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Special Interest Tours

We, at Indo Asia Tours, want travellers coming to India to get a comprehensive orientation to the country and the surrounding nations that we operate in. This means, that all the dimensions of travel – food, history, urban life, nature – are taken into consideration when planning a trip. Of the vast experiences that the subcontinent offers, we have chalked out some of the best itineraries that make one dive deeper into the topic. For example, Kerala’s unique food, or sustainable tours are some of the travel ideas that we would love the travellers to experiences.

Expect a range of activities in these tours, we take you in the heart of one area and immerse you in all aspects of it. In the Maharani Gayatri Devi tour, one gets to dive into the life of the glamorous queen of Rajasthan and in the northeast tribes one gets  to know about the hidden tradition and culture of the states that are tucked away from the mainland. We have also organised a photography tour where an expert photographer accompanies you to the most photographic opportunities while travelling.

The special tours break the monotony and the rhythm of expected experiences and throws the traveller, a volley of excellent travel glimpses. Of these, we are particularly proud of the Sustainable Tour that helps us work towards the promise of creating excellent travel itineraries, keeping in mind that the travel foot print should only curb intrusion and add value to the destination instead.

Itineraries

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Kerala Culinary

12 Nights & 13 Days

Overview

Any generalization of Indian cuisine as ‘curry’ would be a grave mistake. The cuisine of each region is as diverse as is the culture, or the language and dialects spoken in the area. Each region has its unique style of cooking and flavouring using the locally sourced ingredients. In this tour we present the traditional cuisine of Kerala.

While in Kerala, you can enjoy a cuisine enriched with cereals, vegetables, herbs, tropical fruits and seafood, and garnished with the distinctive aroma of pepper, cardamom and chilies. Rice forms the main ingredient in most of the Kerala cuisine and is served in different forms. Spices are generously used to enhance the taste for both vegetarian and non-vegetarian cuisine. With so much of varieties to offer, the distinctive Kerala cuisine offers you with great opportunities for gastronomical experiments.

Top Places

Cochin | Munnar | Madurai | Periyar | Alleppey Backwater | Marari | Cochin

Highlights

Houseboats | Chinese Fishing Nets | Marari Beach | Shri Meenakshi Temple



Cochin / Day 1 - 2

Arrive in Cochin. Cochin is the commercial capital of the coastal state of Kerala, in the deep south of the nation. The city still exhibits footprints of its colonial influences from Portugal, Holland and England. Most amazing are the Chinese fishing nets along Vypeen Island. Traders brought these cantilevered fishing nets from the courts of […]
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Munnar / Day 3

Drive to Munnar. Overnight at the hotel.
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Madurai / Day 4 - 5

In the morning, take a visit of the sprawling tea gardens of Munnar. Later, drive to Madurai. In the evening visit of night ceremony at Shri Meenakshi temple. Overnight at the hotel. In the morning visit Meenakshi Temple. In the afternoon visit Nayak Palace and Teppakulam. Later in the evening, we will organize lecture on […]
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Periyar / Day 6 - 7

Drive to the next stop, Periyar. Overnight at hotel. In the morning enjoy a boat ride in Periyar wildlife sanctuary. Later visit a spice plantation. You will walk through the aromatic spice gardens where the air is laden with the fragrance. The spice plantations of Kerala are fascinating farms to wander in, for different sections […]
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Alleppey Backwater / Day 8 - 9

Drive to Alleppey and board the houseboat cruise for the night. Lunch, Dinner and overnight at the rice boat. Drive to Marari after getting down from the houseboat.
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Marari / Day 10

Day is free at leisure. In the evening enjoy cooking demo. It will contain 2 seafood dishes (Marari Fish curry & prawn coconut fry). The Farewell dinner will be organized on Malabar theme. (Malabar cuisine is noted for its variety of pancakes and steamed rice cakes made from pounded rice. Malabar food is generally mildly […]
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Cochin / Day 11

Drive to Cochin for onward flight.
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North East Tribes

13 Nights & 14 Days

Overview

The Northeastern region of India is one of the most vibrant and rich, with overtones of diverse dressing, food and traditions. Each district is unique in language and history, making the travel here extremely interesting. Add to that the unique biodiversity of the region, and the trip is suitable for all interest types. In this trip, we take you through the rich culture of the various tribes in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

Top Places

Kolkata | Jorhat | Majuli | Sivasagar – Dibrugarh | Wakro | Roing | Tinsukia | Digboi – Dibrugarh | Kolkata

