The Best of India—Holiday Experiences

India has so much to offer beyond it’s spectacular wildlife! We have options for all your interests, whether it is culture, history, spirituality, wellness, a family adventure, or just relaxing on a beach. These tours can run as described or be customised according to your preferences and available dates.

Highlights from these are ideal add-ons to our specialty birding and wildlife tours, especially if your travel partners aren’t quite as obsessed with birds as you might be!

Don’t see what you are looking for here? We can arrange almost anything, so please get in touch!


Brief Highlights of Kerala

Short tour of Kochi (Cochin), Munnar, Thekkady and Kumarakom: highlights and hidden gems of Kerala—God’s own country. Kochi is a cluster of islands and mainland all connected through ferries and bridges, and remains a testimony to the various Dutch, Jewish, Portuguese colonies settled there over centuries. Highlights include Fort Kochi Beach, Chendamangalam Palace Fort, Holy Coonan Cross Church, Pierce Leslie Bungalow, and Pallipuram Fort.

Munnar in the Western Ghats is carpeted with tea plantations, and Periyar National Park in Thekkady, home to tigers and many other mammals and birds.

The Kumarakom backwaters, and Vembanad Lake, provide a relaxing end to the tour on the edge of the charming

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Kailasa Temple, Ellora

Caves of Ajanta & Ellora, Beaches of Goa

From the world-famous rock-cut caves of Ajanta and Ellora in Maharashtra, with their spectacular murals, to the beaches and rich Portuguese and British colonial history of Goa.

Aurangabad, ancient Silk Road city, is base for visiting Ajanta and Ellora, as well as Daulatabad Fort, Bibi Ka Maqbara, Lonar Crater and Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga. We then head to Goa, with fresh delicious seafood, beautiful beaches, and luxurious resorts, a true oasis. It also has a rich history, from Fort Aguada to beautiful churches and temples.

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Rajasthan Camel Safari

Colours of Rajasthan

This meticulously handcrafted tour takes you through culturally rich destinations of Rajasthan. From Delhi to the pink city of Jaipur and the City Palace, Hawa Mahal, and Amber Fort. Then Pushkar and Jodhpur, and the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort. Jaisalmer and Bikaner on the edge of the Thar Desert, where you can enjoy camel riding. Finally to Mandawa, with its numerous havelis.

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Agra Fort

Cultural Heritage & Wildlife of India

The Cultural Heritage & Wildlife of India tour brings you a fascinating combination of historical sites, Indian culture, and traditional food, with a tantalising taste of wildlife experiences and maybe an encounter with a ‘big cat’.

From Delhi’s Chandni Chowk and Qutub Minar, to the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur and some of Rajasthan’s finest forts and palaces, to the most famous global monument of love, the Taj Mahal in Agra. Unique architecture and spirituality await with the temple sculptures at Khajuraho, and the colour and bustle of India’s holiest city, Varanasi.

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Tiger at Kanha

Endangered Mammals of India

India is home to a variety of iconic animals, the most popular being elephants and tigers. However, there are many more animals that call India home, many of them, unfortunately, endangered and restricted to various pockets throughout the subcontinent.

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Amber Fort

Forts & Palaces of Rajasthan

Rajasthan is the culturally rich and fascinating desert state of India. The royal historical heritage in the form of palaces, forts, havelis, caves, temples, mosques, tombs and monuments set against the desert landscape make Rajasthan a unique destination. The colourful dressing, deep rooted traditions, age old handicrafts, art, folk dance and music and delicious traditional cuisine showcase the rich Rajasthani culture. This trip, from Jaisalmer to Jodhpur to Mount Abu and Udaipur will have it all, camel and elephant rides, boat rides, museums, village jeep safaris, visits to see stone makers, potters and handloom weavers and unforgettable sun sets in the dunes.

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Lion at Gir

Four Big Cats of India

Big cats are usually synonymous with Africa. But that is a strange thought, considering that four of the world’s five big cats can be found in India.

From our start in Gir National Park, the only home of the Asiatic Lion, we move to Jaipur and its healthy population of Leopards in Jhalana Safari Park. We then move on to Ranthambhore National Park, probably the most famous place for Tigers, before our intrepid week in Ladakh, on the trail of the Snow Leopard—the “Grey Ghost”.

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Tigers at Bandhavgarh

Ganges, Temples & Tigers

This exciting family tour combines two of the country’s most fascinating cultural and ancient sites, namely Khajuraho and Varanasi, and an opportunity to see Tigers at Bandhavgarh.

Starting in Delhi, we visit Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial at Raj Ghat, the Red Fort, Qutub Minar, Jama Masjid and India Gate, before our overnight train to the ancient holy city of Varanasi. From there we fly to Khajuraho to see the magnificent template complex, best known for their depictions of various explicit sexual poses: the kamasutra in stone.

