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India Circuit

Kathmandu - Kolkata

67 DAYS THROUGH India, Nepal
RATING:
PRICE FROM:
Was: $4,815 USD + 2,170 KITTY USD
Now: $3,852 (USD) + 2,170 KITTY (USD)
DURATION:
67 days
TRANSPORT:
Overland expedition vehicle, Private bus, Tuk-tuk, Boat, Train, Camel
CREW:
2 Dragoman crew, Local guides where necessary
ACCOM:
10%
90%
PHYSICAL CHALLENGE:
LIFESTYLE CHALLENGE:
TRIP CODE:
WHK
DEPOSIT:
$700 USD

Highlights

  Overnight Rajasthan camel safari into the Thar Desert

  Walk around the iconic and stunning Taj Mahal

  Explore Kathmandu and its stunning temples and sites

  Wildlife safari time, Chitwan National Park

  2 nights in beautiful beach huts on the beach of Agond, Old Goa

  Take a jeep safari around the stunning wetland area of 20,000 Lakes

  Witness the fascinating local tradition of Tharu stick dancing

  Drift down the holy River Ganges in Varanasi at dawn

  Explore Varanasi by auto-rickshaw

  Guided tour of the famous erotic temples at Khajuraho

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Kathmandu ( 7th Oct 2018 )

Border Information: If you are joining the trip in Kathmandu, you will most likely enter Nepal at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (IATA code: KTM).

Wrapped around the Himalayan mountain range is the remarkable country of Nepal. It is the birthplace of the Buddha and is a land of legend and beauty. Within its narrow confines Nepal contains an utterly spectacular variety of culture and landscapes. Nepal has a stunning natural beauty and a simple charm.

Please note: If joining in Kathmandu you will be met by a local guide on the first day where you will have a brief meeting at 6pm. On the second day you will be transported by private transport to Chitwan National Park where you will join your Dragoman Leaders and truck!

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Kathmandu before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Kathmandu.

In Kathmandu we stay in a good quality hotel.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Discover Kathmandu on a guided city tour

NPR 100

Visit the sacred Hindu Pashupatinath Temple, dedicated to Nepal's unofficial national deity

NPR 1000

Visit the former royal palace of Narayanhiti and see the crown jewels of Nepal

NPR 500
Get out of the city and explore the nearby national park of Sundarijal, and see its idyllic waterfalls and rock formations
NPR 250
Visit the beautiful and tranquil Durbar Square in the nearby medieval town of Bhaktapur, and visit its nearby museums
NPR 750
Day 2 - Chitwan National Park ( 8th Oct 2018 )

Today we will leave Kathmandu after breakfast, driving through stunning scenery down to the Terai grasslands. Our destination is Chitwan National Park, where we will stay for the next 2 nights.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

If we arrive in good time we will make a visit to Bis Hajaar Tal, also known as 20,000 Lakes, which is a wetland area near the Royal Chitwan National Park. Here we will get the opportunity to see peacocks, wild boars, deer and there is also a slim chance of seeing tigers and rhinos. If we cannot visit 20,000 Lakes today we will make our visit tomorrow.

In Chitwan we will stay in a local guest lodge.

Daily Activities

Included Activities
Explore the village of Chitwan on a tour by traditional ox and cart
Included in Kitty

Take a jeep safari around the stunning wetland area of 20,000 Lakes

Included in Kitty
Witness the fascinating and impressive local tradition of Tharu stick dancing
Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Explore the heart of the incredible Chitwan National Park on a jeep safari (alternative to the 20,000 Lake excursion)
NPR 3500
Day 3 - Chitwan National Park ( 9th Oct 2018 )

Today we'll spend the day exploring the National Park by canoe and on foot, and there is the option to take a jeep safari! There will be an opportunity to see a traditional Nepali dance demonstration in the evening.

In Chitwan we will stay in a local guest lodge.

Daily Activities

Included Activities
Explore the village of Chitwan on a tour by traditional ox and cart
Included in Kitty

Take a jeep safari around the stunning wetland area of 20,000 Lakes

Included in Kitty
Witness the fascinating and impressive local tradition of Tharu stick dancing
Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Explore the heart of the incredible Chitwan National Park on a jeep safari (alternative to the 20,000 Lake excursion)
NPR 3500
Day 4 - Gorakhpur ( 10th Oct 2018 )

Border Information: Exit Nepal at Belhiya, enter India at Sonauli.

