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India Tours & Vacations

India is an intricate mosaic of cultures, heritage, and landscapes that form an immediately distinguishable work of art. Come face to face with ancient civilizations and lush jungles, immaculate architecture and resilient spirituality, and destinations that hold astounding enchantments. Allow India’s indulgences to mesmerize you on a custom Zicasso tour.

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Sample Itineraries

You can have any trip tailor made for your private travel.

Best of India Tour 2020-2021

10 Day Custom Tour

From $1,495

Explore the endless wonders of India on this custom tailored India trip that will take you to colorful cities with opulent history, magnificent wildlife and exceptional culture. Whether witnessing the stunning pink sandstone walls of the City Palace in Jaipur or adventuring in search of majestic tigers within the lush forest of Ranthambore, you will experience the greatest journey through India. From the immaculate marble of the Taj Mahal to an ancient fortress in Ranthambhore overrun with jungle. See the wonders of India and know that you are seeing the best. 
Immersive India Exploration Tour: Cultural and Natural...

11 Day Custom Tour

From $2,899

You will experience beauty, charm, and authenticity during your 11-day India luxury tour. Experience daily life in a Rajasthani village and find fragrant spices displayed in the market. Scour the forest in search of elusive Bengal tigers. Witness the shimmering facade of the Taj Mahal and cruise a regal lake. Your India tour will introduce you to highlights and destinations off the beaten path for a remarkable discovery.
Culture, Cuisine & Wilderness Tour of South India...

12 Day Custom Tour

From $1,795

The majesty of India’s deep south comes from ancient cities and secluded jungle, flavorful cuisine and immaculate beaches. On this custom tailored tour you will lounge in a private plantation surrounded by tranquil jungle and cruise along a river in search of elephants and tigers. Relax in a private resort on the golden sands of the Arabian Sea and experience the locals’ grand smiles and gregarious lifestyle. You can watch the sun peek through forests and reflect off of the sea. It shines on palaces and temples alike and illuminates the nature of South India. 
Nepal and India for Seniors Itinerary

20 Day Custom Tour

From $2,995

The slower the travel the more you see. Take this mantra with you through Nepal and India on a one-way journey that connects lands of sublime history and spiritual present. Regal palaces, epic mountains, sunset ceremonies, and jungle safaris will be just the start of your time in Nepal. Then, memoirs of the Mughal Empire, hot air ballooning, Buddha’s birthplace and more will be a few of the highlight of India. Tailored for senior travelers, this leisurely journey will take you through a stunning selection of highlights to the best of Nepal and India on one vacation. Click here for additional traveling in Nepal ideas that are available on Zicasso.
Romantic Tour of North India for Couples

10 Day Custom Tour

From $1,495

Delight in romance and discovery during your customizable 10-day couple’s tour of North India, which will immerse you in the splendor of famous bazaars, the natural majesty of the secluded jungle, and intricate designs of celebrated architecture. Share in the treasured view of the Taj Mahal at sunrise, scour the underbrush for signs of lazing tigers, and bask in the prestige of maharajas at the Amber Fortress. India is waiting for you to revel in its storybook ambiance and welcoming culture.
Classic India Tour: Delhi, Jaipur, Taj Mahal, River...

10 Day Custom Tour

From $1,495

You can imagine the vibrant life along the riverbanks of the Ganges River. The elegant angles of the Taj Mahal have always inspired you. On this custom tailored tour you will discover the iconic splendor of India. The honeycomb texture of the Palace of Winds takes you back into classical Rajasthani history. You will discover powerful forts and graceful art, spellbinding streets and friendly faces on your journey through historic culture.
Best of Northern India Tour: Jaipur to Varanasi

9 Day Custom Tour

From $1,345

Uncover the splendor of spectacular cities and natural wonders that blend unparalleled monuments, prestige, and heritage on this luxurious 9-day tour of Northern India. Immerse yourself in the grand history and captivating spirituality of India. Here, tigers prowl through the underbrush of tropical woodlands, the ghats that line the banks of the Ganges River reflect the energetic and mystical life of the locals, and the intricate gems of the Taj Mahal shine in the passing light.
Luxury Kerala Vacation Tour: Culture & Escape

10 Day Custom Tour

From $8,995

Step back in time on this 10-day tour through India’s southern state of Kerala. The wealth of spices has created an exceptional history unlike anywhere in the world. From the European neighborhoods of Cochin to the tea plantations of Munnar, you will witness the diverse landscapes and captivating culture. Dip your toes in the sand on Kovalam Beach and indulge in a moonlit dinner as you drift down the serene canals around Alleppey. The depths of history and local magnetism are endless in Kerala. 
Wildlife Tour and Tiger Safari in India

10 Day Custom Tour

From $1,495

Step into the incredible wilds of India on this custom tailored tour that will take you through the national parks and reserves known for their Bengal tigers. The streets of Delhi are vibrant and historic and the lush jungles of thin, towering sal trees stand alongside the graceful marshlands. Ride through the woodlands on the back of elephants as you scour the riverbanks in search of Asiatic wild dogs and the orange and black striped glow of the largest cat in the wild. From stunning architecture to unparalleled wildlife, you will find it all in India. 
Taj Mahal to Mt. Everest: Wonders of India and Nepal...

