India, like nowhere else on earth. If you’re looking for a trip full of adventure, culture, delicious food and unbelievable architecture, look no further than this magical destination. We’ve carefully selected a route through Delhi & Rajasthan that takes in all the most incredible sights through Northern India. The vibrant colours of the buildings and clothes, the smells of spices and incense, the sights of majestic monuments and temples are all part of daily life. Watch the sunrise over the Taj Mahal, taste your way around the food markets of Jodhpur and Old Delhi, get lost in the famous blue city, marvel at the iconic Mehrangarh Fort, make an offering on the River Ganges in Varanasi, stay overnight in the desert & join us for a blessing by a Brahmin priest in the desert city of Pushkar where we ride camels in the dunes. You’ll remember this trip for life.
YOUR TOUR GUIDE, DRIVERS & LOCAL GUIDES
23 activities, 6 OPTIONAL EXTRAS OVER 7 LOCATIONS
All TRANSPORT FROM DAY 2 TO DAY 13
13 NIGHTS OF ACCOMMODATION
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE 22 PEOPLE
13 BreAKFASTS | 6 Dinners
Your tour guide, your drivers & your local guides
Our crew comprises of award-winning tour guides who will make your trip unforgettable. Expertly trained and prepared for every circumstance – they’ll be your new best mate and a fountain of knowledge all wrapped up in one and will stop at nothing to make your trip life-changing. Our India tour has the addition of our amazing “Local Legends”. These are local tour guides from each city we visit so no matter where we go, our groups will always have a real local experience.
#23 included, 6 optional extras over #7 locations
As with all our trips we have handpicked the must-see and must-do activities to include in each location, plus some unique One Life experiences along the way. You’ll check out the Lotus Temple and Sikh Mega Kitchen in Dehli, plus a local guided street-food tour of some of our favourite spots. We include a homestay experience in Varanasi where we have a private boat on the Ganges at sunset and see the famous Burning Ghats. You’ll ride camels in the desert before settling into you glamping site where you will have an interactive cooking demo for dinner. You’ll see temples, forts, rural villages, markets, lake cruises, plus of course the breathtaking Taj Mahal for sunset and sunrise.
We include all your transport, from day 2 to day 13
Transport in India can be a little daunting! That’s why we have sourced clean and comfortable transport, which is a mix of public and private, for the whole tour. Everything from tuk-tuks in the old streets of Dehli to the famous Indian overnight trains which will take you across the state is included and will get you to each destination smoothly. 1 flight is also included from Varanasi to Agra. The only transport we don’t provide is your transfers to/from the airport on Day 1 and Day 14.
#13 nights of accommodation
Our accommodation in India is a great mix of old and new! All our accommodation (apart from the homestay in Varanasi) is twin or double share with aircon and ensuite facilities. Each one was personally tested by us to make sure it met our standards. They are clean and are in great locations to explore from. During this tour we stay in some special accommodation such as our glamping spot in Pushkar, and a few Havelis (beautiful traditional Indian buildings) along the way.
Maximum group size #22 people
We like to cap our group sizes so you’ll never feel like you’re being shepherded around. Smaller groups mean you’ll leave your trip with a whole new family; we don’t worry about age so you shouldn’t either! You’ll be travelling with like-minded people from all different walks of life but one thing in common – the passion to travel differently.
#13 breakfasts #6 dinners
The food in India needs no introduction! It’s cuisine is one of the most famous in the world, with good reason. What we can tell you is this; if you haven’t eaten India food in India then you’re in for a treat. Sumptuous feasts of curries, rice, breads, and sauces will cover the tables. Grilled chicken and lamb, tandooris, sweets, and of course fresh chai tea on the side of the road. India is also a paradise for vegetarians and vegans! Get ready to sample some of the best food in each city we visit with the help of our local guides. For you real foodies out there we also include an interactive cooking demo at our camp, and a guided food tasting tour of Dehl!
