India Organised Trips

Chennai's Koyambedu Vegetable & Flower Market

Rise early for a visit to Chennai’s vibrant and lively Koyambedu fresh vegetable and flower market and experience a riot of colours as the vendors set up for the day. The market is one of the largest of its kind in India, covering the area of three football pitches. You’ll make your way through the three sections – the flower market, fruit market and vegetable market – and discover how hundreds of tonnes of produce are transported here from numerous nearby villages.

Duration:

1-3 hours

Evening Bazaar, Cuisine & Crafts of Old Jaipur

Since the founding of Jaipur in 1727, its artisans and craftspeople have sold their respected creations and still use traditional methods to craft items today. Meet your local guide at Hawa Mahal, or ‘Palace of the Winds’, and walk through the bazaar as you chat to locals and try authentic street food. Taste freshly made pakora, samosa and traditional sweets and observe jewellers and silversmiths as they work at their craft.

Fort Cochin & Mattancherry walking tour

Head out into Fort Cochin and Mattancherry with a local guide to discover more about the fascinating heritage of these historic regions. Learn about the importance of Fort Cochin as the entrance to the port and how the Arabic, Chinese, Dutch and Portuguese settlers shaped its architecture and culture. Mattancherry is the heart of historic Cochin and is home to many of the city’s main sights such as the Mattancherry Palace, Jewish Synagogue and Jain Temple.

Duration:

Half day

Old Agra: The Road not Taken

Delve beyond the major tourist attractions and explore the little-visited area of Old Agra. Once you’ve seen the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort, this tour is ideal for getting under the skin of this former imperial capital taking you down its hidden lanes and alleyways. Get an intimate glimpse into daily life and the city's history from the late Mughal days to the rule of the British Raj. Take a peek in shops and temples and discover a fascinating, untold history of life before and after the Taj Mahal.

Duration:

Half Day

Varanasi on Foot - Kashi, The City of Light

Discover the spiritual and religious sites of India’s holiest city as you follow ancient paths to Hindu temples and Muslim mosques. Witness the cremation rituals observed at Manikarnika, the burning ghat, an important part of Hinduism, then visit the Kashi Vishwanath Temple. Held as one of the most sacred Hindu temples in the world, it is one of twelve jyotirlingas which are special shrines dedicated to the Hindu god, Shiva. A passport is required to enter the temple.

Duration:

4 hours

Walking Tour of Old Amritsar

Join a local English-speaking guide as you make your way through the city of Amritsar on foot. You’ll walk through narrow streets and markets and learn about day-to-day life in the city and the Sikh religion. A stop will be made at the Saragarhi Memorial Gurudwara which was built by the British in tribute to 21 Sikh soldiers who faught in the 1897 Battle of Saragarhi. The tour concludes with a visit to northern India’s most famous sights – the Golden Temple.

Duration:

1½ hours

Confluence of Culture - Calcutta Walking Tour

Take a journey around the melting pot of Calcutta’s local communities. Visit the locales of the city’s diverse groups – stop at the colourful Anglo-Indian Bow Barracks and learn about the visit Tiretta Bazaar, the home of Calcutta’s Chinese community where a typical breakfast consists of momos (a South Asian dumpling). Your tour ends at Calcutta’s oldest wholesale market, Burra Bazaar, where you can buy anything from silk saris to delicious street food.

Duration:

Around 2 hours

Mumbai Dreams Bollywood Tour

India is the world’s largest film producer, releasing an average of 1000 films per year. Go behind the scenes of the Bollywood film industry on this full day tour. Visit a film location, learn about the history and evolution of Indian film and television and enjoy the chance to watch the magic unfold before your eyes on a live film or television shoot. As you travel between locations you will discover more about the industry from your guide, including all the latest trends and gossip!

Duration:

Full Day

Sunset cruise, Cochin

Enjoy views of the skyline of the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’ from a different perspective on a two-hour sunset cruise. As the sun dips below the horizon, catch the ever-changing colours of the sea and buildings that line the shores of Lake Cochin. Keen photographers will have the opportunity to catch an iconic shot of the famous Chinese fishing nets silhouetted against the vibrantly coloured skies (weather dependent).