10 Day Custom Tour

From $1,495

Historical wonders have drawn travelers to India and Nepal for centuries and continue to inspire visitors with the enchanting architecture of the Taj Mahal and the breathtaking magnificence of Mount Everest. Your custom tailored tour encompasses the grandeur of India’s former empires and the luster of medieval temples in Kathmandu Valley. Palaces symbolize elegance and prestige in Amber and Jaipur. Buddhist stupas embody fascinating religious devotion. Noticing colorful saris in Delhi markets and watching the wind rustle prayer flags in Boudhanath, Kathmandu will become hallmark memories alongside your adventures at the Taj Mahal and Mount Everest. 
Tour of Indian Palaces & Tiger Safari: Agra, Jaipur,...

11 Day Custom Tour

From $1,645

A feeling of majesty overtakes you when you see historic palaces or view unencumbered wildlife in its natural habitat. Experience the nature and history of India on this custom tailored tour. Find the grandeur of sandstone castles casting a pink glow upon a city. Witness the splendor of tigers prowling through the grasslands and beneath the towering sal trees. From the luxuries of jungle resorts to the stunning architecture of historic observatories you will find the unparalleled beauty of India.
Rajasthan Tour of Forts & Palaces

11 Day Custom Tour

From $1,645

The elegance of Rajasthan is in the charming palaces and powerful fortresses that continue to decorate the magnificent landscape. This custom tailored tour will take you through the unique desert and precious mountain scenery. You will cruise on reflective lakes alongside the graceful City Palace complex of Udaipur, and traverse the inspiring ramparts of Mehrangarh Fortress. From delicate temples to emotional hymns, endless protectorate walls to glistening ancient frescoes, you will find more than just palaces and fortresses in Rajasthan, you will find culture and the quintessence of this remarkable country. 
Colors of Rajasthan Tour: Jaipur, Deogarh, Agra, Ranakpur...

14 Day Custom Tour

From $2,095

The effervescence of India surpasses the natural beauty of the landscape and encompasses every aspect of a life that is yours to experience on this custom tailored tour through famous Rajasthan. From the clothing that pops with bright blues and yellows to the glowing pink architecture, the golden desert to the emerald jungle, you will find yourself weaving through nature to spot the orange gilt of tigers, and marveling at the textiles that glisten jade in the sunlight. Just when you think the countryside or cityscape couldn’t be more exciting you will find another burst of life that captivates you within the colorful expanse of Rajasthan. 
Best of Kerala Tour: Elephanta Island, Cochin, Alleppey,...

12 Day Custom Tour

From $1,795

Experience the best of Kerala on this custom 12-day tour of India, as you visit temples that have been carved into island caves and traverse lush jungles where exotic tigers roam. Relax on the beaches along the turquoise water of the Arabian Sea then cruise through charming canals that lead to untouched villages. A rolling greenery of tea plantations surrounds you as you explore Cochin's rich history, filled with grand palaces and jewels. Travel through the endless wonders of the south where there is always more majesty to discover on this personalized tour. 
Himalayan Birds & Wildlife Tour of North India

28 Day Custom Tour

From $4,195

From the luster of the Taj Mahal to the long bubbling call of the Eurasian Cuckoo, this is a custom tailored adventure that will have you traversing the ancient wonders and national parks of northern India. Witness the panorama of the expansive rolling peaks of the upper Himalayas. Course through the fabulous riverine forests that are flush with black-winged stilt. Whether cruising along the river in search of gavial or watching the sky for crested laughing thrushes, this is a bird lover’s dream wrapped up in an unforgettable adventure. 
Ayurveda Getaway Vacation: Wellness, Retreat &...

11 Day Custom Tour

From $1,645

Let the mind, body, and spirit relax on this custom tailored tour that will give you a rejuvenated outlook on life along the Arabian Sea. Set within Kerala, India you will find soothing oils massaged into your muscles, and steam baths that let all of your troubles seemingly drip away while you sit along white powdery sand and discover the ancient and contemporary cultures that have given credence to the remarkable history and natural landscapes. Find yourself within the comforts of swaying palm trees and the fresh scent of coconut while you discover the keys to revitalizing your wellness.  
Wildlife Photography Tour of India: Kanha National...

10 Day Custom Tour

From $1,495

Capture your memories through India on this custom tailored tour that will take you through history, modernity, and the ancient wilds. Venture through the historic streets of Delhi where ruins stand and centuries-old buildings are still in use. Take an excursion into the forest where the wildlife will breathe new life into everything you knew India could be, from marvelous architecture to a rich tiger reserve. Ready yourself for splendor; all you have to do is make sure you focus your camera.
Kerala Tour: Cochin, Munnar, Alleppey & More

10 Day Custom Tour

From $1,495

Become acquainted with the stunning landscapes and exceptional people of Kerala on this custom tailored tour through South India. Decadent temples stand alongside converging seas. Tea plantations cast an emerald glow over an entire mountainside. Large ancient Chinese fishing nets create a skyline over the Arabian Sea. From witnessing tigers in the wild to traversing endless canals, and from dipping your toes into the warm sea to witnessing the enduring luster of the spice trade, you will create lasting friendships and unforgettable memories during your exploration of Kerala. 
Amazing South India Tour: Temples, Ruins & Nature...

