Visit North India's exotic destinations from Delhi to Varanasi

Visit northern India and join a far-flung adventure to one of the planet's most exotic destinations. See towering fortresses above a city square, vibrant colors in a busy bazaar, pilgrims praying on river ghats, Maharaja mementos in a ghostly palace and camels silhouetted on a desert landscape - welcome to a land of magic and life. Discover well-known sites and hidden secrets, from the beating heart of Delhi to the holy city of Varanasi - this is chaotic and inspiring India.

Start
New Delhi, India
Finish
New Delhi, India
Countries
India
Themes
Explorer
Code
HHRR
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
360kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Experience the holy city of Varanasi
  • Visit the legendary Taj Mahal in Agra
  • Experience Rajasthani nomad life in Jaisalmer
  • Bargain for souvenirs in Delhi
  • Sip a tasty lassi in Jodhpur
  • Catch a sunrise from Pushkar's Savitri Temple
  • Fall in love with romantic Udaipur
  • Discover why Jaipur is called the ‘Pink City’

Itinerary

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.
Watch the sprawl of India’s capital come into view from the window of the overnight train. Enjoy a free day exploring the sights and sounds of the city. If you want to pick up any souvenirs for friends back home, now is the perfect opportunity. Then it’s time to say goodbye to confounding, overwhelming, incredible India.
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Inclusions

Meals
1 breakfast1 dinner
Transport
Auto rickshaw, Bus, Camel, Cycle rickshaw, Metro, Overnight sleeper train, Private vehicle
Accommodation
Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night), Guesthouse (5 nights), Hotel (12 nights), Overnight sleeper train (3 nights)
Included activities
  • Delhi - Jama Masjid
  • Delhi - Old Delhi walking tour
  • Delhi - Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple)
  • Jaipur - Walking tour
  • Pushkar - Walking tour
  • Varanasi - Old city walking tour

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available on this trip. See under the Single Traveller section of your Trip Notes for more information.
2. The 6th, 11th and 13th November departures will be in Pushkar during the Camel fair in 2015
3. Please note that this trip is run by our experienced sister company Gecko's Adventures.

Trip notes

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Reviews

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North India Unplugged , April 2015

North India Unplugged , April 2015