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26-DAY ULTIMATE INDIA TOUR

Dive into the rich, vibrant and diverse culture of India with our 26-day adventure tour. Covering both the north and the south of the country, this adventure has it all. Explore India’s iconic major landmarks, World Heritage ancient ruins, glorious Goan beaches and abundance of delicious food. From bustling cities to rural villages, our Adventure Leaders take you off-the-beaten-track as you explore all that India has to offer.

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Itinerary
Delhi – Varanasi – Agra - Jaipur - Jaisalmer - Jodphur - Udaipur - Mumbai - Goa - Hampi - Bangalor - Munnar - Kochi

Highlights

  • Enjoy a relaxing boat ride down the River Ganges as you tour Varanasi’s ancient Ghats. Finish the tour watching the Ganga Aarti ceremony
  • Experience a spectacular sunrise over the Taj Mahal
  • Enjoy a private guided tour of the Pink City, including the City Palace and its grounds
  • Enjoy a short Camel Safari
  • Set off on a day tour of Hampi taking you to the local rice fields and the heritage village of Anegundi
  • Catch the action at Mulberry Silk Cocoon Market, pay a visit to the villages where silkworms grow and visit the workplaces of a traditional weaver of silk sarees

Itinerary: 

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Day 1: Dehli

Meet your guide at the hostel for a quick trip briefing. Enjoy the view of Delhi from the rooftop as your guide tells you everything you need to know. Take a short walk to the train station and hop on board your first overnight train as you make your way to Varanasi.

  • Meet your guide at 7pm at the hostel for a pre-departure briefing
  • Take a 5-minute walk to New Delhi Station
  • Board the 8.40pm overnight train to Varanasi
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Day 2-3: Varanasi

Arrive in the city and visit the Sarnath Buddhist and Hindu archaeological site or take a walk around the old town, the choice is yours! Witness the peace and tranquillity of the religious city at sunrise, and the Ganga Aarti ceremony at sunset, as you embark on boat tours along Varanasi’s historic Ghats.

  • Arrive in Varanasi, meet your new Adventure Leader and make your way to the hostel
  • Optional: Explore the excavated ruins and deer park at the Sarnath Buddhist and Hindu archaeological site (200 INR)
  • Optional: Take a walk around the city’s old town and pay a visit to the Blue Lassi store
  • Enjoy a relaxing boat ride down the River Ganges as you tour Varanasi’s ancient Ghats. Finish the tour watching the Ganga Aarti ceremony
  • Get to know your fellow travellers over your first group dinner
  • Optional: Watch the sunrise during an early morning Ghat boat tour (100-200 INR dependent on numbers)
  • Transfer to the airport to catch a flight to Agra
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Day 4-5: Agra

Explore the historic grounds of one of India’s UNESCO World Heritage sites, Agra Fort and the ruins of the Black Taj foundations. Embrace the local culture with a visit to a nearby village and traditional theatrical show. Catch a spectacular sunrise over the Taj Mahal, the best way to see the world-famous monument.

  • Optional: Watch the Mohabbat The Taj Show at Kalakriti Cultural & Convention Centre (1500 INR)
  • Optional: Visit Agra Fort and cross the river to the ruins of the Black Taj foundations (950 INR)
  • Optional: Interact with the local community in a nearby village (1500 INR)
  • Experience a spectacular sunrise over the Taj Mahal
  • Return to the hostel ready for a private transfer to Jaipur
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Day 6-7: Jaipur

Get your historic fix in Jaipur as you visit Nahargarh Fort and Amber Fort and explore the wonders of the Pink City, where you can do a spot of shopping. Visit a monkey colony at the locally run Monkey Temple and get creative in a variety of traditional art classes.

  • Arrive and check-in to your accommodation
  • Optional: Visit Nahargarh Fort for panoramic views of the city (200 INR)
  • Optional: Explore Amber Fort and the nearby Monkey Temple (200 INR)
  • Optional: Join an art class at the Creatis Studio (1000 INR)
  • Optional: Treat your taste buds to a food tour of the city (200 INR)
  • Enjoy a private guided tour of the Pink City, including the City Palace and its grounds
  • Free time to explore further
  • Board the 11.45pm overnight train to Jaisalmer
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Day 8-9: Jaisalmer

Venture into the desert for a Camel Safari adventure! Embark on two camel rides across the sand dunes and visit a local desert village. Enjoy dinner by the campfire and count the stars above you as you sleep out in the open before catching a breath-taking sunrise. Explore the city with a visit to Jaisalmer Fort or Gadsisar Sagar Lake.

