Best of North India

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Memories for life in India

20 days in North India! See Delhi, the Taj Mahal and the spiritual Ganges!

20 days in North India! See Delhi, the Taj Mahal and the spiritual Ganges!

Busy street in Old Delhi
Iconic Taj Mahal
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Bustling Old Delhi Tuk Tuks

Trip Highlights

  • Explore dynamic Delhi
  • Ride camels and camp in the desert!
  • Experience the charm of Indian village life
  • Be awed by the incredible Taj Mahal
  • Boat along the magical River Ganges

Trip Summary

This vibrant trip will take you on a whirlwind adventure through India! This is the perfect experience for anybody who wants to experience everything that incredible India has to offer, from dazzling capital cities and historical sites to off the beaten track villages and golden desert landscapes! You’ll be overwhelmed by the Taj Mahal, enjoy a flower and candle ceremony on the beautiful River Ganges, explore Jaipur and get to grips with some of India’s most amazing cities!

You’ll also be pitching up beneath the stars for a mesmerising desert experience experiencing Varanasi’s spiritual buzz. There’s plenty of free time throughout the trip, so you’ll be discovering what you love about this unmissable destination. This is your invitation to explore inspiring India without breaking the bank!

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

Trip Info

Day 1 Arrival
Today you’ll arrive into Delhi! There’s a welcome meeting this evening where you’ll meet your trip leader and the rest of your group

An airport pick-up is not included in your trip, however we can arrange this for at an additional cost. Please contact us for further details.. 

Day 2 Delhi Walking Tour and Bikanar
Today you’ll go on a walking tour with the Streetkids Project, led by former street children whose lives have been transformed by the project. You’ll then visit Jama Masjid, Gurdwara Sis Ganj, and the legendary Chandni Chowk market! Tonight, we’ll board an overnight train to Bikaner where you’ll be able to catch up on some sleep in your own bed.

Day 3 Camels and Camping!
Once we’ve arrived into Bikaner we’ll check into our hotel and freshen up. We’ll go on a jeep ride to a local village where we’ll mount camels and take a fun-filled ride through fields and local communities! We’ll break for lunch and then head back out with the camels, stopping to watch a gorgeous sunset! We’ll sleep in the heart of the desert tonight, in tents beneath the stars!

Day 4 The Old City of Bikaner
Opt to wake up and head up the dunes to watch a beautiful sunrise this morning before heading back to Bikaner. We’ll then head to the Old City, discovering an intricate network of winding streets. Your guide will be with you so you’re free to discover the city without getting lost! You’ll also have an orientation of the Old City markets today where you’ll experience the magic of Bikaner’s historical aura.

Day 5 Bikaner to Jaisalmer
Hop on the train to Jaisalmer today, complete with spectacular desert views!  It journeys through the desert so get ready for some amazing views! Once we’ve arrived, why not head out and explore the city on foot – stay out until sunset and watch the sandstone buildings glow!

Day 6 Free Time in Jaisalmer
Wake up to a free day in the Golden City! Head to the imposingly beautiful fort and take to the labyrinth of lanes, or explore the Desert Cultural Centre and Museum. Another popular site is the Tanot Mata Temple where you can enjoy the spellbinding spiritual atmosphere.Later, perhaps head out with your group for a tasty traditional meal before watching the sun set on another memorable day in Jaisalmer!

Day 7 Jaisalmer to Jodhpur
We’ll bus to Jodhpur today! Once we’ve arrived we’ll take an orientation walk through the city for a glimpse of the colourful houses that have earned Jodhpur the nickname ‘Blue City’. There’s some free time this afternoon, so get out and explore the surrounding area!

Day 8 Jodhpur to Udaipur
Head southeast to Udaipur today! Once you’ve arrived you’ll head out on an orientation walk through the Old City. Udaipur is situated around glittering lakes and made distinctive by its ornate buildings. After your walk you’ll head to the hotel to relax, and maybe grab a tasty meal later!

Day 9 Discover Udaipur
You’ll have a free day in Udaipur today, so why not visit the stunning City Palace or check out the Monsoon Palace, the summer retreat of the Maharajas. The palace is located on a hilltop and showcases incredible architecture. Tonight, you may want to watch an evening dance performance before heading back to the hotel.

