Explore India from city to coast on this dazzling Eastern adventure

From spice-filled bazaars to white sandy beaches, opulent palaces to rolling green spice plantations, discover India in all its glory on this well-balanced two-week adventure. Delve into a world of delicious street food, ride rickshaws through pulsing alleyways, stroll amid beautiful lakes and wooded hills, mingle with Mumbai merchants and explore centuries-old icons – Taj Mahal, anyone? Finish up on the shores of easy-going Goa, where yoga, cocktails and golden sands are all you need to chill out after the bustling big towns of India.


Start
Delhi, India
Finish
Goa, India
Country
India
Style
Basix
Theme
Explorer
Code
HHRG
Physical rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

Why we love this trip

  • Discover Delhi, both new and old, with a walking tour of its historic walled heart and a rickshaw ride through the Chandni Chowk marketplace

  • Explore the incredible heritage quarter and circus-like Chowpatty Beach on a guided walking tour in Mumbai

  • Witness the one and only Taj Mahal. Seeing this Mughal marvel for the first time, in all its dazzling white marble, is a moment you won’t forget

  • Pushkar truly comes alive in November, so if the timing’s right, experience one of India’s most amazing festivals – the Pushkar Camel Fair

  • Goa may be a golden-sand beauty, but there’s more to life here than simply chilling by the beach. Tour an organic spice farm and gorge on a sumptuous Goan feast

  • Jaipur and Udaipur are two of India’s most delightful destinations. Take the time to stroll the enchanting, and very different, streets of these must-see Intrepid favourites

  • Travelling across India wouldn’t be complete without a journey on a sleeper train. With padded bunks and vendors selling chai and samosas, they’re a quintessential Indian experience and perfect for catching up on sleep while on the move

Is this trip right for you?

  • It’s important to prepare for hot sticky temperatures during the day and cooler climates in the evening. Layers are the best way to tackle this disparity in weather. Please also ensure that you use adequate sun protection and drink plenty of water.

  • We visit a number of temples on this trip, which requires a certain level of modesty. Please bring clothes that cover the arms and pants/skirts that go past the knees. A light scarf is also a good idea for covering shoulders and arms when it’s hot.

  • This trip involves some long overnight train journeys, including a nine-hour train to Goa. While this can be tiresome, entertaining chaiwalas (tea vendors), food vendors and conversations with locals make this a rewarding experience. For your own security, take a lock for your hand luggage on the sleeper train journey.

  • You will also be travelling by local bus on this trip. While conditions are basic, this is a great way to rub shoulders with the locals while enjoying the passing scenery.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2017 to 31 December 2017. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2018 - 31 December 2018

