India tailor made holidays and tours, 2014 and 2015

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Tailor made Rajhastan tour, India
Discover the cultural wonders of Rajasthan, from 1650 (14 days) ex flights
India holidays to the Golden Triangle, tailormade
An ideal trip for the first-time visitor to India, from 1465 (8 days) ex flights
History, culture & wildlife of India holiday
From the Nilgiri Hills to the beaches of Goa, from 1336 (15 days) ex flights
Kerala birdwatching holidays, Western Ghats
An endemic birding tour through the Western Ghats of India, from 870 (8 days) ex flights
Tiger watching holiday in India
A chance to see the majestic tiger in the wild, from 610 - 810 (9 days) ex flights
Kerala homestay tour, India
Stay in homestays in various destinations in Kerala, from 1254 (15 days) ex flights
Rural cycling tours in South India
The perfect way to cycle in rural Keralan countryside., from 620 (8 days) ex flights
Kerala cultural holiday, tailor made
Seasons never ends in this breathtaking beautiful land., from 849 - 1249 (9 days) ex flights
Kerala homestay tours
See Kerala from a different perspective, from 400 - 510 (8 days) ex flights
North Kerala tailor made holidays
Uncover the rich culture of northern Kerala, from 1400 (13 days) ex flights
Kerala tailor made holiday, India
plantations gods own country mangroves beaches house boat, from 750 (10 days) ex flights
Elephant safari in Corbett National Park, India
Exciting elephant safari in Corbett National Park, India, from 1550 - 1725 (8 days) ex flights
Tadoba National park tiger safari, India
Tadoba the best tiger reserve of India, from 770 - 910 (8 days) ex flights
Kerala holiday, Malabar Adventure
Kerala adventure staying in a variety of accommodations, from 1335 (14 days) ex flights
South India holiday
Tour the ancient trading cities and towns, from 1851 (15 days) ex flights
Central India holiday, culture and wildlife
The very best of central India's wildlife and history, from 2350 (16 days) ex flights
Kerala budget holiday, tailor made
Budget tailor-made holiday in Kerala, from 1049 (15 days) ex flights
Karnataka holidays, tailormade, India
Experience the highlights of Karnataka at a relaxed pace, from 2312 (15 days) ex flights
Gujarat holidays, Asiatic Lions, Blackbuck & Wild Asses
Asian lions in Gir National Park, from 600 - 800 (9 days) ex flights
Maharajas Express luxury train journey in India
Golden triangle by Luxury train plus Shimla, from 3790 (10 days) ex flights
Snow Leopard tracking in the Himalayas
Join expert guides and track snow leopards in the Himalayas, from 2395 - 2675 (17 days) ex flights
Kerala backwater holiday, India
Experience Keralan life through backwaters, hills, beaches, from 550 (8 days) ex flights
Southern India tour, temples & nature
Tour from Coimbatore to Bangalore via Mysore, from 494 (6 days ) ex flights
India tours, tailormade
India is a land sure to live up to expectations on this tailor made tour, from 990 (11 days) ex flights
Golden Triangle tour in India
A Golden triangle tour with homestays, from 700 (7 days) ex flights
Wildlife photography holiday in India
Photograph superb wildlife & even the illusive tiger, from 630 - 810 (10 days) ex flights
Kerala and Sri Lanka holiday
Discover Kerala's backwaters and Sri Lankan temples, from 2112 (15 days) ex flights
Sikkim tailor made tour, north India
Sikkim ideal holiday in the Paradise of Himalaya, from 679 - 849 (6 days) ex flights
South India by rail holiday
Rail trip visiting Kerala and Tamil Nadu, from 1805 (19 days) ex flights
Rajasthan cultural holiday, Jaipur to Ranthambore
The world of the Maharajas and their Forts, from 599 - 799 (10 days) ex flights

170 reviews for India tailor made holidays4 star overall rating

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India holidays to the Golden Triangle, tailormade
Was exciting from beginning to end...Excellent. Would recommend this operator. (more)Denise Brooks
Gwalior Palace and Khajaraho Jain temples (more)Paul Street
Indian train travel, sumptuous hotels and beautiful new Delhi were the most memorable parts of the holiday. (more)Lydia Walton
From 1465 excluding flights
Tiger watching holiday in India
It was a trip of a lifetime and to experience tigers at such close hand was an experience we will never forget. India is exhausting but the wildlife of the parks was amazing. (more)Julia Gallagher
Excellent, well organised, all arrangements went smoothly and we had a great time. (more)Lucie McKenzie