Today we enter the legendary country of India. India has so much to offer, from the beautiful landscapes of the Himalayas, to the amazing temples and coastlines, rich culture, and of course the food!

This morning we have a fairly relaxed start to the day before packing up and driving to the border. We will cross the border to India and continue on a short drive to the town of Gorakhpur.

We will stay in a local hotel in Gorakhpur.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-10 hours.

Day 5-6 - Varanasi ( 11th Oct 2018 to 12th Oct 2018 )

Today we will continue driving and reach the holy city of Varanasi in the evening.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-8 hours.

On the following day we will get up very early for an included boat trip down the Ganges. This is a magical time of day to see the famous ghats and watch the morning rituals of the thousands of people who come here to purify themselves in the holy river. We will have auto-rickshaws for the rest of the day to explore the rest of the city - we will have the opportunity to use them to visit a traditional silk workshop and the Mother India temple.

In Varanasi we will stay in a comfortable local hotel.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

At dawn drift down the holy River Ganges in Varanasi

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Explore the stupas and temples of Varanasi

Free
Visit the Mughal-era mosque of Gyanvapi in Varanasi
Free
Visit the ancient site of Isipatana and the museum in the town of Sarnath, one of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage sites in the world and where many Buddhist nations have built temples in their national styles
USD 5
Day 7-9 - Khajuraho ( 13th Oct 2018 to 15th Oct 2018 )

Today we will drive to the town of Khajuraho, having some free time to relax at our treehouse campsite when we arrive.

Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.

On the next day we will head out for an included guided visit to the Khajuraho Erotic Temples.

The next day is free to explore the area, relax on the banks of the river, or take an optional jeep safari to the nearby Panna National Park in search of wildlife.

In Khajuraho we will stay in a campsite with good facilities.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Guided tour of the famous erotic temples at Khajuraho

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Jeep safari through Panna Game Reserve

INR 1500
Day 10-11 - Taj Mahal, Agra ( 16th Oct 2018 to 17th Oct 2018 )

After breakfast we leave our campsite and head to the city of Agra. Most of today will be spent travelling and we will arrive in the evening.

Estimated Drive Time - 9-11 hours.

On the following day we will have an included day tour of the major sites of Agra, starting with sunrise at the world-famous iconic mausoleum of the Taj Mahal, followed by a visit to the Agra Fort.

In Agra we will stay in a local hotel.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

See the stunning Taj Mahal and visit the Agra Fort at Agra.

Included in Kitty

Community homestay to experience true Indian hospitality

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Explore the peaceful grounds of the Itmad Ud Daulah mausoleum, often described as a 'draft' of the Taj Mahal
INR 100
Day 12-13 - Jaipur, Fatehpur Sikri ( 18th Oct 2018 to 19th Oct 2018 )

We leave Agra today and head overland to the pink city of Jaipur, stopping en route at Fatehpur Sikri (the old capital of the Mughal Empire).

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

On the following day we will have a full day exploring the sites of Jaipur on the truck with our local guide. Whilst in Jaipur there will also be the option for an early morning or late afternoon hot air balloon ride over the city.

In Jaipur we will stay in a comfortable local hotel.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

2 night stay and guided tour of Jaipur, the beautiful Pink City

Included in Kitty
Explore the fascinating 18th-century astronomical observatory of Jantar Mantar
Included in Kitty

Visit the ancient citadel of the Amber Palace, a fascinating blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture

Included in Kitty

Discover the perfectly-preserved 16th-century Mughal capital of Fatehpur Sikri, and its beautiful temples and monuments

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Take an unforgettable sunrise or sunset balloon ride over the forts and palaces of Jaipur

USD 265
See a traditional outdoor Rajasthani Kathputli puppet show in Jaipur
INR 100

Head out to see a Bollywood movie at the Raj Mandir, one of India's most famous and elegant cinemas

INR 170
Day 14 - Delhi ( 20th Oct 2018 )

Today we leave Jaipur and travel to the chaotic Indian capital of Delhi.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

In Delhi we will stay in a friendly local hotel.

