Start your wondrous journey today by perusing the tour options available throughout India and beyond. Check out Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Maldives. Let our India Tours and Travel Specialists surprise and delight you with an itinerary composed of authentic, intimate and at times exclusive experiences.
We took our teens to Africa and cherished every moment. From the instant we got off the plane until the day we left we were so well looked after with enormous warmth and hospitality. The kids became immersed in the overall experience and couldn’t wait for the next day’s adventure. A family experience that will stay in our hearts and minds long after our return.
The service from African Travel Specialists, especially all the individuals on the ground, was exceptional. Meeting the mountain gorillas was the most exhilarating moment of my life. Together with the bountiful game, especially the big cats in the great migration in the Masai Mara my whole journey was simply perfect.
We had a brilliant holiday that was meticulously planned and executed thanks to the wealth of knowledge and expertise demonstrated by the African Travel Specialists team (division of The Travel Specialists). We had exceptional service and guidance throughout Africa. We were captivated by the open spaces of the Serengeti, the geological uniqueness of Ngorongoro Crater, and of course the breadth of wildlife. Thank you for delivering an exceptional African experience.
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Australian citizens must have a passport valid for at least six months following their return home. Tourist visas are required for Australian citizens. If you are not an Australian citizen, please contact the embassy of your country or Indian embassy to be sure you obtain the proper documentation.
India is a vibrant country with bustling cities and towns, and it can often be overwhelming. However, it is generally safe for tourists. As with travel in any foreign country, it is important to be vigilant and use common sense. Do not wander around at night in town, be careful when shopping, and place high value items in a safe if leaving them at your hotel. Precautions like these and a little common sense will mean you can spend more time relaxing on your holiday.
Spirituality is at the core of life in India, so be respectful of the different customs, especially when visiting religious sites such as mosques, temples and churches. Do not wear shorts/revealing clothes, women may be asked to cover their heads, and leather goods (including camera cases, belts & handbags) may be prohibited.
The currency of India is Rupee (Rs). One rupee is equal to 100 paise. Notes come in the denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 2000 rupees. Rupees in large numbers may not be brought out of India. UK Pounds / US dollars are easy to exchange at the cashier’s desk in the hotels for which you will require the passport.
Major credit cards are gaining acceptance in India, the most common are American Express, Visa and Mastercard. These cards can be used at most hotels, restaurants and shopping centres. Local markets and roadside vendors generally do not accept the cards. It is recommended not to rely on any one form of exchange when visiting India. You should carry with you a combination of cash, traveller’s cheques and credit card/s.
Avoid tap water and roadside fruit juice centres. Drink only bottled water, and check the bottle is sealed.
Immunization against COVID-19, Cholera, Typhoid, Malaria and Hepatitis is recommended for travel to India. However, we strongly recommend checking with your GP regarding your personal needs.
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North India experiences warm days and cool nights, whilst the south offers a sunny getaway. It is also a great time for tiger safaris as there is less foliage to hide the wildlife.
Nepal experiences pleasant weather during the day but temperatures dip significantly at night. There is also a high concentration of wildlife during this time, and it is the perfect time to see Chitwan and Bardiya National Park.
The perfect season for a beach getaway, expect warm days and very little rain with monsoon season well and truly over. Enjoy low humidity and great visibility for diving and snorkelling.
This is a peak period for Sri Lanka, with fine weather in the south and west making it a good time to visit. Days are sunny and dry, perfect for sightseeing. February and March see the celebration of Independence Day and Maha Sivarathri.
A great time for wildlife sightings as in areas with little water they gather around waterholes making them easier to spot. For keen hikers, the foothills of the Himalayas are also cooling down around this time making this a great time for treks.
Spring has sprung! This is one of the best times to visit Bhutan as flowers are in bloom, valleys are green and lush and trekking season is in full swing.
April is a popular month to travel the eastern and northern regions, as the monsoon begins to arrive in the south. It is a great time to visit the Cultural Triangle or enjoy a beach holiday on the eastern coast.
An ideal time to visit Leh and Ladakh, whilst the monsoon rains arrive in the rest of India. Towards mid-September, the rain abates, and this is an ideal time for cruising on the Ganges as the water level is high.
Arrive in time for Kandy’s legendary festivities celebrating Esala Perahera, a 10-day Buddhist celebration. Weather is best in the north and east of the country, and it is usually the month to witness “The Gathering” of elephants at Minneriya National Park.
The rains end in the north and the peak season begins. Whilst occasional showers persist in the south, a lush landscape emerges. The suffocating heat abates, making perfect conditions to visit for events such as Diwali and the Pushkar Camel Fair.
The monsoon disperses and warm weather blesses Nepal and makes for fantastic trekking conditions. Days are pleasant and clear, and the lush landscapes are perfect for photographers.
The peak time to travel, Bhutan boasts mild temperatures and several festivals during this period. Admire the breathtaking landscape set against clear skies and venture into the mountains during this peak trekking season.
The north-east monsoon begins, and weather becomes unpredictable, meaning there is a chance of rainfall wherever you are. However, if you don’t mind a little rain, enjoy hot, dry weather around the Cultural Triangle.