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India Visa Requirements

India Visa Requirements

Most tourists are eligible to apply for an Indian e-Tourist visa making the process of obtaining correct entry documents cheaper, quicker and simpler.

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Textiles Tour of India – 2019

Textiles Tour of India – 2019

A farm to fashion textiles tour which goes off the beaten track to meet master artisans at work and showcase the best in the traditional textiles industry covering the West, Central and Eastern regions of India.

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Indian Fashion: Old is New

Indian Fashion: Old is New

Indian Fashion: Old is NewIndian designers are embracing the traditional handloom weaves, tie and dye, block-printing, embroidery, metalwork and other embellishing techniques to create fashion that not only honours the rich heritage but also delivers to the modern...

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Sari to Sarong

Sari to Sarong

Sari To SarongDiscover the ancient art of Ikat dyeing and weaving. The Ikat textile was once used to symbolize wealth and prestige. It is now a popular fashion trend with celebrities and hipsters alike thanks to the work of various designers. This page is dedicated to...

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Christine Turner

Christine Turner

We were a group of seven on an 18-day trip to see the architectural highlights and the arts and crafts of Rajasthan and to learn a little about the way of life and customs in the region. Joji was unable to accompany us, but he was at the end of the telephone line and on email at regular intervals to assist, advise, and problem solve if necessary.

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Andrew & Robyn Middleton

Andrew & Robyn Middleton

Kapiti Coast, New Zealand“No amount of stopping, wandering roadside to observe the wildlife and plants, was ever too much trouble for our guide and driver.…”Bhutan has been on our radar for a long time. As we are usually independent grassroots travellers it was...

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Bronwyn & Ian Hay

Bronwyn & Ian Hay

Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia“This was my fifth visit to India and I would have to say surpassed all my expectations. I came upon ATI Travel by pure chance while searching the internet for small group textile tours. I knew immediately…”We have recently returned home...

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Liz, Jamie & Jono

Liz, Jamie & Jono

Tauranga, New Zealand“This is the second time I have had the pleasure of organising my travel arrangements with Joji. This time Joji organised an absolutely breathtaking private tour of Rajasthan…”Can’t recommend Joji from ATI enough. This is the second time I have...

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Andrea & Murray

Andrea & Murray

Christchurch, New Zealand“Our guide/driver Pio was a huge part of the success of our holiday. He was very knowledgeable, empathetic and of course a great driver!…”We would like to say that our holiday in Sri Lanka is probably the best holiday that we have ever had. We...

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Pat Booth

Wellington, New ZealandAs a woman travelling alone, I have a personal rule that I do not go out after dark by myself. Well, In Darjeeling it was dark by 5 pm! So it was good to be able to order a meal at the hotel, even though it was a very small place (11 rooms I...

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Antique Doors – Where to buy guide

Antique Doors – Where to buy guide

Antiques | Kochi | Mumbai | RajasthanDoor to the pastThe exquisite heritage doors of Rajasthan come in all hues of the rainbow.In a vivid photo essay, published in the Architectural Digest, Himanshu Lakhwani showcases the centuries-old, traditional carpentry work of...

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Kim, Liam & Sinead

Kim, Liam & Sinead

Wellington, New Zealand“Even though India had been a dream destination for me for many years, I must admit that I was slightly trepidatious about travelling through India (especially with my two precious travelling companions). My concerns were mainly regarding...

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John Perera

John Perera

Wellington, New Zealand“Travel is my hobby. I have travelled to many interesting parts of the world, but this was my first visit to India. It is a fascinating country and plans to visit different parts of India every year…”My 18 days experience of Fascinating India as...

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South Indian Festival of Lights

South Indian Festival of Lights

Elephant procession | Temple festivalTraditional This video is just a glimpse of a fantastic experience at one of the temple festivals of Kerala, in South India. Karthigai Deepam festival coincides with the full moon day in the month of Karthikai (Nov-Dec).I have...

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Millie Sass

Millie Sass

Pittsburgh, USA“It’s difficult for me to describe all of the fibre delights that we saw – starting in Ahmedabad, travelling well into Gujarat, of course, New Delhi and the Taj Mahal, Lucknow, rural West Bengal, and Kolkata…”My daughter and I were part of a 21-day...

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Rhino calf – Very rare

Rhino calf – Very rare

Assam | RhinocerosRhino ConservationJamuna, the mother along with her calf at Manas National Park on 25th July 2013. Jamuna is among the three hand raised female rhinos translocated to Manas National Park from CWRC, which gave birth a baby, a success story of rhino...

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Mike & Chris Poland

Mike & Chris Poland

Waiheke Island, New Zealand“You had gone to such trouble to make sure the food we eat, the places we stayed, the support team of guides and drivers, were just the best.”I am just reflecting on my trip to India. There is so much I could say with endless description of...

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Demoiselle cranes of Khichan

Demoiselle cranes of Khichan

Bird watching | Migratory birds | RajasthanWinter MigrationEvery year, as winter creeps in, the demoiselle cranes come to Kinchan. This hamlet (also called Khichan), in West Rajasthan, is their chosen retreat from the cold of distant Siberia. They come with graceful...