Day 15 - Delhi ( 21st Oct 2018 )

Today we will have an included guided tour of Old Delhi, heading to the Mughal Jama Masjid mosque, a local tea-maker, a Sikh temple, and the local spice markets. We will also have some free time to freely explore the sights of Delhi in the afternoon. 

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Take a walking tour through some of the back streets and narrow alleyways of Old Delhi, discovering the hidden side of the city

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Explore the Sanjay Colony 'slum' area of Delhi on a guided tour to see the micro-industries, schools and residential life there
INR 600

Freely explore the colossal Mughal Red Fort in Old Delhi, built by the emporer Shah Jahan in 1648 upon moving the capital there

INR 250

Visit the stunning Mughal-era mosque of Jama Masjid in Old Delhi, and climb its iconic minarets for an unrivalled view of the old city

INR 400

Visit the Indira Gandhi Museum in Delhi, dedicated to the former Prime Minister who was assassinated by her own bodyguards in 1984

INR 100

See the ground-breaking modern architecture of the Delhi Baha'i Temple, known as the Lotus Temple due to its unique shape

Free

See the India Gate at the end of Delhi's ceremonial axis, built to commemorate all Indians who have died in various wars

Free

Explore the site of Humayun’s Tomb, a phenomenal early Mughal tomb that is said to be a major inspiration for the Taj Mahal

INR 250

Discover the phenomenal 13th Century Qutab Minar and Mehrauli Archaeological Park in the south of Delhi, an intricately-carved pillar built during the Sultanate era of Indian history

INR 250
Day 16 - Delhi ( 22nd Oct 2018 )

Border Information: If joining the trip in Delhi, you will most likely enter India at Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport (IATA code: DEL).

Today is a free day to explore Delhi. There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm - please look for a note from your tour leader when you arrive at the hotel giving more details about this meeting.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Delhi before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Delhi.

In Delhi we will stay in a local hotel.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Take a walking tour through some of the back streets and narrow alleyways of Old Delhi, discovering the hidden side of the city

INR 100
Explore the Sanjay Colony 'slum' area of Delhi on a guided tour to see the micro-industries, schools and residential life there
INR 600
Day 17 - Bikaner ( 23rd Oct 2018 )

Today we start our journey with a full day drive to the city of Bikaner.

In Bikaner we will either stay in a local hotel or camp at an eco-lodge a short distance outside the city.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-9 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Witness the holy rats in the Karni Mata rat temple near Bikaner

Included in Kitty
Day 18 - Jaisalmer ( 24th Oct 2018 )

Today we continue our journey with a drive to the ancient Rajasthani city of Jaisalmer, stopping at the Karni Mata (Rat Temple) for an included visit en route. 

In Jaisalmer we will stay in a comfortable local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-7 hours.

Day 19 - Jaisalmer ( 25th Oct 2018 )

Today we will have a free morning in order to freely explore the sights of Jaisalmer. In the late afternoon we will head out on an included camel safari into the Thar Desert - exploring the desert with local Rajasthani camel drivers is the most authentic way to experience the area!

Tonight we will camp out in the desert, sleeping under the stars.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Trek into the Thar Desert on an overnight camel safari with Rajasthani camel drivers

Included in Kitty
Day 20 - Jaisalmer ( 26th Oct 2018 )

This morning we will return to Jaisalmer from our camel safari. The rest of the day will be free to relax or explore more of Jaisalmer and the surrounding area.

Tonight we will return to our hotel in Jaisalmer.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit the beautiful and ornate 18th-century mansions of Salim Singh-ki Haveli and Patwa-ki Haveli
INR 70

3 nights at Jaisalmer to explore the medieval streets, the fort and the desert

INR 250
Watch the sunset from the stunning Amar Sagar Jain Temple in Jaisalmer
INR 100
Day 21-22 - Jodhpur, Sambhali Trust ( 27th Oct 2018 to 28th Oct 2018 )

This morning we will drive from Jaisalmer to another famous Rajasthani city, Jodhpur. En route to Jodhpur we will make an included visit to the Sambhali Trust project (a charitable project that works for the empowerment of women and girls in Rajasthan), where we will learn about the efforts of the project and make a group donation from the kitty.

