My Review of Traveling with India Someday

My Review of Traveling with India Someday

I’ve just spent an incredible 12 days travelling around North India, from Varanasi, through Khajuraho, Orccha, Gwalior, Jaipur and ending in Delhi. Even though I’ve travelled to some of these places before and around India many times, this trip was a little different because instead of winging it as I normally do, I used the services of a company called India Someday to help me plan and organise my trip.

I’ll be writing more soon about the places I visited on this trip, but first here’s a quick recap of the trip and a review of my experience traveling with India Someday.

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Why I travelled with India Someday

I’ve been travelling (mostly independently) around India for more than 2 years now and whilst I believe you can travel India safely and enjoyably as a solo female traveller, I’m also the first to admit that it is not the easiest place to travel and often a little extra comfort or assistance can go along way to ensuring you have an enjoyable and memorable trip for the right reasons!

However, sometimes I feel there is a huge gap between going it totally alone and the inflexibility of an organised tour. To be honest, I’ve never been a huge fan of group tours as I prefer to travel independently and at my own pace, however India is such a huge country and somewhere wherea little assistance is certainly worthwhile, especially for the first time and if you’re a solo female traveller like me so wouldn’t it be great if there was something to fill this gap?

At Gwalior Fort
At Gwalior Fort

And that’s where India Someday come in…

India Someday are a young, energetic and resourceful travel company based in Mumbai (Bombay) who are experts on India and can assist you in planning a well thought, personalized and cost-effective trip to India – it’s the perfect solution if you don’t want to join a group tour but want to ensure that your trip is well planned and runs smoothly.

I got the chance to meet both Harsh and Abbas in person as India Someday were responsible for organising all the travel arrangements for the Uttar Pradesh Travel Writer’s Conclave in Varanasi that I attended and they were really cool guys. I was planning to travel on solo after the conclave but as India Someday had done such a great job organising and making everything run smoothly for the conclave that when they asked me if I’d like to use their services for my solo trip I was excited to see what they could offer, mainly thinking that you guys would really benefit from their help as I get a lot of emails asking for help and advice planning travels in India.

Sunset at Orccha
Sunset at Orccha

So what do India Someday do?

India Someday will help you plan your perfect, personalised trip to India. They start with a questionnaire that enables them to get to know you so that they can plan the best trip just for you and really take their time going back and forwards with emails discussing everything from your budgetary and time constraints, which destinations you want to visit and what type of accommodation and transport you prefer. The India Someday team has a wealth of tips and information to answer all your questions about traveling in India.

Once you decide on the perfect route, India Someday will take care of all the transportation and accommodation bookings. I liked the easy to read spreadsheet they emailed me with all the days clearly planned out, transportation details and accommodation options with links to the hotel website and also trip advisor reviews so it was easy for me to check that all the arrangements suited me.

Here’s the trip that India Someday planned for me:-


India Someday then make all the booking arrangements and send through train ticket and hotel booking vouchers via email. You can print them off or just keep them as attachments on your phone.

Their train booking service is invaluable as Indian roads can be bumpy and chaotic so by far the best way to travel in India is by train, however trains get booked up way in advance and figuring out the system and booking them from abroad is very difficult. India Someday also suggested accommodation with character like heritage hotels and also many family homestays which gave me a really interesting insight into authentic Indian life and would probably not be easy to organise by myself if I was just winging it.

How much does it cost?

All the trip costs are broken down and displayed very clearly and you have complete control about how much (or little) you want to spend on your trip. India Someday charge a fixed fee of USD350 to plan a trip for 2 adults for 2 weeks.  Solo travellers get 20% off and Global Gallivanting readers get 5% off the trip planning fee (just mention GLOBALGALLIVANTING5 when enquiring)

You can choose to either pay for your hotels upfront with India Someday, or at the hotel if you wish. I found that paying for the hotels upfront, along with the transport and trip planning  costs in one easy online payment was really convenient and saved the hassle off finding an ATM with cash (at the time there was a cash shortage in India – read more about it here)

Luckily I avoiding the scram for seats and was comfoertable in the AC carriage as India Someday had already booked my train tickets
Luckily I avoiding the scram for seats and was comfortable in the AC carriage as India Someday had already booked my train tickets

My trip with India Someday

After attending the Uttar Pradesh Travel Writer’s Conclave in Varanasi I wanted a few free days to explore the holy city independently and India Someday arranged for me to stay at the amazing Aashray Homestay where the lovely hosts, Mr and Mrs Kapur, made me instantly feel welcome, the homecooked food was just delicious and the rooms were really nice and comfortable.


