¤ What distinguishes Rare Holidays from other travel companies?
Rare Holidays extensive network of insiders and experts allows us to create the trip you’ve been dreaming about. Want to make a Curry with a legendary chef? Go to a wildlife sanctuary to spot a Royal Bengal Tiger? How about jam with local folk musicians in Rajasthan or the North Eastern States, or have an exclusive rare destination not known by many? We can make it happen. We have more knowledge, relationships, and expertise than anyone in the industry, and we use it create one-of-a-kind journeys and experiences that you will cherish for a lifetime.
¤ In-depth Firsthand Destination Knowledge: We’ve been there
Every travel suggestion we make is based on our personal experiences, and we continue to travel India and the Indian sub-continent to ensure that our recommendations are accurate and inspired. We are discerning, we are opinionated, and we welcome the opportunity to share our knowledge with you.
¤ Personalized Service: We create trips that are perfect for you
We learn about your interests so we can create a customized itinerary that really inspires you. We have arranged for art lovers to visit famous Art Galleries in India and learn centuries old metal-working techniques in Nepal. Spiritual seekers have made pilgrimages to Buddhist sectors in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka and have walked up to the Hindu or Muslim Shrines in the North & South. We can build a trip around any of your passions or desires, such as cooking, yoga, culture adventure with a mix of utmost luxury if needed, go biking, play Golf or just incorporate them into a larger journey.
¤ 21 Years of Experience: We are visionaries
Our founder, Shantanu Roy Chowdhury, carries more than 27 years of experience in the travel and hospitality Industry and have been in business from the past 21 years. We have served Tourists and Business Travelers from across the Globe visiting India and have staffed this company with people who want to share the power and joy of travel as much as he does. You simply won’t find another company who knows the world as well, is as excited by it, and who will inspire you to see it so thoroughly.
¤ Peace of Mind: We take care of you
Rare Holidays journeys are worry-free. We have expert local staff in every station in India who are always working behind-the-scenes so you can just focus on having a great time. Our local staff, along with the rest of the Rare Holidaysl team, are available not just to ensure your happiness, but to ensure your safety and comfort as well. When you travel with us, you can feel confident knowing that if you encounter any sort of issue, we will immediately be there to assist you.
¤ How does the planning process work?
You will work closely with one of our travel specialists to design the trip of your dreams. Our travel specialists are experts and have traveled extensively to stay up to date on our destinations, and they will offer plenty of advice and suggestions to make sure your trip is exactly right. They are passionate about travel and are dedicated to making sure that your travel experience exceeds your expectations. To give you the best possible trip, however, they must be aware of what you want, it is best to be as clear and honest as possible, so that they have all the information they need to plan the right itinerary. As in any relationship, communication is key: do not be afraid to ask questions and voice concerns or desires.
¤ Can the sample journeys on your website be altered?
Our published tours are intended to serve as a “starting point” for the trip you ultimately end up taking. These suggested itineraries are based on our own expertise and destination experience. While it’s fine to decide to take a trip exactly as it appears on our web site, most people prefer to work with one of our travel experts to create an itinerary that meets their schedule, interests, and budget. Our staff is dedicated to working with you to ensure that the final itinerary is exactly what you want.
¤ Does Rare Holidays Travel arrange group tours?
Yes , we do. However, all groups are privately organized tours which we organize as per the travelers request on a given date of travel. Groups Tours are also organized by our partners based in the USA, France, Switzerland, Kuwait and Italy. Anyone who needs to organize a Group Tour privately could advise the date of travel and have the option to contact the local partner in above Countries or can also can contact us directly. For those who are not based in above Countries, a direct contact should be established with us in New Delhi
¤ Is international airfare included in the cost on the website?
It is not include in the case of Inbound Tours to India
¤ What is included in the tour?
Our tours usually include all services from the moment your plane arrives at your destination, where the guide will be awaiting your arrival. All transfers, private touring, regional flights, accommodation, and visas are arranged. We generally arrange some, but not all, meals on the trip.
¤ Why are all meals not included in the trip?
We understand that local cuisine is an important component of a trip. Everybody has different tastes and we have found that our clients enjoy the spontaneity of discovering restaurants on their own. As a result, we intentionally do not include all meals in the itinerary. We will usually include breakfast on most days and occasional lunches and dinners. Your final itinerary will indicate which meals are included on your customized tour. We always provide a list of restaurant recommendations in your destination, so you do have some guidance (if you want it) for where to take your meals, and we can make restaurant reservations ahead of time at your request. In addition, your guide will be happy to recommend restaurants if you ask. In addition, we encourage you to communicate all of your preferences, dietary restrictions, and culinary interests to your travel specialist in advance so your local guide can provide current insider tips.
¤ Will I have the same guide throughout my trip?
We use knowledgeable local guides who are residents of the area they are showing you. They are experts and can be trusted to give you the best experience possible. They know where to take you for the best view, which restaurants to recommend, and what time to visit a popular attraction to avoid the crowds. Because we use local guides, you will usually have a new guide for each city or region. Though your guide may change, the quality of the touring will be consistent, and you can count on the guides to always be friendly, professional, and knowledgeable. Guides are pleased to answer any and all questions — in fact, our guides frequently tell us that Rare Holidays clients are their favorites, because our clients are curious travelers that truly enjoy learning about new cultures!
¤ Can an itinerary be designed that balances luxury and ‘off-the-beaten-track’ experiences?
“Off-the-beaten-track” means different things to different people, and there are a variety of ways to experience local culture. Whether you simply want to spend a day driving through the countryside or if you’re looking for something more rigorous—such as a remote trek in in Manali , Kashmir , Nepal or Bhutan or Rafting in the Ganges river in Rishikesh, in Ladakh or in Nepal —we will do our best to accommodate your interests and desired level of comfort. In addition to above , we have some exotic rare destinations in India , Bhutan wherein one can enjoy absolute leisure , luxury and also a princely ambiance for themselves. See Rare Destinations section on Rare Holidays homepage.
¤ Does Rare Holidays India work with travel agents?
Rare Holidays India is a tour operator, which means we work with both direct clients as well as touro operators and travel agents based across the globe and in India. If you have a relationship with a travel agent, please ask them to contact us for more information; if you do not have an existing relationship with a travel agent and prefer to work with us directly, call us to speak with one of our travel specialists.
¤ Do you arrange my visas?
We do not arrange the necessary visas for travel originating from a foreign country but there are certain countries who have a facility to apply for visa upon arrival at any Indian Port. Please talk to your travel specialist and be sure you understand whether visa could be obtained upon arrival or if you are expected to obtain it on your own or through your travel agent in your country of origin.
¤ Is there any dress code while traveling in India ?
As such there is no dress code and you may wear anything of your choice. However women travelers must not wear revealing clothes while moving out of hotels and also while visiting religious places of worship.
¤ Is Indian food too spicy and hot for consumption by western travelers ?
The Indian sub-continent has a diversified kinds of food in their palate. However, you can instruct your host in the restaurant to use spices as per your taste. They would comply. Generally continental food is also available in hotels and restaurants across the sub-continent.