Unusual holidays in India. Tours & holidays in 2015 & 2016

India unusual holidays

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 1244 (15 days) ex flights
Cochin homestay accommodation, India
Lakeside B&B near to Fort Cochin, from 40 - 70 per room per night
Kerala homestay tours
See Kerala from a different perspective, from 400 - 510 (8 days) ex flights
Rajasthan homestay accommodation, India
Traditional Rajput homes, Elegant Haveli, 300year old forts, from 20 - 130 per accommodation per night (sleeps 2)

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Kerala houseboat holiday, India
Cruise along the backwaters of Kerala, from 596 (7 days) ex flights
Kerala homestays in India
Beautiful homestays in Alleppey, Kerala, from 15 - 94 per accommodation per night (sleeps 2)
Uttarakhand homestay accommodation, India
Stay overlooking mountains, lakes or flowery valleys, from 25 - 115 per accommodation per night (sleeps 2)
Gujarat cultural tour in India
glimpse of rural tourism, village life, forest trails, from 1100 (12 days) ex flights
Goa homestay accommodation, India
Portuguese-style homes nearby the mesmerizing beaches in Goa, from 50 - 150 per accommodation per night (sleeps 2)
North Kerala homestay tours in India
Homestay tour in North Kerala - plus Coonoor, from 1550 (15 days) ex flights
Homestays in the Indian Himalayas, Jammu & Kashmir
Stay at high altitude. See snow leopards & mountains, from 30 - 90 per accommodation per night (sleeps 2)
Yoga holidays in India, homestay accommodation
Yoga and Ayurvedic Massages in India homestays, from 35 - 130 per accommodation per night (sleeps 2)
Nagaland small group holiday, India
Experience the spectacular Hornbill Festival in Nagaland, from 2595 (18 days) ex flights
India homestay accommodation
Modern,Luxury,Plantation,Rural,Heritage homestays in India, from 40 - 80 per accommodation per night (sleeps 2)
Culinary homestay accommodation in India
Culinary special holidays in India, learn Indian recipes, from 30 - 100 per accommodation per night (sleeps 2)
Coorg homestay accommodation in Karnataka, India
Homestay amidst coffee plantations, waterfalls and peaks, from 23 - 59 per accommodation per night (sleeps 2)
Kerala eco B&B farmstay, India
In kumarakom backwater destination and close to lake, from Rupee1000 - Rupee3250 per accommodation per night
Tamil Nadu homestay accommodation, India
South India home-stay guest house, from Rupee350 per person per night incl breakfast
Siolim hotel in Goa, India
A 300 year old restored heritage villa, from Rupee2500 - Rupee14000 per room per night
Shoghi home stay near Shimla, India
Vardaan Home Stay overlooking valley in picturesque shoghi, from Rupee1500 - Rupee3000 per accommodation per night
Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve lodge
Explore India's wildlife staying in this peaceful jungle lodge, from 75 - 100 per person per night
Bandhavgarh tree house accommodation in India
Exclusive jungle tree houses in the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve, from Rupee13000 - Rupee20000 per room per night (sleeps 2)
Kerala homestay accommodation in India
Deep backwater, ecofriendly and green accommodation, from 30 - 45 per couple per night
Homestay on backwaters Cochin, Kerala , India
Home Stay On Back Waters Cochin , Kerala, India, from Rupee1500 - Rupee2400 per room per night
Kanha Tiger Reserve lodge, India
Discover India's tigers from this lodge near Kanha, from 75 - 100 per person per night
Heritage hotel in Jaipur, Rajasthan
True Rajasthani hospitality, from Rupee2000 - Rupee3500 per room per night (sleeps 2)
Chambal safari lodge near Agra, India
A wildlife haven 1hr from Agra, from Rupee5000 - Rupee9000 per room per night
Kanha wildlife lodge, India
Jungle and wildlife lodge in India, from Rupee10000 per double room per night
Jaipur heritage hotel, India
Stay In A Erstwhile Rajput's Palace, Complementary Driver, from Rupee7600 - Rupee8500 per double room per night

47 reviews for Unusual holidays in India4 star overall rating

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Kerala homestay tour, India
Excellent! Best bits: The two days in Mumbai at the beginning and the experience of the Indian roads! (more)William Avery
Excellent! (more)Roger Humphreys
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
From 1244 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 - 70 per room per night
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
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
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 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
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 596 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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