18-to-Thirtysomethings: North to South India on a Shoestring (AHDC)

Countries Visited: India
Trip Style: Information Not available
Service Level: Basic
  • Excellent value, amazing prices, quality experiences
  • Simple and clean hotels, guesthouses and hostels chosen for location and character
  • Affordable public and private transport for maximum cultural interaction
  • Plenty of optional activities tailored to your interests and budget
    Physical Demands Rating: 2 - There'll be some light walking and hiking. Suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
    Group Size: Max 18, avg 14.
    Meals Included: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
    Accommodations: Not Availaible

    Admire the Taj Mahal and Amber Fort, capture colourful Rajasthan in your viewfinder, relax on quiet beaches in Goa, connect with the locals at a homestay, savour delicious Indian cuisine

    From the hectic pace of northern Delhi to the beaches of Goa and the fishing nets of relaxed Kochi, this epic journey packages the subcontinent's highlights into three well-paced weeks. Watch the sunrise at Savitri temple in Pushkar and explore the canals of Alleppey on your way to a homestay with a local family. With your accommodation and transport arranged by our CEOs, you can concentrate on choosing your own adventure. Pack your trip with everything you want - and nothing you dont. What are you waiting fors Lush hills, bustling cities, and mouth-watering curries await!
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    Tour Operator
    G Adventures
    21 Days
    Escorted - Yes
    Day 1DelhiDay 1 Delhi
    If you arrive early, wander through the heart of Indias capital city and explore Old and New Delhi. Travel by the new metro or auto rickshaws and visit the famous Jama Masjid (Great Mosque) where you could climb the minaret for a birds eye view of the old city. Explore Chandni Chowk, one of Indias oldest and busiest markets or head to the colourful spice market -- a great photo opportunity. Additional Notes: Please note this tour departs Delhi early on Day 2, so book extra accommodation if you would like to explore the city. Day tours can be booked through the front desk of your hotel if you do arrive early. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    Day 2AgraDay 2 Delhi/Agra
    Agra is best known as the site of India's most famous landmark, the Taj Mahal. Enjoy a guided visit to this icon of Mughal architecture either in the morning or late afternoon for the best light (this depends upon your arrival time). You also have the option to visit the Agra Fort, the Taj's less famous-but no less impressive-sister monument. Included Activities: Taj Mahal Guided Tour Transport: Train (3.00 hour(s))
    Day 3JaipurDay 3 Agra/Jaipur
    Today we take a bus ride-always an adventure itself in India- to the capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur, the former capital of a princely state of the same name. Clothed in pink stucco (in imitation of sandstone), Jaipur is known as the "Pink City" and is one of the most important heritage cities in India. It is home to India's second most visited site, the Hawa Mahal, or "Palace of the Winds". Take a cycle rickshaw to the markets and enjoy an orientation walk through the stalls. If you havent tasted one yet, this is a great place to try a delicious masala chai (Indian chai tea). In your free time, opt to visit the City Palace, the observatory, or check out a song-and-dance Bollywood film in Indias largest movie theatre. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: There will be a stop around the half-way point for snacks and toilets. Local bus (7.00 hour(s))
    Day 4JaipurDay 4 Jaipur
    Enjoy a guided tour of the Amber Fort before having a free afternoon in Jaipur to explore the city. Included Activities: Amber Fort Guided Tour
    Day 5Tordi SagarDay 5 Jaipur/Tordi Sagar (1D)
    Go on an included guided walk through the local village and opt to participate in a cricket match with some locals. Included Activities: Tordi Sagar Local Village Tour Transport: 4x4 (3.00-4.00 hours)
    Day 6PushkarDay 6 Tordi Sagar/Pushkar (1B, 1L)
    Have a final taste of rural village life with a traditional lunch before travelling to Pushkar. This morning, travel to Ajmer and over Snake Mountain to Pushkar. The site of the world's only temple to the Hindu god of creation, Brahma, Pushkar is often called "Tirth Raj," the Raj (king) of pilgrim centres. After settling into our accommodation, we will take an orientation walk around Pushkar. Included Activities: Pushkar Orientation Walk Transport: 4x4 (4.00 hour(s))
    Day 7PushkarDay 7 Pushkar (1D)