The most memorable part of the holiday was seeing a tiger resting and grooming in Kanha National Park. The monsoon rains in Sikkim. The Buddhist monasteries in Ladakh. (more)Maureen Fidkin
From 610 - 810 excluding flights
History, culture & wildlife of India holiday
The most exciting part was not on the original programme. We asked Rajat to give us somewhat more nature and less culture. He arranged for us to spend a day and two nights in a resort on the Kabini Lake, across from the Nagarhole National Park. On a boat safari at dusk, amidst myriad birds and beasts, we saw a male tiger emerging muddily from the river, slinking into the jungle. (more)Robin Fox
Excellent, we enjoyed it all. The two home stays were an amazing part of our trip. Take the plunge and travel on an overnight train with shared accommodation. It's a great experience. (more)Caroline Powell
The most memorable parts were staying at the home of the Kumars, visiting Golden Temple at Amritsar and WildFlower Hall...Outstanding. (more)Andrew Hollas
From 1336 excluding flights
Kerala homestay tour, India
This certainly would be rated up amongst one of the best holidays we have had...Getting off of the beaten track and being introduced to the real India (more)Sylvia Shilliam
This was a tremendous experience...drifting peacefully through the backwaters on our own private rice barge was one of the most memorable experiences. (more)Daphne Donkin
Really enjoyable. The homestays exceeded our expectations. (more)Rosanna reynard
From 1254 excluding flights
Endangered wildlife tour in India
Memorable parts? The sightings of the Desert Cat and the Leopard were fantastic. Roopangarh Fort was spectacular. Tips? At this time of year (March/April), the middle of the day is too hot to be outside for long. January/February would probably be better for both heat and early morning/late evening safaris. As cat sightings are not guaranteed, it is good if you have another interest, eg birding / photography. Lots of travelling. Be prepared for several hours in the car - not a... (more)kate Wilson
From 1100 - 1300 excluding flights
Rural cycling tours in South India
Memorable parts? Cycling and trekking through the tea plantations at Munnar. Tips? Don't bother with the cycling UP to Munnar (difficult, unsafe and unpleasant). Local benefits? Contributed to the economy - not sure about reducing environmental impacts. Did celebrate conservation on wildlife. Overall rating? Enjoyable for sure but would have benefitted from some better planned days. (more)Howard Rossman
From 620 excluding flights
Kerala family activity holiday, India
I would thoroughly recommend it. We have no experience of this kind of undertaking and we had an exceptional time that catered perfectly for a family of 4 including an 11 year old girl and 14 year old boy who all valued the tour immeasurably. (more)hugh garling
Absolutely incredible! The children loved it (age 8 and 5) as well as the parents, we had so many rich experiences and wonderful stories to take home. (more)Sarah Bland
Excellent, it was so good. There is nothing I could fault everything met or exceeded our expectations, some of the main highlights were: the homestays, the food, the people, the variety of activities, visiting a local school and orphanage, elephants, the Ayurveda. (more)Juliet Shayler
From 840 excluding flights
North Kerala tailor made holidays
Memorable parts? We traveled as a family and moved every couple of days so ever day brought something new and was memorable. What was exciting about this holiday was learning about other cultures and meeting people living in a variety of different ways. But as a family, the favorite experience was riding an elephant. Tips? Take plenty of hand sanitiser for when you are out and about and some toilet rolls too. Food is very cheap, eat out! Don't eat at the Sandesh Prince hotel in... (more)Gentian Bolt
From 1400 excluding flights
South India by rail holiday
Memorable parts? Staying in some fabulous homestays. Arriving at the first one, Nelpura, Moncompu in a canoe felt like royalty. Tips? No need to take too many clothes so easy to get things washed. Had thought we would be dressing up for dinner so took clothes to cover this eventuality. Local benefits? It was wonderful to go into people's houses to see craftsmen at work - the potter, weaver, basket. Since returning have told many people about life out there, how people have... (more)Clair Butler