Arrive in the fun and frenetic capital and settle into your hotel. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these to provide to your leader. Afterwards, take an orientation walk and head out for an optional dinner with your fellow travellers. There are plenty of Urban Adventures you can book if you have spare time today. These chaotic streets are the perfect place to have an expert guide show you the ropes. Epicureans can get a taste of home-cooked Delhi; history buffs can take a Ghandi-focused excursion around town.
Optional Activities
  • Delhi - Humayun's Tomb - INR500
  • Delhi - Qutub Minar - INR500
  • Place of Mahatma Gandhi's Assassination - Free
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Start your day with a ride on the metro, one of the best rail systems in the world. A guided tour of Delhi takes you to Old Delhi, one of the oldest city areas in existence. Inch your way through the streets around the Chandni Chowk marketplace in true local style – by traditional cycle rickshaw. Perhaps visit the Jama Masjid, Delhi's oldest (and India’s largest) mosque, and then stop by the Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple). Learn about the Sikh guru who, in the 17th century, stuck to his religious beliefs and payed the ultimate price in this very spot.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Delhi - Jama Masjid
  • Delhi - Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple)
  • Delhi - Old Delhi tour
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Agra itself might not be the prettiest city in the world, but the minute you see its iconic sights, that won’t matter one bit. You will arrive by one of India's faster air-conditioned trains (approximately 3 hours), then head straight to the most recognisable sight in India. The Taj Mahal may well exceed your expectations as the morning light shimmers off its white marble surface. Best known as a monument to love and loss, the 17th century Taj is a beautiful example of Mughal architecture, surrounded by trimmed English gardens. The highlights keep coming as you take a motorised rickshaw tour – a great way to see the monuments of Agra. You can also visit Akbar's Mausoleum, a beautiful sandstone and marble tomb built for the greatest of the Mughal emperors.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Agra - Taj Mahal
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Travel by local bus to Rajasthan’s colourful capital, Jaipur. Settle in, then enjoy a guided walking tour through the old bazaars of this ‘Pink City’. Use the rest of the day to explore the city on your own, perhaps visiting Jaipur’s ornate Royal City Palace. Your accommodation for tonight is a beautiful, family-run heritage hotel. In the evening, perhaps take the opportunity to see a Bollywood film. Jaipur is home to one of the world's great cinema halls, the grand art-deco Raj Mandir.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Jaipur - Walking tour
Optional Activities
  • Jaipur - Bollywood Movie at Raj Mandir Cinema - INR400
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
For many travellers an optional hot air balloon experience is one of the highlights of Jaipur. This optional ballooning activity is available from September and June. For additional information, please see the ‘Important Notes’ section of the trip notes. In the afternoon today, visit the hilltop Amber Fort, an excellent example of Rajput architecture, and see the red stone palace of the Hawa Mahal (The Palace of the Winds). Take in its dazzling coloured glass work and learn its interesting history.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Jaipur - Amber Fort
Optional Activities
  • Jaipur - Balloon Safari - USD250
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Travel to Pushkar, one of India's holiest towns and a market centre for the surrounding villages. Head out to explore the town on a walking tour, exploring the main bazaar along the way. Here you'll come across anything from sixties fashion clothing and glass lamps to jewellery and traditional Rajasthani puppets. Take a walk around Pushkar’s lake, which is considered sacred in Hindu culture and has an intersting mythology behind it. Wander past the bustling ghats and temples, observing the devout as they worship at the holy waters.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Pushkar - Brahma Temple
  • Pushkar - Walking tour
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Early morning risers can hike up the hill to the Savitri Temple for sunrise views over the town. If the chai man is there, enjoy a steaming cup of tea at the top. Later in the day you will pay a visit to the colourful Brahma Temple, which is dedicated to the Hindu god. If you’re lucky enough to be in town for the Pushkar Camel Fair, you can experience one of India’s most famous festivals. It's held every November.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Pushkar - Savitri Temple
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Notes: Every effort is made to ensure that those travellers whose trip coincides with the festival get a chance to see the best of it. However, we cannot take responsibility if the dates of the fair change. Pushkar hotels raise their rates considerably during the festival, so departures across this period may be at a higher price. Although we make bookings months in advance, accommodation in Pushkar tends to overbook at this time, and accommodation and the order of activities may need to change. For this reason, we ask for a flexible approach from passengers who travel during this period.
Known as the ‘Venice of the East’, this white city is often regarded as the most romantic in India. Set amid the Aravalli Hills, Udaipur curls around a huge lake. On arrival, take an orientation walk to gather your bearings. Explore twisting alleyways filled with shops and bazaars selling things like silver jewellery, shoes, bags, leather goods and miniature paintings.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Udaipur - City walk
Optional Activities
  • Udaipur - City Palace - INR300
  • Udaipur - Cooking class - INR600
  • Udaipur - Cultural dance show - INR150
  • Udaipur - Monsoon Palace - INR300
  • Udaipur - Shilpgram craft village - INR25
  • Udaipur - Lake Pichola boat ride - INR350
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Enjoy a free day to explore the sights of Udaipur. Perhaps take a short boat ride on the famous Lake Pichola and see the palaces of Jag Mandir and Jag Niwas rise out of water (season depending). Take a guided tour of the lakeside City Palace complex, the largest palace in Rajasthan. While inside, check out vivid murals and royal antiques, and pop into the impressive Jagdish Temple that’s dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Alternatively, learn the secrets behind making the perfect Indian thali during a half-day cooking class at the Spice Box school.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Enjoy a free day in Udaipur before your overnight train to Mumbai. You might like to spend the day exploring Shilpgram, an interesting artistic neighbourhood located just a couple of kilometres away from town. Here you can see a range of village houses from Rajasthan, Gujarat, Goa and Maharashtra with exhibitions on display (season depending). Board your train to Mumbai later and settle in for a long but interesting journey.
Accommodation
  • Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Sleeper trains are clean and air-conditioned, and beds are padded berths with sheets, pillow and blanket provided (although some people prefer to bring their own sleeping sheet). Please note that you may be sharing with locals of the same or opposite gender.
Wake up in Mumbai, probably the most cosmopolitan city in India. Wander the streets and discover some of the beautiful old colonial and art deco buildings, treat yourself to a meal in one of the country's best restaurants, or shop until you drop in the bazaars. In the evening, visit Chowpatty Beach where colourful crowds of people mill about in the cooler evening air. Palmists, balloon sellers, magicians and acrobats all compete for your attention. You will take a short walk through the heritage quarter of Mumbai and head for the nearby Gateway of India and the famous Taj Hotel. A great optional activity is to visit Elephanta Island. Easily accessible by ferry from Mumbai, it's about 10 km from the south-east coast of the island city. Boats leave daily from the Gateway of India (approximately 1 hour each way).
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mumbai - Heritage Quarter walk
Optional Activities
  • Mumbai - Elephanta Island - INR460
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
While away the day in magnificent Mumbai. Perhaps ride the excellent rail system and make your own discoveries around the city (it's a good idea to avoid the hectic peak hours). Later, board your sleeper train to Goa. Your train is clean and air-conditioned. Sleeper trains are a great way to travel long distances and maximise your time in your destination. Beds are padded berths with sheets, pillow and blanket provided but some people prefer to bring their own sleeping sheet. Please note you may be sharing with locals in a same gender/mixed gender situation. Most trains have a dining carriage where food/snacks/meals are available.
Accommodation
  • Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Sleeper trains are clean and air-conditioned, and beds are padded berths with sheets, pillow and blanket provided (although some people prefer to bring their own sleeping sheet). Please note that you may be sharing with locals of the same or opposite gender.
Arrive in Goa nice and early and check into your hotel. Take an orientation walk to acquaint yourself with Goa and its relaxed tropical atmosphere. You're bound to see the Portuguese influence that endures in the city's whitewashed churches. There's an optional visit to a local spice farm today, which gives you a fascinating look behind the rich aromas and flavours of some of India's essential ingredients. Goa's dense forested areas and favourable climatic conditions make it a perfect location to grow the spices liberally used in its cuisine. All the spice farms use organic methods of cultivation. Your guided tour of the plantation culminates in a mouth-watering Goan buffet lunch.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Goa - Spice farm tour including lunch - INR450
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
The day is yours to spend as you please. There's no shortage of things to do in this unique coastal spot. A bicycle trip into the lush countryside is a great option. For a more spiritual kind of exertion, spend the day seeking a little enlightenment with a touch of yoga. Otherwise, take this opportunity to relax on the beach or sip a cocktail at a local bar. Why not join the group for one last Indian feast this evening – the local prawns are a winner.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Your trip comes to an end this morning after breakfast. Kick back and enjoy the excellence of Goa.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

