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India’s vibrant kaleidoscope of colors, cultures, sights and sounds may at first overwhelm visitors to this vast country. However, International Expeditions’ India tour allows you to peel back the layers of crowded cities, opulent temples and riotous jungle. As you begin to explore the cities and countryside, hidden delights begin to reveal themselves and Ind...
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Trip type
Private Guided
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Trip pace
Full schedule


    • Enjoy of sightseeing around both Old and New Delhi
    • Visit the Raj Ghat and Shanti Vana
    • Visit the Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, Jama Masjid.
    • See the President's House, Parliament House, Government Secretariat Buildings and Connaught Place, New Delhi’s main shopping center.
    • See leopard, sloth bear, deer, Indian gaur, sambar deer, chital, wild boar, gray jackal, wild dog and troops of langurs
    • Listen to the sounds of the jungle, an experience both exciting and chilling

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    India’s vibrant kaleidoscope of colors, cultures, sights and sounds may at first overwhelm visitors to this vast country. However, International Expeditions’ India tour allows you to peel back the layers of crowded cities, opulent temples and riotous jungle. As you begin to explore the cities and countryside, hidden delights begin to reveal themselves and India’s inviting combination of tradition and wildlife. For more than two decades, International Expeditions has offered a singular itinerary crafted to allow you to discover India. Travel from the coastal 1,200-year-old Elephanta Caves of Mumbai, through signature wildlife parks, and finally we cap-off our India expedition in the great cities of Delhi and Jaipur. Join International Expeditions’ India travel tour to find the most unique mix of exotic nature and culture.

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Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeOperator does not provide
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportN/A
Start CityDelhi
End CityDelhi

Travel Themes

  • Birding
  • National Parks
  • Nature & Wildlife
  • Relaxing Retreats
  • Safari
  • Religious


  • Asia
  • India


  • Agra
  • Agra Fort
  • Delhi
  • Jaipur
  • Mumbai
  • Red Fort
  • Taj Mahal
  • Varanasi


  • Game drive
  • Historic sightseeing
  • Nature
  • Relaxing Retreat
  • Safari
  • Wildlife viewing

Trip includes

    • Sunrise visit to Taj Mahal
    • 10 UNESCO World Heritage sites
    • Local school visit
    • Private city tours, sightseeing & lectures
    • Private game drives & nature walks
    • Naturalist guide throughout & local specialist guides
    • Folk dance & cooking demonstration
    • $100 per person contribution to Tiger Trust
    • All entrance fees
    • 45 meals
    • Tips to porters & to waiters for included meals
    • Deluxe accommodations including jungle lodges, hotels & former palaces
    • Transfers on group arrival & departure dates

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Day 1
U.S. / En Route Fly independently to Delhi, India. (Meals Aloft)

Day 2
Delhi We arrive in Delhi in the late evening, meet our guide and transfer to the Taj Palace, our home for the first two nights of our India tour. (Meals Aloft)

Day 3
Delhi We enjoy a full day of sightseeing round both Old and New Delhi. We begin this morning in Old Delhi including Raj Ghat and Shanti Vana - the cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India and drive past Red ...
Days 4-6
Delhi / Jabalpur or Raipur / Kanha National Park Board our flight to either Jabalpur or Raipur (based on best flight schedule) and continue on to Kanha National Park. Kanha is one of India's signature wildlife areas and often described as a model of wildlife conservatio...
Day 7
Kanha / Bandhavgarh National Park After breakfast we drive to the renowned Bandhavgarh National Park. The park is made up of rocky hills, lush deciduous forests, marshes and stretches of meadows. It is considered the best place in the world to observe wild tiger. Tonight we enjoy an outdoor barbeque dinner cooked over an open flame. Spend three nights at Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge. (B,L,D)

Days 8 & 9
Bandhavgarh National Park Morning and afternoon excursions are the ideal opportunity to search for Bandhavgarh's tigers and spot some of the park's 250 species of birds, including the vibrant peacock, breeding pairs of sarus cranes, paradise fly-catcher, Malabar pied hor...
Day 10
Bandhavgarh / Khajuraho After one last tiger safari, drive to Khajuraho, passing through the villages and countryside of Madhya Pradesh. Tonight dinner is at the Hotel Chandela, where we spend the night. (B,L,D)

