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Getting Around India

Whilst India is such a large country, we make travelling around 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. This is a great opportunity to experience the famous Indian railway! 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.

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. The domestic air travel in India is great and plenty of available routes and airlines connect most cities efficiently. However, we will always recommend allowing a suitable amount of time between journeys to allow for any delays and in particular when travelling prior to an international flight. In this case, we may suggest a night in an airport hotel.  

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! We advise agreeing a price before starting your journey. You may wish to ask one of your guides, or a member of staff at your hotel, for advice on how much a particular journey should cost. 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 – 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 do ask guides and hotel reception 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.

The gateway to many north India trips, Old and New Delhi are full of history and charm and it is an exciting place to explore. More
Agra is home to one of the most iconic buildings in the world, the Taj Mahal. Visiting this monument at sunrise is a truly magical once in a lifetime experience, and one that must not be missed. More
The capital city of Rajasthan, Jaipur is a riot of colour and rich in fascinating history. Stroll around the magnificent Amber Fort and marvel at the intricate facade of the Palace of the Winds. More
Ranthambore National Park
Search for the majestic Tiger and enjoy the peaceful landscape of rural Rajasthan. Fantastic accommodation options and a high population of Tigers makes Ranthambore a brilliant addition to north India tours for wildlife enthusiasts! More
The blue hue of the city's old town, imposing Mehrangarh Fort and bustling markets makes Jodhpur one of the most colourful and characterful cities in Rajasthan. A selection of properties ranging from rustic traditional Haveli's to luxurious palaces make for a wonderful stay. The Blue City is the perfect backdrop for atmospheric photographs, so be sure to keep your camera handy! More
Known as The Golden City, and for good reason. Jaisalmer city and Fort rises out of the honey hued sands of the Thar Desert, and along with elaborate and intricate architecture it is one of the most atmospheric cities in north India. A camel ride into the surrounding dunes for a night under the stars completes the magical experience. More
The romantic lake-side city of Udaipur has a more relaxed pace than other cities, so is the perfect last stop on any Rajasthan tours. The picturesque Lake Pichola, the iconic Lake Palace, seemingly floating in the water, and the stunning hillside as the backdrop create the perfect setting for a lazy evening, cold beverage in hand, watching the sunset. More
Vibrant and exciting, Mumbai is a city of extremes. The home of Bollywood and the rich and famous, it is also home to one of the largest slums in Asia, Dharavi. A tour around Mumbai highlights the iconic monuments and rich culture, and gives a wonderful opportunity to get under the skin of the city and gain an insight into local life. More
Beaches lined with colourful shacks, golden sands, tropical Palm Trees and a relaxed, bohemian vibe is what you can expect to find in Goa. Head to north Goa for more of a buzz, central Goa to explore the relaxed capital of Panjim, and the less built-up south for a little more seclusion and peace. More
Fort Cochin
Relaxed and historic Fort Cochin is a wonderful place to explore, enjoying the beautiful sights of the Chinese fishing nets, colourful fishing boats lining the shore, coconut stalls sitting under the dappled sunlight and, if you're lucky, the odd sighting of the river Dolphin. More
Travel inland from Kerala's tropical coast and you discover the hill station of Munnar, nestled within lush green tea plantations and breathtaking scenery. Spend your time walking through the country side and enjoying the view, learning how tea is picked and processed and gaining an insight into the local way of life in the hills. More
Thekkady is the location of Periyar National Park, a must for wildlife enthusiasts visiting Kerala. Enjoy Jungle treks into the park and keep your eyes peeled for Sambar Deer, Giant Squirrels, Monkeys and Wild Boar amongst impressive bird life. More
The Backwaters
Experiencing life on the backwaters is often a highlight of trips to Kerala. Drift down the waterways on a traditional Houseboat, or choose from a number of wonderful properties to stay in to enjoy this serene way of life, a total contrast from Indian cities. More
Marari Beach
The beautiful and peaceful Marari Beach is a wonderful way to end a trip in Kerala, relaxing on the vast golden sands and dipping your toes in the warm Arabian ocean. The setting of Kerala's tropical coastline is the perfect relaxing end to a tour of this region where you can just enjoy the surrounding nature. More
The Andaman and Nicobar Islands
You can expect to find stunning white sand beaches, azure waters, world class diving and exotic jungle on these remote islands in the Bay of Bengal. It can be a little more of a challenge to reach the islands, but it is more than worth it for the secluded tropical hideaway that awaits. More
The alluring rainforest covered mountains of Wayanad are spectacular and a must for nature lovers. Home to coffee and spice plantations, it makes a wonderful scenic change from the exotic beaches and tranquil waterways found on the coast of northern Kerala. More
Nileshwar in northern Kerala is home to a beautiful coastline and peaceful waterways. Less touched by tourism than elsewhere in India, visitors to this region benefit from an off the beaten track experience of traditional houseboat cruises and village life on the waters edge. More
Located on the banks of the sacred River Ganges, Varanasi is one of Hinduism's seven holy cities. An incredibly spiritual, historic and culturally rich city, a visit to Varanasi never fails to be a memorable one. Witness daily rituals on the water's edge and navigate the tangle of narrow lanes weaving through the city, too narrow for cars to pass through. More
Lucknow is the capital of Uttar Pradesh and full of magnificent architecture and fascinating history. The city is also very well known for it's delicious cuisine, unique to the region. More

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