Duration:

2 hours

Taj Mahal by Sunrise

The Taj Mahal is a magnificent monument to love and one of the world’s most recognised buildings. One of the best ways to view this iconic landmark is at sunrise, marvelling as the first rays of morning light bathe it in a pearly pink glow. A magical and truly unforgettable spectacle.

Duration:

4 hours

Start time: 6am
End time: 10am
Included/Excluded:

Includes: Transport, guide and entry to the Taj Mahal. Excludes: Food, drink and camera fee.

Max. group size: 6
Transport details:

Air-conditioned car or minibus

Other information:

Departs daily except Friday.
Driving distance 15km round trip.
Minimum stay 1 night.
Conducted in English. A bilingual guide can be arranged on request.

Varanasi on Foot - Northern Bazaars & Hidden Alleys

Experience an adventure in the wonderful and puzzling galis (alleys) of northern Varanasi, also known by the name Banaras. Learn what life is like in one of oldest surviving cities in the world as you take a peek in bazaars and temples, before heading to the lesser travelled part of the city where you can learn a little more about Varanasi’s fascinating history.

Duration:

4 hours

Wagah Border Excursion, Amritsar

In the early evening head out of Amritsar towards the Wagah border on the Grand Trunk Road, one of only two existing road crossings between India and Pakistan, where you’ll witness the ‘beating retreat’ ceremony. From the Indian side of the international border, watch as the flags are lowered and folded as the sun sets and the guards perform elaborate movements in front of a crowd in both countries.

Duration:

Haf Day

Half-Day Calcutta City Tour

Get to know the city on this tour of its finest attractions. Stop at the elaborate Jain temple and the Kalighat Kali Temple, dedicated to the Hindu goddess Kali. The grand Victoria Memorial showcases some of the most stunning blends of Renaissance and Mughal style and on your drive you’ll pass Calcutta’s famous landmarks including Howrah Bridge, Benoy-Badal-Dinesh Bagh (formerly known as Dalhousie Square) and the 18th-Century Fort William.

Duration:

Half Day

Taj Mahal & Agra City Tour

On this half-day tour discover the spectacular Taj Mahal, a world-famous monument to Mughal emperor Shah Jahan’s love for his late wife. This magnificent monument’s architecture, garden design, painting and calligraphy embody the wealth and luxury of Mughal art. You will also visit Agra Fort, a spectacular citadel with marble palaces, ornate alcoves and terrace pavilions.

Duration:

Half day

Start time: 9am
End time: 1pm
Included/Excluded:

Includes: Transport. Excludes: Food and drink.

Max. group size: 6
Transport details:

Air-conditioned car or minibus

Other information:

Departs daily except Friday.
Driving distance 25km.
Conducted in English. A bilingual guide can be arranged on request.

Temples of Khajuraho

Explore a collection of the original 85 majestic Temples of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Khajuraho on this half-day tour. The most famous in the western group is Kandariya Mahadeva, which features exquisitely carved friezes depicting the sensual aspects of life.  The eastern group boasts fine examples of both Jain and Hindu temples, including the beautiful Parsvanath temple.

Duration:

Half day

Pondicherry's French Quarter Walking Tour

Explore the old town of Pondicherry on foot and learn about the city’s architectural styles on this introductory walking tour. With a local guide you’ll wander along streets of Ville Blanch, also known as the ‘White Town’, which have distinctively French names. Witness beautifully-preserved colonial-era villas that have a distictive yellow and pastel colour façades as you make your way along the boulevards, lanes and quiet side streets.

Duration:

1½-2 hours

Udaipur City Tour, Rajasthan

Visit Udaipur's magnificent City Palace, the largest palace complex in India. Blending Mughal and Rajput influences, this intricate marble and granite structure overlooks Lake Pichola. Continue to the 17th-Century Jagdish temple, drive around Fatehsagar Lake and visit the Sahelion ki Bari – a beautiful 18th-Century garden adorned with fountains, marble elephants and a lotus pond.

Duration:

Half day

Start time: 9.30am
End time: 1.30pm
Included/Excluded:

Includes: Transport and entry to monuments. Excludes: Camera fee, food and drink.

Max. group size: 6
Transport details:

Air-conditioned car or minibus

Other information:

Departs daily.
Driving distance 30km.
Minimum stay 2 nights.
Tour is bilingual.

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