Delhi to Chennai Overland

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  • 2012-01-01 - 2013-12-31

The ultimate adventure travel experience in Nepal and India

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.

  • 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

Delhi to Chennai Overland Summary

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Day 1 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.

Day 2 Bikaner

Located in the Thar desert, Bikaner is known for its camel farm, great food, rustic charm and extraordinary palaces, fort and temples.

Days 3-5 Jaisalmer/Camel Safari

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.

Days 6-7 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.

Day 8 Pushkar

With an ethereal lake in its centre and dusty desert hills in the background, Pushkar is resplendent in its natural beauty, spiritual heritage and architectural loveliness.

Days 9-10 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.

Day 11 Ratlam

Once a well-known trading town, Ratlam is now known for its gold and silver shops, and its khoa (like ricotta cheese).

Day 12 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.

Days 13-14 Ajanta/Ellora

Thirty spectacular cave monuments, decorated in Buddhist paintings and sculptures and dating from the 2nd century BC to the 5th century AD, can be found in Ajanta. Between the 5th and 10th century AD, Hindu, Buddhist and Jain temples, monasteries and chapels were intricately carved into the hills around Ellora - the result is breathtaking.

Days 15-16 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.

Day 17 Ganpatipule

With endless white beaches and a small town that is virtually tourist free, Ganpatipule is a tranquil haven home to the famous Ganpati Temple.

Days 18-19 North 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.

Days 20-21 South Goa

Take a break from the world on the southern beaches of Goa, where sun-filled days, fresh tropical foods and relaxation play a big part of the day.

Days 22-23 Hampi

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

Day 24 Bush Camp

Travel through the heart of southern India taking in sights, colours and Indian rural life along the way. Set up camp among the wilderness.

Days 25-26 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 27-28 Wayanad District

Home to natural beauty and a wondrous wildlife sanctuary, India's Wayanad District has verdant hills, lush plantations and the aroma of spices in the air.

Days 29-30 Kochi

As a centre for the spice trade for centuries, cosmopolitan Kochi has an intriguing mix of cultural influences from both the Indian continent and overseas.

Day 31 Kerala Backwaters

With numerous canals linking the countryside and being the gateway to the gorgeous Kerala backwaters, life in Alleppey centres around the water.

Days 32-34 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 35 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.

Day 36 Trichy

Tiruchirappalli - or Trichy to most - is famed for its cheroots (cigars) and temples, especially the colourful and ornate Ranganathaswamy temple complex and sacred, towering Rockfort.

Day 37 Pondicherry

A former French colony, Pondicherry (now Puducherry) has a distinct French feel while retaining its Indian roots, making it one of India's more surprising and delightful cities.

Day 38 Mahabalipuram

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.

Day 39 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.