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Top Trip Memories

  • Relaxing in Kerala’s floating hotels known as Kettuvallams. 
  • Basking in Goa’s beautiful Palolem beach, and sipping in fresh coconut water to keep you hydrated. 
  • Visiting Jaisalmer, a desert town in Rajasthan.
  • Visiting Varanasi, a city in Uttar Pardesh, which consist of more than 2000 temples and attracts pilgrims and devotees of Hindu, Buddhists and Jains.
  • Enjoying a river cruise in Ganges River.  
  • Seeing Taj Mahal, an epitome built by Shah Jahan, a Mughal emperor for his wife. 
  • For wildlife lovers, a visit to Kanha National Park is must, as it is one of the few best places to see a tiger in India. 
  • Visit to Harmandir Sahib, a popular Sikhs temple also known as the Golden Temple.
  • Riding a camel into the Thar desert, and sleeping beneath the stars.
  • Meditating in a temple in Dharmasala, the home of the Dalai Lama.
  • Hiking through the magnificent Valley of the Flowers.
  • Zig-zagging through mountains while paragliding in the Himalayas.
  • Staying with a local family in a Himalayan village.
  • Bouncing along chaotic city streets and dodging other vehicles (and cows) in a tuk-tuk.
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Tour Tips

  • Trekking in India can be an incredible experience, particularly in the Himalayan regions of the North, however, intensity levels vary. Make sure you pick a trek that is suitable to your fitness level.
  • Pack appropriately. The weather varies greatly in different regions and at different times of the year, so bring suitable clothes and invest in decent gear. If you're hiking, make sure to wear decent hiking shoes that have been fully broken in. Also, make sure that gear advertised as waterproof is actually waterproof (stuck up a mountain in monsoon rain is not the time to be figuring this out!).
  • When booking a tour, find out as much as possible about what is included. For example: Do you need to bring your own drinking water? Does renting a sleeping bag or mosquito net cost extra? Will you be picked up and/or dropped at your hotel?
  • Different operators offer different levels of comfort, so be sure to investigate the sleeping and transport conditions. It's also worth asking how many people will be on the tour, as a comfy jeep becomes a lot less so when over a dozen people are shoved inside.
  • Inform the operator about your dietary needs beforehand. Vegetarians and vegans will usually be well catered for, but some more specific requirements (allergies, etc.) may require additional planning. The food can also be far spicier than the food back home, so let the operator know if you'd like the heat dialed down a bit.
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India Travel Reviews & Ratings

4.7 out of 5

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1,726 Reviews

  • Excellent 1,272
  • Great 377
  • Average 51
  • Disappointing 16
  • Terrible 7

Rating Details

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  • Guide
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  • Activities
    4.7
  • Lodging
    4.7
  • Transportation
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  • Meals
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Tour Reviews

Land of the Tiger

Land of the Tiger

5.0
February 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
Wow! what an fantastic experience, just the right balance of safaris and leisure time. Our guide Vijay was excellent, nothing was too much trouble for him, he even managed to book an extra game drive for us.
Seeing Tigers in the wild is very exciting, we saw 9 tigers and a leopard over 16 game drives plus numerous other animals.

Vijay was really excellent

It was very cold in the mornings in February. Getting up at 5am and sitting in an open top jeep requires layers of clothing, the lodges provide blankets but you need hat, scarf and gloves plus a warm coat!
The train journey was "intresting" I personally was dreading it but actually it was quite fun, we were on the train around 14 hours, when we got to Agra we had plenty of time to shower and get changed before the afternoon visit to Agra fort and the Taj Mahal.

If you love wildlife this is a holiday not to be missed, highly recommended

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Tigers in Focus

Tigers in Focus

4.0
February 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
Just back from a very good trip but as someone who has been on other safaris and also India & Africa before I think useful to identify some points. Unlike other safaris this is only for the tiger. Do not expect other interesting species like in Africa. Chances of tiger are good, others rare. Game drives can become a bit repetitive if no tigers are about.
Waiting for and watching the tigers.

Good, very organised. Not overpowering and let the group relax.

Believe the notes - in December it is very cold before sunrise. You are in open jeep doing 40mph wrapped in hotel blankets. Take that padded jacket, hat and gloves.

Surprising little spare time to relax. Up at 5:30hrs, back at hotel 11:30hrs. Lunch then off 13:30hrs for next game drive. Back 18:30hrs, dinner 20:00hrs, bed 21:30hrs. Also consider booking some time in Niranta transit hotel at Mumbai.

