Small Group Tours to India
Tours to India
Are you looking for tours to India? If you have already been on to Google and searched for the phrase, the majority of results will be from tour operators based in the country you are based in. We suggest that you should deal with a local operator based in India or through a single agent that will assist you and do this on your behalf.
There are numerous benefits of arranging your tour to India in this way.
- You are dealing with an expert travel arranger who is based in the place that you are visiting. Their knowledge of local places, customs and culture will be second to none. If you want a true in depth tour of India, then you need to be dealing with a local tour operator.
- There are financial benefits to booking locally. The price that you pay will not have to included commissions and marketing fees from large agencies and outbound tour operators. You can be removing two or three layers of expense and administration that is not required when you book your holiday this way. You can also rest assured that the money you spend is being used to fund jobs in the local economy rather than paying shareholders their annual bonus.
- There is an extra degree of flexibility in your arrangements. You can tailor-make your holiday to exactly how you want. Visiting what you want, when you want and for however long that you want. The choice of hotels and lodges that you can stay at is not limited to the ones that your local agent or tour operator has contracts with. If you see a place you like, it can be booked for you. This is how tours to India should be arranged.
In its article entitled ‘14 Ways to Travel Purposefully & Responsibly’, the World Travel and Tourism Council suggests a number of ways of choosing a good tour operator and what you need to check. At Our Local Tour, we have already done this hard work for you, checking all of the credentials of our local operators. We only deal with locally based tour operators that meet our exacting standards and are also committed to travel being used as a force for good. This applies to tours to India as much as any other country in the world.
So what is the most popular type of tour to India?
For the first time visitor to India, the ‘Golden Triangle’ route is one of the most popular tours. This tourist circuit takes you from Delhi, the nation’s capital city, via Agra which is home to the Taj Mahal and on to Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. The Golden Triangle is so called because of the shape that is formed by the locations when plotted on a map. If you are short on time, this is your first visit to India and you want to get a taste for all that the country offers, then this is a great start.
Of course, with a country as large and diverse as India, you are never going to see it all in one visit.
An increasingly popular activity is to take a tiger safari. There are many national parks in India where the tiger is protected and if lucky, you may get the chance to view in the wild. Tours that include visits to reserves such as Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve are now common. The reserves often have accommodation located within or on the perimeters of the park making it easier than ever to try and catch a glimpse of this elusive predator.
If you like a bit more activity on your holiday, then you need to consider some of the great trekking tours in India that are available. Trekking in the Indian Himalayas is an experience that few ever forget. If you are just a beginner or a seasoned trekker, you will find a route that suites your skill and fitness level. It shouldn’t need to be said, but when booking this type of tour you need to make sure that you are working with a highly experienced operator who knows the terrain and the weather patterns for the area you are visiting. India has many great trekking companies that have operated safely for many years and we are delighted to work with the best.
The other types of tours to India that have become main stream in the last few years are beach holidays. Previously the preserve of hippies and travellers, the beaches of southern India have now opened up to international travellers with large tour operators flying directly in. From the sleepy backwaters of Kerala to the busy tourist beaches of Goa, you can relax in five star luxury or cruise on your own private boat. There is of course more to these areas than the fly and flop holidays. At Our Local Tour, our expert travel advisors along with our local operators can create a unique holiday for you, unlike anything that can be found in the high street brochures.