Day 10 Udaipur to Pushkar
We’ll head to Pushkar today, and once we’ve arrived we’ll head out on an orientation walk before visiting the colourful Brahma Temple! Later you’ll have some free time to wander around the city where camels walk side by side with locals, or head to an exotic market and pick up some handicrafts.

Day 11 Tordi Sagar Village Communities
Opt to climb the hilltop to Savitri Temple this morning to watch an entrancing sunrise. We’ll take an exhilarating 4x4 ride to Tordi Sagar today, where we’ll tour the local village and get to know the people who call Tordi Sagar home. Immerse yourself in authentic village life, painting henna with the local women and getting stuck into a cricket match with the locals!

Day 12 Tordi Sagar to the ‘Pink City’
Before we hop back into the 4x4s to drive to Jaipur, we’ll have a tasty group lunch at a local village. The pictures of the ‘Pink City’ don’t quite do it justice, but today you’ll get to see the iconic pink sandstone with your own eyes on an orientation walk.

Day 13 Discover Jaipur
Today there’s a guided tour of the Amber Fort. The fort features an intricate exterior, and once inside you’ll be blown away by the artistic ceilings and stunning courtyards. After your tour you’ll have some free time, so perhaps check out the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds) or spend some time at the refreshing Sisodia Rani Palace Garden to experience the peace away from Jaipur’s vibrant buzz.

Day 14 Agra and the Tantalising Taj
You’ll bus to Agra today for a guided tour of the incomparable Taj Mahal! The Taj is one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and was built by the Mughal Emperor in honour of his wife. Crowds flock to this magical masterpiece, but the enchanting aura is never compromised no matter how busy it is! During your free time this afternoon, why not head to the Agra Fort to discover the Delhi Gate?

Day 15 Agra to Varanasi
Wake up to a free day in Agra!. You may want to visit the ‘Baby Taj’, a splendid mausoleum featuring some of the very first white marble and stone inlay designs!

Tonight, you’ll be able to stretch out in a bed on your overnight train for your journey to vibrant Varanasi.

Day 16 The Spirit of Varanasi
You’ll arrive in Varanasi this morning, India’s amazing holy city. The aura is tangible – Varanasi sparkles with a spellbinding spirituality. Spend free time wandering the city’s winding streets, passing by the beautiful temples and shrines and sharing in the inspiring atmosphere. This evening you’ll boat along the Ganges River and participate in an uplifting candle and flower ceremony.

Day 17 Explore Varanasi
Head back to the Ganges this morning to enjoy the sunrise on a boat. You’ll then have some free time to discover Varanasi! Varanasi is home to thousands of temples and monasteries, so head out on foot to explore the spiritual sites that are dotted around the city. For a leisurely afternoon, take to the ghats to watch the rituals by the Ganges, or head to the street markets to watch merchants sell their wares!

Day 18 Varanasi to Delhi
You’ll have a free day in Varanasi today. You might choose to visit some of the temples you haven’t yet explored, or simply spend a day getting to grips with Varanasi’s network of narrow streets! Tonight you’ll be able to stretch out on a bed on the overnight train to Delhi and catch some rest before you return to India’s captivating capital.

Day 19 Free Time in Delhi
You’ll arrive in Delhi today and have plenty of free time to explore! Delhi is the street food capital, so why not arrange a cooking class? The Lodi Gardens are fantastic place to experience another side of Delhi, you can beat the bustle and experience some serenity! As it’s your last night, you may want to arrange a group meal with your fellow travellers!

Day 20 Farewell!
You can depart at any time today. Be sure to let your guide know about your travel plans in case you need help with making any arrangements.

