North India Revealed

22 Days | Say hello to sandstone cities, sacred rivers and spicy street food

4.8 out of 5 based on 155 reviews submitted.
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Embark on a 22-day odyssey through India’s intoxicating north. Discover sights, smells, and flavours that will blaze their way into your memory and stay there forever. See towering sandstone fortresses, pilgrims praying on riverbanks, Maharajah mementos in a ghostly palace, and silhouettes on a desert landscape. India can be a daunting place at times, even for experienced travellers, but with the guidance of your local leader, you’ll be navigating the crowds, dodging the cows and eating the best chaat from a cart in no time! From the beating heart of Delhi to the holy city of Varanasi – this is north India.

Trip overview

Map of North India Revealed including India
Start
Delhi, India
Finish
Delhi, India
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
India
Physical rating
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Style
Basix
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 16
Trip code
HHRR
This trip generates 57 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Travel into the Thar Desert, spending a memorable evening eating Rajasthani food under the stars in a camp set among sand dunes.
  • Cut through the chaos of Jodhpur’s Sadar Bazaar with your knowledgeable local leader, haggling for handicrafts and sipping some of the best lassi in town.
  • Snap incredible photos of the immense Chand Baori, a grand ninth-century stepwell in rural Abhaneri that extends over 20 metres into the earth.
  • Explore the centre of India’s spiritual heart – Varanasi – on a guided walking tour through the alleyways of the Old Town right to the bank of the Ganges.
  • India can be intimidating, but with your local leader there the whole way, you’ll be dodging cows, navigating market stalls, and eating from the best chaat stalls in Delhi in no time.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll learn about our Intrepid Foundation partner, Positive Change for Marine Life. Donations help them to nurture ocean health with community-led conservation initiatives that inspire coastal restoration, sustainable fishing practices and waste-management. Intrepid will double the impact by dollar-matching all post-trip donations made to The Intrepid Foundation.

Is this trip right for you?
  • This is a trip made for travellers who value their independence but also want the benefit of a local leader and a group of like-minded travellers. The itinerary has a mix of included activities and free time when your leader will offer suggestions. Please budget spending money for optional activities you want to partake in.
  • In order to see as much as possible in this vast country, this trip involves some very long bus and train journeys, including a 19-hour overnight train from Delhi to Jaisalmer and a 15-hour overnight train from Varanasi to Delhi. These trips can be tiring but offer a quintessential Indian experience.
  • Overnight trains feature padded berths with sheets, a pillow, and a 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. More information can be found in the ‘Transport’ section of the Essential Trip Information or at https://www.intrepidtravel.com/adventures/india-trains-guide.

Itinerary

Map of North India Revealed including India

Inclusions

Meals

2 breakfasts, 2 dinners

Transport

Overnight sleeper train, Train, Private vehicle, Public bus, Metro, Auto rickshaw, Cycle rickshaw, Taxi

Accommodation

Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night), Hotel/Guesthouse (17 nights), Overnight sleeper train (3 nights)

