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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. Learn more
 
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. Learn more

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. Learn more

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India Tours & Itineraries

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Ranganathaswamy Temple
Map of Tamil Nadu Temple Tour - 10 Days
Tamil Nadu Temple Tour - 10 Days

Hit the temple trail to visit some of the stars of South India on this 10-day itinerary. You'll experience the modern culture of the state of Tamil Nadu alongside ancient Indian history and mythology, touring some of the world's most impressive and intricately carved temples and taking in the natural views along the Bay of Bengal.

Discover Rajasthan
Map of Best of Rajasthan Tour - 10 Days
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.

Ladakh lake
Highlights of Ladakh: Leh, Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso - 7 Days

With a week to visit Ladakh, you'll have the chance to see all of the region's highlights, from ancient Hemis Gompa to the blue-green waters of Pangong Tso and the beautiful Nubra Valley, whose Tibetan name means "valley of flowers." You'll see Leh's colorful markets and stunning mountain landscapes, and learn about the area's unique Himalayan culture over the course of your seven-day vacation.

Stay a night on a houseboat for the ultimate Kerala experience
Map of Highlights of Kerala - 10 Days
Highlights of Kerala - 10 Days

This exciting 10-day itinerary introduces travelers to South India's serene state of Kerala. Kicking off in the historic city of Cochin, located on the Arabian Sea, you'll set off for lush plantations, protected parks, and hill towns in the Western Ghats. Next, cruise your way through the area's glittering backwater canals before finishing the adventure with some relaxed beach time, fresh seafood, and a taste of Ayurveda. 

Jama Masjid Mosque, Old Delhi
Map of Golden Triangle Tour - 6 Days
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 over the course of six days, exploring each city's cultural and historical heritage. This is a great tour for people's first visit to India if you're looking to see the main highlights.

This area of South India is known for its palm-lined network of canals
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Discover Kerala Tour - 6 Days

This exotic itinerary is the ultimate introduction to South India's state of Kerala—an up-and-coming destination for savvy travelers. Kick off with an Arabian Sea sunset in Cochin before a private guide drives you through lush, hilly interiors peppered with tea and spice plantations. Continue the journey with an overnight cruise through infamous waterways, followed by a tour of Fort Kochi (by tuk-tuk) to finish the adventure.

Make the Most of Your Time in India

Have a fixed number of days? Maximize the things to see and do during your visit
Humayun's tomb in Delhi
How Many Days to Spend in India

In India, there are itineraries to suit every traveler, from short sightseeing sprees to months-long backpacking trips. Whether you're on a quick, history-packed jaunt to tick...

Row of ocean fishing boats in the canals of the Kerala backwaters
1 Week in India - 5 Regional Itinerary Ideas

With only a week to visit India, maximize your time by sticking to a single region. Opt for a tour of the popular Golden Triangle—New Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur—or take in the...

The high-altitude town of Manali in northern India
10 Days in India - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Ten days in India is enough to go beyond the highlights of one region, enjoying off-the-beaten-path sites or remote locales that wouldn't be possible with a shorter trip. Pair a...

Elephant showering himself in Periyar National Park
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2 Weeks in India - 2 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With two weeks in India, travelers will have enough time to get intimately acquainted with a handful of key cities and sites. To get the most from your stay, you'll want to...

India Travel Essentials

All you need to know to get started planning the perfect trip
When to Visit India: Travel Tips for Every Season
Best Time of Year to Visit India

With pounding monsoons, piping hot summers, and (in certain places) snowy winters, India is a country of extremes. Spring and fall tend to be the mildest and most temperate, but...

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

Read our detailed insights to make sure you have the best trip
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...

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. ...

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...

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...

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Experience the otherworldly salt marshes of Rann of Kutch, Gujarat
Map of 9 Days in India - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
9 Days in India - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With nine days in India, you can visit four or five destinations if you move at a reasonably fast pace. First-timers and families can combine the Golden Triangle with tiger safaris in Ranthambore or a deeper dive into Rajasthan. Foodies can taste their way around the north and even take a cooking lesson in a palace. Couples will enjoy romantic activities on the "Heritage & Cuisine of Rajasthan" itinerary, while those looking to get off the beaten path can explore the dunes of Thar or join wildlife lovers on safari in Gujarat.

At the edge of Kerala's Athirapally Waterfall in Cochin
Map of 6 Days in India - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
6 Days in India - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

In six days, you can cover a few of India's cities to experience a brief introduction to the diverse country. Those looking to take in its most iconic sights can explore the highlights of the famed Golden Triangle of Delhi-Agra-Jaipur. Nature lovers wanting to take a deep dive into India's flora and fauna will enjoy the tours to the southern states of Kerala and Goa. Finally, those looking for insights into spirituality can explore the Hindu temples of Varanasi and the Buddhist center of Sarnath on a spiritual tour.

