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Dive into Delhi, Varanasi, Agra and Bundi on this awesome jaunt around India

Ride a rickshaw in Delhi, brush up on your bargaining skillz in Chandni Chowk and have a spiritual experience in Varanasi. Snap a selfie at the Taj Mahal, wear pink in Jaipur and eat pakoras, samosas, tandoori and chicken tikka masalas – but remember, if you eat it all, there’ll be naan left.


Start
New Delhi, India
Finish
New Delhi, India
Country
India
Code
GIRV
Physical rating
Traveller’s rating
24 reviews
Ages
Min 18 , Max 39
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

Why we love this trip

  • Agra-cadabra! Do you believe in magic? Let us spell it out for you. T-a-j M-a-h-a-l. India has just pulled another punny rabbit out of the hat 

  • Delhi lights a fire in you that'll sizzle your nostril hairs. Harness the chaos with a 'Home Cooked Delhi' Urban Adventure, then request a lassi to drown out the flames

  • Oh, what's that running down your face? Those are tears my friend. A sunrise boat cruise down the Ganges River in Varanasi can melt the hardest of hearts

  • The stepwells of Bundi are deeper than late night conversations. But this is an enlightening experience that won't judge you afterwards

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip involves some long bus and train rides, which can be tiresome but offer a quintessential Indian experience. You’ll be taking a few overnight trains, including a 13-hour trip from Delhi to Varanasi, a 11-hour trip from Varanasi to Agra and a 10-hour trip from Bundi to Delhi.

  • Sleeper trains are clean and air-conditioned and a great way to travel long distances while still getting maximum time in each place. Beds are padded berths with sheets, pillow and blanket provided (although some people prefer to bring their own sleeping sheet). Please note that you may be sharing with locals of the same or opposite gender. For your own security, take a lock for your hand luggage.

  • We visit a number of temples on this trip, which requires a certain level of modesty. Please bring clothes that cover the arms and pants/skirts that go past the knees. A light scarf is also a good idea for covering shoulders and arms when it’s hot.

  • Depending on the time of year, temperatures in northern India can get very hot and very cold. Please bring layers and a range of adequate clothing, including thermals and sun protection.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2016 to 31 December 2016. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017

Namaste. Welcome to Delhi, India. Today is an arrival day with no planned activities, except for a pre-departure meeting tonight at around 6 pm. Please look for a note in the 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 the accommodation as soon as possible. After the meeting, perhaps pop out for an optional group dinner.



Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
This morning head out on a walking tour around the commercial heart of Delhi, visiting Chandni Chowk (Sheeshganj Gurudwara) and Connaught Place along the way. Explore Old Delhi on a bicycle rickshaw to dig that little bit deeper. You'll then have some free time to do as much sightseeing as you can, before boarding an overnight sleeper train bound for Varanasi. The journey should take around 13 hours and you'll arrive into Varanasi early in the morning.
Included Activities
  • Delhi - Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple)
  • Delhi - Old Delhi Walking Tour
Optional Activities
  • Delhi - Humayun's Tomb - INR500
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Arriving into Varanasi early, head straight to the hotel to freshen up before plunging head first into this holy city, which is one of the world's oldest. Explore the narrow laneways and backstreets on a walking tour with your guide, before watching the world pass by along the ghats. Your evening is then free to do as you wish.
Included Activities
  • Varanasi - Old City Walking Tour
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Wake up early and experience one of the highlights of your time in India. This morning, jump in boats and watch the sunrise over the Ganges. Pilgrims bathing, cremation fires and riverside haircuts - India is best before dawn and this is the best way to see it. The rest of your day is free to explore, before catching an overnight train to Agra tonight (approximately 11 hours).
Included Activities
  • Varanasi - Sunrise Boat cruise
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Arriving into Agra early this morning, head to the most iconic site in India, the Taj Mahal. The highlights of India just keep coming. You have a full day to explore Agra on a motorised rickshaw trip, with Agra Fort being another incredible optional activity in the afternoon. The rest of your day is then free.
Included Activities
  • Agra - Taj Mahal
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Jump on a bus this morning and travel for around four hours to Rajasthan's pink capital, Jaipur. On arrival into the city stop off at the Hawa Mahal (pink sandstone palace) before heading to your hotel. Use the opportunity to freshen up and then venture out for a walking tour of the old city. In your spare time, perhaps take an optional tour of the Jaipur City Palace.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
For many travellers, a hot air balloon experience is one of the highlights of Jaipur. Ballooning can be done over Jaipur on the morning of day 7, between September and June. For additional information, please see the important notes section of your trip notes. Later in the morning, enjoy a guided tour of the medieval Amber Fort with a local guide. The rest of your day is then free to explore Jaipur on your own.

