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

Mumbai by Dawn

Wake early to gain a fascinating new perspective on the daily life in Mumbai. Head to the local fruit and vegetable market where people haggle with wholesalers before heading down to the waterfront where you will visit the Sassoon docks. This is one of the oldest docks in the city and it is here where the night's catch is sold. Experience the hustle, the mass of people and the fast-paced auctions that occur throughout the dock – an amazing example of everyday life in the city.

Duration:

4 hours

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

Old Delhi Bazaar & Food Walk

Get a real taste of Old Delhi on this foodie tour as you wander through its lively markets. Begin your tour with a walk through a local bazaar where you can feast your eyes on the array of street food on offer. Your local guide will advise you on the best places to try some authentic market dishes. Passing small temples, mosques and perhaps a wandering cow, visit a well-preserved haveli (mansion) for an exciting cooking demonstration and tasting of traditional Indian cooking.

Duration:

4 hours

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

Amber Fort & Jaipur City Tour

Jaipur, also known as the ‘City of Victory’ was founded in 1727 and its striking architecure features Hindu, Mughal and Jain influences. Begin your full day tour with a visit to the 16th- Century Amber Fort which houses stunning palaces and temples. Next, visit the walled City Palace – a former royal residence – and enjoy a photostop at the unique Hawa Mahal, or ‘Palace of Winds’.

Duration:

Full day

Included/Excluded:

Includes: Transport. Excludes: Food and drink.

Max. group size: 6
Transport details:

Air-conditioned car or minibus

Other information:

Departs daily.

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

Gatimaan Express Day Trip to Agra

Board a train in New Delhi to Agra to see the iconic Taj Mahal and the stunning Agra Fort. On arrival in Agra, visit the world-famous mausoleum, the Taj Mahal. Built in memory of Mumtaz Mahal by her husband, Emperor Shah Jahan, the intricacy of the Taj's interior is just as impressive as its gleaming white façade. You'll also visit Agra Fort, the 16th-Century royal home of Mughal emperors containing fairytale palaces and mosques before returning to Delhi.

Duration:

Full Day

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

Fatehpur Sikri from Agra

Discover Fatehpur Sikri, a magnificent fortified ghost city built by Mughal emperor Akbar in the 16th Century to honour the Sufi saint Sheikh Salim. Abandoned soon after its construction when local wells went dry, the wonderfully preserved city has remained much in its original condition. See Hindu and Persian architecture including stunning palaces and mosques as you journey back in time at this remarkable UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Duration:

Half day

Start time: 9am
End time: 2pm
Included/Excluded:

Includes: Transport, guide and entry to Fatehpur Sikri. Excludes: Food, drink and camera fee.

Max. group size: 6
Transport details:

Air-conditioned car or minibus

Other information:

Departs daily.
Driving distance 74km round trip.
Minimum stay 1 night.
Conducted in English. A bilingual guide can be arranged on request.

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

Boat transfer to Philip Kutty, Kumarakom

Transfer to the charming, family-run homestay Philip Kutty Farm by motorboat from your Kumarakom hotel. Lasting between 45 minutes and an hour the boat ride will take you along the lake shore and up tranquil waterways to the farm. Here you can explore the island and learn about sustainable and organic farming methods used to grow spices and vegetables. Following lunch at the homestay you will return to your hotel by boat.

Duration:

Full day

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.

Brahmin Household Visit, Nelpura

Travel by tuk tuk and explore the local landscapes surrounding the Nelpura Homestay. You will visit the island village of Pulincunnoo, a local coconut processing plant and a local school before boarding a canoe along the waterways on your way to the Hindu temple Moncompu Bhagavathy. Your afternoon will include a visit to a house in the local Brahmin community.

Bikaner City Tour, Rajasthan

Discover the desert city of Bikaner, the main trade centre on the ancient silk route in the 1500s. Dating back to 1486 AD, the barren city’s highlight is Junagarh Fort and you’ll visit some of this complex’s beautiful palaces, such as the red sandstone Lal Gar. You’ll also visit the famous Karni Mata, a Hindu temple that was built in honour of the Rat Goddess and today is home to over 20,000 rats! Rats are considered holy animals, and worshippers travel from all over India to pay their respects.

Duration:

Half day

Start time: 10am
End time: 4pm
Included/Excluded:

Includes: Transport, guide and entry to Junagarh Fort. Excludes: Camera fee, entry to Sound & Light Show, food and drink.

Max. group size: 6
Transport details:

Air-conditioned car or minibus

Other information:

Departs daily.
Minimum stay 1 night.
Conducted in English. Bilingual guide available on request.

