Our clients are those who stand out from the crowd and demand in-depth, offbeat, personalized and authentic experiences on our tours making us very different from other tour operators who only offer expensive, boring, usual stuff in the name of luxury group or private tailor-made tours.
We are frequently asked what makes Travel Genes – India Through The Back Door tours different from other tour operators. Below are a few of the factors that we believe set us apart from our competitors and form the reasons as to why our clients travel with us again and again…
Because we know it’s not just about great itineraries, small group sizes and comfortable accommodation; it’s the memories you make along the way.
Personal Service & Expertise
All of our unique tours are run under the guidance of Mr. Raj B Pathak who has with him more than 50 years of experience of conducting tours in Agra. Being the senior most government approved tour guide in Agra – Mr. Pathak has traveled extensively in India providing quality tour services to his esteemed clients in past five decades.
He gives a whole new dimension to tour guiding as he does not believes in just telling you the historical facts about the monuments which you can easily know by Google or your guidebook. While other fake tour guides finishes the tour of Taj Mahal in 45 minutes giving you a short 10-15 minutes introduction lecture, Mr. Pathak takes at least 2 hours to explore the wonders of Taj with his clients. Although, as of now his age of 82 years doesn’t allow him to travel outside Agra but his never ending passion keeps check on all the tours run by us and provide quality feedback time to time.
Also, all the tours are personally designed by us (Rituraj & Shreya), the travel bloggers behind the very successful Travel Genes – India travel blog.
Being a traveler ourselves, we are firm believers that travelling is all about the experience and it’s in the details – the places you stay, the transport and route that gets you there, and the people you meet along the way – that makes the trip; we therefore specialize in drawing on our own extensive local knowledge and array of contacts to give our clients the very best experience possible.
In short, we run the kind of holidays that we, as passionate travelers, like to do ourselves. When you ring our numbers, you will be directly talking to us; the travelers (instead of some sales or marketing guy) who know the region and terrain and are able to offer sound and practical advice.
100% Guaranteed Departures
Every Travel Genes departure is now guaranteed to run. Yup, all of them. Once you’ve booked and paid, that’s it – you’re going, guaranteed. Your trip won’t be cancelled by us for any reason (beyond harsh weather or safety issues or things beyond our control). Promise.
Our unique, original itineraries – whether they are for small group travel or individually created for our tailor-made clients – allow you to take journeys that goes beyond the tourist attractions. Unlike the plethora of ‘world specialists’ who claim to know a hundred destinations, we concentrate on the locations we know and love. We don’t source our itineraries from other agents, nor do we run the same tour over and over (thus creating a ‘tourist circuit’, spoiling an untouched region). Instead, we rarely run any group tour more than a couple of times a year and they are on routes we have discovered for ourselves, meaning we are able to give a truly authentic, off-the-beaten-track experience.
Be the First
Our style of travel is all about exploration and nothing excites us more than opening up new routes to genuine travelers. We keep abreast of new un-traveled destinations and are often the first to introduce new “things-to-do” activities.
Small Group Size
All of our trips are limited to a maximum of 15 travelers, thus giving you more time to understand the different cultures, better opportunities to interact with local people and the knowledge you are making less of an impact whilst there.
Our Pricing: No Hidden Extras
We believe in an honest, upfront pricing structure so you know exactly what the tour will cost before you book. On our group tours we avoid local payments, ‘optional extras’ or forcing our clients to go through the annoying procedure of splitting every meal bill. Our tours are provided on all-inclusive full board basis, with mineral water, government permits, entrance fees, many meals and transport all included.
We are still proud to be a small and personal travel organizer instead of a big tour operator. At Travel Genes there is no grand design to seek venture capital, explode in growth and sell out. With the passion we have for what we do, we are very happy – and in fact feel privileged – to be able to provide extraordinary travel experiences, and our aim is to keep it that way.
On all of our holidays we aim to provide you with the best accommodation available. By “best” we do not necessarily mean most expensive but notably interesting, characterful, comfortable and quality accommodation; this might mean spending a night on fur rug or in a four poster bed in a royal luxurious palace. We do offer tours clubbed with hand-picked 4*-5* hotel accommodation, keeping in mind the “affordable luxury” concept.
Your transport is also an important part of your holiday experience and we offer a wide variety of transport options depending on the destination. From air conditioned small cars for private solo travel to big Toyota Innova cars or 10-18 seater comfortable air condition Mini-Vans, we have arrangements to get the most suitable transport system depending on your requirements and comfort.
On our tailor-made tours we aim to provide a service value that is hard to match. As an example, on arrival in India we now provide our clients with a local mobile phone pre-programmed with all the numbers you might need. With our personal knowledge of the properties we use, we are often able to secure the best rooms and organize special events unique to us.
Responsible tourism has always been an integral part of our ethos and our adventures are designed with the local people, culture and eco-system in mind. We believe responsible tourism is a better way to see the world. Not only do you get a more authentic experience, but your holiday benefits local people and the environment.
We believe the best way to experience a country is through the eyes of the local people. We make sure to eat at local, non-touristy restaurants, travel on local transit, shop local stores & visit destinations beyond the guidebooks. We love talking with people, hearing about their stories, traditions, customs and we love to go off the beaten path… so much more fun that way, to get a real sense of the place and to offer you an authentic India experience much different from other travel companies, and ensure that you see the very best of this multi-faceted country.