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Captivating India Tours and Trips 2021/22

Captivating India Tours and Trips 2021/22

All-inclusive Indian Travel Tours with Bamboo

It's near impossible to describe India in a single paragraph, inspired the world over for her mystery, culture, and charm. You will love and be aghast in a single breath as we journey through the best she has to offer and even explore some that aren't on the regular tourist trail. Our India tours the very heart of India where you will get to be a part of not just a tour group but a team that gives back as we explore together.

From capital city New Delhi to old Delhi, Agra Jaipur our India tours & travel style is unique, offering group tours with a difference. We guarantee by the end of this adventure you will travel home a little bit differently and a lot more open to the world and its wonders.  A few places in the world leave such a deep impression on a wanderer as India does. Standing tall upon layers of history, there is perhaps no other destination on Earth that is home to such striking contrasts as India. India has always managed to evoke diverse sentiments in an outsider with its magical aura, age-old rituals, mouth-watering street food, intriguing landscape, and people with welcoming hearts. One could travel India many times and never be fulfilled with its abundant spirit of adventure.

With Bamboo's Discover India India tours, you don't have to worry about anything except making sure you return home beaming with the spirit of accomplished adventure. Our experienced English speaking tour guides handle everything to make your India tour a memorable experience. We'll show you the most popular tourist spots and some of India's best-hidden gems in store for you. With special permission granted for our India tour guides and groups.

We're here as a professional yet fun travel experience, sharing our enthusiasm for travel and exploring India and helping make sure you have the best adventure in India with us.

But First, let's tell you some of the must-know traveling tips to India and why you must visit India and answer some of your most frequently asked questions to get you up to speed to experience India! You'll have your very own personal India travel guide with you to help make your India trips smooth and comfortable, and India travel warnings, so you get the most from your time on the Adventure travel In India.

Tours Available in India
Bamboo currently has 2 tour(s) in India:

What are some India Travel Tips?

  • India Trip Tip 1. A trip to India can be overwhelming. One of the essential tips for traveling in India is to include a few stops on your trip and spend more time at one place rather than trying to cover too much ground. This is why our Discover India Tour provides the perfect balance of culture, food, and adventure, not forgetting the give-back element.
  • India Trip Tip 2. Using public transport in India is not considered the safest for solo travelers, with our group your security is a priority 24/7 but if you ever wish to venture off on a solo journey please let people know where you are going or better still travel in a group.
  • India Trip Tip 3. Food is the greatest tourist attraction for travelers. You will love every bite. When traveling to India, you will find several street food delicacies, which are extremely hard to resist. But make sure you eat from decent eateries as street food could be quite unhygienic in some parts of India. Keep hand sanitizer and or soap handy while you are planning to travel to rural Indian cities.

5 Reasons to Travel to India

  • Reason to travel to India 1. India is well known for its beautiful art, music, history, and dance. So, if you are a curious soul, plan an adventure, travel India with us, and embark on the magical journey.
  • Reason to travel to India 2. You can't miss your sight of the lover's sacred temple,  the  Taj Mahal, which is one of the seven wonders of the world. It is the most iconic monument of India and is arguably, the most popular heritage site in the world.       
  • Reason to travel to India 3. Love shopping? India is a heaven for shopping lovers! You will discover beautiful handmade traditional souvenirs to take away from your India Tours.
  • Reason to travel to India 4. India celebrates many festivals year-round, much of which can be attributed to its cultural diversity. Therefore, attending one of the festivals in India should be on your top priority list.
  • Reason to travel to India 5. India is home to all of the major religions of the world. Observing the local people engage in their daily rites is an exceptional experience. If you want to spend a relaxing trip, India is the best destination for embracing spirituality, practicing yoga, or attending a meditation retreat in a local ashram.

FAQ: The most frequently asked questions about India and travel in India.

India is one of the most challenging countries to visit, but it is also one of the most rewarding. It offers some truly remarkable and stunning views that are unlike anything else in the world. It also boasts delicious food, incredible nature, warm and charming people, and a fascinating cultural heritage to discover. Therefore, to get the most out of your trip to India, here are some often asked questions our tour guide receives.

India has a broad geographical location, for our tour, the best time of year to travel to India is between March & October. The experience is fantastic any time of the year however so do not worry too much about the when more the how fast can I come!

India is one of the least expensive nations in the world to visit, but the amount you spend will depend on the level of comfort you choose. It is feasible to backpack India for as little as 1000 Rupees each day, which is approximately £10 or $15, but you can spend a lot more if you want to stay in luxury.

