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India with Meraki Travel

Five reasons to travel India with Meraki Travel

If the Earth’s the body, then India is the soul - a land of spirituality, contrasts and rich culture. 

There is no place in the world like India. Imagine beeping rickshaw’s racing past you with a cow strolling casually on the busiest roads, and traders from the bustling bazaars testing your haggling skills - no chaos, then no India, embrace it!

To help you delve into the unknown, we offer the best qualified guides and drivers that know India like the back of their hand - believe us! They’ll make your experiences more fruitful and look after you every step of the way.

Here are just some of the reasons why you should travel to India with us:

1. Create your own adventure

India is just one of the few places where you can go for everything - food, temples, beaches, train journeys, tigers and architecture. It’s literally a kaleidoscopic mashup of the best the world has to offer. With Meraki Travel, we give you the power to plan your Indian adventure your way - all online! Pick a starting point from one of our four base itineraries - Classic, Heritage, Tigers or Tropical, and from here you can add extra stops. Once you are happy with the itinerary, choose the hotel pack which matches your style and budget, and choose from experience packs to tailor the trip to your own interests. A few clicks and before you know it, you’ll be setting off on your vibrant Indian adventure. 

2. Our travel experts have curated the best bits

The days of scrolling through hotel comparison websites, figuring out flight routes, worrying about how you’ll get from A to B and wasting precious holiday time booking excursions are over.  We’ve packed all the ‘must-sees’ into our base itineraries and then cherry-picked extra experiences which you can add. Our hotels have all been vetted and the transfers have been arranged to get you from A to B quickly and comfortably. 

3. A sanctuary for every budget

Four different hotel packs are on offer to you, this is where an Indian adventure becomes your own. Accommodation needs to feel like a home away from home, and we’ve trawled through endless hotels so you don’t have to. Simply choose from standard staple, charming character, premium quality and lavish luxury. Our hotels are a minimum 3.5 stars so rest assured you’ll have a comfortable nights sleep after a busy day of sightseeing. Here are a few examples of our hotels:

Standard: Suryaa Hotel

Overlooking the lively streets of New Delhi, rooms here are spacious and comfortable with minimalist decor. Eateries include a world food buffet, a French boulangerie, a well-stocked bar and a rooftop Chinese restaurant - take your pick.

Character: Alila Diwa

Blending traditional and modern Goan style, the property is characterised by pitched roofs, sweeping verandas and elegant columns. Satisfy your appetite at the exclusive dining venues and award-winning bar and lounge. 

Premium: Jai Mahal Palace

This hotel will make you feel like royalty during your stay in Jaipur. Beautifully manicured gardens, antique furnishings, miniature paintings and Rajasthani motifs with modern-day comforts is just complete luxury. Sample authentic Royal Indian cuisine at Cinnamon or dine al fresco on fine Italian food at Giardino. 

Luxury: The Oberoi Amarvilas

A luxurious hotel with a view you cannot beat in Agra. Beautiful rooms furnished with hand-woven fabrics have views over the white-marble Taj Mahal. Go up to the rooftop bar where you can pick from a range of beverages. Fit for Mughal royalty. 

4. Location, location, location

If spotting a wild cat in its natural habitat is a must for you, opt for the Tigers base itinerary or add it to the Classic and Heritage itinerary. Or if you want to connect with nature on the Classic Kerala itinerary - we’ve got it all sorted for you. Navigate through our interactive map or have a play with the buttons to change base itineraries and add extra stopovers until you’re happy with the locations that make up your tour. And, if you want extra days to chill in India, you can opt for ‘relaxed’ pace on the itinerary builder - enjoy India on your own watch.

5. Experience the best of India

Immerse yourself into all of India’s offerings by experiencing everything the country has to offer. We provide a number of Indian experiences already included in your trip - these are your base experiences - but we have extra experience packs to match your interests. These are the Active, Foodie, Authentic and Once in a Lifetime packs. Here’s a sample of a few of our favourites:

Full Day Sightseeing of Old & New Delhi

See the contrasts between Old and New Delhi on this guided city tour - included as a 'Base' experience. Your day starts in Old Delhi, the capital of the Mughal Empire from the 16th to the 19th century. Visit Jama Masjid - the largest mosque in India, then stop for a photo at the Red Fort and Raj Ghat memorial. Explore the tree-lined avenues of New Delhi in the afternoon and keep your eyes open as you pass India Gate, the Rashtrapati Bhavan and Parliament House. Tour highlights include a visit to Humayun's Tomb and the Qutub Minar – an Indo-Islamic masterpiece. By the end of the day, you’ll be full of insider knowledge on this city immersed in history and legend.

Taj Mahal Sunrise Tour

Every trip which visits Agra will include a sunrise tour as a 'Base' experience of the Taj Mahal but why not opt for the ‘Once in a Lifetime’ pack and practice yoga in front of India’s prized possession. A beautiful sight it is, but witness the sun rising in the morning like a flower opening its petals with an ethereal golden glow, crashing into every corner of the Taj, and you. Feel enlightened by this sedate environment as you breathe deeply whilst performing Pranayama.

Chandni Chowk by Night

This tour in the ‘Authentic’ pack offers the opportunity to see Old Delhi as the locals do, exploring the historic streets by night. Begin with a moonlit walk to the historic Sikh temple, Sisganj Gurudwara, before heading next door to Sunehri Masjid - better known as the Golden Mosque thanks to its glittering, gold domes. Pick up a sweet treat at the legendary Kanwarji's, before wandering past Ballimaran's bakeries and chai shops. Marvel at the impressive Jama Masjid - India’s largest mosque - and browse the surrounding bazaars. 

Udaipur by Cycle

Venture beyond the palaces and lakes of Udaipur and discover Udaipur’s rich culture and heritage. As you cycle through the bustling streets on this ‘Active’ pack experience, you’ll gain an insider perspective on the craftsmen and artists who live and work in the city. You’ll be accompanied by an experienced guide who’ll add flavour to your journey by offering insights into the city’s culture, traditions and history. 

Market Visit and Cookery Demo

On this ‘Foodie’ pack experience in Alleppey, you’ll peruse the stalls of a local market, brimming with colourful spices, fish, fruit and vegetables, wooden artefacts and handicrafts. Browse and haggle to your heart’s delight then you’ll be taken to a local’s home to learn the art of Indian cooking. This amazing cook will show you how to prepare – and eat – food in the local style.

So there you have it, with us you can design your own holiday, stay in the best accommodation, you don’t need to worry about flights and we offer the best unforgettable experiences. Now what are you waiting for? Book a trip to India and immerse yourself in the full vibrancy of this country with Meraki Travel.

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