North to South India: Colours & Curry

Start: Delhi Finish: Kochi

Visiting: Delhi, Agra, Āgra, Jaipur, Tordi Sagar, Tordi Sāgar, Pushkar, Udaipur, Mumbai, Goa, Kochi, Alappuzha, Kollam, Varkala


Duration: 20 Nights

Physical rating: 2 - Light

Special diets catered: Vegetarians, Vegans

Tour Operator: G Adventures

Group size: 14 - 18

Age range: Minimum age of 18 years for this trip.

Tour operated in: English


Prices From: $1934

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Tour Overview

Now's the time to explore India on your terms with this tour that's affordable for young travellers. Get the best bits of a semester abroad without any of the studying on this epic three-week journey through the subcontinent’s highlights. Embrace the hectic pace of northern Delhi before balancing it out with the beaches of Goa. Then watch the sunrise at Savitri temple in Pushkar and explore the canals of Alleppey on your way to a cozy homestay with a local family. Our Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) handle all the logistics, so you can pack your trip with everything you want — and nothing you don't. Lush hills, bustling cities, and mouth-watering curries are just a taste of the moments and memories that await.

Highlights

  • iconAdmire the Taj Mahal and Amber Fort.
  • iconConnect with the locals at a homestay.
  • iconCapture colourful Rajasthan in your viewfinder.
  • iconLounge on beaches in Goa.
  • iconSavour delicious Indian cuisine.

Places You'll See

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North to South India: Colours & Curry
North to South India: Colours & Curry
North to South India: Colours & Curry
North to South India: Colours & Curry
North to South India: Colours & Curry
North to South India: Colours & Curry

Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : Delhi

Location: Delhi

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: C Park Inn (or similar)

Meals: No Meals

Arrive at any time and welcome to India's bustling capital - Delhi! Tonight, get to know your fellow travellers over traditional Indian cuisine at Delhi's Kitchen with a Cause. Afterward, wander through the electric Karol Bagh market for your first night out; pick the best looking spot and cheers to new adventures and friends!

Additional Information: Please note this tour departs Delhi early on Day 2, so book pre-accommodation if you would like to explore the city more in depth. Opt to wander through the heart of India's capital city and explore Old and New Delhi. Travel by the new metro or auto rickshaws and visit the famous Jama Masjid (Great Mosque) where you can climb the minaret for a bird's eye view of the old city. Explore Chandni Chowk, one of India's oldest and busiest markets or head to the colourful spice market -- a great photo opportunity.

ACTIVITY: Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.

ACTIVITY: Connect with new friends on your first night out in a new destination. Only available on 18-to-Thirtysomethings tours.

icon Day 2 : Delhi/Āgra

Location: Delhi, Agra

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Amaryatri Niwas (or similar)

Meals: No Meals

Relax on the morning train to Agra while admiring the arid terrain and small towns. On arrival, check the famous Taj Mahal world wonder off your bucket list as you marvel at the iconic Mughal architecture. Immerse yourself in a guided tour and learn of the mausoleum's unique history. Opt to visit Baby Taj and the Agra Fort, the Taj’s less famous—but no less impressive—sister monument, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

TRANSPORT: Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.

ACTIVITY: We will aim to experience the Taj Mahal at either sunset or sunrise, depending upon our train tickets and travel schedule.

icon Day 3 : Āgra/Jaipur

Location: Āgra, Jaipur

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Jaipur Inn (or similar)

Meals: No Meals

Today we take a bus (always an adventure itself in India) to the capital of Rajasthan — Jaipur. Clothed in sandstone pink stucco, Jaipur is known as the "Pink City" and is one of the most important heritage cities in India. It's home to India’s second most visited site, the Hawa Mahal, or "Palace of the Winds." Ride a cycle rickshaw to the markets and enjoy an orientation walk through the stalls. In your free time, opt to visit the City Palace, the observatory, or check out a song-and-dance Bollywood film in India's largest movie theatre.

ACTIVITY: Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

TRANSPORT: There will be a stop around the half-way point for snacks and toilets.

icon Day 4 : Jaipur

Location: Jaipur

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Jaipur Inn (or similar)

Meals: No Meals

Embark on a guided tour of Amber Fort, another UNESCO World Heritage Site to check off your list. The Fort's sandstone walls are perched on a hill almost blending in with the terrain, besides perfectly reflecting in Maota Lake creating a mirage effect (and perfect photograph). Wander through the halls, courtyards, and palaces inside and admire the intricate details. Afterward, head back to Jaipur and spend the free afternoon exploring with your fellow travellers and see where the night takes you.

Admire the city from above by pre-booking the Jaipur Balloon Ride when booking your tour.