16 Day Custom Tour

From $2,395

Step into the depths of Southern India on this 16-day vacation that will show you the range of the landscape and the reach of history. Your journey will take you alongside the golden sands of the Arabian Sea and into the depths of cave temples. Witness the immaculate gilded tiles in a maharaja’s summer palace before cruising down a river in search of elephants. From colonial forts to regal murals, mystical carvings to mountain villages, on this trip you will find luxury and discovery to be one and the same.  
Indian Odyssey Tour: Taj Mahal, Khajuraho, Jaipur,...

14 Day Custom Tour

From $2,095

Step out along the trails that will take you through caves and monuments, palaces and rivers, each one a celebration of history and spiritualism on this 14-day tour through India. Whether you find yourself beneath a sensational stone statue carved into an underground temple or you walk along a honey-colored stone path that trails over a fort, you won’t just witness the splendor of India but will also experience it. This tour takes you into the grandeur of a country that has inspired the world with color and spice, spirit and devotion.  
India’s Golden Triangle Tour 2020

8 Day Custom Tour

From $1,195

On this elite personalized India tour, you will experience the splendor of color, the marvels of culture, the grandeur of architecture, and depth of history. Venture beyond the Golden Triangle to see the expanse of luxury and landscape. Striations of color drape the Taj Mahal at sunset, reflecting dark red and rich purple. The Pink City of Jaipur fills with a celebratory spirit year-round. Ancient history rises out of Delhi’s parks and gardens. Lake Pichola mirrors Udaipur’s pristine palaces. Discover the extravagance of India’s cities and countryside proving all that glitters can be better than gold.
Northern India Tour: Vibrant Cultures, Iconic Temples...

14 Day Custom Tour

From $2,095

The pink sandstone of historic palaces shimmers in the sunlight while tigers blend into the golden savannah grass. You can hear the calls of White Siberian cranes within the marshland as elephants parade along the lake’s shores. This is home to the maharajas and the Jungle Book, the captivating scent of cinnamon and anise from chai tea, and transcendent artwork of the Khajuraho temples. Find the illustrious bamboo forests and the prolific leopard, and the allure of the tiger is never far away on this custom tailored tour through India’s northern wild. 
The Fabled Cities of North India Tour

14 Day Custom Tour

From $2,095

The famous cities of North India are no longer relegated to stories. Experience the beautiful history and ravishing culture that has brought renown to the country. You will watch the immaculate marble of the Taj Mahal capture the colors of sunrise. Experience the tremendous devotion of pilgrims at Varanasi. Capture the images of the pink city walls of Jaipur and the blue buildings of Jodhpur. Find the reality of lakeside cities and forest-clad temples far more wondrous than the stories of India ever could be. 
Golden Triangle Tour of India: Delhi, Agra, & Jaipur...

7 Day Custom Tour

From $1,045

The iconic images of India are yours to witness on this custom tailored tour designed to bring you to the majesty of historic cities and celebrated imagination, from the Taj Mahal blanketed with the regal orange of the sunset to the shimmering pink façade of the Palace of Wind. Tour through the eclectic monuments of Delhi and the ancient sandstone capital of Fatehpur Sikri. Whether strolling through a stately garden or experiencing an exclusive display of traditional cuisine, you will find your experience in India entirely golden. 
Spiritual Journey to India

12 Day Custom Tour

From$1,795

A spiritual journey can begin anywhere. This custom tailored tour will take you deep into the traditions that make up India’s culture. From the brilliantly colored saris to gregarious evening ceremonies that take place on the banks of the River Ganges, you will experience the majesty of ancient cities and the elegance of rolling mountains, the opulence of a Golden Temple, and the ancient art of yoga. Whether found along ghats or at an ashram, you will discover the finer details that create the spirit of India.  

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Forts and Palaces of Splendid Rajasthan

15 Day Custom Tour

From$2,245

Surrender yourself to the invincible charm and luxuriate in the wealth of the vibrant culture of Rajasthan. From festooned palaces and their timeless appeal, to the white marble mausoleums and vividly colored cities, this trip cites some of the most extravagant experiences Rajasthan has to offer. This is the land of the maharajas, plush palaces and rugged forts. While you unravel the history of India’s long and glorious past, learn about its people, its vibrancy and undying traditions.

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Luxury Rajasthan Tour of Land of Kings

13 Day Custom Tour

From$1,945

The desert air is warm and dry. You can see a verdant oasis in the distance. A remarkable fortress watches over the expanse of a Blue City and a pink palace bursts with character. On this 13-day tour through Rajasthan you will find reminders of warrior-kings and saris that burst with color. Men wear traditional twirling mustaches and camels stroll along the desert sand. From silver bracelets to jewels inlaid in the architecture, rustic ancient capitals to graceful summer palaces, your time in India will be filled with stately luxury and unparalleled discovery.  

