About Mystic India

ABOUT MYSTIC INDIA

Mystic India is a small, passionate fully bonded India specialist tour operator with firsthand knowledge offering tailor-made tours to the Indian Subcontinent. (ATOL: T7408 & TTA:U7967).

”To know the road ahead, is to ask someone coming back.”

Mystic India is the brainchild of me Sharon Evans, the Passionate Owner, official title Managing Director. I have spent 35 years in the travel industry, with many years focused on Bespoke Travel arrangements worldwide, for the past 14 years specialising in travel to India, Bhutan, Nepal and Sri Lanka. My most recent history before setting up Mystic India in 2009, was with W&O – Western Oriental as the Manager of their India department, being solely responsible for product and sales for six years.  

WHY I SET UP MYSTIC INDIA

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During my years working with clients for their bespoke tours to India and her subcontinent countries, my passion, love and respect deepened. I began to see that there was an unsatisfied demand for a smaller more specialised company. Where targets and profit margins are not the main criteria when designing a tour for a client, or suggesting particular hotels more for the companies benefit over what is best for the individual client. I wanted to be able to help people whatever their budget.

My dream was realised in 2009 when I set up Mystic India, a company with passion and firsthand knowledge in this specialist region of South Asia, a company with a Western perspective and a love for India.

Mystic India embraces everything that the Indian Subcontinent is and makes this incredible experience accessible to you – whatever your style or budget.

Welcome to the result of my years of experience, dedication, and love for these countries. As a result of my extensive research and first-hand knowledge, I can offer a range of unique journeys and tours. From the foothills of the Himalaya’s to the steamy coasts of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, far northeast to Sikkim and Darjeeling, there is so much to discover in India alongside her adjoining subcontinent countries of Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan the last Shangri-La. 

These are wonderful countries to explore on their own but can be coupled with India to form two powerhouse centres of culture, history, and spirituality.

Mystic India, a true India Specialist company, promoting Incredible India. 

Unique in my ability to present new and exciting places for you to explore – even the most jaded Indophile will see India with fresh eyes on one of my tailor-made tours. The tours on the website are just to give you ideas, you may like a tour just as it is, or make amendments, just contact me to discuss your requirements. 

I believe in moving beyond the tourist circuits into the small villages, remote hill stations, unique locations and more. 

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TRAVELLING IN THE INDIAN SUBCONTINENT

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The Indian Subcontinent has plenty to occupy the returning or inquisitive traveller – from tropical jungles, remote deserts, lost civilisations, gorgeous coastlines and magical Himalayan Kingdoms. The diversity of the region and the people bring many clients back year after year with a thirst to discover just that little bit more about this colourful and mysterious continent.

You can spend your visit in urban centres or enjoy nature. While other destinations are limited by weather, with its varied topography and different climatic zones, the Indian Subcontinent is very much a destination for all seasons.

The emergence of some exceptional new hotels around the country will more than satisfy even the pickiest traveller. Although these properties are very much a draw in their own right, when combined with some of the country’s finest forts, palaces, castles and ancestral homes, the result is a perfect holiday for anyone seeking a combination of adventure, culture, luxury and style.

As you explore this website, you will find an extensive range of hotels across the country, all with their own unique atmosphere and character. As am India specialists we feature the best establishments available even in the most remote location and endeavour to find hotels that combine high quality with an authentic soul.

Ring me about a tour designed just for you, based on your style, budget and duration. Sharon Evans  freephone: 0800 1777 770

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WHY CHOOSE MYSTIC INDIA

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My philosophy is to provide you with what you require, however, complicated or obscure, to then exceed your expectations.

I travel to India regularly and will be able to advise you in planning the ‘ultimate’ holiday. I focus on both the bespoke nature of your trip and ensuring that your tour to India is made as easy, comfortable and as enjoyable as possible.

I will plan unique and creative itineraries for you based on your own ideas or those taken from the tours we feature on our website. These tours are to give you ideas, contact me to discuss your particular requirements.

