India Unplugged Overview

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 $2,250
      CAD $2,320
      AUD $2,275
      EUR €1,565
      GBP £1,315
      NZD $2,535
      ZAR R22,770
      CHF FR1,895
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There is an earlier version of this trip also available for travel from Jan 5, 2014 to Dec 31, 2014. View earlier India Unplugged.

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Trip Validity

  • 2015-01-01 - 2015-12-31

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.

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

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    New Delhi, India
  • Finish:

    Goa, India
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 12
  • Ages:

    Min 15
  • Meals:

    2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Camping (with basic facilities) (1 nt), Guesthouse (6 nts), Homestay (1 nt), Hotel (19 nts), Overnight sleeper train (6 nts), Resort (2 nts)
  • Transport:

    Auto rickshaw, Boat, Bus, Camel, Cycle rickshaw, Local bus, Metro, Overnight sleeper train, Private vehicle, Train
  • Included activities:

    Backwaters - Pole Boat Ride, Backwaters - Village walk, Delhi - Jama Masjid, Delhi - Old Delhi walking tour, Delhi - Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple), Jaipur - Walking tour, Madurai - Walking tour, Periyar - Spice farm tour & dinner, Pushkar - Walking tour, Varanasi - Old city walking tour

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    1020kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    1. The internal flight from Delhi to Trivandrum is NOT included. Please see important notes for details. 2. The following departures will be in Pushkar during the festival: 6th November, 11th November, 13th November 3. This trip has changes for 2015. Please see Trip Notes for details

  • Total price from

    USD $2,250
    CAD $2,320
    AUD $2,275
    EUR €1,565
    GBP £1,315
    NZD $2,535
    ZAR R22,770
    CHF FR1,895
    *
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  • Per day from:

    USD $60
    CAD $62
    AUD $61
    EUR €42
    GBP £35
    NZD $68
    ZAR R615
    CHF FR51
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Days 1-2 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.

Days 3-5 Jaisalmer/Thar Desert

Like a city risen from the desert sands, Jaisalmer's sand-coloured buildings, busting bazaars and fascinating living fort all help give the city a wonderful old-world feel.

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.

Days 8-10 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.

Days 11-12 Pushkar

Pushkar is one of the India's holiest places. It's also a market centre for many of the local village people and a great place to sit back and relax.

Days 13-14 Jaipur

Jaipur was designed by royalty and has delighted visitors for centuries with its pink-hued buildings, wonderful bazaars and rainbow of bright colours dancing along hectic streets.

Day 15 Bharatpur

The legacy of once being a strong military stronghold is a good fort, and Bharatpur's is pretty impressive. It's also home to the wonderful Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary.

Days 16-17 Agra

Famed for the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal, Agra is a city with a fascinating history and is rich in Mughal heritage, lush gardens and exquisite buildings and temples.

Days 18-20 Varanasi

The holy city of Varanasi, sitting on the River Ganges for thousands of years, attracts scores of pilgrims and travellers wanting to discover something divine.

Day 21 Delhi

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.

Day 22 Trivandrum

Hang out with the locals on Kovalam Beach or check out the museums, palaces and bazaars.

Days 23-24 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 25 Kerala Backwaters Homestay

Swaying palm trees, lush rice paddies, winding waterways, Ayurvedic massage and welcoming locals all await on this amazing Kerala Backwaters homestay.

Days 26-27 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.

Days 28-29 Periyar National Park

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.

Days 30-31 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.

Days 32-33 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 34-35 Hampi

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

Days 36-37 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.
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      USD $2,250
      CAD $2,320
      AUD $2,275
      EUR €1,565
      GBP £1,315
      NZD $2,535
      ZAR R22,770
      CHF FR1,895
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