Sunday, July 17, 2011


Clear Trip –; easy, simple; India travel information.
India Rail –

Abercrombie & Kent – 800-554-7016;; set and tailor-made tours.
Absolute Travel – 800-736-8187;; privately guided trips; New York-based.
Ampersand Travel – 011-44-207-289-6100;; off-the-beaten-path trips and luxury accommodations; especially good as to India’s south.
Banyan Tours – 011-91-11-4173-4810;; custom itineraries with authoritative guides.
Butterfield & Robinson – 866-551-9090; upscale biking and walking tours; set trips through Rajasthan and Kerala; also, private custom trips.
Greave’s – 800-318-7801;; introductory guided tours; by private plane.
Our Personal Guest – 212-319-1354;; unparalleled contacts used to construct highly personalized journeys.
Pieirce & Leslie – 011-91-12-4404-9361;; comprehensive and/or personalized cultural tours.
Remote Lands – 646-415-8092;; like Our Personal Guest in that unique contacts that allow insider views.
Shakti – 011-91-11-4173-4788;; high-end Himalayan expeditions.
Wild Frontiers – 011-44-207-736-3968;; specializes in northern India and rural adventures; safety conscious.

Greaves India – 4B Jangpura-B, Mathura Road (New Delhi); 011-91-11-4323-7000 or 800-318-7801; or

Golden Triangle – Rajasthan; Delhi, Agra & Jaipur; private luxury trains are good on this route.
Green Route – Karnataka; through Bangalore & Mangalore; so-called because very lush; go post-Monsoon.
Mumbai → Delhi – Maharashtra & Rajasthan; “Indian Maharaja-Deccan Odyssey”; will see Maharajah palaces, tiger sanctuary, and Ajanta & Ellora Caves.
Mysore → Vasco da Gama – Karnataka; “Golden Chariot”; will see lesser known areas and palaces but just as impressive as in Golden Triangle; these trains are expensive but worth it - fabulous.
Konkan Railway – Maharashtra; Mumbai to Goa; has Arabian Sea on one side and Sahyadri Mountains on other; train squeezes through mango groves, tiny villages, etc.
Toy Train – West Bengal; Darjeeling-Himalayan Railway.

Indrail –; available only for foreign tourists, through travel agencies; allows for unlimited travel for up to 90 days.

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