North India Tour | The Dragon Trip

13-day North India Tour

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13 days - £549

Explore the rich, vibrant and diverse culture of India with our 13-day North India adventure tour. Covering the country’s greatest northern features, including the Golden Triangle, with The Dragon Trip you’ll see it all. Experience iconic major landmarks like the Taj Mahal and the spiritual ancient city of Varanasi with a twist, venture into the desert for a camel safari and treat your taste buds to an abundance of delicious food. From bustling cities to rural villages, our Adventure Leaders take you off-the-beaten-track as you explore all that North India has to offer.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Delhi

Meet your guide at the hostel for a quick trip briefing. Enjoy the view of Delhi from the rooftop as your guide tells you everything you need to know. Take a short walk to the train station and hop on board your first overnight train as you make your way to Varanasi.

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Day 2-3: Varanasi

Arrive in the city and visit the Sarnath Buddhist and Hindu archaeological site or take a walk around the old town, the choice is yours! Witness the peace and tranquillity of the religious city at sunrise, and the Ganga Aarti ceremony at sunset, as you embark on boat tours along Varanasi’s historic Ghats.

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Day 4-5: Agra

Explore the historic grounds of one of India’s UNESCO World Heritage sites, Agra Fort and the ruins of the Black Taj foundations. Embrace the local culture with a visit to a nearby village and traditional theatrical show. Catch a spectacular sunrise over the Taj Mahal, the best way to see the world-famous monument.

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Day 6-7: Jaipur

Get your historic fix in Jaipur as you visit Nahargarh Fort and Amber Fort and explore the wonders of the Pink City, where you can do a spot of shopping. Visit a monkey colony at the locally run Monkey Temple and get creative in a variety of traditional art classes.

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Day 8-9: Jaisalmer

Venture into the desert for a Camel Safari adventure! Embark on two camel rides across the sand dunes and visit a local desert village. Enjoy dinner by the campfire and count the stars above you as you sleep out in the open before catching a breath-taking sunrise. Explore the city with a visit to Jaisalmer Fort or Gadsisar Sagar Lake.

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Day 10: Johdpur

Test your nerves on a flying fox zip wire over Mehrangarh Fort or put your skills to the test in a Krishna cooking workshop. Take a guided walking tour of the Blue City which will end at Toorji Step Well. Have a drink with your fellow travellers at the nearby café before heading back to the hostel.

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Day 11-12: Udaipur

Explore the Old City and the City Palace before enjoying a sunset boat cruise across Lake Pichola. Volunteer at the local animal rescue organisation, Animal Aid or join one of the many art classes on offer in Udaipur art villa, including henna, yoga and musical instrument classes.

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Day 13: Mumbai

Enjoy the last few hours of your train ride this morning before arriving in the bustling city of Mumbai. Make the most of a free afternoon and explore the wonders of the city. Say goodbye to your tour guides and fellow travellers as you transfer to the airport, ready for your flight home.

 

Day 1: Delhi

  • Meet your guide at 7pm at the hostel for a pre-departure briefing
  • Take a 5-minute walk to New Delhi Station
  • Board the 8.40pm overnight train to Varanasi

Day 2-3: Varanasi

  • Arrive in Varanasi, meet your new Adventure Leader and make your way to the hostel
  • Optional: Explore the excavated ruins and deer park at the Sarnath Buddhist and Hindu archaeological site (200 INR)
  • Optional: Take a walk around the city’s old town and pay a visit to the Blue Lassi store
  • Enjoy a relaxing boat ride down the River Ganges as you tour Varanasi’s ancient Ghats. Finish the tour watching the Ganga Aarti ceremony
  • Get to know your fellow travellers over your first group dinner
  • Optional: Watch the sunrise during an early morning Ghat boat tour (100-200 INR dependent on numbers)
  • Transfer to the airport to catch a flight to Agra

Day 4-5: Agra

  • Optional: Watch the Mohabbat The Taj Show at Kalakriti Cultural & Convention Centre (1500 INR)
  • Optional: Visit Agra Fort and cross the river to the ruins of the Black Taj foundations (950 INR)
  • Optional: Interact with the local community in a nearby village (1500 INR)
  • Experience a spectacular sunrise over the Taj Mahal
  • Return to the hostel ready for a private transfer to Jaipur