IN A NUTSHELL
DAY 1 - ARRIVE INDIA
Day 2 - DELHI TOUR
Day 3 - SAFARI
DAY 4 - JODHPUR
DAY 5 - BLUE CITY
DAY 6 - UDAIPUR
DAY 7 - SCHOOL VISIT
DAY 8/9 - PUSHKAR
DAY 10 - JAIPUR
DAY 11 - HAWA MAHAL
DAY 12 - TAJ MAHAL
DAY 13 - OLD DELHI
DAY 14 - GOODBYE!
DAY 1 – ARRIVE IN INDIA!
Welcome to India, a country that requires little introduction. Unrivalled cultures awash throughout the huge sub-continent, giving rise to phenomenal food, warm people, incredible diversity and immersive architecture influenced by religion, pride, patriotism and history. Walking around the streets of India can feel like a trip through time, watching Brahmins wash in the rivers of the Ganges one morning and then glimpsing sun rays bounce off the glistening white marble walls of the Taj Mahal the next. This is India. Arrive any time throughout the day and meet your group leader in your hotel in the heart of New Delhi. Tonight we’ll venture out as a group for our welcome dinner and our first chance to sample that famous Indian Cuisine.
DAY 2 – DELHI DAY TOUR TO BIKANER
After breakfast, we’ll head out with our local guide through the streets of Delhi and get our first real introduction into Indian life. Our first stop is a beautiful Sikh Temple, you’ll then step into the huge mass kitchen, where Sikh’s provide free meals daily to residents of the city. Watch how thousands of Chapatis are made and stir the giant curry pots yourself. After lunch, we’ll then head to the illustrious Lotus Temple. In the evening we’ll take an overnight train to the desert oasis of Bikaner.
DAY 3 – BIKANER – SAFARI IN THE DUNES & CAMEL RESEARCH CENTRE
Once we arrive in Bikaner, we’ll check in to our fantastic accommodation and grab some breakfast before we head out for the day to explore Camel Country. Bikaner is home to some fantastic sand dunes, so we’ll venture out on a jeep safari for an incredible and bumpy ride you’ll never forget! Afterwards we’ll visit the Camel Research Centre, Bikaner is home to some of the world’s best riding camels and one of the world’s largest camel research and breeding farms. We’ll finish the day with a delicious dinner before getting some well deserved rest.
DAY 4 – TO JODHPUR
Today we take a train to the home of the blue city, Jodhpur. On arrival in the evening, we’ll transfer to our traditional Haveli accommodation. Our Haveli is situated in the middle of the blue city where the walls are painted blue throughout this labyrinth of buildings in the shadow of the ever imposing Mehrangarh Fort. After checking in, we’ll meet on the rooftop for dinner to catch our first glimpse of one of our favourite cities in Rajasthan.
DAY 5 – JODHPUR – MEHRANGARH FORT & THE BLUE CITY
We’ll give you the morning free to relax after travelling yesterday. We’ll meet in the early afternoon and walk to the Mehrangarh fort together with our local guide. After, we’ll walk through the blue city and stop off at the Jodhpur stepwell, an impressive feat of ancient stone work before walking around the clock tower market to sample some famous Saffron Lassi and delicious samosas. We’ll then make our way back to our accommodation to finish the day.
DAY 6 – TO UDAIPUR – SUNSET CRUISE ON LAKE PICHOLA
Today we’ll take a bus to Udaipur, the “White City” – also known as the city of lakes. It is also the location for filming the James Bond film, Octopussy! The lakes and architecture provide a perfect balance between the hectic and the tranquil and no better way to experience this is with a walk through the markets and old town and finishing with a private sunset cruise on the lake. Afterwards, we’ll then head to one of our favourite rooftop restaurants for dinner.
