India unusual holidays and tours, 2014 and 2015

Kerala homestay tours
See Kerala from a different perspective, from £400 - £510 (8 days) ex flights
Kerala homestay tour, India
Stay in homestays in various destinations in Kerala, from £1254 (15 days) ex flights
India wildlife camp, Jalore Wildlife Sanctuary
Rajasthan cottage cccommodation in wildlife reserve, from £120 - £130 per person per night all inclusive
Kerala tailor made tour, India
Rest, relax & rejuvenate at Kerala - God's own Country, from £1125 - £1815 (14 days) ex flights
Nagaland small group holiday, India
Experience the spectacular Hornbill Festival in Nagaland, from £2495 (18 days) ex flights
Kerala houseboat holiday, India
Cruise along the backwaters of Kerala, from £592 (7 days) ex flights
Cochin homestay accommodation, India
Lakeside B&B near to Fort Cochin, from £40 - £80 per room per night
Kerala homestay accommodation, India
Heritage Villa in the nostalgic serene village `Aymanam', from €150 - €200 per double bungalow per night
North Kerala homestay tours in India
Homestay tour in North Kerala - plus Coonoor, from £1544 (15 days) ex flights
Pushkar Camel Fair tour in Rajasthan, India
Enjoy the Pushkar Camel Fair in Rajasthan, from £1997 (16 days) inc UK flights
Kerala heritage accommodation
Beautiful 120 year old house in Kerala, from £40 - £50 per room per night
Villa home stay in Kerala, India
Modern amneties in peaceful and tranquil setting, from £10 - £60 per person per night
Central Kerala guest house, Kerala, India
Family-run homestay in the scenic village of Aranmula, from Rupee2000 - Rupee2500 per accommodation per night (sleeps 2)
Kerala luxury tented camp, India
Wayanad, Kerala's Premier Ecotourism Resort - Luxury Tents, from Rupee3499 - Rupee4799 per accommodation per night
Jaipur budget homestay bed & breakfast, India
Homestay for interns,students,tourists,volunteers in Jaipur, from US $13 - US $25 per accommodation per night (sleeps 2)
Haryana farmstay in rural India
Come as foreigner and Go as Indian !!!, from US $150 - US $200 per accommodation per night (sleeps 2)
Kanha Reserve tiger camp, India
Luxury tents in a world renowned tiger reserve, from £205 per room per night (sleeps 2)
Parule eco accommodation in Sindhudurg, Maharashtra, India
Plantation Stay, from Rupee3900 - Rupee4900 per accommodation per night
Kundapur bed & breakfast holiday accommodation, India
Private Island Stay in Kundapur Coastal Karnataka India, from US $100 per person per night
Kanha tiger safari lodge, India
Stay in Kipling's own country, from Rupee4000 per double room per night
Kerala retreat in India
Beachside Retreat in Kerala. German-Indo-Family-Business., from €20 - €30 per cottage per night
Nilgiri hills eco homestay accommodation in Tamil Nadu, India
A nature lovers paradise; Tea, Forests & Indian Cooking, from £100 per couple per night
Kerala homestay in a teagarden, India
Homestay in the middle of a teagarden in a hilly area., from Rupee2000 - Rupee4500 per accommodation per night
Backwater homestay in Kerela, India
Real Backwater Homestay in The Heart of Backwaters, from US $18.86 - US $33.96 per accommodation per night (sleeps 2)
Tours of Dharavi slum, Mumbai, India
so come and be a part of this endeavour, be a slumgod!, from Rupee650 - Rupee4000 per 2 hours - 1 day
Corbett Tiger Reserve lodge, India
Experience Corbett's premium "Safari & Walks", from Rupee3600 - Rupee5000 per accommodation per night (sleeps 2)
Puttur homestay in Karnataka, India
A hmestay amidst tall arecanut & coconut plantations, from US $45 - US $69 per accommodation per night
Heritage accommodation in Rajasthan, homestay in a fort
Experience the traditional Rajasthan., from £30 - £45 per room per night
Retreat accommodation in Alleppey, Kerala, India
150 year old ancestral home on an Island in the Backwaters, from £70 per room per night
Singinawa Jungle Lodge in Kanha, India
Luxury jungle lodge offering a glimpse into the world of tigers, from Rupee13500 - Rupee29820 per room per night (sleeps 2)

