Love India love Incredible Indian Tours. Four trips and one booked for April '18. Deb has a great format: small groups, reasonably priced, off the beaten tourist track, good standard of accommodation, well organised taking into consideration the vagaries of Indian travel, inclusion of additional guides where necessary.
Our 21 day small group tour of northern India with Debbie Kindness is definitely a highlight. When we return to the subcontinent will definitely be choosing a tour with Deb. Couldn’t recommend this company higher. Excellent.
Seven years later the Women’s Only tour is still one of the best trips, anywhere, I have ever been on. Still remember it so fondly, thanks Deb.
I have used Incredible Indian Tours for my last two trips to India and look forward to travelling with Debbie again in February. Debbie arranged hotels and private tour guides for me on my first trip, and I took a scheduled tour with her for my second. The hotels have been excellent and the guides very knowledgeable. Because there is a 10 person limit you feel that you are not lost in the crowd and that you are getting personal attention. I highly recommend Incredible India Tours.
Incredible India Tours lives up to its name. INCREDIBLE. I travelled twice with Debbie and had the most amazing up close and personal adventure. First with the women's only trip to India where I had the good fortune to meet women whose convivial adventurous nature enhanced the whole trip. But more importantly, agreed to travel again on the second trip to South India and Sri Lanka. I, unfortunately was unable to go with the same ladies on their third trip to northern India because of health related issues, but their photos and blogs told me how amazing it was. Now I believe they are planning a fourth trip with Debbie. That speaks volumes as to the kind of special attention that she puts into her tours. I would encourage anyone who wants to experience India off the beaten path, book a tour with Incredible India Tours, you won't be disappointed.
Over and over again during my 23-day Essence of India Women Only tour, Debbie Kindness, demonstrated her deep knowledge of and affection for India, acquired over many years of travel to every nook and cranny of the country. She conveyed to her participants the vibe of India and introduced us to her friends wherever we travelled by train, camel or mini-cab. When things didn't go according to the itinerary or an accommodation did not quite meet expectations, she was always there with a smile and a Plan B which, in India, is not an optional extra, it is a necessity! As a tour leader and a small-group tour operator, Incredible India Tours is an excellent choice for grassroots, experiential travel in India.
Having done two of Incredible India tours in the past I would highly recommend them to anyone, you won't regret it.
Life Changing Trips by Debbie Kindness of Incredible India Tours. I have taken 4 trips with Debbie (3 in India and 1 in Sri Lanka) and have signed up for my 5th trip to Nepal with Debbie in 2018. Debbie never fails to amaze in the caliber of the travel experience. She is a relaxed, fun and highly experienced guide with a focus on the country's culture and finding for you, the roads less traveled. I have spent time with her partners Mike and Kim, who are also highly experienced. It is a joy to be in their company. The trips are adventurous yet comfortable, both educational and breathtaking in the beauty and the impact they have on your life. I love the fast paced travel style with small groups, where I have met lifetime friends from all corners of the world. Truly life changing experiences. Photos from the latest IIT adventure in the Himalayan Kingdoms of Ladakh.
The Essence of India Women Only tour was such an amazing adventure. My fist international trip on my own. Deb and Kim took care of everything, shared incredible knowledge and took us deep into the real India which I fell in love with so much that I am returning next year on the Heartlands tour. Small group size is perfect for dawn boat rides on the spiritually inspiring Ganges river, exotic spice markets and dining at authentic Indian restaurants. As a bonus I made long lasting friendships.
My first trip to India was so wonderful with Debbie's fantastic organisation and local knowledge. I really saw and experienced so much more than I would have on my own.
I have completed three tours with Debbie Kindness, two in India & one in Nepal and i will do many more with Incredible Indian Tours because 1. They are trustworthy and reliable 2. They are Genuine and know the country they travel in, employing local guides wherever they travel to. 3. They are reasonably priced and offer value for money. 4. Accommodation, side tours and inclusive food is all local from the country traveled in. 5. The local Guides are the best and have great knowledge of the areas covered. For myself Incredible Indian Tours have given me the motivation to travel more in Asia where they operate, I have traveled over the three highest mountain passes in the world, encompassing the mighty Himalayas. I have trekked in Nepal on part of the Everest Trek and Mustang Valleys. I have flown into Lukla and Jomson airports. I have seen and ancient Monasteries and Buildings from 10th Century. I have been in country where many traveller's will never travel to like Ladakh & Kashmir. I look forward to my next journey with them in 2018.