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Best of Goa Tour: Palm Tree Beach, Lush Countryside, Verdant Tea Plantations & Scenic Wildlife

12 Day Custom Tour

From$1,795

Stretch out along the coastline of the Arabian Sea in the wonderful comforts of the Goan sand on this 12-day tour that will take you from beachside to mountainside, discovering the endless delights of southern India. From the endless diversity of Cochin, filled with centuries of spice trading history, to the mystical sightings of Bengal tigers within the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, you will have your feet in the warm sand and your eyes on the horizon, blending the soothing life of the coast with the comforts of the countryside. 

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Taj Mahal Tour: Delhi, Agra & Jaipur Package

7 Day Custom Tour

From$1,045

The pearl color of the Taj Mahal captures the daylight and shifts from red to orange in an imitation of the sunset. You find the Mirror Palace in the Amer Fort which brings the galaxy to life as the room reflects a single candle in an endless row of mirrors. On this custom tailored tour you will find the magnificence of India’s history beyond what you have imagined, displayed in the sandstone cities and marble tributes, colorful bazaars and eclectic culture. Once you visit India you will know there is nowhere else like it.  

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Kingdom of Rajasthan Tour: Fabled Cities, Thar Desert, Hill Forts & Palaces

14 Day Custom Tour

From$2,095

The history of Rajasthan mesmerizes and inspires people throughout the world. The landscape tells legends of perseverance and the lavish architecture tells stories of wealth alongside colorful cities. India tours are custom tailored and you will venture through the fabled palaces of maharajas and discover the treasured majestic mansions that persist through time. From the golden sandy edifice of the Jaisalmer Fort to the honeycombed sandstone of the Palace of Winds, you will find unmatched regal beauty and immaculate imagery that is always alluring. 

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The Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour of India: Varanasi, Bodhgaya, Lumbini & More

12 Day Custom Tour

From$1,795

Entwining architecture and religion and featuring some of the most marvelous structures filled with artistry and ambiance, this custom tailored tour will captivate you every step of the way along the Buddhist trail. Following in the footsteps of Siddhartha Gautama brings you more than just the spiritual essence of Buddha’s life but also the grand history of the time, the sensational landscape that persists, and the remarkable architecture that continues to be the most coveted artwork, from the Taj Mahal to the ruins as Bodhgaya. Taking a walk along the Buddhist trail is all about the first step. 

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India

How to Book an India Tour

India brings vibrant traditions, flamboyant spirituality, rich architecture, and surreal landscapes. The Taj Mahal acts as the symbol of the greater country, while Jain temples embody millennia of heritage. Color becomes intertwined with culture in Rajasthan, and the sounds of endless ceremonies echo from the ghats of the Ganges River. Snow-capped peaks pierce the skyline of the Himalayas, and canals wind alongside towering palms in Kerala. India defies singularity and brings to light a unique contrast of history and modernity, sacred and delectable, from wildlife sanctuaries to expansive metropolises, secluded beaches to hidden winelands.

There are three ways to plan and book a trip:

1. Get a customized tour planned and booked by a travel professional. Travel independently on your own schedule.

2. Book a group tour. Join an escorted group tour with a fixed departure date.

3. Plan and book a trip yourself.

Zicasso offers the best solution for a customized tour by matching you with top travel specialists who plan and book the trip for you. Our travel agency division, Marageti, specializes in helping you book an escorted group tour. There is no extra cost to you for either service.

Custom Tours

A customized tour is one that is planned by a travel specialist according to your specific interests, preferences, and schedule. Whether you desire a family-friendly adventure or a romantic getaway, each of the accommodations, activities, and destinations is tailored to your preferences. The knowledge and experience of your travel specialist make a big difference. Zicasso has spent thousands of hours vetting the best travel partners. We act as a referral service, matching you with specialists that best meet your goals and priorities.

Escorted Group Tours

A group tour offers the advantage of convenience at a great value. The schedule is fixed, the itinerary is pre-planned, and a dedicated tour director travels with the group throughout the trip. A group tour can be 30 - 50% less expensive than an equivalent customized tour. Out of the many hundreds of group tours, how do you select the right one for you? Our travel agency division, Marageti, has sales agents who specialize in helping travelers weigh the pros and cons of each group tour. We give you personalized recommendations to find the best tour for you.

Goals and Priorities

What are your goals and priorities for the trip? These should drive your decision for either a customized tour or a fixed departure group tour. We are here to help you make the right decisions to make your dream trip a reality.

Must-See Destinations in India

Alongside our India travel specialists, we have developed suggestions for any trip length. A custom Zicasso tour designs your trip around your needs, desires, and goals, but the following recommendations act as foundations for a well-designed trip.

Most travelers from the United States spend an average of 10 days in India. 10 days of traveling gives you more time to explore beyond the famous Golden Triangle to discover more of Rajasthan or the spiritual center of India at Varanasi. The following examples suggest where to go depending on the length of your trip.

