North India Explorer

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16 people
11 days
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Overview of North India Explorer

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.

Trip Summary for North India Explorer

Start Location: Delhi,   End Location: Delhi

Countries Visited: India, 
Meals Included: Breakfast: 0   Lunches: 0   Dinners: 0
Highlights:

    • 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

 

Day 1 - Delhi
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.

Day 2 - Delhi - Varanasi Overnight train
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.

Day 3 - Varanasi
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.

Day 4 - Varanasi - Agra Overnight train
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).

Day 5 - Agra
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.

Day 6 - Jaipur
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.

Day 7 - Jaipur
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.

Day 8 - Bundi
Travel for around five 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.

Day 9 - Bundi - Delhi overnight train
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. 

Day 10 - Delhi
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.

Day 11 - Delhi
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).

Accommodation, Food (as stated), Transport, Selected Activities
Meals Included: Breakfast: 0 Lunches: 0 Dinners: 0
Highlights:

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

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