Many tours in India include the Ganges River, because of its cultural and religious significance. The stream is considered the holy river of Hinduism. Also, many of the towns and cities you will visit lie along the river. India tours give you a chance to see larger cities, such as New Delhi and Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) as well as smaller destinations, including Kalna, Matiari, or Murshidabad. Agra is another popular site, as it is home to the famed Taj Mahal. Not only can you interact and ride elephants on India tours you can visit sites, such as Mother Teresa's former home, or visit unique places, such as the headquarters for the Hare Krishna religious organization in Kolkata. With tour operator volume buys plus our low everyday prices you can save up to 40% versus assembling the same itinerary on your own! Book your India tour today with AffordableTours.com, your discounted tour headquarters. View India Tour Deals and DiscountsIndia Travel Guide
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India Tours Highlights
- Visit the beautiful Taj Mahal in Agra at the break of day,
- Stop at New Delhi and visit the Chandni Chowk, traveling to the market by rickshaw.
- See how candies are made in Matiari.
- Visit the former home of Mother Teresa in Kolkata.
- Explore Jaipur, home to the Palace of the Winds and other stunning sites and attractions.
- Tour the Hare Krishna Center in Kolkata.
- Observe Muslim women weaving textiles in Kalna.
- Savor genuine Bengali specialties and cuisine.
- Ride elephants or interact with them at Amber Fort, near Jaipur.
India Tours Travel Tips
- If you choose to visit floating markets or boat down the Ganges, visit India in February. Temperatures during that time are around 65 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit, on average.
- Check with your physician to see if you should get vaccinations for typhoid and Hepatitis A and B.
- Find out if you will need a prescription for malaria drugs. Mosquitoes populate Indian waterways.
- To treat digestive distress, bring Xifaxan with you.
- Use the ATM at the airport, as ATMs are not prevalent in India. Make sure you have money to exchange and use.
- Check to see if tips are included in your India tour's price. Usually, you will be required to provide the tips.
- Wear closed-toed shoes.
- Remove your shoes when visiting a Hindu temple.
- Carry a universal adapter so you can access the Internet
India Tours Things To Do
- New Delhi
One of the places India tours often visit is New Delhi. Don't confuse Delhi, India and New Delhi though as being one and the same. While New Delhi is India's capital, Delhi describes the surrounding area. New Delhi mixes past India with contemporary buildings, giving you a place marked by past cultural influences and today's advances.
Best Time To VisitVisit New Delhi when the weather is pleasanter, or during February.
You Should KnowThe tallest structure in the world is located in New Delhi. It is the Mughal landmark, the Qutub Minar – standing at 73 meters or 240 feet tall. The city is the second most populated city worldwide, next to Tokyo. New Delhi experiences regular quakes, of which 33% rank above 2.5 on the Richter scale.
- Agra – The Taj Mahal
Agra is located south of the capital of India, or New Delhi. The main reason people visit Agra is to see the beautiful Taj Mahal – a landmark named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983. It is considered an excellent example of the Mughal design in architecture.
Best Time To VisitKeep your travel calendar open to the month of February – the best time to see Agra and the Taj Mahal.
You Should KnowThe Taj Mahal was built by Shah Jahan, a Mughal ruler. He designed and constructed the structure to commemorate his third wife Mumtaz Muhal in the seventeenth century. The name, Taj Mahal, means "crown of palaces," in Arabic – an apt description. While India primarily embraces the Hindu religion, the Taj Mahal follows an Islamic architectural design.
Known as the capital of the state of Rajasthan, Jaipur is known for its Pink City – a palace complex that has a pink hue. The lovely structure is surrounded by gardens and courtyards and features museums. A part of the building is used as royal living quarters.
Best Time To VisitThe weather is better in February, as there is less threat of rain, the skies are clearer, and the temperatures are milder.
You Should KnowJaipur earned the reputation of the Pink City during the rule of Sawai Ram Singh, who ordered that the city's palace's color be painted pink for the visit of Prince Edward of Wales. The pink color still remains. Also, Amber Fort, near Jaipur, is the most popular site to visit in India if you want to ride an elephant. The site sits on a hilltop, which offers a stunning view of the surrounding area.
Once popularly known as Calcutta, Kolkata, today, reveals remnants of its colonial history through some of its building's architectural designs. One of the best examples is the city's large Victoria Memorial Hall, which features a museum and garden area. By contrast, the city is also known for its slums – places where Mother Teresa cared for the sick and poor. Mother Teresa's former home is a must-see Kolkata attraction.
Best Time To VisitYou can sight-see more easily in February, as you won't be plagued by smog, and the temperatures are more tolerable.