A group of camels crossing the Thar desert
Map of 13 Days in India - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
13 Days in India - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

In 13 days, you can cover major highlights in a few states, like on a classic tour of Rajasthan and the Golden Circle, or go off-the-beaten-track to Shimla and Leh mountain towns on the Himalaya border. Alternatively, seek out Bengal tigers and other wildlife in four of northern India's national parks or visit tribal villages, Hindu and Buddhist temples, and national parks in central India. See the epic Taj Mahal, ride a camel in the Thar desert, and explore hill forts, lakeside palaces, tribal villages, and Buddhist monasteries.

India Travel Maps

Get the lay of land, and understand distances between the places you want to visit
India map: 2 Weeks in India - 2 Unique Itinerary Ideas
2 Weeks in India - 2 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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8 Days in India - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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12 Days in India - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel agents with a passion for India
Travel specialist Priya Dikshit
active 4 days ago

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 Ravi Tickoo
active 18 hours ago

Ravi Tickoo

World traveller, professional mountaineer and passionate adventure entrepreneur, Ravi has over 25 years of experience conducting adventure, experiential and culture tours across the length and...

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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 Mandeep Gill

Mandeep Gill

I have a passion for exploring new regions of my country, embracing different cultures and enjoying local food and drinks! The diversity of India intrigues me, which drives me to learn more and...

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Trip Reviews for India

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Incredible India and KimKim
India | Jan 20 - Jan 29, 2023

Susan
Susan L.
Boise, ID | Reviewed on Feb 02, 2023

This was my fourth visit to India but the first for my daughter. It was my pleasure to re-visit sights I had seen before and to experience them with her. KimKim and our local specialist, Ravi, helped build a trip that provided opportunities to see the best of the Golden Triangle and Varanasi. Each place we visited we had an experienced local guide and in each location the guides provided us with rich experiences that made our visit memorable.
in addition to the most famous sights in... read more

This was my fourth visit to India but the first for my daughter. It was my pleasure to re-visit sights I had seen before and to experience them with her. KimKim and our local specialist, Ravi, helped build a trip that provided opportunities to see the best of the Golden Triangle and Varanasi. Each place we visited we had an experienced local guide and in each location the guides provided us with rich experiences that made our visit memorable.
in addition to the most famous sights in Jaipur, our guide, Virendra, showed us the vegetable and flower markets and beautiful local temples.
In Fatehpur Sikri and Agra, our guide, Raju, gave us insight into the reign of the Mughal Empire.
In Varanasi, we were able to experience sunrise on the Ganges and enjoyed the festivities on Republic Day. Our guide provided us with the best seats for Aarti on the Ganges.
In Delhi, we enjoyed the major attractions and our guide, Jitendra, took us for a wonderful walk in Old Delhi which was a highlight.
Our driver, Vijay Singh, was with us through our trip. From the moment he picked us up until we left for home, he took very good care of us. He was professional, courteous, prompt and entertaining. He was always ready to answer any question we had along our journey.
KimKim and Ravi managed to take our list of must do's and make them a reality. They provided us with knowledge that helped us hone our ideas into a workable plan. We would highly recommend their services to anyone considering a bespoke travel experience.

Hotel Reviews
Alsisar Haveli
Jaipur

Well maintained, good service, location was good and we enjoyed our breakfasts there very much. Our only regret was that we could not use the pool because the weather was too cold!

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Oberoi Amarvilas
Agra

A beautiful hotel with amazing Taj Mahal views. Impeccable service, lovely decor.

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Hotel Pride Plaza Aerocity
Delhi

Convenient location -- next to entertainment and dining.

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It was a basic airport property
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The hotel had a very odd smell--there were signs of deferred maintenance throughout the hotel
Brijrama Palace
Dashashwamedh, Uttar Pradesh

LOCATION! Historic hotel with incredible service. Truly a special place. There were so many perks to staying here, special snacks in room, free high tea daily, free henna tatoos, free yoga, traditional dance performance...

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Taj Palace Delhi
New Delhi

Good location, beautiful modern luxury hotel.

