Get set for an in-depth Indian excursion from Delhi to Goa via the Golden Triangle and the south of India
Travel across this huge country on this trailblazing adventure tour. In the north witness pilgrims performing ancient ceremonies on the ghats of Varanasi and marvel at the iconic Taj Mahal in Agra. Down south, 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 big, colourful, chaotic and enchanting India.
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Experience old and new India in the bustling streets of Delhi, where ancient temples stand against billboards advertising Bollywood films.
Discover the ancient forts, lake palaces, rural villages and colourful cities of Rajasthan.
The Taj Mahal in Agra may be one of the most recognisable buildings in the world, but its poetic history and beauty have the power to surprise even the most jaded travellers.
Varanasi is among the holiest cities in India. Climb to hilltop temples at sunrise, dodge cows in the street, and observe pilgrims praying and bathing along the ghats of the sacred Ganges River during an impossibly scenic sunrise boat cruise.
Explore the beautiful south of India, getting elbows-deep in authentic southern Indian cuisine.
A homestay with a local family is a special experience, especially in the serene backwaters of Kerala.
Visit the World Heritage-listed Virupaksha Temple in Hampi, a spectacular monument surrounded by ruins
Golden beaches and age-old fishing villages make Goa one of India’s most tranquil retreats – and the perfect last stop on your adventure.
This trip involves some long bus and train rides, which can be tiresome but offer a quintessential Indian experience. You’ll be taking a few overnight trains, including a 15-hour trip from Delhi to Varanasi and a 12-hour tip from Varanasi to Agra. there are also three overnight trains in the south of India.
Sleeper trains are clean and air-conditioned and a great way to travel long distances while still getting maximum time in each place. Beds are padded berths with sheets, pillow and blanket provided (although some people prefer to bring their own sleeping sheet). Please note that you may be sharing with locals of the same or opposite gender. For your own security, take a lock for your hand luggage.
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.
Depending on the time of year, temperatures in northern India can get very hot and very cold. Please bring layers and a range of adequate clothing, including thermals and sun protection.
This second part of the trip involves some long overnight train journeys, including a 10-hour train to Hampi and nine-hour train to Goa. While this can be tiresome, entertaining chaiwalas (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.
From April 2017, the main dome of the Taj Mahal will undergo mud pack therapy to restore its original colour. It is expected the dome will be covered in iron scaffolding during the process which is expected to last a year.
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1. A single supplement is available for purchase on this trip. This single supplement covers all nights with the exception nights on the overnight trains.
2. 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 minutes. 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. USD250 Payment must be made in cash. Flights are subject to weather conditions and tickets are fully refundable.
3. As this is a combination trip the composition of your group as well as your leader may change on Day 11.
4. The internal flight from Delhi to Trivandrum is NOT included. You must book this flight yourself in advance.