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LIST: UK TOUR OPERATORS TO INDIA

These are UK-based tour operators and specialist travel agencies featuring holidays, tours and travel in India.
Abercrombie & Kent 0845 0700610 Luxury escorted tours and tailor-made itineraries for independent travellers.
Ampersand Travel 020 7289 6100 India specialists offering a strong selection of classic tours, special interest and tailor made travel all over India, plus weddings & honeymoons, and villas & private retreats in Sri Lanka and Kerala. Also they feature the Lakshadweep Islands, and the Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
Audley Travel 01993 838 000 Audley is one of the major UK operators to the Indian sub-continent, offering upmarket tailormade and small group tours throughout India. 
Avion Holidays 020 8492 3531 Southern India specialists with customised tours to Goa & Kerala.
Captain's Choice, The 020 8879 7705 Launched in 1993, The Captain's Choice specialise in small group, ultra-luxury, multi-country/destination tours and tailor-made tours, usually by private aircraft, train or ship. Guests are accompanied by a team of helpers including the tour manager and a doctor. A number of their regional tour programmes cover India.
Classic Journeys 01773 873497 Tailor-made and small group trekking, walking, culture and wildlife adventure holidays in the Himalayas, Kerala, Rajasthan and other regions.
Complete India & Asia 01283 820467 Travel Consultants/Operators (since 1994) offering tailormade cultural and adventure in India.
Cox & Kings 020 7873 5000 starOne of the best-known India specialists with a huge programme of upmarket tours and tailormade holidays. Tour operators come and go quick quickly so one who has been around since the 1970s/1980s is considered 'well-established'. Cox & Kings were arranging travel to & from India for British officers of the Raj in 1758.... you simply don't get more 'established' than that!
Darjeeling Tours 020 8133 9679 Special interest tours to India since 2002, particularly for railway enthusiasts wanting to visit the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, but also covering Textiles, History, Photography and Cookery.
Dragoman 0870 499 4475 Small group overland adventures in expedition trucks. Dragoman have been on the road since 1981. They have many itineraries passing through India and a few itineraries exploring the country in more depth.
Eastravel 01473 214305 Individual tour itineraries with chauffeur-guided transport.
Encounters Travel 0800 088 6002 Pound sign A selection of 9 to 16-day small group adventure tours in India using good quality mid-range accommodation and transportation. Encounter enable their guests to see and learn about local cultures, and historic sites, while enjoying adventurous activities along the way.
Equinox Travel 020 7831 4888 Arts/culture/yoga specialists with a wide range of tailor-made itineraries to India.
Exodus 0870 240 5550 Adventure holidays specialist offering small group exploratory tours, treks and special interest tours.
Explorations Company, The 01367 850 566 Bespoke upmarket itineraries, different for each client.
Explore! 01252 883 527 A wide range of small-group exploratory tours all over India.
First 48 0845 130 48 49 Tailor-made tours, classic sightseeing tours and overland adventure expeditions.
Greaves India 020 7487 9111 Luxury travel to India on classic itineraries.
Hayes & Jarvis 0870 366 1636 Resort stays and classic tours
High Places 0114 275 7500 Treks in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan as well as the Himalayas, which is their speciality.
Hinterland Travel 01883 743584 Hinterland Travel offers adventure tours to remote parts of the middle east & asia. It started out running overland tours from the UK to Nepal, but these days is best known for its pioneering tours to troublespots - namely Iraq & Afghanistan.
Imaginative Traveller, The 0800 316 2717 Escorted small group adventure tours. A selection of around 15 tours from 12 to 22-days around most parts of India.
India Connections 01892 725555 Tailormade travel focused on the north of India. Their parent brand, Kerala Connections (below) focuses on the South.
Indian Encounters 01929 481421 Specialist operators to India for 19 years (04) offering tailormade tours and a range of special interest tours and activities such as fishing, horse-riding safaris, textiles, painting cookery, wildlife & bird-watching.
Insider Journeys 01865 268941 Asia specialists operating a programme of scheduled small group tours in India. (Formerly 'Travel Indochina')
Intrepid Travel 0808 274 5111 Wide range of small group overland and adventure tours.
KE Adventure 017687 73966 Trekking in northern India
Kerala Moments 01622 679118 Specialist agency/operator with a range of tours around Kerala.
Kuoni 01306 747021 Pound sign Tailormade, resort stays, multi-centre holidays and a selection of escorted tours.
Lazydays 01202 484257 Villa and apartment rental in Goa.
Lumle Holidays 0845 475 3435 Tailormade holidays and a good selection of tours covering the Golden Triangle, Kerala, Goa, Rajasthan and 'Scenic Kashmir'.
MAhout 01295 758150 starHighly-recommended one-woman travel consultancy run by Mary-Anne Denison-Pender who knows pretty much all there is to know about the best hotels and experiences India has to offer.
Mountain Kingdoms 01453 844400 Formerly (well) known as 'Himalayan Kingdoms', a name that got a little restrictive for them as they expanded! Small group adventure trekking in northern India.
