Holi festival of colour

Holi festival of colour

Syham and Mike at Udaipur

Syham and Mike at Udaipur

Houseboat cruise through the backwater canals in Kerala

Houseboat cruise through the backwater canals in Kerala

Pushkar cattle fair

Pushkar cattle fair

Elephant ride in Jaipur

Elephant ride in Jaipur

Rural India Tour

Villages of rural India

Himilayas

Himalayas

Wildlife tour in Ranthambore National Park

Wildlife tour in Ranthambore National Park

Rural village in Rajasthan

Rural village in Rajasthan

If you’d like to book a magnificent personal tour across the Sub Continent, or you’d simply like the services of a reliable driver – we offer you a totally flexible and personal service.

India Personal Tours - Tour Guide & Driver

Our Travel Services

  • Plan your personal itinerary
  • Book your accommodation and transport
  • Meet you at the airport
  • Help you to exchange currency
  • Offer 24 hour on-call service
  • Store and carry your luggage and souvenirs

Planning your trip

We can design a complete itinerary for you including suggestions of our favourite places and things to see. We’ll book all your accommodation and transport, and of course we’ll drive you anywhere you like along the way.

During your trip

We’ll have a friendly driver meet you at the airport and escort you to your destination.

We’ll drive you from each destination to the next - unless you prefer a train or bus which we can also arrange for you.

We will be available 24 hours to drive you around to sightsee and shop.

We’ll recommend great places to see and escort you to wonderful restaurants.

We respect your privacy

If you like your independence, just say so and we can leave you to it - you can see as much or as little of us as you like.

Our driver will arrange his own food and accommodation.

 

Tour Guide service

A tour guide will travel and accompany the guests throughout the tour. A tour guide in India must have a valid guiding license from the Government of India, where they have to compete an exam and undergo 6 months theoretical and practical training.

An accompanying tour guide or escort will assist you with check-in / check-out at the hotels, as well as guide you through and explain the history of monuments, places, culture, traditions and customs of the Indian people. A tour guide will be at your disposal throughout the tour. The tour guide's fee will always include costs for their accommodation and food.

Private Driver service

A private driver is not your tour guide, as they are not allowed to enter monuments and show you around. A tour driver’s primary job is to drive you safely and smoothly from one place to another.

They can of course take you to good restaurants, nice places, and up to the monument ticket window, as well as give you relevant information about your tour. Your driver will wait until you finish the visit of any particular monument, and will take care of your luggage and belongings. A cost for the car, their food and accommodation will always be included in the driver’s fee. 

Travelling between North and South India

In South India we will have different tour drivers, as it is not feasible to send a tour driver from North India to South India.

A tour guide can come to join you in South India and serve you as your local tour guide. His travel expenses for going to South India from North India shall be included in the fee.

Sample Tours

We offer you a totally flexible and personal service so you can see India your own way. Here’s a few examples of tours we offer - just for some inspiration!

All of our sample tours can be customised to suit your personal preferences, or request your own personal tour of India.

Testimonials

Below are a few testimonials about our friendly India tour driver, Syham.

"I booked a two week trip to Rajasthan and was lucky enough to get Shyam as my driver. We quickly became friends with his friendly and very kind demeanor. He was never brought me anywhere I didn't want to go (like shops that sold rugs). He was very knowledgeable about the area, hotels, food shops etc. I told him what my budget was for housing and food; he went to hotels and negotiated to get me my price or less! After my wonderful trip to Rajisthan...I wanted to now go see Northern India Himalayas (Manali, Dharamsala, Shimla etc). But, my only stipulation was that I had to have Shyam drive. This time I booked 3.5 weeks and by this time I felt like Shyam was family so I was more than happy to travel with him. Shyam made my India trip an absolute pleasure."
Cynthia, USA

"Shyam was wonderful and we're so glad we decided to have a driver for our first week in India. Not only was it a gentle introduction to a very fast paced Country, but Shyam treated us like Family, and we felt so safe and comfortable from the first moment we got into the car. We particularly liked the personal experience, and added extra of having Shyam as a tour guide as well as driver (not to mention photographer and professional Chai orderer!) Udaipur in particular was a highlight. Having dinner with Shyam at Ambrai was such fun - we even went back the following night to celebrate the fact that we Nick proposed in our hotel! We can't believe we are home, we had such a good time. Your country has absolutely beguiled us with it's beauty, and we're missing it already. We have already recommended your services to our families, and should you ever come to Australia, please email us and let us know so can say hello. Thank you again Shyam for your warm nature and hospitality."
Vicky and Nick, Australia - January 2013

"It was our first time in India. I don't know how we would have got around without Shyam - it was such a comfort to travel with a good friend who is watching out for us. His local knowledge was invaluable and we got to see much more than we would have alone."
Mike, Australia - November 2003

"I booked a tour with Shyam from New Delhi to Agra and back. The tour was great. Shyam was extremly nice and his english is really good. We made a few stops and visted Taj Mahal at sunrise next morning and the red Fort before we went back to Delhi. Shyam also organized a guide for me and he organized that he entered Taj Mahal through a VIP Entrance to not wait in line too long. Shyam was reliable and totally focused on my needs. I strongly recomment his service. Also the price is very fair!"
Isa, Germany

"Travelling with a friend of mine through Rajasthan with Shyam was the experience of my life: an exciting and long lasting memory being thrilled by the knowledge he had and the possibilities he offered to discover India with a local person. Absolutely a gem of a person to do North India Tour with."
Daniela, London UK - March 2010

"Dear Shyam, we like to thank from our deepest heart for making our two-weeks journey through Rajasthan such a pleasant, interesting and comfortable experience. During our trip we always felt like being accompanied by a very good and old friend. We always thought that you exactly understood our wishes without telling you. Thank you very much and looking forward seeing you again for visiting together the Himalaya. Our best wishes to you and your family."
Oliver and Wolfgang, Germany

Below are a few testimonials about our friendly India tour guide, Manu.