India is just as safe as any other foreign country that you visit for the first time. Indians are very hospitable and helpful. Furthermore, we will be there to assist you at every step of the process and to train you on fundamental safety procedures. It is a good idea to keep spare currency, traveler's cheques, passports, and expensive jewelry in the hotel safe. Furthermore, be cautious when walking alone late at night, especially in deserted locations or small towns where everything closes early. Avoid traveling late at night if possible, and never leave your bags alone at an airport or train station.

The rupee, which is made up of 100 paisas, is the Indian currency. In India, significant currencies such as the US dollar, the British pound, and the Euro are freely exchanged. You may find money exchange counters in most of the country's international airports, as well as in several of the country's more prominent hotels and resorts.

India is a fascinating country. There is something worth viewing in every state. Our tours cater to the experienced or the first-time solo traveler. Suppose it's your first time in India. In that case, we recommend visiting Rajasthan, which will give you a taste of genuine India while also being a highly comfortable location for a single traveler. Here are also some more beautiful spots in India that you should see while you're there.

  • Tranquility at the palace complex of the Taj Mahal, Agra
  • Ranthambore National Park, witness Bengal tigers wandering their natural habitat
  • The Holy City of Varanasi
  • Amber Fort, Jaipur
  • The Red Fort, New Delhi
  • Mumbai: The Gateway of India
  • Mecca Masjid, Hyderabad

Also, discover the magic of North India's rich culture and beauty on this spectacular North India Tour. See the Golden Triangle highlights of Delhi, the Taj Mahal, and Jaipur. Enjoy tiger spotting jeep safaris in Ranthambore and experience tribal life in the Thar Desert on route to historically rich Jodhpur and Udaipur.

Here are a few things to keep in mind if you plan on visiting India. Don't try to cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time. 

  • You should bring tablets to combat the curse of the 'Delhi Belly'  
  • Explore the world outside of the cities beyond Bamboo.
  • Cover yourself and wear conservative clothing.
  • Before entering a temple, remove your shoes.
  • Get a phone and a local SIM card.
  • Beware of Scams.

We suggest light cotton tops, shorts, and pants for the scorching Indian summers. Remember to carry some long-sleeved cotton tops for wildlife drives if you visit any of India's national parks. Temperatures can drop dramatically during the chilly winter months, therefore warm clothing is needed. Because the Indian landscape is diverse, we recommend packing clothes that are appropriate for the weather and temperature of the area during the season. Furthermore, when visiting religious sites and shrines, you may be required to dress properly, therefore both men and women should bring long skirts and pants.

In India, the cuisine is diverse, with each region known for its particular techniques, ingredients, and spices. Meals for meat-eaters are mainly cooked with chicken, mutton, or lamb, which are particularly popular in the northern regions, whereas vegetarian food is most popular in the southern parts. Furthermore, seafood is abundantly available, particularly along the coast. While Indian cuisine is typically spicy, most establishments would gladly make a milder version of the meal upon request. In most towns and cities, almost all restaurants serve western cuisine and large cities such as Delhi and Mumbai have a diverse range of cuisines ranging from Indian to Mediterranean, Chinese, and even Mexican.

With Bamboo, we aim to not only deliver a quality tour to you, the traveler but also create opportunities for our local partners to benefit through our outreach and give-back initiatives. The Bamboo philosophy is unique to travel, tourism can and must give back every step of the way, this is why we have been awarded and internationally recognized as one of the best group travel companies to explore India with!

Adventure and India go hand in hand as every day on our tours you will embrace the adventurous soul within! We encourage, within the safety of our group tours, that you go beyond the norm and discover not only India but yourself in the journey. Adventure in India can be as simple as walking down a bustling street, haggling in the local markets, or even working with one of the world's renowned elephant rescue organizations. Adventure is around every corner and we are going to discover it together!

Adventure Travel India & Bamboo EcoTours. Hand in hand we are teaching the world to travel.

Our Discover India tour package includes everything you need for an India group vacation with family and friends or friends yet to be found. India group holidays are professionally guided by locals who know how to share their culture with the world. This India tour has been carefully designed by a dedicated team of give-backpackers who truly understand how to get the most out of your India experience. India is a mystery, and we are excited to be the one to unlock its beauty. Are you ready for the adventure Travel? India trips never looked so good? Discover India with Bamboo and our award-winning India guided tours & travel experiences

Bamboo currently has 2 tour(s) in India:

India Travel Hack

Firstly, on behalf of everybody at Bamboo, I would like to offer you our thanks for choosing to experience this incredible part of the world with us. We guarantee you an amazing time and we’re all very much looking forward to meeting you in Chiang Mai soon.

