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Experience the diversity of India on an adventure to one of the planet’s most exciting and intriguing destinations on our specialist-lead, fully guided small group tour of North and South India. Whether your travel nirvana is exploring ancient temples, chilling on the coast, meandering through exotic bazaars or savouring possibly the world’s best cuisine, our 30 day tour of the best of India has something for everyone.
Our 30 day North & South India Explorer tour is a low on stress, high on excitement introduction to the vibrancy of India for first time adventurers of the Subcontinent. You will experience the highlights of Rajasthan and the Golden Triangle plus the mystical city of Varanasi along the Ganges. In the South you will visit the exotic states of Kerala, Goa, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka by road, rail and sky.
Our tours are designed to give you brilliant value for money by covering the vast majority of all your land costs while offering you flexibility about where & what you like to eat.
This tour costs USD $5495 pp twin share for friends/couples, and USD $6075 pp for single supplement (private double room).
|Udaipur||Saturday 14th October 2017||16:00|
|Kochi||Sunday 12th November 2017||08:00|
India's most romantic city, Udaipur is a historical centre for artists and musicians and home of ancient palaces including the world famous Lake Pichola Floating Palace. Enjoy Rajasthani folk dancing, explore bustling markets and soak up history at the beautiful historical City Palace and the hilltop Monsoon Palace.
Wander through the 13th Century Jain Temples in the Aravali Hills Range and a enjoy delicious thali lunch cooked by Jain monks.
Sip on a lassi and admire views of the colossal Mehrangarh Fort. Wander among colourful saris and sparkling bangles in the Sadar Bazaar, one of the oldest markets in India. Learn to cook traditional Rajasthani cuisine in a cooking lesson with our family friends.
Enjoy an overnight desert safari where you can ride a camel, eat local specialties by the camp fire, visit a local village school, and sleep under a blanket of stars in a remote and unspoiled Rajasthani Desert Village.
Walk through the ancient bazaars of this historical and remote desert town and stay within the walls of the famous 10th Century Jaisalmer Fort
Discover spectacular views from the Red Fort and admire the elegant architecture of the legendary Taj Mahal of Agra
Walk the ghats of the Ganges for a heady experience and see the city from the water in the holy city of Varanasi. A local expert guide will escort you through this intriguing city.
Relax on the beautiful coastline of Goa in between trips to local markets and historical townships. Learn to cook world-famous Portuguese Goan cuisine.
Explore a sparkling Maharajah Palace and hill top temples. Sample delicious South Indian cuisine served on a banana leaf.
Travel further south to Madurai, the home of the colourful Meenakshi Temple complex, where Hindu pilgrims from all over India come to worship.
Enjoy an overnight cruise through the famous Kerala backwaters on a traditional houseboat.
Unwind in the beautiful seaport of Kochi. Explore spice markets and the historical Jew Town settlement. Learn to cook a traditional Keralan curry.
For those of you interested in improving and practicing your travel photography Francisco will run some sessions on how to get the best shots of the people, markets, landscapes and cities you will be visiting.
For our March departures we are fortunate to be able to celebrate this vibrant and joyous Hindu festival with our close Rajasthani friends in their family home.
If you are interested you will also have the opportunity to get involved in some charity work with Sambhali Trust in Jodhpur & Setrawa Village www.sambhali-trust.org
Our friends can teach you traditional Indian cookery in their home kitchens.
Enjoy a cruise through the backwaters of Kerala in an air-conditioned houseboat with your own private bedroom and an on-board chef.
Travel on world famous Indian Railways in comfortable sleeper carriages.
Explore world-class bazaars selling inexpensive but unique clothes, souvenirs, shoes, jewellery and art.
For our October departures you will experience Diwali festival of lights in holy Varanasi. The city is especially spiritual and magical at this time, when the river banks are lined with the glow of small lamps, people chant, and bathe in the river in the early hours.
Begin your day with the Ganga Snan (bath in the Ganga) ritual, followed by exploring the bustling street markets selling Diwali sweets and brightly colored clothes. On a boat ride at sunset, soak in the sight of the lamps by the shore as they slowly illuminate the dark, and the spiritual aura lent by the chants and recitals on the riverside. The festivities culminate in loud and colorful firecrackers being set off in every little lane of the city.
We have spent many years travelling through and living in this amazing part of the world. We have first-hand local knowledge of North India’s world famous attractions, plus the hidden experiences off the beaten track which make India such an immensely rewarding and unforgettable travel experience. We look forward to sharing these adventures with you.
Your guide Francisco de Souza is an intrepid traveler and published travel photographer with a passionate focus on the Subcontinent. Get inspired by his latest gallery of Indian images.
Francisco has lived in both North & South India and traversed the Subcontinent by land many times. Francisco knows India. Learn more about Francisco on his Bio page.
We will travel overland comfortably by 2nd Class sleeper trains and air-conditioned modern vans.
We will stay in comfortable local family run guest-houses and heritage properties to experience the true and authentic India.
See more about our transport & accommodation in our FAQs
Our tours are designed to give you brilliant value for money by covering the vast majority of all your land costs while offering you flexibility about where and what you like to eat.
This tour costs USD $5495 pp twin share for friends/couples, and USD $6075 pp for single supplement (private double room). This tour seamlessly joins the 16 day North India Adventure and 15 day South Indian Odyssey by adding two domestic flights, which are included in the tour cost.
See the Inclusions tab for specific detail about what is covered by the tour price.
This tour requires a 30% deposit on booking and full balance to be paid 3 months before the departure date. This enables us to book and confirm all your land transport, domestic flights and accommodation.