But there is still a common misconception that India is dirty, crime-ridden, and particularly unsafe for women. Contiki’s India itinerary is breaking barriers for young travellers wanting to visit the destination but who are not comfortable travelling alone. Each tour has its own social platform on the Contiki app, where travellers can virtually meet one-another and plan pre and post activities together for peace of mind. After a 40 year break from operating product in the region, Contiki re-entered India in December 2016 and has been going from strength to strength since. Many travellers are taking the Contiki tour as a taste of India before continuing to delve deeper into one of the oldest and most culturally-diverse landscapes in the world.
The 12-day Eternal India tour follows Contiki’s more relaxed ‘In-Depth Explorer’ pace and visits Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore, Jaipur, Udaipur, Mumbai and finally the beach town of Goa. The tour includes excursions to several heritage sites, a safari and stay at Ranthambore National Park, and a trip to the world-famous Taj Mahal. Optional activities include a cooking demonstration and local family dinner in Jaipur, a Bollywood dance lesson, a tour of Mumbai at dawn, and a yoga class on the beach. Local tour guides are on hand to give travellers an authentic and local experience with each activity. Contiki is seeing a desire for out of comfort-zone but authentic experiences from its millennial customers, that still includes the basics of great food, comfortable accommodation and private, air-conditioned transport.
– Aleisha Moore