Highlights

Mishing | Mishmis | Khamptis | Singpho tribes

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Kolkata / Day 1 - 2

Arrive in Kolkata. Spend the day sightseeing various places like the Howrah Bridge, Victoria Memorial, Kali Ghat Temple, Botanical Gardens, flower market, St. Paul’s Cathedral Church and Mother Teresa’s House. The day is spent getting oriented to the culturally rich city of Kolkata.
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Jorhat / Day 3

Fly to the city of Jorhat in Assam. On arrival transfer to Heritage Thengal Manor. Afternoon, take a walk around Jalukonibari village (Assamese village). A Colonial Style Manor “Thengal Manor” is located at a distance of 8 miles from Jorhat Town. The land area is 6 hectares. Thengal is a 72 year old mansion and […]
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Majuli / Day 4

After breakfast we drive to Neematighat (20 Kms / 40 mins) for ferry crossing (1 hr downstream boat cruise- the time depends upon the water level of the river) to Majuli – the largest inhabited river island in the world and famous for the Vaishnavite Satras or monasteries (Kamalabari Satra, Auniati Satra, Benganti satra, and […]
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Sivasagar – Dibrugarh / Day 5

After breakfast ferry across to Neematighat and later drive to Dibrugarh (145 kms/ 03 ½ hrs). Enroute we visit the Ahom monuments and temples at Sivasagar which encompass the 600 year old history of the Ahom Dynasty. Check in at Heritage Chang Bungalow for 02 nights. Evening enjoy a dance performance by an ethnic dance […]
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Wakro / Day 6 - 7

After breakfast drive to Wakro (190 kms / 4 hrs). Enroute visit Empong Village to see the Khampti tribes and also visit the Buddhist Gompa. Check in at Purvi’s Mishmi Retreat, Wakro.  Khamptis are one of the major tribal inhabitants of the Lohit District. They are deeply influenced by Buddhist ethics and morality. The Khamptis […]
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Roing / Day 8 - 9

After breakfast drive to Roing (160 kms/ 5 hrs) in the Debang valley of Arunachal Pradesh crossing the Lohit River at Digaru. Enroute visit Parasuramkund- a pilgrimage site where thousands of pilgrims come every year during Makar Sankranti to take a holy dip in the river. Roing rises from the Himalayan foothills to the middle […]
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Tinsukia / Day 10 - 11

After breakfast drive to Tinsukia (120 kms/4 hrs) including ferry crossing. First we drive 02 hrs to reach Sadiya Ghat to board a ferry cruise (01 hr) on the headwaters of Brahmaputra river to reach Soikhowaghat. From Soikhowaghat we drive 01 hr to reach Tinsukia. Check in at Wathai Heritage Bungalow, Limbuguri Tea Estate for […]
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Digboi – Dibrugarh / Day 12

Post breakfast we drive to Digboi (45 kms / 01 hr), the first oil town of South Asia. Visit the Oil Museum and the 2nd World War Allied Forces Cemetery where 200 graves are permanently maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Thereafter drive to Margherita (20 kms / 30 mins) and visit the Singpho […]
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Kolkata / Day 13 - 14

In the morning transfer to Dibrugarh airport to board flight to Kolkata. Time permitting opt to take a tea plantation tour before flying out. Overnight in the hotel. Onward flight.
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Life of Maharani Gayatri Devi

17 Nights & 18 Days

Overview

Maharani Gayatri Devi, a symbol of royalty in India, was the third Maharani consort of Jaipur from 1940 to 1949 through her marriage to Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II. She was born in Cooch Behar and travelled the length and breadth of the country with her role as a princess and then a queen. An avid polo player, she was one of the most modern Queens in India, who did a lot for the city of Jaipur, the capital of the Kingdom that she was queen to. Later, the Maharani was seen a fashion icon with her glorious collection of special saris. This journey trails her footsteps.