"This is absolutely the best trip I have done. Every day was a WOW day. The scenery was stunning and totally unexpected. There were unplanned surprises along the way which were accommodated effortlessly. The small group was taken care of admirably. Lots of different types of accommodation but all highly acceptable. Great trip but if you don’t like road trips it may be challenging."
Suzanne, Top of the World, Ladakh & Kashmir, July 2017
"This trip without a doubt was one of the most incredible journeys I have ever done. From the overnight train in Delhi (always a great experience) connecting to the Toy Shimla train. Mcleod Ganj, Manali and then over the Himalayas. We made 10 Crossings of the mighty Himalayas, crossed the highest motorable pass in the world @ 5602m twice, 2nd highest once @5400m, 3rd highest twice @ 5360m and 5 other passes from 3860m to 5000m. To meet Tibetan people and travel the Northern part of India from Ladakh / Leh and Pangong Lake in the East to Kashmir / Srinagar in the West. Staying in excellent hotels, Tents x 3, Houseboat and train."
Geoff, Top of the World, Ladakh & Kashmir, July 2017
"This is an incredible journey and one not to be missed. You are immersed in the landscape, the people and the culture in a wide variety of activities and experiences, with all logistics professionally taken care of by Deb Kindness and her team. Lots of beautiful surprises along the way. This is what I have come to expect from Incredible India Tours and Deb Kindness – Himalayan Adventure & Hemis Festival 2017 was my fourth trip with them."
Robyn, Top of the World, Ladakh & Kashmir, July 2017
"What a fabulous tour, amazing sights and experiences. Unlike most tours that race you from place to place with no time to catch your breath, this tour was perfectly paced with plenty of time to see all the sights as well as free time to experience more on your your own or just to relax and recharge. Our guide Kim was very knowledgeable, managed everything perfectly and was always available for anything we needed. The itinerary was wonderful and all the travel arrangements and accommodations worked perfectly."
Christie, Essence of India Women-only tour February 2017
"A great tour and I am glad I took the time to find it and single it out from all the others that are out there! – great sights – plenty of free time – small group which worked so well – Kim our guide was there for us with valuable information, hints of best places to shop, and what food to eat, she was more like having a friend with you than a guide – accommodation was great with some wonderful classic hotels – we visited some incredible towns and villages – the tour itinerary was perfect and we experienced something different every day – would recommend this tour to anyone and a big thank you to Kim – you were great !!"
Jennifer, Essence of India Women-only tour February 2017
"This was the most amazing tour! From day one in Goa til the end in Mahabalipuram, I enjoyed every minute. In fact, I stayed a few extra days once the tour was over. Debbie Kindness has so much experience with traveling India, she understands every little nuance. The truly immersive nature of her tours gives you the feeling that you've seen the real India, with awe-inspiring memories to last a lifetime. There were so many highlights, such as swimming in the Indian ocean off the Malabar Coast and also across the country in the Bay of Bengal, magnificent houseboat tour in the backwaters of Kerala, the absolute "Frenchness" of Pondicherry, but my ultimate favorite was seeing wild elephants in Periyar National Park. South India is completely different to the North. It seems much more laid back, and there's a rhythm to this tour that makes it quite relaxing. There is so much more, it's impossible to write it all down in a review! This was my second trip with Incredible Indian tours. The first one was Essence of India – Women's Tour. I will definitely join them on other tours they offer."
Angie, Canada – South Indian Odyssey, January 2017
"Fabulous trip – well organised, great mix of accomodation. Really liked having 2 days in most places leaving plenty of time to relax and wander on our own. Will see you on the tour of the south next!"
Christie, Australia. Women-only Essence of India February 2017
Dear Debbie, Thank you so much for guiding us on another incredible India adventure. Both Denise & I have thoroughly enjoyed the tour and have also very much appreciated Mike's kindness and assistance. We both with you and Mika a fantastic trip to Nepal and hopefully our paths will cross again. With thanks again and warmest regards.
