India adventure tour, 37 days

“A fascinating, cost-effective introduction to mind-blowing India, travelling for five weeks through the historic north and tropical south”

Highlights

Delhi | Jaisalmer | Thar Desert | Jodphur | Udaipur | Pushkar | Jaipur | Abhaneri | Agra | Varanasi | Trivandrum | Varkala | Kerala backwaters homestay | Kochi | Periyar National Park | Maduarai | Mysore | Hampi | Goa

Description of India adventure tour, 37 days

Starting in Delhi and finishing in Goa, this twin-focus trip takes in both north and south. Ride camels through Jaisalmer's desert and camp between the sand dunes, wander the bazaars of Jodhpur, witness pilgrims performing ancient ceremonies on the ghats of Varanasi and marvel at the iconic Taj Mahal in Agra. A plane whisks you into the south for the second leg of your trip. Cruise along the Kerala backwaters, explore Periyar National Park with its resident tigers and elephants, and end your adventure relaxing on the beaches of Goa.

In the north, experience old and new India in the bustling streets of Delhi, where ancient temples stand against billboards advertising Bollywood films. Discover the ancient forts, lake palaces, rural villages and colourful cities of Rajasthan: sandy red Jaisalmer, blue Jodhpur, white Udaipur and pink Jaipur. Then journey to Pushkar and Varanasi. Climb to hilltop temples at sunrise and cruise the Ganges to better understand these holy cities. In the south, Maduraiís bazaars and colourful, intricately carved Sri Meenakshi Temple is a must-see, as is the World Heritage-listed Virupaksha Temple in Hampi. Explore the historical trading post of Kochi, with its Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch and English influences. Then spend a relaxed few days enjoying beautiful Goa with its fishing villages and beaches, as a chilled-out end of this comprehensive journey.

More than just a sightseeing trip, this 37-day journey brings you closer to the people of India, too. Guided walking tours reveal the culture and history of each location and youíll be travelling on public bus and train, for a chance to rub shoulders with local people. This also keeps costs down, so you can see more without spending more. Youíll sleep under the stars in the Thar dessert, on overnight sleeper trains and with a family on a homestay in Kerala, discovering authentic India and its people.

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Small group adventure

What is a small group adventure?
It's a great way to travel! Whether you are travelling on your own, with a partner or with friends, a small group trip is a fantastic way to see the world. You'll travel on a fixed itinerary that has been designed to help you discover the best of region. From the known highlights, the hidden gems that you won't find in the guidebooks.

Itineraries run on set departure dates, accompanied every step of the way by an English speaking local group leader. You chose the itinerary and the date that suits you best and you book on.

Why travel on a small group adventure?
Small groups allow us to explore where larger tour groups can't. Our maximum group size of 16 travellers allows us to use local transport to get from A to B, to visit rural villages, spend time with the locals and even stay at a local home overnight, and it allows us to give our travellers genuine, real life experiences of the countries we are visiting; what you'll be doing and how you'll travel depends entirely on your chosen itinerary.

Is an adventure right for me?
The word adventure means something different to everyone, and our range of trips reflects that. Whether you want to explore local markets, visit out of the way temples and meet local people or go on an early morning safari drive searching for the 'big five', we'll have a trip for you. If you are looking for a physical challenge such trekking the Kokoda Track or summiting Kilimanjaro, we can help with that too.

So what can I expect on this trip?
This is a classic style of small group adventure. You'll find your trip combines a good mix of included activities and free time, with some meals included as per your itinerary. We don't want you to feel chaperoned, it's your holiday not ours. Your group leader will be on hand to assist with organising anything you might wish to do in your free time, but how you spend it is up to you. Anything listed as included in your itinerary will be included in trip price; whereas anything listed as optional will be at an additional cost should you wish to take part.

These trips are great value, including things that you would struggle to organise independently, such as a night at a homestay in a remote village, or local guides around a remote place of interest. Transport will be a combination of private vehicle and public transport, whichever is the most appropriate for the route we are travelling; this might include train, plane, camel, tuk tuk, bicycle, boatÖ

On a majority of these trips you'll stay in 2-3 star accommodation, locally owned and reflective of the region you are travelling through. All solo travellers will be automatically roomed on a twin share basis with another group member of the same sex, unless you opt to pay for your own room at time of booking. There are no compulsory single supplements for solo travellers willing to share. Single rooms aren't available on camping trips, and you will be expected to help out with camp tasks such as setting up and breaking down your camp.