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Tigers in Focus (REALLY?)

Tigers in Focus

1.0
February 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: No
From the ' off ' when i did not receive an email back from a member of staff regarding questions about the trip, (I got it three days INTO the trip??)
This trip was a TOTAL DISASTER!
Looking around wonderful Dehli? We spent the day in Costa Coffee!
Last day sightseeing in Dehli? Not organised until LAST minute panic!
Optional game drives? NO plans for them at all! NO interest in trying to organise them.
Elephant rides? Exodus do not do them anymore?!?!
Visit the Exodus School? It was closed, we stared at the iron gates!!
The wonderful helpful local guides? (who incidentally we had to tip after every drive!) They where absolutely ABYSMAL!!!!! They never said ONE word to us on most of the drives. If we asked them questions, they ignored us, laughed between themselves, feet up txt-ing their mates/girlfriends.
The list goes on and on and ON....
The END

He was appalling
He basically told us in the first 30.mins of meeting him he didn't like The Americans or British,
He was not bothered about our enjoyment, We spent most of the first sightseeing day in Costa Coffee!!
He kept telling us to go through him in regards to any problems and don't inform Exodus.
When we did ask him or query a point, he took it personally, He wouldn't listen to us and got aggressive.
He was Rude to the wonderful staff where we stayed in Bandhavgarh.
He was VERY unhelpful throughout and unapproachable and made us feel uneasy.

DO NOT GO ON THIS TRIP!!!!!!!!!!

This really was a once in a lifetime trip for me, an avid wild life enthusiast.
I would like to point out that we didn't see ANY Tigers which in itself is very disappointing, But NOT
the reason for my accurate and damning verdict of this trip. Not seeing wildlife is all part of it, BUT...
I shall give you an example of WHY we where disappointed not seeing Tigers..
First Game drive was in the afternoon, we had already been told that the first hour-hour an half in the intense heat would not be tiger sighting times and that we would concentrate more on birds and other wildlife.
Excitedly we entered the park driving at a ridiculous pace we passed deer, monkey and a variety of birds that where NOT pointed out NOT stopped to allow photographs whizzed around the corner parked up and spent the next one and a half hours sitting looking at a bush, albeit there was a tiger sighting there the previous day, we asked the guides (sitting with there feet up laughing with each other) if we could maybe come back to this point as we had been told it was too hot for any tiger movement early on and if possible just see some other wildlife for pictures, The response was........ Not a word didn't even make eye contact with us!!!!!
Felt a very, very long way from home when your dreams of seeing a tiger in the wild is in the hands of 'people' like this! SO sad, SUCH a let down it is hard to put in words!

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Land of the Tiger

Land of the Tiger

4.0
February 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
A really good trip, with lots of game drives and tiger spotting potential. The 3 parks (Pench, Kanha and Bandavgarh) are all quite different. Guides variable, some excellent. We were lucky enough to spot a number of tigers, as well as a couple of leopards, Indian wild dogs and a sloth bear.
One particular tiger sighting where we came upon a huge male tiger lying in a stream just beside a bridge.
It was also inspiring and very encouraging to see the dedication of most of the drivers and guides, and the evident pride they take in sharing the sights and sounds of their fantastic workplaces with visitors.

Krishna was a really good tour leader. He was fun to be with and has a great knowledge of the wildlife. I think some of our best wildlife encounters were as a result of him and the guides working together to decide where we should go.

Take more clothes than you think you will need, at least in January. It was freezing, especially on the morning drives. Don't expect to see the number of animals you would see on an African safari

Pench Jungle Resort wasn't as nice as the other 2 lodges. The rooms were dark, dingy and very cold. There was no terrace to relax between morning and afternoon game drives, only a communal area where you had to dodge noisy kids kicking footballs at you.
Some of the food was a bit bland, and Krishna admitted that he had asked kitchens to take the spice level down. We even had a dish marked "boiled vegetables" one day. For me, one of the reasons for travelling is to taste local food, but I feel that most of the food we had in the hotels was bland, tourist food.

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land of tiger trip

Land of the Tiger

3.0
February 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
Once we got to India the trip was great. Pity we missed the first 24 hours due to fog delaying our flight to Heathrow.
Disappointed that the Exodus team did little to help us try to 're-book our flights and when they did it cost us over 1600 pounds.
viewing tiger's and the Taj Mahal

Krishna was excellent and went out of his way to make this trip enjoyable.

depending when you go take warm clothes.

