Day 1 : Mumbai
Depart from London on morning flight to Mumbai.
Overnight in Waterstones, Mumbai
Meal plan: n/a
Experience the rich and varied wildlife of India in some of its best national parks. The enigmatic tiger may be India`s biggest draw, but the rare Asiatic lion and endangered one-horned rhino also roam this land. Starting in Gir National Park in Gujarat, home to the Asiatic lion, we head down to Central India`s prime tiger territory - Kanha and Pench Tiger Reserves. Finally, we head to India`s remote Northeast, where you come face-to-face with the one-horned rhinos of India.
Mumbai - Gir National Park - Kanha Tiger Reserve - Pench Tiger Reserve - Kolkata - Kaziranga National Park
Marvel at India's most incredible forts and palaces
Ideal extension to Bhutan
Discover colonial Kolkata and the Sunderbans Tiger Reserve
Travel across the spectacular Himalayan Highway
After exploring the busy cities, there's no better place to relax than one of India's paradisiacal beaches
Himalayan treks, village walks and more
Escape the city and unwind among some of the most breathtaking mountain and hill scapes the world has to offer.
Visit the must-see sights and the hidden depths of India's most vibrant cities.
Experience the best of North and South India
Discover iconic sights of India, Nepal & Bhutan
Himalayan mountains, unseen tribes & amazing wildlife
Travel through the Himalayan foothills via Shimla & Amritsar to Ladakh
Experience Bhutan's rich culture, colonial Kolkata and rural life in Assam
Discover South India's ancient archaeological wonders
Visit the two most populous countries on Earth.
Golden Triangle and the Himalayas
Textile tour of Gujarat & Rajasthan including the Mewar Festival
India's Golden Triangle & the best of Sri Lanka.
Spot tigers, lions, leopards, buffalo, rhino & elephants
Tropical mountains, tea & spice plantations, and backwaters
Fort cities, rural villages & camel fair
Experience the flavours and exotic spices of South India
Wildlife, tribes & rural life in Assam, Nagaland and Manipur
Aoling Festival, wildlife in Assam & natural beauty of Manipur
Visit remote tribal villages of Orissa & Chhattisgarh
Idyllic backwaters, tropical forests & ancient temple towns
Diverse wildlife in Assam and the Sunderbans
Discover Karnataka's stone temples, wildlife and coffee farms
Perfect mix of classic sights and off-beat places for first-timers to India
Temple towns of Tamil Nadu to backwaters of Kerala
Remote tribal cultures in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam & Nagaland
Discover the huge diversity of North India's cuisine
Experience the thrill of the Indian jungle ...
Experience dramatic Himalayan scenery, Islamic & Buddhist cultures
Take in the highlights of central India
Colonial Kolkata, Darjeeling toy train & Buddhism
Explore the lost Silk Road through Rajasthan
Explore this UNESCO biodiversity hotspot on foot
Set foot in Ladakh's hidden Himalayan valleys
Golden Triangle, tigers & exotic Kerala
Villages, temples, salt flats & the world's last Asiatic lions
Tea, spices, backwaters & beaches
Discover the forts, palaces, villages and desert of Rajasthan
Waterfalls, hills and living bridges in North East India
Uncover the religious diversity of India
Nigel & Margaret Turner , Tailormade India Wildlife & Birding tour
This trip was very well put together and ticked all the boxes that we had requested. The accommodation throughout the tour was of a high standard and our experiences in the national parks was wonderful spotting many different animals including tigers, leopards, sloth bears, lions, jungle cat plus countless number of birds. Thank you Rahul for tailoring this trip to our requirements.
Joan Edmunds (USA) , Tailormade India
I have been on 3 tailor made trips with Travel The Unknown and have found them to be knowledgeable and reliable. We`ve stayed in some wonderful places and have had some unusual and satisfying experiences that go beyond the standard tours.
