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Indian Getaway

From £395 for 11 days
Trip Overview
See beautiful henna hands, chow down on some chivda (a crunchy cereal snack), lose yourself in the labyrinth of lanes, but whatever you do don’t disrespect a cow – these are the rules of India. In a country of 1.2 billion, prepare for an overwhelming face slap of culture and diversity that is sure to stir the soul. Cities contrast between the rich and poor, old and new, good and bad. It may seem difficult at first, but the people, food and culture make it an utterly captivating destination. Plunge head first into an experience like no other.
Essential Info
Starts: Delhi
Ends: Delhi
Ages: Min 15
Theme: Discovery
Trip Code: IHHRI
Countries visited: India
What's Included

Meals

1 Dinners included

Transport

Auto rickshaw,Bus,Cycle rickshaw,Metro,Overnight sleeper train,Public bus,Shuttle Bus,Train

Accommodation

Heritage Property (3 nights),Hotel (5 nights),Overnight sleeper train (2 nights)

Trip Highlights
-The majesty and story of the Taj Mahal is a big part of India’s allure, and never disappoints
-Explore the arches, gardens and the unforgettable Hall of Mirrors in the impressive Amber Fort with a local guide
-Watching the sunrise on the holy Ganges River in Varanasi can be somewhat of a spiritual experience. This thought-provoking part of the journey invigorates even the weariest of travellers
-The village of Tordi Garh is a place few travellers get to see. Spend a night in a Heritage-listed palace in this peaceful town
-Travelling across India wouldn’t be complete without a journey on a sleeper train. With padded bunks and vendors selling chai and samosas, they’re a quintessential Indian experience and perfect for catching up on sleep while on the move
-End your adventure in big, bold, busy Delhi, full of historic sights and hidden gems
Dates & Availability
Start date
End date
Direction
Price GBP
Availability
29th December 2016
8th January 2017
Delhi - Delhi
£480pp 
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Limited
24th January 2017
3rd February 2017
Delhi - Delhi
£480pp 
G
 
Good
31st January 2017
10th February 2017
Delhi - Delhi
£480pp 
G
 
Good
7th February 2017
17th February 2017
Delhi - Delhi
£445pp 
G
 
Limited
14th February 2017
24th February 2017
Delhi - Delhi
£420pp 
G
 
Good
21st February 2017
3rd March 2017
Delhi - Delhi
£445pp 
G
 
Good
28th February 2017
10th March 2017
Delhi - Delhi
£420pp 
G
 
Good
7th March 2017
17th March 2017
Delhi - Delhi
£445pp 
G
 
Good
13th March 2017
23rd March 2017
Delhi - Delhi
£420pp 
G
 
Good
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Itinerary & Notes
 
Day 1 - Delhi
Namaste! Welcome to India. Your adventure begins with a group meeting at 6 pm. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place. We'll be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so ensure you bring these details to provide to your leader. If you're going to be late, please inform hotel reception. There’s an optional group dinner after the meeting, which is a great way to get to know your fellow travellers. Notes: If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).

Additional Activities

Delhi - Gandhi's Delhi Urban Adventure
2500 INR
Delhi - Home-Cooked Experience Urban Adventure
4000 INR
Day 2 - Delhi
In the morning, set off on the city’s modern metro system to explore the sights and sounds of Old Delhi on a guided walking tour. Inch your way through the streets around Chandni Chowk marketplace in a traditional cycle rickshaw. Perhaps visit the Jama Masjid, Delhi's oldest and India’s largest mosque, and then stop by the Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple). In the evening, board an overnight sleeper train bound for Varanasi (approximately 13 hours).

Additional Activities

Delhi - Old Delhi Walking Tour
Included in Price
Delhi - Jama Masjid
Included in Price
Delhi - Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple)
Included in Price
Day 3 - Varanasi
On arrival into Varanasi this morning, check in to your hotel and freshen up before heading out on a guided walking tour of the Old City. Set along the banks of the holy Ganges River and considered to be India’s spiritual home, millions of pilgrims descend on Varanasi every year. It’s a unique experience to navigate through Varanasi's crowded alleyways.

Additional Activities

Varanasi - Old City Walking Tour
Included in Price
Day 4 - Varanasi
Early in the morning, take a boat ride down the Ganges to watch the sun rise. Perhaps buy a candle from one of the vendors and light it for someone back home. Witness the rituals of life and death taking place along the riverbank, as people bathe and pray in the water. Be prepared for potentially confronting sights and smells, as this is where families come to cremate deceased loved ones. The rest of the day is free to explore.

Additional Activities

Varanasi - Sunrise Boat cruise
Included in Price
Day 5 - Varanasi
Today continue to discover Varanasi. Explore the ghats along the river and investigate the many silk markets dotted around the city. Varanasi is home to India’s silk-making industry. If you have time, head to the outskirts of the city and visit Sarnath, which is one of the most sacred places in the Buddhist religion. In the evening, board a 13-hour sleeper train to Agra.

Additional Activities

Varanasi - Sarnath day trip (entry only)
250 INR
Day 6 - Agra
On arrival in Agra, head out on a guided tour of the Taj Mahal. This elaborate mausoleum was built in the 1640s as a memorial to the wife of Emperor Shah Jahan. During an auto-rickshaw sightseeing tour of the city, enjoy an optional visit to Agra Fort. This 16th-century fortress was built to enclose the imperial city of the Mughal rulers. In the evening, perhaps try Agra’s delicious signature curry - butter chicken.

Additional Activities

Agra - Taj Mahal
Included in Price
Day 7 - Tordi Garh
Today drive through idyllic countryside to Tordi Garh, a village that few travellers venture to. The journey will take around eight hours in total - five hours by public bus and another three by jeep. Once there, meet the locals, visit the old village temple and wander through the markets. Tonight, the group will stay in heritage accommodation, which was once a palace for the town’s nobility.
Day 8 - Jaipur
In the morning, travel by jeep for around three hours to Rajasthan’s colourful capital of Jaipur. Once settled, take a guided walking tour through the old bazaars of the ‘Pink City’. Use the rest of the day to explore the city on your own, perhaps visiting Jaipur’s ornate Royal City Palace. Your accommodation for tonight will be in a family-run heritage hotel.

Additional Activities

Jaipur - Walking Tour
Included in Price
Day 9 - Jaipur
For many travellers, an optional hot air balloon experience is one of the highlights of Jaipur. Ballooning can be done over the city between September and June. For additional information, please see the ‘Important Notes’ section of the trip notes. In the afternoon today, visit the hilltop Amber Fort, an excellent example of Rajput architecture, and see the red stone palace of the Hawa Mahal (The Palace of the Winds).

Additional Activities

Jaipur - Amber Fort
Included in Price
Jaipur - Balloon Safari
250 USD
Day 10 - Delhi
Early this morning, catch the train back to Delhi. Use the rest of your final day to wander around the city, getting to know the parts you haven’t seen yet. Perhaps pay a visit to Humayun's Tomb, the 12th-century Qutub Minar or the historic Red Fort. In the evening, you might like to head out for a final dinner with the travel group.

Additional Activities

Delhi - Humayun's Tomb
500 INR
Delhi - Qutub Minar
500 INR
Day 11 - Delhi
After breakfast, the trip comes to an end. There are no activities planned for today and you’re free to leave the accommodation at any time. If you wish to stay on longer, perhaps try one of our Urban Adventure day tours, such as the Culture Vulture Urban Adventure or the City Food Crawl. Your leader can give you more information.

Additional Activities

Culture Vulture Delhi Urban Adventure
2500 INR
Delhi - City Food Crawl Urban Adventure
3500 INR
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