India adventure tour, 37 days

“A fascinating, cost-effective introduction to mind-blowing India, traveling for five weeks through the historic north and tropical south”

Highlights

Delhi | Jaisalmer | Thar Desert | Jodphur | Udaipur | Pushkar | Jaipur | Abhaneri | Agra | Varanasi | Trivandrum | Varkala | Kerala backwaters homestay | Kochi | Periyar National Park | Maduarai | Mysore | Hampi | Goa

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28 Sep 2018
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Small group adventure

What is a small group adventure?
It's a great way to travel! Whether you are traveling on your own, with a partner or with friends, a small group trip is a fantastic way to see the world. You'll travel on a fixed itinerary that has been designed to help you discover the best of region. From the known highlights, the hidden gems that you won't find in the guidebooks.

Itineraries run on set departure dates, accompanied every step of the way by an English speaking local group leader. You chose the itinerary and the date that suits you best and you book on.

Why travel on a small group adventure?
Small groups allow us to explore where larger tour groups can't. Our maximum group size of 16 travelers allows us to use local transport to get from A to B, to visit rural villages, spend time with the locals and even stay at a local home overnight, and it allows us to give our travelers genuine, real life experiences of the countries we are visiting; what you'll be doing and how you'll travel depends entirely on your chosen itinerary.

Is an adventure right for me?
The word adventure means something different to everyone, and our range of trips reflects that. Whether you want to explore local markets, visit out of the way temples and meet local people or go on an early morning safari drive searching for the 'big five', we'll have a trip for you. If you are looking for a physical challenge such trekking the Kokoda Track or summiting Kilimanjaro, we can help with that too.

So what can I expect on this trip?
This is a classic style of small group adventure. You'll find your trip combines a good mix of included activities and free time, with some meals included as per your itinerary. We don't want you to feel chaperoned, it's your vacation not ours. Your group leader will be on hand to assist with organising anything you might wish to do in your free time, but how you spend it is up to you. Anything listed as included in your itinerary will be included in trip price; whereas anything listed as optional will be at an additional cost should you wish to take part.

These trips are great value, including things that you would struggle to organise independently, such as a night at a homestay in a remote village, or local guides around a remote place of interest. Transport will be a combination of private vehicle and public transport, whichever is the most appropriate for the route we are traveling; this might include train, plane, camel, tuk tuk, bicycle, boat…

On a majority of these trips you'll stay in 2-3 star accommodation, locally owned and reflective of the region you are traveling through. All solo travelers will be automatically roomed on a twin share basis with another group member of the same sex, unless you opt to pay for your own room at time of booking. There are no compulsory single supplements for solo travelers willing to share. Single rooms aren't available on camping trips, and you will be expected to help out with camp tasks such as setting up and breaking down your camp.

Can I book my flights with you?
Yes! We are a fully ATOL bonded tour operator meaning that we can book flights from the UK as part of your vacation package. Just ask us for a quote including flights when you make your enquiry.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: India adventure tour, 37 days

The very ethos of our style of travel is responsible; small groups on fully escorted tours, experiencing the very best of a region, a culture and a landscape, with a friendly local hand guiding the way. Our itineraries are designed to give our travelers real life experiences without compromising the part of the world through which we are journeying, to travel responsibly is at the heart of our commitment as a global tour operator.

This no-frills journey of discovery through incredible India will take you on a journey from the bustling cities of the North to the tranquil, palm fringed beaches of the South, taking in all of the highlights in between and straying well off the beaten track on more than one occasion. Every step of the way, you can be certain that your trip will be minimising the cultural and environmental impact of your vacations, while all the time maximising the positive economic benefits.

Working closely with our local team ‘on the ground’ in India gives us the unique opportunity to plan itineraries getting you to travel like a local, with the added economic benefit of creating jobs, promoting tourism and supporting local businesses! Local suppliers are vital to the smooth running of this vacation to India. From our camel driver and overnight hosts during the desert stay in Jaisalmer, to the boat crews who accompany the group along the Ganges and through the backwaters of Kerala, to the stall holders and local craftspeople who populate the many traditional markets we encounter en route.

On a day to day level, you’ll stay in a variety of fairly basic, small independently hotels and guesthouses, including a night with a local family in Kerala where traditional home cooked Keralan food makes dinner a real trip highlight! Generally when eating as a group, you’ll find yourselves eating where the locals do, sampling genuine regional specialities like pakoras, pani puri or samosas; in Jaipur we recommend trying food from local street vendors for a whole new range of flavours, and overseeing all of this will be your English speaking local group leader, a great source of information of things to do and places to explore in your free time.

On tour you’ll be encouraged to travel with respect for the local cultures and sensibilities we encounter. You’ll travel to some of India’s most holy sites, from the city of Varanasi to the ornately decorated temples of Madurai and you will be expected to dress and act appropriately to the sites being visited and behave in keeping with local customs. If you are unsure about something, your group leader will be on hand to help with any questions you might have and give guidance if required.

To keep the environmental impact of our trip to a minimum you’ll use a lot of local transport on this trip, from overnight sleeper trains, to local buses, to boats and even rickshaws. As well as being environmentally sound, joining in on a nation’s various methods of commuting is a fantastic experience and offers a whole new perspective of exploring a destination.

The use of local transport helps to minimise our carbon footprint as we travel, however we are aware that there is more still to be done, and as a company offset the trip emissions of every passenger on every departure of every trip. On this particular itinerary, that equates to 973kg offset for every traveler.

Throughout your trip you personally will be encouraged to join us in ensuring your vacation is as environmentally responsible as possible. Your group leader will be on hand to assist with the appropriate disposal of rubbish en route, recycling wherever possible and we encourage all our travelers to use refillable water bottles with water purification tablets rather than purchasing regular small supplies of bottled water.

The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in the bottles, the production of a 1 litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion of the bottles then end up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments.

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