From 1805 excluding flights
Central India holiday, culture and wildlife
5 stars all round. The holiday was so unique .......... busy, relaxing, fun, massively interesting and a huge privilege. (more)Claire Martin
Highlights have to be the Puri ceremony at the temple at Bhoramdeo (not for the feint hearted). The abundance of amazing home cooked, freshly prepared, organic food. The local market at Neur, which was beautifully vibrant and colourful. The train ride was a great experience...it was all fabulous! (more)Rosy Everitt
From 2350 excluding flights
Tadoba National park tiger safari, India
I feel that I was looked after very well, Neelesh who organised my itinerary was most attentive. Where I stayed was beautiful and relaxing. Staff were excellent and very attentive (more)Kerrie Griffin
Outstanding, we loved every minute of it and were blessed with fantastic people to guide us through the whole holiday. (more)caroline huxford
From 770 - 910 excluding flights
Kerala cultural holiday, tailor made
Memorable parts? There were so many memorable moments - we loved the tea plantations, spice farms, the friendliness of all the people, the scenery when we were up in the hills, the houseboat and staying in the backwaters Tips? We had added on a few days on the beach, at the end of the holiday. This was based upon experience of other tours where we had felt you needed some time to rest/relax at the end. With hindsight this wasn't necessary with this trip. The time would have been better... (more)Andrew Dobson
From 849 - 1249 excluding flights
Rajasthan luxury tours
The most memorable part of the holiday were the vivid colours, the clothing of the women it is just a sea of fantastic colours everywhere you look, the brightly coloured turbans of the men. The fantastic people so friendly and welcoming, the culture and food. (more)Sharon Walker
Riding Marwari horses, madcap rides in a Jeep to track leopards & sightings of rare cats...An excellent insight into rural Rajasthan! (more)Tony Prout
What made the holiday extra special was the outstanding quality of the guiding - more like travelling companionship - by Ravindra. His knowledge, intellect, humor, honesty and pride in his culture brought it alive in a compelling way. (more)Rita Gardner
From 300 - 650 excluding flights
Southern India tour, temples & nature
Five stars! We had an incredible adventure for our honeymoon, and hope to go back. Southern India is breathtaking, and we had nothing but good experiences with all of the people and companies we traveled with. (more)Robyn Nadolny
Excellent, I can't say enough good things about the trip and the experience....There were two very memorable parts of the holiday. First the wonderful home stay in the Nilgiri mountains with Rajat and his family. An unforgettable experience that gave me a deeper understanding of the culture of South India. (more)Melinda Rice
I had a wonderful holiday. I have recommended it to many friends already. I think Akriti and explore India do a great job of making a trip across India easy. Great for people who want to go but feel overwhelmed or nervous. (more)Anna Perkins
From 494 excluding flights
Kerala birdwatching holidays, Western Ghats
The most memorable part of the holiday was...Getting away from cities to the real Southern India in Kerala & Tamil Nadu. Seeing lots of birds and other wild fauna & flora, and having such knowledgeable people as our guide Jijo (more)Keith Pigdon
It was really an excellent experience...we were well looked after by a great driver/guide, Peter. He was ever cheerful and patient when one of us was a bit slow and tried hard to meet the high expectations of the other. We had some really good sightings of rare species. (more)Dianne Reidy
Excellent holiday mainly thanks to our guide Peter...the most memorable part was seeing birds, some at close range and the beautiful scenery of Munnar and Thattekad (more)Sue Swan
From 870 excluding flights
Kerala backwater holiday, India
Everything went like clockwork... The people we met were friendly... Kerala is wonderful... It was just about the best holiday ever. (more)Robert Lorimer
It's really hard to pick a single highlight, there were so many. For all the incredible sights, it was probably something quite simple - a sunset canoe ride around the lagoon at the back of the home stay is something I think that will stay with me forever. (more)Jonathan Green
