Travelbay’s Private Tours to India have been put together by our very esteemed and lovely colleague Abhi, who has over 23 years’ experience in the industry, including having been head of travel operations at many renowned Indian travel companies.
He set up his own business in 2009 in order to provide flawless and very special holidays at great value prices. Our wonderful Private Tours of India will allow you to see and experience things that are not possible on a big group tours, meet locals and travel at your own pace and rhythm.
We have included many great sightseeing tours and additional activities and have also ensured that you have time to relax, unwind and enjoy the atmosphere/ambience of the city and the nice hotels you will be staying in. However, at every place/city there are many more activities which may be available for experience. Our local representatives always brief you at the start of the tour and also during the course of their meetings in each city wherever they are available. You can discuss and include these activities as per your choice by paying extras directly. You can also have the enjoyment of trying different cuisines in each area you are travelling to. Our local representative will always be ready to guide you to popular eateries, restaurants etc.
Below are some more detailed details!
Drivers In many cases as listed below you will have a driver and an English speaking tour guide with you. In some cases, such as on a longer drive, it will only be the driver. Drivers in India usually speak just about manageable English but in certain places we may have drivers speaking much better English.
All the drivers our tour operator uses are very experienced in terms of driving skills and also used to looking after foreign clients. They will be able to understand your needs quite easily, answer basic questions and also stop for toilet breaks, meals, taking pictures or showing something interesting on the way.
Arriving at the airport – day 1 On arrival you will be met by a representative who will stand at the “arrival area” holding a placard with your name on it and our Travelbay logo. He will escort you to your vehicle and you will be driven to your hotel.
If your arrival is during the day, the tour representative will hand over all your documents including hotel vouchers, flight and train tickets, discuss the whole tour with you, answer any questions you may have and arrange the meeting time for the next day.
If your arrival is late (or very early) he will give you a chance to rest first and go through the handover the next day followed by your first sightseeing tour.
Arrival and departures at different cities on flight or by train The same procedure of meeting with a placard and transfer is followed when you fly internally to any destinations minus the handing over of document part which is only required once right at the start.
At major cities our tour operator has representatives to receive you as well as the driver. At other locations a bit further afield they will only have the drivers, who will meet you in the same way with the placard. They will arrange to pay porterage charges, if required.
When travelling by rail, in a similar manner, a representative or driver will meet you in front of your carriage holding a placard and then escort you to your vehicle. As they have made all your train bookings, they will know the location of your allotted seats and coach number.
Similarly, for departure you will be dropped at the right entry gate of the airport and at the correct time for you to complete check-in formalities. For train departures, the representatives or drivers will take you right inside the station and ensure you are comfortable on the train before leaving.
They will also clearly explain the station where you need to get down and they can easily request help of co-passengers. Additionally, there are attendants on trains to inform guests about arrival at their station.
Sightseeing in each city In every city you will have a different English speaking guide. They are all professional local guides with a licence to take you around.
Each guide has been carefully shortlisted and only empanelled guides are assigned to these special private tours. Your guide will meet you at the hotel, take you around and be with you until your sightseeing is complete and then return you back to your hotel. If you have two days of sightseeing in the same city, then usually you will have the same guide on both days.
Local visit to cafe or restaurant We usually do not include a guide during local visits to cafes or restaurants. The driver will take you to the location and you can sit and enjoy yourself. If a restaurant visit is in between a sightseeing visit, then the guide will stay.
Longer drives and travel between cities On those occasions where you have a longer drive between cities, you will only have a driver and not an additional guide, unless you specifically choose to pay extra and have an additional guide.
If you are travelling between major tourist cities like Agra, Jaipur, Varanasi, Khajuraho, our tour company has a local representative, who will meet you on arrival at the hotel, or airport or station if arriving by plane or train.
They will assist you with check-in at the hotel and explain and discuss details of your program during your stay in their city and agree on a meeting time for the next sightseeing appointment.
If your sightseeing is due to start immediately, then the guide will be waiting for you at the hotel. If arrival is by surface, flight or train at a remote standalone destination or near a wildlife park, then a driver will meet you, drive you to your next destination where the guest hotel staff will take care and explain all the arrangements to you.
Boat ride to Udaipur The boat ride in Udaipur is a short 45 min – 1 hour trip. You may be joined by other tourists on this boat trip. Your guide will not join you, and will have already explained to you the places you will visit and see during the boat ride earlier in the day. This leaves you free to enjoy the ride, see the lovely view from the boat and take any photos you require.
Here you can find a customer information page about our Wildlife Jungle Safaris