Meals

No meals are included on this tour

Transport

Auto rickshaw, Bus, Camel, Cycle rickshaw, Metro, Private vehicle, Shuttle Bus, Taxi, Train, Van

Accommodation

Hotel (10 nights), Overnight sleeper train (2 night)

Included activities

  • Delhi - Jama Masjid
  • Delhi - Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple)
  • Delhi - Old Delhi tour
  • Agra - Taj Mahal
  • Jaipur - Walking tour
  • Jaipur - Amber Fort
  • Pushkar - Brahma Temple
  • Pushkar - Walking tour
  • Pushkar - Savitri Temple
  • Udaipur - City walk
  • Mumbai - Heritage Quarter walk

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Important notes

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
A single supplement is available on this trip for all nights with the exception of nights 10 and 12 on the overnight sleeper train. See under the Single Traveller section of your Trip Notes for more information.

Mid November see's departures for Pushkar Camel fair in 2017, please see further important notes in trip notes.

JAIPUR HOT AIR BALLOON FLIGHTS
Hot air balloon flights are operated by Sky Waltz in Jaipur. Flights operate mornings from September to June and morning and evening from September to March.
Morning flights depart around sunrise and evening flights late afternoon and last 60 mins. Return transfers, tea and coffee plus light refreshments and a certificate of flight are included in the cost.
You can register your interest and pay your tour leader at your joining meeting on day 1 of your trip.
Payment must be made by cash in either INR/AUD/USD/GBP only and is USD$250pp (subject to change)
Flights are subject to weather conditions and tickets are fully refundable in case of poor weather.

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