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India at a glance

There’s probably no other country on the planet that blazes its way into your memory like India. With its sumptuous mix of traditions, spiritual beliefs, festivals, architecture, and landscapes, India will set your memories ablaze long after you’ve left its shores.

Some people are overwhelmed when they pick up their first India travel guide. But India doesn’t need to be seen in one go. Think of it like a box of exquisite handmade chocolates. You would only cram them all in at a time. You read the ingredients and savor each, relishing every parcel’s taste. Taking it slowly is the best way to break down all our presumptions about this vast country.

“There’s an expression in Hindi – Aaaram Se, meaning to ‘chill out’. It is the rule of thumb in India. Because if you ‘Aaaram Se’ – good things will come your way.”

India is a land painted in a vivid palette of geographical and cultural contrasts, inspiring and intriguing visitors since Roman times. For travelers today, the options are vast and varied. From luxury vacations in India to rugged trekking or deep relaxation, cultural immersion and more – the choices are as diverse as the subcontinent itself.

So where to start on your Indian adventure? Here’s our India travel guide for first time travellers.

Key Facts


Delhi (population, 32.94 million)


1.408 billion


Indian Rupees (INR)


Hindi, Urdu, Tamil, Bengali, Kashmiri, Kannada, Marathi, Gujarati, Telugu, English


(GMT+05:30) Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi




Type C (European 2-pin) Type D (Old British 3-pin) Type M (see D)

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Things To Do In India

Any journey through India is an adventure, woven into the very fabric of this extraordinary land, where imperfection and incredible beauty coexist.

India’s geography is a mesmerizing tapestry, from the snow-capped Himalayan peaks in Himachal Pradesh to the 4,600-mile coastline adorning the southern peninsula. Here, you’ll discover the sandy beaches of Goa, the Sundarbans’ mystical mangroves, and the historic seaside temples of Mamallapuram. And don’t miss Kanyakumari, where the Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean, and Bay of Bengal converge at the southernmost tip of India.

India has often been described as sheer chaos, but amidst this apparent disorder lies a captivating pattern. Allow Inescape Travel’s experts, masters of crafting private tours to India, to reveal this hidden order. From the very beginning, you only need to trust, open your mind to incredible experiences, and savor the rich flavors of chai.

No matter which direction you explore, India’s history, etched into its magnificent monuments, will leave you humbled and spellbound. In Tamil Nadu, witness profound religiosity and ritual at Madurai’s Meenakshi Temple. Venture west to Rajasthan, where Mehrangarh Fort reigns supreme over the azure city of Jodhpur, a majestic symbol of medieval military tradition. In the north, the resplendent Mughal Empire’s legacy lives on in the monuments of Fatehpur Sikri and Delhi. Plan for at least two weeks to capture a glimpse of the wonders of this incredible country, even if your heart longs for just one thing right now – a visit to the Taj Mahal.

  • Take in the sights of Old Delhi on a rickshaw

    Let’s face it: Delhi is a lot to take in. What with all the colours to see, action to catch and general hustle and bustle of the city, you could easily end up feeling utterly overwhelmed. To get you acquainted with what’s what, this city is best explored from the (albeit rickety) comfort of your rickshaw as you weave through the busy backstreets. That way, you’ll take in the sights without losing out on the electric atmosphere and delicious aromas of the passing street vendors.

  • Take a boat ride over the Ganges, Varanasi

    Varanasi is known as the spiritual capital of India, home to over 2,000 temples, and people journey from all over to bathe in the sacred waters of the Ganges and give holy rites to their loved ones. As you can expect, the streets of Varanasi are bursting with life and colour at all hours of the day, but a sunrise boat ride along the river provides a serene and gorgeous view of the ancient city walls and ghats, before the bustle of the day takes over. This boat ride will be one to remember.

  • Visit the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort, Agra

    Agra is home to two of India’s most famous and most visited buildings: the simply breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage site of Agra Fort, and the ivory palatial glory that is the Taj Mahal. It’s an impossible choice, and one you don’t have to make. We’ve got you tickets to both. Don’t say we don’t spoil you…

  • Check out Jaipur's Palace and vibrant bazaars

    In the city where old meets new, colour meets chaos and cars meet camels, it’s tough to know where to even start. A guided tour will give you the very best of this complex city, including the chance to explore the colourful bazaars to stock up on souvenirs (or just gifts for yourself) and a chance to explore the impressive courtyards and gardens of the City Palace. giving you a glimpse into the alluring world of medieval India.

  • Explore the Jagdish Temple and City Palace, Udaipur

    There’s no better way to set your wanderlust alight than with a tour around the gob-smackingly magnificent palace complex of Udaipur, with its intricate decor, arches that can be seen anywhere and cupolas that tower over the city’s lake. What could top that? Perhaps a visit to the stunning serenity of Jagdish Temple, a 16th-century Hindu temple. With the Hindu god Vishnu carved into black stone and steps flanked by tiny elephants, this is a temple like no other.

