whether you are an aspiring photographer or simply like memorable images, why not travel with a professional photographer who can teach you how to get the best out of your shots? We can arrange for one of the region’s best photographers to accompany you, either on the holiday you have planned, or on a specialised trip to learn about your camera and how to get the best out of it!
India is huge. It is diverse. Both in terms of biodiversity and human cultures. Learning about and visiting India’s colorful history and diverse cultural groups is fascinating, with elements such as traditional dancing, song and music, artwork and craft techniques, different foods and languages to try out, unique ethnic dress styles and of course the opportunity to head into the mountains, the desert, or the coast to stay in a village to get to know the real India.
History and ancient sites
India is home to some of the world’s most stunning and intricate architecture. From the incredible beauty of the Taj Mahal, to the unique design of desert dwellings made to withstand the heat, India is home to some of the world’s most magnificent architecture!
Learn about India’s ancient religions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Jain, Shamanism and the ancient, pre-buddhist Bon-Po religion. Learn how these are often intertwined in a way that is fascinating culturally and a great example to the world of religious tolerance and synergy.
The spiritual side
India is well known as an important spiritual centre in both the Hindu and Buddhist worlds, so there are many monasteries and centres of learning around this vast country. While you are here you can take a spiritual teaching or a series of teachings (eg: Buddhist philosophy, a meditation course/yoga retreat, etc) with one of India’s renowned spiritual teachers.
Ever thought of... Ever thought of including yoga or massage on your trek into the mountains?
Yoga or meditation retreats
combine your holiday with a few days or a few weeks of yoga or meditation retreat to really clear your head and get you on a healthy path for returning home! India has truly world class healing instructors, specialising in yoga, meditation, reiki and massage. Whether you want relaxing, healing or you want to learn the art, consider coming to India.
learn about the incredible biodiversity of India firsthand, from the elephants, rhinos and tigers of the plains to the elusive blue sheep, bears and leopards of the high mountains. Not to mention India’s abundant birdlife!
Specialised bird watching tours
of the 27 Orders and 155 Families that bird life has been classified into, India has 20 Orders and 77 Families. The reason for this richness of species is the climate, the diversity of vegetation as well as its wide altitudinal range, which extends from sea level to the Himalayas. A bird watcher’s dream, India is waiting for you to come and meet its birdlife!
Textiles and traditional crafts
India has an incredibly rich heritage of art, wood carving, marble and devotional sculpture works, coupled with traditional weaving crafts. Visit artisans and see the process of creating these timeless works of art and beautiful textiles. Get to know the artists and if you like, buy some quality products direct from the artist – what is more fair trade than that (we don’t take commission but our professional guide can advise you on quality.)
Experience the real India by staying in a local house, cooking and eating traditional food together with your host family! Take part in daily life of Indian people outside the tourist centres – depending on the season you could plant or harvest rice/wheat/corn and just take in the daily activities – morning puja; morning chores; cooking and eating together; life in the fields; evening relaxation and getting to know the family.
Art History and Art Today
Get to know more about the art of India and how particular religious, political and cultural developments have influenced the development of India’s immense artistic heritage. This is your chance to get to know the ins and outs of the art world and meet some of India’s traditional artisans. Your host will be an expert in the Indian art world who can guide you through the world of India’s complex artistic heritage and the realities of today.
A little piece of India
shopping or simply learning about traditional arts, guided by an expert in the Indian art world to get to know the ins and outs of the arts in India and meet traditional artisans. Should you choose to buy something then your guide can help you with quality and fair price; please note that we do not support commissions and we ensure there are no hidden costs if you want to buy something!
if you have a thirst for adventure and new experiences and would be most comfortable traveling with a group of likeminded women, we can tailor the experience to make your travel dreams come true! We operate such trips in small groups and of course our qualified and experienced female guides and crew are there to ensure your safety and wellbeing while supporting you to challenge yourself or just see new sights in great company! Such trips also create and sustain professional career opportunities for women!
Mountain biking or cycle touring
To get off the beaten track and slow down the pace to join the locals. There is something in India for every level of cyclist – if this is your thing, then India is waiting to show you some serious fun. Rides can be as long or short, as rugged or luxurious as you like, it’s only your imagination setting the limits.
Indian culture is still very much family and community oriented and people just love kids! It is a very safe place to travel with children and India has so much to offer for your most memorable family adventure, with a mix of activities and pace to keep everyone engaged and having fun.
Combine any experience with rafting, trekking, cycling, mountain biking, mountain flights, yoga, world class massage/spa treatments, paragliding, jungle safari, overland travel or even simply the fun of a classic rickshaw ride through an ancient bazaar or bullock cart ride in the sultry plains for a truly memorable holiday that only India can provide!