By far the best and most rewarding way to see the country in India is to hire a car and driver and set off on a mesmerising journey of discovery.
You encounter small, sometimes non-descript, but most times uniquely picturesque villages that seem to have been forgotten by time
in its mad race towards modernity. The villages can seem at times to be extremely primitive. But don’t be decieved. The people are humble, simple, warm-hearted and welcoming; but by no means naive. They are hospitable and ever ready to welcome a visitor.
Once within the confines of the village, you get to see a simple, self-sufficient way of life that is more or less largely forgotten in the more advanced countries like Europe and America. This simple, charming life-style is extremely attractive to most overseas’ visitors as they rediscover a less complicated way of life that seems to have all but disappeared in their own countries. It’s time to sit back and savour the simpler pleasures of life that they have no time for back home.
Away from the breakneck hustle and bustle of the city, you also get to see the true face of the real India.
You get to enjoy the sight of tiny little boys happily herding a bunch of buffaloes to the local village pond so that the animals can enjoy the luxury of a cool and refreshing dip. But, the barely contained excitement of the lively boys betray who is most likely to be enjoying this outing more.
At around midday, the community seems to head on over to the main village water tank for their day’s ritual bath after the morning’s chores are over. Of course, there are segregated areas for the women folk and children in deference to their need for privacy.
As you continue with your road journey, the numerous little towns and villages will also throw up a zillion reasons to stop for photographs and more. It could be an ancient monument at one stop that will take you back centuries. Or it could be a colourful “mela” or village fete further down the road. It’s as if the circus has come to town! You are likely to see old fashioned jugglers and minstrels and snake-charmers weaving their way in and out of the happy crowds and the numerous other vendors and sellers of old-world wares and services. Further along you get to see crowds of happy and boisterous school kids catapulted out of their classrooms like jubilant prisoners just let loose from the local jail!
We encourage you to discover the true India. The vivid collage of colourful vignettes that you will carry back will light up your life for years to come.
A road trip in a modern and comfortable car of your choice with a well-mannered, soft-spoken, knowledgeable driver who is eager to please, can come for a surprisingly small price as compared to most other countries in Europe or North America.
You could plan your own trip and set your own pace to suit your budget, your needs, your interests and the time available to you.
To start with, you could browse the list of road trip otptions that we have displayed on our India Car Rentals page. You may “mix-and-match” or even add-on places not listed there-in. We shall be happy to give you a very reasonable price.
Once decided, we can then see you off with a cries of “Happy Touring” and “Namaste!”