Denise & Kathryn, Australia
"Dear Debbie, thank you so much for an amazing trip. It's been such fun all the way and brilliantly organised by you. I never thought I would be a tour person but I felt very comfortable, but then I was with some lovely people. Look forward to my next trip in the north with you"
Lucie, South India Jan/Feb 2015
Testimonials from Incredible Spiritual Nepal – April 2014
Testimonials from Pushkar Camel Fair Photography Tour November 2013
Testimonials from our Women-Only tours
Testimonials from other tours
"I had the most wonderful time on the Pushkar & Sonepur Photo Tour 2013. India was everything I had hoped for – colourful, exciting and magical. Debbie’s amazing organisation and local contacts ensured that travelling in this chaotic country went relatively smoothly. Being with like-minded fellow travelers made this a very special trip. One of the best experiences of my life. "
"I recently returned from the 23-day Women Only 'Essence of India' Tour with Debbie Kindness of Incredible Indian Tours. The trip was an amazing experience, owing, in large part, to Debbie's skills as a tour organizer and leader. Debbie is very knowledgeable and passionate about India and this is reflected in virtually every aspect of the tour – from where we stayed (small hotels and guest houses to renovated castles and palaces), what we ate and drank (the Makhani lassi in Jodhpur – yummy!) and the things we did (cooking class in Udaipur, zip-lining at the Mehrangarh Fort, sunset boat trip on the Ganges compete with sitar player and drummer, a hike in Mt. Abu, visits to local villages, walks through narrow crowded streets of every city we visited with stops for chai and local delicacies along the way – the list goes on…) I enjoyed everything about this trip and highly recommend Debbie and Incredible Indian Tours to anyone wishing a small group tour where you are able to experience India in an 'up close' and more intimate way. Thank you, Debbie, for the wonderful adventure!"
Thank you for an unforgettable trip to India. The tour lived up to its name – Incredible! Your knowledge, patience and flexibility enabled us to see and experience as much of India as anyone could in 23 days. You shared your love of this country and its people and we all leave now enriched by the experience.
Essence of India Group, November 2010
A magic trip in a fascinating country. Thanks Debbie for introducing us to India's beauty, complexity and contradictions. Your comprehensive itinerary is enhanced by many special experiences eg the moonlit concert on the Ganges – never to be forgotten!
Suzanne & Robyn, Australia
Our incredible India would not have been incredible without you and the amazing efforts you put behind it. Namaste!
Debbie – thanks for a most incredible and memorable experience. You have delivered all you promised.
I’ve just watched the video and seen the photos you took of our Essence of India tour and I realize why I’ve been so discombobulated since my return – I’ve left such a big part of me there and I HAVE to go back to reclaim it! I can’t thank you enough for the time we had in India. Your superb organization ensured that I could kick back and just experience everything that was on offer – and more. Trusting your attention to the details allowed me to maximise my Indian experience – from the quality of the transport to the standard of the accommodation, to the restaurants you recommended. I have travelled a lot around the world but this trip to India touched me so deeply on so many levels that I, like your other group members struggle to find the words that can convey everything from the ‘shock and awe’ to the tears of joy I experienced. Heartfelt thanks to you for all you did to ensure a brilliant time.
"Exceeded all expectations" describes my experience on the 2010 Essence of India tour! While I always seek travel experiences that reveal the true essence of a culture, I found that traveling with Debbie Kindness opened doors that are only unlocked by someone who truly loves the culture and, because of that love and commitment, has nurtured relationships such that her group is welcomed into the "real" culture of India. Debbie's experience and ability to share her knowledge enabled our group to fully embrace each new city and adventure with confidence and excitement (versus being blindsided by some unknown issue, such as touts, etc.). I look forward to more travels with Debbie!
I would like to thank you for making my trip to India extremely special. You eased us into the culture, making us comfortable to venture on our own and gave us options whenever needed. Your tour was indeed incredible and you incorporated all different parts of Indian culture and cuisine. You also gave us a taste of heritage accomodation. You took us to all of the major destinations, explaining them with your enthusiasm and knowledge. I loved the trip and would thoroughly recommend anyone take a tour with you.
