Ultimate India

26 days from AUD$2,690 (was AUD$2,832)

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Wander the iconic Taj Mahal

Explore India from North to South

Explore the rolling hills of India
Watch the sunset over the desert dunes
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Discover the amazing history of India!
See the north and south of India
Taj Mahal visit
Internal flights included

Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy a private guided tour of the Pink City
  • Head out on an epic camel safari through the desert
  • See the iconic Taj Mahal
  • Experience the laid back beaches of Goa
  • Brilliant budget travel: Tailor your trip with optional activities to suit your budget and style

Trip Summary

Great hostel accommodation, public transport and guides are included on this budget friendly 26 day group tour. Immerse yourself amongst the colourful and exciting streets of India, be spellbound by the chaotic culture of fairytale-like villages, crowded cities, bright saris and sensational spices whilst having the freedom to choose your daily optional activities to suit your travel style and budget!

Interested and want to find out more? Download more trip information and detailed itinerary HERE!

Day 1: Delhi - Land in Delhi and meet your guide in the evening for a pre-departure briefing as you enjoy the views of the capital from the rooftop of your hostel. Then take your first overnight train en route to Varanasi.

Day 2-3: Varanasi - Stop by the Sarnath Buddhist and Hindu archaeological site or wander through the old town - it’s up to you! Cruise along Varanasi’s famous Ghats and watch the  Ganga Aarti ceremony at sunset.

Day 4-5: Agra – Use these free days to see the ruins of the legendary Black Taj foundations and the red-sandstone of Agra Fort. Watch a traditional Indian show in a local village and experience the exciting village culture. Witness an incredible sunrise over the Taj Mahal and be amazed.

Day 6-7: Jaipur - Take yourself to the historical Nahargarh Fort and Amber Fort in glorious Jaipur before exploring the magical Pink City in an included private guided tour. Then opt to visit the local Monkey Temple or take part in a popular Indian art class.

Day 8-9: Jaisalmer - Wander through the desert on camelback as you travel across the stunning sand dunes en route to a local village. Sit by the campfire as you eat dinner before sleeping under the glistening stars. After a sunrise over the sand dunes, head back to the city where you can opt to see Jaisalmer Fort.

Day 10: Johdpur - Get an amazing adrenaline rush on this free day in the Blue City if you opt to zip wire over the beautiful Mehrangarh Fort or you could brush up on your skills with a Krishna cooking workshop. Head out for an interesting tour of the Blue City and finish at Toorji Step Well.

Day 11-12: Udaipur - Check out the romantic Old City and the City Palace of fairytale-like Udaipur before a sunset wonderful boat cruise over Lake Pichola. Help out at Animal Aid in your free time, the local animal rescue organisation or join a yoga, henna, art or musical instrument class.

Day 13-15: Mumbai - Enjoy spectacular Mumbai street food and see fantastic panoramic views from the rooftop of your hostel. Roam the incredible heritage sites of the city, from the Gate of Mumbai to the Taj Mahal Palace hotel. Opt to take a tour of the Dharavi slum and see a new way of life. 

Day 16-18: Goa - Flee the chaos of the city and head to the shimmering sea as you take time to rejuvenate in gorgeous Goa. Sunbathe and top up your tan on iconic beaches, explore hidden gems and witness the provincial Portuguese old town or choose to kayak on the calming backwaters.

Day 19-20: Hampi - Sit atop giant boulders and watch a fantastic sunset over Hampi’s beautiful rock scattered landscape. See the splendid religious heart of India, visiting famous ruined temples and chat to the local community to learn about the rice plantations and temples.

Day 21: Bangalore - Set off on an interesting day tour of brilliant Bangalore and learn about the home of stunning Indian silk. Afterwards, learn about tribal art in the fascinating Folklore Museum. Then watch local toymakers use intricate hand techniques at a toy-making factory.

Day 22-23: Munnar - Embark on a mountain trek and get up close with beautiful nature as you camp in a huge Indian tea-growing region. Gaze at the morning sunrise over Butterfly Forest and watch the sunset over Anaerangal Lake. Finish the camping trip with dinner and music around the glowing campfire.

Day 24-26: Kochi - Walk through an ancient Indian port city and treat your senses with Portuguese, Chinese, Jewish, Dutch and Indian influences. Stop by a little village and sail along the beautiful backwaters on a boat before heading back home. Depart at any time on day 26.

To view the list of optional and included activities please download the trip notes

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  • All transport between destinations
  • All accommodation
  • Expert tour guide
  • Ghat Boat Tour
  • Ganga Aarti Ceremony
  • Taj Mahal visit
  • Pink City tour
  • Camel trek
  • Lake Picola sunset cruise
  • Bangalore sightseeing day
  • Hampi tour
  • Blue City walking tour
  • Munnar camping experience in the Shola Forest
  • Kerala backwaters day tour
  • 24 hour emergency support

  • International flights
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals, snacks and drinks
  • Optional activities
  • Airport transfers

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You will be staying in a variety of fantastic hostels during your trip in a mixture of single sex or mixed sex dorms of up to 10 people. A number of nights will be on overnight trains.

No meals are included on this trip. Your personal travel advisor can recommend a food budget for you, and your expert tour guide will be able to recommend brilliant local restaurants and eateries whilst you’re away to make the most of the famous Indian cuisine.

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Arrive into Indira Gandhi International Airport on Day 1 of the trip with plenty of time for the evening pre-departure meeting. You trip finishes on day 26 in Kochi. You can depart at any time. Airport transfers are not included, but easy to arrange locally.

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The minimum age for this trip is 18 years old and is open to all young-at-heart backpackers. All foreign nationals require a visa which must be obtained before travel in order to enter India.

On this trip you have the opportunity to go off the beaten track and experience the real India. Public transport will be used and as with any developing country the itinerary may be subject to delays and changes – it is all part of the fun of India!

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