- Spend two days at Marari Beach, one of India’s finest coastal hideaways, with a statement pool, open-air bathrooms and acres of powdery white sand
- Kayak the Keralan backwaters and explore local life on hidden canals and lagoons
- Hike through the tea hills and cloud forest of mellow Munnar, and camp overnight in the Western Ghats wilderness
- Unwind at an award-winning villa built onto Vembanad Lake, and boat the mirror-still waters at sunset
- Feast on delicious Keralan cuisine, from spicy coconut curries to seafood stews and a wealth of veggie dishes
- Recharge with yoga and meditation classes, and healing Ayurveda spas
Embrace the sensory overload of Delhi, see the Taj Mahal at sunrise in Agra and go on incredible safaris in search of Ranthambhore’s wild tigers. Stay in a palace in Jaipur, cycle through it backstreets and feast on a home-cooked meal with a local family. Hike through the ancient Aravalli Hills, stop for a high tea picnic and stay the night in a luxury fort. End your adventure back in Delhi, mingling with local professionals over drinks in a trendy bar.
Brace yourself, India is not a destination for the fainthearted. The traffic is downright madness, the flavours mind-blowing and the colours so vivid that you’ll be reaching for your sunglasses (and camera) around every corner. Here the scent of cardamom and tuk-tuk fumes linger in the air, wild tigers roam the jungle and Wonders of the World pierce the skyline. We’ll throw you right in the deep end of North India on our 10-day adventure, immersing you in chanting temple rituals and authentic train rides through the Rajasthani countryside. We’ll join in with spontaneous laughing yoga classes and drink chai tea with local families. We’ll hike through ancient mountains, stop for high tea picnics and go on dawn and dusk safaris in the Ranthambore National Park. There are sunrise visits to the Taj Mahal, early morning bike rides in Jaipur and an optional hot air balloon ride over Amber Fort at dawn. This means a fair few early starts, so if you’re partial to a leisurely lie-in then this might not be the trip for you. We reckon, however, that the pre-dawn starts become that bit sweeter when you return to a Rajasthani palace for the night. Or how about the infinity pool of a luxury fort? Perhaps a coconut-oil massage in a boutique spa is more your style. And, quite frankly, who wants a lie-in when the dazzling sights of India await? Some say it’s too chaotic, avoid the trains and don’t touch the street food – but that’s not really living, now is it?
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- Admire the incredible Taj Mahal at sunrise, and stay in a nearby hotel with a rooftop infinity pool overlooking this New Wonder of the World
- Go on dawn and dusk safaris in search of wild tigers in Ranthambore National Park
- Feast upon a home-cooked Indian meal with a local family in Jaipur, followed by a night in a boutique palace
- Cycle through the backstreets of Jaipur and take part in temple ritual and laughing yoga along the way
- Explore the majestic Amber Fort, with an optional hot-air balloon ride at sunrise
- Trek through the ancient Aravalli Hills, stopping for a high tea picnic
- Stay the night in a luxury fort overlooking the Rajasthani countryside, complete with a rooftop restaurant and amazing spa
- Meet fellow young professionals for drinks in New Delhi, and embrace the colourful chaos of Old Delhi
Day 1: NAMASTE, FLASHPACKERS
Arrive in Delhi and prepare for an awesome shock to the system. Check into your hotel and head out in the vibrant hustle and bustle for your first authentic taste of Indian cuisine.
Step off the plane in Delhi and prepare for 10 days of unforgettable adventure. Touch down before 4pm and your transfer awaits to whisk you into the heart of Delhi. Take in the chaotic blur of city life as as you travel to your hotel, relishing the knowledge that you’ll soon be immersed in the vibrant mayhem yourself. After freshening up at your hotel and meeting your Pack Leader, you’ll be led out into the spice-infused streets with your fellow adventurers. As the unofficial capital of Modern India, soak in the buzz and energy of Delhi as you dodge tuk-tuks and weave through the hectic hustle and bustle. Here ancient history collides with modern culture to create an exotic blend of old and new, so take in the unique sights as we head to a local restaurant for dinner. Here you can feast upon your first proper taste of Indian food and see which of your fellow Flashpackers can handle the heat. Tuck in and enjoy, there’s plenty of spicy adventure ahead!More +
Day 2: EMBRACE THE CHAOS OF DELHI
Weave through the tuk-tuks of Old Delhi on a history-packed tour, escaping the mayhem for lunch in a serene local temple. Enjoy a free afternoon exploring your new surroundings, or simply relax by the pool at your hotel.