After our visit we will make our way to our accommodation, rooms that have been set up by local families in their own homes for visitors. We will be splitting up into 2 or 3 small groups for our homestays.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-7 hours.

On the following day we will be in and around Jodhpur. In the morning we will have an included visit to the Mehrangarh Fort and Palace, and the afternoon is free to explore the city independently. 

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Explore the blue city of Jodhpur and the mighty Meherangarh fort

Included in Kitty

Community homestay to experience true Indian hospitality

Included in Kitty

Visit and support the Dragoman-supported Sambhali Trust near Jodhpur, and see the excellent work they do to provide local women and girls with education and vocational skills

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit the Jaswant Thada, a beautiful marble cenotaph next to a picturesque lake built in memorial to Maharaja Jaswant Singh II
INR 55

Learn all about Rajasthani cuisine at a cooking class at our guesthouse or homestay in Jodhpur

INR 1000
Explore the museum of the Jodhpur Royal Family in the Umaid Bhawan Palace, one of the world's largest private residences
INR 50
Explore the nearby Mandore Gardens and ancient ruined fort
Free

Go out on an exhilarating zip-lining excursion over the gardens of the Mehrangarh Fort

INR 1800
Day 23 - Udaipur ( 29th Oct 2018 )

After breakfast we set off for our drive to Udaipur, visiting the Jain Temple at Ranakpur en route. We will have 3 nights in Udaipur, giving us plenty of time to discover this amazing, romantic Rajasthani city.

In Udaipur we will stay in a comfortable hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

2 nights to discover the stunning white city of Udaipur

Included in Kitty
Day 24-25 - Udaipur ( 30th Oct 2018 to 31st Oct 2018 )

On these 2 days we will have free time to explore the sites in and around Udaipur, take part in some optional activities, and relax on one of the many roof-top terraces in the city.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Take an evening ride on the Udaipur Ropeway, to see the stunning vista of the city after sunset
INR 78
Learn all about the folk art, culture, songs and festivals of Rajasthan at the Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal cultural institution
INR 50
Visit the Animal Aid Unlimited animal shelter and hospital in Udiapur, and support the incredible work they do there to look after injured street animals in the area
USD 10
Visit the iconic Monsoon Palace, perched on a mountain overlooking Udaipur
INR 160

Visit the flamboyant City Palace of Udaipur, built in a fascinating fusion of Rajasthani and Mughal styles

INR 250
Explore the Pichola Lake, and it's famous temple islands of Jagniwas and Jagmandir, on a stunning and peaceful boat cruise
INR 430
Head out on a half-day horse ride through the beautiful surroundings of the foothills of the Aravalli Mountains around Udaipur
INR 1000

Visit the palaces of Udaipur

INR 100
Day 26 - Mandu ( 1st Nov 2018 )

Leaving Udaipur, we will be joined by a local cook who will accompany us during the next few days whilst we are wild camping.

Today will mostly be spent travelling to Mandu via the backroads of rural Rajasthan. We will be off the tourist trail here and tonight we will wild camp, perhaps on the edge of a local village.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

Day 27-29 - Ajanta, Mandu, Ellora ( 2nd Nov 2018 to 4th Nov 2018 )

Today we will visit Mandu, an extensive and largely abandoned hill-top fort from the Mughal era. We will then spend the afternoon driving to our wild camp spot near Kharwand Dam, en route towards Ajanta.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

The next day we complete the drive to Ajanta, arriving in the afternoon. We will visit the complex of 29 ancient Buddhist temples cut into the rock face. We will wild camp nearby.

The following day we will drive a short distance to Ellora where we will have an included visit to the ancient Buddhist, Hindu and Jain caves - a set of a small temples in the rock face dating from the 6th to 11th Centuries CE. We will camp in the same campsite tonight.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit the tomb of Hoshang Shah, the first Muslim leader of Mandu - the tomb itself is India's first marble building and one of the most refined examples of Afghan-syle architecture in the country

Included in Kitty

Visit to the Jahaz Mahal (or the Ship Palace)the most famous building in Mandu

Included in Kitty

Visit the deserted hilltop ghost city of Mandu

Included in Kitty

Take a guided visit around the incredible Buddhist rock caves and paintings of Ajanta, some dating back as far as the 2nd century BCE

Included in Kitty

 Guided visit to the Buddhist, Hindu and Jain rock-cut temples and monasteries of Ellora

Included in Kitty
Day 30 - Mumbai ( 5th Nov 2018 )

Setting off early today, we will say goodbye to our local cook and drive to the bustling city of Mumbai.