7 to 9 Day Trips

If you have between seven to nine days in India, we suggest that you visit Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, and Ranthambore National Park. How you organize your trip will maximize your ability to travel, explore, and discover the essentials of India. Your Zicasso travel specialist will ensure that your trip is designed in the best way possible according to your travel goals.

7 Days

Days 1-2: Delhi

Day 3: Agra

Days 4-5: Jaipur

Days 6-7: Varanasi

8 Days

Days 1-2: Delhi

Days 3-4: Agra

Days 5-6: Ranthambore National Park

Days 7-8: Jaipur

9 Days

Days 1-2: Delhi

Day 3: Agra

Days 4-5: Ranthambore National Park

Days 6-7: Jaipur

Days 8-9: Varanasi

If you have more time (10-16 Days), we recommend:

If you have approximately two weeks in India, we suggest taking your time to enjoy the culture and natural beauty of India in addition to the original destinations of Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, and Varanasi. There are many different ways to explore India, including dividing the country between north and south.

All Zicasso tours are customized to your preferences, but below is how we recommend spending your time:

10 Days

Days 1-2: Delhi

Days 3-4: Varanasi

Days 5-6: Agra

Days 7-8: Ranthambore National Park

Days 9-10: Jaipur

Days 11-12: Udaipur

12 Days

Days 1-2: Delhi

Day 3: Agra

Days 4-5: Varanasi

Days 6-7: Jaipur

Days 8-9: Kochi

Day 10: Alleppey

Days 11-12: Kumarakom

14 Days

Days 1-2: Delhi

Days 3-4: Varanasi

Day 5: Agra

Day 6: Ranthambore National Park

Days 7-8: Jaipur

Days 9-10: Jaisalmer

Days 11-12: Jodhpur

Days 13-14: Udaipur

15 Days

Days 1-2: Delhi

Days 3-4: Varanasi

Day 5: Agra

Days 6-7: Ranthambore National Park

Days 8-9: Jaipur

Days 10-11: Jaisalmer

Days 12-13: Jodhpur

Days 14-15: Udaipur

16 days

Days 1-2: Delhi

Days 3-4: Jaisalmer

Days 5-6: Jodphur

Days 7-8: Udaipur

Days 9-10: Jaipur

Days 11-12: Agra

Days 13-14: Khajuraho

Days 15-16: Varanasi

How many days is enough to see India?

10 days is a good amount of time to cover one region of India. If you wish to see all the diversity India offers in one trip, you would need three to four months. 10 days will give you plenty of time to experience the popular highlights and several lesser-visited destinations. Whether you visit South India to find beautiful heritage and distinctive culture, architecture, and nature or travel to North India to discover the popular Rajasthan region and Varanasi, 10 days allows you to uncover the unique highlights of India.

Essential Experiences for the Best India Vacation

During your India tour, you can stroll through the decorative gardens of the Taj Mahal or wander beneath the shimmering ceilings in the Amber Fort’s Palace of Mirrors. You can trek trails that wind through the Himalayas or glide through tropical canals in view of Portuguese colonial architecture. India possesses culture, cuisine, beaches, design, history, and heritage.

Best Way to Experience Delhi

Delhi is a majestic city that is steeped in history and brimming with contemporary life. Rhythms and sounds accompany vibrant colors through the copious bazaars of Old Delhi, and the greater national capital embodies eight different cities in one. Ancient monuments, modern citadels, and fabulous feasts only scratch the surface of the essential experiences you can enjoy during your first time in Delhi.

What to See & Do

The Main Must-Do Tours in Delhi (2 days depending on pace)

Historical Delhi

  • Experience the depth of history around the Red Ford, where the 17th-century design continues to hum with contemporary life.
  • Discover the treasured ancient ruins around the Qutb Minar complex, which represent the triumph of Muslim rule and the intricacy of artisan craftsmanship.

Culinary Delhi

  • Embrace the fascinating aromas and colors of Asia’s largest spice market at Khari Baoli Road, which has operated since the 17th century.

Spiritual Delhi

  • Witness the marvelous architecture and acts of devotion around Delhi’s most prominent religious complexes, from Jama Masjid mosque to the Lotus temple.

Best Way to Experience Agra

Agra is a city of breathtaking landmarks that highlight dense layers of heritage. From the historically significant to the majestic and beautiful, Agra reflects the legacy of the Mughal Empire on the banks of the holy Yamuna River. During your India trip, you can enjoy the following essential experiences for your first time in Agra.

What to See & Do

The Main Must-Do Tours in Agra (1-2 days depending on pace)

Architectural Agra

  • Indulge in the sensational design and opulent details of the Taj Mahal, which changes colors during sunrise and sunset.
  • Delight in the beautiful gardens at Mehtab Bagh for stunning views of history and the iconic tomb.

Abandoned Agra

  • Explore the unique architecture of the former Mughal capital city of Fatehpur Sikri to find the glowing red sandstone walls and unique building designs.

