Getting Around India

Whilst India is such a large country we will make travelling around it easy for you. Between destinations you will have a private driver who will also be able to answer any questions you may have. Whilst their English may not be as competent as your guides they will be of a high standard. This is the case even for small transfers such as to the airport.

For some relatively short journeys we may suggest taking a train rather than a car, for example between Delhi and Agra, as it is significantly quicker. If this is the case then we will arrange your train tickets for you, which will always be in either 1st or 2nd Class Air Conditioned carriages, have a driver take you to the station and put you on the train and have a driver waiting at the platform when you arrive.

Many of our customers like to experience a long train journey in India, as of course their train network is extremely famous. If you do decide to take a sleeper train, the same will happen as mentioned above with drivers to and from the station and helping you board the train. We will also only ever included train tickets in the upper classes where you will be extremely comfortable.

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 are experiences of delays and so we would always recommend a good amount of time between transport, often a night between a domestic and international flight.

Whilst visiting India with us you will of course also have some free time as well as potentially travelling a short distance for dinner in the evening. There are normally three options, along with walking, to get around which are taxi’s, auto-rickshaw’s or cycle- rickshaw’s.

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 picking you up after you have finished eating or sightseeing so you can agree a complete price and avoid extra hassle.