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Introducing India

From the food to the rhythms of life in India, travelers who seek the renowned cultural experience of visiting this country rich in history and culture find an unpredictable yet unparalleled experience.

When is the best time to visit?
India is an enormous country with diverse weather patterns, but usually the best time to travel to India is from October to March.
 
Where to go in India?
If strapped for time or visiting India for the first time, travelers usually opt to explore the Golden Triangle, the cultural hubs of Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur. Visitors who want a less traditional vacation should consider the temples of North and Central India, the Goan beaches of the south, and the mountains and outdoor paradise near the Kullu Valley or Rishikesh. Balance the hustle and bustle of the big cities with time spent in the countryside away from the crowds.

How many days do I need?
2 weeks is the bare minimum to spend in India, but if possible, travelers should budget about a month to see the country, perhaps broken up into several visits.

India Tours & Itineraries

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Discover Rajasthan
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Best of Rajasthan Tour - 10 Days

With its colorful culture and rich history, Rajasthan is a splendid display of a unique Indian heritage. This trip focuses on spectacular sights of India’s largest state, including the palaces and temples of Jaipur, Udaipur and Jodhpur. This itinerary not only showcases the traditional architecture characteristic of the region, but also allows you to understand the depth of India’s past, making for an unforgettable experience.

The splendour and symmetry of the Taj Mahal
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Golden Triangle Tour - 6 Days

Perhaps the most popular route in India, you'll visit the three famous sites of India's northwest — Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur — known as the Golden Triangle. You'll travel by road or train tour over the course of 6 days, exploring the cultural and historical heritage of each city. This is a great tour for people's first visit to India if you're looking to see the main highlights.

India's Golden Triangle: A Local Perspective - 5 Days
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India's Golden Triangle: A Local Perspective - 5 Days

Travel in India will open your eyes like nowhere else on earth. You'll see beauty and experience wonder in a new way in this incredible country. The triangle of Delhi - Agra - Jaipur is popular with tourists for good reason, but this tour offers a unique perspective. As well as seeing the Taj Mahal, you'll visit local communities, women’s cooperatives, and an elephant rescue center in Agra.

South India: Wildlife & Local Traditions - 18 Days
South India: Wildlife & Local Traditions - 18 Days

South India is a hot, steaming, colorful mix of untamed nature and mesmerizing culture. This tour will immerse you in some of the more exotic traditions of peninsula India: the art and temples of Tamil Nadu, the flavors and jungles of Kerala, and plenty of chill-out time on the backwaters and in the hills that permeate the region.

Third Eye Tour of India - 14 Days
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Third Eye Tour of India - 14 Days

This tour takes you to some of the most spiritually important places in North India. Be introduced to Hinduism, Buddhism, and Sikhism at Rishikesh, Dharamsala, and Amritsar, and learn about ancient yoga and Ayurvedic traditions. Visit the classic and popular “Golden Triangle” of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur but from a different perspective by meeting local artisans, staying in village homestays, and engaging in other socially responsible tourism and business ventures.

Magic and Realism in Rajasthan - 13 Days
Magic and Realism in Rajasthan - 13 Days

There are almost too many spectacular sights and experiences in Rajasthan — camel trekking in the Thar Desert, the watery splendors of Udaipur, open-air art museums in Bundi, the sandcastle city of Jaisalmer, the mesmerizing blue of Jodhpur, and the sacred lake-side town of Pushkar. Add on the must-sees of Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra and you'll begin to understand why so many travelers are drawn back to India time and again.

India Travel Essentials

All you need to know to get started planning the perfect trip
Camels in the desert at sunset
Top 10 Things to Do in India

From tasting Mumbai's rich culinary creations to being doused in brightly hued powder during the country's colorful Holi festival, a visit to this ancient land is a feast for...

India Travel Advice

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The Taj Mahal bathed in pink light
Planning Your Honeymoon in India

From the famously erotic temple carvings at Khajuraho to star-crossed lovers in today’s Bollywood films, India is in love with romance—and it has the honeymoon spots to show for...

Neela Gumbad structure, near Humayun's Tomb
24 Hours in Delhi

One day just isn't enough to cover everything in sprawling Delhi—but you’ll find that 24 hours is plenty of time to fall in love with this beautiful and surprising city. ...

Colorfully dressed dancers performing at a street fair in Kolkata
24 Hours in Kolkata

Kolkata offers a rich mix of Hindu, British, and Bengali culture that you won't find anywhere else in India. Once the capital of the British Raj, it has enough to keep you busy...

Hawah Mahal
Family Travel in India

With delicious food, rich cultures, and stunning scenery, India has plenty of opportunities for unforgettable family adventures. You can meet rescued elephants in an animal...

Our Latest India Content

The countryside of West Bengal during the monsoon season
India in August: Travel Tips, Weather, and More

Across most of India, August is firmly at the heart of the monsoon season. With hot, wet weather in both the north and south of the country, crowds and prices will be low at this time of year. To avoid the rain, you can travel out to the desert of Rajasthan, or head up to the high mountains of Ladakh for a cooler, drier respite.