What made this holiday for us was the homestays - the chance to get to know our hosts and also to meet other guests. We appreciated the care that was taken to look after us and the fact that every homestay was different. (more)Judith Wilson
From 550 excluding flights
Gujarat holidays, Asiatic Lions, Blackbuck & Wild Asses
We really enjoyed the holiday....To enter through the gate of the Taj Mahal at dawn with only 8/10 people in front of you. What an amazing place! (more)Evert Versteeg
Where to start! The lions, the leopard and her cub, the jungle cat kitten, or the magical sighting of wolves. The insight into Gujarati culture was also unforgettable and we were grateful to our driver, Mr Khuman Singh, for not only finding us so much wildlife but also introducing us to local people from all walks of life. (more)Gillian Brand
Fantastic, the mix of adventure with luxury was amazing and the team tried very hard to meet our wishes. It is said all too often how unique somewhere is or a trip is, but in 20 years of travel to India we have never been to such a mix of unique wildlife spots with wonderful palace and fort like accommodation. (more)Ed King
From 600 - 800 excluding flights
Kerala homestay tours
The most memorable parts were the overnight trip on a rice barge and the canoe trip through villages. (more)Brenda Fox
The most memorable part was the stay in Kumily. It was my first 2 days. Having spent the last 2 weeks in Madurai and Chennai, it was nice to find somewhere cool, clean and tranquil. (more)Peter Shepherd
Excellent....By far the best food is to be had at homestays. (more)Maggie Carr
From 400 - 510 excluding flights
Sikkim tailor made tour, north India
Memorable parts? Probably the Tibetan refugees in Darjeeling holding a candlelit vigil for the Pachen Llama who has been missing in China for many years. Also the orchids and magnolias in flower. Tips? Be very careful about the operator you use. We went to Sikkim and West Bengal and feel ripped off as the accommodation was mostly not the value we paid. We checked the costs of the places we stayed and we were hugely overcharged. Could have had better hotels and paid less. A couple... (more)Linda Robertson
From 679 - 849 excluding flights
Snow Leopard tracking in the Himalayas
Memorable parts? Actually being able to watch snow leopards in the wild - the main aim of the trip. We spent nearly 50 hours watching interaction between several different cats including hunting and mating. Tips? Make sure you have good telescope, binoculars and camera lenses. Even if you don't see snow leopards, they are needed for the birdlife. Suggest getting a solar powered charger for electrical equipment - they don't weigh much and work really well. Have a care if you suffer... (more)Liz Cooke
From 2395 - 2675 excluding flights
Kerala culture and backwaters holiday, India
Memorable parts? We (a married couple of mature years) spent two nights at a homestay situated within a bird sanctuary. The family, four generations, gave us a touchingly friendly welcome ('this is your home'), and at dawn our host took us to a rocky promontory where we sat as the sun rose over the jungle and the birds began their day - hornbills, bulbuls, sunbirds, woodpeckers, mynahs, parakeets, etc, etc. We counted at least 35 species including, on the way back, a pair of frogmouths,... (more)Robin Fox
From 750 - 890 excluding flights
Wildlife photography holiday in India
Everything went smoothly and was very well organized...never to be forgotten experience...You won't regret it! (more)Elaine Carter
Most memorable? It would have to be seeing FIVE tigers however the whole holiday was fantastic. India is certainly a challenge especially the train stations. (more)Gillian Ash
The most memorable part was without doubt the 13, yes 13 tiger sightings during our stay in Kanha National Park for 5 1/2 days in December 2008. This included a very young tiger cub!! A great privilege to see one tiger let alone more than one. (more)Stewart Holt
From 630 - 810 excluding flights
South India holiday
The holiday was completely wonderful in every way. The whole holiday was memorable beyond expectation but if I have to chose one element that was most memorable it's the organiser Ravi Kumar and his wonderful family at Aakriti who treated me like a loved family member (more)Nelson Jeannette
