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India unusual holidays and tours, 2014 and 2015

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India unusual holidays

Not that it is ever run of the mill here, but India unusual holidays start to push boundaries in nothing but a stimulating and exciting way. They usually invite a full immersion into the living culture of India too, maybe staying in a homestay, touring slum regions or exploring nature on a safari camp. Unusual, but always unforgettable.

Kerala homestay tour, India
Stay in homestays in various destinations in Kerala, from £1254 (15 days) ex flights
Kerala homestay tours
See Kerala from a different perspective, from £400 - £510 (8 days) ex flights
India wildlife camp, Jalore Wildlife Sanctuary
Rajasthan cottage cccommodation in wildlife reserve, from £120 - £130 per person per night all inclusive
Pushkar Camel Fair tour in Rajasthan, India
Enjoy the Pushkar Camel Fair in Rajasthan, from £1579 - £1998 (14 days) inc UK flights
Nagaland small group holiday, India
Experience the spectacular Hornbill Festival in Nagaland, from £2495 (18 days) ex flights
Cochin homestay accommodation, India
Lakeside B&B near to Fort Cochin, from £40 - £80 per room per night
North Kerala homestay tours in India
Homestay tour in North Kerala - plus Coonoor, from £1602 (15 days) ex flights
Kerala houseboat holiday, India
Cruise along the backwaters of Kerala, from £620 (7 days) ex flights
Kerala tailor made tour, India
Rest, relax & rejuvenate at Kerala - God's own Country, from £1125 - £1815 (14 days) ex flights
Kerala homestay accommodation, India
Heritage Villa in the nostalgic serene village `Aymanam', from €150 - €200 per double bungalow 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)
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 Kerala, India
Real Backwater Homestay in The Heart of Backwaters, from US $18.86 - US $33.96 per accommodation per night (sleeps 2)
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
Nilgiri hills eco homestay accommodation in Tamil Nadu, India
A nature lovers paradise; Tea, Forests & Indian Cooking, from £100 per couple per night
Parule eco accommodation in Sindhudurg, Maharashtra, India
Plantation Stay, from Rupee3900 - Rupee4900 per accommodation per night
Kerala retreat in India
Beachside Retreat in Kerala. German-Indo-Family-Business, from €20 - €30 per cottage per night
Kanha tiger safari lodge, India
Stay in Kipling's own country, from Rupee4000 per double room per night
Kundapur bed & breakfast holiday accommodation, India
Private Island Stay in Kundapur Coastal Karnataka India, from US $100 per person per night
Haryana farmstay in rural India
Come as foreigner and Go as Indian !!, from US $150 - US $200 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
Periyar Tiger Reserve homestay accommodation, India
A Boutique Bed & Breakfast near the Periyar Tiger Reserve, from £35 - £45 per room per night (sleeps 2)
Homestay on backwaters Cochin, Kerala , India
Home Stay On Back Waters Cochin , Kerala, India, from Rupee1200 - Rupee2000 per room per night
Kanha wildlife lodge, India
Jungle and wildlife lodge in India, from Rupee10000 per double room per night
Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve lodge
Explore India's wildlife staying in this peaceful jungle lodge, from £75 - £100 per person per night
Backwaters house boat cruise in Kerala, India
House boat cruise through the backwaters of Kerala, from £100 per couple per night
Jaipur heritage hotel, India
Stay In A Erstwhile Rajput's Palace, Complementary Driver, from Rupee7600 - Rupee8500 per double room per night
Satpura tiger reserve jungle lodge, India
Stunning luxury Jungle Lodge in Satpura National Park, India, from Rupee20000 per double room per night
Wayanad homestay in Kerala, India
A hideaway inside a 150 acre coffee plantation in Wayanad, from Rupee3700 per accommodation per night (sleeps 2)

80 reviews for India unusual holidays4 star overall rating

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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Varanasi homestay in India
Memorable parts? Harish and his wife Malika are superb hosts. I very much enjoyed our conversations during the family style meals in their dining room. And I must say that the food was so excellent and dinner chats so interesting that I ended up eating at ‘home’ whenever possible! One of the days of my stay was the main day of the Diwali festival, and I was so very fortunate to be invited to participate in the family’s puja to Lakshmi and to help set out the diyas, little lit oil lamps... (more)Christy Smith
From Rupee2000 - Rupee2500 per accommodation per night (sleeps 2)
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 £35 - £45 per room per night (sleeps 2)
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 £620 excluding flights
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

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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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