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Activity Reviews
Arrival Delhi and Drive to Jaipur
Jaipur

Great service by entertaining driver, Vijay Singh. The long drive was made enjoyable because he clearly loves his work and his country.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
The staff at Active India was helpful, polite and when we encountered a small glitch they were proactive and really quick to work out a solution. Guides were all very good--each one was able to show me something or tell me something new. Since I have visited India three times before that is not an easy task. Our driver, Vijay Singh, was such a joy to be around. He always was making sure we were comfortable, he helped us capture the best photos along the way, he found delicious meals on the road and in the cities we visited. He answered all of our questions about life in India, the customs and the people. The trip was enhanced by the time we spent in his car. We appreciated his command of English.
Transport
The car was immaculate and comfortable.
Jaipur Sightseeing Tour Including Nahargarh Fort
Jaipur

Traveling with a guide and driver helps make sightseeing very efficient. This allows for seeing lots of sights (and there are many in Jaipur!) Also, the guide and driver know how to group activities so no time is wasted.

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Jaipur Exploration
Jaipur

We were able to see several temples and learned so much. Also, we were able to see the local markets and experience street food. These are activities made much richer when you have a local guide and driver.

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Jaipur - Agra via Abhaneri and Fatehpur Sikri
Agra
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Taj Mahal at Sunrise and Drive to Delhi
Agra
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Delhi to Varanasi (Indigo Flight - 10:55/12:25 Hrs)
Varanasi

Indigo is a great airline--good service.

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The driver and the person who accompanied us to the hotel were very good. It was nice to have an English speaker take us on the boat to the hotel. We could have managed it but this was an added benefit.
Varanasi Sightseeing With Sarnaath
Varanasi

Great experience--walk in the old city, seeing Banaras University and enjoying the Republic Day celebrations. Sarnath was wonderful to see. We also enjoyed the Aarti on the Ganges.

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Varanasi - Delhi (Flight - 12:55/ 14:30 Hrs)
Delhi
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Delhi Sightseeing
Delhi
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Delhi Sightseeing and Departure
New Delhi International Airport (DEL)
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Local specialist: Ravi Tickoo

Great trip, unforgettable experiences and per...
India | Dec 16 - Dec 30, 2022

Aleksandar
Aleksandar P.
Portage, IN | Reviewed on Jan 27, 2023

Great trip, unforgettable experiences and perfect organization by Jay and Bespoke Team.

Spent a whole day in Delhi . The highlight were Chandni Chowk, or ‘the Moonlight Square', with the amazing rikshaw ride and visit to Qutub Minar.
Spent two days in Varanasi. Our guide Mr Singh did a fantastic job showing us all temples and finding the best seats for us during the Aarti.
Agra - our guide Brijesh Joshi did a phenomenal job introducing us to Taj Mahal and everything that Agra has to... read more

Great trip, unforgettable experiences and perfect organization by Jay and Bespoke Team.

Spent a whole day in Delhi . The highlight were Chandni Chowk, or ‘the Moonlight Square', with the amazing rikshaw ride and visit to Qutub Minar.
Spent two days in Varanasi. Our guide Mr Singh did a fantastic job showing us all temples and finding the best seats for us during the Aarti.
Agra - our guide Brijesh Joshi did a phenomenal job introducing us to Taj Mahal and everything that Agra has to offer. The best thing was visiting a local village, not far from Taj Mahal. What an experience!
Ranthambore National Park - this was something that I had been waiting my whole life. Seeing a tiger in the nature, just couple feets away from you is a once in a lifetime event. This is the MUST see if you are visiting Golden Triangle.
Finally Jaipur - the purple city. Fantastic guide Mr. Ajit Singh. We really enjoyed seeing sites in this city.

I have to say one thing. We had the best driver ever. Mr. Balbir Singh Rana was an absolute dream of a driver and we could not thank him enough for making this trip perfect. He was always smiling, so peaceful, pleasant and calm while navigating the insanity of Indian driving/traffic/animals and all forms of transportation found on the roads. He kept the car clean and guided up to wonderful rest stops while en route to all the sights.

Hotel Review
Taj Palace Delhi
New Delhi

Fantastic stay and great service. Food is just amazing.

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Local specialist: Jay Kajaria

A very pleasant trip
India | Dec 25 - Jan 3, 2023

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Victor R.
Mexico | Reviewed on Jan 23, 2023

A very pleasant trip, made all the more pleasant by all of the attention given to us by our local, Ravi Tickoo and Active India.

Local specialist: Ravi Tickoo
Ravi
Ravi Tickoo
Local specialist in New Delhi | Reviewed on Jan 24, 2023

Dear Victor,
I really appreciate you taking the time to comment. This would undoubtedly inspire other travellers. We hope you decide to visit our region of the world again, it would be a pleasure for us to maintain our relationship with you and meet your travel needs.

Best regards
Ravi