In Mumbai we will stay in a comfortable hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-10 hours.

Day 31 - Mumbai ( 6th Nov 2018 )

Border Information: If joining the trip in Mumbai, you will most likely enter India from Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (IATA code: BOM).

There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel in Mumbai - please look out at the reception for a note from you tour leader with further details about this meeting. Otherwise, today is free to explore the sights and sounds of Mumbai. 

In Mumbai we will stay in a good quality hotel.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Take a guided tour of the backstreets, shops and schools of the Dhavari district, to experience a slice of the real Mumbai

INR 1200
Take a Bollywood dance class in one of Mumbai's premier dance studios
INR 500
Discover the marvellous collection of historical objects and art at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya Museum, one of India's premier museums
INR 300
Explore the labyrinth of cave-temples on Elephanta Island near Mumbai, some of the most impressive rock carvings in all of India
INR 250
Day 32 - Mumbai ( 7th Nov 2018 )

Today will be a free day to explore the city. This is also an opportunity to take a tour of the Dharavi slum areas of the city.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Mumbai before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Mumbai.

Day 33-34 - Goa ( 8th Nov 2018 to 9th Nov 2018 )

We will start our journey by taking the train along the coast to Goa. We will stay for 2 nights at the relaxed beaches of Vagator in the northern part of Goa. Most travellers are drawn to Vagator for the stunning sunsets, the laid-back atmosphere and the proximity of some other quieter beaches in the area such as Arambol and Anjuna.

In northern Goa we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities close to the beach.

Estimated Journey Time (on train) - 11-12 hours.

Day 35-36 - Old Goa, Goa ( 10th Nov 2018 to 11th Nov 2018 )

After our 2 nights on the northern beaches of Goa, we head off in the truck to the southern end of Goa. En route we will stop off at the site of Old Goa to spend some time independently exploring the area's colonial buildings.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

We will stay for 2 nights in beautiful beach huts on the stunning beach of Agonda, which is a perfect place to sit back and watch the fishing boats landing their catch, sample the delicious local cuisine, or visit the nearby beach of Palolem with its many bars and restaurants.

Day 37-38 - Hampi ( 12th Nov 2018 to 13th Nov 2018 )

Leaving the beaches of Goa behind us, we set off on a full day drive into the state of Karnataka and to the village of Hampi. The village is located within the ruins of Vijayanagara, the former capital of the ancient Vijayanagara Empire. 

Estimated Drive Time - 9-11 hours.

On the following day we will have a guided tour of the historical sites around Hampi by rickshaw and on foot.

In Hampi we will stay in a comfortable local guesthouse.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Discover the lost kingdom of Vijayanagar in the magnificent ruined city of Hampi

Included in Kitty
Day 39-40 - Mysore ( 14th Nov 2018 to 15th Nov 2018 )

From Hampi we will have another full day drive to the city of Mysore, one of India's most attractive towns.

Estimated Drive Time - 10-12 hours.

On the following day we will have free time in Mysore to independently explore the city's beautiful gardens, palaces, and the Shri Chamarajendra art gallery.

In Mysore we will stay in a comfortable hotel.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Explore the amazing Maharaja's Palace of Mysore

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Climb the 1000 steps to the summit of Chamundi Hill, to visit the famous Sri Chamundeshwari Temple and take in the views of the city below
INR 100
Day 41-42 - Wayanad ( 16th Nov 2018 to 17th Nov 2018 )

Today we travel up into the cool highlands and head to the hill-station of Wayanad, a small settlement surrounded by tea and coffee plantations.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

Over the 2 days that we have in Wayanad we will have the chance to hike up Chembra Peak, visit local waterfalls and tea plantations, visit the petroglyphs at the Edakkal Caves, and to visit the nearby Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary.

Whilst in Wayanad we stay as guests of local families at a homestay, where they have set up rooms for visitors in their homes.