"We booked a 3-week personal tour of northern India with Manu Singh, and it was one of the best travel decisions we have ever made. We have traveled in many countries, and hired many personal guides, and have never experienced the level of personal service that we received from Manu. He made our India trip the experience of a lifetime. Not only did Manu help to customize an itinerary that was exactly what we wanted, he provided us access to things that most tourists could never see--interactions with locals (including his own family members) and out-of-the-way sites that no tourist could ever find on their own. The highest praise I can offer is for his integrity. Honest, prompt, friendly, adaptable---what more could you want in a personal tour guide? You won't find anyone better than Manu Ji. I'm happy to offer additional details or recommendation for anyone considering the services of his agency. You may contact me directly here."
Tracy Collins and Paul Schankman, USA - March 2013

"Hi Manu. This is Geeta Kandhai, Ronesh Kandhai’s mum. Just a little note to say thank you for all your help and personal assistance during our stay at India. Also for you warmth, kindness, telephone calls to us and support to us whilst our stay in India.  We are safe back with a lot of good and enjoyable memories. Thank you also for organising and ensuring everyday that we were taken care of. I will not at any time hesitate to recommend you to our families and friends in South Africa. Also a big thank you to your team who also ensured that our holiday was safe and have taken extreme good care of us. With lots of good memories and a safe stay in India. Thank you very much."
Geeta, Preeth & Ronesh Kandhai, South Africa - February 2013

"I knew we had an excellent guide when Manu called our hotel & confirmed he was on his way. He provided a clean car w/AC & driver. He organized all the sites & considered my companion’s need to photograph sites at the “right time of day”. Manu was exemplary in his knowledge of India & has a wonderful sense of humor. He even took us to a local market & cooked dinner for us! I highly recommend Manu for a day, a week or several weeks – he’ll work with you & accomplish everything you want."
Robin S, USA - October 2011

"I wish I could write a few pages on Manu behavior, nature, attitude and skills. Describing this amazing lifetime experience would worth thousands of words and they'll never be enough. I was a solo traveler who came first time in Delhi; I've had many guides abroad, and no one can even be compared with the skills, the enthusiasm, the reliability, the knowledge and the kindness Manu has. I came for a tour and I got the most complete and educational tour you'll be able to dream for and a most dearing friend. Manu has all India inside, don't miss it."
Marina Fernandez, Spain - September 2011

"I did the tour with Manu in Feb 2009 with my daughter of 12 years. It was my first tour to India and I had some negative perceptions about India. But Manu cleared all that and his kindness, politeness and pro active attitude made my tour a memorable one. He is licensed tour guide by government of India and this gave me extra confidence in him to hire his services. He speaks good French and his knowledge about India culture and history is impeccable and profound. I would highly rate his as one of the best guides I have ever had in my 25 years of travelling across the world."
Auroa, France - February 2009

"Manu is an extraordinary guide and orgeniser. I was travelling first time to India and was bit hesitant to go alone and that is why I had hired manu as my full time tour guide during my 13 days long trip to North of India. His knowledge and skills are remarkable. He would take to you small villages so that you could see real and different India. Visiting monuments is not only the way to discover India. So if you really want to experience India take him as your guide and you would be extremely satisfied and delighted once your tour is finished. With him you will see the places no other general tourist go. NOT TO FORGET, Shyam was my driver and he did a fantastic job driving my to North India. Since Manu was there I could not interact much with him but yes he driving was safe, smooth and attentive. AND his behavior was very kind and polite. Great driver to have !!"
Helen Stocks, England - March 2009

"Mahendra Singh or 'Manu' was an outstanding tour guide in every way! He picked me up at my hotel and transferred us to the express train to Agra. We saw the Taj Mahal & Agra Fort and he expertly shared the history & culture. Lunch was good. At my request he customized the tour so I could get a massage & also visit with a local family. His knowledge and professionalism were very impressive. Drivers were great. I would highly recommend him as a tour guide if you want an exceptional experience."
Lorraine G, USA - October 2011

India Travel Tips from our Tour Guide & Drivers

Travel Tips

India is a wonderful place of the most extreme contrasts and a bit of culture shock is inevitable when you first arrive. Your driver can answer any questions you may have along the way, and help to ensure you travel safely and with respect to local customs.

Travelling

Roads are very crowded with cars, trucks, bikes, pedestrians and animals and at first glance there seems to be no road rules at all. This is why we recommend using a local driver to navigate and negotiate the busy roads for you.

Food and Drink

Cows are sacred in India, and as a result many Indians do not eat beef - some areas are strictly vegetarian towns.

Some areas also prohibit alcohol.

It is advisable to drink bottled water.

Temples & Holy Places

Always remove your shoes before entering a Temple or place of religious significance.

It is also recommended that you cover your head with a scarf and dress modestly as a measure of respect.

Taking photos at a death ceremony, or a religious ceremony or of people bathing (in baths or rivers) may cause offence.

Being a tourist

Some of the poorer people may ask or beg for money, this can be distressing to first time travellers especially because many people really do need money. However we discourage giving money to them, instead, it is better make a donation to the local school or charity.

Communication

The telephone Country Code is 91.

Mobile Telephone coverage is limited to major towns but is increasing all the time.

Internet and E-mail can be accessed from an increasing number of hotels and from Internet cafes across the country, many now with Wi-Fi.

Indians are very hospitable people and will usually accept your different ways as a foreigner – if in doubt, simply ask your driver.

India Personal Tours - Tour Guide & Drivers Manu (left) and Syham (right)

Manu

Shyam