Can I book my flights with you?
Yes! We are a fully ATOL bonded tour operator meaning that we can book flights from the UK as part of your holiday package. Just ask us for a quote including flights when you make your enquiry.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: India adventure tour, 37 days

The very ethos of our style of travel is responsible; small groups on fully escorted tours, experiencing the very best of a region, a culture and a landscape, with a friendly local hand guiding the way. Our itineraries are designed to give our travellers real life experiences without compromising the part of the world through which we are journeying, to travel responsibly is at the heart of our commitment as a global tour operator.

This no-frills journey of discovery through incredible India will take you on a journey from the bustling cities of the North to the tranquil, palm fringed beaches of the South, taking in all of the highlights in between and straying well off the beaten track on more than one occasion. Every step of the way, you can be certain that your trip will be minimising the cultural and environmental impact of your holidays, while all the time maximising the positive economic benefits.

Working closely with our local team Ďon the groundí in India gives us the unique opportunity to plan itineraries getting you to travel like a local, with the added economic benefit of creating jobs, promoting tourism and supporting local businesses! Local suppliers are vital to the smooth running of this holiday to India. From our camel driver and overnight hosts during the desert stay in Jaisalmer, to the boat crews who accompany the group along the Ganges and through the backwaters of Kerala, to the stall holders and local craftspeople who populate the many traditional markets we encounter en route.

On a day to day level, youíll stay in a variety of fairly basic, small independently hotels and guesthouses, including a night with a local family in Kerala where traditional home cooked Keralan food makes dinner a real trip highlight! Generally when eating as a group, youíll find yourselves eating where the locals do, sampling genuine regional specialities like pakoras, pani puri or samosas; in Jaipur we recommend trying food from local street vendors for a whole new range of flavours, and overseeing all of this will be your English speaking local group leader, a great source of information of things to do and places to explore in your free time.

On tour youíll be encouraged to travel with respect for the local cultures and sensibilities we encounter. Youíll travel to some of Indiaís most holy sites, from the city of Varanasi to the ornately decorated temples of Madurai and you will be expected to dress and act appropriately to the sites being visited and behave in keeping with local customs. If you are unsure about something, your group leader will be on hand to help with any questions you might have and give guidance if required.

To keep the environmental impact of our trip to a minimum youíll use a lot of local transport on this trip, from overnight sleeper trains, to local buses, to boats and even rickshaws. As well as being environmentally sound, joining in on a nationís various methods of commuting is a fantastic experience and offers a whole new perspective of exploring a destination.

The use of local transport helps to minimise our carbon footprint as we travel, however we are aware that there is more still to be done, and as a company offset the trip emissions of every passenger on every departure of every trip. On this particular itinerary, that equates to 973kg offset for every traveller.

Throughout your trip you personally will be encouraged to join us in ensuring your holiday is as environmentally responsible as possible. Your group leader will be on hand to assist with the appropriate disposal of rubbish en route, recycling wherever possible and we encourage all our travellers to use refillable water bottles with water purification tablets rather than purchasing regular small supplies of bottled water.

The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in the bottles, the production of a 1 litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion of the bottles then end up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments.

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Reviewed on 12 Feb 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Our guide Tarang Chandola made sure all our needs were taken care of and made sure we knew our options. It got better every day. Far exceeded my expectations.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Rajasthan offers a wonderful experience of historical buildings and sights. Religious, inside views you would not be able to see on your own, expert guides, activities and time to enjoy things on your own.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes. Enjoyed going into villages. Learning how the government is raising the standard of living in rural communities.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


My only suggestion is when al la carte is not an option the meal should be included. I donít like being forced to pay for food Iím not going to eat. Iíd rather pay more up front and have these meals included or always have al la carte options.

Reviewed on 27 Aug 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Visiting the Taj Mahal and the drinking chai sitting on the ghats in Varanasi

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Understand that you won't have any control how long or short your stay in a
place is. Also be prepared to be pressured from the outset by the guide
for tips and feedback. I wouldn't recommend this type of tour for India.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Limited to none. There was a specific instance where we were openly lied to
by the operator claiming that 95% of the money for a rug would go to the women who made it. Actually 30-40% went in commission to the guide. On multiple occasions we were never introduced to women, only male guides and hotel owners. I probably went through 100 plastic bottles of water, the only "local" people we met were when we left the group and did our own thing.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


I would never travel with this operator ever again. India is a beautiful country but it was tainted by the constant commission and tip focus of the trip.

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