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21 nights accommodation
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You'll enjoy plush hotels with twin-share rooms to refresh and revive after intense days experiencing India's magical sights and sounds. One special night will be spent adrift in the arms of a traditional Keralan houseboat, the quintessential South India experience.
29 included Meals
21 Breakfast, 3 Dinner, 5 Lunch
Prepare your tastebuds for the ultimate party of spices, fresh seafood, tropical fruits and traditional curries. You'll taste the best of north and south dished up in 29 included meals: breakfast every day, along with 5 lunches and 3 dinners, eaten off palm leaves and lapped up with parrotta bread. The rest of the time, food is up to you.
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Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides
A highly trained Trip Manager who brings your adventure to life. An expert driver who knows foreign roads better than Google Maps. Local Guides who make tourist traps a thing of the past. This is your team. Smart, friendly, fun, and integral to everything we do.
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All transport included during the trip
Getting around Asia is half the fun, and all transport is included for the duration of your trip. Private, air conditioned mini coaches allow you soak up all that scenery in style, but it's our unique, local forms of transport that make the journey all part of the adventure.
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Our trips are exclusively 18-35. This means you'll be travelling with people just like you, from all over the world. Small group sizes ensure you'll never miss out on the action, and laughter and friendships are always guaranteed.
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25 included, 10 optional that you can add
All the dizzying sights and delights are included as standard, because for us more is more. Agra Fort and Taj Mahal? Check. Locally guided sightseeing tours of Mumbai, Jaipur and Udaipur? Of course! We'll even ride to temples in a rickshaw, roam a spice plantation and tea factory, and take a wildlife boat safari in the land of elephants and tigers, just to send your heart into a flutter.
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India is a bustling buffet of magical scenery and non-stop action, and this is your once-in-a-lifetime journey to see, do, and experience as much of it as you can. Set your senses alight on the ultimate adventure from north to south: take a sojourn to where the spices grow, glimpse the rose-tinted splendour of the Taj Mahal, and drift in a bamboo houseboat through the backwaters of Kerala. Get ready to have your perception of the world changed forever.
Travel is best shared. This is a small group adventure of 12-30 people, aged between 18-35 exclusively, giving you the perfect balance of new friends to travel with and access to even more authentic experiences.
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Nights spent per location
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2 nights
Delhi
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1 night
Agra
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1 night
Ranthambhore
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2 nights
Jaipur
2
2 nights
Udaipur
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1 night
Mumbai
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2 nights
Goa
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1 night
Chennai
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Pondicherry
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Kumbakonam
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Madurai
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1 night
Periyar
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Kumarakom
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Kerala Backwaters
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DAY 1 - Arrive Delhi
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 22 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
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. Riding high on the culture wave the afternoon is then yours to explore Delhi your way with free time to go a-wandering. Maybe swap mayhem for tranquillity at the Lodi Gardens, or visit the legendary Humayun’s Tomb. Dinner tonight is a DIY vibe, tasting the very best of Delhi with your new crew.
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Locally guided sightseeing tour of Delhi
DAY 3 - Delhi to Agra
Delhi
Today’s the day peeps (you know what we’re talking about). After stocking up at breakfast we’ll jump on the bus with Agra in our sights.
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Visit Agra Fort
Visit the Taj Mahal
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. Take your time exploring – after all, you’ve probably been waiting a lifetime for this moment – then tonight head out with the gang for a DIY dinner, Agra style.
DAY 4 - Agra to Ranthambhore
Agra
Still living off the Taj dream we’ll wave goodbye to Agra early this morning with eyes firmly on the wild horizon.
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Special stay at Ranthambhore National Park
Visit to Dhonk Centre
Ranthambhore
Feel the calm of nature sweep over you as we arrive at Ranthambhore 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. Feel good vibes on high we’ll end the day with a tasty group dinner set against a back drop none of us will be forgetting any time soon.
DAY 5 - Ranthambhore to Jaipur
Ranthambhore
Who’s up for more legendary #NOREGRETS moments? Damn right you are, as this morning is all about one thing – tigers. Oh yes have we got one incredible Free Time Add On lined up for you – a sunrise safari adventure to try and spot these magnificent predators as they should be seen – in the wild. Safari trucks will pick you up from your accommodation, then we’ll head out into the lush forest for some serious wildlife watching. Wild animals AND an epic sunrise all before breakfast, and Jaipur next on the agenda? You could call that one way to start the day.
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Locally guided sightseeing tour of Jaipur
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National Park Safari (must be pre-booked via Reservations team)
INR2150
Jaipur
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 the architecturally complex City Palace in the Old City, as well as the vibrant Bazaars selling everything from 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 your wolf pack.
DAY 6 - Jaipur
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.
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Amber Fort trek
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Cooking demonstration and local family dinner
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DAY 7 - Jaipur to Udaipur
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.
Udaipur
DAY 8 - Udaipur
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.
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Locally guided sightseeing tour of Udaipur
DAY 9 - Udaipur to Mumbai
Udaipur
Rise and shine kids – we’ve got a plane to catch and a certain Bollywood beauty to crack open. Mumbai, we incoming.
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Included flight to Mumbai
Locally guided sightseeing tour of Mumbai
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Bollywood Dance Class
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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. Our Local Guide will take us to the Dhobi Ghat, a massive human-powered laundromat 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.
DAY 10 - Mumbai to Goa
Mumbai
Want to see a different side of Mumbai? Rise with the locals for our optional Mumbai at dawn tour to watch the city as it starts its day. Back for breakfast, we’ll then make tracks for the airport. Feeling those butterflies at the prospect of golden Goa?