  • Take a Bollywood Dance Class in Mumbai

    In India, Bollywood is king – so much so that’s it’s become part and parcel of Indian heritage. Its influence is felt everywhere, with the music blasted through the streets and the Bollywood stars sitting at the centre of Indian celebrity life. India and Bollywood go hand in hand, so whether musicals are your thing or not, it’s practically a must to get your dance on in a fabulous Bollywood dance class.

  • Take a dawn tour of Mumbai

    Mumbai is India’s powerhouse city, but dawn is when its true beauty reveals itself – the city transforms and the breaking sunlight illuminates its unique Indian charm. You’ll rise with the locals, and see the city come to life as you visit the fish market, newspaper stand and flower market. You might not be a morning person now, but we guarantee once a cup of of warm chai hits your soul, your day will be off to an awesome start.

  • Find nirvana on a Goan beach

    Goa sets itself apart from the rest of India for being an international hub and hotspot for trance-lovers. But above that, Goa is decidedly zen. You’ll get back in touch with yours with yoga on the gorgeous sandy Goan beach, recharging, clearing your mind and giving a stretch to those travel-tired limbs. Far from the trappings of your phone (leave it in your room) and surrounded by baroque architecture, hippie markets and palm trees, this is self-reflection the Goan way.

  • Spot tigers on a National Park Safari, Ranthambore

    As well as being equal parts super cool and totally terrifying, the Bengal tiger is India’s national animal. Ranthambore National Park is the home of the Bengal tiger and dedicates itself to their preservation and protection. A safari experience at this unique park will bring you just close enough for comfort, and you’ll share the life-changing experience of spotting your first tiger or adorable tiger cub.

  • Trek to the Amber Fort, Jaipur

    Some sites are just worth trekking for, and Jaipur’s famous Amber Fort (a.k.a Amer Fort, Amer Palace or Amer Palace) is no exception. This gorgeous 16th-century fort is the jewel of Jaipur, the extensive complex is made up of palaces, stairways and balconies, and the amber hues and pink sandstone of this stunning site will have you utterly captivated.

Best Time To Visit

India’s vast size means that there are numerous weather patterns. The best time to visit most areas for warm, dry and sunny weather is between the months of October to March.

Best time to visit india

Travel Guide

From currency to communication, travel information, tourist visas, health, and matters of etiquette, take a look at our guide to traveling in India, curated by destination experts.

India travel guide


India is by and large a safe country to travel in. As with any other destination in Asia, we advise you to take some basic safety measures to ensure a stress-free vacation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best time to go on an experiential tour of India?

In a country as vast as India, the best time to go on a tour depends on where you wish to go and what you want to do. In general the winter months of November to March are considered some of the best thanks to pleasant weather across most of the country. This is an ideal time to visit North India’s Delhi, Agra and Rajasthan or visit the temple towns in the south. 

If you wish to go glamping in the Himalayas, the spring and summer months from March to October are ideal due to the pleasant weather, except for the rainy months of July and August. The best time for tiger safaris in India is from February to April, when the animals gather at watering holes. 

For more advice and information on when to visit India, get in touch with us at contact@inescapetravel.com 

How much does a luxury tour to India cost?

The cost of a luxury tour to India depends on the duration of your trip, the places you visit, your accommodations and style of travel.

Our India tours include all your travel services, chosen accommodations and excursions and they start from $2,500 per person. Our sample itineraries offer you inspiration and ideas, and showcase what it is possible to do in India with us. Each trip can be completely customized to match your interests and travel style, with handpicked accommodations and excursions to help you uncover the best of India.

Is it worth going on a tour to India?

Yes! India is a great destination for your luxury tour. The country offers a fascinating blend of rich history, diverse landscapes, and iconic landmarks, combined with luxury accommodations, exclusive experiences and warm hospitality. You can visit impressive natural wonders such as the Himalayas, forests, tea gardens and golden beaches. Heritage cities such as Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur, offer exclusive experiences and encounters. You can embark on tiger safaris from the comfort of indulgent camps and lodges. Relax in scenic surroundings such as coffee plantations, historic temple towns or on pristine beaches. 

On an Inescape Travels tour, we go a step further to ensure a superlative experience for you. Your trip is completely customized to match your interests and travel style. We offer world-class accommodations, including boutique properties and palaces such as the Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur. Enjoy personalized, VIP service at each destination, a private car and chauffeur, as well as a personal Trip Coordinator to assist you throughout your trip. 

Learn more about private tours with us or get in touch through our booking form or at contact@inescapetravel.com to start planning your trip.

How to plan for a tour to India?

To start planning a luxury tour to India, get in touch with us through our booking form or call contact@inescapetravel.com. Our sample itineraries offer a host of ideas and inspiration, encompassing destinations such as Rajasthan’s palaces, Kerala’s backwaters, and historic cities such as Delhi and Agra. Each trip can be tailored by our knowledgeable destination experts to match your specific requirements, from accommodations and routing to gourmet dining. Once you are completely satisfied with your tour itinerary, we go ahead and book all the accommodations and services, while you sit back and look forward to your trip.

Is a tour to India safe?

