North & South India, 30 days

North India, South India
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    Explore the mystical holy city of Varanasi
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    Visit local markets abundant with fragrant fruit and vegetables
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    Enjoy a unique village homestay in the Thar Desert
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    Goa Beaches In India
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    Explore colourful Meenakshi Temple complex, where Hindu pilgrims from all over India come to worship.
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    Step off the beaten track in rural India
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    Mingle with local fishermen along India’s Southern coastline
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    Wander through the 13th Century Jain Temples in the Aravali Hills Range
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    Visit sparkling Maharahja Palace in Mysore
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    Visit world famous Taj Mahal
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    Explore the magical Palaces and Forts of Udaipur
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    Explore the secret spice markets of Jew Town in Kerala
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    Enjoy an overnight cruise through the famous Kerala backwaters on a traditional houseboat.
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    Experience the colourful Holi festival with new friends
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    Experience mystical Kathakali dancing in Kerala
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    Visit the remote desert city of Jaisalmer
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    Explore the mystical banks of the Ganges in Varanasi
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    Meander through colourful markets
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    Fall in love with Jodhpur’s colossal Mehrangarh Fort
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    Relax along the peaceful waterways of Kerala’s backwaters
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    Relax on the peaceful banks of Lake Pichola in Udaipur
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    Visit the local banana market of Madurai
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    Chill on the beaches of Varkala
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    Stay with a village family in the Thar Desert
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    Explore secluded white-sand beaches
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    Wander through the sweet making quarter of Jodhpur
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    Experience India by rail
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    Take a tour of Portuguese Colonial architecture of Goa
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    Get stuck into local life in a Rajasthani village
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    Wander through local markets
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    See traditional ways of life in a Rajasthani village
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    Watch the sunset behind the famous fishing nets of Kochi
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    Select your own market ingredients for a Keralan cooking class
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    Wander the backstreet markets of Udaipur
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    Visit intricately carved Mehrangarh Fort of Jodhpur
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    Visit local fishing villages

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.

 

 

Tour Includes:

29 nights, half board, all activities included

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).

  • Palaces & Forts of Rajasthan
  • Taj Mahal
  • Goa beaches
  • Palaces of Mysore
  • Historical Kochi
  • Camel Safari
  • Market shopping
  • North & South India cooking classes
  • Golden Triangle highlights
  • Spice bazaars
  • Kerala backwater houseboat
  • Temples in Madurai
  • Desert homestay in Rajasthan
  • Varanasi & the holy Ganges river
  • Holi festival of colours (March departures)
  • Pushkar Camel Fair (November departures)

Upcoming tour departure dates: North & South Indian Explorer

TOUR STARTS/ENDS DATE TIME
Udaipur Saturday 14th October 2017 16:00
Kochi Sunday 12th November 2017 08:00
     
These dates don't suit? Looking for other dates in 2016 or 2017? This tour can be run all through the year. Contact us on the sidebar

MAPS & AREA

Map view for:North & South India, India

Tour Attractions

Udaipur

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.

Ranakpur

Wander through the 13th Century Jain Temples in the Aravali Hills Range and a enjoy delicious thali lunch cooked by Jain monks.

Jodhpur

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.

Setrawa Village

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.

Jaisalmer

Walk through the ancient bazaars of this historical and remote desert town and stay within the walls of the famous 10th Century Jaisalmer Fort

Agra

Discover spectacular views from the Red Fort and admire the elegant architecture of the legendary Taj Mahal of Agra

Varanasi

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.

Goa

Relax on the beautiful coastline of Goa in between trips to local markets and historical townships. Learn to cook world-famous Portuguese Goan cuisine.

Mysore

Explore a sparkling Maharajah Palace and hill top temples. Sample delicious South Indian cuisine served on a banana leaf.

Madurai

Travel further south to Madurai, the home of the colourful Meenakshi Temple complex, where Hindu pilgrims from all over India come to worship.

Kerala Backwaters

Enjoy an overnight cruise through the famous Kerala backwaters on a traditional houseboat.

Kochi

Unwind in the beautiful seaport of Kochi. Explore spice markets and the historical Jew Town settlement. Learn to cook a traditional Keralan curry.

What else can you do?

Travel photography:

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.

Holi Festival of Colours:

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.

Volunteer work:

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

Indian cooking lessons:

Our friends can teach you traditional Indian cookery in their home kitchens.

Luxury overnight Houseboat cruise:

Enjoy a cruise through the backwaters of Kerala in an air-conditioned houseboat with your own private bedroom and an on-board chef.

Indian Rail journeys:

Travel on world famous Indian Railways in comfortable sleeper carriages.

