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For over 12 years, we have provided our guests with the opportunity to discover new lands and cultures all across Asia, thanks to our Travel Expert’s wealth of knowledge and local expertise.

With offices in New Delhi, Pondicherry, Colombo, Kathmandu, Rangoon, Bali and Hanoi; Shanti Travel is local to the destinations you want to travel to, offering authentic and bespoke holidays and tours to over 22 destinations across Asia.

Shanti Travel is about providing our guests with bespoke holidays to Asia, creating memories that will last a lifetime. Our values below are what make us stand out from the crowd.

Expertise
We are local to your destination

We are a team of over 90 Travel Experts based in our destinations for 365 days a year, with countless years of travel experience and over 12 years of local expertise. We share and continuously update our favourite spots, top tips and the best places to visit.

Passion
We are world travellers

Our team is made up of people just like you: we are curious travellers looking for new experiences, unusual discoveries and authentic encounters. We love to travel and explore new regions in Asia, which is why we love our jobs. Let us share with you our passion for travel and explore the roads of Asia together.

Tailor-made
We make your dream holidays a reality

Our Travel Experts based in Asia will design your holiday especially for you to not only meet but exceed your expectations, making your travel dreams a reality. Trek day and night along the foothills of the Himalayas; last-minute honeymoon; meeting the forgotten tribes from Indonesia… Whatever your dream is, let’s make it a reality.

Reliable
We are there to meet you on arrival

We believe that authentic travel experiences come from journeys that are led by a human face, encouraging beautiful encounters, special moments and cultural exchanges. Above all, as a local travel agency, we see ourselves as a facilitator for meetings with your Travel Expert, drivers, guides and most importantly, with the locals who open the doors of their countries to you.

Flexible
We are on call 24/7

We believe in 100% tailor-made travel that you can adjust whilst on your holiday, and is that flexibility that is key to a serene journey. We provide all our guests with a local SIM card upon arrival which allows you to contact your Travel Expert 24/7. Questions, advice or change of plans; we’re at your disposal.

Creative
We design your holiday with you

We pride ourselves on providing our guests with unique, tailor-made holidays that are packed with authentic experiences for you to treasure. Our Travel Experts work with you to design your bespoke holiday sprinkled with plenty of surprises to keep you on your toes.

Responsible
Our concept is local, our travel is sustainable

Deeply rooted in our beliefs is our commitment to promoting sustainable tourism and responsible travel. Our local concept sees us support the local economies to where our guests travel to, and our focus on authentic encounters helps preserve cultures and traditions.

Quality assurance
We are highly recommended by our guests

We are committed to providing our guests with only the highest quality tailor-made holidays in Asia. We train all our drivers and guides, visit all the hotels we offer and test out any activity that we recommend.

Competitive pricing
Our tailor-made holidays are low cost, high quality

Our local concept means we can offer our guests the most competitive pricing on the market, cutting out the middleman and avoiding unnecessary costs. We make sure that all accommodations and services we provide you with are of the highest quality and fairest price.

Shanti Travel guarantee
Shanti Travel puts your safety first

We understand how important it is for you and your family and friends to feel safe whilst travelling. We put our traveller’s safety first so you can be sure that the only surprises you will have whilst travelling with Shanti are the wonderful places you will visit and the kind people you will meet.

Featured trips & expertise

North India's Golden Triangle
North India's Golden Triangle - 10 Days

The Golden Triangle in North India symbolizes three pinnacles: culture, heritage, and metamorphosis. Your 10-day journey begins in the capital city of New Delhi, where you can learn about both Islamic and Hindu influences. In Agra, which symbolizes love, you will visit the grand wonder that is the Taj Mahal. A trip to Jaipur will reveal the beauty of the Pink City and its textile industry. On the final leg of your trip, you will visit Varanasi, where you will experience the live, iconic rituals along the Ganges, and visit the sacred Buddhist town of Sarnath.

Explore the Shore Temple complex in Mahabalipuram
Southern India: Tamil Nadu & Kerala - 12 Days

Indulge your senses on this 12-day tour of southern India, featuring the states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Discover Tamil Nadu's cultural wealth as you explore its ornate Hindu temples, sacred cities, and French-colonial towns. Cross over the Western Ghats into biodiverse Kerala and immerse yourself in the stunning landscapes of tea and spice plantations, jungle, forests, and lakes and rivers.