You Should KnowThe religious organization, the Hare Krishna, gives tours of their main facility in Kolkata. Also, people who live in Kolkata love the game of chess. One place in the city, Gariahat Road, is the main location chess lovers go to take their turns at playing the game.
Named for the deity Ma Ambika, Kalna is known for its temples with their terra cotta styling. The structures were built in the eighteenth century by Maharajas of Bardhaman. The temples clue visitors in on the town's important history and illustrious past.
Best Time To VisitMark February on your calendar as the best time to see Kalna.
You Should KnowBesides walking, you can get around Kalna by taking a toto, or a three-wheeled battery-operated vehicle, or by going by a three-wheeled diesel-fueled rickshaw. You have to barter with the driver first, as the fees for rides are not fixed. The Rajbari temple complex in Kalna features crisscrossed walking trails and nicely maintained flower beds and hedges. You can also see two of the town's 25 Kalna pinnacled temples at the site. The Pratapeswar Temple is one of the best examples of terracotta temples in Kalna. It is located at the Rajbari site's west entrance. Built in 1849, the Pratapeswar Temple shows off terracotta embellishments on its exterior.
A town sitting along a branch of the Ganges, Matiari spans the Hooghly River. Brass craftspeople from Kolkata established the town about 100 years ago. Vendors in town sell copper and brass souvenirs, such as statures depicting Hindu deities, and popular jewelry items, such as bangles.
Best Time To VisitThe best time to see Matiari is in the late winter, or February.
You Should KnowLocals call Matiari a "Brass Working Village" – a testament to the city's founding. The people still make brass-making their main occupation. The Krishna Rai Jeu Temple is an interesting temple and tourist attraction in town.
Murshidabad is a district and town in West Bengal, which lies along the left bank of the Ganges River. The town is known for its production of silk. It once was the Bengal capital from 1717 to 1773. At that time, the British switched the capital to Calcutta (now Kolkata).
Best Time To VisitIt is best to see Murshidabad in February when the weather is not as hot and humid. The average temperature is around 72 degrees Fahrenheit.
You Should KnowYou can see some of the town's attractions by hiring a horse-drawn cart. For example, some visitors choose to see the Katra Mosque with this mode of transport. You will also want to see the Hazarduari Palace, which was built in the nineteenth century. The structure display 1,000 doors, most of which are not real or do not lead anywhere. Take a tuk-tuk to the center of town if you are shopping for textiles and other local items.
Sitting at the Ganges River, Varanasi is of religious importance to the Hindu people who bathe in the river. Visitors who journey to the Hindi holy city believe, if they die in Varanasi, they will experience enlightenment.
Best Time To VisitVisit Varanasi in February when the temperatures and humidity are lower.
You Should KnowThe last rites are performed in Varanasi in the sacred waters of the Ganges. The city, itself, is home to over 2,000 temples, one of which is the famous Golden Temple, built in honor of the Hindu deity, Shiva.
India Tour Packages
You can see India about anytime, especially from October to March. However, it is best to go in February, when the crowds are fewer and the heat and humidity are lower. Don't wait until March, the climate at that time is truly stifling. Even if you pay a discounted price for March travel, it is better to visit India in February. The heat and humidity in March are noticeable.
- Winter - December to January - Low Season
During December and January, the air is not as clear and the temperatures are more uncomfortable. For example, if you want to see the Taj Mahal during sunrise in January, you may have a hard time viewing the site. That is because it is smoggier during this time of year. Wait until February to get the best view.
- Autumn - September to November - Good Season
If you want to pay less for India tours, you might elect to travel in October or November. However, again, you will enjoy a more moderate and milder climate in February. It just depends on whether you want to save money or feel a bit more comfortable while seeing the sights.
India Tours Frequently Asked Questions
- What are India Tours?
Tours to India often last for 7 days, although you can lengthen your stay up to 21 days or more. Some of the major attractions are located in Agra (home of the Taj Mahal), the capital of India, (New Delhi), Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), and Jaipur.
- What Is Included in India Tours?
Most tour schedules highlight the local life and culture of India towns and cities. Tours are guided and feature the local making of crafts, such as brass and textiles. You receive deluxe accommodations and some meals are provided free (usually breakfast).
- What Is the Best India Tour?
The best India tour is the trip that will meet your tour preferences and schedule while staying within your budget. Talk to a travel representative so you can customize a plan of travel and review the travel packages.
- How Much Do India Tours Cost?
The amount you will pay for India tours depends on when you plan to go, the length of the tour, and its amenities. Plan to spend about $1,300 per person.
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