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Let India awaken your senses...

Listen to the heartbeat of Delhi as you explore this lively city… Smell the scent of marigold garlands in Jaipur… Admire the intricate mosaics of the Amber Fort… Savour the blend of spices as you enjoy the local cuisine… Experience the hustle and bustle as you journey through rural India by train… Touch the gleaming white marble of the iconic Taj Mahal…

Our holidays to India are the perfect introduction to this mesmerising country – let us take you there…

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Unveiling the highlights of India's famed Golden Triangle, this exciting tour allows you to experience the contrasts between Delhi, the regal splendour of Jaipur and the romantic lure of Agra.

Unveiling the highlights of India's famed Golden Triangle, this exciting tour allows you to experience the contrasts between Delhi, the regal splendour of Jaipur and the romantic lure of Agra.

Himalayan Heritage Trail

Escorted Tour Pace 2

Awaken your senses on this incredible journey through Northern India.

The highlights of India's famed Golden Triangle will be unveiled on this exciting new Internet Exclusive tour.

India: Beyond the Taj

Escorted Tour Pace 2

Discover northern India by train, plane and road on this memorable tour from Delhi to Lucknow.

Rajasthan The Princely State

Escorted Tour Pace 2

Discover the palaces, temples and hilltop forts of Rajasthan on this two-week tour and experience the luxurious Rajasthani lifestyle with stays in three heritage hotels.

Our tour of Kerala reveals enchanting backwaters, wildlife-rich forests and tea and spice plantations, before you take time out on the Malabar coast.

India the Exotic

Escorted Tour Pace 1

Be seduced by India's technicolour charms and follow in the footsteps of the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel's famous actors.

Temples and Tigers

Escorted Tour Pace 1

Travel from India to the Himalayan country of Nepal, visiting cities including Delhi, Jaipur and Kathmandu, the Taj Mahal and national parks.

The Himalayan Trail to Bhutan

Escorted Tour Pace 3

This enchanting tour takes you from the bustling capital of India into the foothills of the Himalayas.

The Spice Route

Cruise World

Cross the Bay of Bengal to experience the sights, sounds and smells of South-East Asia on this cruise from Chennai to Singapore.

Contrast lively Mumbai, Goa and Kochi in India with Sri Lanka’s incredible natural beauty and dynamic Kuala Lumpur.

Around the World

Cruise World

For the ultimate cruise, join this full circumnavigation of the globe to discover a world of variety and contrasts...


Hindi,English -

There are 18 different languages in India, including Hindi, which is the national language and spoke by about 30% of the population. English is widely spoken.


Tipping is a way of life in India and you should give porters around 20 rupees a bag and restaurant staff anything between 5-10% of the bill.

Taxi drivers will not expect a tip.

Population and size

With 1.2 billion inhabitants, India is the second most populated country in the world.

They say size doesn’t matter, but India is a whopping 13.5 times larger than the UK. Mind you, it’s only half the size of Australia.


Indian Rupee -

India’s currency is the rupee.

Import and export of rupees is forbidden but sterling can be exchanged without difficulty by banks and authorised money-changers.


A melting pot of several cultures, India is the birthplace of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. Marriages are still arranged and the divorce rate is 1%.

Indian cuisine varies widely but tends to be spicier the further south you travel

The wildlife of India has had a profound impact on popular culture not least of all through Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book.

India has had a long romance with the art of dance, music, drama and theatre. And you only have to look at the Taj Mahal to see the importance of architecture.

Cricket is virtually a religion and the film industry – Bollywood – is considered to be the largest in the world in terms of films produced and tickets sold. The 1983 James Bond film Octopussy was filmed largely in Udaipur and each night, without fail, the film is shown in bars and restaurants throughout the city.


Attempts to speak the local lingo are always appreciated. Here’s a few words of Hindi to get you started…

Yes - ji ha

No - nahi

Please - meher bani

thank you - dhanyavad

hello - namaste

do you have a  beer? - Kya aapke paas beer hai


India is five-and-a-half hours ahead of GMT.


A huge variety of electrical sockets are in use so you’ll be best off bringing an adaptor with you. Mains voltage in India is usually 230 volts AC (50 hz).


It’s mostly hot in India and between March and June, it can be very hot.

Monsoon rains occur in most regions between June and early October. It’s cooler from December to February. As a general rule, loose-fitting cotton or linen clothes are the order of the day.


Mozzies operate in this part of the world so take a can of insect repellent and cover your arms and legs, particularly in the evening.

Tap water is unreliable so you are advised to stick to bottled.

As health information can change at any time, we’d advise you to consult your GP at least 12 weeks before departure.

Country-specific information and advice on possible health risks is also published by the National Travel Health Network and Centre – see, and The British Foreign and Commonwealth Travel Advice Unit provides important health and safety information for British nationals travelling abroad at

Passports and visas

It’s a good idea to carry a photocopy of your passport with you. You will need a visa to enter India but don’t worry, Saga will sort that out for you.


You are not allowed to smoke in public places in India, but there are designated outdoor areas where smoking is permitted.

Flight time

London to Delhi is just over eight hours, London to Cochin is eleven hours and London to Bangalore is ten and a half hours.