18 Top Small Group India Tours from G Adventures

Unique and Authentic Small Group Tours in India for All Budgets

Deciding what India tour to go on can be difficult. After all, there are a lot of companies to choose from. However, Canadian-based G Adventures is one company that you must consider. Why? They're the largest small group adventure travel company in the world and they offer a HUGE selection of small group tours in India, ranging from shoestring tours for those on a budget up to comfort-style tours for those who want that little bit extra. You'll find that their tours are unique, authentic, and out of the ordinary (including some epic rail journeys!). In testament to their popularity, G Adventures was a finalist in the About.com Readers' Choice Awards for India Travel. We take a look at 18 of their most popular tours in this article.

If you're young and prefer to travel on the cheap with like-minded people, also check out these niche G Adventures India Backpacker Tours.

Only have limited time? G Adventures also offer seven day Highlights of North India and Highlights of...MORE South India tours.

Note: Non-discounted prices are shown here. If you book during the off season, from March to September, you can save up to 25%.

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    Land of the Maharajas

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    This tour is perfect for those who'd like to travel comfortably, yet visit some off beat destinations in Rajasthan in addition to the usual favorites, and stay in heritage properties. In Mandawa, in the Shekhawati region, you'll be able to see magnificently restored painted havelis (mansions). Bikaner includes a visit to the famous rat temple, and there are opportunities to explore rural villages and markets as well.

    • Duration: 15 days.
    • Destinations: Delhi, Mandawa, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Chandelao Garh, Jojawar, Udaipur, Jaipur, Agra.
    • Grade: G Plus/Comfort.
    • Cost: From $1999.
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    Essential India

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    The Essential India tour is a fabulous blend of iconic cities, rural Rajasthani villages, historic monuments, and spirituality. It will give you a diverse experience in India -- one that's the perfect introduction to the country and full of fascinating photo opportunities. Activities include Indian cooking lessons, camel cart ride into the desert, boat ride along the Ganges River, and visiting temples and markets.

    • Duration: 15 days.
    • Destinations: Delhi, Jaipur, Tordi Sagar village, Agra, Orchha, Khajuraho, Varanasi.
    • Grade: Classic/Standard.
    • Cost: From $1399.
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    India Explorer

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    ••• Rajasthani village. Bruno Morandi/Getty Images

    If you're someone who likes to get involved and try out new things, but at the same time maintain a certain level of comfort while traveling, the Spirit of India tour is perfect for you. In addition to sightseeing, you'll be able to take a language class in Varanasi, take a yoga class and enjoy a local Kandariya dance show in Khajuraho, meet locals on the train to Agra, go wildlife spotting with a naturalist, and explore a Rajasthani village.

    • Duration: 15 days.
    • Destinations: Delhi, Varanasi, Khajuraho, Agra, Ranthambore National Park, Jaipur, Jojawa, Udaipur.
    • Grade: Discovery/Comfort.
    • Cost: From $2699.
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    Delhi to Kathmandu Adventure

    ••• Durbar Square, Kathmandu. Sharell Cook

    This fabulous Delhi to Kathmandu Adventure tour combines color, chaos, and history of India with the pristine mountains of Nepal -- so you get the best of both worlds! Some legs of the journey require lengthy travel overland by road, so the trip isn't recommended for those who may find this uncomfortable.

    • Duration: 15 days.
    • Destinations: Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, Orchha, Varanasi, Lumbini, Chitwan National Park, Pokhara, Kathmandu.
    • Grade: Classic/Standard.
    • Cost: From $1399.
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    Highlights of India

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    One of the newer tours to be offered by G Adventures, Highlights of India is designed to cater for people who have limited time available but want to see the best of both north and south India, and travel in comfort. Highlights include a stay in a heritage home in a village, a Kathakali show, Kerala backwaters cruise, and options to hire a canoe and bird watch on Kumarakom Lake and go for Ayurvedic treatment.

    • Duration: 14 days.
    • Destinations: Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Sawarda, Kochi, Kumarakom, Alleppey, Marari beach.
    • Grade: G Plus/Comfort.
    • Cost: From $2449.
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    Wonders of North India

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    ••• Kutch handicrafts. Sharell Cook.

