North India Social Club Trip Notes

At Imaginative Traveller we always aim to provide accurate information for our travellers. Unfortunately information such as the price of optional activities is occasionally subject to change, and this means that we are constantly revising our trip notes. In order to ensure that you have the most up to date information for your trip we suggest that you check the trip notes for your tour around one month before departure.

  • Trip code :GIJN
  • Trip length : 11
  • Trip starts in : Delhi
  • Trip ends in : Delhi
  • Maximum group size : 16
  • Ages : 18 – 39
  • Accommodation : 1 Night Historic Hotel, 7 Nights Hotels/Guesthouses, 2 Nights Overnight Train
  • Transport : Bus, Local Bus, Sleeper Train, Taxi

If you plan to travel before the 1st January 2015 please contact us for details of the itinerary.


  • Delhi
  • Nothing beats a campfire singalong. These guys know what we’re talking about
  • When you absolutey, positively have to sleep
  • Jaipur’s Amber Fort
  • The Ganges and Varanasi
  • UNESCO World Heritage-listed Taj Mahal

Get your haggle on in Delhi before legging it to Varanasi for a sunrise boat ride on the holy Ganges. Next is the Taj Mahal (it’s even better than the pics), a camel cart ride in Tordi Garh, street food in Jaipur, then back to Delhi and home before you fall in love and never leave. India has embraced the power of the horn: Short blasts let the drivers know you’re there, long blasts tell someone to hurry up and continuous bleeps from motorbikes happen for no reason whatsoever. 




Namaste! Welcome to India.

Get your haggling hat on. Mind the cows. And keep your hands and feet inside the tuk-tuk at all times.

Take off your watch because you’re on India time now.

Pre-departure group meeting at 6pm as well as an optional group dinner.

Visit Chandwi Chowk and Connaught Place on a walking tour – the commercial heart of New Delhi.

Get some sightseeing done during free time.

Board an overnight sleeper train bound for Varanasi (approx 13 hours).




When we get down to the Ganges, buy a little candle boat from one of the kids. When we’re on our sunrise boat ride you can send it floating down the holy river. Say a few words for someone back home (mum, dad, Aunty Kath etc).
Witness the rituals of life and death during a sunrise Ganges boat cruise.
Tale a guided tour through Varanasi’s back lanes and crowded alleyways.
Board another sleeper train and journey back towards Agra (approx 13 hours).



Agra – Taj Mahal

We can’t even make a joke here. The Taj is simply that good. Do your best Princess Di pose on the benches as crowds of locals scramble to take your photo (yes, this will happen).
Guided tour of the Taj Mahal.
Optional visit to Agra Fort.



Tordi Garh

No auto rickshaws, no touts, no hurry, no worry…Tordi’s just that kind of place. Scramble onto a camel cart for a village tour and say Namaste to the shy but friendly locals. Did you spot the horse with the blue eyes?

  • Drive through beautiful countryside to Tordi Garh, a village that few travellers venture to. It will take us a while to get here by public bus (180km, approx 5 hours) and then jeep (150km, approx 3 hours) but it’s worth it. Trust us.
  • Meet locals, see the old village temple and wander through the markets.
  • Visit ruined temples and a nearby fortress.
  • Stay overnight in the palace at Tordi.


On Day 8 we travel by jeep to Jaipur – Rajasthan’s colourful capital (100km, approx 3 hours).

On Day 9 enjoy a guided tour of the medieval Amber Fort.

  • Take a tour through the Old Bazaar and The Palace of the Winds.
  • Free time to explore Jaipur on your own.


Take a local public bus back to Delhi (265km, approx 6 hours).

We reckon you should put down the camera and spend your last few days trying to take in the overwhelming, crazy, colourful madness of India.

Perhaps indulge in a final group meal in the evening.

  • The trip ends on Day 11, but Delhi has a lot going on for those who wish to stay longer. Try one of our Urban Adventures!


Experienced regional tour guide and all transportation and accommodation as indicated in detailed Trip Notes.

The following sightseeing trips are included:

  • Delhi – an orientation walk around Chandi Chowk and Janpath including transport;
  • Agra – one visit to the Taj Mahal including transport, entrance and local site guide fees;
  • Tordi Garh – village walk and jeep safari;
  • Jaipur – one visit to the Amber Fort including transport, entrance and local site guide fees.


We have chosen a selection of some great optional activities to enhance your travel experience. You will need to cover any additional costs yourself. The below list is not exhaustive and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination.
Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed below have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.

