Days 14 | Starts Delhi | Finishes Delhi From $1499

IndIA

 

India is like nowhere else on earth. The vibrant colours of the buildings and clothes, the smells of spices and incense, the sights of majestic monuments & temples are all part of daily life. By joining this tour you will journey through some of the most renowned cities in northern India. You’ll explore the food markets of Old Delhi with a local guide, make a flower offering at sunset on the Ganges in the holy city of Varanasi, and get lost in the winding alleys of Jodhpur; the Blue City. We’ll take you for a blessing by a Brahmin priest in the desert city of Pushkar where we ride camels in the dunes, walk through local villages in the outskirts of Udaipur, and have sunset and sunrise at the Taj Mahal plus much more. This tour across Delhi, Varanasi, and through Rajasthan will truly be an experience like no other. 

Crew

YOUR TOUR GUIDE, DRIVERS & LOCAL GUIDES

 

ACTIVITIES

23 activities, 6 OPTIONAL EXTRAS OVER 7 LOCATIONS

 

Transport

All TRANSPORT FROM DAY 2 TO DAY 13

 

Accomm

13 NIGHTS OF ACCOMMODATION

 

OLA Family

MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE 22 PEOPLE

 

Food

13 BreAKFASTS |  6 Dinners

 

CREW

Your tour guide, your drivers & your local guides

Our crew comprises of award-winning tour guides who will make your trip unforgettable. Expertly trained and prepared for every circumstance – they’ll be your new best mate and a fountain of knowledge all wrapped up in one and will stop at nothing to make your trip life-changing. Our India tour has the addition of our amazing “Local Legends”. These are local tour guides from each city we visit so no matter where we go, our groups will always have a real local experience. 

 

ACTIVITIES

#23 included, 6 optional extras over #7 locations

As with all our trips we have handpicked the must-see and must-do activities to include in each location, plus some unique One Life experiences along the way. You’ll check out the Lotus Temple and Sikh Mega Kitchen in Dehli, plus a local guided street-food tour of some of our favourite spots. We include a homestay experience in Varanasi where we have a private boat on the Ganges at sunset and see the famous Burning Ghats. You’ll ride camels in the desert before settling into you glamping site where you will have an interactive cooking demo for dinner. You’ll see temples, forts, rural villages, markets, lake cruises, plus of course the breathtaking Taj Mahal for sunset and sunrise. 

 

TRANSPORT

We include all your transport, from day 2 to day 13

Transport in India can be a little daunting! That’s why we have sourced clean and comfortable transport, which is a mix of public and private, for the whole tour. Everything from tuk-tuks in the old streets of Dehli to the famous Indian overnight trains which will take you across the state is included and will get you to each destination smoothly. 1 flight is also included from Varanasi to Agra. The only transport we don’t provide is your transfers to/from the airport on Day 1 and Day 14.

ACCOMMODATION

#13 nights of accommodation

Our accommodation in India is a great mix of old and new! All our accommodation (apart from the homestay in Varanasi) is twin or double share with aircon and ensuite facilities. Each one was personally tested by us to make sure it met our standards. They are clean and are in great locations to explore from. During this tour we stay in some special accommodation such as our glamping spot in Pushkar, and a few Havelis (beautiful traditional Indian buildings) along the way. 

 

OLA FAMILY

Maximum group size #22 people

We like to cap our group sizes so you’ll never feel like you’re being shepherded around. Smaller groups mean you’ll leave your trip with a whole new family; we don’t worry about age so you shouldn’t either! You’ll be travelling with like-minded people from all different walks of life but one thing in common – the passion to travel differently.

 

FOOD

#13 breakfasts  #6 dinners

The food in India needs no introduction! It’s cuisine is one of the most famous in the world, with good reason. What we can tell you is this; if you haven’t eaten India food in India then you’re in for a treat. Sumptuous feasts of curries, rice, breads, and sauces will cover the tables. Grilled chicken and lamb, tandooris, sweets, and of course fresh chai tea on the side of the road. India is also a paradise for vegetarians and vegans! Get ready to sample some of the best food in each city we visit with the help of our local guides. For you real foodies out there we also include an interactive cooking demo at our camp, and a guided food tasting tour of Dehl!