Day 11
Khajuraho / Varanasi Visit the amazing temples adorned with vivid erotic stone carvings dedicated to Vishnu, Shiva and Brahma. Built by the Chandela kings between 950 AD and 1050 AD., the most important temples within the complex are Chaunset Yogini, dedicated to goddes...
Day 12
Varanasi Historic Varanasi is one of the world's oldest living cities, being contemporary with the ancient cities of Nineveh and Thebes. For those who want an in-depth look into the fascinating Hindu religion, there is no better place to explore than Varanasi. Our India...
Day 13
Varanasi / Agra After a morning trip to the Dasaswamedh Ghat, board boats for a sunrise ride on the Ganges. From the middle of the river, our small group watches as thousands of Hindu faithful come to the riverbank to bathe and pray, while in the background, temples and ...
Day 14
Agra / Fatehpur Sikri / Samode This morning we visit the spectacular Taj Mahal, a touchstone site that fully lives up to its reputation as one of the most glorious monuments in the world. Built by Moghul Shah Jahan for his beloved wife the project took 22 years to compl...
Day 15
Samode: Jaipur Today we drive to Jaipur, capital of the state of Rajasthan. It is known as the “Pink City” because of the reddish color applied to the old city walls and palace as a symbol of welcome to a visiting Prince. A labyrinth of fascinating bazaars, opulent palac...
Day 16
Samode / Delhi / En Route Spend a morning exploring the nearby village of Samode, renowned for the printed cloth and glass bangles produced by local artisans. Drive to Delhi. Dayrooms are available at the Radisson Blu Plaza before meeting your independent flights home. (B,L,D)

Day 17
Arrive Meet your connecting flights home. (Meals Aloft)

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When you travel with International Expeditions, you travel with pioneers in ecotourism. International Expeditions shows you some of the most remarkable places in the world — but does so in a way that’s as enriching as we can make it. Our escorted tours, planned and continuously refined over 35 years, include many elements that would be next to impossible to do otherwise. On our Amazon cruise, for example, we’ll take you further into the river's tributaries than anyone else, so that you have the chance for some exceptional sightings. And as you learn, you’ll also have a lot of fun and laughter — the joy that comes from making new discoveries in the company of friends who share in the excitement.

A History of Ecotravel

In 1990, International Expeditions helped to form The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) by providing the major source of funding, and our founder and former president, Richard Ryel, also served as a member of the original board. TIES works to bring communities, conservation and sustainable travel together to promote ecotravel to natural areas, while conserving the environment and improving the well-being of local people.

Great Guides

International Expeditions is the “world leader in nature travel” for one reason above all others — the superb, English-speaking naturalists and historians who guide you through Earth’s great wildlife and cultural destinations. These are not typical “tour leaders.” Rather, our guides are consummate local experts with the uncanny ability to tell you about all the animals, plants, history and culture you’ll encounter, and who care that you enjoy yourself and get the most out of your experience. You can be sure that because of them, your IE journey will be interesting, enriching, fun and exciting.

Small Groups and Independent Travel

International Expeditions specializes in small group natural history tours. Our strong contacts around the globe and thorough knowledge of each destination enable us to serve "independent" guests like no other travel outfitter. That’s why so many people turn to us to customize their ideal journeys to Earth’s great nature and cultural history destinations.

Travel in Style

With International Expeditions, you’ll travel in small groups (seldom over 16 guests), with expert nature travel guides, on meticulously planned itineraries. And you’ll stay in top-rate accommodations. You’ll be well looked after wherever you go. From our stylish  Amazon riverboats (which we helped design!) to romantic tented camps in Africa and everywhere in between, you can expect the very highest order of service. We’re detail-oriented, and it shows in our unrivaled pre-departure materials. From our picturesque brochures to the comprehensive Destination Handbook provided free of charge in your pre-departure package, no one prepares you for your journey like we do.

IE Difference

For 35 years, International Expeditions has specialized in intriguing nature travel to the world’s greatest natural and cultural destinations as an adventure travel company. Our award-winning expedition cruises and small-group travel journeys combine many extraordinary elements.

The Best Values in Nature Travel: It takes more than a low price to be an outstanding value. Every activity, a full-educational program, exclusive access, knowledgeable expedition team, employee-staffed 24-hour emergency line and so much more are included in every journey — all with a price that makes it easier for you to explore!

Expert Local Guides: There’s no substitute for experience when it comes to offering small-group travel that’s authentic, educational and fun. That’s why our hand-selected naturalist guides are highly trained and educated natives, each passionate about their country. Why would you want to travel with an American “tour leader” when you can bond with these fun locals while gaining insight into their homelands?

Small-Group Travel to Earth's Greatest Destinations: From signature journeys to the Amazon and Galapagos, to our tours to Bali to Komodo, Nicaragua and Cuba, our nature-focused, small-group expeditions remain THE standard for exploring Earth’s greatest natural wonders. Plus, our intimate group sizes ensure you get the personal attention you deserve while exploring the exotic.

Activities & Excursions for All: Some people travel for adventure, and some just want to relax and enjoy the natural beauty. That’s why IE’s adventurous itineraries include as many activity options as possible. Swimming, snorkeling, elephant-back safaris and peaceful excursion boat rides are just a few of our many activities.

Comfortable Accommodations: You don’t have to sacrifice comfort and five-star service to discover Earth’s remote regions. IE’s comfortable, intimate expedition ships and well-located accommodations let you explore in style.

Local Cuisine: You’ll work up quite an appetite during daily excursions. And whether it’s sampling local fare in Peru or India, or settling down for a delicious meal in the heart of Laos, you’ll enjoy food to satisfy every palate. Plus, whenever possible, we use locally grown food to stimulate the economy and give you a fresh taste of the local culture and cuisine.


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