Monday 15 August 2017 marks 70 years since India freed itself from the rule of the British Empire, which began trading there in the 17th Century. With an increased number of visitors to the country anticipated, in light of the Independence celebrations, Rickshaw Travel has published a Stress-Free Guide to help first-time travellers prepare for their journey.
India is an extraordinary destination like no other and, with so much to explore in this vast country, those planning a trip to India for the first time can find themselves bursting at the seams with excitement at all the new sights, sounds and exotic flavours that await them. Researching the destination can be addictive, but with so many conflicting opinions and guides online, travellers can be left feeling confused and overwhelmed from working out the finer details of travel plans, to trawling through web pages and researching which vaccinations and visas are required.
Aware of all the mixed emotions that travellers can face before and after departure, Rickshaw Travel’s team of specialists have used their wealth of expertise to arm their customers with more knowledge. The 23-page guide aims to ease those pre-trip anxieties by preparing first-time travellers for their journey and educating them on the range of cultural differences that they will encounter. By being better prepared, travellers can make the absolute most of their Indian adventure.
Kate, Rickshaw Travel’s India Specialist, said: “colourfully chaotic and full of contradiction, journeying to India is like a full-blown assault on the senses and we know how intimidating it can be to plan that first (or even second) big trip to this mighty sub-continent. That’s why we put our heads together, and – touching on our own experiences and the handy feedback from our customers – we created an honest guide which addresses those pre-trip questions.”
Not only does Rickshaw Travel’s guide simplify those niggling obstacles that can make the period before departure that little bit more daunting, it encourages travellers to have a positive and realistic approach to their adventure with experiences that focus on meaningful travel.
With Rickshaw’s meaningful travel itineraries, visitors can truly immerse themselves in the culture and really learn how the country ticks. They return from their trip with a totally different perspective which stays with them in their day-to-day life. Each itinerary centres around sustainable tourism where tourists give back to communities, support local projects and respect the wildlife and environment.
Paired with the guide, Rickshaw Travel has released a whole bundle of brand-new India itineraries to help and inspire travellers to explore India, stress-free and with meaning:
Wildlife and Waterways of Kerala This 15-day itinerary is based in the South of India, where the pace is much more laid-back than other parts of the country, making it ideal for those looking for a more hassle-free holiday. Beginning in leafy Bangalore, travellers will set off to the silk bazaars and scattered palaces of Mysore, before scouring the lush forest for wild elephants, monkeys and tigers on a safari. During the trip, travellers can enjoy sleeping aboard traditional rice barges, floating through the palm-fringed canals of the Keralan backwaters and will end the trip on the shores of the Indian Ocean, surrounded by soft sands and blazing sunsets. Trip includes accommodation (price based on two people sharing), breakfast, transport and excursions as described in the itinerary.
India in a Nutshell Jam-packed with cultural highlights, this nine-day itinerary suits those who are short on time but wish for a real taste of India with some captivating off-the-beaten-track experiences. After visiting India’s capital, Delhi, travellers will leave the tourist trail and get a glimpse of traditional life in Mandawa before heading onto the thriving Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. Next is the Taj Mahal, a firm favourite amongst visitors to India, before ending the trip back in Delhi. Trip includes accommodation (price based on two people sharing), breakfast, transport and excursions as described in the itinerary.
From the Cultural North to Sizzling South For nature-lovers who don’t want to miss out on the cultural classics, this 15-day itinerary takes in the highlights from the North to the South of India including both the Golden Triangle and Ranthambore National Park. Travellers can marvel at the Taj Mahal in the morning sunrise, amble through the bazaars in Jaipur and try to spot majestic tigers on safari. They can then explore a more tropical side of India in the South where the backwaters, fertile paddies and rugged coasts await them. Trip includes accommodation (price based on two people sharing), breakfast, transport and excursions as described in the itinerary.
The guide complements the other advice available to customers on Rickshaw Travel’s website and is available to download as a PDF document from Rickshaw’s blog.
To see the full range of trips and itineraries please visit www.rickshawtravel.co.uk or call Rickshaw Travel’s team of experts on: 01273 934 823.