Nomadic Thoughts 020 7604 4408 Tailormade travel to India.
Pettitts Travel 01892 515966 Luxury tailormade private tours to the 'must-see' sites of India.
Reef & Rainforest 01803 866 965 R&R introduced India to their programme in 2004. They have two sample itineraries for tailor-made game viewing tours in the north of India, mainly Rajasthan. The Birds & Big Cats of Northern India tour takes in the Keoladeo Wetlands (home to 400 bird species) and the forests of Bandhavgarth (home to the Bengal tiger, chital, wild elephant, sloth bear, leopard, langur, jackal, wolf, wild dog & rhesus macaque), and Sianna (the seldom travelled area where leopard sightings are most frequent).
Rickshaw Travel 01273 322 399 Rickshaw specialise in responsible tours, or "meaningful experiences", interacting with local communities staying in locally owned hotels & lodges or homestays, using local transport & guiding services, and ensuring that both you & the community mutually benefit from your visit.
Scott Dunn World 020 8682 5010 Upmarket operator Scott Dunn creates tailormade itineraries or has a selection of eight classic journeys across India by privately chauffeured car staying in luxious hotels and lodges, on which you can base your plans.
SD Enterprises Ltd 020 8903 3411 Don't be put off by appearances (it may not be the most state-of-the-art website you've seen!), SD Enterprises is Dr Swaminath Dandapani. He is Indian Railways' agent in the UK. He is also an agent for the Royal Orient and Palace on Wheels trains and for various hotels. He will put together tailor-made packages (with or without rail travel) throughout the Indian sub-continent for independent travellers.
Spirit Journeys 0800 009 6919 Spirit Journeys have a number of small group cultural, culinary, and wellness tours to India.
Steppes Travel 01285 880980 Tailormade travel throughout the Indian sub-continent from scratch or based on a number of core itineraries. They also operate wildlife and conservation tours under their eco brand, Steppes Discovery.
Thomas Cook Tours 0844 879 8018 Tour operator division of Thomas Cook specialising in 'fully escorted' tours (door-to-door chauffeur service, scheduled flights, quality hotels, tour managers, and virtually all other travel requirements taken care of). They have a couple of classic tours in India. TCT won 'Best Escorted Tours Operator' at the British Travel Awards 2011.
Tiger Travel n/a starWomen-only small group tours to Rajasthan & Gujarat.
Timetrekkers 0116 270 1644 Timetrekkers have invented a word for what they do - archaeocultural tours. Founded in 2014 by an archaeologist, Patrick Skinner, with a passion for the outdoors, they specialise in hand crafted trips combining archaeology, culture and activity, in an eclectic mix of destinations worldwide, including India.
Trans Indus 020 8566 2729 starSpecialist operator to the Indian sub-continent since 1989 offering a wide range of sample itineraries throughout India. (They have some nice testimonials from famous actors, rock stars and tv presenters who've travelled with them too!)
Travelsphere 0844 318 8132 Pound sign A selection of fully-escorted tours from 8 to 18-days covering India or combining India with Nepal, Sri Lanka, etc.
Travel the Unknown 0845 053 0352 Pound sign These guys specialise in tailormade or scheduled small group tours, 'off the beaten track'. In India that means the Himalayan foothills in north-east India around Assam.
Tribes Travel 01473 890499 Tribes specialise in 'Fair Trade' travel creating tailor-made and small group tours all over India.
Tropical Sky 0844 332 9371 Specialist long-haul operator to 'tropical' destinations offering tailor-made holidays to Kerala and Goa.
Tropical Vacations 020 8133 2233 Specialist on bespoke holidays to the Indian subcontinent and Indian Ocean islands (Sri Lanka, Maldives, Seychelles and Mauritius). Tropical Vacations is the UK point of presence for a travel agency in Sri Lanka.
Ultimate Travel Company, The 020 7386 4646 Tailor-made tours for individual travellers and wildlife tours (tiger-spotting, etc) for small escorted groups.
Voyage Jules Verne 020 7616 1000 A selection of around 14 classic heritage tours in their ‘Dreaming of India’ programme including a number by rail (VJV's speciality). VJV is a Kuoni brand.
Wendy Wu Tours 0870 343 0386 A range of fully-inclusive, fully-escorted 9 to 22-day grand tours.
Western & Oriental 0870 277 3344 Tailormade travel arrangements throughout India, very much at the luxury end of the market.
Wildlife & Wilderness 01625 530035 Tailormade holidays for individuals and private groups all over India, based on a selection of core itineraries. Also specialist guided tour eg. wildlife tours to tiger country. Wildlife & Wilderness were formerly known as Oksana Tours.
World Odyssey 01905 731373 Small operator specialising in tailor-made adventure tours and treks for individuals or small groups. For 2005 they have a selection of five small group tour itineraries last between 12 - 20 days, visiting most must-see sites in India and a few of the beaten track.

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