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Deeply spiritual, highly majestic, and overwhelmingly frenetic, India is a country that has no comparison. Home to a whopping 32 World Heritage sites, India weaves Himalayan hikes, stunning architecture, colonial heritage, religious harmony, and culinary diversity into one fascinating destination. Unsurprisingly, the iconic Taj Mahal tops nearly all India itineraries, as do the ancient forts and palaces of Jaipur, Agra, and Delhi—the cities that comprise the Golden Triangle. Stray from the beaten path, and you'll see that India offers a wealth of wonders: Varanasi, split by the revered Ganges River, is considered one of the most fascinating places on earth; the white-sand beaches of Goa continue to allure free-spirited travelers; in Kerala, glistening backwaters and emerald tea plantations abound; and in Rajasthan, fairy-tale palaces are juxtaposed with rare wildlife. Multiday tours are a safe and hassle-free way to travel around India, with almost all covering the highlights of the Golden Triangle. Meanwhile, full-day sightseeing tours of Mumbai mean you can experience the madness and magic of the city even if you're short on time. Time your visit to India with one of the country's numerous Hindu celebrations for an unforgettable cultural experience—top picks include Holi festival, known as the Festival of Colors; and Diwali, when the country erupts into fireworks and candlelight.

Top 15 attractions in India

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

Widely considered to be one of the most beautiful buildings in the world and certainly one of India’s most famous landmarks, the Taj Mahal is a living testament to the grandiose and the romantic. Lovingly built from white marble by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife, the structure is decorated with carvings of flowers and inlays of precious stone arranged into intricate patterns that can be admired both from its impressive exterior and interior. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a must-see for every traveler to northern India.More
New Delhi Parliament House (Sansad Bhavan)

New Delhi Parliament House (Sansad Bhavan)

Designed by British architects Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker, the Parliament House (Sansad Bhavan) is a striking sandstone building and home to both houses of the Parliament of India. This round building was inspired by the Great Stupa of Sanchi and the Ashoka Chakra—the same circular symbol found in the center of the Indian flag.More
India Gate

India Gate

India Gate is a 138-foot (42-meter) war memorial in the heart of New Delhi, reminiscent of Paris’ Arc de Triomphe. Built in 1931 and designed by British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, designer of most of New Delhi, it’s a must-visit photo stop on a Delhi tour.More
Qutub Minar

Qutub Minar

The Qutub Minar is a brick minaret built in 1193 by Muslim conquerors of Delhi. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of Delhi’s most visited tourist attractions. At 240 feet (73 meters) high, it’s also an impressive engineering feat—all the more notable for surviving for so many centuries.More
Gateway of India

Gateway of India

One of Mumbai's most recognizable attractions, the triple-arched Gateway of India was built during the early 20th century in honor of the 1911 visit of King George V. Built of basalt and concrete, this monument was designed in the Indo-Saracenic style, which blends traditional Indian, Victorian, and Mughal architectural elements.More
Elephanta Caves

Elephanta Caves

The Elephanta Caves are among the most beautiful, historically significant attractions in Mumbai. Situated on an island off the coast, this UNESCO World Heritage Site features multiple rock-hewn cave temples and statues dating back to around the 7th century AD, including a celebrated statue of Shiva in his three-faced form.More
Red Fort (Lal Qila)

Red Fort (Lal Qila)

The UNESCO World Heritage–listed Red Fort (Lal Qila) traces its roots back to the middle of the 17th century, when Mughal Emperor Shahjahan moved his base from Agra to Delhi. For the two centuries that followed, this gargantuan sandstone complex served as the royal residence of the Mughal Empire. Today, it’s one of the city’s most popular attractions, often visited in tandem with nearby Chandni Chowk.More
Bangalore Palace

Bangalore Palace

Among the most stunning landmarks in the city, Bangalore Palace is one of many homes of the Wadiyar family, who ruled much of South India for centuries. Portions of this palace have been open to the public since 2005, though one of the Wadiyars still lives in a private wing of the gargantuan structure to this day.More
Jal Mahal (Water Palace)

Jal Mahal (Water Palace)

Situated smack in the middle of Man Sagar Lake, on the road that runs between Jaipur and Amber Fort (Amer Fort), the 18th-century Jal Mahal (Water Palace) is a gorgeous red sandstone palace that’s accessible only by boat. Though currently closed to visitors, the dreamlike structure is still an incredible sight to behold from shore.More
Lake Pichola

Lake Pichola

Created in 1362, centuries before Udaipur was established, the freshwater Lake Pichola is surrounded by beautiful old palaces, temples, and homes, many dating back hundreds of years. The whitewashed Lake Palace that is situated on an island in the north part of the lake is now a hotel run by the luxury Taj Group.More
Attari-Wagah Border

Attari-Wagah Border

The Attari-Wagah border is a crossing between India and Pakistan that is known for its Beating Retreat ceremony, which is held each evening as the border closes. Visit at the end of the day to see the guards from both sides march in elaborate military costumes and face-off across the border in front of packed crowds.More
Udaipur City Palace

Udaipur City Palace

On the banks of Lake Pichola, Udaipur City Palace showcases centuries of traditional architecture, starting from when the foundations were laid in the middle of the 16th century. Successive rulers added on to the original, resulting in what today is an enormous complex with 11 palaces connected by mazelike passageways.More
Lotus Temple (Bahá'í House of Worship)

Lotus Temple (Bahá'í House of Worship)