Top Places

Kolkata | Darjeeling | Cooch Behar | Delhi | Agra | Jaipur | Ahemdabad | Vadodara | Mumbai

Highlights

Howrah Bridge | Victoria Memorial | Kali Ghat Temple | Toy Train to Ghoom | Madan Mohan Palace | Sabarmati Ashram | City Palace | Amber Fort | Taj Mahal | Elephanta Caves | Prince of Wales Museum



Kolkata / Day 1 - 2

Arrive in Kolkata. Spend the day sightseeing various places like the Howrah Bridge, Victoria Memorial, Kali Ghat Temple, Botanical Gardens, flower market, St. Paul’s Cathedral Church and Mother Teresa’s House. The day is spent getting oriented to the culturally rich city of Kolkata.
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Darjeeling / Day 3 - 4

After breakfast transfer to the airport and take a flight to Bagdogra. On arrival continue drive to Darjeeling and check in at the hotel. Nestled among the rolling mountains with the glistening Mt Kanchenjunga towering over the azure sky, Darjeeling is fondly called ‘ Queen of the Hills’. It provides a perfect gateway for those […]
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Cooch Behar / Day 5 - 6

After breakfast drive to Cooch Behar. Cooch Behar is well known for being the maternal home of Princess Gayatri Devi. After breakfast visit the Cooch Behar Palace and Madan Mohan Temple. Cooch Behar Palace  was designed on the model of Buckingham Palace in London. Conceived from the concept of classical European style of Italian Renaissance, […]
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Delhi / Day 7 - 8

After breakfast transfer to the Bagdogra Airport to fly to Delhi. On arrival check in at the hotel.  In Delhi, you will encounter a fascinating blend of the ancient and the contemporary, where government buildings, medieval palaces and bazaars exist beside a modern metropolis. Delhi is a city waiting to be explored. Overnight in the […]
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Agra / Day 9 - 10

After breakfast drive to Agra. Agra stands on the right bank of the river Yamuna, was once the seat of the Mughal rulers, the zenith of art and an en-shrined romance. It is a town famous for its beautiful medieval monuments. The passion of the Mughals for building endowed it with some of the loveliest […]
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Jaipur / Day 11 - 12

After breakfast drive to Jaipur. On the way, visit Fatehpur Sikri, the beautiful and deserted medieval city built by Akbar the Great in the 16th century to serve as the capital of his vast empire. The complex consists of religious, residential and administrative buildings. The Mosque is considered a copy for the Mosque at Mecca […]
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Ahemdabad / Day 13 - 14

On arrival in Ahmedabad transfer to the hotel. Ahmedabad is the pot-pouri of tradition and modern Islam and practicing Hinduism. A city known for many outstanding institutes and ashrams, it is situated on the banks of the Sabarmati River was the former capital of the state of Gujarat founded by Sultan Ahmed Shah in 1411. […]
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Vadodara / Day 15

After breakfast drive to Vadodara, once the capital of the Gaikwads. Baroda is a city with traditional heritage. A graceful city with palaces, parks and museums, Baroda is well known for its university and faculty of fine arts and is also a thriving industrial centre. Visit the Laxmi Vilas Palace built as the residence of […]
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Mumbai / Day 16 - 18

After breakfast transfer to the airport and take a flight to Mumbai.  Visit Prince of Wales Museum (closed on Mondays). Prince of Wales Museum is the erstwhile name of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya of Mumbai. In 1905, George V laid down, the Prince of Wales himself, who came on a visit to India its […]
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Photography Tour to Nepal

12 Nights & 13 Days

Overview

Kathmandu, the gateway to the highest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest, is a fascinating place that promises spectacular views and excellent glimpses of local life that make for great photo opportunities. The towering mountains, lush valleys below and the simple living can creative a spark in the mind of the photographer. This itinerary takes you through different parts of Kathmandu Valley – a dream come true for any photographer.

Top Places

Kathmandu | Manakamana | Pokhara | Lumbini | Kapalivastu (Tilaurakot) | Kathmandu

Highlights

Darbar Square | Patan | Bhaktapur | Swayambhunath | Pashupathinath | Phewa Lake | Lumbini | Kapalivastu

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Kathmandu / Day 1 - 3

Fly to Kathmandu and reserve the day for exploring the Darbar Square. Kathmandu Durbar square is the complex of palaces, courtyards and temples like Hanumandhoka Palace, Kumari Ghar (Abode of the Living Goddess) and Taleju temple (used to be the seat of the ancient Malla Kings of Kathmandu). The Durbar Square, protected as a UNESCO […]
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Manakamana / Day 4

After breakfast in hotel we drive to Bandipur village via Manakamana Temple,  which is one of the famous Hindu temples in Nepal. You can experience of cable car here to reach the top of the hill, where it is perched. We also visit Bandipur on this day. Bandipur is a small settlement on a hilltop […]
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Pokhara / Day 5 - 6

