Delhi to Goa
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. Age Restriction 18-35
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Delhi | Agra | Ranthambhore | Jaipur | Udaipur | Mumbai | Goa
• Locally guided sightseeing tour of Delhi, Jaipur, Udaipur, and Mumbai
• Visit Agra Fort and the Taj Mahal in Agra
• Special day at the Ranthambhore National Park
• Visit to Dhonk Centre
• Plus free time for optional activities
• Eleven nights of twin hotel accommodation
• 11 breakfasts, one lunch, one dinners
• Private air-conditioned coach, internal flights
• Professional Trip Manager
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Day 1: Delhi
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 to be some of the best of your life so get ready for some serious memory making, starting off with meeting your new travel fam this evening.
Day 2: Delhi
Delhi, prepare to be officially conquered. Today is all about exploring one of the world’s most hustling, bustling, and all out crazy cities, home to a staggering 25 million people (for real). Together with 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 path through the back streets. Stopping for lunch to appease rumbling tummies with tangy street food delights like kachori, pakora and jelebi we’ll then make our way to the Gurdwara Sikh Temple.
Day 3: Agra
Who’s ready for some serious bucketlist ticking? Linking up with our Local Guide we’ll mosey our way over to two of India’s finest, visiting first the UNESCO World Heritage Agra Fort, and then the main event – the Taj Mahal. We’ll hook you up with an entry ticket so you can explore at your own pace, learning about the incredible love story that resulted in the creation of one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
Day 4: Ranthambore
Feel the calm of nature sweep over you as we arrive at Ranthambore National Park, one of the largest and most renowned National Parks in Northern India and our home for the night. After a lunch pit-stop we’ll make our way to the Dhonk Craft Centre, a cooperative that was set up to serve a dual purpose – to employ those who would otherwise only find income from tiger poaching, and also to preserve traditional artistry. Handicrafts lovers will be in craft utopia at the beautiful creations on offer from the local ladies, and spending is guilt-free knowing that your money is going towards sustaining a local community.
Day 5: Jaipur
Old and new, colour and chaos, camels and rickshaws - Jaipur is a hustling hot mess of wonderful. Once you've checked in, now's your time to get custom clothes made by a local tailor. Or if you're after some relaxation time, head upstairs to the hotel rooftop, you'll get a perfect view of the city. Gather your crew up here for dinner and watch the sun go down on this beautiful city, but get an early night because tomorrow it's time for the Amber Fort!
Day 6: Jaipur
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 of curiosity. For those keen on grabbing a real slice of India, Amber Fort should be high up on the agenda. Built from red sandstone and marble and comprising of multiple palaces, pavilions, temples and more, the Fort has both Hindu and Muslim architectural influence and is a true Indian must-see.
Day 7: Jaipur
Jaipur you’ve been glorious, but the lush green hills and lavish marble palaces of Udaipur are calling us today as we jump on the coach for a full day of cross country travelling. Watch from the window as the landscape changes from flat dry lands to gorgeous green, and prepare yourself for an entirely different Indian experience.
Day 8: Udaipur
Completely unique, Udaipur’s colonial architecture and shimmering lakes give the city a distinctly Venetian, romantic feel unmatched arguably in the whole of India. Our locally guided city tour will see us exploring the majestic City Palace and the Jagdish Temple, then after lunch the day is yours to continue your city wanderings. With fantastical palaces, tranquil boat rides on the lake, bustling bazaars, crooked colourful streets and endless eating joints to choose from, you’ll be absolutely spoilt for choice.
Day 9: Mumbai
Fast, furious and fantastic, Mumbai is a completely unparalleled sensory overload. Slums and millionaire mansions live side by side, tropical forests rub up against towering skyscrapers and colonial masterpieces, whilst gangsters, artists, celebrities, servants and fisherfolk all walk the same walk. The best way to understand this complex city is to get out and amongst it, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do.
Day 10: 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 of having nothing to do but enjoy your stunning surrounds.
Day 11: Goa
Wake up with a smile this morning as you remember exactly where you are, knowing today is entirely 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 your travel tired limbs. Tonight is our final one together (sob), so make sure you do it right. Sunset and beers on the beach ticking the boxes?
Day 12: Goa
Even the biggest and best adventures have to end at some point, and this morning sees the finale of ours. After a final breakfast together it’s time for the long (and possibly teary) goodbye. Sure you’ll be sad, but remembering all of the massive moments and seemly insignificant giggles in-between will see you smiling your whole journey home.
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