Wander Across INDIA
India. What can I say about this large, colorful, diverse country?
Well, I can tell you that joining this India tour ensures you will embark on such a unique trip, one that will undoubtedly be a constant learning experience, a remarkable challenge and an overall brilliant adventure! India is unlike any other place on the planet and you are going to explore so much of what it has to offer.
From cities to religious sites to palaces and quiet villages…from a variety of cuisine to a variety of landscapes…from moments that will bring you pure joy to moments that will leave you pondering life…in three simple words, this is India.
Guide for this tour: Earl (read more about Earl here)
Day 1: Delhi
After a morning orientation, we’ll embark on a full day of wandering around this sprawling city, with visits to religious and historical sights in both Old and New Delhi as well as a stroll through the largest local market and some mighty delicious local Indian food.
Day 2: Agra
Time to soak in the wonder of the Taj Mahal with an afternoon/evening dedicated to this beautiful monument of love.
Day 3 - 4: Jaipur
It’s called the “Pink City” due to the color of some of its 19th century buildings…this city has it all – forts, temples, gardens, a massive local market and and the most famous Bollywood cinema in India.
Day 5 - 6: Bundi
Visit this magical, part-Hindu, part-Jain, part-Muslim community that is home to an incredible palace and mountaintop fortress that overlook the beautiful bright blue town below – most of the homes are painted blue given the town’s noble status – offering the most ideal location for a more laid-back Indian experience.
Day 7 - 10: Udaipur
From the massive abodes of maharajas to the narrow lanes that wind along the lake to the colorful markets to the rooftop terraces to the elephants walking the streets and to the addictive powers of Rajasthani cuisine, you’ll discover exactly why visitors have such difficulty leaving this town.
Day 11: Ranakpur
This tiny village is home to one of the most unique and significant Jain temples, set in the forest with over 1400 carved pillars. After our temple visit, we’ll then enjoy a night in this quiet village setting before heading to Varanasi.
Day 12 - 15: Varanasi
The holiest city in all of India, this is the time to witness a truly complex and eye-opening combination of the strange, wonderful, disturbing, awe-inspiring and everything in between, with walks along the busy riverside, visits to temples dedicated to monkeys, sunrise boat rides on the Holy Ganges River, and witnessing both religious ceremonies and the constant open-air cremations along the burning ghats…this city will etch itself in your memory forever.
Day 16: Delhi / Departure Day
Arriving back in the capital in the morning, you may depart any time in the afternoon or evening.
Guide: Earl (read more about Earl here)
*Local drivers are used throughout the tour but Earl will be with you the entire time.
Physical Level: While the tour itself is not very strenuous, please note that it can involve the following: somewhat long days, a good amount of walking, being in the sun in potentially hot temperatures, long journeys by bus or train (including overnight trips), early morning wake-ups and other similarly challenging scenarios.
Accommodation: Prices are based on the sharing of rooms and single members of the group will typically be put together. We will be using budget guesthouses/hotels that offer comfortable, but simple, facilities. All rooms will have a private bathroom. While I always do my best to secure as many rooms with two separate beds as possible, such rooms are not very common in India at all. Sometimes two members of the group might have to share a large bed. But that’s all part of the adventure and I guarantee we’ll have a blast anyway.
(If you wish to have a private room to yourself, the single supplement cost is $400 USD.)
Subject to Change: Keep in mind that the above itinerary and activities are subject to change. Travel almost always involves unexpected situations so things might need to be re-arranged at times. However, it is important to remember that travel is all about the journey, and so even the unexpected situations we may face should be treated as part of the overall experience!
Arrival Details: I do recommend arriving at least one day prior to the start of the tour so that you’ll be well rested (time to get over the jet lag!) and we can all start the tour together on that first day. If you do arrive early, I can arrange accommodation for you in Delhi depending on your budget and I will also be able to organize a private pickup from the airport for a nominal fee. I will arrive in Delhi 3-4 days before the tour begins.
INCLUDED in the tour:
– 13 nights of accommodation in budget guesthouses (+1 overnight 1st class train)
– Meals – 8 meals throughout the trip (mix of lunches & dinners)
– Transportation – all transportation within India during the tour (trains, vans, etc.)
– All included activities and associated entrance/guide fees (Taj Mahal, forts, palaces, etc.)
Not included in the tour cost:
– Flights or other transportation to/from India
– Meals and activities not mentioned
– Travel/health insurance
– Passport/visa fees
– Tips for drivers
“Daydreaming about India every day, what a trip it was! Keep these tours going, they’re awesome! I don’t think you can get this kind of travel experience anywhere else and what an awesome and unique place we all experienced together. Loved the tour! 12 out of 10!” – Colin M. (USA)
“I took Earl’s trip to India. IT WAS AWESOME!! If you’re on the fence, go for it!” – Matt D. (USA)
“I honestly don’t believe I could have asked for a better taste of India and keep recommending you as the ‘Utimate’ guide for anyone who wants a group tour. You somehow managed to ensure we saw so much and yet found the balance for freedom and relaxation…I really cannot thank you enough for facilitating this amazing opportunity for me as I certainly would not have done it were it not for you.” – Annie M. (UK)
“I really like how relaxing the trip had been. It was a great combination between going to places as a group and exploring on my own. Thank you for a great trip and wonderful memories!” – Quynh (Vietnam)
“What a trip of a lifetime for all…..truly outstanding and we owe it all to your preparation and easy going manner.” – Albert R. (USA)
“Thank you for putting together an OUTSTANDING tour! Not only are you the best tour guide on planet earth, but you’re also a great person and really watched out for everyone. I’m lucky I got the chance to meet you and can call you my friend.” – Daphne L. (USA)