Known as the Lotus Temple for its unusual, 9-sided floral shape, the Delhi Bahá'í House of Worship is one of the most visited architectural sites in the city, if not on the planet. Constructed entirely from white marble imported from Greece, this impressive structure stands in a 26-acre (10.5-hectare) garden featuring extensive landscaping and nine ponds.More
Palace of Wind (Hawa Mahal)

Palace of Wind (Hawa Mahal)

Palace of Wind (Hawa Mahal) is easily one of Jaipur’s most iconic attractions. This stunning red and pink sandstone structure in the heart of the Pink City features rows of carved screens and more than 900 lattice-worked windows that allow in just the right amount of breeze to keep the 5-story complex cool.More
Amber Fort (Amer Fort)

Amber Fort (Amer Fort)

High on a hilltop, towering majestically over the village of Amber on the outskirts of Jaipur, this 16th-century fort palace is worth visiting for its grand architecture that blends Muslim Mughal and Indian Hindu (Rajput) elements. Here, you’ll find labyrinthine passageways, elegant royal halls, and fabulous views of desert landscape.More

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Four-Day Private Luxury Golden Triangle Tour to Agra and Jaipur From New Delhi
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Old Delhi Street Food Tour

Old Delhi Street Food Tour

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Recent reviews from experiences in India

A great experience.
Hanlin_F, Jun 2022
Taj Mahal Tour from Delhi with Lunch at 5 Star Hotel
He speaks English well so we have learned about from him about Indian culture, religion, food, and his family.
An awesome and interesting Mumbai experience
Arubo_R, Apr 2022
Private Half-Day Bombay Sightseeing Tour with Guide and Transportation
Surely, I would recommend Sahil and his company to my friends who would like to visit mumbai, india as well.
Great Experience
Beverley_M, Mar 2022
Old and New Delhi Full Day Private City Tour
Excellent way to see and experience many of the historic areas of India.
Amazing and highly recommended experience
Caroline_M, Jun 2022
Walking Tour of Dharavi Slum in Mumbai
His English was excellent and he gave us a real insight into the thriving businesses and the lives of the residents.
Very well put and interesting Tour
Yonathan_T, Jun 2022
Private Day Tour of Taj Mahal and Agra Fort By Superfast Train - All Inclusive
I am planning already to see more of India with Pioneer Holiday.
Old Delhi, Anyone?
Jack_T, May 2022
Unzip Old Delhi with Rickshaw Ride and Food Tour at Chandni Chowk - 4 hours
The walking part of the tour was a chance to see Old Delhi in action.
What a day this has been!!
Path_S, May 2022
Private Full Day Old and New Delhi City Tour
Kamram is an excellent photographer, his English is great, he added so many thoughtful details.
Comfortable and fascinating tour - go see it for yourself!
Natalie_G, May 2022
Delhi to Agra and Taj Mahal Private Day Trip by Express Train with Lunch
It’s sad to see not as many tourists in India and there’s just so much to see - go visit!
Incredible experience!
Nardia_M, Apr 2022
Four-Day Private Luxury Golden Triangle Tour to Agra and Jaipur From New Delhi
We saw so many attractions and monuments but also had plenty of down time to relax at the end of the day.
The BEST Golden triangle Tour
Pratik_S, Apr 2022
Four-Day Private Luxury Golden Triangle Tour to Agra and Jaipur From New Delhi
This 4-day tour was planned perfectly covering all the major attractions and leaving time for relaxation as well.
Wonferful Delhi Tour
Ariana_G, Apr 2022
Private Old and New Delhi Tour - Best of Delhi in 8 Hours with Entrances
I cannot imagine trying to drive in India, but it was quite nice, he would even point out thing to see as we picked up our guide & as he dropped us back off at our hotel.
Kind people that handled everything!
Chris_O, Apr 2022
All Inclusive Taj Mahal & Agra Fort Tour from Delhi by Express Train
The Taj is gorgeous and truly a wonder to see in person.
6* service
AnaMaria_B, Apr 2022
Private Same Day Jaipur Tour from Delhi by Car
He was so accommodating and would always check to see if I needed anything during the long drive.
A rich experience in Pink City!
Lydia_G, Apr 2022
Full Day Jaipur Private City Tour
Jaipur is a beautiful place to visit in India and this tour definitely covered all there is to see.
Great Day!!
Bruce_G, Mar 2022
Delhi to Agra and Taj Mahal Private Day Trip by Express Train with Lunch
Shortened the drive time tremendously so we were able to see more in Agra.
Golden Triangle Private Tour
Mario_M, Mar 2022
Private Luxury Delhi - Agra - Jaipur Golden Triangle Tour - 3 Nights 4 Days
It is a great way to see the golden triangle tour.
Spectacular experience in Varanasi!
Jon_C, Mar 2022
Varanasi Morning Boat Tour [RowBoat]
He gave helpful advice about other activities and experiences too.
Top-notch tour!
Richard_T, Mar 2022
Best of Mumbai Private City Tour with Lunch and Transport.
I asked to see certain things and he figured out how to fit them in.
Unforgettable Experience
Kyle_B, Feb 2022
Private Day Tour of Taj Mahal and Agra Fort By Superfast Train - All Inclusive
The tour is a bit fast-paced, so if you want to see and experience more make sure you spend the night in Agra or have additional time.
A piece of india in my own kitchen
Barbara_L, Jan 2022
Traveling Spoon Indian Lentils Private Online Cooking Class
Shalini speaks very good english and the cooking was a lot of fun.
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