  • Arrive in Jaisalmer and transfer to the Adventure Safari company house
  • Shower, rest and eat lunch nearby (at own expense)
  • At 3.30pm, drive by jeep an hour into the desert
  • Begin your Camel Safari with a short ride to the campsite and enjoy a cooked vegetarian dinner around the campfire
  • Wake up for sunrise over the sand dunes
  • Embark on a longer camel trek to a desert village for a tour
  • Head back into the city to freshen up at the company house
  • Optional: Pay a visit to Jaisalmer Fort (600 INR)
  • Optional: Visit Gadsisar Sagar Lake and the nearby viewpoint (100 INR for viewpoint)
  • Get picked up from the hostel at 4pm and take a private transfer to Jodhpur
  • Arrive at your new accommodation at approx. 10pm
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Day 10: Johdpur

Test your nerves on a flying fox zip wire over Mehrangarh Fort or put your skills to the test in a Krishna cooking workshop. Take a guided walking tour of the Blue City which will end at Toorji Step Well. Have a drink with your fellow travellers at the nearby café before heading back to the hostel.

  • Optional: Test your nerves on a flying fox zip wire over Mehrangarh Fort (1999 INR)
  • Optional: Join a Krishna cooking workshop and learn to cook ten traditional dishes (1500 INR)
  • Meet in the hostel at 4pm for a guided walking tour of the Blue City. Finish the tour at Toorji Step Well where you can have a drink at the cafe
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Day 11-12: Udaipur

Explore the Old City and the City Palace before enjoying a sunset boat cruise across Lake Pichola. Volunteer at the local animal rescue organisation, Animal Aid or join one of the many art classes on offer in Udaipur art villa, including henna, yoga and musical instrument classes.

  • Catch an 8am bus to Udaipur, arriving at the hostel in the early afternoon
  • Optional: Explore the Old City and City Palace (outside 30 INR, entry 300 INR)
  • Meet your guide at 5pm to catch the sunset as you take a boat cruise on Lake Pichola, where you can get the best views of the palace and old town
  • Optional: Enjoy a group dinner at the lakeshore restaurant (300-500 INR)
  • Optional: Volunteer for a few hours at a local animal rescue, Animal Aid (600 INR for a rickshaw group of 3)
  • Optional: Get creative at one of the local workshops, including art (250 INR per hour), henna (75 INR upwards), sitar or Indian drums (900 INR), or yoga (pay as you see fit)
  • Hop on the 9.30pm overnight train to Mumbai
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Day 13-15: Mumbai

Enjoy panoramic views from the hostel’s rooftop and treat your taste buds to Mumbai’s delicious street food. Explore the city’s famous heritage sites, from the Gate of Mumbai to the Taj Mahal Palace hotel, and even a tour of the Dharavi slum – guaranteed to shatter your expectations.

  • Continue your train ride throughout the morning
  • Arrive in Mumbai at approximately 2pm and head to the hostel
  • Enjoy a free afternoon to relax
  • Meet your guide at 5pm for a pre-departure briefing at the hostel
  • Get to know your fellow travellers over a group dinner
  • Optional: Experience the bustling city at night with a pub crawl (600 INR)
  • Explore the city of Mumbai with a walking tour taking you to the Gate of Mumbai and the Taj Mahal Palace hotel
  • Optional: Pay a visit to the Dhobi Ghat laundromat
  • Optional: Shatter your expectations with a tour of the Dharavi slum (500 INR)
  • Transfer to the airport and catch a flight to Goa
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Day 16-18: Goa

Swap the bustling city for the tranquillity of the beach as you enjoy ultimate rejuvenation in beautiful Goa. Spend your days working on your tan on famous beaches as well as those which remain hidden treasures, explore the Portuguese colonial old town and kayak your way through the serene backwaters.

  • Land in Goa and transfer to your accommodation, where you will arrive at approx. 6pm
  • Enjoy a free day relaxing on the beach or explore the Portuguese colonial buildings in the Old City
  • Optional: Experience a night out in India’s famous party state (at your own expense)
  • Make the most of another free day rejuvenating or exploring
  • Optional: Kayak through Goa’s rivers and backwaters (2833 INR)
  • Transfer to the station to catch a train to Hospet
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Day 19-20: Hampi

Take in a glorious sunset over Hampi’s famous rock-strewn landscape as you sit atop the giant boulders. Explore the famous religious hub of India, including the ruined temple complexes that gave the area its World Heritage title. Interact with the community and learn about the local rice plantations.

