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The pristine whiteness of the Taj Mahal, the orange and black of a rare Bengal tiger, the pink city of Jaipur and the blue edifices of Jodhpur, the leafy green tiers of a fertile tea plantation; India is a veritable kaleidoscope of colours just waiting to be explored. And you can experience them in style and comfort on an escorted holiday with Great Rail Journeys, on an unforgettable adventure in a land which is both exotic and, in places, surprisingly familiar.

In this section we've gathered together all our tours to India, allowing you to discover exactly which adventure is right for you. From the backwaters of Kerala and the ancient wonders of northern India's Golden Triangle, to the dramatic mystery of the Himalayas.

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Indian Trains

It's often the case on an escorted rail tour with Great Rail Journeys, that the train travel between towns and cities is as enjoyable and memorable an aspect of the tour as the destinations themselves. India is no exception. Enjoy the full range of Indian rail experiences on offer, from the convenient and reliable Shatabdi Express to the exalted journey offered by the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway.

India's Highlights

Taj Mahal, Agra

The Taj Mahal, Agra

Perfectly framed by its immaculate gardens, the iconic Taj Mahal is a sublime vision in polished white marble, with a sentimental history almost as captivating as the structure itself.

Amber Fort, Jaipur

Amber Fort, Jaipur

A short distance from the pink city walls of Jaipur lies the golden-hued Amber Fort, an extensive palace complex in the 16th century and now a well-deserved UNESCO site.

Ranthambore National Park

Ranthambore National Park

One of the best places in the world to spot wild tigers, lucky visitors to Ranthambore National Park can spy the elusive Bengal tiger basking in the sun or sauntering through the wilderness.

India's Culture

Indian culture and cuisine is widely known, yet little understood. Obviously for such a large country, there will be diversity as you travel from province to province but there are still few key factors to bear in mind.

Cuisine

India's cuisine has been shaped over centuries by different cultures and civilizations. Although every region in India has its own distinctive cuisine the common feature is the use of spices. 

Traditions

Often-times in India, traditions are honoured through age-old festivals and holy days. Holi is the country's festival of colour, and is one of the biggest events in the calendar for Hindus.  Diwali is marked in late autumn on the night of a new moon, and is the Hindu festival of light. 

Haggling in India

Indian markets have a thriving bargaining culture which is not just accepted, but welcomed. When negotiating with a street merchant never accept the first price you are offered, which could be ten or even twenty times the price they will settle for.

Key Facts of India

  • Language - Hindi
  • Currency - Rupee (INR)
  • Visa Requirement - Yes
  • Time zone - +5 hours 30mins
  • Flight Time - 8.5 hours approx
  • Vaccinations needed - Yes
  • Climate - Tropical/Humid
  • Tipping - Yes
  • Best time to visit - October to March
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