ACTIVITY: Explore this magnificent fort overlooking an artificial lake, famous for its unique mixture of Hindu and Muslim architecture. The Fort's sandstone walls are perched on a hill almost blending in with the terrain, besides perfectly reflecting in Maota Lake creating a mirage effect (and perfect photograph). Wander through the halls, courtyards, and palaces inside and admire the intricate details.

FREE TIME: AFTERNOON Enjoy free time to relax, shop, visit landmarks like the Palace of the Winds or the Jaipur Observatory, or soak up some pop culture at a Bollywood movie.

icon Day 5 : Jaipur/Tordi Sāgar

Location: Jaipur, Tordi Sagar

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Tordi Garh (or similar)

Meals: Dinner

Ride to peaceful Tordi Sāgar and dive into rural life by visiting local potters, cobblers, and markets on a guided walk through the village. If you're feeling athletic, join in on a cricket match with some local players. In your free time, opt to bounce around with your new friends during a jeep safari or camel cart ride to the dunes for sunset. Head out for a hike in the hills or get a henna tattoo from local women. Tordi Sāgar is your oyster!

If you want to see more of Jaipur before departing, pre-book the Cycle Tour and explore the city from a morning perspective.

ACTIVITY: Take a tour of this tiny, tranquil village far from the maddening crowds and enjoy its pastoral settings and local hospitality. Also look at its magnificent red sand dunes.

TRANSPORT: Roads? Where this rough-and-ready vehicle's going, we don't need roads.

icon Day 6 : Tordi Sāgar/Pushkar

Location: Tordi Sāgar, Pushkar

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel New Park (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Have a final taste of rural village life over a traditional lunch before travelling to Pushkar, often called Tirth Raj or the king of pilgrim centres. Cruise through Ajmer and over Snake Mountain to Pushkar — the site of the world’s only temple to the Hindu god of creation, Brahma. After settling into your accommodation, get your bearings on an orientation walk around the colourful city with cascading architecture and capture a group photo on the lake.

TRANSPORT: Roads? Where this rough-and-ready vehicle's going, we don't need roads.

ACTIVITY: Explore key parts of this desert city, including beautiful lakes and ghats in this CEO-led walk.

icon Day 7 : Pushkar

Location: Pushkar

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel New Park (or similar)

Meals: No Meals

Before dawn, climb to the hilltop Savitri Temple and catch the sun rising over the towering Thar Desert mountains. Afterward, reflect on the serenity at one of the many cafés in town, stretch and meditate during a calming yoga session, or scour the markets. Opt for an unforgettable evening by dressing in traditional Indian clothing and partake in an authentic dinner cooked by cameleers in the desert, all with live entertainment!

ACTIVITY: Climb a hilltop to get to this temple honouring Savitri, the wife of the Hindu god, Brahma. Witness a gorgeous sunrise over this holy place while drinking a warm cup of chai.

FREE TIME: AFTERNOON Enjoy free time to explore town after returning from the sunrise temple climb. Opt to take a yoga class, scour the markets, or relax with a massage.

icon Day 8 : Pushkar/Udaipur

Location: Pushkar, Udaipur

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Royal Dezire Udaipur (or similar)

Meals: No Meals

Continue south to Udaipur, famous worldwide for its plethora of breathtaking lakes and Raj-era palaces. It certainly lives up to its reputation as India's most romantic city (wink, wink). With its own famous style of painting and plenty of artisans, Udaipur is a great place to stroll through. After the orientation walk, opt to take a boat ride on Lake Pichola with your fellow travellers.

TRANSPORT: Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.

ACTIVITY: Go on a guided orientation walk and get to know local markets and key places.

icon Day 9 : Udaipur

Location: Udaipur

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Royal Dezire Udaipur (or similar)

Meals: No Meals

Free time to explore "Venice of the East" with its plethora lakes, palaces, and narrow lanes. Wander around solo or see who wants to join you on an adventure.

Discover the early morning serenity of the city by pre-booking the Udaipur Sunrise Cycle tour, or opt to sharpen your culinary skills by pre-booking the Udaipur Cooking School class.

FREE TIME: FULL DAY Do as much or as little as you want today. Visit one of the local palaces or enjoy a cooking demonstration.

icon Day 10 : Udaipur

Location: Udaipur

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Royal Dezire Udaipur (or similar)

Meals: No Meals

Free time to explore "Venice of the East" with its plethora lakes, palaces, and narrow lanes. Wander around solo or see who wants to join you on an adventure.

Discover the early morning serenity of the city by pre-booking the Udaipur Sunrise Cycle tour, or opt to sharpen your culinary skills by pre-booking the Udaipur Cooking School class.