Camel Keeper
Rajasthan Highlights & Pushkar Fair - 16 Days

This all-encompassing tour of Rajasthan covers the must-see highlights of Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra and features three days of the sprawling Camel Fair in Pushkar held annually every November. Come to Rajasthan for the culture, history, and magnificent architecture, stay for the lively bustling attractions and events of the fair. You'll ride camels in the Thar desert, discover historic Silk Road mansions in Mandawa, and wander ancient abandoned cities, like Kuldhara and Fatehpur Sikri.

Jaipur's Amer Fort reflects in nearby Maota Lake
Golden Triangle & Rajasthan - 11 Days

Featuring the famous Golden Triangle (Delhi - Jaipur - Agra) and its well-visited attractions, this complete 11-day itinerary offers an in-depth look into Rajasthani culture. In addition to seeing Jama Masjid in Delhi, the Amer Fort in Jaipur, and the Taj Mahal in Agra, you'll wander historic mansions in Churu, visit with local artisans in Bagru, and marvel at architectural feats in Abhaneri and Fatehpur Sikri. You'll cook with locals, tour pink cities, and count the stars from the top of a sand dune.

Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple
Bali Honeymoon - 8 Days

Spend eight days in two of Bali's most popular spots with this itinerary. You'll start off in Seminyak, visiting surfing beaches and watching the sun set. Then head to Ubud to take in the temples and wildlife and learn to cook in the Balinese style before you depart.

Terraced rice fields
Highlights of Bali - 8 Days

Explore the culture, countryside, and coastline of the "Island of the Gods" with this eight-day itinerary. Drive around the southeastern corner of the island through rice fields, temples, villages, the Monkey Forest, a volcanic caldera, and more before ending your trip on the beach.

Recent Trip Reviews for Shanti Travel

Aminath

Explore bali, Indonesia - Aug 8 - Aug 14, 2019

Traveler: Aminath S. - Local specialist: Ayu Prabha

We had an amazing time in Bali. We planned the trip with Ayu from KimKim and later communicated with Thomas who seamlessly continued where Ayu left off. Our driver Agun was most helpful throughout the trip, friendly and always showing us the best. And if we had any questions during the trip Thomas was available on Whatsapp, which made the experience easier as it was our first time in Indonesia. We can't wait to go back to Bali again!

Relaxation and culture , Indonesia - Jun 18 - Jun 28, 2019

Traveler: Annise M. - Local specialist: Ayu Prabha

Ayu was responsive and had put together a nice itinerary. She was quick to help us upgrade at our last hotel.

Some of the places that stood out were the monkey forest and sideman, and the last resort, samabe, was stunning and good value. The local day was also very nice. The best experience we had was planned from the hotel, samabe, which was paragliding. Biggest highlight of the trip.

Though it was great to see some of the main attractions like the temples, I think we would have liked... read more

Ayu was responsive and had put together a nice itinerary. She was quick to help us upgrade at our last hotel.

Some of the places that stood out were the monkey forest and sideman, and the last resort, samabe, was stunning and good value. The local day was also very nice. The best experience we had was planned from the hotel, samabe, which was paragliding. Biggest highlight of the trip.

Though it was great to see some of the main attractions like the temples, I think we would have liked to include some more off the beaten track locations if we were to do it again.

Our driver, Gustu, was kind and punctual. We’d definitely recommend him.

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Ayu Prabha, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Annise,

Thank you so much for your beautiful review. We are so happy to hear you had a great trip and it is nice to hear that your driver Gustu was helpful.

We look forward to and hope you allow us to help plan your next trip to Asia. Welcome to the Shanti Family! & Happy Travels!

Indonesia, Indonesia - Jun 11 - Jun 30, 2019

Traveler: Tayfun S. - Local specialist: Ayu Prabha

Ayu did a perfect job planning our 3 weeks Indonesia trip (Bali, Java, and Nusa Penida).
She was very responsive to our needs and requests, and her choices of drivers and guides were excellent. About half of the trip was in various parts of Bali, and we only had a driver in that part. Our driver's name was Agus, and in our view he did a very exceptional job with our trip. The only reason he was a driver and not a guide was, his English is a bit limited, but it was more than enough for us.... read more

Ayu did a perfect job planning our 3 weeks Indonesia trip (Bali, Java, and Nusa Penida).
She was very responsive to our needs and requests, and her choices of drivers and guides were excellent. About half of the trip was in various parts of Bali, and we only had a driver in that part. Our driver's name was Agus, and in our view he did a very exceptional job with our trip. The only reason he was a driver and not a guide was, his English is a bit limited, but it was more than enough for us. (Agus knows Japanese and is often a guide for Japanese groups). Agus was very informative and friendly, and at the end of the trip he was a dear friend to all of us. The remaining guide/driver choices of Ayu were also excellent; we had no difficulties during the entire 3 weeks(from landing to Bali to taking off). I highly recommend both Ayu as a travel specialist, and Agus as a guide/driver.