Day 6-7: Jaipur

  • Arrive and check-in to your accommodation
  • Optional: Visit Nahargarh Fort for panoramic views of the city (200 INR)
  • Optional: Explore Amber Fort and the nearby Money Temple (200 INR)
  • Optional: Join an art class at the Creatis Studio (1000 INR)
  • Optional: Treat your taste buds to a food tour of the city (200 INR)
  • Enjoy a private guided tour of the Pink City, including the City Palace and its grounds
  • Free time to explore further
  • Board the 11.45pm overnight train to Jaisalmer

Day 8-9: Jaisalmer

  • Arrive in Jaisalmer and transfer to the Adventure Safari company house
  • Shower, rest and eat lunch nearby (at own expense)
  • At 3.30pm, drive by jeep an hour into the desert
  • Begin your Camel Safari with a short ride to the campsite and enjoy a cooked vegetarian dinner around the campfire
  • Wake up for sunrise over the sand dunes
  • Embark on a longer camel trek to a desert village for a tour
  • Head back into the city to freshen up at the company house
  • Optional: Pay a visit to Jaisalmer Fort (600 INR)
  • Optional: Visit Gadsisar Sagar Lake and the nearby viewpoint (100 INR for viewpoint)
  • Get picked up from the hostel at 4pm and take a private transfer to Jodhpur
  • Arrive at your new accommodation at approx. 10pm

Day 10: Jodhpur

  • Optional: Test your nerves on a flying fox over Mehrangarh Fort (1999 INR)
  • Optional: Join a Krishna cooking workshop and learn to cook ten traditional dishes (1500 INR)
  • Meet in the hostel at 4pm for a guided walking tour of the Blue City. Finish the tour at Toorji Step Well where you can have a drink at the cafe

Day 11-12: Udaipur

  • Catch an 8am bus to Udaipur, arriving at the hostel in the early afternoon
  • Optional: Explore the Old City and City Palace (outside 30 INR, entry 300 INR)
  • Meet your guide at 5pm to catch the sunset as you take a boat cruise on Lake Pichola, where you can get the best views of the palace and old town
  • Optional: Enjoy a group dinner at the lakeshore restaurant (300-500 INR)
  • Optional: Volunteer for a few hours at a local animal rescue, Animal Aid (600 INR for a rickshaw group of 3)
  • Optional: Get creative at one of the local workshops, including art (250 INR per hour), henna (75 INR upwards), sitar or Indian drums (900 INR), or yoga (pay as you see fit)
  • Hop on the 9.30pm overnight train to Mumbai

Day 13: Mumbai

  • Continue your train ride throughout the morning
  • Arrive in Mumbai at approximately 2pm and head to the hostel
  • Enjoy a free afternoon to relax and explore the city
  • Say goodbye to your guide and fellow trippers and finish up your Dragon Trip tour. We wish you safe travels!

Departures Dates

Departing Finishing Price Status
6th Apr, 2019 18th Apr, 2019 £549
11th May, 2019 23rd May, 2019 £549
15th Jun, 2019 27th Jun, 2019 £549
6th Jul, 2019 18th Jul, 2019 £549
17th Aug, 2019 29th Aug, 2019 £549
14th Sep, 2019 26th Sep, 2019 £549
19th Oct, 2019 31st Oct, 2019 £549
16th Nov, 2019 28th Nov, 2019 £549
  • A deposit is required to make a reservation, with the balance due 60 days prior to departure (unless booking with one of our promotions, for which specific balance due dates may apply). The deposit is £200 GBP / $200 USD
  • Looking for assistance booking pre/post trip accommodation? Just let us know what you need! We’re happy to help you extend your stay in India!
  • For customers making payment from the UK: please note that when you are making a payment into our US dollar account you must request your bank to send the money directly to our US dollar account at HSBC UK. Otherwise they may use an intermediary bank resulting in an added wiring fee charged to you of $25.00.
  • The group will be in sex-segregated hotel rooms (unless you book with friends of different sexes, in which case you can be together).
  • If you’d like to upgrade to a private room this will cost an additional £250. Just email us before your final payment is due to let us know you’d like to upgrade. The upgrade fee is for the room, not per person- i.e. if you are a couple upgrading, then you split this price between the two of you. Room upgrades include single, double and twin rooms.
  • Please take note if you wish to use your own camera/phone to take photos and videos that is absolutely fine. However, The Dragon Trip runs a no drone policy for our India trips.

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