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Discover india

“India is the one land that all men desire to see, and having seen once, by even a glimpse, would not give that glimpse for all the shows of all the rest of the globe combined.” Mark Twain

India Small Group ToursTailor-made Private Tours

India is not just a destination, it is an experience

India defies description. Each journey is a discovery; every corner is mysterious and relatively un-interpreted. The sheer panorama can take your breath away, its energy palpable and infectious. It pays to delve into the very heart and soul of the country to experience the unexpected. At its best, India is a heady mix of adventure, exotic flavours, delightful surprises and intoxicating memories. It offers a cornucopia of colours, textures and tastes.

India’s rich tapestry is evident in its people, its religion and its food. With its complex religious and ethnic fabric, India is a country that boasts ‘Unity in diversity’ and this apparent in so many parts of the country – from Nagaland in the north-east across to Kerala in the south-west and Kashmir in the north-west. You’ll be humbled by the kindness and friendliness of strangers and the warmth and grace of the people as you are made to feel welcome and treated as an honoured, highly esteemed guests.

Any journey through India is sure to be an exciting adventure. That is inherent in the nature of this land, which is mind-boggling and inspiring, imperfect and incredible… Incredible India!

Intriguing India

Packaged tours

All our packaged tours include hand-picked boutique accommodation, architecture unique to the region, regional cuisine, village visits, interacting with locals in their natural settings and enjoying the culture and traditions through their arts, music and way of life.

Cotton Traditions

12 Days Farm to Fabric Tour of Gujarat

2024 - 20 Sept to 1 Oct 2024
2025 - 28 Sept to 9 Oct 2025

From NZ$6355 | Max 10 Guests 

Journey through Gujarat, the heartland of ancient crafting traditions, where indigo dyes splash into vibrant fabrics, intricate embroidery whispers timeless stories, and double ikat weaves tell secrets hidden for centuries. Venture beyond the tourist trail, meeting master artisans in charming villages, … Read More >>

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Golden Threads of Moguls

13 Days Farm to Fabric Tour of Delhi, Lucknow and West Bengal

2024 - 2 to 14 Oct 2024
2025 - 10 to 22 Oct 2025

From NZ$6885 | Max 10 Guests 

Explore Delhi’s historic bazaars and the iconic Taj Mahal, then delve into Lucknow’s Nawabi legacy and Chikan embroidery. Marvel at Kolkata’s jamdani weaving in charming villages, … Read More >>

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Flavours of Tamil Nadu

A 12-Day Culinary Journey through Spice and Tradition

2024 - 2 to 13 Oct 2024
2024 - 16 to 27 Oct 2024
2025 - 10 to 21 Oct 2025
2025 - 24 Oct to 4 Nov 2025

From NZ$6900 | Max 7 Guests

Experience the best of Tamil Nadu’s cuisine, culture, and history on this 12-day tour. Accompanied by Joji Jacob, a self-taught cook who has spent some of his days in Tamil Nadu, you will visit the significant cultural and culinary sites of the region … Read More >>

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Spirit of Rajasthan

20 Days Exotic Tour of Rajasthan

2024 - 16 Oct to 4 Nov 2024
2025 - 24 Oct to 12 Nov 2024

From NZ$8850 | Max 10 Guests

Our tour, ‘Spirit of Rajasthan,’ has been designed for you to experience the kaleidoscope of culture, tradition, arts, music, food and lifestyle of the most dramatic and colourful part of India. … Read More >>

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Essence of Kerala & Tamil Nadu

19 Days in the Land of Aromatic Spices and Natural Beauty

2024 - 16 Oct to 4 Nov 2024
2025 - 24 Oct to 12 Nov 2025

From NZ$7350 | Max 10 Guests

Indulge your senses on this 19-day small group escorted tour of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, the relaxed southern states of the Indian subcontinent. Prized for millennia for its aromatic spices and natural beauty… Read More >>

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Malabar Coast Culinary Odyssey

12-Day - Tasting the delicious flavours & culture of Northern Kerala

2024 - 29 Oct to 9 Nov 2024
2024 - 11 to 22 Nov 2024
2025 - 6 to 17 Nov 2025
2025 - 23 Nov to 4 Dec 2025

From NZ$6,900 | Max 7 Guests

If you enjoy exploring food and culture, then the 12-day culinary tour of Kerala with Joji Jacob is perfect for you. Joji, a self-taught cook with a deep love for Indian cuisine, will guide you through four of the most diverse and delicious areas in God’s Own Country. … Read More >>

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Coast to Hills Culinary Odyssey

12 Days - A Delectable Tapestry of Flavours from the Malabar Coast to the Western Ghats in Kerala

2024 - 2 to 13 Nov 2024
2024 - 19 to 30 Nov 2024
2025 - 10 to 21 Nov 2025
2025 - 27 Nov to 8 Dec 2025

From NZ$6,900 | Max 7 Guests

Embark on a 12-day epicurean journey that transcends mere taste; it’s a cultural revelation, a voyage through the heart and soul of Central Kerala with Joji Jacob. From the sun-soaked shores of Fort Kochi to the misty heights of Munnar, … Read More >>

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Enchanting Western Ghats

19 Days Nature & Wildlife Tour

2024 - 23 Nov to 11 Dec 2024
2025 - 1 to 19 Dec 2025

From NZ$7550 | Max 10 Guests

Come with us, a small group of 8-10 friendly and curious travellers, on an amazing journey through the lush green landscapes of Southern Karnataka and Northern Kerala, where you will discover charming cities, vibrant silk markets, scenic coffee plantations, stunning natural rainforests and diverse wildlife… Read More >>

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Tailor Made tours

If you prefer to travel on your own, with a group of your friends or family members, we will work with you and your party to design a fully customised private tour.