Daily Activities

Included Activities
See the 7000-year-old Neolithic petroglyphs at the Edakkal caves en route
Included in Kitty

Relax at the community Homestay in the hills of Wayanad

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Take a strenuous day-hike up the 2100m Chembra Peak, the highest peak in the Wayanad area
INR 1000
Take a walk through the scenic Wayanad countryside to visit the Meenmutty or Kanthanppara waterfalls
INR 60

Overland through the Western Ghats

INR 800
Day 43-44 - Kochi ( 18th Nov 2018 to 19th Nov 2018 )

Today we will continue our journey with a full day drive to the coastal city of Kochi.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-10 hours.

On the following day we will take a local boat to Fort Cochin and have free time to explore and visit various sites including the Jewish Quarter, St Francis Church and the iconic Chinese fishing nets. In the evening we will be able to see a performance from the famous Kathakali dancers, India's most spectacular dance drama.

In Kochi we will stay in a comfortable hotel.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Evening visit to watch the classical Indian dance drama of Kathakali

Included in Kitty
Day 45 - Alleppey ( 20th Nov 2018 )

Leaving the bustle of Kochi behind, today we embark on our included overnight houseboat cruise on the tranquil Keralan backwaters of Alleppey. We will often split into smaller groups to board our traditional 'Kettuvallom' boats which will take us around the scenic rivers and spend the night aboard. 

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Travel overnight by local boat through the Backwaters and experience the villages of Kerala

Included in Kitty
Day 46-48 - Varkala ( 21st Nov 2018 to 23rd Nov 2018 )

After our fantastic overnight cruise along the Keralan backwaters, we continue our journey with a short drive to the beach resort of Varkala.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

We will have 3 nights here with free time to explore the surrounding areas and relax on the beautiful beaches. Varkala is well known for its beaches, and there are also lots of great local restaurants where you can sample the justifiably-famous Keralan cuisine.

In Varkala we will stay at a beach resort.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Get a traditional Ayurvedic massage in the Keralan town of Varkala
INR 1200
Head out for an evening performance of traditional Keralan Kathakali dancing
INR 300
Day 49 - Kanyakumari ( 24th Nov 2018 )

Today we will have a morning drive to Kanyakumari (also known as Cape Comorin), the very southern point of India. Here we will have free time to independently explore the Vivekananda Rock and the surrounding sites.

In Kanyakumari we will stay in a local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Take the ferry over to Vivekananda Rock and explore the memorial to the Hindu monk Swami Vivekananda
INR 150
Day 50 - Madurai ( 25th Nov 2018 )

This morning we have the option to get up early to watch the sunrise from the southern tip of India with thousands of locals, what can be an incredible experience! From Kanyakumari we then start heading back north again, and drive to the holy city of Madurai. In the afternoon we will have an included visit to the Sri Meenakshi Temple in Madurai.

In Madurai we will stay in a comfortable local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit to the historical Hindu Meenakshi Amman Temple, dedicated to lord Shiva

Included in Kitty
Day 51-52 - Pondicherry ( 26th Nov 2018 to 27th Nov 2018 )

Today we head to the French-influenced town of Pondicherry, and will have a free time on arrival in the afternoon.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

We will have 2 nights here with plenty of time to relax and soak up the atmosphere and spend time exploring the town and its beautiful colonial architecture. 

In Pondicherry we will stay in a local guesthouse.

 

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Overnight in the former French colony of Pondicherry

Free
Visit the spiritual community of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, founded in the early 20th century by the famous Bengali freedom fighter and spiritual leader
Free
Day 53 - Mahabalipuram, Chennai ( 28th Nov 2018 )

Today we have a short drive to the ancient city of Mahabalipuram, once the capital of the Pallava Dynasty in the 7th Century CE. On arrival we will have an included visit to the incredible Shore Temples and other monuments around the town ( time permitted ).

In the afternoon we will finish the short drive to the bustling coastal city of Chennai.

In Chennai we will stay in a comfortable hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 5 - 6 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit to the Shore Temples & Pagodas of Mahabalipuram

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit the Fort St. George, the site of the East India Company's first trading station in 1640, and the first British fort in India
INR 100
Visit the Chennai Government Museum, and its incredible selection of antiquities including Roman artefacts and coins from all eras of India's past
INR 250
Day 54 - Chennai ( 29th Nov 2018 )

Border Information: If you are joining in Chennai, you will most likely enter India in Chennai International Airport (IATA code: MAA).