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Peter & Helen O’Connell

Peter & Helen O’Connell

Peter & Helen O’Connell in conversation with Joji Jacob, after their Spirit of Rajasthan tour. This video is a non-scripted heart-to-heart discussion cum feedback on their experience of travelling in Rajasthan with All Things India Travel.

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Dr Barry & Pat Brooker

Dr Barry & Pat Brooker

Dr Barry & Pat Brooker in conversation with Joji Jacob, after their Spirit of Rajasthan tour. This video is a non-scripted heart-to-heart discussion cum feedback on their experience of travelling in Rajasthan with ATI Travel NZ.

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Chris & Pete Snelling

Chris & Pete Snelling

Havelock North, New Zealand “Our trip encompassed fabulous food, fine accommodation, including yoga retreats and a houseboat, glorious temples, churches and mosques and inspiring eco farms, charitable kindergarten and …” Our three week trip, Essence of Kerala and Tami...

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Robyn & Peter Spurdle

Robyn & Peter Spurdle

Rotorua, New Zealand“People often say how brave you were to travel to India. Little do they know that travelling with Joji means that you looked after and cared for 24 hours a day and you dine on the most amazing food!”People often say how brave you were to travel to...

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Cherry & Richard Howitt

Cherry & Richard Howitt

Christchurch, New Zealand“Probably the most lasting reflection I have of the tour is the trouble Joji took to make it “honest”, in an ethical sense, from the points of view of trying to avoid the negatives that tourism can bring upon local environments and...

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Glenn & Laurel Hocking

Perth, Australia “Every day we had experiences which were fantastic and different. We were particularly taken by the friendliness of the people of both states we visited.”“Hi Joji, We have been asked by many people, what was the best part of our trip and we’ve...

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Jacqui Blinkhorne

Jacqui Blinkhorne

Wellington, New Zealand“You had gone to such trouble to make sure the food we eat, the places we stayed, the support team of guides and drivers, were just the best.”I am just reflecting on my trip to India. There is so much I could say with endless description of all...

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Penney Moir & Martin Lenart

Penney Moir & Martin Lenart

Wellington, New Zealand “We were off the beaten track as most of us had requested. Our accommodation was varied but always comfortable – and often downright luxurious.”“It’s 11,276km from Wellington to Thiruvanathpurnam Airport. One doesn’t travel as the crow flies...

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Irene Swadling and Colin Payne

Irene Swadling and Colin Payne

Wellington, New Zealand“We could easily walk out to see more of the nearby villages and meet the local people, who seemed to enjoy talking to people from New Zealand about our cricket!"“In January this year Colin and Irene travelled to the Kerala and Tamil Nadu...

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Julia Barnett

Julia Barnett

Wellington, New Zealand“You three were a delight, thank you.. We would never have seen as much nor done as much without you.. ““I loved the tour, you guys have done immense research and that is obvious .. You three were a delight, thank you.. We would never have seen...

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Sue Johnstone

Wellington, New Zealand“From being met at the airport to being dropped off again, they went out of their way to ensure that the ten participants had a relaxing and enjoyable time.”“Throughout our tour, I had the luxury to sit back and absorb the wonderful sights and...

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Ruth Mansell

Ruth Mansell

Wellington, New Zealand “We could easily walk out to see more of the nearby villages and meet the local people, who seemed to enjoy talking to people from New Zealand about our cricket!"“Arriving late at night at Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, after two...

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Ray & Dixita Budhia

Ray & Dixita Budhia

Wellington, New Zealand We boarded the houseboat at about 1pm and we arrived back about 9am the next morning. This cruise was an unforgettable experience through the backwaters of Alleppey until sunset.Thank you, Shani and Joji for organising and planning for us this...

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Tess Lenart

Tess Lenart

Sydney, Australia“The tour was set to a good, relaxed pace. Joji was super efficient in communications via email and a pleasure to deal with.”“We loved the ATI Travel itinerary which included a great selection of activities and phenomenally delicious food. The tour...

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Claire & John

Claire & John

Wellington, New Zealandincredibly safe"The quality of the guides was good generally although the English of some was a little challenging to understand"“Overall we enjoyed the trip and the itinerary worked well for us. The quality of the guides was good generally...

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Cicely Tulloch

Cicely Tulloch

Wellington, New Zealandnew and exciting experienceYour attention to detail in planning, in accommodation, in balance of activity/relaxation, and most of all in the care and concern you took for us all in actual ” hands-on” support, was amazing. “Dear...

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Nina & Thomas Velleman

Nina & Thomas Velleman

Wellington, New Zealand incredibly safe“Joji and Shani are highly organised, very committed and very professional and you knew that your experience and well being was their number one priority.” “Throughout our tour, I had the luxury to sit back and absorb the...

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Liz Hayes

Liz Hayes

Wellington, New Zealand Magical Trip“It was a such a magical trip – and I can’t thank them enough for going the extra mile for us each day we were with them.” “I can’t speak highly enough of our tour hosts Shani, Joji and Shashwath. They spent every single second...

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