From Megasthenes to Michael Palin, India has enthralled travellers for literally thousands of years and its modern incarnation, home to nearly one fifth of the world’s people, remains a country of incomparable fascination – whether you’re coming for the first time, or as a seasoned veteran, TransIndus as the leading India travel company can help you make the most of the destination.
The main problem facing any would-be traveller to the subcontinent, experienced or otherwise, is deciding where to start. The answer depends on what kind of holiday you have in mind, of course. But roughly speaking, if this is your first tour of India you’ll probably be setting your sights on one of two regions: either the “Golden Triangle” of Delhi (the capital), Agra (site of the Taj Mahal) and Jaipur (India’s flamboyant ‘Pink City’), with a possible extension deeper into the desert state of Rajasthan or Kerala and the historic highlights of neighbouring Tamil Nadu.
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‘A teardrop on the face of Eternity’ is how the Bengali mystic poet, Rabindranath Tagore, famously described the Taj Mahal. Built in the mid-16th century by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz, the mausoleum possesses...
Delhi, India’s capital, is where most new arrivals alight – a megacity whose fast pace and jarring contrasts are guaranteed to induce a degree of wide-eyed amazement, no matter how many times you’ve been there. Home to an estimated 20 mill...
Amber Fort (Jaipur)
The great arched gateways of Amber Fort, the seat of the Kachwaha dynasty, who ruled over Rajasthan in the Mughal era is a fortress straight out othe Arabian nights. Rising from the shores of Maota Lake atop a craggy sandstone escarpment, ...
‘The most romantic spot on the continent of India’ was Colonel James Tod’s assessment of Udaipur in the 1820s, and even today, despite the hordes who come here each winter, his assessment still holds true. Set against a hinterland of bare ...
The ridges of the Aravalli range ripple west and north of Udaipur into country that has always been something of a world apart from the rest of the region. Its cultivable valleys and surviving tracts of forest are the homeland of semi-noma...
Ranthambore National Park
Everyone wants to see a tiger when they visit India, but for a chance to sight one sprawled on a lakeside domed pavilion or against the backdrop of a Rajput castle, there’s only one option: Ranthambore, in Rajasthan. The park lies on the...
A landscape of surreal beauty provides the setting for the ruins of Vijayanagar, the once-glittering capital of southern India, which was laid to waste in 1565 by invading armies from the Sultanates of the northern Deccan. Only the city’s ...
For centuries the hub of India’s spice and tea trade, Fort Cochin occupies the northern tip of a peninsula dividing the mouth of the Vembanad Lake from the Arabian Sea. Its low-rise, red-tiled skyline bears the imprint of its former coloni...
For sheer visual impact, no Hindu temple in South India can match the magnificence of the Meenakshi-Sundeshwarar in Madurai. The gigantic, multi-coloured gopura towers of the ‘Fish-Eyed Goddess’ soar 46m above the city’s streets, writhing ...
Munnar, in east-central Kerala, is the epicentre of the state’s tea industry. Plantations of neatly manicured bushes cloak the slopes soaring above this ramshackle town, overshadowed by the dramatic bulk of Ana Mudi (2,695m), south India’s...
Up until the 1980s, large barges made of oiled jackwood and canopies of plaited palm leaves were used throughout the Kuttinad region of Kerala to transport rice and other produce through the backwaters. Now, trucks do the haulage work, but...
Suggested India itineraries
Golden Triangle and Kerala Backwaters
Group Tour 14 days from £1785 per person
One of the questions we’re most frequently asked by clients contemplating their first trip to India is ‘whether to go north or south’? This two-week group tour neatly sidesteps the dilemma by combining the highlights of both. Beginning with a whistl...
Rajasthan, Land of Kings
Group Tour 14 days from £1795 per person
Focusing on Rajasthan’s royal heritage, including the Taj Mahal and other great monuments of the so-called ‘Golden Triangle’, this popular two-week tour follows a classic route around northwest India’s more regal and opulent locations: from the Mugh...
Call of the Wild
Tailor-made Tour 13 days from £2445 per person
Embark on an exhilarating journey through some of India’s premier national parks where the tiger has been part of the folklore for generations. Ranthambore in Rajasthan is renowned for its excellent Tiger sightings. Bandhavgarh, in central India, ha...
Tailor-made Tour 10 days from £1865 per person
Covering the highlights of India's Golden Triangle, this 10-day itinerary is popular with first-time visitors to India who wish to experience some of the country’s benchmark attractions in a relatively short timespan. A couple of days sightseeing in...
Maharajas' Express: Indian Panorama
Tailor-made Tour 10 days from £6695 per person
This is the crème de la crème of India’s royal train rides, featuring the most luxurious cabins and modern rolling stock.The train has five deluxe carriages, six junior suite carriages, two suite carriages, and one presidential suite exclusively in ...
Golden Temple and the Himalayas
Group Tour 11 days from £1198 per person
This interesting, off-the-beaten track group tour of North West India invites you to the impressive Golden Temple, situated in a shimmering man-made lake in the frontier town of Amritsar. Driving into neighbouring Himachal Pradesh towards Buddhist ...
Kerala with a Difference
Tailor-made Tour 16 days from £3114 per person
Kerala is today one of the leading destinations in India. While much has been written about its natural attractions and socio-economic history, there is much that remains unexplored. In this tour we take you to some hitherto unexplored parts of th...
The Deccan Plateau
Tailor-made Tour 16 days from £3135 per person
This fortnight-long tour cherry picks the highlights of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, including world-class heritage and archaeological sites seen by few comparatively foreign visitors. It is a trip that takes you deep into a region where the old wo...
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