Specialist Private Tours
TIKKA TOURS offers an independent travel tour option which includes your own private car and driver, daily breakfast, transfers, sightseeing and local city guides. All your accommodation based on your budget ( 3.5 – 5 star range ). Minimum 2 people.
Andaman Islands and Kolkata
8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS $2,990 • OCT 2019–MAR 2020
The Andaman Islands are pearls in a sea of blue. With shimmering turquoise waters fringed by primeval jungle, fantastic diving, and sugar-white, sun-toasted beaches melting under flame-and-purple sunsets, the far-flung Andaman Islands are the perfect Indian escape. The population is a friendly mix of South and Southeast Asian settlers, as well as Negrito ethnic groups. Adding to the islands' intrigue is their remoteness, 1370km east of the Indian mainland, 200km from Indonesia and 300km from Myanmar (Burma). Of the archipelago's 572 islands, only 36 are inhabited and a small selection is open to travellers. With splendid beaches and diving, ‘Havelock’ (Swaraj) is by far the most popular.
Kolkata (Calcutta) is India’s third-largest city and this 330-year-old metropolis is where India and England collide. Kolkata is regarded as India’s intellectual, artistic and cultural capital. The self-made middle class drives the city's core machinery, a nascent hipster culture thrives among its millennial residents and its dapper Bengali gentry frequent grand colonial-era clubs.
Goa Beach escape
5 DAYS/4 NIGHTS $1,400/$649 ss • OCT 2019–MAR 2020
Nothing spells tranquility quite like Goa, with its sandy beaches, captivating sunsets, green paddy cultivations and old world charm. The state of sun and surf has perfected the art of ‘susegad’ (taking it easy). Traditional festivities overlaid by a Portuguese colonial influence of churches, basilicas and old mansions. Goa offers a warm hospitality and the undemanding pleasures of beach life. Goa also has many wildlife parks with a rich biodiversity and the numerous waterfalls on adventurous scenic treks.
Mumbai food and wine trail
6 DAYS/5 NIGHTS $3,290/$850 ss • OCT 2019–MAR 2020
Watch Mumbai come to life on a street food safari, an experience not to be missed. Relax and enjoy the culinary delights and wine tasting among the stunning world class vineyards of the Nasik region. Indian wines have already entered international markets and are creating waves for their unusual terroir of black cotton soil and tropical climes. If you’re a wine-lover or just appreciate fine foods – we would highly recommend a tour of the wine trail on your next trip through India.
Textile tour of Rajasthan
12 DAYS/11 NIGHTS $5,990/$2,432 ss • OCT 2019–MAR 2020
The textile industry in India can trace its origins back to Vedic scriptures which detail weaving and spinning techniques and four thousand years ago to the Indus Valley civilisation. India’s textiles provided grist to European mills during the Industrial Revolution and created a handloom cottage industry during the country’s struggle for self-rule. India’s textile legacy remains through the evidence of a rich, thriving industry and a global trade portrayed in the drapes of sculptures and painting works of art, th remains of Indian-origin fabric and dye in Egyptian tombs. Trace how Indian silk traversed the Silk Route to be sold in western countries alongside China silk, and in traditions that have been passed on for generations and still live on today.
One of the tour highlights is a visit to the ‘Nahar Niwas for Royal vintage textiles’. They specialise in the restoration of heirloom pieces belonging to the royal and noble families of Rajasthan. Combining the techniques of ‘Zardozi’ and ‘Aari’ embellishment and stitching to be restored to their prime, the vintage wedding wear of the Royal ladies, which are woven and embellished in pure golden and silver thread.
Family Fun in India
13 DAYS/12 NIGHTS $6,855 twin share/$5,900 triple share• JAN 2020
On this epic journey you will travel through the desert state of Rajasthan – ‘the Land of the Kings.’ You will not only take in the highlights, including the Taj Mahal, the’ pink and blue cities’ of Jaipur and Jodhpur but also explore thebackroads and stay in small, friendly local villages. You will all experience luxury palaces to be treated like the maharajah and even overnight at 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ for a fun movie night. See the incredible wildlife of India on an exotic, magical, fun family adventure!
Camel rides in the desert and a culture that is so vibrant and colourful, they will feel as if they are part of a movie set, travelling in India with kids is one of the most eye opening trips you will take as a family. Simple things like their first trip in a tuk tuk will be a memory for life. As will playing cricket with the children at your homestay. The welcome for families is just phenomenal. As with travel anywhere in the world, when you have kids, the door is usually opened wide but in India it is flung open with fervent excitement.
Golden triangle with a twist
7 DAYS/6 NIGHTS $2,475/$1,011 ss • OCT 2019–MAR 2020
If time is limited, or you just want to discover India independently with a visit to the Taj Mahal, then this tour is a ‘must do’! Enjoy the energetic and ancient capital city of Delhi, before heading to Agra to view the famous Taj Mahal at dawn. Visit the famous ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur, with its majestic Amber Fort and its exciting markets and Bazaars. TIKKA TOURS twist is to take you out of the big bustling cities and for you to experience rural life and its traditions in the delightful village of Samode, nestled in the Aravali Hills and home to one of Rajasthans most loved heritage Palace hotels where you will be staying.
Varanasi and Ganges
3 DAYS/2 NIGHTS $1,887/$380 ss • OCT 2019–MAR 2020
A city at the confluence of two tributaries of the Ganges river, Varanasi is steeped in the spiritual sanctity and knowledge of three of the worlds great religions – Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism. Spiritually enlightening and fantastically photogenic, Varanasi is at its brilliant best by the ‘Ghats’, the long stretch of steps leading down to the water on the western bank of the Ganges. It’s a world-class ‘people-watching’ stroll as you mingle with the fascinating mixture of people who come to the Ganges not only for a ritual bath but also to wash clothes, do yoga, offer blessings, sell flowers, get a massage, play cricket, wash their buffaloes, improve their karma or simply stare at the Ganges.
Varanasi is also the spiritual home of India's ‘sadhus’ (holy men) often seen in their colourful orange robes, flowing beards and decorative beads. They are revered by Hindus as representatives of the gods and sometimes worshiped as gods themselves. Varanasi is one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world, about 3,000 years or longer and its nickname is ‘The spiritual capital of India’.
Some of the tour highlights include rising early to head out by boat at dawn to watch the colourful Ghats vibrantly come to life as pilgrims begin to bathe themselves in the holy river when the river is bathed in a mellow light and they perform ‘puja’ (prayers) to the rising sun, and an evening ‘Ganga Aarti’ (river worship ceremony), a ritual of lighting lamps at sunset and offering prayers to the river deity ‘Ganga’, a quintessential sacred and spiritual experience.
Supplement costings apply in Dec 2019 – Mar 2020 on Specialist Private Tours.
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