I imagine that right now you’re very excited about your upcoming adventure and this little guide has been put together to help you understand more about what will be happening, what to expect, how to plan and more. We guarantee your time with us will be unforgettable from start to end.

Bamboo is growing as our style of 'travel' has proven to be the 'way' to travel. You are now a part of this journey and we welcome you with open arms and hearts. This growing experience is down to people like you, so do get stuck in, become part of our way of life, live every moment and take nothing for granted.

Peace, Love & Bamboo
Mark (& the other Panda, Colin)

This information is taken from the Discover India 18+ Travel Hack and is intended to provide a guide of what to expect. For more specific information you can view our full hacks:
Discover India Travel Hack
Discover India Young at Heart Travel Hack

TRAVEL HIGHLIGHTS

Take a guided tour of the vibrant city of Delhi

Explore one of the wonders of the world that is the Taj Mahal

Volunteer at a world-famous wildlife rescue centre, working to support Elephants and Sloth Bears

A guided walking tour of the beautiful Pink City of Jaipur

Experience a night under the stars in the desert of Pushkar

Taste authentic and traditional, mouth-watering Indian cuisine


THE NITTY GRITTY

Entry Requirements

Depending on your country of citizenship you may be entitled to a 1-year e-visa for India, which starts the day of approval.

This VISA will need to be applied and received BEFORE you travel to India.

Please note that entry into India is at the discretion of the Immigration officer at the passport counter.

Visa applications can be submitted in person or sent by post to an Indian consulate. It can also be submitted to designated Visa service provider in certain countries.

Costs differ per consulate and region. Some visa-handling services charge a small fee to check that completed application forms meets all requirements and to submit the documents on the applicants’ behalf.

Important! THIS IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY


ACCOMMODATION

New Delhi

HOTEL

Your accommodation here will be twin shared rooms with western style bathrooms, hot running water, air conditioning and WIFI.

The hotel also has a restaurant serving local and western style dishes.

Agra

HOTEL

Your accommodation here will be twin shared rooms with western style bathrooms, hot running water, air conditioning and WIFI. There is also a swimming pool on site.

Breakfast is served at the guesthouse.

Agra Volunteering

PRIVATE VOLUNTEER HOUSE

Your accommodation here will be shared rooms, 2 - 4 people with fans and coolers and a shared bathroom with hot running water.

Food is prepared by the house chef and a kitchen is available for your own use.

Jaipur

HOTEL

Your accommodation here will be twin shared rooms with western style bathrooms, hot running water, air conditioning and WIFI.

There is a restaurant which serves only vegetarian food.

Pushkar Desert

UNIQUE DESERT EXPERIENCE

Your accommodation here will be twin share in either brick or tent style rooms.

The camp has bathrooms with cold showers and western style toilets.

Pushkar

HOTEL

Your accommodation here will be twin shared rooms with western style bathrooms, hot running water, air conditioning and WIFI.

The hotel has a cool swimming pool available for guests to use.


MONEY

When it comes to us giving advice on how much money to bring, it's entirely up to you!

All our BamFam members are very different, where some go all out, others are on a budget. You can find both high end and budget restaurants, markets and shops throughout. A rough guide for meals and drinks are below.

The currency used in India is Indian Rupees, abbreviated RS. Typical exchange rates at the time of writing are;

$1 USD - 70 RS
£1 GBP - 90 RS
$1 AUD - 50 RS

The INR is a closed currency so it's unlikely that you will be able to change your currency before you arrive, but there are a number of currency exchange desks in the arrivals area of the airport.

Banks across India have bizarre hours of operation and it may cause unnecessary hassle finding a bank open when you wish to make a transaction.

Major credit cards are widely accepted in India. It is however always useful to have cash on you. We don't recommend bringing traveller cheques with you.

If you do plan to bring your ATM card with you, we do recommend that you inform your bank.

This should prevent your card being suspended by your bank due to irregular withdrawals.


CLOTHING

Packing for a trip to the unknown is always tricky. It’s definitely worth doing a little bit of homework on this one and to consider the local culture when deciding what clothes to bring.

