You’ll feel it in the age-old temples and hear it in the sacred chants. You’ll meet it in every cow on every crooked street, and smell it in the incense floating through the air – it’s India’s ancient spirituality that’ll touch you through and through.
It’s the birthplace of four religions and one of the spiritual centres of the world. Everything here vibrates with a kind of kind of mystical energy, from the marble domes of the Taj Mahal to the majestic elephants of the southern jungle. Discover India’s religious heritage in the ancient temples of Madurai, and its loveable chaos in the modern day bazaars.
What people say
I have learned so much about the history of this wonderful, enchanting country. The India tour ran like clockwork, great tour leader and excellent driver who kept us safe.
India travel highlights
Old Delhi, India
It was India’s spiritual capital under the rule of the Mughal Empire. The mosques and palaces that still stand will take you back to the glory of the past.
Purify your soul at Varanasi
Famous for its ancient temples devoted to the Kama Sutra, Varanasi is also a hub for modern-day Hindu and Jain cleansing ceremonies.
Explore the wildlife at Periyar National Park
Guided tours through the wildlife sanctuary reveal animals such as elephants, gigantic Indian buffalo and cheeky macaque monkeys.
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India tour reviews
Our India trips score an average of 4.77 out of 5 based on 409 reviews in the last year.
Rajasthan Revealed, February 2017
Me and my wife Julie really enjoyed this trip. highlights were exceptional architecture, history and the tiger safari. Nice being the only two English tourists to be able to mix on the tour with an Irish couple and eight Australians. Numerous different sites and access to some really local experiences really made the holiday enjoyable and memorable. Our guide Dinesh Kyas extremely helpful and very knowledgeable and when help was needed with language etc, or ordering indian meals in restaurants sorted us out. Unable to pay our hotel bills with a credit card most of time, this being due to no internet signals. This situation meant Indian cash currency was required most of the time. cash machines required and quite often not available. Cash machines when available were often empty and having to find another one, not always available. I would suggest they carry a large amount of local currency with them picked up at the airport. In regards to our experience with peregrine tours me and my wife would not hesitate to book with you again. Paul and Julie Francis
Review submitted 25 Jul 2017
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India travel FAQs
An E-Tourist Visa (eVT) Facility is available for holders of a passport for a number of countries. This facility allows travellers to pre-register and pay for their visa prior to travel to India. The Visa is collected upon arrival at one of 16 designated airports in India. Please note strict guidelines on the below website.
An E-Tourist Visa (eVT) visa on arrival is available for select nationalities including but not limited to the following
Australian, Canadian, New Zealand, German, UK and USA passports.
Passport holders from these countries can apply for an E-Tourist Visa (eVT) to have their visa issued upon arrival at 16 major airports in India.
Please follow the instructions at - https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html and complete the application for your E-Tourist Visa.
- Please be aware of strict conditions regarding application and travel (check under ELIGIBILITY section).
- E-visas are only available for entry of up to 30 days. If you plan to be in India longer you will need to apply for a tourist visa at an Indian visa application centre in your home country.
- Please note that travellers entering India overland from Nepal are required to apply for a visa in advance their home country. Visas will not be issued on the Nepal/Indian border.
- The E-Tourist Visa DOES NOT apply to travellers entering India overland. Please check your trip notes if you are crossing a border between India and Nepal.
- Indian visas are difficult and time consuming to obtain in Nepal.
Tourist visas are available in Single and Multiple Entry. Be sure to check the date you require a visa from and the length of time you will need to cover, especially if you change countries during your trip.
For your visa application you need to include the following information under the local contact section towards the end of the application. :
25/3 East Patel Nagar
New Delhi 110008
Phone: +91 11 4500 6400
Please note that this information can change at any time. Please always refer tohttps://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html . This is the official visa online site. There have been reports of other non-official websites that travellers should be aware of.
Safari Bookings - Ranthambore National Park
To ensure your safari booking at Ranthambore National Park, we require a scanned copy of the bio page of your passport at the time of booking.
Your safari arrangements cannot be completed without this information.
Tipping is expected for many services in India, for porters, drivers and at restaurants. About 5-10% of the bill is the norm.
Internet is prevalent in regional centres, but is hard to come by in small towns, rural and remote areas.
Mobile coverage is good in urban areas but can be unreliable outside of cities. Remember to activate global roaming with your provider if you wish to use your mobile while traveling.
Squat toilets are the norm in India, although you may find western-style toilets in tourist places, nice restaurants and hotels. Soap and toilet paper aren’t always provided so you may like to carry some with you.
- Cup of tea = 5 INR
- Small bottle of beer = 40 INR
- Basic street food plate = 40-60 INR
- Buffet dinner in a nice restaurant = 800-1500 INR
Drinking tap water is not considered safe in India. For environmental reasons, avoid buying bottled water and bring a bottle or canteen with you. Ask your leader where you can access filtered water to refill your supply, or carry your own purification tablets with you.
You’ll be able to use your credit card at some hotels, restaurants, tourist establishments and major shops. But you’ll need cash to make purchases from many local businesses.
ATMs are prevalent in major cities but they are hard to come by outside of these areas.
Yes. All peregrine passengers are required to purchase travel insurance prior to their India tour. Your insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day.
For a current list of public holidays go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/India/public-holidays
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