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Ayu Prabha, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Tayfun,

Thank you so much for your beautiful review. We are so happy to hear you had a great trip and fell in love with Bali. And it is great to hear that your driver Agus and the remaining guide/ driver were so helpful; we will be sure to let him know.

We look forward to and hope you allow us to help plan your next trip to Asia. Welcome to the Shanti Family! & Happy Travels!

Alexandra

Honeymoon in indonesia , Indonesia - May 29 - Jun 18, 2019

Traveler: Alexandra G. - Local specialist: Ayu Prabha

I booked a trip to Bali for my honeymoon. We found the trip was overall very enjoyable. Ayu was very responsive before and during our trip. We began our stay in Ubud at the Kayon Jungle Resort and it was most memorable. They upgraded us to a Premium Suite as a surprise. It was one of the nicest places we've ever stayed in, and the staff were so considerate to our needs. Highly recommended if you are looking for the real Bali honeymoon experience.
We decided to go more casual for the rest of... read more

I booked a trip to Bali for my honeymoon. We found the trip was overall very enjoyable. Ayu was very responsive before and during our trip. We began our stay in Ubud at the Kayon Jungle Resort and it was most memorable. They upgraded us to a Premium Suite as a surprise. It was one of the nicest places we've ever stayed in, and the staff were so considerate to our needs. Highly recommended if you are looking for the real Bali honeymoon experience.
We decided to go more casual for the rest of the trip, and all the hotels were clean and comfortable. The only complaint we had a few times was in regards to privacy. Any couple, especially a honeymooning one, values sound insulation. Unfortunately our stay in Gili Air at the Villa Karang and in Canggu at Frii Echo Hotel did not provide that. In both hotels, you could hear your neighbors as if they are next to you, which was not ideal for us.
However the Puri Lumbung Cottages in Munduk were a dream (we loved our stay in Munduk, we recommend booking a coffee roasting tour with the hotel), and my husband surprised me with a room upgrade at the Jimbaran Bay Beach hotel so the room was very nice and overlooked the water.
Our driver Gung Man was excellent and very considerate. The car was comfortable and had working A/C, perfect for napping between locations.
Our guide in our trek up Kawah Ijen, Mamu, was great. He was very patient, especially at the beginning when we were still very tired (we did the sunrise hike, so we got up at 1am). Unfortunately there was a downpour of rain that blocked our sunrise and it was freezing cold when we got to the summit, but that's just bad luck.
Overall it was a lovely and memorable honeymoon, we had a great time exploring Bali and recommend Ayu, Shanti Travel, and Kimkim to anyone who wants to go.

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Ayu Prabha, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Alexandra,

First of all, thank you so much for sparing your time in uploading these beautiful pictures during your holiday in Indonesia. It does mean a lot to us.

I am very happy to know that it is a lovely and memorable honeymoon for you and Adam. About the stay in Canggu and Gili Karang, I do apologize for the inconvenience caused however I truly appreciate your honest review about these properties so that I can report this to the management for future consideration.

I look forward to... read more

Hi Alexandra,

First of all, thank you so much for sparing your time in uploading these beautiful pictures during your holiday in Indonesia. It does mean a lot to us.

I am very happy to know that it is a lovely and memorable honeymoon for you and Adam. About the stay in Canggu and Gili Karang, I do apologize for the inconvenience caused however I truly appreciate your honest review about these properties so that I can report this to the management for future consideration.

I look forward to and hope you allow us to help plan your next trip to Asia. Welcome to the Shanti Family! & Happy Travels!

Ayu

Jody

30th bday trip, Indonesia - Apr 30 - May 7, 2019

Traveler: Jody F. - Local specialist: Ayu Prabha

Awesome experience!! Ayu took care of everything.

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Ayu Prabha, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Jody,
Thank you for traveling with us and the feedback! I am glad you love it. I look forward to and hope you allow us to help plan your next trip to Asia. Welcome to the Shanti Family! & Happy Travels!