Today is a free day to explore the sights, sounds and flavours of Chennai. There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm - please look for a note from your tour leader when you arrive at the hotel giving more details about this meeting.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Chennai before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Chennai.

In Chennai we will stay in a comfortable modern hotel.

*Important note* - if you are joining the trip in Chennai, please make sure that you send us a scan of your Indian visa as soon as you have obtained it. If you plan to take the e-visa option, please make sure you arrange this well in advance and send us a copy of your receipt as soon as possible. If we do not receive this in advance, then we will not have enough time to get your permits for the Odisha Region and you will not be able to visit this area.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Overnight stay in Chennai

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Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit the many historic temples, mosques, and churches of Chennai
Free
Visit the Fort St. George, the site of the East India Company's first trading station in 1640, and the first British fort in India
INR 100
Visit the Chennai Government Museum, and its incredible selection of antiquities including Roman artefacts and coins from all eras of India's past
INR 250
Day 55 - Tirupati ( 30th Nov 2018 )

Today we start our journey with a drive to the bustling town of Tirupati. In the afternoon there will be an optional visit to the Sri Venkateswara holy temple in the nearby town of Tirumala. ( Please note if you wish to visit the temple there is a dress code of Dhoti with upper cloth for men and saree or half-saree with blouse or churidar with pyjama and upper cloth for women. It is also quite difficult to get tickets to visit the temple due to the high numbers of pilgrims visiting the temple during this time,  if we can not get any tickets available we will visit Srikalahasteeswara temple instead ). 

In Tirupati we will stay in a friendly local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit the Sri Venkatesvara Tirumalai Temple

INR 300
Day 56 - Vijayawada ( 1st Dec 2018 )

Leaving Tirupati, we will spend the next few days overlanding through Andhra Pradesh, one of the least developed states in India. This is real off-the-beaten-track overlanding, and we will arrive in the small city of Vijayawada this evening.

In Vijayawada we will stay in a basic local hotel. 

Estimated Drive Time - 8-10 hours.

Day 57 - Visakhapatnam ( 2nd Dec 2018 )

Today we continue our journey and drive through the back roads of Andra Pradesh. Our final destination tonight is the costal town of Visakhapatnam.

In Visakhapatnam we will stay in a local hotel on the sea front.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-9 hours.

Day 58-62 - Odisha Tribal Area ( 3rd Dec 2018 to 7th Dec 2018 )

Today we will begin our guided tour through the rarely-visited Odisha Tribal Regions, which we will comprehensively visit over the next 6 days. In these regions the itinerary has to be kept fairly flexible, allowing us the freedom to alter things slightly if we hear of any special events or market days in particular villages. However, we will generally follow the plan below:

On the first day we will have an early start from Visakhapatnam to arrive in a small village called Goudaguda in time to visit the Monday markets. Beautiful earthen pottery is skillfully produced in this area and you may even get the chance to try this for yourself.

In Goudaguda we will stay in a local guesthouse which has been styled on local tribal houses.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

On the following day we will have a full-day guided walk through the countryside around Goudaguda, visiting the neighbouring Mahali and Kondh tribal villages. We will return to our guesthouse in Goudaguda for the night. 

On the next day we will drive to the lively Chatikona Market, a weekly highlight for the Dongria Kondh tribe. We will then travel through the hills to the village of Muniguda, our destination for tonight. On arrival we will be welcomed by the New Hope Charitable Trust (a local NGO helping to uplift the poor and disadvantaged), and in the afternoon we will have a cooking demonstration and spend some time with the children and the elderly people of the New Hope Trust.

In Muniguda we will stay in basic rooms in the grounds of the charitable trust.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

On the following day we will drive further through an Elephant Range. We will then walk into the Desia Kondh indigenous community. They are distinguished by the unique facial tattoos of the women. After a village visit and picnic lunch we will continue to Baliguda. 

In Baliguda we will stay in a local basic hotel. 

Estimated Drive Time - 6-8 hours.