My up to date knowledge ensures I always have something new to offer. I have cultivated a fantastic team on the ground in India and her Subcontinent countries who will make sure you receive what you have been sold, with some surprises along the way to delight and excite you. It is no good being promised the world in London, and then find it is not delivered when you arrive! – India calls you back, and I want you to come back to us like as 70% of our clients do, as India does pull you back she gets under your skin; I call it the Invisible Thread.

I hope that these pages will help you fall in love with India and her Subcontinent countries as much as I have and I can’t wait to hear from you.

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TRAVEL PROTECTION OUR BONDING – ATOL (T7408) & TTA (U7967)

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ATOL (Air Travel Organiser’s Licence) T7408
The ATOL scheme safeguards air and air package holiday customers from losing money should their travel company cease trading. It is managed by the Civil Aviation Authority, which provides refunds and arranges for those abroad at the time to continue their holidays as planned. If you are making a booking with a retail agent for an ATOL protected operator, this means that the company does not hold an ATOL itself but is acting as an authorised agent for one that does.

By law, tickets must be issued as soon as paid for or protected by ATOL by the issuance of an ATOL Receipt or Confirmation Invoice. The scheme doesn’t cover scheduled flights bought directly from an airline, or tickets purchased and issued on the spot from a travel agent.

All the flight-inclusive holidays with international flights from the UK purchased from us will be financially protected by the ATOL scheme. If you do not receive an ATOL certificate, then the booking will not be ATOL protected. If you do receive, an ATOL Certificate but all the parts of your trip are not listed, those parts will not be ATOL protected. Please see our booking conditions for information, or for more information about financial protection and ATOL Certificates go to www.atol.org.uk/atolcertificate 

Address:
Consumer Advise, ATOL,
Consumer Protection Group,
Civil Aviation Authority,
CAA House, 45-59 Kingsway,
London, WC2B 6TE

Telephone:
020 7379 7311

Website:
ATOL – Civil Aviation Authority

ATOL does not protect you if you book direct with an airline or book just accommodation but our bonding with TTA does cover you if you are arranging flights yourself.

TTA (Travel Trust Association)

A trade organisation for travel agents and tour operators, the TTA offers consumers financial peace of mind through its “trust account” system for members. If a business ceases trading, money from the account is used to refund customers for a holiday or ensure they are not stranded abroad. With Mystic India, your holiday goes ahead as normal as our agents and suppliers in the Indian Subcontinent will continue will all services as booked.

Address:
3rd Floor, Albion House, High Street, Woking, Surrey, GU21 6BD

Telephone:
0870 889 0577

Website:
Travel Trust Association 

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OUR TOUR OPERATORS LIABILITY INSURANCE

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Mystic India has in place Liability Insurance in line with the UK Package Travel Regulations.

Worldwide 24/7 Crisis Response Cover
We have specialist 24/7 Crisis response cover in force, designed to operate in a wide range of scenarios including;

Insured Events are as follows

*Wrongful detention or kidnap.
*Accidental or traumatic death.
*Political evacuation.
*The disappearance of an Insured person.
*Hijack of vehicle, aircraft, ship or train in which insured person is travelling.
*Terrorism.
*Violent Crime, including an act or threat of violence.
*Food poisoning outbreak.
*Fire at any accommodation facility where an insured person is in residence.
*Sinking of any sea or mechanically-propelled river vessel with an insured person on board.
*Mid-air or landing crash of a mechanically propelled aircraft or a hot air balloon with an insured person on board.
*Motor vehicle accident involving insured persons, necessitating hospital treatment.
*In the unlikely event of one of these scenarios occurring, our cover will provide specialist trauma counsellors,      including up to 5 personal consultancy sessions upon return to the UK if required.
*This service also provides us with a crisis coordinators and emergency security personnel if appropriate, who will deploy anywhere in the world to ensure that we provide the best possible response to an unforeseen crisis.

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WHATS INCLUDED

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International flights from the UK in economy class are included in our tour prices based on departures from London Heathrow; other airports are available please ask staff for details.

Our prices are inclusive of all arrangements as described in each itinerary. Private car and driver for all transfers, private guide for sightseeing with entrances included. Breakfast each day. (Some locations are based on half board or full board as given in each itinerary).

Indian domestic flights and flights between the Subcontinent countries, trains and road travel are also included as described in each tour.