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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
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
India wildlife camp, Jalore Wildlife Sanctuary
The highlight of my trip was the Jalore Wildlife Sanctuary. I was welcome by the owners of the land and taken around on night safaris by the son Ravindra. (more)Viveca Ott
Seeing all three cat species that live savely in the sanctuary was amazing (they where the reason for me wanting to go there). Jungle cat from up 15 m! (more)Yvonne Rijsdijk
We had a truly amazing holiday, we were looked after as if we were royalty by our hosts Gajendra and Ravi and wanted for nothing from the moment we were picked up at Jodhpur airport. (more)Philippa Marland
From £120 - £130 per person per night all inclusive
Nilgiri hills eco homestay accommodation in Tamil Nadu, India
Excellent! Of course being in India for the first time was one of the most exciting parts of the holiday. However the lasting impression of the kindness and hospitality of the Kumar family (more)Lynda Newman
A resounding A+++ in absolutely every respect....The totally exceptional kindness and perfect customer service of the Home Stay Family who organised everything seamlessly, who arranged little extra treats, who were a fund of information and totally dedicated to our every need. We had never experienced anything of this total dedication in all our sixty years. (more)Julia and Stuart Walkley
Staying at this homestay was like staying with our own family - and we could not have wished for anything better!...Absolutely excellent - I can honestly say that this has to be one of the best holidays I have ever been on - and I am already thinking about booking to go back! I don't think I can wait too long - I miss it already! (more)Liz Murphy
From £100 per couple per night
Kerala homestay accommodation in India
The most memorable part of my holiday was being in such a calm, peaceful and gentle environment and experiencing the culture of a country that was completely different to that in the UK. Just as memorable was the kind and giving nature of the family who accommodated me. (more)Susan Stevens
Staying in a real Keralan village in the backwaters with a lovely family was the most memorable part. We had a room in a block built at the end of their garden so had a nice secluded spot overlooking the rice paddy. (more)Helen Esplin
In addition to the homestay family, local boat guides, drivers, and masseurs were employed. (more)Kieran McGrath
From £30 - £45 per couple per night
Cochin homestay accommodation, India
We spent 3 weeks here,and loved every day of it. I can only discibe it as heaven. 3 weeks was not long enough. (more)Stanley Hammant
"Very good indeed. No fuss, no over ambitious expectations, just a beautiful place, kind people and time to chill. I can recommend it." (more)Gail Boardman
A wonderful retreat!! We had a couple of very relaxing days here... relaxing because there is nothing to do except chill and sigh at the beauty of it all. (more)Monica Aspell
From £40 - £80 per room per night
Kerala houseboat holiday, India
It was a wonderful holiday, and we would love to go back...The houseboat was run so professionally by Suresh and his team. Our room was spotless, the living accommodation at the front of the boat was comfortable and spacious, the food amazing (we were offered and enjoyed all manner of Keralan dishes) and plentiful, the staff genuinely friendly and helpful. (more)Fran Smart
Each place we visited was like a new holiday. Brilliantly put together, great choice of places to stay. And of course Kerala was amazing, and the food to die for. (more)Sarah Beard
I would say that the most magical moment was waking up in the houseboat on the Kerala backwaters to see, way across a paddy field, an elephant trudging along the road amid the usual chaotic cacophony of cars, lorries, tuk-tuks, bikes, motorbikes and unaccountably still living pedestrians. (more)Melinda Letts
From £592 excluding flights
Siolim hotel in Goa, India
This accommodation is a visually beautiful Portuguese villa, traditionally furnished in Portuguese style with enormous, high-ceilinged rooms in lush, well-kept gardens. It is perfect for anybody who is happy to make their own enjoyment. (more)Tony Lee
All employed staff come from the village and demonstrate competence, attention and kindness. The cuisine is particularly excellent and served in generous portions, fresh from the market or their garden. (more)Fabienne Beloeil-Smith
Lovely hotel, beautifully restored, friendly staff, quiet location away from the tourist hotspots. Perfect place to lay about and do nothing...We enjoyed our week and were glad to relax after our tour. (more)Kathleen Cannings
From Rupee2500 - Rupee14000 per room per night
Andaman Islands accommodation, India
Amazing! Our honeymoon was everything we had hoped for and more. We have decided we will return for our anniversary one year! (more)Emily Brooks
The resort is a truly beautiful and peaceful place. Everybody was extremely friendly, the food was wonderful, and the whole place very relaxing. (more)Lene Riis Christensen
From US $65 - US $180 per room per night
Kochi homestay accommodation, Kerala, India
My hosts were very friendly and helpful. The room was spacious, comfortable, impeccably clean and mosquito free...The guesthouse is very comfortable and clean, all the major sights are within easy reach and the owners try very hard to provide a pleasant stay. I had a very nice time. (more)Susanne Fuchsberger
Neema created a delicious banquet for just the 2 of us and the only disappointment is that we couldn't stay for any longer to enjoy more meals, or do a cooking course with her. (more)Jaime Chamberlain
The family is welcoming and took great care of us. Neema is a great cook and gave us plenty advice on where to go. (more)Helen Esplin
From Rupee3500 per couple per night
Kanha Tiger Reserve lodge, India