 

IN A NUTSHELL

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DAY 1 - ARRIVE INDIA

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Day 2 - DELHI TOUR

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Day 3 - VARANASI

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DAY 4 - AGRA SUNSET

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DAY 5 - TAJ MAHAL

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DAY 6 - JAIPUR

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DAY 7/8 - PUSHKAR

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DAY 9 - JODHPUR

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DAY 10 - BLUE CITY

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DAY 11 - UDAIPUR

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DAY 12 - VILLAGE

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DAY 13 - DELHI FOOD

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DAY 14 - GOODBYE!

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DAY 1 – ARRIVE IN INDIA!

Welcome to India, a country that requires little introduction. Unrivalled cultures awash throughout the huge sub-continent, giving rise to phenomenal food, warm people, incredible diversity and immersive architecture influenced by religion, pride, patriotism and history. Walking around the streets of India can feel like a trip through time, watching brahmins wash in the rivers of the Ganges one morning and then glimpsing sun rays bounce of the glistening white marble walls of the Taj Mahal the next. This is India.

Arrive any time throughout the day and meet your group leader in your hotel in the heart of New Delhi. Tonight we’ll venture out as a group for our welcome dinner and our first chance to sample that famous Indian Cuisine.

● Accommodation: Twin Rooms
● Inclusions: Welcome Dinner
● Optional Activities: N/A
● Meals: Dinner

 

DAY 2 – DELHI TOUR & OVERNIGHT TO VARANASI

After breakfast, we’ll head out with our local guide through the streets of Delhi and get our first real introduction into Indian life. Our first stop is a beautiful Sikh Temple which your local legend will tour you around and educate you on this important religion and culture. You’ll then step into the huge mass kitchen, where Sikh’s provide free meals daily to residents of the city. Watch how thousands of Chapatti’s are made and stir the giant curry pots yourself. After lunch, we’ll then head to the illustrious Lotus Temple, wander around the gardens before heading inside for a moment of silence to reflect on your reasons for visiting this great country. In the evening we’ll take our first overnight train to the oldest inhabited city in the world…Varanasi.

● Accommodation: Overnight Train – A/C Class
● Inclusions: Delhi City tour with local guide
● Optional Activities: N/A
● Meals: Breakfast & Packed Dinner

 

DAY 3 – WELCOME TO VARANASI

Prepare for a real attack on the senses as we visit one of the holiest cities in the world. This is a true Indian city where cows roam the street, Tuk Tuks provide a symphony on the roads, narrow alleyways with tall buildings almost block out the sunlight and form a maze close to the Ganges River. Hindu priests bathed in grey ash wash in the holy waters and bodies burn as cremations to the Hindu Gods. After we arrive, we’ll check into a traditional homestay, feast on breakfast and relax before our venture into the madness. Our new local legend will guide us around the streets before we finish with a relaxing sunset cruise on the river and watch the daily Brahmin Ceremony on the banks on the Ganges. We’ll finish the day with a family dinner at the homestay and get some well deserved rest.

● Accommodation: Double/Twin/Triple/Quad Rooms
● Inclusions: Varanasi Heritage Walk, Sunset Boat Cruise with offerings and visiting the Ganga Arti Ceremony, visit to the Burning Ghats
● Optional Activities: N/A
● Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

 

DAY 4 – SUNSET AT THE TAJ MAHAL

In the morning, feel free to take advantage of the optional sunrise boat ride on the river. After breakfast we’ll check out and head to the airport to take a flight to Agra, home to a wonder of the world. On arrival we’ll check into our hotel and then take Tuk Tuks to a quiet garden south of the Taj to view this magnificent structure away from the crowds at sunset. Tomorrow we’ll head inside, but today is all about enjoying the beauty that this building has to offer. We’ll grab dinner in the evening and get an early night as we are up for sunrise tomorrow.

