In 2006 we became the first company to offer self drive in India when we took participants to drive Hindustan Ambassadors on a 900km route across the mountains and plains of South India. The tour has run every year since but eventually it became too difficult to source Ambassadors so we had to call time on this venerable Old Lady of Indian Roads.
Our new trip is bigger and better with an entirely new route, improved accommodation, more places to visit, increased down time and of course, a modern air conditioned SUV.
If you have travelled with us before on our previous Classic India tour, you may be wondering how similar this new trip is. All the hotels are new and there is only one 45km section of road which is common to our previous trip but we are doing it in the reverse direction so the route is really all new. We are having a day off (in Munnar) in the middle of the trip. There are also far more places of interest to see and visit than on the previous trip.
The trip is quite physical. Some of the monuments we are visiting require a fair bit of walking and climbing although you could always view without climbing up. During the day off in Munnar you will have the option of a short or long trek through some of Asia’s highest tea plantations. These are both optional and you could easily opt not to do these if you wish.
You will note in the itinerary there is an option to visit Cochin. The reason for this is because if you took part in one of our previous Classic India trips you probably had either a full day or half day off in Cochin and therefore we have not included Cochin as part of the tour. If you haven’t been to Fort Cochin you may want to visit, hence offering the option. The vehicles we will be driving are confirmed as Suzuki Brezzas. This is not a model we have in the UK but they are ideal for the trip. The trip length is 1000kms.
We are very excited about this trip and thrilled with the itinerary. We have got some great accommodation, fascinating visits and some lovely routes.
For more information about the trip please see our Classic India page here