We then drive through rural Madhya Pradesh to Bandhavgarh, where we are almost guaranteed to see Tigers on our jungle safaris, as well as many other mammals and birds.

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Amber Fort

Golden Triangle with Bharatpur Birds

North India has much to offer for those visiting India for the first time. To get a true taste of the culture and history of the region, nothing is better than the “Golden Triangle” of Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra. It would be remiss however, to not get a taste of the rich wildlife of this region, so we also visit the Leopard-rich forests of Jhalana and the bird-filled wetlands of Bharatpur.

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Tigers at Ranthambhore

Golden Triangle with Wildlife & Birds

The very best of India’s heritage, culture and wildlife! The famous Golden Triangle from Delhi to Jaipur and Agra includes sites such as Chandi Chowk and the Qutub Minar, the Hawa Mahal and Amber Fort, and the indescribable monument of love, the Taj Mahal.

In between will be a memorable safari experience at Ranthambhore National Park, and its majestic wild Tigers.

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Himalayan Sunset

Himalayan Safari

The snowclad and sun-kissed peaks of the Himalayas have long been not only a cultural hotspot, but also a birdwatching hotspot, home to a large variety of species, both resident and migratory.

This specially handcrafted tour ensures that you get the most out your visit to Kumaon. The unique blend of culture and wildlife will give you a well-rounded perspective of wildlife, as well as the traditional lifestyle and society of the Kumaoni people.

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Himalayan Lodges

Himalayas and Tigers

India is rich in wildlife, and no animal is a more famous ambassador of Wild India than the mighty Tiger. Join us on this journey to explore Central India, India’s wild heart, and the Western Himalayan foothills. Meet and photograph the various birds and animals that share its home, from Asian Elephants and Leopards, to Long-tailed Broadbills and Great Hornbills. This tour takes you to some of India’s best wildlife destinations to give you that truly wild Indian experience.

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Colourful Camel of Kutch

Jewels of Rural Gujarat

Jewels of Gujarat is a handcrafted tour exploring the unique village life of Gujarat. From Ahmedabad to Patan, the Little Rann of Kutch, Bhachau, and Hodka in the Greater Rann of Kutch.

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Kashmir Extravaganza

Kashmir Extravaganza

Kashmir is a region that is home to a rich history, and fascinating people and cultures. This tour takes you to some of the best sites of Kashmir, each with something unique to offer, from the Lake City of Srinagar to the “Meadow of Gold” Sonmarg, and everything in between!

Enjoy the eye-catching scenic beauty of the paradise on Earth, a comfortable stay on a luxury Houseboat on Dal Lake, as well as cosy hotels and the famous local cuisine.

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Kumaon Himalayas

Kumaon Himalayan Safari

Our tour begins at the picturesque hamlet of Pangot, a birder’s paradise. Then on to Mukteshwar hill station and Abbott Mount, with its European bungalows and well-maintained gardens and orchards. Up to an altitude of 2,298 we reach Munsiyari, known for its panorama of the snow-capped Himalayan Range, including Panchachuli (the five peaks), Nanda Devi and Nanda Kot.

We then head “down” to Ranikhet and finally Corbett National Park. Besides Tigers the park has over 600 species of birds.

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Monsoons in Meghalaya

Monsoons in Meghalaya

Meghalaya is the best place to experience the magic of the Indian monsoon. From Guwahati in Assam this tour visits Barapani before arriving in Shillong, home of the Khasi tribe. Laitlum, Jowai and Mawsynram all have scenic beauty, with Cherrapunjee having the record of being one of the wettest places on Earth! Dawki and Nongrait complete the best of Meghalaya.

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Relax in Dehradun and Mussoorie

This short break based in Dehradun is ideal as a relaxing break from Delhi, or to chill after a longer tour through Uttarakhand. Bond with family and friends over short hikes, barbeque dinners, and enjoy traditional flavours and hospitality in the amazing boutique bungalow Walterre.

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Golden Temple

Sikhism, Buddhism and the British Raj

India has been the birthplace of many civilisations and religions. The relative harmony in which they have coexisted over the years has given rise to a colourful and secular present, where one can witness different religions and cultures in a single nation. This tour has been specially designed to explore and learn about the Sikh and Buddhist monuments and ways of life, as well as the quaint colonial hill stations of the Himalayas.

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Buddha Garden, Sikkim

The Land of Buddha

Follow Gautam Buddha’s illuminating life of self-realization, from Lucknow and the centuries-old Jetvanaram and Angulimala’s stupas, to Lumbini in Nepal, the UNESCO World Heritage Site and birthplace of Shakyamuni Buddha.

Then to Kushinagar, Vaishali, Bodhgaya and Varanasi, all places with deep links to Buddhism and Buddha.

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