Visit India and discover the charm of this unforgettable country.

Visit India and discover this vibrant, intoxicating, inspiring and dramatic country. Tour India's chaotic city streets and peaceful countryside, from the Mughal splendour of Delhi and Agra to tiger-spotting in Bandhavgarh National Park. Soak up India’s culture and history, smell and taste a world of spices, blush at the erotic Khajuraho carvings and see pilgrims undertake their daily rituals on the Ganges' ghats. This adventure will provide unforgettable sensory experiences of unpredictable, chaotic and enchanting India.

Start
New Delhi, India
Finish
New Delhi, India
Countries
India
Themes
Explorer
Code
HHSU
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
338kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Marvel at Kama Sutra carvings
  • Admire old temples and mosques in Alipura
  • Experience ancient spirituality in Varanasi
  • Track wildlife in Bandhavgarh National Park
  • Watch the Taj Mahal change colour with the light
  • Stroll the heady backstreets of Old Delhi
  • Explore the peaceful countryside of Orchha
  • Experience rural life in tiny Chanderi

Itinerary

The labyrinthine streets and lively markets of Old Delhi are a perfect introduction to India. Wonder at the tall brick minaret of Qutub Minar. Visit Delhi's oldest mosque, Jama Masjid, an architectural delight that can hold 25,000 people.
The former Mughal capital is home to the 17th-century Red Fort and the beautiful Taj Mahal. Watch as its mood changes with the light throughout the day.
Soak up the small-town charm of relatively tourist-free Chanderi. Explore ancient rock paintings, Jain temples and peaceful mosques before sitting down to a tasty dinner with a local family.
Enjoy a guided walk around the temples and palaces that dot the picturesque Orchha countryside. See the stunning Orchha Palace, and experience an evening puja ceremony at the Ram Raja Temple. Visit a community-run papermaking plant where local tribeswomen craft paper from recycled clothing and wood pulp.
Meet friendly locals and experience rural India. Sleep overnight in a restored palace in the small village of Alipura.
The intricate carvings of the exquisite temples of Khajuraho celebrate Hindu legends, epic battles and the famed Kama Sutra. Take time to explore the temples and surrounding countryside. In the evening, visit a local Indian family and enjoy a home cooked meal.
Hop into a jeep and safari through the wilds of the Bandhavgarh National Park. Tigers live here in relative abundance so keep a look out for these magnificent creatures. At night, sleep soundly in a jungle resort.
Discover India's spiritual heart. Take a boat on the Ganges, ramble along the ghats and attend a sunset candle flower ceremony.
Return to the colourful and chaotic streets of Delhi.
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Inclusions

Meals
3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
Transport
Auto rickshaw, Boat, Bus, Cycle rickshaw, Jeep, Metro, Overnight sleeper train, Private vehicle, Train
Accommodation
Deluxe permanent tent (2 nights), Guesthouse (2 nights), Heritage Property (1 night), Hotel (6 nights), Jungle Lodge (1 night), Overnight sleeper train (2 nights)
Included activities
  • Agra - Motorised rickshaw tour
  • Agra - Red Fort
  • Agra - Taj Mahal
  • Bandhavgarh - Wildlife safari (2 days)
  • Chanderi - Guided village walk
  • Chanderi - Home cooked dinner & family visit
  • Chanderi - Traditional music performance
  • Delhi - Jama Masjid
  • Delhi - Old Delhi walking tour
  • Delhi - Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple)
  • Khajuraho - Home-cooked lunch & family visit
  • Khajuraho - Kama Sutra temples
  • Orchha - Orchha Palace
  • Orchha - Ram Raja Temple puja (prayer) ceremony
  • Orchha - Taragram visit
  • Varanasi - Old city walking tour
  • Varanasi - Sunrise boat ride
  • Varanasi - Sunset candle flower ceremony
  • Village walk & palace dinner

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Important notes

1. This trip finishes in Delhi on day 15 at approximately 12pm midday (2012), or in Delhi on day 15 at any time (2013). Please see trip notes for further information.
2. A single supplement is available on this trip. See under the Single Traveller section of your Trip Notes for more information.

PLEASE NOTE: A recent decision by the Indian Government to ban all tourist activity within tiger parks has been lifted. Tourists are again allowed into national parks, including Ranthambore National Park and Bandhavgarth National Park, and all game drives will resume as normal.

The Unforgettable India itinerary will run as per it’s original itinerary, and this will begin from the next departure on the 20th Oct 2012 (HHSU121020)

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KUMBH MELA 2013 - TRIP ITINERARY CHANGES

PLEASE NOTE: From the 27th January to the 25th February 2013, Kumbh Mela will take place in Allahabad. This is a mass Hindu pilgrimage, and has in the past, attracted 40 million people over the course of the pilgrimage. Due to safety concerns we will not be visiting Allahabad at this time. Instead, on Day 5 we will head back to Varanasi rather than spend the night in Allahabad. The itinerary will be as below:

Day 1 Delhi
Day 2 Sightseeing / Overnight train to Varanasi.
Day 3 Varanasi
Day 4 Ganges Sailing
Day 5 Varansi
Day 6- 7 Bandhavgarh
Day 8 Khajuraho
Day 9-10 Orchha.
Day 11-12 Chanderi
Day 13 Agra
Day 14-15 Delhi

The following departures are affected:

10th Jan 2013 (HHSU130110)
17th Jan 2013 (HHSU130117)
24th Jan 2013 (HHSU130114)
31st Jan 2013 (HHSU130131)
7th Feb 2013 (HHSU130207)
14th Feb 2013 (HHSU130214)
21st Feb 2013 (HHSU130221)

If you have any questions, please contact your agent or Intrepid Travel.

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