FREE TIME: FULL DAY Do as much or as little as you want today. Visit one of the local palaces or enjoy a cooking demonstration.

icon Day 11 : Udaipur/Mumbai

Location: Udaipur, Mumbai

Accommodation: Basic Overnight Train (beds)

Meals: No Meals

Take a local bus to Ahmedabad and explore the famous Gandhi Ashram at Sabarmati. Immerse yourself in the peaceful environment of the riverside home that played an important role in India's freedom and learn of the sites unique history. From here, get some rest on an overnight train as you cruise to Mumbai.

TRANSPORT: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

ACTIVITY: Explore the famous Gandhi Ashram at Sabarmati, once home to Mahatma Gandhi for nearly 12 years.

TRANSPORT: Experience overnight travel like a local. Sit back and get some well-earned (and likely much-needed) rest en route to your next stop.

icon Day 12 : Mumbai

Location: Mumbai

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Fortune (or similar)

Meals: No Meals

Arrive in Mumbai and stretch your legs on an orientation walk of Colaba and the Fort district. Enjoy a free day to uniquely explore the bustling metropolis; be sure to capture a group photo under the Gateway to India. Opt to take a boat to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Elephanta Island, famous for intricate cave temples carved in rock walls.

In the evening, opt for a cup of tea at the famous Taj Hotel and people-watch on Chowpatty Beach or visit Crawford Market, one of South Mumbai's most famous. Sample some local specialties at one of Mumbai’s many top-notch restaurants as you go out on the town with your fellow travellers and sample the city’s famed nightlife firsthand.

FREE TIME: FULL DAY Opt to go on a taxi tour around town, visit Elephanta Island.

icon Day 13 : Mumbai/Goa

Location: Mumbai, Goa

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Alor Holiday Resort (or similar)

Meals: No Meals

Hop on a short morning flight to North Goa. Head to the white sand beaches, visit the many Portuguese-built monuments, wander around the churches of Old Goa (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and discover Panjim, the capital. In the evening, opt to sample tasty treats at the night market and take in the nightlife of this coastal state.

TRANSPORT: Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

FREE TIME: FULL DAY After transferring to the hotel, the day is free to explore the beaches and charming town.

icon Day 14 : Goa

Location: Goa

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Alor Holiday Resort (or similar)

Meals: No Meals

Enjoy a free day to wind down in the paradise that is Goa. Relax on the beaches with your favourite drink in hand or mingle in the many beach bars. Scour the markets, and be sure to try some delicious Goan cuisine and fresh seafood. Get ready to dance the night away for your big night out as a group. Enjoy a drink on us and cut a rug.

FREE TIME: FULL DAY Recover from the previous night's festivities or further explore the beaches and markets of charming Goa.

ACTIVITY: Goa is overflowing with prime nightclubs and bars. Your CEO will take you to the best one to enjoy a drink on us and dance the night away.

icon Day 15 : Goa/Kochi

Location: Goa, Kochi

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Gama Heritage (or similar)

Meals: No Meals

Fly to Kochi and explore this major port city of southern India by wandering through the unique neighbourhoods and exciting markets. Opt to visit Fort Kochi, learn how to toss a fishing net, or catch a traditional dance performance, known as Kathakali, telling of mythological tales.

Don't fret if you can't fit all the excitement into one afternoon, you'll get a second chance to experience Kochi when you return in a few days.

Additional Information: Today, new travellers may join you for the rest of your adventure (woo! new friends). You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening followed by an optional dinner.

TRANSPORT: Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

icon Day 16 : Kochi/Alleppey

Location: Kochi

Accommodation: Alasr Heritage Home (or similar)

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Travel to Alleppey, a golden streak of land woven with rivers, lakes, lagoons, and canals. Enjoy an empowering lunch before checking out the island along the lagoon with a local guide and learn about the way of life here. Settle into a homestay and get to know your hosts.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: Explore the area, known as the "Venice of the East," on foot with a local English-speaking guide and learn about the way of life here.

ACTIVITY: Enjoy a stay with a local family in Alleppey and get a real taste of the culture and what life on the islands is like. Learn how to cook some delicious Kerala dishes and dig in and enjoy the meal after your lesson.

ACTIVITY: Enjoy a traditional Kerala lunch prepared by women of the Planeterra Theruvarom Empowerment Project, which provides women from rural areas an alternative source of income by honing their hospitality and culinary skills. Learn about the local cuisine and socio-economic fabric of the region as you get to know the women. All while taking in live entertainment!

icon Day 17 : Alleppey/Kollam

Location: Alappuzha, Kollam

Meals: Breakfast

Explore the unique ecosystem of Alleppey backwaters on a morning ferry cruise. Afterward, travel down the coast by bus to the port city of Kollam. On arrival, choose to relax on the beach, climb Thangassery Light House, or peruse the nightlife.

