Whilst India is such a large country we will make travelling around it easy for you. Between destinations and for airport transfers you will have a private driver who will transport you comfortably in a AC vehicle, typically a Toyota Innova (depending on group size). Whilst their English may not be as competent as your guides, you will still be able to communicate with your driver and often this becomes a highlight of your trip!
For some relatively short journeys we may suggest taking a train rather than a car, for example between Delhi and Agra, as it can be quicker and offers another great experience and insight in to Indian culture. If this is the case then we will arrange your train tickets for you, which will be in the highest carriage available, and your driver will help you on and off the train at each station.
Many of our customers like to experience a longer train journey in India, as of course their train network is world-famous! If you do decide to take a sleeper train, the same will happen as mentioned above with your driver to and from the station and helping you board the train. We will also book train tickets in the highest carriage possible to ensure you are comfortable during your journey.
Internal flights may also be necessary on some trips, for example if you wanted to combine Rajasthan with Kerala. We can pre-book these tickets for you. Please note whilst travel is fantastic in India, there is always the possibility of delays, so we would always recommend allowing a suitable amount of time between journeys, in particular a night between a domestic and international flight.
For time at leisure during your holiday, if you wish to explore your surroundings or dine outside of your hotel, it is great to be able to experience the local transport;
Taxi’s are generally quite old cars in India and you may have to battle for the meter to be put on with varying excuses as to why it might not work. If you say you will take another taxi you will often find it has started working again! There is also a high chance it doesn’t actually work and if this is the case agree a price before travelling. You may wish to ask one of your guides or at the hotel for advice on how much this should be. Hotels will also be more than happy to arrange a taxi for you at a fair price.
Travelling by auto-rickshaw is quite an experience when in India and will be cheaper and quicker than a taxi. Powered by a motor-scooter at the front with space at the back for passengers they will weave in and out of the traffic making it quite an adventurous way to get around. Like with taxi’s you may find the metre doesn’t work so do agree a price beforehand and as before do ask guides and hotels for advice on how much you should be paying for the journey.
Cycle-rickshaws are man powered vehicles and so a tip is much appreciated when travelling in this way. You will find more of these when in smaller towns and cities. Numbers have hugely decreased in recent years as it is such hard work for the drivers but many still use them on a daily basis.
Please note that it can be beneficial to arrange for the driver or rickshaw-wallah to pick you up after you have finished eating or sightseeing so you can agree a complete price and avoid extra hassle.