India for Beginners

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India for Beginners custom tours are especially designed for solo female travellers, first time visitors to India, and people with a “beginner’s mind” who want to see India in a new way, with a focus on sustainability and authenticity. Our mission is to help people travel safely and well in India.

We create custom tours tailored to your dates, interests, preferences, and budget. We offer a premium service with hand-picked hotels, drivers, and guides to ensure you avoid the potential challenges of travel in India, and have a smooth, hassle-free trip. We will pick you up at the airport, help you get a local SIM card, and make sure we are available 24/7 via telephone/WhatsApp in case of any problem during your trip. Ensuring women travellers in India are safe and comfortable is our number one goal.

India for Beginners is a partnership between Mariellen Ward, an India-based traveller who knows what it's like to travel as a foreign woman in India, and a local, Delhi-based travel company with many years of knowledge and experience, plus a nation-wide network of contacts. Our clients get the best of both worlds -- the foreigner perspective and local expertise.

We also partner with very special, hand-picked companies run by thoughtful, dedicated people who support responsible tourism, sustainability, local communities, and women empowerment.

Key information

Destinations India
Activity Safari, Beach, Family, Adventure, Backpacking, Hiking & Trekking, Active, Walking, Overlanding, Yoga, Nature & Wildlife, Photography, National Parks, Culture, Archaeology, Spiritual, Festivals, Cities, Museums & Galleries, History, Culinary, Food, Solo Travel, Women Only
Tour Type Small group tour

India for Beginners tours

Captivating Kerala

Small group tour of beautiful Kerala

12 days From $1,600 Group tour
Destinations Kerala
Activity Cruise & Sailing, Beach, Adventure, Active, Walking, Culture, Cities, Solo Travel
Tour Type Small group tour
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Holi Tour of India

Women-only, small group tour

12 days From $1,450 Group tour
Destinations Delhi, Agra, Rajasthan, Barsana, Rishikesh
Activity Adventure, Active, Yoga, Culture, Spiritual, Festivals, Solo Travel, Women Only
Tour Type Small group tour
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What's included

All trips with India for Beginners include the following services. Get in touch to find out more.

Guided excursions
Ground transfers
Some meals

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