ACTIVITY: Enjoy a morning ferry ride through the backwaters, observing the unique ecosystem with blue-green stretches of water and coconut trees.

TRANSPORT: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

ACTIVITY: Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

icon Day 18 : Kollam/Varkala

Location: Kollam, Varkala

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Nikhil Residence (or similar)

Meals: No Meals

Visit the Kollam Harbour and experience the importance of fishing for the community. Afterward, settle into a private vehicle and see who can count the most palm trees as you cruise down the coast to tropical Varkala. Enjoy lots of free time to explore the town, get treated by local healers, or visit the Varkala Temple.

Note that Kollam Harbour is closed to visitors May through June.

ACTIVITY: See where all of the action happens in this busy port city and walk around Kollam's bustling fishing docks.

ACTIVITY: Visit the largest wholesale fishing market and harbour on the Arabian Sea, dating back to the sixteenth century. Take in the sights and sound of a busy fish market at work, and check out the morning's fishing haul.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

icon Day 19 : Varkala

Location: Varkala

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Nikhil Residence (or similar)

Meals: No Meals

Choose your own adventure today, exploring Varkala solo or with your new friends. Spend time wandering the peaceful gardens of an ashram devoted to Kerala's most eminent spiritual and social reformer at the mystical Janardhana Swamy Temple. Or head to the beach and relax while watching the Arabian Sea with a drink in hand.

FREE TIME: FULL DAY Lots of free time to explore the town, relax with an Ayurvedic massage, get treated by local healers, or visit the Varkala Temple.

icon Day 20 : Varkala/Kochi

Location: Varkala, Kochi

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Gama Heritage (or similar)

Meals: No Meals

Return to Kochi by train and take an orientation walk visiting Fort Kochi, St Francis Church, the Dutch cemetery, and the Jewish Quarter with curio shops and a synagogue more than 400-years-old. In the late afternoon, continue to wander the streets or opt to catch a traditional Kathakali dance performance. For your big night out as a group, immerse yourself in the exciting Kochi nightlife. Enjoy a drink on us and reminisce about the life-changing adventures you've shared.

TRANSPORT: Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.

ACTIVITY: Get to know the delightful city of Kochi through this guided walk. Visit the Dutch Palace and Jewish Quarter, with its 400-year-old synagogue. Explore St Francis Church, the oldest church in India.

FREE TIME: AFTERNOON Visit any sites skipped on the first visit to Kochi.

ACTIVITY: Whether it’s a pub crawl, drink specials or a bonfire on the beach, celebrate late into the night with your new best friends.

icon Day 21 : Kochi

Location: Kochi

Meals: No Meals

Today is departure day, but do not fear, there is no such thing as goodbye, only until next time. Hug your new friends, exchange contacts, and depart at any time.

ACTIVITY: Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

What's Included

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    Guided Kerala boat tour and homestay

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    Your Local Living Moment: Alleppey Homestay, Alleppey.

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    Internal flights

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    All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

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    Meals

    2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners Allow USD460-600 for meals not included.

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    Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group

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    Rural Tordi Sagar tour with local guide

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    Gandhi Ashram visit

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    Fully Guided

    CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout, local guides.

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    Your G for Good Moment: Lunch at Theuvoram Women Empowerment Project, Alleppey

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    Entrance and guided tour of the Taj Mahal

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    Neendakara Fishing Harbour visit

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    Your Big Night Out Moment: Kochi Nightlife, Kochi.

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    Orientation walks in Jaipur, Pushkar, Udaipur, Mumbai, Kochi, and Kollam

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    Morning ferry cruise on Kollam's backwaters

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    Your Big Night Out Moment: Dance the Night Away, Goa.

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    Accommodation

    Simple hotels or guesthouse (twin-share) (18 nts), overnight train (1 nt), homestay (1 nt).

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    Sunrise at Savitri Temple

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    Your First Night Out Moment: Connect With New Friends

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    Your Discover Moment: Udaipur.

What's Not Included

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    Tipping and Gratuities

Meals Included

2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

Transport

Train, metro, local bus, charter bus, jeep, tuk tuk, boat, plane, private vehicle.

Accommodation

Simple hotels or guesthouse (twin-share) (18 nts), overnight train (1 nt), homestay (1 nt).

Book with Confidence

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    Low Deposit

    G Adventures requires a deposit of 200 GBP to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 60 days before departure..

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    Secure payments

    All payments to TourHub are deposited into an externally regulated Trust account.


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