Like every country we operate in, our trips to India focus on the experiential. It's something that's magnified here. There are few countries in the world that are equal to India for immersive and authentic person-to-person experiences. Initially, you are likely to be awed by the wonderful scenery and sights. Yet when leaving India it is the friendliness, warmth, and endearing nature of the people that form your most enchanting memories.
We're always searching for the people that can truly enlighten your visit. Personal encounters are what make a private India holiday and they are at the placed at the heart of all our itineraries. And the means of meeting these people provide a new angle, whether cycling across a tea plantation, ascending to a hilltop temple, or following a camel train across the desert. You'll find a small selection of our experience below, but remember, India is a country where almost anything is possible, so we look forward to responding to your own ideas and requests.
"We were pleased that Indochina Travel was small enough to provide the things larger companies cannot, yet with all the benefits of using a larger one. In Saigon, we were honored to visit our guide's family. The BEST parts of our trip were the PEOPLE we met, especially the real, local people, not just the famous ones (though they were fascinating as well). Cuong made this possible throughout our time with him."
—Ric Haas, Menlo Park
"Chris and I had a wonderful journey. Thanks to you, everything was flawless. All of the guides were superb (especially Thiha in Burma). The accommodations were top-rate in most cases, the special activities and personal service much appreciated!"
—Ann & Chris McMurray, Alexandria, VA
"Overall, we had an excellent trip! Don and I both loved Bhutan and Myanmar. Both countries are beautiful, each in their own way. Our main comment would be to say how wonderful our guides were. As we've discussed in the past, it's really the difference between a good trip and great one. It was really nice to have the same guide for the entire itinerary, you really get to establish a rapport and they get to know us. We thought both guides were very professional, knowledgeable and personable, and we learned a lot from both."
—Irene Ing and Don Ershig, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Boating - "Thank you for an amazing adventure, we were delighted at every turn and the activities and people we met were thoroughly fascinating. We really the appreciated the authentic experiences we shared. Our girls are still talking about the trip, please give Linh and Duc our best!"
—The Anderson Family
Halong Bay Kayaking - "This was our fourth trip with you guys and it couldn't have possibly been any better. Your crew is outstanding in every way-well prepared, attentive, and professional. Again, you planned some very special things for us which we really enjoyed. Thank you for another amazing experience."
Food is one of the great delights of India. We'll provide you with a detailed list of dining recommendations and can make advance reservations at the country's best restaurants, sourced over our many years traveling in the country.
As an example, don't miss the dining experience at New Delhi's Indian Accent. Situated in a small boutique hotel, award-winning chef Manish Mehrotra pioneers a vision of contemporary New Delhi cuisine in bold new ways. Manish is renowned for fusing international ingredients and techniques with the complex, traditional flavors of India, The results are stunningly original: foie gras stuffed galawat, masala miso Scottish salmon, chili bacon soft shell crab...
From a rickshaw there is no escaping the authenticity. This traditional mode of transport offers an uninterrupted window onto India in all its complexities, immersing you in all the sights, sounds, smells and strange goings-on that make the country special. We can arrange these tours in many of India's destinations, a great way to see the famous cities like Jaipur, and the hidden villages that few visitors have ever heard about. Weaving through the streets, a rickshaw is also an inspiring way to visit out of the way temples and markets.
The landscapes of India make for inspirational journey on two wheels. Peddle through spice plantations, cycle into jungle parks, traverse empty Indian Ocean beaches, and take your wheels into the narrow lanes of old cities. For over two decades we've pioneered cycle tours in Asia, being the first to offer them in Myanmar while becoming most experienced cycle operator in Indochina. Our Indian cycle tours are based on this experience and knowledge, giving you a very personal perspective on this wonderful nation.
Walk into an 8th-century cave temple and meet a spiritual guide. Meditate on a Himalayan plateau as the sounds of Indian streets past peacefully beneath you. Join an Indian wedding ceremony, losing yourself in its color. Experience a traditional ceremony that celebrates one of the millions of Hindu gods. There are intimate spiritual encounters to be found all over the country and we've spent years finding the best local guides to lead you. Spirituality is something to explore on almost any private India tour; we help you understand and experience the stories behind it all.
"Elegant and softly spoken, Anand is the new face of Indian cuisine, a bestselling author and entrepreneur who managed to knock Harry Potter off his perch with her breakthrough volume, Indian Food Made Easy, in 2007." That's just one of the descriptions a magazine has made of Anjum Anand. And she's just one of the legendary chefs you can be cooking with. Cooking classes are an iconic part of most Indian tours, but rather than backstreet locals, we connect you with the most successful and pioneering of the country's culinary pioneers.