Wander Across India (2019)
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 the local villages of my friends…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.
Day 1: Delhi – Full Delhi tour including Chandni Chowk Market, Akshardham, Bangla Sahib Sikh Temple and lunch at a famous 100 year old local eatery
Day 2: Agra – Drive to Agra; afternoon/sunset visit to the Taj Mahal; home-cooked dinner at our wonderful guesthouse
Day 3: Ranthambore National Park – Off to the peaceful countryside; visit to a local village; overnight at a hotel surrounded by beautiful nature
Day 4: Ranthambore National Park – Morning tiger safari in the National Park! (One of the best places in India for tiger spotting.)
Day 5: Bundi – Drive to Bundi; evening wander through the magical old city; dinner and special chai experience
Day 6: Bundi – The stunning Bundi Palace; Targarh Fort; optional henna or Ayurvedic massage; free time
Day 7: Bundi to Udaipur – Surprise excursion to a true hidden gem; evening arrival in Udaipur; rooftop dinner overlooking the lake and palaces
Day 8: Udaipur – City Palace; Jagdish Temple; colorful markets; Monsoon Palace for sunset
Day 9: Udaipur – Visit to Animal Aid Unlimited; boat trip on Lake Pichola; Saheliyon ki Bari Royal Gardens; afternoon free time
Day 10: Udaipur to Varanasi – Two short flights; arrival in Varanasi; orientation walk along the Ganges River
Day 11: Varanasi – Full tour of the old city; burning ghats; Dasaswamedh ghat; surprise event in the evening!
Day 12: Varanasi – Sunrise boat tour along the Ganges River; afternoon walk to Assi Ghat; evening Aaarti (Hindu religious ceremony)
Day 13: Varanasi to Delhi – Optional activities in the morning; afternoon flight to Delhi
Day 14: Delhi – Departure day
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Guide for: India, Istanbul, Romania, Mexico, Morocco
In 1999 I began living, traveling and working around the world. I’ve taught English in Thailand, worked as a Tour Manager on board cruise ships and I've run a popular travel blog, WanderingEarl.com, for the past 9 years. In 2012, I started Wandering Earl Tours, and I've been organizing and leading tours in over a dozen countries ever since.
When asked why I travel, my answer is always the same. People. I'm addicted to meeting new people that I would never have met if I wasn't traveling. Through these interactions I am able to gain a first-hand education like no other and that education alone is exactly what keeps me on the road for so long. As a result, organizing and leading super-fun trips has been the perfect match for me!
Physical Level: Medium
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, early morning wake-ups and other similar scenarios.
- Accommodation (twin share)
- Breakfast every day
- 7 meals (lunches and dinners)
- Transportation within India
- All activities and entrance fees
- Local guides
- Visa assistance
- Flights to/from India
- Meals and activities not mentioned
- Travel insurance
- Passport/visa fees
On this trip, we stay in a combination of great family-run guesthouses and unique, heritage properties (boutique hotels inside of historical buildings). Accommodation is mid-range and all rooms offer a comfortable stay with private bathroom. Prices are based on twin-share. Solo travelers of the same sex will be paired together in a room with two beds. (If you wish to have your own room, the single supplement cost is $450 USD.)
Subject to change – All itineraries are subject to change due to unforeseen situations.