India Experience

29 days from £1,599

Chill out on the beautiful beaches

Impressive icons and hidden gems – it’s ultimate India!

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Impressive icons and hidden gems – it’s ultimate India!

Beautiful Taj Mahal
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Trip Highlights

  • Sightsee in dazzling Delhi
  • See the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal
  • Volunteer in rewarding community projects
  • Explore Pushkar’s desert dunes by camel!
  • Discover the spiritual sites of India
  • Trek McLeod Ganj’s majestic mountains
  • Grab some beachside bliss in Goa

Trip Summary

This inspiring trip will whisk you from the hustle and bustle of dazzling Delhi to Goa’s stunning shores with much more in between! You’ll have to experience India’s mix of colour and culture firsthand to truly appreciate its intriguing individuality. This 29 day India Experience is a fantastic way to get the best out of India, exploring tantalising tourist hotspots and lesser known hilltop towns. You’ll visit some of India’s foremost sites of spiritual significance, explore Pushkar’s golden deserts on camelback, volunteer in rewarding community projects and much more!

Fall in love with India’s icons – the Taj Mahal, Amber Fort and Lotus Temple will be yours to explore, but you’ll also get up close and personal with Indian culture with rollicking rickshaw rides, market visits and morning meditation sessions! This action packed tour will also take you to an awe-inspiring array of beautiful Hindu temples in Palampur, Kangra and Jaipur, where you’ll learn about Hinduism’s rich history and experience India’s atmospheric spiritualism for yourself. You’ll have plenty of free time to explore this exciting country and we’ll top your once in a lifetime experience off with a stay in Goa, home of blissful beaches and laid back charm. Come and experience India’s magnetism for yourself – it’s a must see destination that you’ll never want to leave!

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Trip Info

Day 1: Welcome to India!

It’s your first day in dynamic Delhi! You’ll be met by a representative and whisked off through the vibrant city streets to check into your hotel!

Day 2: Sightseeing in New Delhi

Spectacular sightseeing is in store! You’ll drive past the immense India Gate, Parliament house and the President’s Palace. Next up we’ll pay homage to the incomparable Gandhi at Raj Ghat. Then we’re off to soak up the spiritual splendour of Gurudwara Bangla Sahib temple.

Day 3 The Tantalising Taj Mahal

Rise early to drive to awesome Agra, where we’ll take an afternoon visit to the Agra Fort, composed of stunning palaces and gardens. Then it’s on to the jewel in India’s crown...the mighty Taj Mahal. You’ll be blown away by this unique icon!

Please note the Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays.

Day 4: Transfer to Jaipur

We’ll drive off the Jaipur this morning, stopping off at the intricate Abhaneri step walls to snap some unmissable shots, and peering into Chand Baori – one of the deepest wells in India! Before we get to Jaipur we’ll visit the Harshat Mata temple, known as the place that spreads joy to the local village. Get your happy on!

Day 5-8: Volunteering in Jaipur

Over the next few days you’ll jump into a rewarding voluntary role, lending a hand to the community’s most important projects! Evenings will be spent immersing yourself into Indian culture with a Bollywood dance class, traditional dress demonstration, henna making workshop and a dinner with a friendly host family!

Day 9: Jaipur Sightseeing

We’ll head to the Amber Fort today, the honey-hued epitome of Rajput architecture. We’ll also get to see the imposing beauty of the Nahargarh fort, and then we’re off to experience the tranquillity of the water palace. This afternoon we’ll head out to the markets by rickshaw, watch the cheeky monkeys at Galta Ji and marvel at the ivory marble of the Birla Temple.

Day 10: Transfer to Pushkar

Time to get the hump as you take a camel safari once we’ve transferred to Pushkar! You’ll ride through the picturesque Thar Desert and then settle into tents beneath starry skies!

Day 11: Pushkar Tour

Stroll through pretty Pushkar on a guided tour today. You’ll see vivid markets and be awe-inspired by the serene Holy Lake. We’ll round the day off with a visit to the colourful and compelling Brahma Temple, and then we’ll transfer back to Jaipur!

Day 12: Bollywood and Bustling Markets

Spend a free morning exploring Jaipur today, and then live like a local as we catch an uplifting Bollywood movie! We’ll hit the bustling markets this afternoon for some fresh veggies, and then whip up a feast in an Indian cookery class.

Day 13: Head to Amritsar

You’ll be picked up this morning and transferred to the station, ready to board the overnight train to Amritsar!

Day 14: Amritsar Sightseeing

See Amritsar’s sights today! Once you’ve checked into your accommodation we’ll head to the gloriously decadent Golden Temple before checking out the Indo-Pak border. You’ll witness the special retreat ceremony, an intriguing symbol of unity.

Day 15: Temples of Mcleod Ganj

Drive to McLeod Ganj this morning, where the Waterfalls and Bhagsunath Temple awaits! This sacred site is simply unmissable! We’ll add our faces to the local crowds at a market later, and then it’s onto the Dalai Lama Temple to view some incredible Buddha statues and immerse ourselves in this calm oasis.

Day 16-17: Mountain Hiking

Time to trek! Over the next couple of days we’ll be on a guided hike through the mountains, enjoying views of the snow-topped peaks and camping overnight! On Day 17 we’ll head back down and drive to Palampur.

Day 18: Kangra

We’ll head to Kangra today to see the Kangra Fort – where nature and architecture unite! This afternoon it’s on to the striking Baijnath Temple, and then we’ll round the day off in style with an amazing paragliding excursion in picturesque Bir!

Day 19: Palampur

Today you’ll immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and sensations of Palampur’s local market! Be sure to grab some must have souvenirs.

Day 20: Palampur to Delhi

Unwind and enjoy Palampur’s natural wonder with a free morning! This afternoon we’ll board the overnight train bound for dynamic Delhi!

Day 21: Tranquil Temples

We’ll kick the sightseeing off with a visit to the Akshardham Temple today, it’s majestic and mind blowing! You’ll also get to see the iconic Lotus Temple, where peace and tranquillity reign!

Day 22-24: Head to glorious Goa

You’ll be boarding a flight to Goa on Day 22! Once you’ve checked in you’ll have free time to fall in love with Goa’s enchanting beaches and chill out with the group!

Day 25-28: Goa Volunteering

You’ll jump into a rewarding voluntary project in Goa! Help out with community projects and see your input improve local life! Each morning, you’ll also an hour long yoga session. Pure bliss!

Day 29: Farewell India!

You’ll be transferred to Goa Airport today where your itinerary ends. Head home or continue your globetrotting adventures. We hope to see you again!

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Accommodation & Meals

During your hotel stays you’ll be staying in twin same-sex rooms with an en-suite bathroom. During your time at the volunteer camp you’ll be accommodated in a shared single-sex room and will be sharing with up to three others. The rooms at the volunteer camp are simple, clean and comfortable and there are a number of bathrooms with western toilets. The camp may have Indian showers – you’ll fill a bucket of water and use a jug to pour the water over yourself for a real authentic cultural experience! Your hotel rooms will be available for check in from 12 pm.

As indicated in your itinerary, two nights will be spent camping, and all camping equipment will be provided.

Included meals are indicated in your itinerary, and you’ll be responsible for selecting and paying for any additional meals. Any meals not indicated in your itinerary are not included as part of this Real Gap Experience trip, but this will give you a chance to try some of India’s varied and vibrant cuisine.

Your guide will normally be on hand to advise you with any food or beverage concerns or queries you may have during included meals, 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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Eligibility & FAQ's

Minimum age 18, maximum age dependent on participant’s health.

Will I Need Hiking Boots For The Trek?

You will be walking across mountainous terrain so sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots are necessary in order to give your feet the comfort and support they’ll need!

How Many People Will Be In My Group With Me?

Group sizes vary from trip to trip, to check the number of people on your start date please contact one of our travel advisors.

What Is The Golden Triangle?

The golden triangle is a popular tourist circuit that covers three cities: Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. This trip covers these three cities and a range of other beautiful locations.

How Much Spending Money Should I Bring?

We suggest that you budget around £70 per week. Make sure you take your personal spending habits into account when budgeting, as you may want to bring more!

Will I Need A Visa?

Yes. You will be unable to enter India without a valid Indian Tourist visa.

Should I Bring A Sleeping Bag?

You won’t need a sleeping bag, as all quilts, mattresses and bedding is provided throughout your accommodation for the duration of the trip. All necessary bedding will also be provided for any excursions during the trip.

Do I Need To Bring A Mosquito Net?

You won’t need to bring a mosquito net as all of the rooms you’ll be sleeping in will be equipped with one.

Will There Be A Safety Deposit Box Or Safe Available?

There will be a locker facility at all the camps where you will be able to keep your valuables, and you will be responsible for the key. As this is a trip that covers multiple locations it may be advisable to bring high value items at home providing they are not necessary for your trip.

What Is The Luggage Allowance On The Internal Flight?

The internal flight from Delhi to Goa is included in your programme price and includes luggage yp to 15kg. For this reason we recommend you pack lightly. Most items can be bought in India very cheaply.

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Whats Included

  • Transfer from the airport upon arrival (Dependent on arrival time)
  • 28 nights shared accommodation for the duration of the trip
  • Any meals included in the trip itinerary
  • Excursions and activities as indicated in the trip itinerary. Entrance fees are not included
  • English speaking local guide
  • Transfers in AC vehicle between sites as indicated in trip itinerary
  • Local transport to the site of your volunteer work
  • Camel safari at Pushkar
  • Hiking in Pushkar
  • A cycle rickshaw ride in Jaipur
  • Cultural Activities: Henna making with local experts, Bollywood dancing with professional instructors, learning about traditional Indian dress with instructors, Bollywood movie, a dinner with a local rural family, a dinner with a local Indian family, a cooking demonstration.
  • Yoga and meditation sessions as indicated in the itinerary
  • Farewell dinner in Goa (Dependent on your departure time)
  • Materials required to carry out your voluntary work
  • Train travel as per programme itinerary
  • Domestic flight from Delhi to Goa
  • 24/7 on-tour assistance for the duration of your journey

What's Not Included

  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tourist Visa
  • Telephone calls and internet use
  • Any additional meals
  • Personal expenses incurred for laundry, drinks, tips etc
  • Additional expenses incurred by a change in the trip itinerary caused by unforeseen circumstances
  • Insurance against or liability for personal injury, accidents or loss of goods
  • Entrance fees to monuments
  • Camera fees

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Flights

Your flight should land in New Delhi airport (Indira Gandhi International Airport/DEL) between 10am on the start day of your itinerary and 6am on Day 2 of your itinerary. You should arrange your return flight from Goa Airport (GOI) to depart any time on Day 29 which is your programme end date. Arrival and departure flights that are within these time windows will benefit from the included airport arrival pick up and departure airport transfer. Arrival and departure flights outside of these time windows will incur an additional cost for pick up/departure airport transfer.

To book your flights please call our fantastic flights team on 01892 277037, who will help you find the best fare of the day. Once your flights are booked you’ll need to add your flight details to your online account or contact us with your departure date, flight number and arrival time at your destination.

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Kristina Hollier

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Would you recommend Real Gap Experience?

Yes

What were the highlights of your trip?

The camel ride was amazing, visiting the Taj Mahal and meeting other travelers.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

No

Tips for other travellers?

Be aware of the weather especially in the mountains, Pushkar is the cheapest market so buy any souvenirs there and you can buy toiletries out there since most places have a supermarket.

Any other comments?

Everyone was so friendly if you have any problems there is always someone who can help. Definitely would do this trip again!

Lydia Beeken

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Camel safari and night in the dessert

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

More free time

Tips for other travellers?

Pack light Warm clothes in monsoon season\ Be prepared for a very different culture

paul walker

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Rinku was my highlight. I love rinku I wish i could package her up and take her home!

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

Yes, less bus time and more chill time

Tips for other travellers?

Prepare to sweat Prepare to get wet Prepare to eat Dhal

Tim Rogers

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Real authentic experience of India - packed itinerary with lots of variety in activities. Himalayan trekking was a highlight, and the in country team (Priya and Rinku) were great throughout

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

More free time to explore the places rather than a set itinerary

Tips for other travellers?

Be prepared for all weathers, the chaos of the Indian cities and embrace and enjoy the local culture

James Rodgers

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What were the highlights of your trip?

The Taj Mahal was amazing as well as trekking up to Triund

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

Paragliding included

Tips for other travellers?

Say yes to new opportunities whenever they arise, Don't get a tattoo, Eat street food

Any other comments?

My tour guide from Idex Rinku was absolutely amazing, she was so lovely and kind; she made travelling India feel as if it was with a friend and not a tour guide, but In a good way- I'm going to miss her loads! I wish the Wifi was better in some of the places, besides that an amazing experience!

Joanna Warren

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What were the highlights of your trip?

I really enjoyed sightseeing Delhi and Pushkar

Tips for other travellers?

Bring something to do in the car, suncream, and don't be surprised by people asking for photos

Any other comments?

I wish that certain things would have been ordered differently, for example we had a 5am start travel back to Palampur that was followed by a day of sightseeing and then a mostly free day. It would have been nice to have the free day when we were all tired.

Harriet Lane

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Some highlights of the trip were seeing the Taj Mahal, the Himalayas and riding a camel in the desert.

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Our guide Rinku was absolutely brilliant. She was so helpful and fun to be with. I couldn't have asked for a better guide to take us around India.

Elliott Phillips

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Volunteering and general chaos of the main cities.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

Udaipur to be included rather than optional

Tips for other travellers?

Remember to write down the address of your guest house! Even though you complete your e tourist visa you need to write it down again at arrivals.

Any other comments?

Special thanks to rinku for being an amazing tour guide who went above and beyond also to muhkesh and all the staff at Jaipur who truly showed some amazing hospitality and made it feel like home.

Elliott Phillips

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David Symes

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Trekking in the Himalayas. The beaches of Goa.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

Golden temple, Amritsar. The Ganges, Varanasi.

Tips for other travellers?

Go to India with an open mind. Don't be afraid to travel alone. Pack as little as possible.

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