● Accommodation: Double/Twin Rooms
● Inclusions: Domestic Flight with 15kgs check-in luggage, all transport, Taj Mahal Sunset Viewing from across the river
● Optional Activities: Sunrise Boat Cruise Varanasi, Agra Fort
● Meals: Breakfast

 

DAY 5 – SUNRISE TAJ MAHAL & TRAVEL TO JAIPUR

An early start today as we wake up at the crack of dawn to head to the Taj Mahal in an attempt to beat the crowds and see this place in almost perfect silence. Your new local guide will show you the best spots to see the building, where Princess Diana took that famous shot and of course the fascinating story of romance behind one of the world’s most recognisable buildings. We’ll get to walk inside and learn all the secrets that most people don’t know about what makes the Taj Mahal just that more special. After, we’ll head back to the hotel for breakfast and jump on a day train to Jaipur to complete our visit to the Golden Triangle. On arrival to Jaipur we’ll make our way to our stunning traditional accommodation in the heart of the old town and then watch a Bollywood movie the way the director intended it to be watched, in one of the grandest theatres in the world.

● Accommodation: Double/Twin Rooms
● Inclusions: Sunrise at the Taj Mahal, Bollywood Movie
● Optional Activities: N/A
● Meals: Breakfast

 

DAY 6 – JAIPUR

After breakfast in the hotel, our guide will meet us to take us on an orientation walk of the old town. We’ll get to visit the local market, understand the origins of the “Pink City”, meet some locals and market traders, learn all about the spices that are synonymous to Indian cooking and view the excellent Palace of the Winds. We’ll then all jump in Tuk Tuks to visit Galta-Ji, or otherwise known as the Monkey Temple. A temple built into the hills that is the home to hundreds of grey long tailed Asian monkeys. We’ll then come back to Jaipur where you will then have the rest of the day free to explore the other sites of this famous city.

● Accommodation: Double/Twin Rooms
● Inclusions: Orientation Walk of City and Market, Galta-Ji Monkey Temple
● Optional Activities: Leopard Safari, Jantar Mantar, Jaipur City Palace, Amber Fort
● Meals: Breakfast

 

DAY 7 – PUSHKAR & SUNSET ON THE LAKE

After breakfast in the morning, we’ll then take the bus to Pushkar, known as the holiest town in India after Varanasi. Pushkar is a backpacker’s paradise with amazing food, beautiful markets, rolling landscapes, hiking and unrivalled sunsets over the holy central lake. Tonight we sleep in the desert in a purpose built campsite with huge tents fitted with comfortable beds. In the afternoon, a local Brahmin will induct you to Pushkar properly with a blessing on the lake, we’ll then grab a drink at a lakeside cafe before heading back to camp to sleep under the stars.

● Accommodation: Double/Twin Rooms
● Inclusions: Pushkar Orientation Walk and Brahmin Blessing by holy lake
● Optional Activities: N/A
● Meals: Breakfast: Breakfast

 

DAY 8 – PUSHKAR

Today we have the whole day to drink in the essence of this great little town. Take an optional sunrise hike to a temple for imperious views of the city and lake at sunrise or take up some yoga on the deck of the infinity pool, the morning is truly yours. Around noon, we’ll shuttle everyone into Pushkar for free time to explore the town at your leisure. Browse the markets, take a yoga class, or simply read a book on the steps by the lake. We’ll then head back to camp to take a camel safari through the desert at sunset. On returning we’ll work with some local villagers to learn how to cook traditional Indian cuisine.

● Accommodation: Double/Twin Rooms
● Inclusions: Camel desert safari, Cooking dinner with locals
● Optional Activities: Sunrise Hike, Yoga Class
● Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

 

DAY 9 – TRAVEL TO JODHPUR

Today we wave goodbye to Pushkar and take an afternoon train to the home of the blue city, Jodhpur. On arrival in the evening, we’ll transfer to our traditional Haveli accommodation. Haveli’s used to be the go-to stopovers for travelling royalty in India and each comes equipped with beautiful Indian architecture and art often with a throwback to the centuries gone with a modern flavour for more comfort. Our Haveli is situated in the middle of the blue city where the walls are painted blue throughout this labyrinth of buildings in the shadow of the ever imposing Mehrangarh Fort. After checking in, we’ll meet on the rooftop for dinner to catch our first glimpse of one of our favourite cities in Rajasthan.

