Village Tours

A herd of buffalo wandered back from the fields, followed by women in brightly coloured saris, water gourds balanced on their elegant heads. Blue jays darted overhead as smoke rose from the cooking fires and aromatic smells filled the air. A reclining cow chewed on a cabbage, a man on a bicycle wobbled slowly past. The village children played on the path between the crocked houses while several of the village elders, pulling indolently on their smoking beedis, squatted by the track to discussed the day’s events. It’s a magical time of day when dusk settles in a thousand villages across the Indian subcontinent and the night creeps in. The Indians have a word for it… Godhuli, the homecoming.

Sadly, very few visitors get to experience the day to day beauty of rural India, focussing instead on well known urban centres such as Delhi, Jaipur and Agra. Estimates suggest over 60% of the 650,000 British visitors to India in 2005 travelled within the Golden triangle, their trips consisting almost solely of sightseeing tours to historical monuments, religious sites and heaving bazaars. With most companies offering similar itineraries during the 5 months tourist season, it is very hard for travellers to escape the hoards and experience the true nature of India.

Cattle on rural India holidayNot any longer. Now an imaginative company has come up with a novel way of getting their clients off the well-worn tourist trail, and into the heart of India, allowing them to witness firsthand the life that the vast majority of Indians live. In these lesser-travelled areas there is a richness of life, guaranteed to rival the palaces and opulence of Golden Triangle and a colour and tranquillity that will stay with you for ever. And with a number of trips on offer, from Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh to Uttaranachal and the mighty Himalayas, this is an original way to explore real Indian life in a way that benefits both the visitor and the host. For its not just visiting… its interacting as well.

Into the Thar Desert

From Jodhpur, 'The Gateway to Thar', the great Indian desert stretches out before you. Travel some 70km north-west of Jodhpur and you are transported to a land of simple charms and hardworking, peaceful people.

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Binsar to Jageshwar

Wooded hills and secret valleys, fine walking, ancient footpaths and sweeping views of the majestic Himalayan peaks. Picturesque hillside villages nestled amid pine trees and terraced fields, wonderful wildlife and fine, natural

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Coast Spice and Temples

An in-depth exploration of the ways and culture of Karnataka, this holiday immerses you first in the sub-tropical warmth of the Western Ghats to

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Hills and Backwater Kerala

From banana groves and pepper plantations high in the Wayanad hills to lagoons, rivers and canals weaving between small

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