively, if you are travelling on tour Splendours of Kerala tour, or our Grand Tour of India tour, complete your Indian adventure with a relaxing Keralan Beach stay. Or why not extend your stay in Mahabalipuram if you are travelling on our Highlights of Southern India or our Very Best of Southern India tour?

Simply let us know, and we will be happy to make the arrangements – it’s all part of our service.

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SAVE up to £200 per person! Book any of our India tours departing from September 2024, and save up to £200 per person. Offer ends 1st July 2024. 

*Save £150 per person on holidays departing from September 2024 and save £200 per person on holidays departing from September 2025.

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Award-Winning Holidays

Distant Journeys has won 18 awards over the last seven years, at the British Travel Awards, and we have been awarded Feefo’s highest Platinum Trusted Rating for customer satisfaction.

Guaranteed Price Promise

Know you are paying the best price for your holiday with our Price Promise. We never offer last minute discounts and we guarantee the earlier you book the better the offer you’ll receive.

100% Financial Protection

Book in the confidence your money is 100% safe. All Distant Journeys holidays are fully bonded by the Civil Aviation Authority (ATOL number 10913) or ABTOT (number 5427).

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