    The appeal of this Wonders of North India tour is its eclectic and unexpected itinerary, which will take you off the beaten path to discover the delights of Gujarat. There you'll be able to visit a local textile village, interact with tribes, and go on a safari in the Wild Ass Sanctuary. The tour also includes three of India's top 5 historical destinations -- the Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri, and the mind blowing Ellora Caves.

    • Duration: 14 days.
    • Destinations: Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur, Ahmedabad, Bhuj, Little Rann of Kutch, Aurangabad and Ellora Caves, Mumbai.
    • Grade: G Plus/Comfort.
    • Cost: From $20
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    Best of Southern India

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    ••• Meenakshi Temple, Madurai. Sharell Cook.

    The Best of Southern India tour will take you on an odyssey through spice plantations, backwaters, temples, and jungle. You'll need to be adaptable as all modes of transport are used -- train, bus, auto rickshaw, bicycle, and country boats. The tour offers a great balance of guided excursions and free time to explore on your own.

    • Duration: 14 days.
    • Destinations: Kochi, Wayanad, Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, Mysore, Mamallapuram, Pondicherry, Madurai, Thekkady, Kerala Backwaters.
    • Grade: Classic/Standard.
    • Cost: From $1349.
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    South India Delights

    ••• Houseboat on the Kerala Backwaters. Kumar Murukan

    South Indian Delights is a hands on tour through Kerala, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu with a superior level of comfort. Activities include enjoying a Kerala style feast and Kathakali show, exploring the backwaters, learning about organic spice cultivation and use of medicinal plants, taking a cooking and yoga class, seeing a demonstration of traditional tile making and pottery, and dressing up in Indian clothes for a fun photo session. Temple, market, and monument visits are part of the program too.

    • Duration: 15 days.
    • Destinations: Kochi, Kerala Backwaters, Kumarakom, Periyar, Madurai, Karaikudi, Pondicherry, Mamallapuram, Mysore.
    • Grade: Discovery/Comfort.
    • Cost: From $2699.
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    Southern India and Karnataka by Rail

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    This rail journey will take you from Goa to Kochi via some of Karnataka's most popular destinations. You'll get to see the breathtaking yet eerie ruins of Hampi, and opulent palaces in Mysore and Bangalore.

    • Duration: 10 days.
    • Destinations: Goa, Hampi, Mysore, Bangalore, Kochi,
    • Grade: Standard.
    • Cost: From $849. 
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    Northeast India and Darjeeling by Rail

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    This tour will take you off the beaten path and to the mountains, traveling by vans and local trains (including the famous Darjeeling toy train). You'll get to participate in a cooking demonstration with a local family in Kalimpong, explore Rumtak monastery in Sikkim, visit a tea estate in Darjeeling, and cruise down the Ganges at sunset.

    • Duration: 13 days.
    • Destinations: Kolkata, Kalimpong, Gangtok, Darjeeling, Siliguri, Varanasi, Lucknow, Delhi.
    • Grade: Standard.
    • Cost: From $1299.
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    India Family Adventure

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    Going on a tour with kids can be difficult, especially if it doesn't cater for their needs. You don't need to worry about that on this India Family Adventure though! The tour is designed for parents and children to enjoy together, and you'll be traveling with other families. There are plenty of activities that kids will enjoy. However, kids need to be at least five years old.

    • Duration: 11 days.
    • Destinations: Delhi, Udaipur, Tordi Sagar, Ranthambore National Park, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri.
    • Grade: Family/Comfort.
    • Cost: From $1099.
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    Tigers, Temples, and Wildlife Adventure

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    Ideal for wildlife enthusiasts, this tour visits two of India's top national parks that are renowned for tiger sightings in the wild, as well as Keoladeo Ghana National Park, which is famous for birding. There's a fascinating rural Rajasthani village stay too. Do be aware that the travel arrangements require a couple of overnight train journeys.

