India Unplugged Itinerary

Discover a kaleidoscope of colour and culture on an extended holiday in India. Travel from Delhi to the desert, the Taj Mahal, Varanasi, Mumbai and more.

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Women of Jaisalmer in birght Saris posing for photo

Silhouette of local man with his camels in during a desert sunset

Assortment of local spices and ingredients from local street vendors

Local women in traditional Saris visiting the Taj Mahal

Markets and local sail boats spread along Goa beach

Local men canoeing along narrow river through heavy greenery

Range of bright colourful dyes available from street vendor

Birdseye view of blue village in India

 Locals congregating at bank of the Ganges in Varanasi

 Indian locals descending the Ghat during ceremony

Days 1-2 Delhi

Welcome to India! Delhi is an eye-popping city to explore, with sights like the ancient Jama Masjid and the exuberant Old Delhi.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Days 3-5 Jaisalmer/Thar Desert

From Jaisalmer, head out into the Thar Desert on an overnight camel safari.
ACCOM: Camping (with basic facilities) - 1, Guesthouse - 2

Days 6-7 Jodhpur

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 8-10 Udaipur

Fall in love with Udaipur's Lake Palace and browse cluttered bookshops for a great travel tale.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 3

Days 11-12 Pushkar

Visit Pushkar and see India's only Brahma temple, shop up a storm in the bazaar or wander along the lakefront.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 13-14 Jaipur

Travel to Jaipur and marvel at the golden facade of the Hawa Mahal or catch a Bollywood film.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 15 Bharatpur

Escape the city with an optional visit to the Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary in Bharatpur.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 16-17 Agra

Enjoy an unforgettable visit to the majestic Taj Mahal in Agra.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Days 18-20 Varanasi

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Day 21 Kolkata

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 22 Chennai

Experience an eclectic mix of traditional and modern culture in Chennai.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 23 Mamallapuram

Relax by the beach in Mamallapuram or enjoy an optional visit to the World Heritage-listed 8th-century Shore Temple.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 24-25 Madurai

The heart of Tamil Nadu, Madurai hums with pilgrims, cycle-rickshaws and street markets.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Days 26-27 Varkala

Travel to Varkala in Kerala and unwind in a cliff-top cafe overlooking the Arabian Sea.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 28 Kerala Backwaters Homestay

Boat along the Kerala backwaters and experience local culture during a homestay.
ACCOM: Homestay - 1

Days 29-30 Kochi

The tour continues to Kochi, an atmospheric melting pot of cultural influences.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Days 31-32 Mysore

Don't miss the Maharaja's Palace of Mysore, adorned with colourful mosaics and mirrors.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Days 33-34 Hampi

Explore the ancient temple-spotted town of Hampi, nestled among strange rock formations.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 2

Days 35-36 Goa

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1