Rise and shine for the first full day of your Indian adventure. After breakfast at your hotel, get ready to be bombarded by the sensory overload of Old Delhi. This is chaotic city life at its finest, with the intoxicating sights, smells and flavours living up to exactly how you’d imagine one of India’s most populated cities. Embrace the chaos as we weave our way through the streets and alleyways, passing a rich tapestry of haggling merchants and bold colours around every corner. Delhi has seen the rise and fall of many an emperor, so in the midst of everyday life are many grand monuments and palaces tucked away in hidden courtyards. We’ll veer away from the tuk-tuk pandemonium into one such courtyard, winding down a narrow alleyway to discover a serene Haveli. We’ll enjoy a delicious lunch in this oasis of calm, escaping the crazy smells and beautiful mayhem of Old Delhi. From here we’ll carry onto Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, a beautiful temple that provides a free lunch for anyone that enters its doors, no matter your background or wealth. This is an amazing sight to behold, watching people from all walks of life sit side by side and break bread together in this impressive setting The rest of the afternoon is then yours to as you please, be it kicking back by the hotel pool or bartering your way through the food markets. Get those haggling hats on.
Day 3: EXPLORE THE MAJESTIC AGRA FORT
Pass endlessly surreal sights on a 4-hour drive to Agra, arriving in this historic city by mid-afternoon. Explore the opulent city within the sandstone walls of Agra Fort, before a blazing sunset that lights up the skies.
Bid farewell to the vivid delights of Delhi today as we journey onwards to Agra. It’s a four-hour drive so settle in for one of the most unusual drives of your life, with a surprising sight greeting you around every turn. Be it decorated elephants strolling the roads, sacred cows causing congestion or goats on mopeds, the traffic here is an entertaining sight to behold. We’ll then reach the historic city of Agra, where we’ll check into the hotel before heading out to one of the city’s most striking sights. Forget the Taj Mahal, that’s tomorrow’s adventure, today we’re exploring the mighty Agra Fort in all its sandstone splendour. Lesser known than a certain Wonder of the World, Agra Fort can be found overlooking the banks of the Yamuna River with an amazing palatial city within its red walls. We’ll explore our way through the elaborate archways, courtyards and chambers of this royal residence, hearing the exotic stories of past kings and rulers brought to life. Then transport yourself back to modern day at your contemporary hotel, where you can get an early night before tomorrow’s sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal. Have your bucket lists at the ready.More +
Day 4: SEE THE TAJ MAHAL AT SUNRISE
Arise at dawn for a sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal, admiring this new Wonder of the World lit up by dazzling skies before returning to your hotel for breakfast. Then experience an authentic train ride to Sawai Madhopur, before carrying onto Ranthambore National Park and checking into your boutique cottages.
It may be an early start this morning but you won’t be hitting that snooze button, today heralds the day you see the Taj Mahal at sunrise. Roll out of bed, grab your camera and some coffee, and prepare to be dazzled by one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. With the air cooler and the crowds lighter, we’ll watch on as the ethereal pre-dawn light bathes this perfectly symmetrical temple in a pink hue. Then, as the sun rises above the horizon, beams of fiery gold will light up this legendary temple of love, built by a past emperor for his beloved queen. Admire the rays bouncing off its vast marble exterior, making the most of this amazing lighting for some insane photos to capture the moment forever. A pool-side breakfast is then ready and waiting for you back at your hotel, fuelling you up for the rest of the day’s adventure. Today we’re travelling south to Sawai Madhopur, stopping for lunch along the way, before embracing the other end of the social scale with an authentic experience on an Indian train. No trip to India is complete without riding on one of its chaotic trains, so we’ll hop aboard for a 3 hour ride to Sawai Madhopur. Walk along the carriages for an amazing snapshot of everyday life, seeing merchants selling chai tea and chatting with curious locals. From here we’ll arrive in Sawai Madhopur, where we’ll drive into the rugged beauty of Ranthambore National Park and check into your cottages for dinner. Your neighbours include wild tigers roaming the park, all set for tomorrow’s safari…More +
Day 5: WILD TIGER SPOTTING ON DAWN & DUSK SAFARIS
With your cameras and binoculars at the ready, go on a dawn safari in search of wild tigers. Return to your charming eco-resort for a leisurely afternoon by the pool, then head back out into the jungle for an evening safari on lookout for more wild tigers.
