India is one of those countries that you can either love or hate from the first second you set foot anywhere in it. While most of the independent travelers wouldn’t even consider a day tour to visit a city, others know that, especially when you come to India for the first time, it may not hurt to take a specialized tour.
There are plenty of choices when you look for tour in India, ranging from 1 day in the city, to 5 days on the beach and even 22 days through a part of the country…and of course, pretty much anything else you can think of. But, it’s important to book a tour which comprise places and things you really want to see.
Trekking and cycling tours are ideal for those who want to be active on vacation; while a beaches tours are good choices for those who want to mix the activities with relaxation on the beach and soaking up the sun.
Why should you choose a tour ?
If you don’t like to plan for everything yourself and if the idea of figuring how to get from point A to point B gives you headaches, then the tours are the answers to your prayers. You only need to worry about how to get yourself to the point where the tour starts from. Easy, right?
Top 5 Adventure Tours in India
Delhi City Break 3 days, from US$165
The tour discovers some of Delhi’s hidden gems . Start the first day with exploring the early Murghal architecture and on the second day walk to the markets in Connaught Place. Visit the Hanuman Temple before heading to the old part of Delhi, with its colorful food markets, temples , bazaars and historical sights. Don’t forget to enjoy some local food and pick some souvenirs for those back home. The third day is at your disposal to do whatever you want before heading back home.
North India Unplugged 22 days, from US$1320
The tour starts in Delhi , where you’ll explore the old part of the town. Enjoy a safari through the desert and then board the train and explore Jodhpur on days 6 and 7. The Mehrangarh Fort and the Sadar Bazaar are two places you shouldn’t miss. Then it’s time for Udaipur, India’s most romantic city. Pushkar is next on the list, followed by Jaipur. Discover the Red Fort before visiting Taj Mahal. Then see Varanasi from the water. Kolkata is next on the list and the place from where you’ll catch the flight back home.
A Taste of South India 14 days, from US$2470
The tour starts in Goa, one of the most popular places to visit in India. Next it’s Udupi where you get to try the local cuisine and visit a coffee plantation in Chikmagalur. Visit Mysore and Podicherry before visiting the Brihadishwara Temple. Visit the Chettinad Palace and Sri Meenakshi Temple, while a coconut plantation will wait for you in Pollachi. Enjoy coastal Kerala and the Kochi , before you head back home.
Cycling through Rajasthan 15 days, from US$2350
If you enjoy being acting on vacation, then this tour is definitely for you. It starts in Delhi , where you get to see the old city and explore it by bike. Board the train to Jodhpur and after you visit the fort, travel by bike and bus to Ranakpur and continue to the romantic cit of Udaipur. Cycle to reach Kumbhalgargh , followed by a desert ride to Pushkar. Continue to Jaipur and visit the lovely city and then head to Sariska National Park. The next place on the list is Bharatpur National Park, followed by Agra and Taj Mahal. The tour ends in Delhi, from where you’ll catch the flight back home.
Highlights of India 5 days, from US$360
The tour starts in Delhi, where you’ll discover the bazaars of the old town and you get to pick some souvenirs and try the local foods. Then transfer to Agra and visit Taj Mahal. Visit the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri , followed by Jaipur. Take a trip to the Amber Fort but don’t forget to check out the old city as well. The tour ends in Delhi, from where you’ll catch the flight back home.