Two adverbs govern how tourists should dress in India: comfortably and respectfully. What is comfortable is not always respectful, and vice-versa, so this can limit the dress code for many visitors. Knees and shoulders should be covered at all times in India (unless on the beach) as a sign of respect.

When visiting temples and other religious sites on your own or part of a tour, be on the lookout for signs advising visitors to dress in a specific way to enter the temple. The government of India advises that some religious institutions require visitors to cover their heads or remove their shoes.

You should also consider the weather. India has two prominent weather seasons: "Hot & Dry" and "Hot & Wet".

During the months of March to September, this is considered the warmest time of year in India. October through to February tend to be the coolest months with highs of 25°C and lows of 13°C.

It can also be relatively cool overnight with temperatures ranging from daytime highs of 46°C to nighttime lows of 16°C. Please bare this in mind when packing for your trip.

TRAVEL

Vaccinations

For up to date information about the best travel vaccinations to have before arriving in India we urge you to contact your own GP, a travel health clinic or to check the World Health Organisations website. Bamboo are not medical professionals and therefore can't offer you medical advice.

Flights

Thanks to the world wide web we now have access to great flight deals through websites such as Skyscanner, Google Flights and more. If you'd rather use the services of a booking agent, the likes of STA Travel, Trailfinders and Flight Centre, they are all available online.

To be eligible for the airport pick-up, please arrange your flight to arrive at Delhi International Airport on Saturday that your tour starts between 6 am and 9pm. If you arrive outside of these times you will need to make your own way to the hotel.

If you are making your own way we recommend you use the pre-paid taxi booth behind pillar 16 or private cabs called MERU cabs. The journey in the day shouldn't cost more than 800 rupees. In the night it will be around 1500 rupees.

Please remember that this tour starts in Delhi and finished in Delhi.

Important Notice

Once you have booked and confirmed your flight to Delhi, please make sure that you have shared your flight arrival time and flight number with our team. Without those details, we will be unable to guarantee that one of our team will be at the airport to meet you on arrival.


ARRIVAL

Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport is one of the busiest airports in Asia and can be a confusing place. A major international hub that welcomes millions of visitors annually, the following information is to help you locate our arrivals team quickly and to avoid unnecessary delays.

Once you have disembarked your flight, you will need to make your way to the immigration counter. It can be a little confusing but just follow the signs which point to the e-visa counter which is at the far end of the immigration counters.

Once you have passed through Immigration (Passport Control) and received your arrival stamp, you'll need to collect your luggage from one of the carousels. If you need to change any currency this is the place to do so.

Once you have your bags please make your way to the exit, passing through the green ‘Nothing to Declare’ channel. Once through you will enter the busy main arrivals area.

A member of our team will be waiting for you outside doors 4-6 (the international arrivals gates) They should be easy to find with their bamboo T-Shirt on holding a Bamboo sign.

If you can't see any of our team, don't panic. When you walk out you will see big pillars with numbers on, standby pillar 16 and our guide will find out.

When you've spotted our team, please head over and introduce yourself. You'll then receive further instructions. Please bear in mind that we may be waiting for others to arrive so your transfer to the hotel may not be immediate but we'll get you there as soon as possible.

As mentioned above to be eligible for the airport pick-up, please arrange your flight to arrive at Delhi International Airport on Saturday that your tour starts between 6 am and 9 pm.

If you arrive outside of these times you will need to make your own way to the hotel.

If you are making your own way we recommend you use the pre-paid taxi booth behind pillar 16 or private cabs called MERU cabs. The journey in the day shouldn't cost more than 800 rupees. In the night it will be around 1500 rupees.


TRANSPORT

Getting from point A to B across India can be quite an experience.

Urban buses range from fume-belching,human-stuffed mechanical monsters, that travel at breakneck speeds, right through to sanitized air-conditioned vehicles with comfortable seating and smoother ride quality.

The mode of transport during your adventure will vary depending on distance, time of year, and group size.

Between the major cities, we will use a variety of transport varying from private AC taxis, tourist buses with AC, of course, and on occasion, we will use an express train with reclining seats and AC.

Around the cities, we will use the traditional mode of transport which is an auto rickshaw.

Similar to the tuk-tuks of Southeast Asia, the Indian autorickshaw is a three-wheeled, motorized contraption, with a tin or canvas roof and sides, usually with room for two or three passengers (although you'll often see many more squeezed in).


GUIDES

Any tour is only as good as the guide - fact. The input of a tour guide cannot be understated. Their input into your tour, their little insights, the off-the-beaten-track adventures, the knowledge and experiences that they share with you will make or break your time wherever you are in the world.

