- Exploring the hustle and bustle of Indian cities like New Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Varanasi
- Visit monuments like Taj Mahal (Agra), Jama Masjid (Delhi), Amer Fort (Jaipur)
- Go for camel ride in the Thar Desert
- Explore the Golden City (Jaisalmer), Blue City (Jodhpur) and the City of Lakes (Udaipur)
- Spend a night camping in the desert
- Savor the delicious taste of authentic Indian cuisine
- Boat ride on the Ganges in Varanasi
India is home to diverse people, colorful festivals, great food, fascinating culture and much more. As the name suggests, this tour will begin from the capital city of New Delhi where you'll be welcomed with pomp, before you travel across the royal state of Rajasthan and then to the holy city of Varanasi before finally coming back to square one. In a time span of just 20 days, you'll be traveling across 7 gorgeous Rajasthani towns that portray the grandeur of the Rajputs, explore the beauty of the Taj Mahal which is considered as one of 'the Seven Wonders of the World', and take a boat ride on the River Ganges in Varanasi. Soak up the vibes of real India while traveling across the country during your gap year on a shoestring budget.
Day 1 - Arrival in Delhi
You'll have to book your flight for Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi. You'll be received by our coordinator at the airport who'll then take you to your accommodation. You can take rest for some time and then head to explore the city. Make sure to return back by evening (your coordinator will notify you of the time) when you'll have an Orientation Session. You'll be told about the details of the tour. Also, it'll be a nice opportunity to know your fellow travelers.
Day 2 - Explore Delhi and head to Bikaner
You'll have an Orientation walk in Old Delhi and explore the streets of Chandni Chowk. You can visit monuments like the Qutub Minar, India Gate and Humayun's Tomb as well as the markets in Connaught Place and Janpath. At night, you'll catch the train for Bikaner.
Day 3 - Travel to Raisar from Bikaner
You'll reach Bikaner early in the morning. This is a semi-arid part and you'll get to experience the true flavors of rural India. We'll take a jeep ride to Raisar, where you can go for a camel safari. After a couple of hours' ride, we'll have lunch somewhere in the village itself. Later, you'll again go for the camel ride and head towards the dunes, from where you'll witness the sunset views. You'll surely be awestruck to see those amazing colors filling the sky. You’ll be spending the night at a desert camp.
Day 4 - Back to Bikaner and exploring Junagarh Fort
Today morning, you'll be back to Bikaner. Your coordinator will take you for a walk down the ancient town and the bustling markets before you take a turn to see the famous Junagarh Fort, that was built between 1589 and 1593. If time permits, you can also visit the Deshnoke Temple, popularly known as the 'Rat Temple'. You'll be dazzled to see rats running everywhere inside the temple complex. There are approximately 20,000 rats! And you must keep an eye on a white rat because they say it's very auspicious.
Day 5 - Bikaner to Jaisalmer
It's time to travel to the Golden City of India - Jaisalmer. Once you reach, you can drop your luggage at the hotel and go for exploring the massive fort that stands with all its glory. Built in 1156, this is also known as the 'living fort' as more than 3000 people live inside the fort currently.
Day 6 - Free day in Jaisalmer
It's your free day in Jaisalmer and you can go for some shopping and hopping! There are several havelis and markets which you can explore.
Day 7 - Travel from Jaisalmer to Jodhpur
It'll take around 7 hours to reach Jodhpur from Jaisalmer. You'll have an Orientation walk around the blue lanes of the town, after which you can head out for exploring the Mehrangarh Fort. You can also see the Clock Tower, Sadar Bazaar, and Umaid Bhawan.
Day 8 - Jodhpur to Udaipur
From the 'Blue City', we'll travel down to the 'City of Lakes', Udaipur, which is located in the southern part of Rajasthan. If you've always thought that Rajasthan is all about deserts than Udaipur will prove you wrong! Surround by the lush green Aravallis on all sides, Udaipur is a picturesque town with huge water bodies. You'll surely be dazzled to see the Lake Palace Hotel on an island in Lake Pichola.