Wake up in one of the best places in the world to see wild tigers, ready to jump in open-top jeeps for an early morning safari. This is a great time of day to spot these majestic predators, prowling through the grasses or padding along the dusty tracks. There’s also plenty of other wildlife to spot if the tigers are feeling shy, with leopards, sloth bears and hyenas all roaming across this incredible landscape. We’ll then head back to the resort where you can spend the rest of the day chilling by the pool, sampling the delights of the organic farm or relaxing at the spa after your early start. Come evening, we’ll head back out into the jungle for a dusk safari after dinner. This is another great time of day to witness the tigers going about their normal pursuits, be it in epic hunting mode or sleepily nurturing their young. Fingers crossed for some cute cubs.More +
Day 6: A HOME-COOKED FEAST & NIGHT IN A PALACE
Swap the wild national park for the royal city of Jaipur, where you can check into your palace for the next two nights. Come evening, cook up a mouth-watering Indian feast with a local family and enjoy the fruits of your labour for dinner.
After breakfast in your wild surroundings, today we’ll hit the road to Jaipur. After 4 hours of weaving between camels and scooters laden with goods twice their size, we’ll arrive in this historic pink city. The capital of Rajasthan, here you’ll be greeted with a kaleidoscope of colour and sound in the rickshaw-filled streets. Such a royal setting deserves a decadent place to rest your head, so we’ll check into a palace for the next two nights of charming opulence. Embrace your inner royalty as you weave through lavish archways to discover serene courtyards, indulge in a massage or two and take a dip in the shaded pool. This evening, get set to experience the amazing hospitality of Indian people at a cooking class with a local family. You’ll be welcomed into the family as you help them make Indian dishes and flavor combinations like never before. Get to know your chapati from your churma as you feast upon the spicy goodness of a home-cooked Indian meal. And lets just say chai tea will have never tasted so good than in this intimate setting with local Jaipurian people. Then, when you can’t even look at another samosa, make your way back to your palace where you can spend the night in true regal style.More +
Day 7: WHO’S UP FOR SOME LAUGHING YOGA?
Saddle up for an early morning bike ride, fuelling up with mango lassis and watching the streets wake up. Stop by a bustling market in the Old Town, choosing fruit and veg offerings to take to an atmospheric ritual happening in a nearby temple. Stop by a hilarious local laughing yoga class, then roll up your sleeves for some authentic textile printing.
Arise in your palace, ready for a day immersing yourselves in the local culture of Jaipur. We’ll saddle up at sunrise for an early morning bike ride through this pink city, taking to the streets just as the city wakes up and kicks into gear. Grab some refreshing mango lassi as you pedal off the beaten path, discovering what everyday life is like away from the tourists. We’ll then cycle into the oldest part of town, where you can admire the impressive 5-storey Palace of the Winds before parking your bike and wandering through the old town. Here you can mooch through the bustling street markets, sharpening your haggling skills as you choose fruit and veg offerings to take to the nearby Krishna Temple. This isn’t a particularly decadent or historic temple, it’s the atmosphere inside that makes it worth a visit. We’ll join in with the vibrant morning ritual as the colorfully-clad locals chant incantations in a frenzy of incense and worship, growing louder and faster until you can’t help but join in yourself. With a new found spirit for the day, we’ll head out into the park just a stone’s throw away. Forget your downward dogs and lotus position, here you’ll find a large group of local people doing ‘laughing yoga’. The infectious atmosphere means the laughter will soon be bubbling out of you for a hilarious experience quite unlike your average yoga class. Feeling strangely invigorated, we’ll then carry onto another Jaipur specialty – textile printing. This is where many high street clothes begin, simply in the shed of a man in Jaipur creating intricate wooden stencils. On long tables of endless fabric, these are then printed and replicated for fashion retailers across the globe. If there’s time we’ll handcraft some wooden stencils ourselves, before printing our unique designs onto t-shirts. The evening is then yours to hit the pool and order yourself a beer, you’ve earned it.More +
Day 8: HIKES & HIGH TEA PICNICS
Take in the incredible aerial view of Amber Fort on an optional hot-air balloon ride at sunrise. Then explore its exotic interiors down at ground level, before driving into the Rajasthan countryside. Here we will hike through the breathtaking Aravalli Hills, stopping for a high tea picnic and then relaxing back at your luxury hilltop fort for the night.
