Old and new, colour and chaos, sticky cities and lush mountain ranges - India is a bustling cacophony of wonderful that blazes a trail in your memory long after you return home. If you're ready to have your senses awakened, your imagination brought to life like never before and your perception of the world changed forever, this is the journey you need to experience at least once in a lifetime.
What’s up Indian explorers! Who’s ready for an intoxicating dose of spice, flavour, yoga, beauty,colour, culture, and everything else wonderful that India can provide? The next 12 days are likely tobe some of the best of your life so get ready for some serious memory making, starting off withmeeting your new travel fam this evening.
Delhi, prepare to be officially conquered. Today is all about exploring one of the world’s mosthustling, bustling, and all out crazy cities, home to a staggering 25 million people (for real). Togetherwith our Local Guide we’ll be taking in the sights and learning the stories of Old Delhi, hopping in rickshaws during our explorations to weave a paththrough the back streets. Stopping for lunch to appease rumbling tummies with tangy street fooddelights like kachori, pakora and jelebi we’ll then make our way to the Gurdwara Sikh Temple.Riding high on the culture wave the afternoon is then yours to explore Delhi your way with free timeto go a-wandering. Maybe swap mayhem for tranquillity at the Lodi Gardens, or visit the legendaryHumayun’s Tomb. Dinner tonight is a DIY vibe, tasting the very best of Delhi with your new crew.
Today’s the day peeps (you know what we’re talking about). After stocking up at breakfast we’lljump on the bus with Agra in our sights.
Who’s ready for some serious bucketlist ticking? Linking up with our Local Guide we’ll mosey ourway over to two of India’s finest, visiting first the UNESCO World Heritage Agra Fort, and then themain event – the Taj Mahal. We’ll hook you up with an entry ticket so you can explore at your ownpace, learning about the incredible love story that resulted in the creation of one of the New SevenWonders of the World. Take your time exploring – after all, you’ve probably been waiting a lifetimefor this moment – then tonight head out with the gang for a DIY dinner, Agra style.
Still living off the Taj dream we’ll wave goodbye to Agra early this morning with eyes firmly on thewild horizon.
Feel the calm of nature sweep over you as we arrive at Ranthambhore National Park, one of thelargest and most renowned National Parks in Northern India and our home for the night. After alunch pit-stop we’ll make our way to the Dhonk Craft Centre, a cooperative that was set up to servea dual purpose – to employ those who would otherwise only find income from tiger poaching, andalso to preserve traditional artistry. Handicrafts lovers will be in craft utopia at the beautifulcreations on offer from the local ladies, and spending is guilt free knowing that your money is goingtowards sustaining a local community. Feel good vibes on high we’ll end the day with a tasty groupdinner set against a back drop none of us will be forgetting any time soon.
Who’s up for more legendary #NOREGRETS moments? Damn right you are, as this morning is allabout one thing – tigers. Oh yes have we got one incredible ME TIME Optional lined up for you – asunrise safari adventure to try and spot these magnificent predators as they should be seen – in thewild. Safari trucks will pick you up from your accommodation, then we’ll head out into the lushforest for some serious wildlife watching. Wild animals AND an epic sunrise all before breakfast, andJaipur next on the agenda? You could call that one way to start the day.
Old and new, colour and chaos, camels and rickshaws – Jaipur is a hustling hot mess of wonderful.We’ll jump straight in to city life with a locally guided tour of the best bits, checking out thearchitecturally complex City Palace in the Old City, as well as the vibrant Bazaars selling everythingfrom traditional Rajasthan jewellery to textiles, brassware and furniture (and of course street food,as by this stage we’re totally hooked). Tonight run wild in the city, tasting and exploring with yourwolf pack.
Ready for more of exotic, chaotic Jaipur? We thought so. Today is all about seeing the city your way,heading out to explore armed with maps, insider tips from your Trip Manager, and a healthy dose ofcuriosity. For those keen on grabbing a real slice of India, Amber Fort should be high up on theagenda. Built from red sandstone and marble and comprising of multiple palaces, pavilions, templesand more, the Fort has both Hindu and Muslim architectural influence and is a true Indian must-see.
Jaipur you’ve been glorious, but the lush green hills and lavish marble palaces of Udaipur are callingus today as we jump on the coach for a full day of cross country travelling. Watch from the windowas the landscape changes from flat dry lands to gorgeous green, and prepare yourself for an entirelydifferent Indian experience.
Completely unique, Udaipur’s colonial architecture and shimmering lakes give the city a distinctlyVenetian, romantic feel unmatched arguably in the whole of India. Our locally guided city tour willsee us exploring the majestic City Palace and the Jagdish Temple, then after lunch the day is yours tocontinue your city wanderings. With fantastical palaces, tranquil boat rides on the lake, bustlingbazaars, crooked colourful streets and endless eating joints to choose from, you’ll be absolutelyspoilt for choice.
Rise and shine kids – we’ve got a plane to catch and a certain Bollywood beauty to crack open.Mumbai, we incoming.
Fast, furious and fantastic, Mumbai is a completely unparalleled sensory overload. Slums andmillionaire mansions live side by side, tropical forests rub up against towering skyscrapers andcolonial masterpieces, whilst gangsters, artists, celebrities, servants and fisherfolk all walk the samewalk. The best way to understand this complex city is to get out and amongst it, and that’s exactlywhat we’re going to do. Our Local Guide will take us to the Dhobi Ghat, a massive human-poweredlaundromat with 1026 open-air troughs, and to the serene Hanging Gardens. Tonight, we’re hitting the D-floor Bollywood style, with a Dance Class (Free Time Add-On) to learn some of the sweet moves that Bollywood is famous for.
Want to see a different side of Mumbai? Rise with the locals for our optional Mumbai at dawn tourto watch the city as it starts its day. Back for breakfast, we’ll then make tracks for the airport. Feelingthose butterflies at the prospect of golden Goa?
Sunshine, spirituality, tropical palms, golden stretches of beach and a hippy, happy, laid-back charm– this is Goa. Slide seamlessly into beach time with a cold beer in hand, revelling at the prospect ofhaving nothing to do but enjoy your stunning surrounds.
Wake up with a smile this morning as you remember exactly where you are, knowing today isentirely yours to do as much, or as little, as you want. Spirituality is a big part of the Goa experience,so start your day with some optional yoga on the beach, clearing your mind and stretching yourtravel tired limbs. Tonight is our final one together (sob), so makesure you do it right. Sunset and beers on the beach ticking the boxes?
Even the biggest and best adventures have to end at some point, and this morning sees the finale ofours. After a final breakfast together it’s time for the long (and possibly teary) goodbye. Sure you’llbe sad, but remembering all of the massive moments and seemly insignificant giggles in-betweenwill see you smiling your whole journey home.
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