Included Activities
  • Jaipur - Hawa Mahal photo stop
  • Jaipur - Amber Fort
  • Local Guide
Optional Activities
  • Jaipur - City Palace - INR400
  • Jaipur - Observatory - INR200
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Travel for around three hours this morning to Bundi, which feels like a world away from the chaos of Jaipur. Home to the famed stepwells and a ruined hilltop castle, it's a compact town best explored on foot. Meet your local guide and see this charming town through his eyes. Your guide will take you around the stepwell, Bundi Palace and may even point you in the right direction of best cup of chai in Rajasthan.
Included Activities
  • Bundi - Stepwell
  • Bundi - Bundi Palace
  • Bundi - Town walk
  • Local Guide
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Enjoy a free day checking out more of Bundi. There are approximately 50 stepwells in Bundi, as well as a pretty impressive lake. Bundi is a friendly town and it's really fun to wander in the streets leading up to the palace - this is a good way to get a feel for the town. Tonight, catch an overnight train to Delhi, which takes around ten hours. 
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Arrive into Delhi early, with the day free to do some more exploring. There are shopping experiences aplenty or perhaps book an Urban Adventure to get your last proper taste of India. An optional group dinner tonight is a great way to finish a memorable trip in this remarkable country.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Your North India adventure ends after breakfast this morning and you're free to leave the accommodation at any time. If you'd prefer to stay on in Delhi a little bit longer, then additional accommodation can be booked prior to travel (subject to availability).

Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

Meals

No meals are included on this tour

Transport

Auto-rickshaw, Bicycle rickshaw, Jeep, Local bus, Private vehicle, Train

Accommodation

Heritage Property (3 nights), Hotel (4 nights)

Included Activities

  • Delhi - Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple)
  • Delhi - Old Delhi Walking Tour
  • Varanasi - Old City Walking Tour
  • Varanasi - Sunrise Boat cruise
  • Agra - Taj Mahal
  • Jaipur - Hawa Mahal photo stop
  • Jaipur - Amber Fort
  • Local Guide
  • Bundi - Stepwell
  • Bundi - Bundi Palace
  • Bundi - Town walk

Reviews

Our North India Explorer trips score an average of 4.54 out of 5 based on 24 reviews in the last year.

North India Explorer, November 2016

Georgia Loane

North India Explorer, November 2016

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Important notes

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
Indian authorities have announced that all 500 and 1,000 rupee banknotes will be withdrawn from circulation. ATMs will not operate on 9-10 November 2016.
Until new notes are issued, you should not accept any denomination higher than 100 rupees (around AUD 2)
Please ensure you receive change from any purchases in 100 rupee notes or smaller.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
A single supplement is available for purchase on this trip. This single supplement covers all nights with the exception of night 2 and 9 on the overnight train.

HOT AIR BALLOONING JAIPUR
Hot air balloon flights are operated by Sky Waltz in Jaipur. Flights operate mornings from September to June and morning and evening from September to March. Morning flights depart around sunrise and evening flights late afternoon and last 60 mins. Return transfers, tea and coffee plus light refreshments and a certificate of flight are included in the cost.
You can register your interest and pay your tour leader at your joining meeting on day 1 of your trip.
USD250 Payment must be made in cash
Flights are subject to weather conditions and tickets are fully refundable.

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