Yes, a luxury tour to India can be safe with proper precautions and measures. As a trusted travel company, we prioritize your safety and security over all else. We offer you world-class accommodations and private transportation with chauffeurs, all of which is personally tested by our team. At each destination, we have knowledgeable, licensed local guides to show you around and a team on the ground to closely monitor and offer any assistance during your trip. 

Your personal Trip Coordinator is available 24/7 to answer questions and take care of any details throughout your journey. While challenges such as traffic and cultural differences do exist, on a luxury tour with us, we are with you every step of the way to ensure that you are completely safe and secure. 

How to get to India for a experiential tour?

To get to India for a luxury tour, it is important to first plan a tour itinerary that matches your interests and requirements. Our travel consultants can help – with our extensive destination knowledge and local presence, we have the expertise to plan a completely customized luxury tour for you. Once you finalize your tour itinerary with the routes, accommodations and activities that you prefer, we book all services, except for your international flights. Our Trip Coordinators then get in touch with you to help you prepare for the tour with information on visa, travel insurance, local customs and safety measures. 

All that remains is for you to board your flight to your chosen destination. You are welcomed at the airport by our team and your luxury India tour begins!

For more information, get in touch with us through our booking form or call us at contact@inescapetravel.com

How to get around on a tour of India?

The best way to get around India is through a mix of public and private transportation services. In a country as vast as this, taking domestic flights can significantly reduce your travel time. India also has a wide network of roads and since many destinations are not accessible by flight, taking a private car to explore smaller cities and towns at your own pace is a good idea. You can also take short and scenic rail journeys between destinations such as Delhi and Agra, which are connected by express trains.

During your luxury India tour with us, we provide you with a private chauffeured car which is regularly tested by our team for safety and comfort. With your car at your disposal, you can enjoy your excursions at each destination at your own pace, and embark on short inter-city journeys as well.

What are the best places to see on a tour of India?

India is a treasure trove of impressive destinations, from the North to the sultry South. Some of the best destinations in India include:

1. North India – Delhi, the capital city, boasts rich culture, historic Mughal and colonial architecture, and a fascinating blend of the old and the new. In Agra, discover the magic of white marble at the iconic Taj Mahal and the sandstone city of Fatehpur Sikri. Rajasthan in North India, with the Rajput cities of Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur and others, offers ornate palaces, historic havelis and rich cultural heritage.

2. Central India – Spiritual Varanasi is one of the oldest cities in the world, drawing millions of pilgrims to the shores of the Ganges river every year. In Central India’s national parks, come face to face with tigers, leopards, elephants and a bevy of other animals. Explore Mumbai on the west coast, home of Bollywood films.

3. South India – Head to Kerala’s tranquil backwaters or visit cultural Cochin. See Munnar’s verdant tea gardens or coffee plantations in Coorg, famously called the ‘Scotland of India’. Escape to Goa, where life slows down amid tranquil fishing villages, colorful Portuguese-era settlements and gorgeous, golden beaches. Visit the stunning Meenakshi Temple in Madurai, or Hampi’s historic boulder-strewn ruins. 

4. The Himalayas – Leh and Ladakh, surrounded by the towering Himalayas and tranquil monasteries, are enchanting destinations for glamping tours.

Not just these, a vast array of other destinations and experiences also await you in India. Based on what you wish to see and do, our travel consultants can help you select the right itinerary, routing and activities to make the most of your time in India.

What is there to do on a luxury tour of India?

Here are some of the top experiences on luxury India tours.

1. Discover the Taj Mahal at sunrise with a personal guide for crowd-free magical views. 
2. Stay in a royal residence or palace such as Umaid Bhawan in Jodhpur or Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur.
3. Embark on a tiger safari in the jungles of Central India.
4. Enjoy a street food tour with a gastronomic expert through the streets of old Delhi.
5. Visit the spiritual city of Varanasi for a boat ride on the Ganges River and attend a blessing ceremony.
6. Explore ancient temples and ruins on a guided tour of Khajuraho, Hampi or Mamallapuram.
7. Find peace and relaxation in the backwaters of Kerala with a kettuvallam cruise or overnight houseboat stay.
8. Rejuvenate yourself with an Ayurvedic treatment at the Ayurvedic resorts and spas in Kerala.
9. Explore buzzing cities such as Mumbai, Bangalore, and Kolkata.
10. Escape to tranquil tea or coffee plantations in the verdant Western Ghats of India.
11. Hike in Ladakh or the Nubra Valley and enjoy luxury camping in the Himalayas.
12. Unwind on the tranquil beaches of Goa, Mararikulam or the pristine Andaman Islands.

Find more ideas and inspiration about the things to do in India in our travel blog and read more about which destination in India is right for you. 

What to pack on a luxury tour of India?

For luxury India tours, we recommend packing lightweight, breathable clothes, and several layers for varying temperatures. Include comfortable walking shoes for your excursions, swimwear for resorts, and a mix of modest outfits that cover your shoulders and knees to respect local customs. You may also wish to carry formal wear for dining out. Sunscreen and insect repellent are essential as well as any medication that you may need on your tour. Don’t forget your travel documents, a copy of your passport and insurance details. 

For more details, read our guide on when to visit and what to pack.

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