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Classic Itineraries

Traveling India's Golden Triangle

The Golden Triangle is a famous northern route that connects the national capital of Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur. This is India’s most well-traveled route, providing visitors a glimpse of India’s diverse landscapes.

Day 1, Delhi: See the Gandhi memorial museum, Red Fort, and the Jama Masjid, the largest Mosque in India.

Day 2-3, Jaipur: Visit the Pink City of Jaipur, former residence of the royal family, and the capital of Rajasthan. See the Hawa Mahal, the “Palace of Winds”, and Amber Fort, the former capital. Optional: Watch a Bollywood film at the famous Raj Mandir Cinema.

Day 4-5, Agra: See the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort, a palatial walled city of sandstone.

Day 6-7, Delhi: Return to Delhi and enjoy some shopping or a rickshaw ride around the city.

Trips that follow this itinerary:

Golden Triangle with Tucan Travel - 8 Days, basic trip

The Golden Triangle with Explore! - 7 Days, premium trip

Golden Triangle with Intrepid - 8 Days, value trip

Or see All Golden Triangle Guided Tours

The Best of Northern India

A trip to northern India for first timers necessitates a visit to the Golden Triangle coupled with at least one holy city. Some trips consist of a river cruise down the sacred Ganges river, where you unpack once and see all the sights along the way.

Day 1-3, New Delhi: See New Delhi and Old Delhi. Visit Jama Masjid, India’s oldest Mosque, and see the Red Fort, where the last Moghul emperor was exiled.

Day 4-5 Agra: See the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort, a palatial walled city of sandstone.

Day 6-7, Jaipur: Visit the Pink City of Jaipur, former residence of the royal family, and the capital of Rajasthan. See the Hawa Mahal, the “Palace of Winds”, and the most photographed building after the Taj Mahal. Optional: Watch a Bollywood film at the famous Raj Mandir Cinema.

Day 8-9, Varanasi, Kalna, or Sawarda: Visit Varanasi, one of the most holy cities in India, Kalna, the region’s densest concentration of temples, or Sawarda, a village of temples including one dedicated to the Sikh religion.

Day 10-13 (optional): Take a boat ride down the Ganges River, and see the various buddhist temples.

Trips that follow this itinerary:

North India Highlights by Intrepid - 12 Days, premium trip

North India Highlights by G Adventure - 8 Days, premium trip

North India Explored by Exodus - 21Days, value trip

Or see All Northern India Guided Tours

Highlights of Southern India

Stark differences exist between subtropical landlocked Northern India and tropical Southern India, characterized by long coastlines. In Southern India, you’ll visit coastal cities, wildlife preserves, and enjoy unique Southern Indian cuisine.

Day 1-2, Kochi: Explore Kochi, a former trade center with a history of Portuguese, Dutch and British rule throughout different time periods. See Chinese fishing nets dotted along the coast of Fort Cochin.

Day 3-4, Coonoor or Kalpetta: Drive to Coonoor, most famous for its Nilgiri tea, or Kalpetta, famous for its dense coffee plantations.

Day 5-6, Mysore: Considered the cultural capital of the state, Mysore is home to the opulent Mysore Palace and the centuries-old Devaraja Market.

Day 7-8, Puducherry: Formerly the largest French colony in India and important trading town.

Day 9-10, Madurai: Madurai is known as the Tamil Culture’s most vital centers. See the famous Meenakshi Temple and the Gandhi Memorial Museum.

Day 11-13, National parks: Visit Periyar National Park, wildlife preserve, or Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary.

Day 14: Return to starting city.

Trips that follow this itinerary:

Best of Southern India by G Adventures - 14 Days, value trip

Southern India by Intrepid -15 Days, value trip

South India Explored by Exodus - 20 Days, value trip

Or see All Southern India Guided Tours

India Trips & Tour Advice

India is often described as being an assault on the senses -- an explosion of sights, sounds and smells that can be exotic, spicy, colorful, chaotic and overwhelming, all at the same time. Whether exploring Mumbai or old Delhi, relaxing on a canal boat in Kerala, riding a mountain train to Darjeeling, waking up for an early morning bathing ritual in Varanasi, attending the Camel Fair in Pushkar, or marveling at the sheer perfection of the Taj Mahal in Agra, India is an experience not to be missed.

