Review Heart of India-Overseas Adventure Travel

Heart of India Tour

Travel Dates:  December 2016

Heart of India Tour
Heart of India Tour

This was my eighth trip with Overseas Adventure Travel and as you’ll see from the photo I brought along my 32 year old son.  Interestingly, there was another parent traveling with her adult daughter (slightly older) on this trip to India.  SEE MY NOTE UNDER TIPS …. they had a really good idea.  My comments on this trip continue below.


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Okay … you want an adventure … this is it.  This was by far one of my favorite (if not the favorite OAT trip).  That said, I use one word to describe India.  “Overwhelming”.  The noise.  The honking.  The traffic.  The crowds.  The dirt.  The air.  YES … it’s overwhelming and I can clearly see why I’ve heard of people who landed in Dehli and booked a return flight within a few hours.

BUT … if you can just relax and experience what’s taking place around you … this will be the trip of a lifetime.  To be honest, it took me a while (almost to the end of the trip to stop being a judgemental American).

Swimming in the  Ganges
Swimming in the Ganges

I am so glad I did this trip.  You’ll be busy and active (unlike some other trips where I’ve shared there can be a little bit too much downtime.

You will see a country (no a world) unlike one you are familiar with.  And, isn’t that’s what you seek … a real adventure.  You want to swim in the

Tiger - Heart of India Tour
Tiger – Heart of India Tour

holy Ganges with the locals (I didn’t but my son did) … you will.  You want to see a tiger in the national reserve.  You well might (we did) thanks to the very persistent driver who never gave up and then scurried back to the park entrance to beat closing time.


Lunch - India - Overseas Adventure Travel
Lunch – India – Overseas Adventure Travel

This is a well organized very comprehensive tour.  The hotels were good.  The meals were good.  No one suffered from Dehli belly (well, we got sick but I think that was because we passed around a bug).  I don’t want to write a book here but the photo is taken at one of the lunch stops we made.  If you have any liking of Indian foods … imagine a limitless supply of hot naan breads being served straight from the oven.

IMG_0075This was another.   Now … I want to repeat … India will overwhelm your senses while you are there.   At least it did mine.  But suspend all that you deem appropriate.  The roads are filled with cars that beep their horns incessantly.  The cows and dogs and people don’t even seem to notice.  And, when you are back home, you will remember this adventure to another world for a very long time and (like me) in an incredibly fond way.  Because how many times will you be sitting comfortably on an air conditioned bus when an elephant strolls by in the next lane?

Heart of India on the bus
Heart of India on the bus


I mentioned the mom and daughter did something smart.  They took advantage of the fact that OAT offers single rooms at no extra cost (so they each had their own room).  These aren’t available on all trips … but I thought it was a great idea worth sharing.


IMG_0391Feel free to contact me with any questions.  As I’ve mentioned, while I don’t work for OAT (or Grand Circle) I clearly like them … and I’m proud to have referred many travelers who have written to me.  You can E-mail me at  jslome at aaltci dot org or  JUST CLICK THIS LINK.  And, if you do book a trip and use my Referral Discount Code, I’d love to say thanks 🙂   Happy travels.