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This extended tour of India reveals this enigmatic country as a place of culture, spirit and magic. Visit the Taj Mahal in Agra, the Varanasi ghats and more.

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Enjoy an extended tour of cultural, spiritual and magical India

Circle India on this epic cross-country trip, soaking up the sounds, sights and smells of this remarkable nation. Travel from the bustle of Mumbai to the mellow shores of Goa, via Delhi, Varanasi and Udaipur to name a few, and see how India pulses with the life and culture of over a billion people. Here religion is lived and breathed each day in a thousand ways and glimpses of history are found on every corner. Travelling in India is an out-of-this-world experience, so let us guide you not only through the major sights but also to some off-the-beaten-track delights.

  • Admire the Taj Mahal in Agra
  • Be humbled by spiritual ceremonies on the ghats of Varanasi
  • Check out Varkala's nightlife
  • Experience India's beach culture in idyllic Goa
  • Live rural life in the backwaters of Kerala
  • Relax by the river in easy-going Orchha
  • Travel deep into the Jaisalmer Desert by camel
  • Travel to Madurai and witness religious rituals

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Mumbai, India
  • Finish:

    Goa, India
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 12
  • Ages:

    Min 12
  • Meals:

    2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Camping (with basic facilities) (1 nt), Guesthouse (10 nts), Homestay (1 nt), Hotel (30 nts), Overnight sleeper train (7 nts)
  • Transport:

    Auto rickshaw, Boat, Bus, Camel, Canoe, Jeep, Overnight sleeper train, Train
  • Included activities:

    Delhi - Jama Masjid, Delhi - Old Delhi walking tour, Delhi - Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple), Jaisalmer - Camel safari & overnight desert camp

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    1072kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    1.Internal flight from Kolkata to Chennai NOT included. Please see important notes for details. 2. This trip starts in Mumbai on day one at 1pm TRIP CHANGES 2013 Please note this tour will now visit Agra and Chanderi in 2013, instead of Ujjain. Departures will begin on Selected Saturdays in 2013, instead of Selected Sundays in 2012. The itinerary will be as follows: Day 1 Mumbai Days 2-3 Aurangabad Day 4 Jalgaon Days 5-6 Omkareshwar Day 7 Mandu Day 8 Sanchi Days 9-10 Orchha Days 11-12 Chanderi Day 13 Agra Days 14-16 Delhi Days 17-19 Jaisalmer/Thar Desert Days 20-21 Jodhpur Days 22-24 Udaipur Days 25-26 Pushkar Days 27-28 Jaipur Day 29 Bharatpur Days 30-31 Agra Days 32-34 Varanasi Day 35 Kolkata Day 36 Chennai Day 37 Mamallapuram Days 38-39 Madurai Days 40-41 Varkala Day 42 Kerala Backwaters Homestay Days 43-44 Kochi Days 45-46 Mysore Days 47-48 Hampi Days 49-50 Goa The detailed itinerary and prices will be released 1st November 2012

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Day 1 Mumbai

A city of contradictions and never dull, Mumbai has truly wonderful sights vs the hard to see; incredible cultural depth vs rampant consumerism; immense riches vs crippling poverty.

Days 2-3 Aurangabad

Known around India for its fine silk and cotton fabrics, Aurangabad also has some fine buildings and is close to the spectacular Ellora Caves.

Day 4 Jalgaon

A big producer of bananas, Jalgaon is the gateway to the Ajanta Caves and has a modern infrastructure with a small town feel.

Days 5-6 Omkareshwar

A sacred site for Hindi pilgrims, Omkareshwar is said to resemble the shape of the Om symbol and is a small town located in the Narmada River.

Days 7-8 Mandu

Founded in the 6th century, Mandu was an important military outpost for many centuries and is now the site of some remarkable and well-preserved ruins.

Day 9 Ujjain

Ujjain is one of the seven sacred cites of the Hindus and is an important pilgrimage site; the temples and streets are often filled with brightly-robed sadhus.

Day 10 Sanchi

Sanchi is a small village with a large number of remarkable Buddhist monuments, some dating back to the 3rd century BC.

Days 11-13 Orchha

Meaning 'hidden', Orchha is a small village with a grand history and is covered with 16th-century temples and buildings still standing proud.

Days 14-16 Delhi

It's big, it's bold, it's busy - and there is nowhere in the world quite like it. Delhi's sights and sounds are sure to engage and intrigue.

Days 17-19 Jaisalmer/Thar Desert

Like a city risen from the desert sands, Jaisalmer's sand-coloured buildings, busting bazaars and fascinating living fort all help give the city a wonderful old-world feel.

Days 20-21 Jodhpur

India's enigmatic 'Blue City', Jodhpur, has a captivating Old Town with palaces, heritage buildings, colourful streets and the Mehrangarh Fort shining like a jewel high above the city.

Days 22-24 Udaipur

With dusty hills in the background and tranquil lakes its centrepiece, Udaipur is a truly beautiful city with fabulous heritage buildings, restaurants and narrow laneways.

Days 25-26 Pushkar

The holy city of Pushkar is a place of beauty with its whitewashed buildings, serene lake, rooftop restaurants and impressive temples.

Days 27-28 Jaipur

Jaipur was designed by royalty and has delighted visitors for centuries with its pink-hued buildings, wonderful bazaars and rainbow of bright colours dancing along hectic streets.

Day 29 Bharatpur

The legacy of once being a strong military stronghold is a good fort, and Bharatpur's is pretty impressive. It's also home to the wonderful Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary.

Days 30-31 Agra

Famed for the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal, Agra is a city with a fascinating history and is rich in Mughal heritage, lush gardens and exquisite buildings and temples.

Days 32-34 Varanasi

The holy city of Varanasi, sitting on the River Ganges for thousands of years, attracts scores of pilgrims and travellers wanting to discover something divine.

Day 35 Kolkata

With its colonial architecture, mouth-watering cuisine and celebrated intellectual and arts scene, Kolkata confronts in so many ways but surprises in just as many.

Day 36 Chennai

Located in India's Bay of Bengal, Chennai is a Tamil cultural centre and home to India's second largest film industry, known as Kollywood.

Day 37 Mamallapuram

Mamallapuram (also Mahabalipuram) is a town with ancient origins. It has nice beaches, good restaurants and the intricately carved Shore Temple, still standing from the 9th century.

Days 38-39 Madurai

With incredible temple complexes and a recorded history going back to the 3rd century BC, Madurai has some wonderful buildings and heritage sites to discover.

Days 40-41 Varkala

Blessed by dramatic cliffs falling into the Arabian sea, Varkala is an unassuming town with a relaxed feel and some great temples, beaches and eateries.

Day 42 Kerala Backwaters Homestay

Swaying palm trees, lush rice paddies, winding waterways, Ayurvedic massage and welcoming locals all await on this amazing Kerala Backwaters homestay.

Days 43-44 Kochi

Kochi is a fascinating city made up of a number of islands and peninsulas, and its numerous attractions are best seen by rickshaw or boat.

Days 45-46 Mysore

The peaceful city of Mysore has a score of lovely parks, grand buildings, well-regarded yoga centres and an incredible palace, the product of its Wodeyar Dynasty heritage.

Days 47-48 Hampi

Hampi is a relaxed village awash with captivating ruins and temples of the 15th-century city Vijayanagar, now a World Heritage site.

Days 49-50 Goa

Tinged with a Portuguese flavour, the state of Goa is blessed with lovely beaches, rich traditions, mouth-watering cuisine, World Heritage buildings and a wealth of attractions.
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