Start this epic Indian overland adventure in hectic Delhi before heading out into the rolling dunes of the Thar Desert near Jaisalmer. Make tracks across Rajasthan visiting Jodhpur, Pushkar and Udaipur, arriving in the modern home to Bollywood, Mumbai. Then travel south to soak up the spoils of the beach with plenty of time for R and R and beach fun in Goa, Varkala and Pondicherry. This 39-day trip is for those with a sense of adventure and curiosity, who wish to discover the real heart of Indian culture and its people.

Start
New Delhi, India
Finish
Chennai, India
Countries
India
Themes
Overland
Code
HDOPC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 4, Max 21
Carbon offset
1 193kg pp per trip

The ultimate adventure travel experience in Nepal and India


Highlights

  • Mix it up in Mumbai
  • Sleep under the stars in the Thar Desert
  • Laze on the beaches of Goa
  • Cruise the backwaters of Kerala
  • Dive into the chaos of Delhi

Itinerary

Arrive in India and travel into the heart of Delhi. Chaotic, colourful, captivating - India's capital is a sprawling city full of buzz and activity. Perhaps rub shoulders with the locals in the streets of Old Delhi or explore one of the many museums.
Make the journey to Rajasthan's Bikaner, a fascinating town to explore with its striking palaces, temples and fort.
Explore the Thar Desert outside Jaisalmer from high atop a camel and perhaps even sleep out among the dunes. Visit the Jaisalmer Fort and marvel at the huge city walls.
The mighty Mehrangarh Fort dominates Rajasthan's second largest city. Climb the ramparts and look down over the quirky blue city of Jodhpur.
World famous for its huge camel fair, Pushkar is a fascinating place to visit at any time of the year. Perhaps explore the main bazaar or soak up the serene spirituality of the many temples.
An essence of romance is imbued in every stone of Udaipur and a walk through the old town brings a surprise with every corner. Walk the shores of Udaipur's Lake Pichola, look up at the towering City Palace and enjoy an evening haveli cultural performance.
Experience Indian rural life on an overnight camping expedition in the countryside.
Once known as the 'city of joy' and dating back many centuries, the hilltop fort of Mandu is an evocative and slightly eerie place to explore.
The tour continues to the caves at Ajanta and Ellora. Discover these remarkable, ancient complexes which feature beautifully decorated paintings and sculptures.
Explore this vibrant, hectic city and be sure to grab some tickets to Mumbai's famous Bollywood films.
Leave the lively streets of Mumbai and head for the sleepy coastal town of Ganpatipule. Starkly different to the developed, commercial vibe of the big city, Ganpatipule is the perfect place to relax on spotless beaches by azure waters. Visit the Ganpati Temple and learn why locals consider this idyllic location to be blessed.
With palm-fringed beaches and Portuguese-influenced towns, Goa offers options for both exploration and relaxation. Hang out on the sand or taste a fiery fish curry.
Visit the cathedrals of Old Goa. After exploring the World heritage-listed ruins, sit back and relax in beachside bliss.
Discover the village of Hampi, a picturesque town located within the ruins of Vijayanagara.
Spend a night camping under the stars on route to Mysore.
Breathe in the scent of sandalwood with a visit to the Maharaja's Palace of Mysore. Count out 1,000 steps on the climb up Chamundi Hill.
Explore the tea and coffee plantations and surrounding hills of the Wayanad District.
Explore this island city on a boat tour. See India’s oldest church and witness the virtuosity of the Kathakali dance performers.
Cruise the canals, stop for chai and visit the markets of Alleppey.
Unwind another notch with a beach break in Varkala. Soak up the sun, play in the surf and taste the local tropical fruits.
Stand on the southernmost tip of India then shop up a spice-scented storm in the streets and shops of Madurai.
Explore the amazing stretches of the largest temple complex in India before visiting the Rock Fort and Sri Ranganathaswamy temple in Trichy.
Soak up the French atmosphere of Pondicherry and seek out crepes as a change from curry.
Visit the shore temples in laidback Mahabalipuram.
Wind up your India adventure in the humid, historic city of Chennai.
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Inclusions

Meals
n/a
Transport
Camel, Overland vehicle
Accommodation
Beach hut (1 night), Bush camp (no facilities) (3 nights), Camping (with facilities) (3 nights), Guesthouse (4 nights), Homestay (1 night), Hotel (25 nights), Houseboat (1 night)
Included activites
  • Ajanta - Guided Buddhist Caves visit
  • Bikaner - Karni Mata Rat Temple
  • Ellora - Guided Caves & Rock Temples visit
  • Ganpati Temple
  • Goa - Guided Old Goa tour
  • Hampi - Guided village tour
  • Jaisalmer - Overnight Camel Safari
  • Jodhpur - Megerangarh Fort & Palace
  • Kochi - Fort Kochi boat tour
  • Kochi - Kathakali performance
  • Madurai - Kanyakumari visit
  • Madurai - Sri Meenakshi Temple
  • Mahabalipuram - Shore Temples & Pagodas
  • Mysore - Maharaja's Palace
  • Trichy - Roch Fort & Sri Ranganathaswamy Temples

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Notes

1. Please note that this trip requires minimum numbers to depart, and may be cancelled up until 56 days prior to departure. The places showing on the dates and availability page are an indication only so please contact Intrepid to check if your preferred date will depart before making any final arrangements, such as booking non-changeable flights.
2. For trips in Southern India that occur over Christmas and New Year please allow approximately $130USD extra on the kitty for seasonal increases in accommodation costs.

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