13 days from $1,063 (was $1,129)
- 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 holy River Ganges in Varanasi
- Brilliant budget travel: Tailor your trip with optional activities to suit your budget and style
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! Great hostel accommodation, public transport and guides are included on this budget friendly 13 day group tour.
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Day 1: Delhi. Welcome to India! Transfer to the hostel and meet your group this evening for dinner and drinks in the hostel’s rooftop restaurant. After dinner we’ll have a quick Hindi language lesson before heading to a local Sikh Temple to observe some of the local customs.
Day 2: Delhi. Take a tour of Old Delhi this morning - a chaotic tangle of ancient streets, people, rickshaws, markets and the occasional cow – this is India. This afternoon, there’s an optional tour of New Delhi as well. Don’t forget to grab some snacks for the night train to Varanasi!
Day 3: Varanasi. Wake up as the train arrives in Varanasi. There’s an optional street food breakfast tour on offer before a tour of the Old Town, including a refreshing stop at the Blue Lassi Store. Then discover the famous Ghats and watch a Ganga Aarti ceremony as the sun goes down.
Day 4: Varanasi to Agra. Rise with the sun for a cruise down the Ganges. Watch the city wake up, with locals praying and washing in the holy water. After, walk around the city or head to the Sarnath Buddhist and Hindu archaeological site. Tonight, we’ll travel to Agra on a sleeper train.
Day 5: Agra. Arrive in Agra this morning. We’ll spend the day getting to know the city, including an optional visit to the beautiful red fort. This afternoon take a dip in a lovely rooftop pool. When the sun goes down, fill your belly with an Indian meal and drinks at the Hotel Taj Resort.
Day 6: Agra to Jaipur. We’ll start the day with an unforgettable experience – sunrise over the Taj Mahal. Transfer to Jaipur this afternoon. Visit Nahargarh Fort for some wonderful views over the city before your second Hindi lesson of the trip.
Day 7: Jaipur. This morning’s stop is at Monkey Temple - feed the cheeky locals and cool off in the temple pools. This afternoon check out the historic Amber Fort, then opt to enjoy a Bollywood movie in a local theatre for an authentic local experience. Tickle your taste-buds tonight with an optional food court tour.
Day 8: Jaipur. This morning, opt to explore the Pink City this morning. Visit the City Palace or treat yourself to a balloon safari over the city. Later, head to an Indian art class to learn block-printing or tie dye. Tonight, we’ll catch up on zzzzs on the sleeper train to Jaisalmer.
Day 9: Jaisalmer. The camel safari guides will pick you up in Jaisalmer. You’ll plunge into the desert in a jeep, before hopping on a camel and riding the last stretch to the camp. Tonight, enjoy a vegetarian meal and Indian music by firelight, before sleeping out under the stars.
Day 10: Jaisalmer to Jodhpur. Watch the sun come up over the desert before mounting your camel and heading to a desert village to meet the locals. After you’ve said goodbye to your trusty steed, visit Jaisalmer Fort or Gadsisar or Sagar Lake. This evening we’re Jodhpur-bound, with a third Hindi lesson en route.
Day 11: Jodhpur. We’ll start the day touring the sights of the Blue City on foot. Later, take a flying fox zip wire over the Mehrangarh Fort for some amazing views and a serious adrenaline rush! You can also join a Krishna cooking class, where you’ll prepare some traditional Rajasthani dishes.
Day 12: Mumbai. Take a morning flight to the chaotic city of Mumbai. We’ll arrive at our accommodation mid-afternoon and take an orientation walk, before enjoying our last night out together in India.
Day 13: Trip end. It’s time to pack your bags and say your goodbyes. You’ll never forget the magical memories you’ve created on your exotic Indian adventure.
- All transport between destinations
- 12 nights of accommodation
- Expert tour guide
- Dinner at Delhi hostel (day 1) / dinner and breakfast on the camel trek (days 8 & 9)
- Sikh temple visit
- 3 Hindi language lessons
- Old Delhi tour
- New Delhi tour
- Ganga Aarti Ceremony
- Sunrise boat tour in Varanasi
- Taj Mahal visit
- Monkey Temple visit
- Camel trek
- Blue City walking tour
- 24-hour emergency support
- International flights
- Travel insurance
- Most meals, snacks and drinks
- Optional activities
- Airport transfers
- Pre/post tour accommodation
You will be staying in a variety of fantastic hostels during your trip in a mixture of single sex and mixed sex dorms of up to 10 people. A number of nights will be on overnight trains.
A few meals are included on this trip. (Dinner is included on the first night in the hostel in Delhi, and a delicious vegetarian dinner and breakfast will be provided on the camel trek on days 8 and 9.) You’ll have to buy all other meals, snacks and drinks for yourself. 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.
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 13 in Mumbai. Airport transfers are not included but are easy to arrange locally.
The minimum age for this trip is 18 years old and is open to all young-at-heart backpackers. 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!
A visa is required for entry to India and must be obtained before you travel. You can apply for a tourist visa or an e-tourist visa via the Indian High Commission. Your passport will need to be machine readable, have two blank pages available for immigration stamps, and must have at least six months' validity remaining on entry to India. All visa information is subject to change and you should consult the nearest High Commission or Embassy for the most up to date information.