Next, a comfortable overnight train in AC class to Khajuraho, home to some of the finest, and rather erotic, carvings found on the Unesco listed temples. Again, I stayed at a homestay called Friends in Khajuraho where I enjoyed getting to know the hosts who were only too happy to drive me around and show me some more offbeat places. It was especially interesting talking to Vio, who is originally from France but now married with a baby daughter in India, about her life here.


After Khajuraho I took the train to Jhansi, where a car was waiting to take me the 30mins to Orchha, a wonderful offbeat gem that has so much to offer but a destination that I hadn’t really considered before India Someday recommended it to me.

I stayed at Orchha Homestay, a really interesting NGO initiative that enables travellers a really interesting and unique insight into what life is really like in rural India and also provides an important income stream for poor families. The accommodation was more basic than before but clean and comfortable enough and staying here was an eye opening experience and there were so many old palaces and temples to explore that made Orchha my favourite destination on this trip.


After Orchha I spent a day in Gwalior, home to a huge, very impressive fort. India Someday arranged a car and driver to pick me up from the homestay in Orchha and drop me right at the wonderful Neemrana Deo Bagh heritage hotel in Gwalior which I just loved.

The most logical route to take after Gwalior was to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal and only about 3 hours away by train. But as I had already been to Agra many times I asked India Someday to suggest another alternative stop on my way to Delhi and so explored the fabulous forts and temples of the Pink City of Jaipur. I loved the homestay here too, Jaipur Friendly Villa, which was set in a very plush house in a posh area of Jaipur.

After Jaipur, I made a quick stop in Delhi for one day and whizzed round the Red Fort and Jama Masjid and some temples and stayed at Life Tree Homestay in a nice, calm area of South Delhi (such a nice contrasts to dirty and noisy Pahraganj !) before catching my flight home to Goa the next day.

The magestic Jama Masjid in New Delhi at sunset
The magestic Jama Masjid in New Delhi at sunset

My Review of India Someday

I was really impressed with the service of India Someday, despite the short notice they really took the time to make sure my trip was highly personalised and perfect for me and were really helpful with all the trip planning questions I had.

Everything ran smoothly and my trip was so much easier, hassle free and more fun knowing that all the transport and hotel arrangements were taken care of. This also saved me a lot of time and hassle from searching online or wandering around in the heat trying to find accommodation and queueing up trying to get bus and train tickets which left me with more time for sightseeing and having fun.

Having a WhatsApp point of contact throughout the trip and having the pick up from the train stations to the accommodation prearranged really saved me the hassle of dealing with touts, scammers and overcharging rickshaw drivers (who never seem to know where they are going anyway) when I’ve just arrived in a new place. This is probably the thing I find most annoying about traveling in India and, especially if arriving at night and alone,pre arranging a pick up with your hotel is something that I would really recommend travellers to do.

Doorways in Orchha
Doorways in Orchha

India Someday provided me with lots of tip documents to prepare me for my trip and also really straight to the point guides and tips about what to see (and importantly what to skip) in the popular destinations like Jaipur and Delhi. It was a shame that they did not have guides any for the other,  more off beat destinations, however my host families at the homestays were really helpful with tips and advice on what to see, do and where to eat and I guess that in the future India Someday will have more guides available.

Admittedly, the pace of the last few days was a little too rushed for my liking and you definitely need more that 1 day to see Jaipur and Delhi but as I had already visited both places before and I already had my flight booked, this was not India Someday’s fault as they had to work within the time constraints that I had and I still got to see a lot although I would prefer not to rush.

Soaking up the scenes on the ghats in Varanasi
Soaking up the scenes on the ghats in Varanasi

While I would really recommend India Someday’s services and the route that I took has loads of amazing things to see, as a solo female traveller I did encounter a lot of attention and tourist hassle on this route, especially in Varanasi and Madhya Pradesh. For example in rural places like Khajuraho it seems like every man, woman and child is trying to sell you something or just blatantly asking for money. I think this is because there are not many jobs for local people but so much hassle quickly becomes really tiring and annoying.

But this is India, and especially in the North, sadly the hassle is not something you will ever be able to avoid completely. If this is your first time travelling in India, I would suggest starting in the South where the hassle is less and traveling here is a bit easier. I guess India Someday would probably also recommend this for first timers but as I have been around India a few times I’m kind of used to the hassle.

Hassle aside, one of the best parts about my trip was the homestay experience, staying with so many people from all different backgrounds from farmers in Orchha, to the CEO of Reliance and even a French woman married to an Indian guy.

Just some of the wonderful people I met at the homestays on my trip with India Someday
Just some of the wonderful people I met at the homestays on my trip with India Someday

By staying in the homestays I got such a deeper insight into not only the lifestyle of my hosts but also into the destination that I was visiting in terms of local knowledge and tips and personalised services like helping to pack and send a parcel which you wouldn’t get in a big hotel (not for free anyway.) I think these amazing homestay experiences would have been more difficult to arrange without the help of an agent like India Someday. See more here on why I love staying at homestays in India.

