Tailor-made India holidays with Round the World Experts
At Round the World Experts, our team are experienced and passionate travellers who love nothing more than to create tailor-made India holidays and offer their first-hand advice. When it comes to travel in India, our appetite for adventure truly shines with our incredible Journeys that showcase the best experiences that this country has to offer. All of these holidays to India can also be tailored to suite your needs and interests as well, from accommodation styles to stopover flights along the way. So when you talk to our team, we won’t push you to buy a one-size-fits-all package. Instead, we’ll work with you to make your dream India holiday happen.
Our service doesn’t stop after you’ve booked either. Our bespoke India holidays include the service of your Expert before and during your Journey, as well as a dedicated trip manager and driver from our in-destination experts Creative Travel, who will pick you up from the airport and travel with you throughout your itinerary.
We are also part of one of the largest travel agencies in the world. As a result, you will also be able to travel with peace of mind knowing you can access our 24/7 emergency assistance whenever you need it. So from start to finish, we’re with you every step of the way.
To start planning your itinerary of India, call 0800 082 9980 and start the conversation with one of our India holiday Experts.
First-time visitors will be bewitched by India's multitude of contrasts, from a rich culture that is symbolised by countless Hindu temples and regal palaces, to bustling cities where the past and present uniquely blend.
As well as the eclectic architecture that India is famous for, every national park and street corner provides an insight into this culturally and linguistically diverse nation. India won its independence in 1947 and, over the last few decades, it has developed into one of the world’s fastest growing major economies – a growth that can be clearly seen in the glitzy financial capital of Mumbai and the fashion influence from the West. Whether you’re seeking luxury travel or want to step off the beaten track and explore behind the scenes, India is a unique land of diversity and depth that is sure to delight. Be open to its spirit and it is bound to reward you.
When to go
With so much geographic variation from the Himalayas to the tropical regions, not to mention it's a landmass that’s 12 times the size of the UK, temperatures and weather conditions vary dramatically throughout India. For most of the country, the cool dry season is between November and March, offering the best time to go. The most uncomfortable time of year is the monsoon season, which begins on the southern coast of Kerala around the end of May and moves northeast across the country over the following six weeks. During this time torrential rains fall and the humidity is intense. In the north, the monsoons are usually over by September, but the east coast, Tamil Nadu and the south of Kerala are hit by monsoons again between October and December. India observes many Hindu festivals, including Diwali, which falls in October or November, and the 11-day Ganesh Chaturthi festival to honour the birth of the elephant-headed god Lord Ganesha, which takes place in August or September. For more specific advice on when to go, talk to one of our experts.
Airlines that fly to India
- British Airways
- Qatar Airlines
- Virgin Atlantic
Airports in India
India has many airports, but the major centres are served by four airfields. The Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport is just nine miles outside New Delhi. In Mumbai, the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is 16 miles north of the city. Southern India is served by the Chennai International Airport (formerly Madras Airport), which is the third-busiest in the country and about seven miles from the city centre. Travellers to Goa will generally land at the Dabolim Airport, which is almost 19 miles from the capital Panjim.
Best time to fly
India’s high season is in the cooler months between November and March, but in the mountains it is between April and September. As well as the many Hindu festivals India observes, other busy times to avoid flying include Christmas, Easter and their three main public holidays: Independence Day on 15th of August, Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday on 2nd of October and Republic Day on 26th of January.
The average flight times from London are:
- Delhi – 8 hours and 30 minutes
- Mumbai – 9 hours
- Chennai – 10 hours
- Goa – 11 hours and 35 minutes
- Explore the crowded bazaars of Old Delhi
- Visit Humayun's tomb, a 16th century mausoleum that marries Persian and Mughal styles
- Wander through the green parks of the New Town
- Take a rickshaw down Chandni Chowk to the Spice Market
For other cities:
- Visit the Taj Mahal in Agra
- Tour the Agra Fort
- Visit the famed tea plantations of Darjeeling
- Wander around the City Palace in Jaipur
For spiritual significance:
- Visit the enchanting Golden Temple in Amritsar
- Take in the sites of the Jagdish Temple in Udaipur
- Absorb the peace of the Lotus Temple, the Baha’i House of Worship
- Spend time people watching at the Ghats at Varanasi
For nature and wildlife activities:
- Soak up some sun on the sandy beaches of Kovalam
- See the rare Asiatic lion in Sadangir
- Visit Kaziranga National Park, home to the Indian one-horned rhinoceros
- See tigers at Satpura Tiger Reserve
The ultimate itinerary
For first time visitors, we recommend our Classical India Journey. In just 12 days you’ll take in all of the country’s signature sights including the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Khajuraho’s erotic temples, an Aarti Ceremony in Varanasi and a boat cruise along the Ganges River. The ultimate way to not just visit India, but truly experience this wonderful country.