Visit India and experience a kaleidoscope of colour and cultures

Travel to the far-flung corners of India on this trailblazing adventure tour. In the north, ride camels through Jaisalmer's desert, lose yourself in the electric bazaars of Jodhpur, witness pilgrims performing ancient ceremonies on the ghats of Varanasi and marvel at the iconic Taj Mahal in Agra. Bask in the tropical southern 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.

New Delhi, India
Goa, India
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
1 020kg pp per trip


  • 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


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.
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.
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.
India's most romantic city, Udaipur, is a centre for artists and musicians. Why not visit the dramatic Monsoon Palace or have dinner at a rooftop restaurant overlooking the lake?
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.
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.
Take an optional trip to the famous Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary, a welcome relief from the chaos of modern India.
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.
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.
Take the overnight train from Varanasi to Delhi. Stroll the city streets, fill your belly with some of the best curries on the face of the planet and make the most of the awesome shopping opportunities.
Hang out with the locals on Kovalam Beach or check out the museums, palaces and bazaars.
Take a dip in the Arabian Sea, sip chai at a cliff-top cafe, practise some yoga or visit the ancient Janardhana Temple.
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.
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 catch a Kathakali dance performance.
Journey to the lush Periyar National Park in the ranges of the Western Ghats to spot leopards, monkeys and around 60 other types of mammals at play in the wild. Visit the elephant and tiger reserves on site to better understand the plight of these endangered animals in India.
Weave through chaotic streets filled with bazaars, pilgrims and rickshaws or explore the labyrinthine corridors of the Sri Meenakshi Temple.
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.
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.
This southern adventure concludes in Goa, famed for its palm-fringed beaches and relaxed pace. The Portuguese influence endures in the city's whitewashed churches.
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2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
Auto rickshaw, Boat, Bus, Camel, Cycle rickshaw, Metro, Overnight sleeper train, Private vehicle, Train
Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night), Guesthouse (3 nights), Homestay (1 night), Hotel (17 nights), Overnight sleeper train (6 nights), Resort (2 nights)
Included activities
  • Backwaters - Pole Boat Ride
  • Backwaters - Village walk
  • Delhi - Old Delhi walking tour
  • Delhi - Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple)
  • Jaipur - Walking tour
  • Jama Masjid
  • Madurai - Walking tour
  • Periyar - Spice farm tour & dinner
  • Pushkar - Walking tour
  • Varanasi - Old city walking tour


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1. The internal flight from Delhi to Trivandrum is NOT included. Please see important notes for details.
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