So should you use India Someday to book your trip?

I had a great trip with India Someday, everything ran smoothly, I saved time and hassle, enjoyed the extra support and the homestays and destinations they suggested made for a really memorable experience, but should you use them to help book your Indian adventure?

Well, it depends on how you like to travel  – some people like having a group or a guide accompanying them the whole way, while others like to remain totally flexible, don’t book anything in advance and just see where the wind takes you, in which case this probably isn’t for you.

But for first time visitors, solo travellers and those who have a limited time to spend in India and want some support and assistance with making sure they have the perfect trip, India Someday is ideal if you want to enjoy the best parts of being an independent traveller without the worst of the hassles.

Exploring the Hawa Mahal in Jaipur,
Exploring the Hawa Mahal in Jaipur,

If you like to have personalised advice, local knowledge from experts who really know India well, want to take the hassle and time out of planning the perfect trip and could do with a bit of extra support in the country while still being free to explore independently and at your own pace, instead of being stuck with a group tour and limited by an itinerary that doesn’t interest you, then India Someday is ideal!

Disclosure: India Someday provided their services complimentary to me in exchange for this review but all opinions are my own and I really think the fee they charge is worth it to make your trip planning so much easier and your travels run more smoothly. 

Also, don’t forget that solo travellers get 20% off and Global Gallivanting readers get another 5% off the trip planning fee (just quote GLOBALGALLIVANTING5 when enquiring) 

Don’t just take my word for it – see what Monica from Globe Trottica had to say about her Indian mountains adventure with India Someday 

Have you travelled with India Someday?

I’d love to hear about your experiences too so please leave a comment below! 

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Friends in Khajuraho December 19, 2016 at 4:04 pm

Thanks for mentioning us! 🙂

Global Gallivanting January 3, 2017 at 8:19 am

No problem! Thanks for having me 🙂

Parul Mahajan December 21, 2016 at 9:45 am

I am really impressed by the information you have shared. Good job!

Anna December 27, 2016 at 9:01 am

Thanks Parul – I had a great trip with India Someday – they are providing a really great service for travellers like me

Suzanne January 18, 2017 at 1:51 pm

Hi Anna.

I’m so glad I came across your blog!

I have been in India 3 weeks so far and am travelling alone for between 3-5 months. I seem to be spending a lot of time trying to organise things and not getting very far! I had a bit of a meltdown today and then found this article! Will definitely get in touch with them!

Love reading all your posts they are really helpful and reassured me when I was deciding if I could travel alone.

Anna January 19, 2017 at 10:45 pm

Hi Suzanne! Thanks for stopping by and commenting – its so great to hear that you like my blog and that I’ve reassured you to travel. I totally agree with you, it can be so frustrating trying to sort things out in India, sometimes a small task can take all day! Thats why traveling with India Someday was great. I don’t know where abouts in India you are but I find it easier to travel as a solo female in the South – hope you have a good trip 🙂

Gaurav Gupta March 16, 2017 at 5:13 am

Nice information…. Whenever you come to Agra next time, please give us a chance to host you, at HOTEL PRIYA, AGRA. I assure you the best accommodation experience.

Tony Chan June 23, 2017 at 3:40 pm

Hi Anna.

Thanks for the great, informative article. I’m planning my first trip to India later his year. I’ve been trying to wrap my head around the India rail system. Your site has been a gold mine of info! Thank you!

I recently contacted Sameer from India Someday and she’s been a great help! She suggested a homestay. In regards to your homestays are they worth it? I’ve done homestays before and I’ve been robbed twice. Usually all my cash has been stolen. When I confronted the owners they simply bow their heads and go silent. I suspected them of the ones behind the theft. I’ve been pretty suspect of them as there’s no accountability. After reading your article I might give it another go.

Anna June 25, 2017 at 10:28 pm

Hi Tony! So glad that my blog has been useful for planning your India trip! 🙂 It’s funny I actually just wrote an article about how awesome homestays are India Someday were great and they organised many homestays for me which were the highlight of my trip – def worth it and I had no problems. Actually I’ve never had a problem with theft in India. Hope you have a good experience whatever you decide to do! 🙂

David from August 13, 2017 at 4:29 pm

Great article, India is an extremely diverse country boasting a plethora of sights and sounds rich with culture and heritage. Unfortunately, the country is also home to many tourist targeted scams.

Do be wary of the fake government approved tourist information centres, milk and pen beggars, begging robbers, student providing free tours in exchange for books, fake products, flower bracelets, paid blessings, picture worthy animal scam, importing duty free gem stone scams and many more!