This vast country is home to vibrant cities, golden deserts, architectural wonders, serene beaches, cultural celebrations, and gigantic mountains. A visitor could spend years in this immense and diverse land and still find new experiences to uncover each day.

Cities

Indian cities are chaotic. An array of honking vehicles weave along dusty roads, stopping for the occasional crossing cow. Crowds of people in colorful clothes squeeze their way through even more colorful marketplaces. The air is filled with the smells of spices and the sounds of temple bells. Embrace this chaos and you'll find that these cities are some of the most vibrant and lively places on earth. Flag down a tuk tuk or a cycle rickshaw and hold on for the rollercoaster journey. Visit a temple to attend a puja (religious ceremony), and receive a smear of red on your forehead. Get lost in a market trying to find the perfect scarf or henna tattoo. And, of course, when the spicy aromas start to make your mouth water, stop for a tasty curry.

New Delhi, the country's capital, is a common first stop for visitors, and offers quite a modern, cosmopolitan Indian experience. Mumbai is the place to go to sample the Bollywood scene. Kolkata can be quite jarring at first, but provides visitors with a rich cultural experience. Jodhpur, Jaipur and Jaisalmer all boast impressive historic buildings and forts, and are the starting points for desert treks. The city of Varanasi hosts unique religious events, such as bathing in the Ganges or burning bodies on the riverbank. In the south, Trivandrum boasts beautiful palaces and beaches, while the northerly mountain cities of Manali (in the northwest) and Darjeeling (in the northeast) are rich in Nepalese and Tibetan culture.

Desert   

The Thar Desert, in Northwest India, covers an impressive 120,000 square miles, most of which is located in the state of Rajasthan. The golden sand dunes, blue skies and lush oases are the perfect setting for a camel trek. Rocking back and forth on a camel, stopping to sample fresh goats milk at an oasis, followed by a night spent underneath the stars makes for an unforgettable experience.

Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal is a major tourist attraction in India, and it's easy to see why. This stunning white marble memorial from Shah Jahan to his late wife Mumtaz Mahal is a must see. Strolling through the picturesque gardens and marveling at the ethereal structure is well worth the journey to Agra (and the early morning start to beat the crowds).

Mountains

The Northern tips of India are dominated by the Himalayas. Here, the culture is largely influenced by neighboring Nepal, and Nepali is the dominant language in many areas. The Himalayan region is also rich in Tibetan culture, and many towns are centered around Tibetan Buddhist monasteries. The cities here move at a far slower pace to their more southerly counterparts, and the surrounding towns and villages make for a relaxing break. Don't get too relaxed though, as the mountains are also home to adventure activities such as paragliding and rafting.

Food

Indian cuisine is world famous. The flavorful dishes here are unlike anywhere else. It is also the perfect place for vegetarian and vegan dining. Be warned, however, that curries here are far spicier than their western imitators.

Despite the concern of catching the infamous "Delhi belly", food in India is generally perfectly safe to eat. Digestive difficulty usually comes from drinking contaminated water. Drink purified water only, don't put ice in your drinks, and avoid uncooked vegetables, and you should have no problems.

Trains

Trains are the preferred method of long distance travel across the massive subcontinent, and this in itself is a draw for many visitors. Many routes offer scenic window views. In the Goan region, the Vasco de Gama- Londa route takes in postcard beaches and picturesque mountains, before passing by the immense Dudhsagar waterfalls. The relatively short journey from Jaipur to Jaisalmer takes in a beautiful desert landscape. Darjeeling and its surrounds are home to the UNESCO protected "toy train"- the highest railway in the world, winding its way through cloud covered mountains and tea plantations.

Overnight trains are perfectly comfortable to sleep on. A first class ticket will usually get you a private cabin, while second class will get you a fold-out bunk bed in a shared carriage. Third class is hard wooden seats only, definitley not a good option for the comfort traveler!

Wildlife

High on every visitors wildlife check list is undoubtedly a glimpse of a tiger. While this is far from guaranteed, tiger reserves such as Kanha and Tadoba-Andhari offer the best chances. Even if the tigers remain elusive, there's a good chance of spotting wild dogs, sloths, and deer, as well as an abundance of exotic birds.

While riding an elephant is an essential bucket list experience for many, be very careful where you go. Many tour operators have eliminated elephant rides from their itineraries in the interest of animal welfare. Try to find an elephant sanctuary where they are well looked after. And of course, let's not forget the monkeys that can be found in the mountains, cities, temples, roads, and, well, just about anywhere.

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