Listed below are some examples of the private tours we have designed and organised.

On their first trip to India, Philippa Meachen and two teenage daughters travelled to South India for 30 days that met each of their desired experiences.

Bangalore | Chikmagalur | Kodagu | Wayanad | Kochi | Houseboat | Aranmula | Gavi | Madurai | Chettinadu | Sittilingi | Puducherry | Mahabalipuram | Chennai

Having travelled to South India with her daughter on our earlier tour, Philippa went on a month-long journey to Central & North-eastern states of India with her sister, Rebecca.

Delhi | Chambal | Lucknow | Dibrugarh | Mon (Nagaland) | Majauli (Assam) | Kaziranga| Shillong (Meghalaya) | Cherrapunjee | Guwahati (Assam) | Kolkata

Jacqui Blinkhorne recommended Sally Kirkby to us. Sally got a group of 10 to explore all the things India has to offer. Joji escorted this tour.

Kochi | Alapuzha | Munnar | Madurai | Mumbai | Udaipur | Pushkar | Jaipur| Ranthambore | Chambal | Agra| Delhi
Spirit of Rajasthan Small group tour by ATI Travel NZ
Having enjoyed our 2014 packaged tour, 'Essence of Kerala', Liz decided to explore Rajasthan with her brother and husband in 2018.

Delhi | Agra | Ranthambore | Jaipur | Jodhpur | Manvar | Narlai | Udaipur | Delhi
Sarah SOI Small group tour to India
A group consisting of first-time travellers in the main explored the South and the North of India. This tour was escorted by Joji.

Chennai | Kanchipuram | Mamallapuram | Pondicherry | Thanjavur | Madurai | Munnar | Alappuzha | Kochi | Delhi | Agra | Chambal | Jaipur | Delhi
Sarah SOI Small group tour to India

Travelling to India for the first time, a mother with two teenagers spent 15-days exploring North India.

Delhi | Haridwar | Rishikesh | Agra | Varanasi | Kolkata
“This is the second time I have had the pleasure of organising my travel arrangements with Joji. This time Joji organised an absolutely breathtaking private tour of Rajasthan…”
Liz, Jaimie & Jono

Tauranga, New Zealand

“We would like to say that our holiday in Sri Lanka is probably the best holiday that we have ever had….”
Andrea & Murray

Christchurch, New Zealand

“Most importantly we had a driver whose devotion to duty was exceptional and a special thanks go to him for making our holiday so enjoyable…”
Mike & Chris Poland

Waiheke Island, New Zealand

India adorns its landscape with snow peak mountains to deserts, vast serene beaches to lakes in the forests.

October to February is the best time to visit India. India is such a large country you’ll find the best time to visit varies from region to region with mild winters and roasting summers. In general, India succumbs to a summer season, winter season and monsoon season in different regions at a different time of the year.

The best time to visit India for the sun worshippers is October to February, when their god makes her most glorious appearances, especially in the south. February until May are also lovely, although a lot more humid.

Tiger and elephant watching is best during the hottest, driest months, April, May and June, as tigers come out in search of water.

Delhi and the Golden Triangle are best visited during February and March, October and November for tolerable temperatures, but you will get the crowds at popular sites. The weather is scorching from April to June, with temperatures soaring over 40°C. It can be foggy and freezing in December, January and February. The Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays.

There are lots of wonderful celebrations in January, from the Kite Festival in Gujarat, Bikaner Camel Festival in Rajasthan to countrywide celebrations for Republic Day on 26 January. New Delhi festivities in particular are wonderful to witness.

If you want to go hiking in Kerala’s Western Ghats, you are best to do so outside the monsoon peak in July and August. Houseboats don’t tend to be rented out during this time either. March is generally perfect for hiking holidays in India.

In Kashmir, Jammu on the plains is hit by rain and humidity during the monsoon, June-August, but the mountains are cooler. Roads can be closed due to heavy snow during peak winter, December to March.

Diwali, the great Festival of Light, is always a splendid affair, falling in either October or November.

Don’t underestimate how cold in can get in rural central India in December and January – literally woolly hats and gloves and hot water bottles for nights and early mornings – but gloriously sunny days.

According to Ayurveda tradition, monsoon is the best season for rejuvenation therapies because the pores of the body open wide allowing them to fully absorb the oils and therapeutic treatments.

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Snippet of India

India through a lens

India is a place where colour is doubly bright. Pinks that scald your eyes, blues you could drown in.”

– Kiran Millwood Hargrave

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