● Accommodation: Double/Twin Rooms
● Inclusions: N/A
● Optional Activities: Sunrise Yoga
● Meals: Breakfast

 

DAY 10 – MEHRANGARH FORT, BLUE CITY WALK & STREET FOOD CLASSICS

We’ll give you the morning free to relax after the travelling yesterday. Venture on a walk around the blue city (don’t forget your camera), take a rooftop yoga class or for those more adventurous, zip line over the ramparts of the Jodhpur fort. We’ll meet in the early afternoon and walk to the Mehrangarh fort together with our local guide. Your guide will show you around the immaculately kept fort and along with your audio guide, we’re sure you’ll leave this place with a fantastic sense of Indian Royal life. After, we’ll walk through the blue city and stop off at the Jodhpur stepwell, an impressive feat of ancient stone work before walking around the clock tower market to sample some famous Saffron Lassi and delicious samosas. We’ll then make our way back to our accommodation to finish the day.

● Accommodation: Double/Twin Rooms
● Inclusions: Mehrangarh Fort, Blue City Tour, Jodhpur Step-Well visit, Market & Food Tour
● Optional Activities: Sunrise Yoga, Flying Fox Zipline, Blue City Photography Walking Tour
● Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

 

DAY 11 – TRAVEL TO UDAIPUR

Today we’ll be taking an 8am bus to Udaipur and arriving around 2pm, perfect for checking in to your central accommodation. Udaipur is known as the “White City” as well as the city of lakes and you’ll see why on arrival, it is also the location for filming the James Bond film, Octopussy! The lakes and palace like structures provide a perfect balance between the hectic and the tranquil and no better way to experience this is with a walk through the markets and old town and finishing with a private sunset cruise on the lake. After, we’ll then head to one of our favourite rooftop restaurants for dinner with a view.

● Accommodation: Double/Twin Rooms
● Inclusions: Udaipur Orientation Walk, Private Sunset Boat Cruise on Lake Pitchola
● Optional Activities: N/A
● Meals: Breakfast

 

DAY 12 – LOCAL VILLAGE VISIT, BIKE TOUR & FREE TIME

An early start today as we head out of town to take a fantastic bike ride through typical Indian Villages. A well known saying in India is that “You haven’t seen India until you’ve seen the villages” and we could not agree more since 80% of the population live out here. Our local guide is from the village and so will introduce you to the ways the locals live, teach you about their survival, culture and heritage as well as show us the local temples important to village life. We’ll also get to visit a local school during our time in this area. After, we’ll head back to town to check out and we’ll give you the rest of the day free to take one last trip around the markets or grab a beer in a rooftop. We’ll be taking our final overnight train tonight, so make sure to make the most of your final day in Rajasthan.

● Accommodation: Overnight Train – A/C Class
● Inclusions: Bike Ride with village visit, school visit
● Optional Activities: Udaipur City Palace
● Meals: Breakfast

 

DAY 13 – OLD DELHI FOOD TOUR & ‘WEDDING STREET’

We’ll arrive back into New Delhi in the morning, drop off our bags at the hotel and grab some breakfast. We’ll check in as early as we can and allow the afternoon for rest after your long trip from Udaipur. In the evening our final local legend will accompany us to Old Delhi, a city lost in time but abound with scrumptious delicacies. Our guide will educate us on the area, fill our bellies with Indian sweets and snacks and then arrange for us to take Rickshaws through Chowa Chowak to Mutton Street for us to finish with some of the most delicious skewers and Islamic food available. We’ll then head to a bar for our final night together before making our way back to our accommodation for a well-earned rest.

● Accommodation: Double/Twin Rooms
● Inclusions: Old Delhi Food tour, Rickshaw Rides
● Optional Activities: N/A
● Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

 

DAY 14 – DEPART

Today is our final day together in fantastic India. Your local guide can help you arrange transport to the airport to whatever destination you are off to next. We hope we have shown you why India is a dream location for most people, why Indian food should be on the top of everyone’s cuisine bucket lists and why India holds so much more than you could have ever imagined. Have a safe journey to where-ever you are off to next and always remember to #exploremore

● Accommodation: N/A
● Meals: Breakfast

 

 

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