Ngoc

Best of indonesia, Indonesia - Mar 10 - Mar 17, 2019

Traveler: Ngoc R. - Local specialist: Ayu Prabha

My Bali trip has been a dream. Beautiful island, warm and friendly local people, rich culture. Our local specialist Ayu had been so wonderful throughout the consultation and booking process. She advised and helped us book everything we needed/asked for to make sure we have a wonderful vacation. Our driver Krisna Arimbawa had been above and beyond our expectation. He was so friendly, resourceful, helpful and always with a big smile. Nusa Penida is so worth the trip to visit. Highly recommend... read more

My Bali trip has been a dream. Beautiful island, warm and friendly local people, rich culture. Our local specialist Ayu had been so wonderful throughout the consultation and booking process. She advised and helped us book everything we needed/asked for to make sure we have a wonderful vacation. Our driver Krisna Arimbawa had been above and beyond our expectation. He was so friendly, resourceful, helpful and always with a big smile. Nusa Penida is so worth the trip to visit. Highly recommend the Authentic Balinese Day - you will get to meet and experience the humble and wonderful lives of a local Balinese family (they were absolutely wonderful, warm and loving).

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Ayu Prabha, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Ngoc,

Thank you so much for your beautiful review. We are so happy to hear you had a great trip and fell in love with Bali. And it is great to hear that your driver Krisna Arimbawa was so helpful; we will be sure to let him know.

We look forward to and hope you allow us to help plan your next trip to Asia. Welcome to the Shanti Family! & Happy Travels!

Denise

India's golden triangle, India - Feb 18 - Feb 28, 2019

Traveler: Denise D. - Local specialist: Ashvin Dev Tyagi

We had a fabulous trip to India with a fantastic driver Vikram. However our whole experience has been marred by our guides need to feed us to the lions at every opportunity. We felt like they thought we were walking ATMs to be fleeced at every opportunity. Our first day we were talking to a store, our guide told us he just wanted to show us something. Then we were led to the slaughter. My husband works in the Middle East and is used to bartering but this was an all out attack that left us... read more

We had a fabulous trip to India with a fantastic driver Vikram. However our whole experience has been marred by our guides need to feed us to the lions at every opportunity. We felt like they thought we were walking ATMs to be fleeced at every opportunity. Our first day we were talking to a store, our guide told us he just wanted to show us something. Then we were led to the slaughter. My husband works in the Middle East and is used to bartering but this was an all out attack that left us feeling abused. We bought a pashmina we neither needed or wanted just to get out. After this we made it clear we did not want to shop, we don’t need stuff we travel for the experience not the tat. Another guide took us to a palace and even though we had specifically said we did not want to shop we ended up sitting infront of an artist where both the guide and artist embarrassed us into paying £100 for a picture but were quite disappointed that we didn’t buy the £450 they started with. We were made to feel mean and tight by both of them. The fact that we could neither afford or wanted the picture meant nothing to them. If this is how your guides operate I would be reluctant to use them again.

Java trip, Indonesia - Nov 18 - Nov 24, 2018

Traveler: Hilde H. - Local specialist: Jessica Adriaansen

The trip was AMAZING! So great to see and explore so much of east Java in such a short amount of time; Plateau Ijen, Mt. Bromo, Yojakarta, Borobudur and more :) The landscape is breathtaking (especially the sunrise over Mt Bromo) and I found myself time and time again in awe of the lush green surroundings.

A few things to call out - 1) underestimated the amount of time you spend traveling from one spot to another due to bad traffic, a lot of time spent in a car, and 2) the travel agency was... read more

The trip was AMAZING! So great to see and explore so much of east Java in such a short amount of time; Plateau Ijen, Mt. Bromo, Yojakarta, Borobudur and more :) The landscape is breathtaking (especially the sunrise over Mt Bromo) and I found myself time and time again in awe of the lush green surroundings.

A few things to call out - 1) underestimated the amount of time you spend traveling from one spot to another due to bad traffic, a lot of time spent in a car, and 2) the travel agency was a primarily french agency, so challenges finding an english speaking guide for our group - should have more explicitly called that out from the start.

Komodo and padar tour, Indonesia - Oct 25 - Oct 27, 2018

Traveler: Sam G. - Local specialist: Jessica Adriaansen

Our trip was amazing! From start to finish we were taken care of. Sharif and his crew were very friendly and their hospitality was great. Sharif was very knowledgable about the area, spotting Mantas, Dolphins and baby sharks! We had some enforced changes to our itinerary, as we were unable to see Padar island which was a disappointment, but we always had interesting places to go, snorkel and view the wildlife. The crew cooked us a banquet for every meal, so we never went hungry! The... read more

Our trip was amazing! From start to finish we were taken care of. Sharif and his crew were very friendly and their hospitality was great. Sharif was very knowledgable about the area, spotting Mantas, Dolphins and baby sharks! We had some enforced changes to our itinerary, as we were unable to see Padar island which was a disappointment, but we always had interesting places to go, snorkel and view the wildlife. The crew cooked us a banquet for every meal, so we never went hungry! The facilities were basic, but we had everything we needed.

