Thursday, October 3, 2013

The Independent Newspaper

We were delighted to see that Sarah Baxter in her article 'India’s Beautiful South' (2 October 2013) featured our lovely new tour HIDDEN GEMS OF SOUTH INDIA in the Independent and The i. She also recommends a number of hotels that we promote including the Chittoor Kottaram, The Lotus houseboat, the Vivanta by Taj at Bekal and Marari Villas (Hibiscus, Palm and Orchid).

If you missed it - check out the article on their website at:

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Rick Stein loves Kerala

We hope you are watching and enjoying the ‘Rick Stein’s India’ programmes on BBC 2 (Mondays at 9pm).  This week he was in South India - Madurai, Cochin, Backwaters.  We note that the BBC is very careful not to name or even film the outside of the well known hotels (although they do feature the tiny and very basic restaurants) - but we can tell you that the chef he worked with in Cochin was from Brunton Boatyard.  What is really nice about this series is that not only does it give you some great recipes to try but Rick Stein clearly loves India and the people.   The series is six programmes long - if you missed the first three we recommend you catch up with them on BBC iPlayer. 

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Neeleshwar wins Award

Neeleshwar Hermitage - one of our customers' favourite hotels in North Kerala - has just announced that it won the award for 'The Best Health and Rejuvenation Resort in India 2013' by the CNBC TRAVEL AWARDS. 

Monday, May 13, 2013

We don’t normally brag but…

We are aware that many of our competitors state that they are the biggest…, best…, leading…. We do not make claims that cannot be substantiated - but we have just been informed of facts that show we are the leading tour operator in our field. 

CGH Earth (the extremely popular hotel group) tell us that if they do not include in the figures their two long stay hotels (Kalari Kovalam – Ayurveda and Swaswara – life style) we gave them the most business (in terms of room nights) of all Foreign Tour Operators last season.  Even if they add the two long stay hotels (which we don’t use often as it is not really our market) we came second!  When you consider that there are some very large India specialists in the UK (and no doubt in other countries too) we feel very proud that we are generating the most bookings for this excellent hotel group. 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Cost of Indian Visa increases by £50

We are sorry to report that at very short notice it has been announced that the cost of the Indian visa will rise from £32 to £82.  On top of that is the £10.20 fee so a six month tourist will now cost £92.20.  The increased price is applicable from Thursday 17 January 2013.

A Good Read

Back in 2010 Gary travelled on the Golden Chariot train (his diary of his time on the train can be found below).  One of the other travellers on the train was an author (Monisha Rajesh) who was writing a book about train travel in India.  We are pleased to report that book (called AROUND INDIA IN 80 TRAINS) is now out and it has been extremely well received both by the critics and the public (including our customers).  We recommend this book – particularly if you are planning a trip to India that includes some train travel.

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