Day 9 - Explore Udaipur
You've just a day and there's too much to see in Udaipur! You can start your day by visiting the City Palace, and then head towards Jagdish Temple, Saheliyon Ki Bari, Shilpgram, Sajjangarh Fort. (Make a checklist as covering all these might not be possible) Try to reach Bagor ki Haveli by 6.30 PM, and catch the traditional Rajasthani Folk Dance and Puppet Show. It'll surely be a treat for you!
Day 10 - Travel to Pushkar from Udaipur
It'll be a 10 hours journey from Udaipur to Pushkar. Explore the town and pay a quick visit to the Brahma Temple. You'll also visit the famous Dargah in Ajmer (14 km from Pushkar).
Day 11 - Pushkar to Tordi Sagar
You'll be traveling to Tordi Sagar today, which is about 140 km from Pushkar. it'll be a unique experience for you to explore the villages where the cobblers and potters live, and the markets selling the local products. You can also go for a camel cart ride if you wish to and get henna tattoos done by the local women!
Day 12 - Tordi Sagar to Jaipur
You can spend the morning walking down the village trails and then have a sumptuous lunch cooked in traditional Rajasthani style. Post lunch, we'll head out for Jaipur. The capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur is also known as the 'Pink City' because most of the architecture is made of pink sandstone.
Day 13 - Exploring Jaipur
Head out in the morning and enjoy the guided tour of the Amer Fort. You can also visit the Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Jantar Mantar etc. If you are interested to watch a Bollywood movie, you can catch a show at Raj Mandir Theatre.
Day 14 - Jaipur to Agra
You must have been waiting to visit the Taj Mahal all these days, so finally here is your chance to witness the "Monument of Love". You'll have a guided tour of the monument that was built during the Mughal era by Emperor Shah Jahan. Later, you can also visit the Agra Fort.
Day 15 - Agra to Varanasi
Enjoy your day in Agra and explore the markets before taking the overnight train to Varanasi.
Day 16 - 17 Explore Varanasi
It's the quintessential holy city where millions of Hindu pilgrims visit to pray and hope to get blessed. But Varanasi is not just that! The vibrancy of the place is something worth enjoying. You can walk down the streets and see those vendors shouting out to sell their products. The evening boat ride on the river is something that you just can't miss. You can also pay a quick visit to Sarnath, the famous site where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon.
Day 18 - Varanasi to Delhi
Spend the day chilling at the ghats, and you can also visit the burning ghat. You'll be taking an overnight train to Delhi tonight, so pack your bags in time and catch the train on time!
Day 19 - Explore Delhi
Today is your last day of the trip, so make sure to pick up the souvenirs for your friends and family. Visit all that you've missed out seeing in Delhi.
Day 20 - Flight back home
You can book your flight back home from New Delhi. Seek help from the coordinator regarding airport drop.
Dates & Cost
- Visit India Gate and Connaught Place (Delhi)
- Orientation walks in Delhi, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Udaipur, Pushkar, Varanasi
- Guided tour of the Amer Fort (Jaipur) and the Taj Mahal (Agra)
- All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
- Overnight Camel Safari
- Accommodation included - Hotel (15 nights), Train (3 nights) and Desert camping (1night)
- Meals - 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 2 dinners
- International/Domestic Airfare
- Visa Fees
- Insurance expenses (can be purchased from us at minimal cost)
- Cost of Vaccinations
- Additional tours and activities (Sightseeing at different destinations and monument entry fees)
Accommodation - Simple hotels or guesthouse (twin-share) (15 nts), sleeper trains (3 nts), camping (1 nt).
A variety of styles of hotels/guest houses are used in India. These can vary in terms of service, efficiency and cleanliness. In many instances they might not be like what you are used to back home. Power cuts can and are a regular occurrence in many places, especially throughout North and Central India. Although a number of hotels have generators there may be times when these won’t work. It is also recommended when you are in your room to lock the door, as staff will sometime enter without reason.
Meals Included - 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
Eating is a big part of travelling. Travelling with Go Discover Abroad you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. Vegetarians will be able to find a huge range of different foods - India is vegetarian heaven. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.