Best Way to Experience Jaipur

Jaipur is not just a gateway to the flamboyant heritage of Rajasthan. The city also acts as the embodiment of the region’s vibrant network of historic streets, colorful architecture, and regal beauty. The following essential experiences are great to enjoy during your first time in Jaipur.

What to See & Do

The Main Must-Do Tours in Jaipur (2 days depending on pace)

Regal Jaipur

  • Traverse the marvelous colors, grand apartments, and manicured courtyards of the City Palace in the heart Jaipur.
  • Witness the sea of lattice windows that shape the Hawa Mahal. The impressive landmark has 953 windows.
  • Revel in the lavish design of the Amber Fort, whose multiple palaces are connected by four distinctive courtyards.

Lavish Jaipur

  • Stroll along the aisles of Johari Bazaar to find the market glittering with the jewelry of shops that offer gold, silver, and intricate designs.

Special Interests & Activities in India

Traveling with Zicasso provides you with exclusive access to many activities, excursions, and tours for a distinctive experience. The following information offers insight into our recommended experiences and can be tailored to focus on your unique interests.

Best Food & Wine Destinations

India’s colorful blend of spices, diverse textures, and dynamic flavors make the country a mouthwatering destination for food enthusiasts. India has also been gaining notoriety for its wines. The traditional cuisine is known for its balanced blend of herbs and spices that emphasize its layered tastes. From wheat to rice and from vegetable-based dishes to recipes that focus on meat, Indian cuisine represents regional traditions and the nation’s position at the crossroads between East Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Europe.

Nashik

The intriguing blend of antique wooden architecture and temples at the heart of Nashik’s old quarter add to the luster of greenery that spreads across the western region. Nashik represents the epicenter of the modern Indian wine movement. Vineyards surround the city and showcase the healthy soils, fragrant crops, and enticing flavors of the countryside. Typical grapes of the region include Chenin blanc, Zinfandel, Shiraz, Malbec, and Riesling.

Punjab

The northern region of Punjab is famous for its variety of mouthwatering dishes that range from flavorful vegetarian options to the celebrated tandoori cooking style. Much of the cuisine takes inspiration from northern Indian and Pakistani traditions with a focus on tastes and ingredients that are native to the region. The cuisine accentuates the beauty of typical regional Golden Temple typical dishes like chapati or foods seasoned with herbs like sauteed black cloves, cumin, and tumeric.

Zicasso’s Exclusive Access to India’s Best Food and Wine

Your Zicasso travel specialist can organize private tours and design exclusive visits for food enthusiasts and wine lovers. You can experience private cooking classes or sample award-winning wines while meeting the vineyard’s owner. You can also meet with a sommelier to learn more about India’s history and production of wine as well as special local varietals.

Art & History

India is a country where culture ascends through the layers of history, representing the diverse heritage of each region. Indian cities celebrate their art in preserved temples, by continuing traditional artistic methods, and by focusing on the beauty of artisanship. Antique crafts, such as ceramics, marble, carpets, jewelry, and paintings, represent a fraction of artisan crafts that are available in the bazaars and galleries across the country. The architecture reflects the important attention to detail of artists throughout the ages, whether building tombs, temples, palaces, or forts. Museums showcase the extent of artwork across the nation with emphases on Mughal artifacts or Hindu statues. Art and history in India intertwine to highlight India’s unique style and its position as a bridge between cultures.

Must-See Art Museums & Attractions:

  • View the intricate embellishments, fabulous skyline, and grand design of the Taj Mahal, the most iconic structure in India.
  • Wander the galleries of Ranakpur Jain Temple to find the more than 1,400 pillars decorated with unique images were carved from marble.
  • Discover the stunning heritage on display in the Folk Culture Museum of Janapadaloka, which preserves and promotes historic artforms in contemporary India.

History

History in India feels ancient and dramatic, and the country is home to one of the grandest epics in the world. The past is imbued with millennia of great civilizations, invasions, imperial cataclysms, and religious creations. The invisible threads of the past connect the essential progress of the country and ancient history to the reinvention of modern India after Portuguese and British colonialism.

Neighborhoods in Delhi and Mumbai act like living museums with preserved buildings that represent development while also highlighting how contemporary culture utilizes the preserved past. Natural landscapes, such as dense forests, winding canals, and mountain caves, showcase a different perspective of history in India. On a customized Zicasso trip, we can design custom tours with specialized guides, such as archeologists with a PhD, history professors with an emphasis in a specific time period, or community leaders with unique insight into the local legends. We can also organize history-focused small-group tours with a certified guide.

Active Tours

Active tours in India let you experience the scenery from different perspectives by unveiling coastal beauty, snow-capped mountainscapes, and a labyrinths of canals. We recommend the following active experiences when visiting India.

Cycling

  • Jaipur - You can discover the treasures of Jaipur’s City Palace, Amber Fort, and the winding streets of the historic center on a cycling tour.

Kayaking

  • Kerala - Explore the quiet backwaters and tropical banks of the canals in Kerala for a scenic, serene, and enticing ambiance.

