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Dazzling Dubai & India Express
Exhilarating and electric Dubai; plus explore the lost empires & current culture of India in Delhi, Agra, the Taj Mahal & the pink city of Jaipur
12 days  •  from $2299 $1999
per person, double occupancy*
dates small group tour + flights
Taj Mahal Express
Savor India's Golden Triangle: Delhi, Agra & the Taj Mahal, then the pink city of Jaipur; plus Nepal & Amritsar optional extensions
9 days  •  from $1899 $1599
per person, double occupancy*
dates small group tour + flights
Taj Mahal Express & Diwali, Festival of Lights
Savor India's Golden Triangle: Delhi, Agra & the Taj Mahal, then celebrate Diwali in Jaipur; plus Nepal extension
9 days  •  $2299 $1999
per person, double occupancy*
dates small group tour + flights
Taj Mahal Express & Pushkar Camel Fair
Delhi, then Pushkar for the world's largest camel fair; plus the pink city of Jaipur, Agra & the Taj Mahal
11 days  •  $2799 $2499
per person, double occupancy*
dates small group tour + flights
Best of India & Nepal
Delhi, Jaipur, Agra & the Taj Mahal, Khajuraho & Varanasi; then 5 days in Kathmandu & Pokhara, Nepal
closed
dates small group tour + flights
Taj Mahal Express & Holi, Festival of Colors
Savor India's Golden Triangle: Delhi, Agra & the Taj Mahal, then Jaipur to celebrate Holi, India's joyous festival of colors
closed
dates small group tour + flights

Fast Facts

Already booked on one of our packages to India? See everything you need to know before you go.

Overview

Capital: Delhi
Population:  1.1 billion
Currency: Indian rupee (INR)
Languages:  Hindi, Urdu, Tamil, Bengali, Kashmiri, Kannada, Marathi, Gujarati, Telugu, English
Drives on the: Left
Time zone: GMT +5:30

Weather

When traveling to India, November thru March is the best time to visit. Temps in the north are between 40-60° F and temps in the south are between 65-85° F. March-June is dry and very, very hot. June-October is monsoon time. When traveling to the mountain region, the months of March, April, October and November are ideal.

Entry requirements

U.S. citizens must have a passport which is valid for at least six months after your arrival date, with at least two blank pages. U.S. passport holders must have a visa to enter India. US passport holders visiting India with stays up to 30 days may obtain a single or double entry  eTourist Visa On Arrival (eTVOA) through the Indian Government's eTVOA website. We recommend that you obtain your visa after your final payment due date or no later than 4 days before your US departure date. A printout of the eTVOA is required to enter India.

If you hold a passport from another country, you are responsible for obtaining any necessary visas and meeting all entry requirements.

More information about passports & visas.

Shopping

Shop for wood carvings, fabrics, brassware, copperware, bronzes, silver, fossils and crystals, sandalwood items, paper-mache, paintings and prints, dhurri rugs, dolls, tea, saffron, batiks, carpets, and gems (if you know what to look for).

Bargaining is the norm. Beware of copycat brand-name items and animal products such as skins and horns- they are illegal. And remember to shop at the local markets!

Health Precautions & Vaccinations

According to the Center for Disease Control, all areas lower than 2,000 meters (6,561 feet), including cities are considered high-risk areas for malaria. The cities of Delhi and Bombay are also risk areas. Consult your physician about inoculations and the use of antimalarial drugs.

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

Power & Adapters

230 volts. Plugs C & D. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit. View more information about electrical standards around the world.

Tipping
  • Upscale restaurants: 5% 
  • Hotel restaurants: 10% 
  • Porters: 10-15 rupees per bag or service
  • Hired drivers: provide meals and 50-100 rupees at the end of the day.

In India you'll be expected to pay small amounts in order to get things done, as well as to reward for jobs already accomplished.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can I take my cell phone?

    See our blog post on using your cell phone abroad.

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India was not high on my list of places to travel to but I thought this was such a good deal that I just had to do it. The package itself was the cost of the airfare alone. It was great traveling with fans of Friendly Planet. They kept saying how happy they were with the expertise and professionalism that you guys had throughout the whole process. Everyone on the group was very well travelled and all the travelers resided in different parts of the country from Chicago to Salt Lake City to Los Angeles. My favorite parts of the tour include: the Taj Mahal (of course), the elephant ride up Amber Fort – so much fun, and the rickshaw taxis – a number of folks said this should be a part of the package as it was like a scary Disneyland ride. Thank you for putting such a great package together - what an amazing experience. I hope to book another Friendly Planet package soon!

Jeannie Shu

I wanted to let you know that my sister and I really enjoyed our Friendly Planet Taj Mahal Express tour. Our guide, Madan Vishwakarma was excellent...probably the best tour leader I have ever encountered. He tried to accommodate everyone's needs and helped people get to other shopping areas after the daily tour ended. He is proud of his homeland and shows it. Friendly Planet is very lucky to use his services. My sister and I were glad that we purchased the optional tour while in India because Madan showed us places we would not have seen on our own, and he provided lots of information.

Dennis Setlock
Taj Mahal Express