Market shopping:

Explore world-class bazaars selling inexpensive but unique clothes, souvenirs, shoes, jewellery and art.

Diwali Festival of Light Celebrations:

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.

Tour Information

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.

Who is my guide?

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.

How will we travel and where will we stay?

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

What is the cost?

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.

What have previous travellers said about this tour?

Testimonials

Excellent photography training and sightseeing tour. Francisco was superb. Strongly recommend the trip.
Rolise, India, 2015
Thank you guys for giving me a memorable experience that I will never forget. See you again in 2016.
Sara, Australia, 2014
Awesome experience! As a single female traveller, I felt safe with Francisco and he even knew some of the stall holders so it was neat to be able to chat with them. I would recommend to ...
Emma, New Zealand, 2016
Simply superb. Francisco points out so many colours, characters and smells that you would likely otherwise miss and ensures you get to see everything! This tour was a life highlight.
Evan, New Zealand, 2015
I think that Francisco can safely say “mission accomplished” as the spirit of India is now in all of us. We all learned a lot.
Kevin, France, 2013
I have toured South India in 2012 and North India in 2014. Both trips were awesome and I was able to experience a part of India not usually experienced by tourists.
Paul, New Zealand, 2014
Amazing experience, showing the vibrant Indian everyday life. Real life. With the respect and love to the local people. The best experience you can have in Goa!
Kate, Poland, 2015
It’s a fun and fulfilling experience and definitely worth it. I loved it and I ended up going for 3 tours.
Monique, Holland, 2015
You took us to places we would have never been to! Being welcomed into families’ homes and drinking chai with the locals is something I will remember for a long time.
Sam, New Zealand, 2011
Thank you for the most amazing experience of my life. Your planning, attention to detail and tour guide skills are exceptional. I look forward to my next adventure!
Andy, United Kingdom, 2013
As a keen photographer I was able to get amazing shots of the people of India. Thank you Francisco for showing me the respectful way to photograph people.
Raymond, New Zealand, 2014
I am in my 60’s and have had several trips with Latitude22 since 2009. I cannot praise them enough for the experiences I have had in India.
Christine, New Zealand, 2012
I had a fabulously interesting tour. Francisco has a real strength in how he is able to engage the locals and show visitors the real India.
Steve, London, 2015
What an amazing tour! It was great to get off the beaten track and experience the real India.
Emma, New Zealand, 2013
We loved this tour so much we also got Francisco to take us out for a whole day to explore some other amazing places in Goa, which we wouldn’t have found ourselves.
Rakesh, London, 2015
You guys rock! You continue to be the biggest reminder of the true India: your empathy with the poor is unbelievable & a lesson to us all & the reason we have the amazing memories.
Mike and Carolyn, United Kingdom, 2013
You showed us a side of India that tourists do not usually see: we met local families, ate local food, visited a remote village & school, walked old areas of the cities where tourists don’t go
Lilian, New Zealand, 2011
Francisco gave generously of his time to make sure I had a wonderful Indian experience. Thank you.
Ruth, New Zealand, 2015
Worth every second! Highlights were interacting with the locals and being up close and personal with the vendors at the market. Francisco was great!
Allanah, New Zealand, 2015

Tour Inclusions

Inclusions:

  • 29 nights accommodation in comfortable and clean 3 star guest houses and heritage hotels plus a homestay in a desert village and an overnight houseboat cruise
  • Consistent & experienced guide through the entire tour
  • Expert local guides in Varanasi, Goa, Mysore, Madurai and Kochi
  • All activities as outlined in the detailed itinerary
  • All entrance tickets to attractions as outlined in the detailed itinerary including camera fees where applicable
  • 29 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches including:
    • One Goan cooking class plus lunch meal
    • One Jain temple meal
    • One Rajasthani village lunch meal
  • 4 dinners including:
    • Welcome to India dinner and drink of your choice
    • One North Indian cooking classes & dinner meal
    • On-board house-boat chef in Kerala
    • One Rajasthani village dinner
  • All land transport including:
    • Three domestic flights
    • AC van transfers as per the itinerary
    • Four 2nd class AC sleeper train overnight journeys
    • Rickshaws and taxis between sites
    • Local bus journeys
    • Camel safari
    • Overnight luxury houseboat

Exclusions:

  • International flights to & from India. We can book these for you.
  • Domestic flights to start/finish cities. We can book these for you.
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa and passport fees
  • Food drinks & activities not listed in the itinerary
  • Your own personal shopping
  • Personal loss/theft/accident/injury
  • Airport transfers in your home country, airline taxes and excess baggage charges
  • Vaccinations and medical care
  • Please note that any flight delays or cancellations (and any resulting disruption to travel plans) will need to be taken care of through your insurance or at your own cost.