  • Agra – Agra Fort entrance
  • Delhi – Full day tour of the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort (from Delhi)
    US$170/entrance fees US$18 & US$8
  • Delhi – Half-day sightseeing tour of New Delhi including India Gate, Raj Ghat, President’s Palace, Humayun’s Tomb & Qutab Minar
    US$50 per car / US$20 entrance fee
  • Delhi – Red Fort Entrance
  • Delhi – Sound and Light Show
    US$40 per car/entrance US$5
  • Jaipur – Half-day sightseeing tour of city palace, Jantar Mantar, Albert Hall, gardens & temple
    US$50 per car/entrances US$15.
  • Jaipur – Tour of Nahargarh Fort
    US$40 per car/entrance US$3.
  • Varanasi – Half-day city tour of Varanasi
    US$40 per car
  • Varanasi – Half-day tour of Sarnath
    US$40 per car/entrance US$4



International flights, arrival and departure transfers, airport/departure taxes, local payments, visas, pre or post tour accommodation, meals, optional tours sightseeing or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature, laundry and flights unless specified. Some places that we visit charge additional fees if you are entering with a camera or camcorder – your city guide will advise on these and they can be paid for locally.



Our Raw tours are best suited for those with a sense of adventure, are willing to step outside their comfort zone and don’t mind being thrown in at the deep end. For independent travellers who want to travel with others. Just the ticket for those aged between 18-39 or anyone young at heart who has an open mind, an eye on the budget and a nose for adventure. Authentic experiences that expand the mind rather than hold the hand.

Style Facts

  • The freedom to explore without breaking the bank
  • Time to do your own thing – or join in optional group activities
  • YOU choose where YOU want to eat
  • Basic accommodation
  • A variety of public transportation
  • Fully trained and experienced leader.


Discovery tours are all about exploring & experiencing the world with like-minded people, dipping your toe beneath the usual tourist surface & discovering the real essence of a region. They are genuinely innovative, exciting & imaginative tours that offer that little bit more to travellers.

This tour is operated by our partners Geckos



A necessary bugbear of adventure travel, visas can appear complicated, costly and confusing to apply for. Imaginative Traveller recommend applying for visas with a professional visa service who can guide you though the process and take care of lodging and collecting your passport with multiple embassies, so we have teamed up with The Visa Machine.

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We strongly recommend you visit your doctor to discuss health requirements for your trip. They will advise you regarding the appropriate inoculations. In some places anti-malaria medication may also be required. Some vaccines need to be administered a few weeks before departure so allow yourself plenty of time. Obtain a certificate of vaccination and carry this with you on this trip. A dental check up is also highly recommended.



Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping, participating in optional activities, and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.
You will need to take cash to cover all additional expenses not included in your tour cost. These include food, drinks, optional sightseeing, tips, laundry, souvenirs and possible delays. If in doubt, bring more than you think you will need. It is always useful to carry an additional amount for emergencies. If there is a medical emergency you are sometimes required to pay at the time; providing your claim falls within the scope of your policy, your insurance company will make reimbursement later.

We suggest an appropriate allowance for additional meals of US$250. This is for FOOD only and does not include drinks and snacks. As a result of customer feedback, we recommend you allow a figure of between US$80 and $120 for your DRINK and SNACK requirements, additional to the amount suggested for meals. Use a higher figure particularly if you are travelling during the hot season when you will require more fluids.

In addition you should carry sufficient funds for extra sightseeing and optional activities. We suggest that you allow approximately US$50- $80 for additional sightseeing tours.

Shopping is a personal thing that, again, varies enormously. On average, people spend anywhere between US$50 and US$200 on souvenirs, art, tailor-made clothes etc.



You must have extensive travel insurance as a condition of booking with us, and without evidence of a valid policy you won’t be allowed to start your trip. Please click here for more information



Responsible tourism is at the heart of Imaginative Traveller. For 20 years we have taken customers to places around the world in social and environmentally responsible manner, ensuring everyone involved respects and maintains the natural and often delicate balance of the destination.

As travellers ourselves we are well aware of the impact that tourism can have and whilst economic gain from tourism is often fundamental to a country, it should never be at the expense of its culture or the environment. It is our aim to provide journeys that have minimal negative and maximum positive impact on the places we visit. We do not believe that, as visitors, we should impose our own cultures on others; rather that we should experience foreign cultures and appreciate them for what they are.

We believe giving something back is essential. We therefore work with our customers and the people we visit to ensure the benefits go directly to contribute to local cultures and environmental conservation. This is not only good the communities we visit but it also gives our travellers more enriched adventures.

For further information about responsible travel please click here.


Itinerary Variation

While the information presented here details our planned itinerary, including routes taken, activities included, accommodation and meeting times, please accept that unforseen changes may occur. We are constantly on the lookout to improve our program and further enhance your experience. Naturally, we will keep you up to date with any last minute amendments to your tour.

Single room supplement

Most of our travellers like the thought of travelling with a few like-minded souls. There are NO compulsory single supplements on most tours as we simply arrange twin shared accommodation for you and another tour member of the same sex. But don’t worry if that doesn’t appeal. We do understand there are times when you just want a bit of privacy and ‘me’ time so we are more than happy to arrange a private room upon request when you book.


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