Book a Game Drive in a Canter, Ranthambore

To fully appreciate the wonders of Ranthambore National Park we suggest you pre-book one or more game drives in an open top canter, which seat a maximum of 20 people. Guests can partake in morning or evening drives (timings vary according to seasons) and they tend to last approximately two and a half hours. Book early for your chance to spot India's incredible wildlife.

Duration:

3 hours

Start time: 6.30-7am/2.30-3pm
End time: 9.30-10am/5.30-6pm
Included/Excluded:

Includes: Naturalist, driver, park entry, taxes and transport. Excludes: Video camera fee, food and drink.

Max. group size: 6
Transport details:

Canter

Other information:

Departs daily.
Driving distance 50-60km.
Voucher required.
Conducted in English. Bilingual escort or translator available on request.
Passport details required.

Book a Game Drive in a Jeep, Ranthambore

For a more personal and intimate game drive experience we recommend that you pre-book game drives in a 4x4 jeep. These only carry six passengers, ensuring a quieter, more comfortable experience as well as superior wildlife viewing. Seats on jeeps are limited so book well in advance to secure your coveted spot.

Duration:

3 hours

Start time: 6.30-7am/2.30-3pm
End time: 9.30-10am/5.30-6pm
Included/Excluded:

Includes: Naturalist, driver, park entry, taxes and transport. Excludes: Video camera fee, food and drink.

Max. group size: 20
Transport details:

Jeep

Other information:

Departs daily.
Driving distance 50-60km.
Voucher required.
Conducted in English. Bilingual escort or translator available on request.
Passport details required.

Cooking Demo and Dinner, Nelpura

Guests staying at the beautiful Nelpura Homestay can learn the basics of Keralan cookery in the evening or at the weekend. Learn about the nuances of this popular regional cuisine under the guidance of the homestay's chef and then enjoy their creations at dinner.

Duration:

Evening

Evening boat cruise on Vembanadu Lake, Kumarakom

Step aboard a traditional Keralan houseboat for a tranquil evening cruise and watch as the setting sun changes the colours of the Vembanad Lake and the surrounding countryside – the perfect start to your evening.

Duration:

3 hours

Jaisalmer City Tour, Rajasthan

Explore Jaisalmer's hillltop fort which is still home to a quarter of the population. Discover the Jain Temples, which date back to the 1100s and 1400s; the 19th-Century Badal Vilas, or Cloud Palace – the city's spectacular landmark which is crowned by a five-tiered tower boasting intricately carved balconies; and Patwon ki Haveli, an impressive and ornate five-storey building.

Duration:

Half day

Start time: 8.30am
End time: 1pm
Included/Excluded:

Includes: Transport, guide and entry to monuments. Excludes: Camera fee, entry to Sound & Light Show, food and drink.

Max. group size: 35
Transport details:

Air-conditioned car or minibus

Other information:

Departs daily.
Driving distance 20km.
Minimum stay 1 night.
Conducted in English, French, Spanish and Italian.

Khimsar Dunes Village, Rajasthan

A luxurious overnight escape from Jodhpur in the midst of the Thar Desert's burnt dunes, Khimsar Dunes Village is a secretive hideaway where idyllic thatched cottages nestle around a tranquil oasis.

During your stay at this unique resort you can enjoy Rajasthani and Continental cuisine either by the water's edge or on the top of one of the sand dunes, offering a unbeatable vista over the resort and the desert and a one of a kind dining experience.

In addition to the village's facilities including a bar, sunset and sunrise snacks and jeep and camel excursions you can make use of the facilities at Khimsar Fort, approximately 4 miles away. The Khimsar Fort boasts a swimming pool, spa and fitness centre, tennis court and a indoor games room.

Duration:

1 night

End time: After breakfast
Included/Excluded:

Includes: All meals at Khimsar, jeep and camel safari and transport. Excludes: Drinks and camera fee.

Max. group size: 6
Transport details:

Air-conditioned car or minibus

Other information:

Departs daily from October to March.

Nimaj Jeep Safari, Rajasthan

Embark on a jeep drive, seeing farmers at work and visiting their homes. Stop at the intricate Magarmandi Mata Temple, which was constructed in the 9th Century before being destroyed and rebuilt. Next visit Kheda, a small shephard settlement home to only one family of each trade such as silversmith, clay potter, carpenter, cobbler and blacksmith. Your safari travels through their grasslands, spotting antelopes and migratory birds at the lake.

Duration:

2-2.5 hours

Start time: 3.30pm in winter, 5pm in summer
End time: 6pm in winter, 7pm in summer
Included/Excluded:

Includes: Entry fees. Excludes: Food and drink.

Max. group size: 40
Transport details:

Jeep

Other information:

Departs daily.
Voucher required.
Please reconfirm at reception.
Conducted in English.
It is recommended that guests spend a night at Nimaj Palace to undertake this excursion.

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