After visiting Bandipur drive to Pokhara (65 km.) via Siddhartha highway which offers beautiful views of the Himalaya and landscape of Nepal. Pokhara is Nepal’s most beautiful natural valley, which is also the most popular tourist destination. The Annapurna, Machhapuchre (Fishtail) and uncountable mountains welcome visitors. In the afternoon we will take you for boating […]
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Lumbini / Day 7

After breakfast drive to Lumbini for 211 kilometers which takes 6-7 hours. Upon arrival in Lumbini check into hotel. After lunch visit the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautam – the founder of Buddhism, known as the Buddha or the enlightened one. This is confirmed by the existence of an inscribed pillar erected in 3rd BC by […]
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Kapalivastu (Tilaurakot) / Day 8

Tilaurakot has been the citadel complex of the larger surrounding Kapilvastu Kingdom, founded by Lord Buddha. Tilaurakot was excavated by Robin Coningham and Armin Schmidt. The excavation revealed a considerable walled fortress approximately 300 meters long and 200 meters wide and containing exposed foundations of several building complexes. Explore this and return to the hotel.
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Kathmandu / Day 9 - 12

Today, fly to Kathmandu and spend the rest of the day sightseeing. Pashupatinath, UNESCO world cultural heritage site, one of the holiest shrines of all Hindus, is located eastern part of the Kathmandu valley on the bank of the Bagmati river with an area of approximately 2.5 square kilometers. Boudhanath stupa is one of the […]
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Sustainable Tour

12 Nights & 13 Days

Overview

The charm of travelling does not lie in sightseeing alone, but also in giving back to the society, truly understanding the culture and making the destination a long-lasting memory. At Indo Asia Tours, we are conscious that the itinerary is as unobtrusive to the destination and also allows for an authentic immersion in the destination. This is the only way that a place will be able to  retain its original character and the journey will truly be part of a sustainable culture.

Top Places

Delhi | Agra – Jaipur | Jaipur | Pushkar | Deogarh – Udaipur | Udaipur – Delhi | Delhi

Highlights

Lyuten’s Delhi | Brahma Temple | Amber Fort | Jantar Mantar | City Palace | Hawa Mahal | Tilonia Project | Mother Teresa’s Orphanage



Delhi / Day 1

Arrive in Delhi. Landmark monuments fill the day for sightseeing. The 17th century imposing fortress, Red Fort, followed by Jama Masjid, the mosque that can house 20,000 kneeling devotees in prayer and Raj Ghat, Gandhi’s memorial. We also take you through the slim lanes of Old Delhi on a Heritage Walk, which gives you a […]
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Agra – Jaipur / Day 3 -5

We drive to Agra after breakfast. Agra stands on the right bank of the river Yamuna, was once the seat of the Mughal rulers, the zenith of art and an enshrined romance. A town famous for its beautiful medieval monuments. The passion of the Mughals for building endowed it with some of the loveliest buildings […]
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Jaipur / Day 6

After breakfast enjoy a short trip which takes you to Amber Fort on Jeep / Elephants. This city Fort is situated 130m high with the Aravalli hills all around it in a valley 11 km north of Jaipur. It was the ancient capital of the Kachhawaha Rajputs till 1037. En route, make a photo stop […]
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Pushkar / Day 7

After breakfast drive to Pushkar, and on the way, visit Tilonia. On arrival in Tilonia visit the Tilonia Project being run by Bankar Roy. This will be one of the highlights of this trip. This program was given an award for its integration of social, ecological, cultural and educational elements in such a way as […]
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Deogarh – Udaipur / Day 8 - 9

Today, drive to Deogarh. It is situated about 135 Kms north-east of Udaipur.  The main attraction of Deogarh is Deogarh Mahal which is a heritage hotel, originally built in the 17th century and now converted into a heritage hotel offering an unforgettable experience. In the afternoon, enjoy the visit to Deogarh Village and watch villagers […]
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Udaipur – Delhi / Day 10 - 11

Reserve the day for the highlights of Udaipur, namely, the City Palace, Jagdish Temple,  and the clock tower area to discover the local markets. We also visit an NGO, Jatan, on this day.  Jatan strives to empower the youth by giving them a platform where they can freely express their concerns. Jatan also provides them […]
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Delhi / Day 12 - 13

On arrival, visit Gurdwara Bangla Sahib which is the most prominent Sikh gurdwara, or Sikh house of worship, in Delhi. It is instantly recognizable by its stunning golden dome and tall flagpole. Gurdwara Bangla Sahib was originally a bungalow belonging to Raja Jai Singh, an Indian ruler in the seventeenth century. Here, we eat the […]
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