Off the Beaten Track

You see a completely different side of life when you leave your car or tour bus behind and strike out on foot in South Asia – and TransIndus tours to the region offer you plenty of opportunity to do just that, whether a leisurely amble around a Sri Lankan tea estate to watch leaf pluckers at work, or a full-on trek over high passes to Himalayan valleys where the modern world has made little impact.

In many cases, our hotels have been specially chosen for their attractive rural settings. This allows guests easy access to some wonderful countryside, enabling you to explore local villages and landscapes in a more intimate way. You might be offered the chance to walk to a shrine, ancient monument, favourite local viewpoint or revered tree, or visit a settlement specializing in an art or craft form, such as pottery, weaving or blacksmithing. 

For those wishing to penetrate more remote, mountainous terrain, we also offer trekking extensions to our regular tours. These range from two- or three-day hikes around lush Himalayan foothills in Bhutan, Sikkim and Nepal, to week-long expeditions at altitude involving nights under canvas and ascents of wind-swept passes bristling with prayer flags. 

The pay-offs are manifold: the chance to see the majestic Annapurna summits before dawn, when they’re bathed in ethereal, amber-coloured alpenglow; or a view down a forested valley from a village made entirely of granite and cedar wood, several days’ walk from the nearest road; or the experience of camping in a high meadow, as moonlight illuminates the ice peaks towering on all sides.

Trekking in the Indian subcontinent, however, is not confined to the Himalayas. Several regions further south – notably around Kodagu (Coorg) in Karnataka and the Western Ghat range dividing Kerala and Tamil Nadu – also hold great potential for high-altitude and jungle treks, and our local experts on hand to arrange the best routes, guides and porters, whatever level of challenge you wish to tackle.


Indigenous tribes in South Asia


All four countries covered on TransIndus tours to South Asia have their own distinctive indigenous groups. India alone recognizes 645 ‘scheduled tribes’, each with its particular language, customs and religious practises. 

Most live in areas well off the tourist trail, amid dense forests where they survive from subsistence agriculture, hunting and gathering. But TransIndus travellers are likely to cross paths with indigenous people on several of our regional tours, notably those to Orissa in eastern India, the Northeast Hill States of Assam and Nagaland, Kutch in north-western Gujarat and some of the more remote corners of Arunachal Pradesh in the Himalayas.

Of these, Kutch is the best geared up for tourism. Visitors to the region are welcomed at villages belonging to many different minority groups, both Hindu and Muslim, where men and women wear extravagant and colourful costume – part of a rich handicrafts tradition that’s received a major boost from tourism in recent decades. Mirror-inlaid patchwork quilts, embroidered bedspreads and tie-dyed textiles are just some of the dazzling work on sale.

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Nagaland and Assam

16 day tour from £3295

Well off the beaten track, this exploratory tour takes you into the Northeast of India.

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The Kashmir Valley

12 day tour from £2635

This varied, 12-day trip to the Kashmir Valley takes you to the heart of one of the world’s most beautiful and culturally refined mountain regions.
   

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The Holy Ganges

7 day tour from £2370

Offering an insight into rural Bengal and neighbouring Bihar, the cruises on the Ganges are 6 nights downstream or 8 nights upstream from Patna or Farakka – or vice versa.

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Sanctuary Ananda

4 day tour from £715

Named after the beautiful Ananda Temple in Bagan, Ananda also translates in Sanskrit as 'extreme happiness' - one of the highest states of being.

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The Ultimate Travelling Camp: Ladakh

11 day tour from £4095

Embark on a nomadic journey through the centuries-old culture of Ladakh. Explore fascinating monuments, monasteries, fairs and festivals.

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Brahmaputra Maximum

11 day tour from £2800

This 10-night cruise covers most of the highlights of Assam, with elephant and jeep safaris looking for rhino in Kaziranga National Park, visits to the old capital of the Ahom kings and to the Hind

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A Taste of Thailand

11 day tour from £2290

This itinerary focuses on the delicate flavours and diversity of Thai cuisine. Begin in the vibrant city of Bangkok and explore the diverse range of food on offer in the bustling city - Thai food from various regions, and street-food from other nations from China to India.

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Laos & Cambodia Explorer

13 day tour from £2335

Laos and Cambodia, neighbouring countries in Southeast Asia, are known for the World Heritage Sites of Luang Prabang and Angkor Wat and for their shared rich French colonial past.

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Essential Myanmar

10 day tour from £2225

Our Essential Myanmar group tour introduces you to the culture and sights of a beautiful land that, until recently, was one of the least visited countries in Asia.

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Discover China

17 day tour from £3295

Discover China is a comprehensive showcase of a fascinating country whose scenic beauty vies with its rich culture and heritage.

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