Wildlife Viewing

  • Nagarhole National Park - The popular protected landscape gives visitors one of the best places to view tigers and leopards, and Indian elephants in a single space.
  • Gir National Park - The wildlife sanctuary of Gir National Park offers one of the best places to see Asiatic lions in their natural habitat.
  • Kanha Tiger Reserve - The largest national park in Madhya Pradesh possesses a significant population of Bengal tigers, Indian elephants, and Indian wild dogs.

Private Excursions and Special Access

Zicasso’s travel specialist partners have insider experience and can provide special access for unique tours. Each excursion or activity is customized to your specific interests and goals to ensure that you have the trip of a lifetime. The following list offers some examples but the possibilities are endless.

  • Enjoy an exclusive champagne dinner with the owner of a former fort turned elegant luxury hotel.
  • Delight in the thrill of a camel polo game on the outskirts of Jaipur.
  • Glide down the Ganges River with a musical ensemble for a private cruise experience with dinner and music.

How much is a tour of India?

The starting price of a custom-tailored India trip is approximately $150 per person, per day.

For an escorted group tour, the starting price can be approximately $200 per person, per day. This price includes things like meals, tours, group transfers, and accommodations.

The cost of an India vacation is dependent on several factors, such as the:

  • Length of your trip
  • Season (month) of travel
  • Class of hotel
  • Number of locations/cities you visit
  • Number of guided day tours and activities (e.g., cooking class, wine tasting, etc.)
  • How much you spend on meals, shopping, etc.

A vacation such as this is often the biggest purchase of the year. It will also likely be one of the most memorable experiences of your lifetime. To get the most out of your trip, we highly recommend using an expert India travel specialist to plan a customized India tour that is tailored to your specific interests and budget. You can also join an escorted group tour so that most travel arrangements are pre-planned for you. This way, you can travel hassle-free and relax while a professional tour director and guide takes care of all logistics and any issues that might arise.

This includes:

  • 3-star hotels (shared twin room)
  • Some guided day tours and activities
  • Transportation within India such as airport transfers and domestic flights

A 5-star, tailor-made India tour, where most services are upgraded and extra unique experiences are included, typically starts at $9,000 per person for a 10-day trip (or $900 per person, per day).

Everyone’s priorities, interests, and preferences are different. Submit a trip request on Zicasso, and we will personally match you with an expert trip planner who will help you customize your dream trip or help you select the right group tour while also taking your budget into consideration.

Best Time to Visit India

Updated: February 24, 2020

The best time to visit India is October to mid-December and again from mid-January to March. Not only do these months represent the best weather around the majority of the country but they also host large religious and secular festivals.

India is a large country with distinctive temperate zones that vary from north to south. July and August represent peak monsoon season. October and November are great for travelers from around the world, but these months are also when Indians travel, which may require you to book in advance for transportation and accommodations.

Christmas and New Years are also popular times of year to travel in India, which requires forethought if you prefer to celebrate these holidays around popular destinations, such as the Golden Triangle of Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra or in the famous city of Mumbai.

The climate will vary as you travel around India. The most noticeable difference takes place between North and South India. The climate in North India is subtropical and shaped by the Himalayas to the northeast and the Thar Desert to the west. The winter is often not busy when traveling to the Himalayas, and June to September are quieter times to visit Jaipur, Agra, and Delhi due to the light rain.

How far in advance should I plan a trip to India?

If you plan on visiting India during peak travel times, such as in October and November, around Christmas and New Years, or again during February’s peak wedding season, you should book your trip between four to five months in advance. By booking your trip up to five months in advance, you will have your first choice in accommodations, which book quickly during popular travel times. The Holi Festival in March is also a fun and popular time to travel in India, which typically requires that you book your trip at least four months in advance.

Modes of Transportation in India

The best way to see India in 10 days is with a private driver. Trains are available in India but are best experienced on short journeys or on famous Heritage Toy Trains, such as the Darjeeling, Shimla, or Ooty, which are all UNESCO Heritage activities. Typical trains in India are usually overcrowded and unreliable. They also do not service all corners of the country. A private driver gives you access to every corner of India while allowing you to travel at your pace. Your driver will also know the cities, towns, and cultural insights of each region, including specialized shops, great restaurants, and local stories.

Domestic Flights

Flights do exist between cities in India, but this depends on the cities to which you are traveling. Domestic flights can make traveling long distances easier if you have limited time or are dividing your trip between North and South India. Many domestic flights will land at Delhi or Mumbai airport before continuing to their final destinations. The majority of domestic airlines have a baggage allowance of 15 KG per person for economy class flights.

Your Zicasso travel partner ensures that your logistics are as smooth as possible by providing you with a private driver, private airport transfers, and domestic flights when necessary to create a stress-free India tour.

What to Consider When Traveling Through India

When on an India tour, you should consider certain aspects of travel, such as logistics, accessibility, and safety. The following information covers important aspects of traveling when in India so that you can enjoy a stress-free experience.

Is India Safe for Travel?