We’re pretty accustomed to early starts by now, so for those of you wanting another pre-dawn experience, there’s an optional sunrise hot-air balloon ride over Amber Fort. This is an amazing sight to behold as the fiery sky lights up the golden Rajput architecture. Look down on the turrets and terraces reflected in the Maota Lake below, enjoying the gentle breeze of the cool morning air. For those of you wanting a lie-in, you can join the group down at ground level where we’ll all explore the fort on foot. Here you can wander through the mirror-clad room and mosaic-filled hall ways, meeting friendly resident monkeys along the way. From here we’ll then drive into the Rajasthan countryside for two hours to Bishangarh. From one mighty fort to the next, here we will check into our very own luxury fort for the night. Perched on a striking granite hilltop, this stylish fort has panoramic views of the Rajasthan countryside that we’re about to hike through. Among the ancient Aravalli Hills, we’ll venture deep into the lush greenery and trek through the oldest plateau range in India. Midway through your hike, we’ll stop for a spot of high tea and tuck into a delicious picnic in the rolling hills. Back at the fort, you can then put your feet up and relax with some rooftop chai tea on the terrace. It’s a tough life.More +
Day 9: LUXURY FORT LIFE & A NIGHT OUT IN DELHI
Take it easy at your luxury fort, making the most of the amazing infinity pool and spa here. Then head back to the vibrant sights of Delhi, where you can get the lowdown on what modern life is like in New Delhi over drinks with local professionals.
Rise and shine in your fort, ready for a lazy morning in your luxury location. It may be 230 years old, yet the facilities here are by no means outdated. Spend the morning chilling with an ice cold mango lassi by the infinity pool or relaxing at the spa, carved out of granite rocks in the old dungeon. After a hot stone massage or ginger-infused facial, there’s a labyrinth of secret spots to read a book or simply enjoy the view. Find a spot in the fruit orchard for a fragrant spot to relax, or sprawl out on the luxurious lawns. Then, from the calm to the crazy, we’ll hit the road and return to the madness of Delhi. Back where your adventure all began, Delhi round two will be spent dining with young professionals living in the city. After discovering the ancient history of Old Delhi, this time we’ll head to a trendy bar in New Delhi where you can get to know what modern life is like here. Share stories of your Indian travels with local city dwellers, reminiscing about the amazing sights you’ve seen and getting the inside scoop on local culture. With the drinks flowing and live music filling the room, this is the perfect place to end your Indian adventure. Grab a round of rum pannas and let the fun begin.More +
Day 10: KERALA CALLING…
Bid farewell to your fellow Flashpackers and make your way back to airport. Or, for those of you wanting an extra slice of Indian adventure, join our optional extension to the relaxing beaches of Kerala…
No-one like this bit, but the time has come to bid your farewells. Fly home riding high on all the incredible memories you’re returning with. You have embraced the chaotic charm of Delhi, dined with locals in serene temples and weaved your way through the endless maze of tuk-tuks. You have followed in the footsteps of history at Agra Fort, witnessed the bucket-list beauty of the Taj Mahal at sunrise and experienced an authentic Indian train journey. You have gone on dawn and dusk safaris in search of wild tigers in Ranthambore, stayed in an opulent palace and feasted upon a home-cooked meal with a local family in Jaipur. You have cycled down backstreets, taken part in temple rituals, joined a laughing yoga class and tried your hand at textile printing. From here you explored the majestic Amber Fort, trekked through ancient hills and stayed in a luxury hilltop fort. Then, after lasts night’s antics with local professionals in New Delhi, it’s time to arrange your transfer to the airport. Or, seeing as India is such a huge country, it would be rude not to make the most of your location here. Why not join our adventure to the laid-back beaches of Kerala? Cochin is just a cheap flight away and it’s been an intense 10 days of dazzling sights and early starts, we reckon some sandy down time could be just what you need…More +
Fly into and out of: Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi (DEL)
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