    Before dawn today, we climb to the hilltop Savitri temple. After the morning walk, there is nothing better than spending time at one of the many cafEs in town. All rested, head into the desert and enjoy to a traditional meal prepared and served by local cameleers, with gypsy dancers and music. Included Activities: Savitri Temple Climb Dinner in the desert
    Day 8UdaipurDay 8 Pushkar/Udaipur
    Continue south to lakeside Udaipur, famous worldwide for its plethora of breathtaking lakes and Raj-era palaces. It certainly lives up to its reputation as Indias most romantic city. With its own famous style of painting and plenty of artisans, Udaipur is a great place to stroll through. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Train (7.00-8.00 hours)
    Days 9-10UdaipurDays 9-10 Udaipur
    Free time to explore the "Venice of the East" with its lakes, palaces, and narrow lanes.
    Day 11MumbaiDay 11 Udaipur/Mumbai
    Take a local bus to Ahmedabad and explore the famous Gandhi Ashram at Sabarmati. Overnight train from Ahmedabad to Mumbai. Included Activities: Gandhi Ashram Visit Transport: Local bus (5.00-6.00 hours) Basic overnight train (beds) (7.00-8.00 hours)
    Day 12MumbaiDay 12 Mumbai
    Opt to shoot a picture of the Gateway to India, facing westward out to sea, and stop in for a cup of tea at the famous Taj Hotel next door. From here boats leave for Elephanta Island (also called Gharapuri Island or place of caves), famous for is cave temples carved straight from the rock. People-watch on Chowpatty Beach or visit Crawford Market, one of South Mumbais most famous markets. Try some of the many local specialties at one of Mumbai's many top-notch restaurants, or go out on the town and sample the city's famed nightlife firsthand.
    Day 13GoaDay 13 Mumbai/Goa
    Relax on a beach, visit the many Portuguese-built monuments, wander around the old churches of Old Goa (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and discover Panjim, the capital. Transport: Plane (1.00 hour(s))
    Day 14GoaDay 14 Goa
    Enjoy a free day to wind down in North Goa. Visit nearby beaches, scour the markets, and be sure to try to some delicious Goan cuisine and fresh seafood.
    Day 15KochiDay 15 Goa/Kochi
    Fly to southern India and explore this major port city. Additional Notes: Today, new travellers may join you for the rest of your adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening followed by an optional dinner. Transport: Plane (3.25 hour(s))
    Day 16AlleppeyDay 16 Kochi/Alleppey (1L, 1D)
    Leaving early to avoid the heat, enjoy the Jewish Town with its old curio shops and the more than 400-year-old synagogue. Travel afterwards to Alleppey, a golden streak of land woven with rivers, lakes, lagoons, and canals. In the afternoon, we check out the island with a local English-speaking guide and learn about the way of life here. Afterwards, settle into a homestay and get to know your hosts. Included Activities: Alleppey Guided Walk Alleppey Homestay Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s))
    Day 17KollamDay 17 Alleppey/Kollam (1B, 1L)
    Travel to Kollam by bus after enjoying a morning ferry cruise. Included Activities: Alleppey Ferry Cruise Orientation Walk Transport: Local bus (2.00 hour(s))
    Day 18VarkalaDay 18 Kollam/Varkala
    Enjoy lots of free time to explore the town, relax with an Ayurvedic massage, get treated by local healers, or visit the Varkala Temple. Included Activities: Kollam Fishing Docks Visit Neendakara Fishing Harbour Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s))
    Day 19VarkalaDay 19 Varkala
    Spend time wandering the peaceful gardens of an ashram devoted to Keralas most eminent spiritual and social reformer and the mystical Janardhana Swamy Temple, or just head to the beach to relax and watch the Arabian Sea.
    Day 20KochiDay 20 Varkala/Kochi
    Travel to Kochi and take an orientation tour visiting Fort Kochi, St Francis Church, the Dutch cemetery, and the Chinese fishing nets. In the late afternoon/early evening, opt to watch Kathakali dancing (a Kerala traditional dance form). Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Train (3.50-4.00 hours)
    Day 21KochiDay 21 Kochi
    Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day

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    Local Flights: All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.

    Please Note: Only 1 piece of luggage that weighs up to 15kgs will be permitted on our internal flights in India. For any extra weight the airline may charge an additional fee at the time of check-in.

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    Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.

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