  • Arrive in Hospet and transfer to your accommodation in Hampi
  • Walk through the city ruins to Sunset Point for the best panoramic views of the area
  • Optional: Help the local temple give their resident elephant its daily bath in the Tungabhadra River (dependent on availability)
  • Set off on a day tour of Hampi taking you to the local rice fields and the heritage village of Anegundi
  • Stop for a picnic-style lunch on the banks of the river
  • Continue your day tour, take a boat ride across the river to visit Vijaya Vittala Temple and Virupaksha Temple
  • Return to the hostel and enjoy a free evening
  • Make the most of a free day to explore the rest of the Old City or any other recommended activities from your guide
  • Take a private transfer from the hostel to Hospet Train Station
  • Board the 9.10pm overnight train to Bangalore
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Day 21: Bangalore

Embark on a day tour of Bangalore as you trace the journey of Indian silk, from cocoons in a local village to sarees at the workplace of a traditional weaver. Continue your tour as you learn about tribal art forms at the Folklore Museum, before watching the local toymakers use simple hand techniques in a nearby village.

  • Arrive in Bangalore at approx. 6am and transfer directly to the hostel
  • At 9am, begin a day tour of local Bangalore and trace the journey of Indian silk from cocoon to sarees
  • Catch the action at Mulberry Silk Cocoon Market, pay a visit to the villages where silkworms grow and visit the workplaces of a traditional weaver of silk sarees
  • Visit the Folklore Museum and learn about tribal art forms
  • Stop by a toy-making factory and pay a visit to a local village to watch traditional toymakers use simple hand techniques
  • Return back to the hostel in the evening
  • At 8am, take a private transfer to Bangalore airport to catch a flight to Kochi
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Day 22-23: Munnar

Get close to nature as you camp in India’s largest tea-growing region. Explore the gorgeous forest region by bike and embark on a mountain trek. Enjoy the sunrise over the Butterfly Forest, and the sunset reflecting on Anaerangal Lake. No camping trip is complete without dinner and a sing-song around a campfire.

  • Land in Kochi at midday and transfer to your accommodation at a campsite, where you will arrive at approx. 5pm
  • Catch the sunrises over the Papathy Shola
  • Spend your days explore the beautiful surroundings with a forest cycling loop and Shola Mountain Trek
  • Watch the sunsets over the nearby Anaerangal Lake
  • Enjoy dinner around a campfire
  • Transfer back to Kochi at 9am
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Day 24-26: Kochi

Explore the culmination of cultures in one of India’s ancient port cities. With Portuguese, Dutch, Jewish, Chinese and Indian influences, your senses are in for a treat. Venture outside the city as you visit a local village and cruise down the backwaters by boat.

  • Arrive in Kochi, check in to your accommodation and grab some lunch (at your own expense)
  • Embark on an orientation walk of the city, taking you to the Chinese fishing boats, the Jewish quarter and Paradesi Synagogue
  • Continue your walking tour to Mattancherry Palace and Santa Crux Cathedral Basilica
  • Optional: Watch a Kathakali dance show. Head to the theatre an hour early to watch the actors paint their faces behind the scenes (350 INR)
  • At 8.30am, embark on a day tour of the region’s backwaters
  • Take a tour of one of the local villages
  • Cruise along the backwaters by boat
  • Stop for lunch at a local restaurant before heading back to the hostel
  • Optional: Watch a Kalaripayattu martial arts show (350 INR)
  • Optional: Enjoy a group dinner on your final night (500-1000 INR)
  • Say goodbye to your guide and fellow travellers and finish up your Dragon Trip tour.

Inclusions:

What’s included?

  • English-speaking Adventure Leaders
  • Accommodation in hostels which meet The Dragon Trip’s high standards. All hostels have their own unique Indian charm, and at the same time are safe, clean, and hygienic.
  • All train and bus tickets
  • Entry, transport and Adventures Leaders to some of India’s unmissable attractions, such as the Taj Mahal, a Camel Safari in the Thar Desert, and camping next to a shola forest (a full list of all unmissable activities is available on individual trip pages).
  • All taxes and charges.

What’s not included?

  • Flights to and from India
  • Aside from the many free unmissable activities The Dragon Trip offers you, we also offer some extra activities which are great value for money, safe and fun.
  • Food and Drink – Eating and drinking is incredibly cheap in India, but even so, the Dragon Trip still gives you access to a great range of discounts on food and drinks in the liveliest bars in town.
  • Any train/bus tickets for journeys made after the trip – we recommend using Cleartrip for trains and Redbus for buses.
  • Any hostels for after your trip has ended – if you require accommodation before or after your trip, we can help you book that!

Departures 2019 :

Departing Finishing
6th Apr, 2019 1st May, 2019
11th May, 2019 5th Jun, 2019
17th Aug, 2019 11th Sep, 2019
14th Sep, 2019 9th Oct, 2019
19th Oct, 2019 13th Nov, 2019
16th Nov, 2019 11th Dec, 2019

 

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