Camels in the Thar Desert in Rajasthan, India
India in September: Travel Tips, Weather, and More

By September, the monsoon is starting to dry up in parts of India. With light rain in Delhi and Rajasthan and fewer crowds than in the winter, this is a great month to visit the attractions of the Golden Triangle. Hot spots like the Taj Mahal will be quiet, with great visibility, and you can expect shoulder season prices in most of the country.

The blue city of Jodhpur, India
India in October: Travel Tips, Weather, and More

October is the beginning of peak season in most of India. Falling temperatures and less rain make this a good time to visit Delhi and the Golden Triangle, before the heavy mist of December and January. The rain is also receding in Kolkata and West Bengal, and the attractions of Rajasthan will be pleasant and dry.

India Travel Maps

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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

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Travel specialist Priya Dikshit
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Priya Dikshit

Traveling is about making memories. Though traveling around and exploring new places is one of the best things you can do for yourself, it is always important to explore places and meet people who...

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Travel specialist Ashvin Dev Tyagi
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Ashvin Dev Tyagi

I am an Indian and I consider myself a "Gallivanter" because exploring new places provides me with pleasure. Having born in India and being a part of the travel industry, this combination has...

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Travel specialist Jay Kajaria
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Jay Kajaria

I am an avid traveler, wildlife enthusiast, excellent photographer and have been to more than 30 national parks, 20 nature hotsposts and numerous heritage destinations in India and sub-continent. I...

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Travel specialist Bhupendra Singh

Bhupendra Singh

I've had the travel bug since I was 10 years old. Since then, I have not looked back. Always in search of new destinations to explore! My passion for adventure activities encouraged me to...

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Trip Reviews for India

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Indian golden triangle · India - Nov 27 - Dec 2, 2019

Traveler: Abdon C. - Local specialist: Priya Dikshit

Must-do trip in north India to get to know important spots of Indian's history and get amused by the marvellous architectural accomplishments.
At the same time, it is a very touristic tour. One will be pushed to buy stuff by the guides (which for sure is normal and moves the economy but one should be given the option in advance).
Jaipur is a great city, walking around the city is an experience of its own.
Make sure to review (and change if you want) the hotels given by the agency before accepting the tour.
The agency provided a great driver

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Priya Dikshit, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Abdon,
Thank you for your kind appreciation. You are so generous in making such a wonderful review.
We hope that we will receive the opportunity to serve your India tour again!!!
Regards
Priya

Robin

Culture and (mountain)nature in India · India - Aug 19 - Sep 3, 2019

Traveler: Robin B. - Local specialist: Gaurav Bhan Bhatnagar

The KimKim concept works fine. It's very handy to plan your trip, communicate and have your (personal) information integrated in one platform. We like the focus on sustainability and the transparent fee structure.

Our trip in India was great. The contact with Gaurav was friendly and he was very helpful in planning the trip we had in mind.
During our stay in India we had regular contact and he always informed us when needed.

What we also liked was the fact that his organization had an eye... read more

The KimKim concept works fine. It's very handy to plan your trip, communicate and have your (personal) information integrated in one platform. We like the focus on sustainability and the transparent fee structure.

Our trip in India was great. The contact with Gaurav was friendly and he was very helpful in planning the trip we had in mind.
During our stay in India we had regular contact and he always informed us when needed.

What we also liked was the fact that his organization had an eye for social issues. In Delhi our transportation was arranged by Women on Wheels (http://azadfoundation.com/our-programmes/women-on-wheels/). When we arrived in Delhi we received a LifeStraw bottle (https://www.lifestraw.com/products/lifestraw-go). We calculated that by using this bottle we saved appr. 150 PET bottles.

The most important: we had a great trip and enjoyed our stay in India very much.

So we absolute recommend Gaurav / The Folk Tales when you want to plan a trip to India!

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Gaurav Bhan Bhatnagar, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks Robin. That's a lovely review. I have noted all points of your feedback. I look forward to hosting you again in future. And this time I will definitely meet :)

Spiti Trip · India - Aug 1 - Aug 14, 2019

Traveler: Jonathan G. - Local specialist: Priya Dikshit

The trip was fantastic and very well planned. Choephell, our guide, was incredibly knowledgeable and attentive and thoughtful. The food on our trek was surprising and delicious; Maila is a truly amazing camp chef. One of the days of scheduled hiking was too long, almost more than we could handle, but we’d been warned about a long day and it was necessary because we had a shorter time than usual to do the trek. I guess the lesson is to make sure to ask questions and be clear in communication when planning. In any case, we definitely felt well taken care of.

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Priya Dikshit, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Jonathan,

Thank you for your review. We also cannot thank you enough for mentioning our services favorably. In fact, we too enjoyed the contact that we made with you. You were so understanding and easy going.

I hope that our paths would cross again in the future. We shall look forward to that with great anticipation.

Warm regards
Priya