Except for the Himalayas, this is when travel explodes pretty much all over India, from the desert kingdoms of Rajasthan to the coastlines of West and South India. The NE monsoon may still bring rainy days to the east coast (not enough to spoil a holiday), and some foggy days in the north. This is festival season, from the Pushkar Camels to music and literature extravaganzas up and down the country. Book in advance. February is also peak season for skiing in Gulmarg, Kashmir.
Days warm up and crowds start to ease off. The Himalayas release their frozen grip as the snow melts and flowers start to bloom on the slopes. Tropical warmth begins to assert itself on the coast and in the interior. Still a good time to travel, taking advantage of reduced rates and more availability. Holi, the festival of color, occurs in March and October/November is the time of the festival of light, Diwali. August October is a great time for river-rafting in the north.
The insufferable heat of May leads into the deluge of the Indian SW monsoon, when either the entire country is either baking hot or drenched in rain. The exception is the Himalayas, where the season explodes for trekkers and mountain-bikers, with trails ablaze in a profusion of alpine flowers, crisp warm days and nippy nights.
India has been their backyard for the last 20 years, offering unparralled experience in customised travel across the country. Being Indian, but having lived in Europe / US for over 20 years the 2 partners understand the overseas traveller's needs in India like few others do. From Hollywood stars like Julia Roberts to icons of the fashion world like Naomi Campbell and Elizabeth Hurley, to the Royal Family of Austria and over 3000 passionate travellers from over 30 countries in between, they have made the seemingly impossible look magically easy.
After 25 years of trekking this beautiful and formidable landscape and rafting its fierce rivers, this dynamic and accomplished rafter/trekker owner has led his company to the forefront of adventure travel in the Indian Himalayas; the Indian government has opened up access to some of the country's most remote areas based on consultations with him. The best equipment, uncommon professionalism, unsurpassed personal service and an impeccable safety record makes him the go-to guy for even a family trip with your 6 year old. Accolades have poured in over the years, as have numerous global and local Adventure Travel Awards and citations.
This founder/polo player/all-round horseman gave up a lucrative job to return home to Rajasthan, just so travellers can trot, canter or gallop along behind him as he takes you on a magical mystery tour of deserts, hills and palaces. Having trained polo-horses most of his earlier life, allow him to share his years of experience and high-standards of horse safaris to get you the closest sightings possible of the wildlife of Rajasthan. Always trust in a son-of-the-soil to give you that wholly satisfying experience. Sufficient to have Indian and the world-press go nuts with praise.
The pioneers of scuba diving in India, they have scoured the magnificent seas off the Indian coast for that definitive diving experience since 1995, have certified over 5000 divers and hosted countless other scuba-aficionados from all over the globe. They are currently operating out of the wildly exotic Andaman Islands, where the natural beauty is not unlike the early days of planet Earth. Did we mention their safety record has been impeccable? In 2015, they were featured in a major travel publication's Journeys of a Lifetime. Deservedly so.
What started with an obsession for India's most beautiful and majestic fresh-water fish, led to the formation of India's (and arguably the world's) best fly-fishing company in 2004. The Golden Mahseer, as elegant as its name implies, is both, the mascot and raison d'être for these eco-warrior catch-and-release maestros. One of the world's most beautiful fish, in one of the world's most sparkling waters, against the world's most beautiful backdrop, and in the hands of the world's best fresh-water anglers, need we say more?
The soul of any destination is its people, its culture and way of life. These experts in soul-destinations have been steadily winning awards since 2007, taking the traveller deep into the essence of a region, its villages and its people. The focus is on authentic village life and awesome walks. Needless to say, they are highly environmentally friendly: apart from giving direct employement to local villagers they have a charitable trust and lead social campaigns and change. Come, blend, belong.
If motorcycling the loftiest and most picturesque roads in the world is your thing, just show up at the airport and let these experts take over. They have transformed a life-long passion i.e. exploring India on motorbikes, into a life-long commitment of bringing these roads to you. All their guides are local; they have lived, played and ridden these roads before they could walk; let them take care of the hassle of routes, hotels, restaurants and hidden gems. Just devote 100% energy to riding the spectacular Himalayas.