At Bamboo, we take the selection and training of our guides and coordinators very seriously. Each guide undertakes a structured training program of three months and only once we're convinced that they are genuine representatives of Bamboo are they signed up to the family.

Each of our tours has English-speaking guides to support you, answer your questions, educate you and to ensure that your time is unforgettable. From time to time we may have new guides-in-training on our tours. If you’re lucky to have a trainee on your tour, please be patient. They are undergoing training and therefore their knowledge won't be that of the trained and experienced guide who will be accompanying them.

Although not in any way expected or encouraged, anybody who goes over and above the call of duty to ensure that you have the very best time, may deserve a special little thank you.

Did you have extra special service in a restaurant? Did the bus driver make an additional pit-stop just for you? Did your guide go out of the way so that you could experience something unique? At Bamboo we're firm believers in Karma - what goes around most definitely comes around!


WHAT TO BRING

The 'must brings’

0. An open mind

1. Backpack or suitcase w/wheels

2. Travel towel

3. Light, loose-fitting clothes

4. Long trousers, long sleeved shirts

5. Warm clothes for the evenings

6. Gloves for volunteering work

7. Trainers or sneakers

8. Day pack/bag

9. Insect spray

10. Hat & sunscreen

11. Reusable water bottle

12. Multi-use plug adapter

13. Flip flops or sandals

The 'can brings’

1. Medical Kit

2. Toiletries

3. Hand sanitizers

4. Small umbrella or water jacket

5. Earplugs

6. A dust mask

7. Clothes you that you can throw away

8. Home luxuries (you can't live without)

9. Card games or books


WILDLIFE SOS: PROJECT GUIDE

Simply put, we only work with the best: WILDLIFE SOS.

As a volunteer, you will soend four days working to support the bears and elephants at Agra. Duties include building hammocks for Sloth Bears to rest in, constructing enrichment structures for play and assisting keepers with their daily routines. In addition, you will also have the opportunity to visit our elephants and help with their feeding.

By volunteering at the Wildlife SOS Rescue Facilities, you will make a major contribution to the welfare of bears and elephants in India. Part of your tour cost includes a programme fee that will go directly to the centre, thus providing a critical source of funding for future work.

On a personal level, you will have the unique opportunity to work alongsid some incredible animals and gain the satisfaction that comes from helping to make a positive impact on their lives (and yours!). Working with the loca community and the inspiring people who run these projects is an opportunit of a lifetime!

Elephants

The survival of the Asian Elephant in India is critical to the survival of the entire species in South East Asia. Home to almost 60% of Earth’s remaining elephant population, India is plagued with a lack of awareness and education which leads to the persistent enslavement of these amazing animals for manual labor, performances, processions, entertainment and street begging.

Wildlife SOS specifically addresses the problem of injured and sick elephants that are forced to work in slums and crowded cities. Their aim is to reach out and help the elephants living in urban environments that are wounded, malnourished and dehydrated or those being used illegally and commercially under deprived conditions. They currently offer medical services to these needy elephants and train their handlers, ‘the mahouts’, on humane treatment and management of these gentle giants.

Bears

The Indian Sloth Bear (Melursus Ursinus) can easily be recognized by his shaggy black coat, long muzzle, protruding lip and a white V-shaped patch on the chest.

For over 400 years, the Sloth Bear had been a target for human exploitation. Over centuries, as the kingdoms in India disappeared, the ‘dancing’ bear trade transitioned to become entertainment for villagers and tourists who paid to watch the bears jump in agony.

In December 2009 Wildlife SOS rescued what we believe was the last ‘dancing’ bear in India.

What's Involved

No previous experience is required but you will need to be willing and enthusiastic.

A strong interest in conservation and wildlife is recommended. You will need to be physically fit, able to tolerate high temperatures and humidity, work well within a team and be adaptable to living and working in a group.

  • Food Prep for bears/elephants
  • Assisting keepers in cutting fruits/loading/making enrichment treats
  • Distribution of food to the bears/elephants.
  • Maintenance of the enclosures and facilities.
  • Bear & elephant observations.
  • Enrichment structure construction.
  • Gardening / plantation /nursery maintenance & development.
  • Knitting of coil Rope for hiding enrichments.
  • Organization of facility resources.
  • Facility-wide mechanical assistance.
  • Painting maintenance work & plumbing maintenance work.
  • Removal of weeds in enclosures.
Bamboo currently has 2 tour(s) in India: