13 days from £549
- 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.
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: Mumbai - Enjoy spectacular train ride to Mumbai where you will arrive at around 2pm. Today your trip comes to an end and we recommend flying out after 7:30pm or the following day.
To view the list of optional and included activities please download the trip notes
- All transport between destinations
- 12 nights of accommodation
- Expert tour guide
- Ghat Boat Tour
- Ganga Aarti Ceremony
- Taj Mahal visit
- Pink City tour
- Camel trek
- Lake Pichola sunset cruise
- 24 hour emergency support
- International flights
- Travel insurance
- 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.
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.
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. You will arrive around 2pm into Mumbai so we recommend flying out the day after your tour. If you intend to fly out of Mumbai on day 13, we strongly recommend booking at flight that departs after 7:30pm. Airport transfers are not included, but easy to arrange locally.
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!