“India is the one land that all men desire to see, and having seen once, by even a glimpse, would not give that glimpse for all the shows of all the rest of the globe combined.” Mark Twain
India is not just a destination, it is an experience
India defies description. Each journey is a discovery; every corner is mysterious and relatively un-interpreted. The sheer panorama can take your breath away, its energy palpable and infectious. It pays to delve into the very heart and soul of the country to experience the unexpected. At its best, India is a heady mix of adventure, exotic flavours, delightful surprises and intoxicating memories. It offers a cornucopia of colours, textures and tastes.
India’s rich tapestry is evident in its people, its religion and its food. With its complex religious and ethnic fabric, India is a country that boasts ‘Unity in diversity’ and this apparent in so many parts of the country – from Nagaland in the north-east across to Kerala in the south-west and Kashmir in the north-west. You’ll be humbled by the kindness and friendliness of strangers and the warmth and grace of the people as you are made to feel welcome and treated as an honoured, highly esteemed guests.
Any journey through India is sure to be an exciting adventure. That is inherent in the nature of this land, which is mind-boggling and inspiring, imperfect and incredible… Incredible India!
All our packaged tours include hand-picked boutique accommodation, architecture unique to the region, regional cuisine, village visits, interacting with locals in their natural settings and enjoying the culture and traditions through their arts, music and way of life.
18 Days - 18th Nov to 5th Dec 2019
Spoil yourself in Rick Stein's favourite destination, Kerala, a tropical paradise laced by the Malabar Coast where the Dutch, Portuguese, Chinese, Arabs etc. came for their spices. Wind through the tea plantations on the Western Ghats as you cross over to enchanting TamilNadu, an ancient and culturally rich civilisation.
South India Textiles
18 Days - Dec 2019
Enthral in the riches of the Nizams through their unique cuisine, forts, textiles, crafts and traditions as you travel through the land of the Kohinoor diamond, Chintz and Kalamkari. Finish up in Chennai, South India's commercial and cultural capital where textiles from all over India are showcased.
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Tailor Made tours
If you prefer to travel on your own, with a group of your friends or family members, we will work with you and your party to design a fully customised private tour.
Listed below are some examples of the private tours we have designed and organised.
On their first trip to India, Philippa Meachen and two teenage daughters travelled in South India for 30 days that met each their desired experience.
Bangalore | Chikmagalur | Kodagu | Wayanad | Kochi | Houseboat | Aranmula | Gavi | Madurai | Chettinadu | Sittilingi | Puducherry | Mahabalipuram | Chennai
Having travelled to South India with her daughter on our earlier tour, Philippa went on a month-long journey to Central & North-eastern states of India with her sister, Rebecca.
Delhi | Chambal | Lucknow | Dibrugarh | Mon (Nagaland) | Majauli (Assam) | Kaziranga| Shillong (Meghalaya) | Cherrapunjee | Guwahati (Assam) | Kolkata
Having enjoyed our 2014 packaged tour, ‘Essence of Kerala’, Liz decided to explore Rajasthan with her brother and husband in 2018.
Delhi | Agra | Ranthambore | Jaipur | Jodhpur | Manvar | Narlai | Udaipur | Delhi
A group consisting of first-time travellers in the main explored the South and the North of India. This tour was escorted by Joji.
Chennai | Kanchipuram | Mamallapuram | Pondicherry | Thanjavur | Madurai | Munnar | Alappuzha | Kochi | Delhi | Agra | Chambal | Jaipur | Delhi
India adorns its landscape with snow peak mountains to deserts, vast serene beaches to lakes in the forests.
October to February is the best time to visit India. India is such a large country you’ll find the best time to visit varies from region to region with mild winters and roasting summers. In general, India succumbs to a summer season, winter season and monsoon season in different regions at a different time of the year.
The best time to visit India for the sun worshippers is October to February, when their god makes her most glorious appearances, especially in the south. February until May are also lovely, although a lot more humid.
Tiger and elephant watching is best during the hottest, driest months, April, May and June, as tigers come out in search of water.
Delhi and the Golden Triangle are best visited during February and March, October and November for tolerable temperatures, but you will get the crowds at popular sites. The weather is scorching from April to June, with temperatures soaring over 40°C. It can be foggy and freezing in December, January and February. The Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays.
There are lots of wonderful celebrations in January, from the Kite Festival in Gujarat, Bikaner Camel Festival in Rajasthan to countrywide celebrations for Republic Day on 26 January. New Delhi festivities in particular are wonderful to witness.
If you want to go hiking in Kerala’s Western Ghats, you are best to do so outside the monsoon peak in July and August. Houseboats don’t tend to be rented out during this time either. March is generally perfect for hiking holidays in India.
In Kashmir, Jammu on the plains is hit by rain and humidity during the monsoon, June-August, but the mountains are cooler. Roads can be closed due to heavy snow during peak winter, December to March.
Diwali, the great Festival of Light, is always a splendid affair, falling in either October or November.
Don’t underestimate how cold in can get in rural central India in December and January – literally woolly hats and gloves and hot water bottles for nights and early mornings – but gloriously sunny days.
According to Ayurveda tradition, monsoon is the best season for rejuvenation therapies because the pores of the body open wide allowing them to fully absorb the oils and therapeutic treatments.
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Snippet of India
India through a lens
“India is a place where colour is doubly bright. Pinks that scald your eyes, blues you could drown in.”