On the next day we will drive to the fascinating fishing town of Gopalpur, a once major port for the East India Company which has an interesting decaying charm. We will have a free afternoon to independently explore the town on arrival.

In Gopalpur we will stay in a local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-6 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit the Monday market in the indigenous melting pot of Goudaguda, soaking up the incredible atmosphere as the locals barter and trade their produce

Included in Kitty

Head out for a full day hike around the Goudaguda region, visiting nearby villages of the Kondha, Mahali and Paroja tribal people

Included in Kitty
Explore the rarely-visited Wednesday Market in Chakitona, the main weekly market for the Desia and Dongria villagers from the area
Included in Kitty
See a fascinating local cooking demonstration and learn about the incredible work of the New Hope Community Centre in the rural village of Muniguda
Included in Kitty
Bathe in the natural hot springs with the local villagers at the small temple of Taptapani
Included in Kitty
Day 63-65 - Puri ( 8th Dec 2018 to 10th Dec 2018 )

Today our tour of the Odisha tribal areas comes to an end and we drive on to the small town of Puri.

Puri is one of the holiest pilgrimage places in India, and has a wonderful long sandy beach. On arrival we will explore the old pilgrim route by cycle-rickshaw, taking in ashrams, Hindu monasteries, a palm leaf manuscript library and the awesome Jagannath temple.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-8 hours.

We will spend 3 nights in Puri. On the first full day here, we will take a short drive back to visit Chilika Lake and explore the lake on bamboo-pole-driven canoes. There may also be the opportunity to visit the Usthi Children's Foundation in the town.

On the second full day, we will begin with a cycle ride through rice paddies and rural hamlets, meeting local craftsmen and women and watching them demonstrate their unique crafts. In the afternoon we will have a guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Konark Sun Temple.

In Puri we will stay in a comfortable local hotel.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

3 nights to relax in the lovely coastal town of Puri

Included in Kitty

Explore the religious sites of Puri by cycle-rickshaw, including the Jagannath Temple, one of the four most sacred Hindu pilgrimage sites in India

Included in Kitty
Explore the ruins of the 13th-century Sun Temple of Konark near to Puri, shaped like a colossal chariot with elaborately carved stone wheels
Included in Kitty

Take a cycle ride through the stunning back-roads and villages near Puri, to visit the artisan village of Raghurajpur and see the fantastic array of handicrafts traditionally manufactured there

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Educational visit to the Usthi Foundation rural project for children either in Puri or Kolkata

USD 10
Day 66 - Kolkata ( 11th Dec 2018 )

Today we will travel by train to Kolkata, the largest city in India. We will have free time today and tomorrow to independently explore this remarkable city, or take an optional photographic tour.

In Kolkata we will stay in a comfortable hotel.

Estimated Journey Time (by train) - 7-8 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Experience a local train ride from Puri to Kolkata

Included in Kitty
Day 67 - Kolkata ( 12th Dec 2018 )

Border Information: If finishing your trip in Kolkata, you will most likely exit India at Kolkata Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport (IATA code: CCU).

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Kolkata. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Dragoman Sales team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Overland through West Bengal across the Gangetic plains

Free

2 nights to explore Kolkata, India's most enigmatic and bewildering city

INR 200

Visit the Eden Gardens, the most famous and iconic cricket stadium in India

Free

See the famous Howrah Bridge over the Hooghly River, thought to be the busiest bridge in the world with 150,000 pedestrians and 100,000 vehicles crossing every day

Free
Discover the incredible array of art and historical artefacts on display at the Indian Museum in Kolkata, the largest and oldest museum in India
INR 200
Head out on a fantastic photographic tour of Kolkata, exploring the hidden gems, back streets, and photogenic spots of the city with a superb local guide
INR 2000
Explore the vast fields and parks of the Maidan (the 'lungs of Kolkata') and observe daily life away from the chaos of the city
Free
Visit and support the Usthi Foundation's school and farm for impoverished children in Kolkata, and see the amazing work they do (if available)
USD 10
See the huge white marble Victoria Memorial, built in the early 20th century by the British Viceroy of India and a grandiose reminder of Kolkata's colonial past
INR 200

Visit the Mother Teresa of Calcutta Centre, a museum illustrating the life and work of the famous and controversial missionary

Free

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