India is a vast country and we generally recommend focussing your trip on one area. Most of the time we try to keep the use of internal flights in India to a minimum but sometimes they are the most suitable way to travel long distances in a short time. From mid-December to mid-January fog can delay flights in northern India and those to remote mountain areas are sometimes cancelled but we will always consider this when putting together your itinerary.
India has one of the largest rail networks in the world and taking the train is not only a convenient and comfortable way of covering some of the large distances between places of interest, particularly in rural areas, it is also a real experience in itself. Railway platforms are full of life, with chai and samosa vendors weaving their way through the crowds and huge piles of luggage. Stations can also be chaotic, which is why you will always be taken to the station by a guide or driver who will ensure that you are on the right train.
Road travel during our tailor-made tours in India are based on the modern Toyota Innova, a modern air-conditioned car with plenty of space for two passengers and luggage, as well as your driver. They're comfy for both city sightseeing or jouneys on country roads, such as exploring rural Rajathan.
For larger parties we suggest a Tempo Traveller mini bus which normally has up to nine seats, or you could travel in two or more Innovas. Your experienced driver, who is used to dealing with the hugely varying road conditions, will speak English but as this is not his first language we will usually provide you with local guides, especially in the major cities. In some places we can arrange sightseeing in an Ambassador, the most popular saloon car in India until very recently, modelled on the Morris Oxford, and short transfers by classic car.
There are some opportunities to travel by boat in India but a cruise on the Brahmaputra and Hoogli rivers are one of the best ways to explore the north east, while a trip on a private converted ricebarge is the perfect way to enjoy the Kerala Backwaters. Rickshaws, also known as tuk-tuks, and cycle rickshaws can be used for short hops in towns and bicycling is an excellent way to discover rural India.
Natural High organises tailor made trips to India. Get in touch to plan and book your trip and we will be happy to talk through your ideas and advise the best way to get around.
Posted by: Andrea Hulme