Discover the irrepressible colours and cultures of India on this extended holiday through one of the world's most visited destinations. Travel from Delhi to the deserts of Rajasthan and on to the Taj Mahal, Varanasi, Kerala, Goa and more.

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      USD $2,015
      CAD $2,140
      AUD $2,185
      EUR €1,495
      GBP £1,335
      NZD $2,640
      ZAR R20,280
      CHF FR1,855
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There is a later version of this trip also available for travel from Jan 1, 2015 to Dec 31, 2015. View later India Unplugged.
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india jaisalmer women

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india varanasi ghants festival

Days 1-2 Delhi

Discover the beating heart of Old Delhi - its narrow streets burst with stores selling silk, copper and spices. Board an overnight sleeper train and head towards Rajasthan.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Days 3-5 Jaisalmer/Thar Desert

From Jaisalmer, experience nomadic life on an overnight camel safari through the Thar Desert. Eat local specialties by the camp fire and sleep under a blanket of stars.
ACCOM: Camping (with basic facilities) - 1, Guesthouse - 2

Days 6-7 Jodhpur

Sip on a lassi and admire views of the colossal Mehrangarh Fort. Wander among colourful saris and sparkling bangles in the Sadar Bazaar, one of the oldest markets in India.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 8-10 Udaipur

Udaipur, India's most romantic city, is a centre for artists and musicians. Why not visit the dramatic Monsoon Palace or have dinner at a rooftop restaurant overlooking the lake?
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 3

Days 11-12 Pushkar

Mingle with holy men in spiritual Pushkar and seek out a bargain in side-street bazaars. Early risers can take a walk to Savitri Temple for an inspirational sunrise.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 13-14 Jaipur

See the intricate, pink, sandstone latticework of the Hawa Mahal, the 'Palace of the Winds'. Have a unique cinema experience at an optional Bollywood movie screening.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 15 Bharatpur

Take an optional trip to the famous Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary, a welcome relief from the chaos of modern India.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 16-17 Agra

Discover spectacular views from the Red Fort and admire the elegant architecture of the Taj Mahal of Agra - sunrise over this iconic monument is worth rising early for.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Days 18-20 Varanasi

The holiest place for Hindus, Varanasi is a city of ritual and ceremony. Walk the ghats for a heady experience or hire a boat and see the city from the water.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Day 21 Kolkata

The former capital of British India boasts dramatic colonial architecture. The city also showcases poetry, art, music, film and theatre. Browse flower markets or sample tangy Bengali cuisine.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 22 Trivandrum

Hang out with the locals on Kovalam Beach or check out the museums, palaces and bazaars.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 23-24 Varkala

Take a dip in the Arabian Sea, sip chai at a cliff-top cafe, practise some yoga or visit the ancient Janardhana Temple.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 25 Kerala Backwaters Homestay

Cruise past palm trees, rice fields and coconut groves on a sunset boat trip through the winding backwaters of Kerala. Enjoy an island homestay, including a delicious home-cooked Keralan meal.
ACCOM: Homestay - 1

Days 26-27 Kochi

Explore the heart of Kerala on a local ferry. This fascinating city is an invigorating mix of Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch and English influences. See spice bazaars, the beautiful Dutch Palace and perhaps a catch a Kathakali dance performance.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 28-29 Periyar National Park

Go in search of tigers at the Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve. Discover woodlands, a picturesque lake and oodles of animals.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 30-31 Madurai

Weave through chaotic streets filled with bazaars, pilgrims and rickshaws or explore the labyrinthine corridors of the Sri Meenakshi Temple.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Days 32-33 Mysore

Famous for its silk, incense and sandalwood, relaxed Mysore also boasts amazing temples. Take time to climb Chamundi Hill and be sure to visit the Maharaja's Palace.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Days 34-35 Hampi

Wander through the ruins of the Vijayanagar Empire, nestled in an outlandish boulder-strewn landscape. Hampi also has plenty of temples, chilled cafes and great little markets to explore.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 1, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Days 36-37 Goa

This unplugged adventure concludes in Goa, famed for its palm-fringed beaches and relaxed pace. The Portuguese influence endures in the city's whitewashed churches.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1