Tracey & Gary , Tailormade India
I would highly recommend Travel the Unknown to anyone visiting India. The service we received both prior to, during and following our travels was always timely and excellent. We were able to customize our trip to our liking and to enjoy a wide variety of activities. The guides in every location were outstanding! Honestly. Having travelled through much of the world I can truly say that we have never been more impressed with the quality of the guides arranged for us in each location, as well as the service we received. Similarly, the hotels were excellent and allowed us to live very comfortably while, at the same time, enjoy an authentic Indian experience. If you haven`t already booked your trip with Travel the Unknown, then either do so now....or at least give them a chance to show you what they can offer.
Danny , Tigers, Lions & Rhinos of India, India
I thought I missed the name of this tour when I was looking for wildlife trips, lions in India! Not only was I lucky to see a tigress and her cubs in Kanha, Satpura was also magical, particularly the walking safari. I saw a leopard dragging its kill away. Gir was so different, and yes, I can confirm lions do live in India! Thank you Travel The Unknown for a very different wildlife trip.
Jane McCormmach , Tigers, Lions & Rhinos of India, India
Neither of us had ever been to India before. This trip was a wonderful introduction. The trip you arranged responded precisely to our request to spend most of our time seeing wild life in National Parks and also provided us with the opportunity to visit Delhi, Agra and Kolkata. The drivers and guides were excellent, the accommodations excellent and they accommodated both my husband`s preference for highly spiced food and my lamentably bland preferences. Thank you!
Hazel Fairall , Tribes of North East India, India
Thanks for organising such a great trip to NE India Rahul - everything went seamlessly! We loved the fact that we could book an individual tour but still have flexibility with our itinerary once we were there, enabling us to take in the Si Donyi Festival at Daporijo and also be the first guests to stay overnight in a local village hut with our hosts in Papi, which was fantastic. Our guide was super. He had a wealth of knowledge and a great sense of humour! It’s hard to pick a highlight as the whole trip was both fascinating and at times, humbling. We’ll never forget the amazing people, scenery & culture we experienced whilst there and are glad we had the opportunity to visit such an intriguing part of the world. We would certainly consider travelling with you again in the future.
Andrew Martin , Tailormade North East India
I`m sure I could not have found a better operator for the type of complicated Indian tour I wanted to undertake on a limited budget. India is an intimidating country to visit, and I suspect that some operators look down on the first time visitor, or disparage their requirements. Travel the Unknown, by contrast, helped me all the way, and their local guides were superb.
Rachel , Spirit of South India, India
We went on the Spirit of South India Tour and had a great time on our honeymoon. There was a good variety of places visited and the hotels, drivers and guides were all very good. We would definitely recommend this tour.
Keith Lewis , Monks, Tribes & Rhinos, India
This was my first experience of using Travel the Unknown having enjoyed small group adventure holidays for many years. I was attracted to the company because it seeks out the more unusual and lesser known areas of a country and I was not disappointed by my visit to Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. There is a clear contrast between the people and the scenery of these two regions and we saw very few western tourists particularly in Arunachal Pradesh. The tour was well organised with plenty to see and do.
Richard Williams , Monks, Tribes & Rhinos, India
This was a very varied and interesting trip to a forgotten part of India. If you like off the beaten track travel it is definitely worth the effort but go with an open mind and keep a smile on your face.
Vik , Kerala Calling, India
Thank you for organising our holiday in Kerala. I certainly wouldn`t have had the time or the knowledge to put together such a trip. Munnar was my favourite and the accommodation throughout was excellent.
Ann Holgate , Tailormade India
A really well planned trip. We experienced life in Northeast India in just the way we wanted to. We loved the game reserves and saw a rock python which thrilled our guides as it is even rarer than the tiger! We visited villages and were able to interact with local people and loved the busy markets in Delhi and Calcutta. A special highlight was the Hornbill Festival in Nagaland; shown to us by our very own Naga guide Kezo. Kezo accompanied us for 15 days of our trip and ensured that we had many very special experiences - even taking us to the home of one of his Aunts where we spent a couple of hours sitting by the bonfire chatting.