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Whats Included

  • All transport between destinations as specified in the itinerary
  • 15 nights accommodation
  • Transfer to activities as specified in the itinerary
  • Street children project walk in New Delhi
  • Guided tour of the Taj Mahal in Agra
  • Guided tour of the Amber Fort in Jaipur
  • Overnight
  • All activities as specified in the itinerary
  • Guided orientation walks as indicated in the itinerary
  • The support of your local tour guide
  • 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

What's Not Included

  • International flights
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Vaccinations
  • Any meals not indicated in the itinerary (Allow USD 435 – 565 for meals)
  • The price of optional activities indicated in the itinerary
  • Any optional activities you choose to participate in during free time
  • Return transfers or onward travel

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Accommodation & Meals

You’ll be staying a range of hotels throughout your trip, and you’ll also have 3 nights on a sleeper train and a 1 night camping experience. You’ll be staying in simple yet comfortable hotels sharing with 2 to 3 other travellers. Private rooms are available (although not on the overnight trains) and you’ll need to specify that you’d like a private room when you book your trip as this will incur an additional cost. Please contact us for further details on private room upgrades and prices.

Hotels in India may be unlike the hotels you are used to back home, but this is all part of experiencing a new culture!

2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners  are included in your itinerary, and you’ll be responsible for selecting and paying for any additional meals that are not included, this will give you a great opportunity to try some of India’s varied and vibrant cuisine.

There are some cultural differences that you may need to be aware of before visiting India. Often, Indians will eat with their hands or with pieces of chapatti. If dining with Hindus, it is considered wholly inappropriate to share partially eaten food or to eat directly from the communal bowl. Because of the water in India you should be discerning when choosing where to purchase food, and should always approach street food vendors with caution. Please do ask your guide for advice when selecting any meals not included in your itinerary, as they can suggest some great places. If you decide to try eating with your hands, remember that you should only use your right hand to do so! In Indian culture, the left hand is used when using the toilet and washing, therefore is considered unsuitable for eating with, this is why local people will only eat with their right hand.

You’ll be visiting a range of cities and towns in India, and each has something special to offer when it comes to food! Delhi is known for its flavoured paranthas (bread) and aromatic spiced biryanis, while Goa is famed for prawn curries and perfectly spiced seafood dishes. Indian cuisine is very diverse. Spice blends are used often to enhance the flavour of meat, seafood and vegetables, and dishes range from mild and creamy to hot and spicy! There’s something for all food preferences, however, and you’ll never be short of choice! It is worth noting that Hindus do not eat beef and Muslims do not eat pork, so there is a wide variety of lovely vegetarian cuisine in India, and particular meat dishes may not be widely available in some regions.

The following tips are worth reading (and remembering!) regarding food and drink in India:

  • Avoid salads, uncooked vegetables and un-pasteurised milk products such as cheese, as raw food is subject to contamination. Always peel your fruit yourself.
  • Undercooked and raw meat, fish and shellfish may carry intestinal pathogens
  • Cooked food that has been allowed to stand at room temperatures for several hours must be thoroughly reheated before consumption. If you are unsure about something avoid eating it altogether.
  • Do not consume any yoghurt that has been diluted with water
  • Wash your hands before all meals as you may often be eating without cutlery
  • Tap water is only safe if boiled, filters and purification tablets are never 100% effective. Bottled water is always the safest option
  • Always use your right hand to eat with
  • Avoid fruit juice and any beverages that have ice made from un-boiled water in them
  • Ensure that any bottled water you purchase has an unbroken seal and try to stick to reputable brands
  • Ensure that all dishes and silverware have been cleaned thoroughly
  • Brush your teeth with bottled or purified water
  • Hot beverages should be boiled fully before consumption

Your guide will always be on hand to advise you with any food or beverage concerns or queries you may have, and it is always best to ask them to assist you with the selection of any meals not included as part of your trip itinerary.

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Flights

You’ll need to make your own way to our Delhi meeting point on the start date of this tour. Our welcome meeting and briefing begins at 6pm, though you may want to arrive earlier in order to have some time to explore. An airport pick up and transfer is not included as part of this trip. The trip finishes in Delhi on your programme end date which is day 20 of the trip; no activities are planned on this day so you are free to depart at any time.

To book your flights, please contact our fantastic flights team on 01892 277037 who will do their best to get you the best deal on the day. Please provide them with your full name as it is stated in your passport. Before you make the call please make sure you have your required departure dates, return dates and other details you may require.

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The minimum age for this trip is 18 and the maximum is 39.

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