Prices vary throughout the year so for an accurate price for when you wish to travel, please contact us to discuss your requirements.

We use luxury vehicles for all our tours, air conditioning in your vehicle is also included; some companies charge extra for this. 

The itineraries outlined on this website have been carefully thought out and aim to maximise your time spent in each place when you wish to see as much as you can in the time allotted. Our tours are designed to following a logical route and moving at a leisurely pace, some itineraries cover large areas, combining all the major sights and cities.

All our tours to India & Beyond are private tours (based on twin occupancy). They can also be used as a guideline for planning a similar holiday but with your own deviations or linked together to form a more extensive visit.

Pricing
The guide prices of all our tours are given on each page. These prices are based on travel during the High Season; March is used as the guideline, apart from our Festival Tours which are based on travel at the time of that particular festival.

High Season in India tends to fall between October and mid-April (except in Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh when High Season is from June to September).

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OUR PRICE PROMISE

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You can be confident that when you book with the India specialists Mystic India, you will not only be getting the best advice and quality but that you will also be getting it at the best price.

Mystic India is so confident that we can offer you the best prices on the market that if you find something cheaper – we will be happy to try and beat the price. But do bear in mind all the extra you get when touring India with Mystic India that this more than covers any difference you may find elsewhere. All our clients are VIP’s and treated as just that. In India guest is God, you are our guest. 

Mystic India, India specialists have built some excellent relationships with suppliers including the world’s best airlines who fly to India like British Airways, Jet Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Emirates Airlines or Qatar to name just a few. Our contracts with all hotels be that with large hotel chains like Taj Hotels, Oberoi Hotels, CGH Earth or smaller homestays and boutique hotels.  I have been dealing with them for many years and have nurtured these relationships so that I can offer you, my customer, the most competitively-priced holiday options available.

How it Works

Any holiday you would like us to price match, or even beat must include all handling charges and credit card fees. It must be available from another travel company based in the UK and fully bonded.

All aspects of the tour must be the same. You will need to advise us of the following

*Name of the company that has given you the quotation
*Flight details, airline, route, dates and class of service
*Hotel name and each room grade as included in your quotation
*Type of vehicle supplied for transfers and touring.

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IMPORTANT VISA REQUIREMENTS FOR TRAVEL

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India
You will require a visa when entering India; this must be obtained before departure.

E-tourist Visa = Double entry, valid for 60 days. More information is available from The High Commission of India

Regular Visa = This style of visa is present in your passport before travel. Valid for one year with multiple entries. More Information is available from The High Commission of India – Our sister company can assist you in arranging this visa for a handling fee Visa Handling Services Ltd

Please note that some areas of India require a further permit, this will be discussed with you if applicable to your journey.

Bhutan
When travelling to Bhutan a visa to enter the country is organised as part of your travel arrangement. All foreign tourist must have prior travel arranged before they are allowed to get into the country. Part of your trip cost will include a private guide and driver with you throughout your tour. The starting price for a visit to Bhutan includes your guide and drivers cost and a daily tax which goes towards the countries responsibility to its citizens for their free schooling and free health care. As a guideline the daily charge starts from around $250 per person per day (International and domestic flights are on included in this daily rate) inclusive of the following;

Government Tourism Royalty – US$65 per person per day
Government FIT Surcharge – US$40 per day (1 guest) – US$30 per person per day (2 guests) *Waived off if party is 3 or more persons
Visa Fee – US$40 per person

Sustainable Tourism Fund – US$10 per person

The above charges included in the $250 per person per day are based on 3-star accommodation. Higher grades of hotels are available in some cities at a supplement. If you would like more information on this, please speak to a member of staff.