The highlights of the trip were definitely the animals we saw. The Komodo dragons on Komodo island, swimming with Manta Rays at manta point and watching the flying foxes exodus in their millions against the backdrop of the sun setting were really special.

The 3 days on the boat were an amazing experience and we would both highly recommend it to anyone.

Java bali lombok flores and dragons, Indonesia - Aug 7 - Aug 22, 2018

Traveler: Phil T. - Local specialist: Jessica Adriaansen

Was an excellent trip, the guides on the ground were great, the communication in advance was very good. There were a few issues but aren't there always.

We have Yudi for a day I Yogyakarta , then Ovan for the rest of Java with Obbie driving and lastly Merta in Bali. Jessica was the initial contact and office based organizer.

The local guides had a deeper understanding of the best order to do things, when something should be busy or quieter - so whilst the things in a day were the same,... read more

Was an excellent trip, the guides on the ground were great, the communication in advance was very good. There were a few issues but aren't there always.

We have Yudi for a day I Yogyakarta , then Ovan for the rest of Java with Obbie driving and lastly Merta in Bali. Jessica was the initial contact and office based organizer.

The local guides had a deeper understanding of the best order to do things, when something should be busy or quieter - so whilst the things in a day were the same, the sequence in the day was shuffled by the local guides.

Highlights were the Ijen trek, the Kalibaru plantations and Jatiluwih rice terraces

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Jessica Adriaansen, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Phil,
Thank you very much for taking the time to share your experience with us in Indonesia. I'm happy to read that you enjoyed your family trip and I hope you went back home with wonderful memories! :-)
We hope to see you soon again in Asia!

Sights and adventure, Indonesia - Mar 13 - Mar 23, 2018

Traveler: Corinne L. - Local specialist: Jessica Adriaansen

Thank you Kimkim and Shanti for creating the best honeymoon experience for us! It was an unforgettable experience and we have fallen in love with Bali and all its culture. Wayan was an excellent driver and we will always be grateful for him. He took us to many of his favorite local warungs and even ordered our food for us and made sure we were ok (when there was a language barrier with the staff). Our trip would not be the same without him!

Matthieu was also wonderful. During our meeting, he... read more

Thank you Kimkim and Shanti for creating the best honeymoon experience for us! It was an unforgettable experience and we have fallen in love with Bali and all its culture. Wayan was an excellent driver and we will always be grateful for him. He took us to many of his favorite local warungs and even ordered our food for us and made sure we were ok (when there was a language barrier with the staff). Our trip would not be the same without him!

Matthieu was also wonderful. During our meeting, he made sure we were comfortable with our program and reassured us that he would be there at any time if we had any issues down the road. I am highly allergic to mold, and our initial room at Abian Ayu was covered in it. My husband and I are very low maintenance when it comes to room arrangements, but there was no way I would've been able to be comfortable in that room. Alvin contacted Matthieu, and within a matter of minutes, the hotel staff apologized and made other arrangements for us.

The service at The Alena was absolutely incredible. We felt so welcome everywhere we went, and the staff even remembered our names.

Places we visited that stood out the most: our entire stay at Gili, Uluwatu Temple (used on our free day), and Tirta Gangga.

All in all a fantastic, memorable experience. Thank you for everything!

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Jessica Adriaansen, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We are so happy to hear you had a great trip and fell in love with Bali. We know your honeymoon is very special and we are so glad you let us be a part of making your trip dreams come true.

We always do our best to pick quality drivers and it is great to hear that your driver Wayan was so helpful; we will be sure to let him know.

Sorry to hear about the mold, we apologize for any inconvenience it caused. As it is a tropical climate, we are... read more

Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We are so happy to hear you had a great trip and fell in love with Bali. We know your honeymoon is very special and we are so glad you let us be a part of making your trip dreams come true.

We always do our best to pick quality drivers and it is great to hear that your driver Wayan was so helpful; we will be sure to let him know.

Sorry to hear about the mold, we apologize for any inconvenience it caused. As it is a tropical climate, we are aware these issues can arise, therefore our Travel Specialists are always available to help address any issues like this, and it is good to hear that Matthieu and the hotel quickly remedied this for you. We always want you to be very comfortable with your accommodation and are happy you had very good service at The Alena.

We look forward to and hope you allow us to help plan your next trip to Asia. Welcome to the Shanti Family! & Happy Travels!