    • Duration: 14 days.
    • Destinations: Delhi, Bandhavgarh National Park, Ranthambore National Park, Tordi Sagar, Jaipur, Bharatpur, Agra.
    • Grade: Classic/Standard.
    • Cost: From $1599.
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    Down the Ganges

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    ••• Varanasi at dawn. Jon Larson/Getty Images

    This tour is centered around the powerful and holy Ganges River, and will provide you with many ways in which to enjoy her blessings. Start with rafting in Rishikesh, where you'll also get to experience the beautiful evening Ganga aarti. Take a boat ride to the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers at Allahabad, sail down the Ganges and camp along the river overnight at Mirzapur, go boating at sunrise and sunset along the Ganges River at Varanasi and also see the Ganga aarti there.

    • Duration: 15 days.
    • Destinations: Delhi, Rishikesh, Haridwar, Agra, Allahabad, Mirzapur, Varanasi, Bodhgaya, Kolkata.
    • Grade: Classic/Standard.
    • Cost: From $1399.
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    Rajasthan Cycling

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    Like being active? Then jump on a bicycle and explore Rajasthan on this new tour offered by G Adventures! Rest assured, you won't be cycling the whole journey. However, you'll have fabulous opportunities to do so in most of the destinations, including to visit some remote rural communities.

    • Duration: 15 days.
    • Destinations: Delhi, Udaipur, Jhadol, Jodhpur, Chandelao Garh, Jaipur, Amber Fort, Sawarda, Tordi Garh, Ranthambore National Park, Karauli, Agra.
    • Grade: Active/Standard.
    • Cost: From $1799.
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    Incredible India

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    ••• Garland makers at Meenakshi Temple, Madurai. John Noble/Getty Images

    Incredible India is an action packed tour for those who have some extra time to spend in the country. It ensures a diverse range of experiences, from north to south, including visits to famous monuments, temples, villages backwaters, spice plantations, and jungle.

    • Duration: 21 days.
    • Destinations: Delhi, Agra, Bharatpur, Jaipur, Kochi, Wayanad, Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, Mysore, Mamallapuram, Thanjavur, Tiruchirapalli, Madurai, Thekkady, Kerala Backwaters, Kochi.
    • Grade: Classic/Standard.
    • Cost: $2199.
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    India Encompassed

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    Have a month on your hands to explore both north and south India? India Encompassed is the ultimate tour. It combines city streets and rural spirit, and will really show you just how diverse India is, as well as give you understanding and insight into the country's people and culture. Highly recommended!

    • Duration: 28 days.
    • Destinations: Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, Abhaneri, Orchha, Khajuraho, Varanasi, Kochi, Wayanad, Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, Mysore, Mamallapuram, Pondicherry, Madurai, Thekkady, Kerala Backwaters.
    • Grade: Classic/Standard.
    • Cost: $2649.
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    Ultimate India by Rail

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    Over the course of six weeks, this epic rail journey will take you right around India. As well as visiting diverse destinations, you'll get to have meals in family homes and live like a local. The trip includes seven nights on sleeper trains, 37 nights in hotels, and one night in a homestay.

    • Duration: 46 days.
    • Destinations: Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, Udaipur, Bundi, Mumbai, Goa, Hampi, Mysore, Coorg, Kochi, Kerala Backwaters, Kanyakumari, Madurai, Visag, Mahabalipuram, Puri, Kolkata, Kalimpong, Gangtok, Darjeeling, Siliguri, Varanasi, Lucknow.
    • Grade: Standard.
    • Cost: From $4849.
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    Indian Odyssey by Rail

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    ••• Kalka Shimla Toy Train. Amar Grover/Getty Images

    Really feeling up for adventure? Add on to the above rail trip the Golden Temple and Wagah Border, Tibetan culture, British India, and the historic Shimla toy train. There are 44 nights spent in hotels, eight nights aboard sleeper trains, and one night at a homestay.

    • Duration: 54 days.
    • Destinations: Same as Ultimate India by Rail (above) plus Amritsar, Dharamsala, and Shimla.
    • Grade: Standard.
    • Cost: From $5699.