India Moghul highlights holiday

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Holiday type
Small group holidays
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

On this tour we use knowledgeable Indian tour leaders with a strong love for their own country, their rich culture and traditions, and a desire to share the wonders of their country with you.

As an investment both in their future and ours, we run an annual dedicated training course for them, a strong focus of which is to raise their awareness of responsible tourism practices so they can ensure that our tours run in accordance with our code of practice. For example, at the start of each trip they are able to provide guidance concerning local customs and culture so as to ensure that local sensibilities are respected.

In addition to the above, we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key and so all staff, Tour Leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage. As well as this, we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of UK travel industry bodies Tourism Concern and AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators.

As a company we support Cool Earth. Protecting rainforest is one of the most effective actions to tackle climate breakdown. Cool Earth work with indigenous communities empowering them to conserve their forest; keeping CO2 locked in.

The Impacts of this Trip

Where possible, we use independently run and locally-owned accommodation to ensure that the income generated from our visit is spread amongst the community. In Karauli we stay in the home of the Maharaja, part of which has been converted to accommodate guests, whilst our hotel in Jaipur is a converted merchant’s house known as a haveli. Our support of these businesses is helping to preserve part of India’s rich historical heritage.


1 Reviews of India Moghul highlights holiday

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 15 Jan 2011 by

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

The weather was unseasonably cold so seeing the Taj Mahal in fog was unexpected! The mini Taj was beautiful, fatephur sikr amazing (despite the cold).The village unforgettable not least for the smiles and hospitality. Every day brought more wonderful experiences. Riding an elephant at the Amber fort was excellent. Accidentally meeting the Marjarah and his wife at Karauli and not realising it when he said he was the manager of the estate-a charming couple. Kids of Karauli treating us as celebs, all these helped us feel warmer than the weather.

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

Keep any small notes as 'toilet tokens', be prepared to tip well, most people have nothing and however poor you are you are comparatively rich, you can afford to be generous - I found a mean attitude of some of my group distressing and uncomfortable at times.

Just smile and interact with the locals-they are delightful- except it can be difficult getting on and off tourist buses. Take wet wipes and antibacterial gel, but don't over worry about Delhi belly- very few people had any trouble.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes but mainly as our tour guide used guides at the temples, palaces and forts, used local restaurants and obviously tipped wherever he could.

Impact on environment harder to evaluate as obviously we were using power and water resources heavily compared to locals.

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

Excellent- India a revelation but too many of my group though were whiney and expected western style standards. Weather was awful but guide great (if long winded!) and wanted us to share his country. The staff in hotels are wonderful if idiosyncratic. They want to help but sort of charmingly fail. Wouldn't have missed this for the world. Special thanks to Gordham for taking Pat and I on a shopping trip in Jaiphur, the tuk tuk and rickshaw ride at dusk was a better thrill than anything else on the trip. Thank you so much!!!!

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