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Escorted Tours to India

The Essence of India

At once exciting and exasperating, romantic and rowdy, opulent and impoverished, India bares its soul in religious rituals, stirs the spirit with exquisite architecture, and contrasts its serene rural landscapes with a riot of colour in its cities.

Why choose a tour in India?

With forty UNESCO World Heritage enclaves, and a vibrant variety of busy cities and sleepy backwaters, India’s myriad visitor-magnets include majestic palaces and medieval towns, heavenly beaches and Himalayan hill stations, uniquely indigenous wildlife species and eye-opening architectural sites.

Travelling by train, road, rickshaws and river cruisers, the Jules Verne collection of tours in India covers every aspect of this amazing place, from north to south, from coast to coast, from castles to culture, and from tigers to terracotta temples.

Tours of untamed India include National Parks and animal sanctuaries, where you could spot leopards, rare Asiatic lions, endangered Wild Asses, and brilliant birdlife.

The Hoogly River takes you off the beaten track, to rustic customs and rarely visited ruins, or to witness the work of weavers and potters among the artisans of Bengal; and small ships sail the sacred Ganges on a journey back in time, to a Moghul tomb, British Raj battlefield, bathing ghats, and the inimitable Hindu holy city of Varanasi.

Northern highlights encompass colonial Delhi, the Blue City of Jodhpur, the Pink City of Jaipur, Amritsar’s sacred Sikh temples, and Agra’s ‘Wonder of the World’, the Taj Mahal; while Keralan waterways and colonial heritage are the hallmarks of southern discovery, amid the tea, spice, and rice plantations.

For a magical, multi-faceted tour, our ‘Tale of the Tiger’ seeks out these rare and powerful cats in their natural habitat, and contrasts the experience with colonial Old Delhi, and Rajasthan’s royal palaces.

When to go on India holidays

While the weather varies from region to region, a brief overview would be that India is very hot and dry in summer (April-June); very hot, wet, and humid in the monsoon months (July to late-September), and at its most temperate between October and March, when it is comfortably warm. Our tour dates in India are timed for the seasons which best suit the various areas, so whether you’re heading for Himalayan heights or sunny ocean shores, you enjoy the destination at its best.

Who are India tours suited to?

India teams its wild miles with splendorous monuments, and spiritual temples; mosques, Mughal gardens, and maharajah hunting grounds; Ganges riverbanks and Golden Triangle cities; Arabian Sea shores and the Coromandel Coast; and insights of Christian, Sikh, and Buddhist rites and history. Added to this, our arrangements in India include ‘No Single Supplement’ dates, and a Solo Only group tour; so this exceptional country really does offer something for everyone, and perhaps everything for some.

Why book India tours with Jules Verne?

With 45 years’ experience and a passion for creating extraordinary adventures, Jules Verne visits iconic landmarks and lesser-known sites, with expert tour guides who share their local knowledge, and show you hidden gems. Our tours in India cover the huge diversity of the country, from animal reserves to abandoned cities, steeples to step wells, and the opulence and romance of the marble Taj Mahal.

All our guided tours to India are ABTA and ATOL protected, and we offer a 100% price guarantee, so you can book with complete confidence.

The Holy Ganges

A pioneering small ship cruise between Varanasi and Patna on India’s sacred river, combined with a visit to the colonial capital of Calcutta staying at 5-star hotels

More 11 nights from £4295
Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur, India

Rajasthan Royals

A unique and unashamedly luxurious tour, this is a revelation of Rajasthan’s glory days, seen through the eyes of the Maharajahs, and staying in their regal palaces and smaller royal residences, as we visit the region’s cities and villages, landmarks and landscapes

More 17 nights from £4545

Varanasi, Darjeeling & Himalayas

Travelling by train to a trio of gems, across northern India and into the Himalayan hills, this tour includes a trip on the Darjeeling Toy Train, and shows you sunrise views of Everest, sunset at the Taj Mahal, and sacred ceremonies at Varanasi

More 14 nights from £3495

Grand Tour of Northern India

Shaped by the Moghuls, Maharajas and British East India Company; sprinkled with sacred sites of the Sikh, Hindu, Muslim, and Buddhist religions; and covering hill stations, holy rivers, and the haunts of tigers, northern India is a remarkably rich touring ground

More 23 nights from £5295

Secret Himalayan India

Travelling to heritage hotels in hill station towns, and using small vehicles to take off at tangents to little-known temples and villages, this is a beguiling blend of cities, serenity, scenery and spirituality

More 20 nights from £3695

A Journey through Rural Rajasthan

Experience both rural and regal Rajasthan on this eye-opening tour, taking roads less travelled for wildlife safaris and a starlight desert dinner, and visiting cities from Agra to Jaipur, Jodhpur, and Udaipur, via historic villages and half-forgotten forts

More 15 nights from £3545

Secret India 

From Bangalore’s Bull Temple to Mysore’s magnificent palace, from Ooty hill station to Bandipur’s ‘Project Tiger’ reserve, and from the misted beauty of Coorg to the mystical temples of Hassan and Hampi, this is an enthralling tour of Karnataka’s cultural riches

More 16 nights from £3095

India North to South

Combining wonderful cities and wildlife safaris in northern India with ocean shores and lush green landscapes in the south, this is a tour of two tempos, displaying the diversity from busy streets and opulent palaces to sleepy villages and spice plantations

More 15 nights from £3495

Along the Banks of the Hoogly - Upstream

A unique, original and exclusive cruise through rural India along the River Hoogly between Calcutta and English Bazaar

More 11 nights from £3745

Grand Tour of Southern India

Revealing the relics and religions, nature, and traditions of southern India, this is a journey to mystical temples, majestic monuments, colonial towns, and wildlife reserves; touring Tamil Nadu, floating on Kerala’s canals, and climbing into the Western Ghat mountains

More 20 nights from £3745

Glories of Gujarat

Princely palaces, stepwells steeped in legend, a city of temples, sanctuaries for the rare Wild Ass and Asiatic Lions, and an archaeological feast of Gujarat’s glorious monuments, all feature on this tour of the region’s natural, cultural, regal and religious heritage

More 16 nights from £3445