North India cultural tour
Bargain 22 day tour skimming off the cultural cream of the crop from the Golden Triangle, Rajasthan, Ganges and Thar Desert. Chill vacation? No. Cheap thrills? Definitely.
Delhi Jaisalmer and Thar Desert Jaisalmer/Thar Desert Udaipur Pushkar Jaipur Bharatpur Agra and the Taj Mahal Varanasi and River Ganges Sleeper train journeys
US $1040ToUS $1175excluding flights
Single supplement $300.
Late availability on these dates: 08 Oct, 15 Oct, 20 Oct, 22 Oct, 29 Oct, 05 Nov
Description of North India cultural tour
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Our top tip:
Pack lightly - essentials are multiuse scarf/sarong, jumper and socks for cold mornings, pillow and rain poncho. And a sense of humour for the ride.
Small group tour, max. 16 people.
Solo travelers welcome. Surcharge for single rooms.
17 nights in basic hotels/guesthouses, 1 night camping, 3 nights sleeper trains,
Accommodation, transport excl. flights and airport transfers, most activities, tour guide.
1 breakfast and 1 dinner included. Budget £300 for meals.
11 Reviews of North India cultural tour
4.5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 05 Feb 2020 by Sue LoughranThe cooking class was one of our highlights as was the night we attended a Bollywood movie. Read full review
Reviewed on 21 Sep 2019 by Lauren PhilpI loved meeting new people, all ages from all backgrounds. I've met people that I'll never forget. The tour guide made us all feel safe and welcome in India. I loved watching the dance show and trying all the food. Read full review
Reviewed on 01 Aug 2018 by Graeme StokesCamping in the desert was great. Varanasi was a very spiritual experience. And Udaipur was a very lovely city...The best vacation I've had. Thanks to our friendly and knowledgeable guide, a lovely group and a fantastic itinerary. Read full review
Reviewed on 11 Feb 2018 by Estella Lianne GentleJaisalmer was the most memorable part. Read full review
Reviewed on 06 Oct 2017 by Catherine HoganThe most memorable was Ranthambore where we saw a tiger and a leopard as well as a host of deer and birds. Read full review
Reviewed on 14 Mar 2016 by Sara KirkhamBook it! A fantastic taster of a small section of Northern India. Read full review
Reviewed on 14 Feb 2016 by Alan ZenthonChallenging, life affirming, and I now have the desire to go on more. Read full review
Reviewed on 15 Nov 2016 by Cristina RaysonVaranasi, Udaipur was beautiful, but for me Varanasi was my Indian dream. The Ghats, boat trip to watch the Aarti, the market and the Bollywood dance class we organised, just perfect! Read full review
Reviewed on 23 Jan 2015 by Judith BrockmannVacation was a great to help me see my own culture with completely new eyes and become more aware of things that I have taken for granted in the past. Read full review
Reviewed on 20 Apr 2013 by Michael AdamsA very good trip. Varanasi, the camaraderie of group members and our group leader and seeing India in action were the best parts of the trip. Read full review
Reviewed on 01 Sep 2012 by Hazel DurbridgeI am in my 50s and I found the pace excellent - no more than 3 nights anywhere - arrive - shower/rest - orientation walk then choose your activities and what a great diversity of activities. I found it stimulating and fun. Read full review
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Where possible we will travel on local bus or on the Indian Railways minimizing our demand for special tourist vehicles and fuel while giving you plenty of opportunity to meet and interact with local people/communities.
India Responsible Travel Bags
We give our passengers a simple cotton bag that reads "Say no to plastic" in English and local regional dialect depending on where you're traveling. These bags in the north are made by Karm Marg, an organisation who helps the less privileged children by providing vocational training. Our south Indian bags are made by Nesamani Women self-help groups - a group of widows who primarily stitch bags and do embroidery.
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You will be accompanied by local leaders on this trip who will take you into temples, mosques, shrines and Gurudwaras where appropriate, and are able to teach the group about the etiquette and customs specific to the places visited, enabling a deeper understanding for the group of the communities and cultures encountered in India. In a country where so many ethnic communities live together, itís important to respect individual religious beliefs. Our company wants to promote this understanding through insight into religious and cultural practices. Local leaders are the cultural ambassadors, know multiple dialects of the sub-continent and can easily facilitate local interaction giving enriching experience to the passengers.
We try and utilise local hotel owners and small businesses through our trips. We help locals set up home stays, hotels or small lodges and try and motivate them to cater to our groups. This mutual support is beneficial in the form of economic support from our passengers and a great way to witness and interact with real local people.