It was fascinating to experience a little part of this remarkable mixture. The visit to the backwaters - which included 24 hours on our boat - was particularly worthwhile. This is an area of lakes, rivers and small canals quite unlike any other we have visited. (more)John Burley
Most memorable parts were - sharing the Diwali Festival during a homestay at Aakriti. The choice of hotels and the mixture of interests including an overnight journey on a train. (more)Richard Kinch
From 1851 excluding flights
Kerala budget holiday, tailor made
Flawless....trekking in Munnar, swimming in Varkala and the houseboats on the backwaters. But more than that meeting the locals, having the best food we've ever had and walking around lots of different villages, towns and cities really made this holiday. (more)Mike Waugh
Really nicely looked after, such good food and so relaxing. Best bit though was staying at Koshy's home stay in Kumily. (more)Stacy Smith
From 1049 excluding flights
Elements of Kerala tailor made tours
The opportunities that presented themselves for us to see real Theyyem in the northern villages with no other westerners for miles. Arriving in the Wayanad hills on the one day in the year that the coffee plants flower and to be enveloped by their amazing scent. (more)Rosemary Richardson
A superb experience. Sights, sounds, smells, people....a little overwhelming occasionally; but the backwater cruise in particularly was a wonderful getaway. The operator organised everything wonderfully, and we can't recommend them more highly. (more)Anne Jenkins
The area is stunning. Very beautiful. The homestay aspect was great and enjoyed staying in more representative settings than in hotels. All fabulous for different reasons. (more)Alexandra Pearce
From 698 excluding flights
Kerala tailor made holiday, India
Memorable parts? Staying in some amazing properties in Kochi, Thekkady, Kumarakom, Kovalam, in a beautiful part of India, that some might consider a wonderful antidote to the absolute (wonderful) madness of Northern India. Kerala is a great place to explore. Tips? We were lucky that the variety of accommodation was very high (but obviously this was negotiated with the company). Discuss what you want out of the holiday, the activities, style of trip etc... as it is totally tailor made.... (more)Brendan Godfrey
From 750 excluding flights
Kerala Ayurveda & Yoga holiday, India
Jos arranged a trip of a lifetime for me and I would recommend it to all other independent travellers heading to Kerala. So much better than staying in bland, air conditioned (non spicy) tourist hotels! (more)Philippa Rimell
Arriving to the homestay and the wonderful setting of the bungalow, was breathtaking, it's so peaceful, and Lamy's cooking is lovely. (more)Maria Arbelaez
I loved the canoe ride on the backwaters. I also loved the hike with the naturalist. It was beautiful and he was completely fabulous. (more)Emily Blackburn
From 900 - 1400 excluding flights
Golden Triangle tour in India
There was not one particular memory, it was a week of full on assault on the senses, in a very positive way. Well organized and carried through...We had a wonderful week! (more)Julie Kranz
The most memorable parts were the variety of the cities and sites, the vibrant colours and sounds mixed with the dirt and poverty, the kindness of the people. The Taj Mahal was so beautiful and seeing tigers was memorable. (more)Stephen Pick
From 700 excluding flights
Rajasthan tailor made holiday, India
The holiday was good...Visit to Cochin in Kerala. The Taj Malabar is a unique one!!! And also Usaipur, the city is great and the Leela palace hotel is a must seen. (more)Itay Mehl
Most memorable was the Taj Mahal. It's everything it's claimed to be. A remarkable building that shows little sign of age. We visited in the afternoon then went back at dawn. It's well worth two visits (more)Sally Wylie
From 755 - 900 excluding flights
Golden Triangle & tigers holiday in India
The most memorable parts were 1) Kanha Wildlife park and 2) Monkey Temple Jaipur. (more)John Hill
Great - everything we hoped it would be. Bar some teething problems with the operator we had the holiday of a life-time. The hotels were excellent and the local guides that were arranged were very knowledgeable, (more)Martine Sobey
Most memorable was visiting our driver's home and family - an impromptu visit. (more)Lynley Marett
From 500 - 700 excluding flights

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
1 star
A bit disappointing really
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