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India Circuit

Delhi - Mumbai

16 DAYS THROUGH India
RATING:
PRICE FROM:
Was: $1,145 USD + 420 KITTY USD
Now: $916 (USD) + 420 KITTY (USD)
DURATION:
16 days
TRANSPORT:
Overland expedition vehicle, Camel
CREW:
2 Dragoman crew, Local guides where necessary
ACCOM:
25%
75%
PHYSICAL CHALLENGE:
LIFESTYLE CHALLENGE:
TRIP CODE:
SDM
DEPOSIT:
$350 USD

Highlights

  Explore the backstreets and alleyways of bustling Delhi

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

  Trek into the Thar Desert on an overnight camel safari

  Explore Jaisalmer and all its fascintating sites

  Overnight Rajasthan camel safari into the Thar Desert

  Explore the blue city of Jodhpur and the mighty Mehrangarh fort

  Overnight in a community guesthouse to experience true Indian hospitality

  Visit and support the Dragoman-supported Sambhali Trust near Jodhpur

  3 nights to discover the stunning white city of Udaipur

  Wild camp in remote areas and enjoy fine food from our local cook

  Visit an extensive hill-top fort from the Mughal era at Mandu

  Explore the Buddhist, Jain and Hindu Caves and templed of Ellora and Ajanta

  Take an optional Bollywood dance class

  Explore chaotic and fascinating Mumbai

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Delhi ( 24th Sep 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 2 - Bikaner ( 25th Sep 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 3 - Jaisalmer ( 26th Sep 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 4 - Jaisalmer ( 27th Sep 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 5 - Jaisalmer ( 28th Sep 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 6-7 - Jodhpur, Sambhali Trust ( 29th Sep 2018 to 30th Sep 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 8 - Udaipur ( 1st 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 9-10 - Udaipur ( 2nd Oct 2018 to 3rd 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 11 - Mandu ( 4th Oct 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 12-14 - Ajanta, Mandu, Ellora ( 5th Oct 2018 to 7th Oct 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 15 - Mumbai ( 8th Oct 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 16 - Mumbai ( 9th Oct 2018 )

Border Information: If you are leaving in Mumbai, you will most likely exit India from Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (IATA code: BOM).

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Mumbai. 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.

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

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Departing: 24 Sep 2018
Returning: 9 Oct 2018
Duration: 16 days
Route: Delhi - Mumbai
$916 USD + $420 Kitty (USD)
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WHAT OUR PASSENGERS SAY

This was my third dragoman trip, and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Both the crew were exceptional, and ensured that we got the most out of our trip.
Erin B
The crew were excellent; went out of their way to help and were very informative. Leader was very well organised and went out of his way to plan extra activities. Incredibly good driving; felt very safe even in the chaos! Great crew...made the trip :)
LAURA P
Local guides were very informative.
LAURA P
Great food!
LAURA P
I just cant say enough great things about the leaders. They made the trip to India totally fabulous!
Lisa C
All of the guides that we had were great.
Lisa C
Rafik and his son were great. Great food and very friendly.
Lisa C
Rafik was great, I loved looking forward to his meals every night, especially the nightly pakoras.
Madeline L
Excellent crew.
Kelly M
Great guides and cooks on home stays and during camping!
Katrin J
Great crew - I was amazed at how 2 people that have not met before can work as such an effective team so quickly!
John P