DISCOVER INDIA TOURS
 
Come, tour with us, on your own, or in a group.
                      
 
We have taken all the hard work out of designing, planning and 
putting all your ducks into place, saving you time and money.
You just have to clear your diary, get the pets minded,
pack your bags and let us do the rest. Enjoy a trip to remember:
Discover India, find yourself. 
 
'Tour India’ is currently offering 9 tours. The tours DO NOT INCLUDE air travel, as many people have points they can use, or can find cheap travel on the internet. Our tours start from when you land in India. You will be picked up from the international airport and dropped off to your accommodation, which is in heritage properties of 3.5-5 star. Breakfasts and dinners are included and all sightseeing and entrances and internal land travel as outlined in the itinerary.
 
You will visit some amazing heritage properties, imposing monuments that are UNESCO listed, temples, and humble villages, and participate in delicious sightseeing, shopping and culinary adventures. Tour the most colourful regions of North India, visit the magnificent Taj Mahal, travel off the beaten track into the foothills of the Himalayas, and visit Varanasi, also known as Benaris, which was called "the Ancient City" where Buddha visited in 500BC, on the banks of the Holy River Ganga. It is the oldest, continuously inhabited city in the world today.

Travel south to explore the healing science of Ayurveda, and beautiful palm fringed beaches and scenery. From cultural entertainment to gourmet sessions, adventure activities and art workshops, there is so much variety to experience in diverse India. Generous living spaces coupled with safety and security give you an amazing feeling.

Visit traditional ashrams, participate in special pujas (ceremonies) in various temples, and, if the gods so desire, meet with great saints. Most of all, you will meet yourself in a new light.

Come. India calls you. Our tours are inclusive of breakfasts and dinners. We have guides speaking major international languages across India. Our people on the ground will take really good care of you. 

Choose from our wonderful tours

US$2520 per person, twin share accommodation. 
US $3528 per person, single room accommodation
 
US $4200 per person, twin share.
US $5880, per person, single room.
 
US $2800 per person, twin share.
US $3920, per person, single room.
 
US $1960 per person, twin share.
US $2744, per person, single room.
 
India Forever Heritage Tours. 15 days
US $4200 per person, twin share.
US $5880, per person, single room.
 
US $2520 per person, twin share.
US $3920, per person, single room.
 
US $4400 per person, twin share.
US $6220, per person, single room.
 
US $2520 per person, twin share.
US $3528, per person, single room.
 
Yoga and Hiking in Incredible Bhutan, the Land of Happiness. 11 days
US $3300 per person, twin share.
US $4620, per person, single room.

Calling all global nomads 

I welcome you to discover my birthplace, India, a land teaming with gods and goddesses, in all forms of the divine. The four religions born in India, namely Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism are followed by 25% of the world's population. Every sixth person in the world today is an Indian. And India has the most post offices in the world

Here you will have insights and unsurpassed experiences as you travel through this revered and sacred land, tapovan bhoomi. Home to more than a billion poeple, the sixth largest country and the largest democracy in the world, India is actually a sub-continent.

The name, India, is derived from the River Indus. The Aryan worshippers referred to the river Indus as the Sindhu. The Persian invaders converted it into Hindu. The games of Snakes and Ladders was created by the 13th century poet-saint Gyandev. Originally called 'Mokshapat' , the ladders in the game represented virtues that elevated human beings and the snakes indicated aspects that kept human being grounded or sub-terrestial, and hence interpreted as vices.

Cultural Do's and Dont's

India is a very hospitable country, rooted in tradition. Indians are friendly -  sometimes they might seem over friendly. Do remember all those questions about your personal life are pure concern and an attempt to make you a part of our family! It can be quite disconcerting initially, but hopefully you will value the affection and reciprocate.

Always take off your shoes before you enter a holy place. Some traditional homes also require you to remove your shoes outside the home. Also, remember to always cover your head when going to a mosque, temple or gurudwara.

Indians are inhibited about public displays of affection, and it would be wise to respect that.

Dress modestly in public and avoid very short skirts and shorts, plunging cleavages, and revealing clothing.

