Delhi to Mumbai
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Asia is the continent where overlanding all started, and Dragoman has been the leading operator there since our first trucks went through in the 1980s - take advantage of our years of experience and come with us as we include all the must-see attractions as well as heading into the wilds, well away from the usual tourist trail. This fantastic trip takes us on a journey through the magnificent land of Rajasthan, one of India's most colourful provinces! There's the white lakeside city of Udaipur, the blue city of Jodhpur, the golden city of Jaisalmer and the bright lights of Mumbai to explore. This is also a wonderful trip to meet the local people - we will travel through the remote western Thar Desert on a sunset camel train, experience true Indian hospitality in a homestay in Jodphur, and see the valuable work of the Sambhali Trust to empower local women. We'll also discovering the awe-inspiring ancient caves and temples of Ajanta and Ellora, and visit palaces fit for a maharajah. Join Dragoman on this wonderful and unforgettable overlanding experience!

Duration: 16 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Local Culture & Cuisine, Historical Sites Physical rating: Light
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 157972
Starts: Delhi, India Finishes: Mumbai, India
You will visit
  • Delhi
  • Bikaner
  • Jaisalmer
  • Jodhpur
  • Sambhali Trust
  • Udaipur
  • Mandu
  • Ajanta
  • Ellora
  • Mumbai



Day 1: Delhi

Border Information: If joining the trip in Delhi, you will likely enter India at Delhi Indira Ghandi International Airport (IATA code: DEL).

Today is a free day to explore Delhi. There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm - please look for a note from your tour leader when you arrive at the hotel giving more details about this meeting.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Delhi before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Delhi.

In Delhi we will stay in a local hotel.


Day 2: Bikaner

Today we start our journey with a 400km drive to Bikaner. The drive will take us most of the day, stopping en route for lunch.

In Bikaner we will either stay in a local hotel or camp at an eco-lodge a short distance outside the city.

Estimated Drive Time - 10 hours (please note that all drive times given here are approximate estimates only and are given with the best intentions - however please be aware that the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, borders and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).


Day 3: Jaisalmer

Today we continue our journey with a drive of 385kms to ancient Rajasthani city of Jaisalmer, stopping at the Karni Mata (Rat Temple) en-route. 

We base ourselves in Jaisalmer for the next 3 nights, staying in a comfortable local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-7 hours, depending on the length of the visit to Karmi Mata.


Day 4: Jaisalmer

This morning is free time to to explore more of Jaisalmer. In the late afternoon we wil head out on an included camel safari into the Thar Desert - exploring the desert with local Rajasthani camel drivers is the most authentic way to experience the area!

Tonight we camp out in the desert, sleeping under the stars.


Day 5: Jaisalmer

This morning we will return from the our camel safari. The rest of the day if free to relax or explore more of Jaisalmer and the surrounding area.

Tonight we return to our hotel in Jaisalmer.


Day 7: Jodhpur

This morning we will drive 285kms from Jaisalmer to another famous Rajasthani city, Jodhpur.  En route to Jodhpur we will make our visit to the Sambhali Trust project (a charitable project that works for the empowerment of women and girls in Rajasthan), where we will learn about the efforts of the project and make a group donation from the kitty.

After our visit we will make our way to our accommodation that has been set up by local families in their own homes for visitors. We will be splitting up into 2 or 3 small groups for our homestays.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-7 hours, depending on the length of the visit to the Sambhali Trust.

On the following day we will be in and around Jodhpur. In the morning we will visit the Meherangarh Fort and Palace and the afternoon is free to explore. 


Day 8: Udaipur

After breakfast we set off for a 260km drive to Udaipur, visiting the Jain Temple at Ranakpur en route. We will have 3 nights in Udaipur, giving us plenty of time to discover this amazing, romantic Rajasthani city.

In Udaipur we will stay in a comfortable hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours, depending on the length of the visit to Ranakpur Temple


Day 10: Udaipur

We will have 2 free days for exploration of the sites of Udaipur and relaxing on one of the many roof-top terraces in the city.


Day 11: Mandu

Leaving Udaipur, we will be joined by a local cook who will accompany us during the next few days whilst we are wild camping.

Today will mostly be spent travelling the 220kms to Mandu, via the backroads of rural Rajasthan. We are well off the tourist trail here and tonight we will wildcamp, perhaps on the edge of a local village.

Estimated Drive Time - 8 hours.


Day 12-14: Ajanta

Today we will visit Mandu, an extensive and largely abandoned hill-top fort from the Mughal era. We will then spend the afternoon driving to our wild camp spot near Kharwand Dam, en route towards Ajanta.

Estimated Drive Time - 5 hours.

The next day we complete the drive to Ajanta, arriving in the afternoon. We will visit the complex of 29 ancient Buddhist temples cut into the rock face. We will camp nearby.

The following day drive a short distance to Ellora where we will have an included visit to the ancient Buddhist, Hindu and Jain caves - a set of a small temples in the rock face dating from the 6th to 11th centuries. We will camp in the same campsite tonight.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.


Day 15: Mumbai

Setting off early, we will say goodbye to our local cook and drive 400kms to Mumbai, arriving late afternoon.

Tonight we stay in a comfortable hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 9 hours.


Day 16: Mumbai

Border Information: If you are leaving in Mumbai, you will most likely exit India from Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (IATA code: BOM).

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Mumbai. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Dragoman Sales team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.

    • Witness the incredible spectacle of the 20,000 sacred rats in the Karni Mata Temple in Deshnok, near Bikaner
    • Trek into the Thar Desert on a magical overnight camel safari with local Rajasthani camel drivers
    • Freely explore the blue city of Jodhpur and visit the mighty Mehrangarh Fort, the largest fort in Rajasthan
    • Stay overnight in a guestrooms of a local family's home, and experience a slice of true Indian hospitality
    • Visit and support the Dragoman-supported Sambhali Trust near Jodhpur, and see the excellent work they do to provide local women and girls with education and vocational skills
    • Visit the incredible Jain Temple of Ranakpur and its forest of 1440 pillars whilst en route to Udaipur
    • Visit the tomb of Hoshang Shah, the first Muslim leader of Mandu - the tomb itself is India's first marble building and one of the most refined examples of Afghan-syle architecture in the country
    • Visit the stunning courtyards and grand entrances of the Jama Masjid Mosque, modelled on the Great Mosque of Damascus
    • Explore the deserted medieval hilltop city of Mandu and its incredible Royal Enclave, including the famous Jahaz Mahal (Ship Palace)
    • Take a guided visit around the incredible Buddhist rock caves and paintings of Ajanta, some dating back as far as the 2nd century BCE
    • Explore the stunning Buddhist, Hindu and Jain rock-cut temples and monasteries of Ellora, the finest examples of Indian rock-cut architecture
    Tour Staff
    • 2 crew, local guides as necessary and a local cook from Udaipur to Ellora
    • 25% Camping - 75% Hotels
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