Anna August 14, 2017 at 12:47 pm

Thanks David, India is amazing but yes unfortunately there are many scams. I’ve written in more detail about them here – I hope that if we share information on the scams then travellers are more prepared and less likely to have their trip ruined by falling for a common scam.

Neil Iosson November 11, 2017 at 12:58 pm

We used this excellent service for a three-week tour around the north of India.

Initially we were a bit nervous about working with a company we had only found to an Internet search thousands of miles away. However, we were reassured by the friendly team who demonstrated excellent attention to detail and were able to offer many friendly helpful suggestions to fine tune our trip.

The big advantage that they offer is they take all of the heavy lifting out of planning a trip, considering the logistics and booking suitable accommodation and travel within your specified budget and just leave you to follow the itinerary of your own design and enjoy the holiday.

Their business model, simply charging a fixed fee per week, and then everything else at cost is very reassuring. We found their choices for hotels and transport were generally excellent. They provided sensible advice about planning transport and allowing adequate amounts of time and choosing the most appropriate mode of travel.

The actual trip itself wass well supported and the team are available by telephone or WhatsApp and they provide detailed (and quite entertaining) notes on all major destinations including recommendations about things to do and their personal favourite restaurants.

There were definite benefits to having an Indian based travel agent, the local knowledge was much better than any foreign agent could achieve. Where we were using a private car for travel, the drivers were safe and friendly and the cars comfortable and modern. When we did have occasional difficulties, such as late running trains or unconfirmed seat reservations, they were extremely helpful in making sure that everything ran smoothly and problems were resolved. We particularly enjoyed some of the homestays that they were able to organise-it was really nice to stay in what in the UK we would call a “bed-and-breakfast” and share a local’s house and enjoy simpler, home cooking and a good chat with the owners..

We would, without hesitation, recommend them for anyone wanting to travel independently in India but to have things organised on their behalf for them. We will certainly be using them again on our next trip to India.

Anna January 9, 2018 at 7:18 pm

Hi Neil

Thanks so much for taking the time to share your experience.

I’m so glad to hear that you had a great time in India and that you were happy with the services of India Someday! They certainly make traveling India alot easier and I’m glad you got the homestay experience – that was one of my highlights too! And as for the trains – Indian railways is a huge, aging and crowded network so delays are very, very common (you’re more likely to be late than on time but its all part of the Indian experience!) 😉

mamtha April 27, 2018 at 4:06 pm

Nice travel post.

Indraneel Sengupta February 8, 2019 at 12:21 pm

Lovely pics, an excellent compilation. And of course good description of India. There are several other places in India, those are worth exploring.

Saikat Mukherjee February 21, 2020 at 1:22 pm

loved your post.. loved your detailed description of India.. Thanks for sharing

amit May 6, 2021 at 6:41 am

beautiful picture from a beautiful lady with the perfect description. Your blog becomes quite interesting when with words pictures of the same thing appears sideways it feels we are there in reality. Keep writing

Suraj Singh July 31, 2021 at 9:24 am

Nice website.

Dr. Franz-Josef Behr November 20, 2022 at 4:52 pm

There aren’t enough good words to describe our trip with India Someday and our driver Dharmender Yadav!

After our short notice request, India Someday worked out an itinerary perfectly tailored to our needs from Jodhpur to Delhi via Pushkar, Jaipur and Agra. As well additional suggestions for restaurants and sightseeing were provided for us.

The selected guides introduced us to the sights, history, culture and religions of India with their great knowledge and language skills.
Thanks to Kush Paliwal (Jaipur/Amber Fort), Khan (Fathepur Sikri) and Ashish (sun rise tour to Taj Mahal/Red Fort). In Jodhpur our driver Dharmender brought us to all relevant points for sight-seeing (Mehrangarh Fort, blue city, …).

The well-chosen hotels allowed us to rest and relax after strenuous sightseeing. The good food also contributed to this!

Pick-up and transfers worked out perfectly, thanks to our incredibly great and very reliable driver Dharmender Yadav!
We really appreciated him and his services:
Always on time, absolutely reliable, prudent, very concerned about the safety and well-being of his guests, confidently driving and acting in Indian traffic.
His vehicle was very well maintained and clean at all times (non-smoking vehicle and seat belts for all). In addition, Dharmender provided snacks, fruit and cool drinks – a great service!
We enjoyed very much the personal conversations with him.

We can recommend India Someday and Dharmender as driver as well as the guides to everyone for an individual trip in North India!

Anna December 30, 2022 at 10:29 am

Great to hear you had such a good trip with India Someday! 🙂


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