Try not to get too flustered by beggars you could encounter. It is difficult not to get affected, especially if they are children, but it is best not to encourage them, or they won't leave you alone. If you feel moved to do so, give them something when you are leaving the place. Why not consider travelling with pencils, erasers or pens, or small cakes of soap, or even lollies that you can distribute.

Personal Safety

While India is safe on the whole, it is prudent to be careful, as you would anywhere in the world. Do not leave your belongings unattended and lying around. Keep your passport and travellers cheques about your person, in a waist pouch, or in a handbag, or in a locker in your hotel room. Do not accept food from strangers.

Also, beware of monkeys! outside places of worship, and in hill stations and sanctuaries, they are known to run away with bags, camera and money.

Dial 100 for central Police Control Room in case of an emergency.

Medical Emergencies

All metros and large cities have excellent private hospitals and doctors. You can easily find a well-stocked 24 hour chemist/pharmacy. Your hotel will usually have a doctor on call. The quality of medical treatment is inconsistent in smaller cities and towns. It is best to check this out when you arrive or even before you travel.

Watch out for the "Delhi belly". Malaria is still a concern in some areas, so use mosquito repellant. Do wear a hat and drink enough water and fluids, especially in the summer months.

Food and Eating Out

If you are exploring India's local and street cuisine, here are some guidelines:
- Always order bottled water.
- Do wipe your plate and cutlery with a napkin before eating at small wayside places.
- Order non-spicy fare initially, before you set out to explore India's spices.
- Do not eat without washing or sanitising your hands.
- Avoid eating peeled and prepared fruit, raw vegetables and salads at roadside or small eateries.
- Avoid ice, unless it has been made from bottled water.
 
Some food favourites you must try
 
- Masala Dosa
- Samosas
- Gol Guppas: spicy savouries, comes under the category of 'Chaat' - make sure they use bottled water
- Kebabs and Tikkas - best in North India
- Bhel Puri, Pav Bhaji and Vada Pav - best in Mumbai and Maharashtra
- Paratha - stuffed with various vegetables or cottage cheese
- Tandoori anything
- Indian Chinese food - oh yes, its different
- Phirini, Gulab Jamun, Halwa and a host of other desserts
 
Must try beverages
 
- Nimbu Pani, sweet or salty, no ice, with soda: lemonade, but not quite
- Lassi and Chas, sweet or salty - buttermilk, but not quite
- Sherbet to cool you down
- Masala Soda
- Sugarcane juice - at a clean place please
- Coconut water
- Masala chai - spicy tea
 
Going Shopping
 
India is bursting at the seams with street markets, vendors and bargains, and of course, high end shops and shopping malls. There are also the government run Cottage Emporiums in every city where prices are fixed and quality is assured. Local craft and international brands jostle side by side, and the cliches are true when they say India is a shopping paradise. You can bargain, especially at the local street markets. Keep an eye on your wallet or satchel - same rules apply as anywhere in the world.
 
Special things to look out for: silk, cotton garments and household linen, spices, shoes, a host of art and craft, incense, carpets, shawls and stoles, handicrafts, gold, silver and gemstones and jewellery.
 
Yoga and Ayurveda in India
 
India is the birthplaceof Yoga and Ayurveda, perennial health disciplines, over 5000 years old, and increasingly popular around the world today. Many visitors arrive especially to explore the tradition and go through a programme. Feel free to contact us if you are interested in attending a yoga class or Ayurvedic panchakarma.
 

Speak the Language

India has 22 official languages, 164 minor languages and over 1,576 classified mother tongues. English is widely undersood across the country, because of the influence of the Bristish Raj in India. Hindi is the official language of the Republic of India. Here are some useful phrases in Hindi to help you get by:

Water  Paani (pa-nee)
Tea: Chai (cha-i)
Food: Khaana (khaa-naa)
Yes: Hanh (haa)
No: Nahi (na-hee)
OK: Achcha (a-ch-cha)
Thank you: Shukriya (shook-ree-ya)
Ahead: Aage (aa-gay)
Behind: Peeche (pee-chay)
Enough: Bas (bus)
Where: Kahan? (ka-ha)
How: Kaisey? (kay-se)
Bathroom: Bathroom - the English word is understood by all
 
 
 
 
 

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