Debbie, a few times I sat down and tried to express briefly what I got from that amazing 3 weeks in my life – how often can you say you can recall so much of three weeks of your life? – but every time I failed to capture what was so inspiring, so awe-inspiring about that time…I wanted to talk about the emotions and the images, the regrets and the overwhelming sense of calm – joy – peace – perspective I variously felt about that time with our little troupe but I never quite nailed it, and never quite captured the moments, the many moments you made SO special for us.. it almost made the Taj seem just like another day…and I KNOW that that was NOT just another day…it was ANOTHER day I can never forget…
I SO hope you continue taking groups to India…you know it all so well…you are SO good at finding the most remarkable remote and jaw-dropping experiences- explaining and supporting our once-in-a-lifetime LIFE giving experiences…the world of travellers need you to keep them so inspired…you cocooned us in your knowledge and exposed us to parts of India we would NEVER have experienced…a truly Freudian awakening – and every part of it was fire in our memories and our hearts – burning deep and so full of wonderful positive energy…
I've visited and spoken to our German connection since last we spoke and they too feel so deeply about the experience and your gift to us – something we will never ever forget….THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU…
Andy, Sydney, Australia
We were looking for a new destination, one that would challenge all our senses! India more than satisfied our lust. The colours, the people, the sounds, the sights and the food were more than we could have ever hoped for! With only 3 weeks leave we were able to taste so much of the real India, experience the rich culture, sights and a variety of accomodation from castles to palaces, overnight trains and camping in the desert. India can be difficult but Deb's careful planning and expertise made for one of the most relaxed holidays we have ever been on. It was a trip of a lifetime, one that memories are made of, we can't wait to go back!
Sharon and Richard, Queensland, Australia
Wow! What can I say. My first trip to India with Debbie was absolutely amazing! Given Debbie’s love of India and her years of experience leading tours through India, we were privileged to see her favourite parts of India, catch glimpses beyond the tourist trail and be invited into her Indian friends’ homes & hearts. She maximised the use of our time there ensuring we saw as much as we possibly could. Debbie steered us away from potential scams and didn’t take us to shops where everyone is on commission. She explained Indian dishes, encouraging us to be adventurous with our food along with educating us on etiquette and cultural sensitivities. Seeing India under Debbie’s guidance was fantastic and I can’t wait to travel through different parts of India with her again. I cannot recommend Debbie’s tours highly enough. You will have a very special experience.
Mandy, Sydney, Australia
Going to India was definately a highlight in my travelling journeys! The culture and the people and the country's landscape are just amazing! If you have never considered travelling to India, I urge that you do – it will change your life! And going with Incredible Indian Tours was also great – they gave us a great understanding of the culture and the people. We spent time in the less touristy places and really soaked up the real India! All round a fantastic adventure – one that I hope to do again!
We can't recommend Debbie highly enough. She is very organized, but also makes the journey so enjoyable that all her background work appears effortless. We have done two trips with Debbie and look forward to the next one, wherever the journey may take us.
Lynn & Mike, Canada
In 2006 I went on a tour of central India organised by Debbie Kindness. I had not travelled with Deb previously and it was my first trip to India. The tour embraced the sights, sounds, colour, movement and contrasts that is India. Deb's contacts in the many cities we visited, enabled us to travel hassle free and experience the Indian way of life at a level, I imagine, is not available to most overseas visitors. Her negotiations with porters, transport operators etc. reflected her intimate knowledge of Indian ways and custom. I have no hesitation in recommending Debbie as a very competent tour guide, particularly of India and I look forward to travelling with her in the future.
A fantastic tour, run by a very professional, knowledgeable and friendly guide who introduced us to India through a variety of transportation, from planes, trains and automobiles. We got a taste of both authentic India, as lived by the locals, tourist India, as seen on countless photos, and even spent a night out in the desert, sleeping beneath the stars. A once-in-a-lifetime experience, with lots of fun and amazing experiences!
In October of 2006 my wife and I decided that a trip to India was in order. I had been there previously and was aware that travel arrangements in India are difficult and time consuming to make. A good friend of mine, Mike Fisher had previously travelled with Debbie and recommended her. My first impression of Debbie was that she was a very knowledgeable, confident individual who didn’t get flustered very easily. Debbie is a natural leader and I also found her to be very kind. She embodies the finest qualities of a tour leader – honesty, knowledge, intelligence and a genuine concern for the people in her charge. This is not a job for her, it is a passion. We would highly recommend Debbie and would travel with her in a heartbeat. Best of luck on your future travels to India.
Robert and Avril, Canada