Memorable parts? Picture the scene, you are sat on the back of an elephant looking down into the long grass where a stunning tiger views you with mild suspicion. Your elephant steps a couple of feet too close and... whilst it was merely a warning and we were obviously in no danger, I will never forget the noise the tiger made! Our tiger sightings (5 in 3 days at Kanha) were amazing. Peering through the edge of the forest to see a tiger looking back at you only a few metres away is something... (more)Mark Lineham
From £75 - £100 per person per night
Periyar Tiger Reserve homestay accommodation, India
Memorable parts? All the wildlife but particularly the bamboo rafting and trekking combination. Watching a great hornbill soar over the tree tops was truly magical. Tips? Be open minded and don't automatically expect to see any wildlife! There is simply no comparison with, say, private game reserves in South Africa. There you are almost guaranteed to see creatures, but in a slightly contrived way. It is almost impossible to believe that huge elephants can become effectively invisible,... (more)Kate Tudor
From £40 per room per night (sleeps 2)
Satpura tiger reserve jungle lodge, India
Memorable parts? Entering the amazing bedroom for the first time!!! The kayaking was a really beautiful way to spend the evening, really peaceful and relaxing. Tips? Manage your expectations. Tigers, bears and leopards are very hard to spot and very elusive. Go into the park looking to enjoy the scenery, the wildlife and the atmosphere. Local benefits? The park is totally focused on conservation and the lodge employs local staff. The lodge is set n a very natural environment. Overall... (more)Rosy Everitt
From Rupee20000 per double room per night
Backwaters house boat cruise in Kerala, India
The late evening paddle boat cruise, despite it being the end of my trip it was really peaceful and a great final flurry before a long overnight train journey: and the food, heavenly! (more)Lisa Rose
Sitting on the water's edge watching the boats go by in front of the house was wonderful. Similarly being quietly rowed through the backwaters in a small canoe, seeing the life of the local (human and animal!) residents was truly memorable. (more)Barbara Jefferis
From £100 per couple per night
Kerala farmstay accommodation, India
The staff were exceptionally friendly and did all they could to welcome us not only to the Homestay but the village itself. (more)Bryony McCraw
Jonny, Ansi and Shaden have been EXTREMELY nice and it was an unforgettable stay. Moreover the food was excellent and the room beautiful, very clean and huge. (more)Karin Doppelbauer
From Rupee2500 - Rupee10500 per house per night
Chambal safari lodge near Agra, India
Memorable parts? The camel safari - wonderful romantic scenery and Fort Ater, great fun for the children. Tips? Take all your money as British pounds in cash and change at Delhi airport. ATMs allow only limited withdrawal of cash in India, British banks stop your card if used so you cannot use another day unless you inform them. Do not drink the "drinking water" at Delhi airport - make sure you have enough rupees left to buy drinking water when awaiting the outward flight. Local... (more)Nicola Newman
From Rupee5000 - Rupee9000 per room per night
Kanha Reserve tiger camp, India
Memorable parts? Dinner under the stars next to the lake at Shergarh. Also the home made cakes and quiche! Deeee-licious! Tips? Manage your expectations. Tigers, bears and leopards are very hard to spot and very elusive. Go into the park looking to enjoy the scenery, the wildlife and the atmosphere. Local benefits? Khana NP employs many local people as does Shergarh and every length is taken to reduce any damage to the environment. Through purchasing the land for the lodge... (more)Rosy Everitt
From £205 per room per night (sleeps 2)
Kerala homestay in India
There are so many wonderful memories that I will hold dear in my heart, it is hard to choose one. I remember the peaceful quiet of morning sitting in the kitchen drinking fresh chai. (more)Lindsey Miller
The warmth and personal interest of the family and the time taken to share their day-to-day activities and enlighten me about their culture. The house is beautiful and the food was absolutely delicious. (more)Barbara Lamplugh
The beauty of the actual property was enchanting, an 800 year old home with dark shady corners and tiled floors. It was peaceful and thrilling to be there. (more)Aj Ryan
From £20 - £60 per person per night
Eco Resort in Karnataka, India
Memorable parts? We (self and my friend Mr. V.N. Rajanna) definitely enjoyed our stay at the resort. The location and the ambience is fine but the approach and route is very difficult to follow and reach. Especially during the rainy season. I know you cannot do much about the road, but at least the sign boards should be more traveller friendly. Nrythyagam has very good directions boards from the moment we turn to the Hessarghatta road. Otherwise happy with the overall the room, service... (more)Vijay Kumar Bhakta
From US $200 per room per night

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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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Country facts for India holidays

Weather
North India experiences some extremes of heat in Summer and cold in Winter but, except in the Himalayas, snow is very rare. The winter season is from November to January and the hottest months are April and May. There is a brief spring in February and March, especially in North India. The Southwest India monsoon, which lasts from June to September affects most parts of the country but the west coast in particular. The Northeast India monsoon affects the east coast between October and February.

Holidays & festivals
There are three national holidays in India: Republic Day (January 26), Independence Day (August 15), and Gandhi Jayanti (October 2). The main annual festivals are Holi (mid-March), Navratri (Sept-Oct) and Diwali (Oct-Nov).

Languages
The official national languages of India are Hindi & English but there are also many other regional languages.

Money
The currency in India is the Indian Rupee (INR)

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