Travelers can take advantage of extra savings by booking tours during India’s offseason, and some deals extend to travel beyond summer. Safari parks offer peak wildlife viewing in April and May, while mountainous regions provide respite from the heat in June.
On the Go Tours (1-866-377-6147) is offering two India tours for the price of one on bookings made by April 15. The discount applies to all India tours fewer than 12 days in length for select departure dates until Dec. 31. Rates range from $768 to $948 per person, with accommodations, breakfast and transfers included. An 11-day Taj and Raj itinerary includes stops at the Taj Mahal and the historic havelis of rural Shekhawati (from $1,785 versus $3,570 for two travelers).
Five India tours from Peregrine Adventures (1-855-832-4859) are 15 percent off (promo code 30273 by April 15 for travel through Oct. 31). The Essence of South India tour has two nights in Munnar, a tea-growing region in the Western Ghats mountains (from $2,112). The Rajashthan Revealed tour has morning and evening safaris at Ranthambore National Park (from $2,461). Accommodations, breakfast and transportation included.
G Adventures (1-888-800-4100) has several different land and river cruise tours of India discounted 20 percent to 40 percent. Summer is a good time to visit the mountainous region of Ladakh, where a two-week trekking tour is available in June (from $1,879 versus $2,349). The National Geographic Journeys Ganges River cruise includes a stop in the UNESCO-protected Fatehpur Sikri, where 16th-century sandstone monuments and temples from the Mughals’ first planned city still stand ($2,099 versus $3,499). Accommodations, some or all meals, and transportation are included (book by April 30 for departures before August).
Intrepid Travel (1-800-970-7299), which became the largest employer of women tour guides in India this year, has several India tours available at a 15 percent discount for select departures in April and May. The Classic Rajasthan itinerary ($1,232) includes a night in a rural property owned by one of Rajasthan’s royal families, and a camel ride in the desert of Pushkar. Trips are 12 to 37 days in length and include accommodations, transportation and some meals.