Nepal
You will require a visa to enter Nepal; this can be arranged on arrival or before travel. For visa before travel see the Embassy of Nepal

Sri Lanka
Foreign nationals wishing to travel to Sri Lanka are required to possess a valid passport of their country and a valid Sri Lanka ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization). You can use ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) for tourism, recreation, sightseeing, casual visit to meet friends or relatives, short duration medical treatment or casual business visit. From now on, you can get your Sri Lanka ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) fast and simple without having to send your passport to the Sri Lanka Embassy. For more information see the Sri Lankan Immigration Website

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SOME OF OUR TESTIMONIALS

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Chrissie Westgate – Street Photographer – Mersea Island, Essex
Looking for a travel company that will ‘really accommodate a photographer’s needs is not easy. So many companies have set criteria and wanted you to fit into their itineraries’. Mystic India was different from the start. Everyone involved with this company seemed to understand our requirements. Our itinerary was tailor-made; we went to places that we had chosen, many off the beaten track. Our guides were just the best, they were patient, obliging and had an incredible local knowledge, and nothing was ever too much trouble. They even gave us mobile phones with pre-programmed numbers in and when we wanted to spend time in any one place, we just phoned the guide to come and get us when we were ready to move on. Our guide in Agra made sure we were the first people in the Taj Mahal to see the sunrise in order we could get shots with no people – it was just breathtaking! What more can we say but our trip was ‘picture perfect’ we would certainly recommend Mystic India to others seeking a similar experience, and we are already planning our next trip.

Richard & Vas, Benfleet, Essex, UK
Sikkim has always been a destination we have dreamed of visiting. When I initially spoke with Sharon at Mystic India about my plans, I felt she had a deep connection with India, an understanding not only culturally, but a profound insight into its spirituality. This was what we longed to explore. Sharon reveres the Indian culture and puts together a tour for us which surpassed our expectations. We would unreservedly like to give our thanks and compliment her on her inspired choice of locations. I (Vas) am no stranger to Indian culture as this is part of my heritage but I was still unprepared for the wonderful experiences I enjoyed on this particular trip. Thanks to her, we had a trip of a lifetime!

Stuart & Gemma, Woking, Surrey, UK
Thank you for all you did in making our honeymoon the most unforgettable experience. We are both so grateful for all the hard word you put in, and we have been singing your praises to everyone we meet. You helped us really fall in love with India, and we both can’t wait to go back!!. Please pass our thanks onto your team in India who were fantastic as well. Look forward to working with you planning our next adventure.

Richard, Los Angeles, California
Our trip planned by you, Sharon, for myself and four friends ( two from California and two from Germany) was a terrific journey through India, focusing on our chosen areas in the lands of the Rajas, the Moghuls, the Tigers, the temples, the markets, the Ganges and the Indian People. We travelled for 25 days mostly in the comfort of our vehicle with our safe and knowledgeable driver and his assistant, and with three flights on good domestic airlines. We always felt safe (even walking on our own), and we were well looked after by greeters upon arrival at destinations and by our many guides. We particularly liked the heritage hotels and the tented camp at Nagaur, but the modern hotels certainly gave us a high level of comfort. All gave us a breather from the wonderfully hectic nature of Indian towns and cities. Each accommodation (bar one) had a different design or antique beauty. We certainly did not rough it (though the tents were really cold in the January nights). The organisation of the trip allowed us to enjoy the sights, sounds, colour, history, excitement, food and people of India. This was probably my 9th trip to India (the 1st for my friends), and I was sorry to depart India at the end of this fun trip. So, until next time.

Jan & Kevin, Crowborough, East Sussex, UK
On behalf of my husband, sister-in-law, her husband and myself. I want to say how much we enjoyed our ‘holiday of a lifetime’ in India. Thanks to Mystic India we had a fantastic and memorable time. It was like having 7 or 8-holiday experiences in one trip. There was so much I could describe but, most importantly we appreciated that all the organisation and administration of the holiday was taken care of. Even when there were unavoidable delays, e.g., flights and train, we always felt your team in India had everything in hand. The vehicle we travelled in was spacious and comfortable, while the driver, his assistant and the guide looked after our every need. The choice of hotels couldn’t have been better. Our trip to India was a wonderful experience. Thank you for the personal service we were given from the beginning, especially the care, consideration and concern you always showed about the planning and organisation of our holiday. I shall certainly recommend your company and feel I can speak on behalf of all of us in saying how much we enjoyed the whole experience. With kind wishes, Jan, Rosemary, Bernard & Kevin.

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Introduction to Mystic India from Sharon Evans

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