Explore India from cities to coast on this dazzling adventure
From spice-filled bazaars to white sandy beaches, opulent palaces to spice plantations, discover India in all its glory on this well-balanced two-week adventure. Delve into a world of delicious street food, ride rickshaws through pulsing alleyways, stroll amid beautiful lakes and wooded hills, mingle with Mumbai merchants and explore centuries-old icons – Taj Mahal, anyone? Finish up on the shores of easy-going Goa, where yoga, cocktails and golden sands are all you need to chill out after the bustling big towns of India.
Discover Delhi, both new and old, with a walking tour of its historic walled heart and a rickshaw ride through the Chandni Chowk marketplace
Explore the incredible heritage quarter and circus-like Chowpatty Beach in Mumbai
Witness the one and only Taj Mahal. Seeing this Mughal marvel for the first time, in all its dazzling white marble, is a moment you won’t forget. Here's everything you need to know about your visit: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/adventures/taj-mahal-travel-guide/
Pushkar truly comes alive in November, so if the timing’s right, experience one of India’s most amazing festivals – the Pushkar Camel Fair
Goa may be a golden-sand beauty, but there’s more to life here than simply chilling by the beach. Opt to tour an organic spice farm and gorge on a sumptuous Goan feast
Jaipur and Udaipur are two of India’s most delightful destinations. Take the time to stroll the enchanting, and very different, streets of these must-see Intrepid favourites
Travelling across India wouldn’t be complete without a journey on a sleeper train. With padded bunks and vendors selling chai and samosas, they’re a quintessential Indian experience and perfect for catching up on sleep while on the move.
Read more about what it's like doing this trip with Intrepid here: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/adventures/india-photo-essay/
It’s important to prepare for hot sticky temperatures during the day and cooler climates in the evening. Light layers are the best way to tackle this disparity in weather. Please also ensure that you use adequate sun protection and drink plenty of water.
We visit a number of temples on this trip, which requires a certain level of modesty. Please bring clothes that cover the arms and pants/skirts that go past the knees. A light scarf is also a good idea for covering shoulders and arms when it’s hot.
This trip involves some long overnight train journeys, including a nine-hour overnight train to Goa. While this can be tiresome, entertaining chai walas (tea vendors), food vendors and conversations with locals make this a rewarding experience. For your own security, take a lock for your hand luggage on the sleeper train journey.
You will also be travelling by local bus on this trip. While conditions are basic, this is a great way to rub shoulders with the locals while enjoying the passing scenery, as well as keeping the cost of your trip down.
There is plenty of free time for your choice of optional activities on this trip, so please make sure you budget for things you may like to do during your spare time.
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1. A single supplement is available on this trip for all nights with the exception of nights 10 and 12 on the overnight sleeper train.
2. In 2018, the official dates for the Pushkar Camel Fair are November 15-23.
3. Hot air balloon flights are operated by Sky Waltz in Jaipur. Flights operate mornings from September to June and morning and evening from September to March. Morning flights depart around sunrise and evening flights late afternoon and last 60 mins. Return transfers, tea and coffee plus light refreshments and a certificate of flight are included in the cost. You can register your interest and pay your tour leader at your joining meeting on day 1 of your trip. Payment must be made by cash in either INR/AUD/USD/GBP only and is USD$250pp (subject to change). Flights are subject to weather conditions and tickets are fully refundable in case of poor weather.
4. Using mud pack therapy the Archaeological Survey of India is planning to clean the four small canopies around the main dome of the Taj Mahal from the start of April 2018. This will be followed by the cleaning of the main dome but that could take some time as ASI is yet to calculate its load bearing capacity. The ASI’s science branch officials have stated that cleaning the four canopies will take approximately 2 months while main dome cleaning will be completed in phases. We will continue to update as information becomes available.
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