DAY 7 – UDAIPUR – LOCAL VILLAGE & SCHOOL VISIT
An early start today as we head out of town to take a fantastic bike ride. Our guide is from the local village and so will introduce you to the ways the locals live, teach you about their culture and heritage as well as show us the local temples important to village life. We’ll also get to visit a local school during our time in this area. After, we’ll head back to town to check out and we’ll give you the rest of the day free to take one last trip around the markets or grab a beer on a rooftop.
DAY 8 – TO PUSHKAR – BLESSING ON THE LAKE
After breakfast in the morning, we’ll take the train to Ajmer before transferring to Pushkar, known as one of the holiest towns in India. Pushkar is a backpacker’s paradise with amazing food, beautiful markets, rolling landscapes, hiking and unrivalled sunsets. Tonight we sleep in the desert on a gorgeous glamping site. In the afternoon, a local Brahmin will induct you to Pushkar properly with a blessing on the holy lake and we’ll then grab a drink at a lakeside cafe before heading back to camp to sleep under the stars.
DAY 9 – PUSHKAR – LOCAL COOKING DEMONSTRATION
Take an optional sunrise hike to a temple for imperious views of the city and lake at sunrise or take up some yoga on the deck of the infinity pool, the morning is truly yours. Around noon, we’ll shuttle everyone into Pushkar for free time to explore the town at your leisure. Browse the markets, take a yoga class, or simply read a book on the steps by the lake. We’ll then head back to camp at sunset to work with some local villagers learning how to cook traditional Indian cuisine.
DAY 10 – TO JAIPUR – BOLLYWOOD MOVIE
Today we grab breakfast and head to Jaipur to complete our visit to the Golden Triangle. On arrival to Jaipur we’ll make our way to our stunning traditional accommodation in the heart of the old town and then watch a Bollywood movie the way the director intended it to be watched, in one of the grandest theatres in the world.
DAY 11 – JAIPUR – THE PINK CITY, HAWA MAHAL & COOKING DEMONSTRATION
After breakfast in the hotel, our guide will meet us to take us on an orientation walk of the old town. We’ll get to visit the local market, understand the origins of the “Pink City”, meet some locals and market traders, learn all about the spices that are synonymous to Indian cooking and view the excellent Palace of the Winds. We’ll then all jump in Tuk Tuks to visit Galta-Ji, or otherwise known as the Monkey Temple. A temple built into the hills that is the home to hundreds of grey long tailed Asian monkeys. We’ll then come back to Jaipur where we’ll enjoy a delicious cooking demonstration in the evening!
DAY 12 – TO AGRA – SUNSET AT THE TAJ MAHAL
After breakfast we’ll check out and jump on a train to Agra. On arrival we’ll check into our hotel and relax, then in the afternoon we’ll take Tuk Tuks to a quiet garden south of the Taj to view this magnificent structure away from the crowds at sunset. Tomorrow we’ll head inside, but today is all about enjoying the beauty that this building has to offer. We’ll grab dinner in the evening and get an early night as we are up for sunrise tomorrow.
DAY 13 – AGRA – SUNRISE AT THE TAJ MAHAL, OLD DELHI RICKSHAW RIDES AND WEDDING STREET
An early start today as we wake up at the crack of dawn to head to the Taj Mahal in an attempt to beat the crowds and see this place in almost perfect silence. Your local guide will show you around and we’ll get to walk inside and learn all the secrets that make the Taj Mahal just that bit more special. Afterwards, we’ll drive back to New Delhi where our local legend will accompany us to Old Delhi, a city lost in time but abound with scrumptious delicacies. We’ll fill our bellies with Indian sweets and snacks and then take Rickshaws through Chandni Chowk to Mutton Street for us to finish with some of the most delicious skewers and Islamic food available. We’ll then head to a bar for our final night together before making our way back to our accommodation for a well-earned rest.
DAY 14 – DEPART
Your local guide can help you arrange transport to the airport to whatever destination you are off to next. We hope we have shown you why India is a dream location and should be at the top of everyone’s bucket lists. Have a safe journey to wherever you are off to next and always remember to #exploremore.
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