Adventure through the heart of North India and Rajasthan
Rose-hued cities, time-worn desert forts and holy rivers – North India is the subcontintent’s showpiece, a place where ancient ruins punctuate peaceful countryside and everyday life is a riot of colour and noise. From the gleaming walls of the Taj Mahal to Delhi’s chaotic streets, India’s energy will leave you giddy with excitement and sporting a smile that’s wider than the Ganges. Spiritual, yet never afraid to entertain – the sites of North India are as alive as a crowded laneway, as vast as the Thar Desert sands, as humbling as a Varanesi dawn and as intricate as the Amber Fort. So give your senses a well-earned kick and delve into a North Indian adventure that ticks all the boxes.
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A chance to float among the clouds over Jaipur and watch an Indian sunrise from the basket of a hot air balloon as an optional activity
The Taj Mahal is not only an sumptuous masterpiece of Indian architecture, but also a truly meaningful stop on any traveller’s journey
Old and New Delhi fuse to create a city that pays homage to past empires, while wrestling with its modern identity
Experience the wonder of camping on the banks of the Ganges near Varanasi.
The world famous Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary is home to hundreds of bird species.
India is famous for its great sleeper trains and you’ll be tucked up nicely in your own padded bunk
Have the chance to take a guided camel ride into the sunset and sleep under the stars
From April 2017, the main dome of the Taj Mahal will undergo mud pack therapy to restore its original colour. It is expected the dome will be covered in iron scaffolding during the process which is expected to last a year.
Old Delhi can be very busy and crowded. While it’s an exciting place to see local life moving around you, be aware that on the walking tour you’ll need to navigate through people, tight spaces and walkways.
Rajasthan can reach extremely high temperatures in the summer. While we aim to do our walking tours early in the morning when it’s cooler, remember to keep hydrated and to bring a hat, sunscreen, a long-sleeved shirt and anything else that will protect you from the sun.
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
This trip involves some long train journeys and an overnight train, which can be tiresome. Entertaining chaiwalas (tea vendors), food vendors and conversations with the locals make this a rewarding experience. For your own security, take a lock for your hand luggage on the sleeper train journey.
The local train between Bikaner and Jaisalmer is a quintessential Indian adventure (don’t be surprised to share a samosa with a local), but conditions are basic with no air conditioning or reserved seats. The overnight train from Jodhpur to Delhi is long, but should allow you to catch up on some sleep at the end of your trip.
If you decide to spend the night camping in the desert, be aware that there are no structured toilet or shower facilities. Please bring along water, face wipes, hand sanitizer or other essentials you feel you may need.
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
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E-visas are only available for entry of up to 30 days. This is a 25 day trip. If you are planning on spending much longer in India you will need to pre purchase your Indian visa prior to departure from your home country.
This trip finishes in Delhi on Day 25 by 12pm midday. Please see further details in the trip notes.
A single supplement is available on this trip and is valid for all nights with the exception of overnight sleeper trains. See under the Single Traveller section of your Trip Notes for more information.
As this is a combination trip, your group leader and the composition of your group may change in Jaipur on day 15
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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