Visit India and experience a kaleidoscope of colour and culture

Travel to the far-flung corners of India on this trailblazing adventure tour. In the north, ride camels through Jaisalmer desert, lose yourself in electric bazaars in Jodhpur, witness pilgrims performing ancient ceremonies on the ghats of Varanasi and marvel at the iconic Taj Mahal in Agra. Bask in the tropical south climate, cruise along the Kerala backwaters and come face-to-face with local customs in small rural towns. This fantastic trip finishes off on the gorgeous beaches of Goa - India's idyllic beachside holiday destination. Enjoy the freedom to be immersed in the diverse cultures of colourful, chaotic and enchanting India.

Start
New Delhi, India
Finish
Goa, India
Countries
India
Themes
Explorer
Code
HHRCC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
769kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Mingle with pilgrims in Varanasi
  • Be left breathless by the Taj Mahal in Agra
  • Travel south and cruise down the Kerala backwaters
  • Bliss out in Goa, India's beachside playground
  • Visit the Maharaja's Palace in Mysore
  • Ride a camel through the Thar desert
  • Explore delightful Old Delhi
  • Visit Jodphur, India's 'Blue City', and discover colourful bazaars
  • Catch a Bollywood film in Jaipur
  • Sip sweet chai overlooking the glistening Udaipur Lake

Itinerary

Welcome to India! Delhi is an eye-popping city to explore, with sights like the ancient Jama Masjid and the exuberant Old Delhi.
From Jaisalmer, head out into the Thar Desert on an overnight camel safari.
Shop at one of the oldest markets in India. Jodhpur is widely known as the 'blue city' due to the vividly painted houses near Mehrangarh Fort, which is worth a visit.
Fall in love with Udaipur's Lake Palace and browse cluttered bookshops for a great travel tale.
Visit Pushkar and see India's only Brahma temple, shop up a storm in the bazaar or wander along the lakefront.
Travel to Jaipur and marvel at the golden facade of the Hawa Mahal or catch a Bollywood film.
Escape the city with an optional visit to the Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary in Bharatpur.
Enjoy an unforgettable visit to the majestic Taj Mahal in Agra.
Discover daily religious rites on the ghats of Varanasi. See the famous body of water that cuts a path through north-eastern India, the River Ganges.
See a thousand contrasts in the 'City of Joy', Kolkata. Travel under the city's famous bridge on an optional boat tour or maybe visit the lively flower market.
Experience an eclectic mix of traditional and modern culture in Chennai.
Relax by the beach in Mamallapuram or enjoy an optional visit to the World Heritage-listed 8th-century Shore Temple.
The heart of Tamil Nadu, Madurai hums with pilgrims, cycle-rickshaws and street markets.
Travel to Varkala in Kerala and unwind in a cliff-top cafe overlooking the Arabian Sea.
Boat along the Kerala backwaters and experience local culture during a homestay.
The tour continues to Kochi, an atmospheric melting pot of cultural influences.
Don't miss the Maharaja's Palace of Mysore, adorned with colourful mosaics and mirrors.
Explore the ancient temple-spotted town of Hampi, nestled among strange rock formations.
The unplugged adventure comes to an end in Goa, India's popular beachside holiday destination. With palm-fringed beaches and a laid-back vibe, Goa is the ideal place to kick back, relax and recount the highlights of a memorable trip.
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Inclusions

Meals
2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
Transport
Auto rickshaw, Boat, Bus, Camel, Canoe, Overnight sleeper train, Train
Accommodation
Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night), Guesthouse (7 nights), Homestay (1 night), Hotel (20 nights), Overnight sleeper train (6 nights)
Included activites
  • Delhi - Jama Masjid
  • Delhi - Old Delhi walking tour
  • Delhi - Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple)
  • Jaisalmer - Camel safari & overnight desert camp

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Notes

Internal flight from Kolkata to Chennai NOT included. Please see important notes for details.

TRIP CHANGES 2013

Please note that this tour will now begin Every Saturday in 2013 (July - Apr) instead of Every Sunday in 2012 (Jul-Apr). This change will begin from the 12th Jan 2013, please note that the 6th Jan 2013 departure will be unaffected by this change.

Important notes

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Reviews

Our India Unplugged trips score an average of 4.33 out of 5 based on 3 reviews in the last year.

India Unplugged , November 2012

India Unplugged , October 2012