Activities
  • Delhi - Leader-led Old Delhi walking & rickshaw tour
  • Delhi - Visit to the Jama Masjid Mosque
  • Delhi - Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple)
  • Jaisalmer - Leader-led walking tour
  • Thar Desert - Overnight Desert Camp
  • Jodhpur - Leader-led walking tour
  • Udaipur - Leader-led walking tour
  • Pushkar - Leader-led walking tour
  • Jaipur - Leader-led walking & market tour
  • Abhaneri - Chand Baori stepwell
  • Varanasi - Leader-led Old City walking tour
Add on activities
  • Delhi - Humayun's Tomb - INR600
  • Delhi - Qutub Minar - INR600
  • Delhi - Red Fort - INR600
  • Delhi - Gandhi's Delhi Urban Adventure - INR3350
  • Delhi - Delhi Food Walk Urban Adventure - INR3750
  • Delhi - Hidden Gems of Delhi Urban Adventure - INR4100
  • Junagarh Fort - INR300
  • Jaisalmer - Folklore Museum - INR10
  • Jodhpur - Bishnoi villages day trip - INR750
  • Jodhpur - Meherangarh Fort - INR600
  • Udaipur - Cultural performance - INR250
  • Udaipur - Sajjan Garh Palace (Monsoon Palace) - INR300
  • Udaipur - Shilpgram craft village - INR50
  • Udaipur - Cooking class - INR600
  • Udaipur - City Palace - INR300
  • Udaipur - Lake Pichola boat ride - INR600
  • Pushkar - Brahma Temple - Free
  • Pushkar - Sunrise at Savitri Temple - Free
  • Jaipur - Amber Fort - INR500
  • Jaipur - City Palace - INR1000
  • Jaipur - Bollywood Movie at Raj Mandir Cinema - INR400
  • Jaipur - Balloon Safari - USD280
  • Agra - Taj Mahal - INR1300
  • Agra - Agra Fort - INR650
  • Agra - Akbar's Mausoleum - INR300
  • Varanasi - Sunset candle flower ceremony - INR400
  • Varanasi - Sarnath - INR315
  • Varanasi - Sunrise Ganges boat trip - INR400

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement excludes Days 2,17,20 (Overnight sleeper trains) and Day 6 (Camping) where you will be in shared accommodation, and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
2. Hot air balloon flights in Jaipur are operated by Sky Waltz. Flights operate from 1st September to 30th April and last approximately 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 welcome meeting on day 1 of your trip. Payment must be made by cash in either INR/AUD/USD/GBP only and is USD 260pp (subject to change). Flights are subject to availability and weather conditions (tickets are fully refundable in case of bad weather).

3. Please provide your full name exactly as it appears on your passport at the time of booking (including any middle names listed on your passport. Fees may apply for adding or amending details within 45 days of departure, and in some cases, you will be required to cover the cost of issuing a new ticket.

Essential Trip Information

Want an in-depth insight into this trip? Essential Trip Information provides a detailed itinerary, visa info, how to get to your hotel, what's included - pretty much everything you need to know about this adventure and more.

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Reviews

4.8 out of 5 based on 155 reviews submitted.
Reviews are from travellers who have completed their trip and want to share their experience. We show all reviews, but may remove any that include profanity or inappropriate content, are unrelated to the trip or reveal personal details.

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Jekaterina · Traveled April 2024
This tour is great! You move quite a bit between places (pretty much every 2nd day is a travel day), but you get to see so much. Our guide Surya was very caring and knowledgable and made this trip unforgetable. I wish we stayed at the desert for a few more hours, it felt very short, but overall I really enjoyed the tour.
Review submitted 26 Apr 2024

Dominik · Traveled April 2024
As a disliker of group travel, I was pleasantly surprised about the level of freedom that was available. With all travelers being savvy, it was a fun trip. The India basic experience requires some understanding of comfort in a developing country and - in April and May - a high heat tolerance.
Review submitted 26 Apr 2024

Leela · Traveled April 2024
I absolutely loved this trip. It was a great amount of time to spend in North India and I learnt and saw so much in just 3 weeks. If you want to experience India in a more authentic way, consider this trip a privilege to be a part of. You are especially lucky if you have Surya as your guide! It was a trip I will always recommend!
Review submitted 27 Apr 2024

Nicole · Traveled April 2024
I went on the Northern India Recealed tour and it was the trip of a lifetime. We saw so many amazing sites and learned about the Indian culture through our knowledge guide. Everything was taken care of upon my arrival and I felt like I could relax and open my mind to new experiences. I could not recommend Intrepid enough.
Review submitted 28 Apr 2024

Natalia · Traveled March 2024
An explosion of culture & experiences. The variety of destinations & transports was an amazing experiences. It is fast paced & intense with little free time. Our leader Joe was for sure an integral part of making this trip amazing! Not for the faint hearted but highly recommended!
Review submitted 04 Apr 2024
North India Revealed
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EUR €828