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Included flight to Goa
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Mumbai at dawn
INR2840
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
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 night in Goa, so make sure you do it right. Sunset and beers on the beach ticking the boxes?
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Yoga on the beach
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DAY 12 - Goa to Chennai
Goa
We may be parting ways with some of the group today but there's so much more to look forward to. After breakfast, take a flight to Chennai and keep this adventure going.
Chennai
Welcome to Southern India! Unite with the team for a pow wow before having a free evening to unwind in our hotel or take to the streets to suss out this city.
DAY 13 - Chennai to Pondicherry
Chennai
This morning we’ll peel back the layers of Chennai, seeing Kapaleeswarar Temple and St Thomas’s Church, driving along Marina Beach & walking through the markets by the Chennai Fort. Now starting to feel acclimatised to life in India, we kick on to our second destination. 
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Sightseeing tour of Chennai with local guide
See Mahabalipuram Shore Temple + Krisna's Butterball
Pondicherry
Our journey through Tamil Nadu will see us stopping at Mahabalipuram Shore Temple & the peculiar boulder of Krishna's Butter-ball. Arriving in ‘Pondy’ we’ll find a delicious fusion of French beauty & Indian soul, and have a free evening to enjoy it how we see fit. 
DAY 14 - Pondicherry
Pondicherry
Today you can jump onto an optional Heritage Walking Tour to go deep into Pondicherry’s unique history. You can then devour cake and coffee at ‘Eat My Cake’, a café run by local widows, and visit the progressive experimental township of Auroville. A vegetarian lunch in a solar powered kitchen will warm us up for some zen vibes by the breathtaking gold dome of Matrimandir.
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'Eat my Cake' visit (coffee + cake included)
Visit Auroville township includes lunch at a Solar Kitchen
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Heritage Walking Tour
1550INR
DAY 15 - Pondicherry to Kumbakonam
Pondicherry
Though our affection for charming Pondy will be sky high, our great voyage must continue. Kumbakonam – we’re coming for you. 
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Visit Silk Weavers home and Bronze casting school
Visit Dharasuram Temple
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Dress up in a Saree (ladies) or Dhotti (men)
Kumbakonam
Arriving in Kumbakonam in the bounds of two rivers, we’ll begin uncovering South India’s artisans by visiting a bronze casting & silk weaver’s home. By night you can dress to the inspiration of our Dharasuram temple visit, wearing a Saree or Dhotti to our included dinner. 
DAY 16 - Kumbakonam to Madurai
Kumbakonam
Devour a hearty breakfast and throw your worldly possessions back in your bag. A city of mesmerising history is waiting for us, and there’s a locally guided trip to Brihadeeswarah Temple in Tanjore en route. 
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Visit to Brihadeeswarah Temple
Sightseeing tour of Madurai with local guide
Rickshaw ride
Experience a night time procession at Meenakshi Temple
Madurai
One of the oldest cities in India, Madurai is the pride & soul of Tamil Nadu. Here we’ll see a palace of great pillars, ride a rickshaw, & witness an evening procession at the awe-inspiring Meenakshi Amman Hindu Temple.
DAY 17 - Madurai to Periyar
Madurai
Another state hop awaits us this morning, as we journey out of Madurai to Kerala, the West coast state that sways by the Arabian Sea.
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Visit a spice plantation with a local guide
Kalaripayattul Martial Arts performance
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Local family cooking demonstration and dinner
2155INR
Periyar
After our cross of the state of Tamil Nadu we’ll arrive in Kerala, ‘the land of coconuts’. We’ll pull up by the elephant & tiger reserve of Periyar National Park where we can explore a spice plantation & watch an ancient style of Martial Arts called KalaripayattuI.
DAY 18 - Periyar to Kumarakom
Periyar

After a wildlife boat safari along the Periyar River, we’ll take a leisurely journey to our next destination. En route we’ll frolic through a tea factory & plantation, enjoying one of Kerala’s proudest exports.

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Wildlife boat Safari along the Periyar River
Visit to Connemara Tea factory and Plantation
Kumarakom
Dreamy sighs all round as we arrive in the lake region of Kumarakom. We’ll have a free evening here amidst the fresh country air, trying to contain our excitement for tomorrow’s water adventure. 
DAY 19 - Kumarakom to Kerala Backwaters
Kumarakom
Waving goodbye to the agricultural lands of Kumarakom, we’ll trade one quaint setting for another. A day of boating on the beautiful backwaters are waiting on the other side of this bus ride.
Kerala Backwaters
Arriving in the tranquil backwaters of Kerala, we’ll board a traditional houseboat made of wood, bamboo & palm leaves. Drifting past slow grazing cows, we’ll see Kingfishers darting through the forests & season our sightings with many spicy fish curries.
DAY 20 - Kerala Backwaters to Cochin
Kerala Backwaters
Shed a few tears & snap your last “local climbing coconut tree” pics. Our boat will be sailing back to the shores so we can poke our way through Cochin.
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Sightseeing tour of Cochin with local guide
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Sunset Boat Cruise
850INR
Cochin
Back on solid ground we’ll soon find ourselves amidst the bustling spice markets and fort lands of Cochin. Here we can eat keralan delicacies, marvel at palaces, and watch the golden sun drop behind the Chinese fishing nets known as Cheena vala.
DAY 21 - Cochin
Cochin
It’s our final full day on tour. Wander through saree filled markets, marvel at monuments, eat your body weight in street food, or simply sit in a bookstore or café and watch the chaos and charm of Indian life passing by.
DAY 22 - End Cochin
Cochin
Our time on tour will end in the Southern spice lands of Cochin. Having bonded deeply in these spiritual lands, we’ll say heartfelt goodbyes before going our separate ways. 
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