India is very safe for travelers. Issues like pickpocketing in crowded areas rarely occur and your overall safety is never questioned. The northern region of Kashmir can feel less safe due to the tension between India and Pakistan, but your safety is never jeopardized. While vendors and buskers may seem bold, it often boils down to a cultural difference that can be overcome with persistent reluctance. This cultural difference seems more noticeable in North India versus South India, which has a more relaxed atmosphere.

When traveling around India, considerations such as vaccines and water safety are also concerns. You do not need malaria medication when traveling in India, unless you are traveling to jungle destinations or during monsoon season. Even then, the medication is recommended and not required. By keeping to bottled drinks and refraining from drinks with ice, you can avoid any possible ailments from drinking the water.

Travel Insurance

You’ve booked your dream vacation, now protect it with travel insurance. A wide range of factors can leave your vacation in limbo. Medical emergencies, inclement weather, and unexpected cancellations can cause turmoil for your trip, so in the unlikely event of a disaster, get the travel insurance coverage that provides peace of mind. To get a quote, visit our travel insurance page.

For Families

India is a very family-friendly destination with locals who are excited to see children from other countries with whom they can share their heritage. Your guides will always focus on family-friendly activities and ways to share information for all age groups in an engaging way. Activities you can enjoy with your family in India include the following:

  • Cooking class with a local family
  • Hiking
  • Folklore shows

For Seniors

Seniors must be aware that heat and humidity can play a factor during your India trip. An expert Zicasso specialist will minimize any mobility challenges or stamina concerns by ensuring that your guides organize your tours accordingly with appropriate rest periods or finding indoor excursions during heavy rain. A private driver will help with your bags and travel between hotels, cities, and airports. You specialist will also book luxury accommodations that have appropriate accessibility. Traveling in small groups through Marageti will also hit the highlights and take care of all travel logistics.

For Couples

A travel specialist has the experience to guide you to the best destinations and activities for couples in India who wish to balance tours and romance. Delightfully opulent properties, exciting outdoor excursions, and private dinners create intimate memories for the perfect India vacation. Exclusive tours can also shape your unforgettable experience, such as a romantic hot air balloon ride over Jaipur or a luxury tent stay inside a national park.

For Travelers with Disabilities

Your India travel specialist will help any guest with mobility challenges or concerns by focusing on necessary arrangements, such as an antique palatial hotel or narrow streets in an old fortress. Our experts’ attention to important details will ensure that you can enjoy India’s brilliant highlights, scenic beauty, and regal accommodations with ease.

Best Airports to Fly In & Out of India

The best airport to fly in and out of when visiting India is Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL). The second-most common airport to fly in and out of when traveling to India is Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (BOM).

For most travelers, the most convenient airport is Delhi International Airport (DEL) followed by Mumbai’s International Airport (BOM). These two airports not only act as international hubs from which the majority of flights arrive or depart, but they also act as regional hubs through which the majority of regional flights will layover before continuing to their final destinations. The busiest airports in India are:

  1. Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL)
  2. Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (BOM)
  3. Kempegowda International Airport (BLR)

Find the Best Flight

When flying into India, your best options depend on your goals for your trip. Your best options for flights are Delhi (DEL) and Mumbai (BOM) before continuing to smaller airports across the country. These airports can include Jaipur, Udaipur, Kochi, and Goa. As of early 2020, flights from Chicago, New York, San Francisco, and Washington fly directly to Delhi, and flights from Newark fly non-stop to Mumbai.

Domestic Flights

Domestic flights depend on both your departure and arrival destinations. Not all municipalities have airports, which would require that you fly to one airport before driving to reach your final destination. After considering the logistics of flying, such as traffic, arriving at the airport a certain number of hours before departure, and layovers in Mumbai or Delhi, it will take approximately the same amount of time to drive between cities rather than to fly. Often, a drive is far faster, and far more enjoyable.

Flights Via Zicasso

Zicasso Air Desk is an international air ticketing service that eliminates the stress of finding and booking the right flights for your upcoming vacation by employing the same personalized service you can expect from planning a trip with Zicasso. Our competitive flight pricing, 24x7 Service & Support, and Complimentary Consultation of Routing vs. Pricing with an Expert Flight Specialist make finding the perfect flight for your trip effortless.

Recommendations for the Return Traveler

When returning for another India tour, you can travel into the depths of the cities and countryside beyond the essential destinations of Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, and Varanasi.

Gujarat

The overlooked region of Gujarat does not have the tourism infrastructure of other destinations but remains a wonderful place for adventure seekers and those who are looking for off-the-beaten-path experiences.  From artisan villages to remarkable textiles, Sacred Jain pilgrimage sites to Portuguese island enclaves, sidestepping away from the main trail in India reveals ample rewards, including bird watching, rafting, and searching for Asiatic lions.

Hyderabad

The former separate kingdom of Hyderabad remains rich in havelis and palaces that now host government offices. The old city evokes ancient life in wide lanes and aromatic chai shops. Colorful spice stalls and architecture embody an impressive regal state and contrast with the high-tech contemporary district west of center, which is referred to as Cyberabad.

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