Backpacking India

Uncover India's magic! Experience Delhi and Rajasthan's vibrant culture, awe-inspiring architecture, exotic foods, and desert adventures. It's a journey bursting with unforgettable memories and experiences!

  • 19 Meals (Vegetarian Options)
  • All Trips and Excursions
  • No Hidden Charges
  • All Accommodation
  • All In-Country Transport
  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Airport Pick Up & Drop Off
  • Visa (Required)

Such an amazing trip and experience! If you have ever thought about visiting India, this is a great way to do it.

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Backpacking India

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Uncover India's magic! Experience Delhi and Rajasthan's vibrant culture, awe-inspiring architecture, exotic foods, and desert adventures. It's a journey bursting with unforgettable memories and experiences!

  • Length 14 Days
  • Avg. Age 20-45
  • No. Of Activities 20+
  • No. Of Meals 19
  • Avg. Group Size 8 - 22
  • Operator Backpacking Tours
  • Starting Point Delhi
  • Ending Point Delhi

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Tour Dates

Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in India!

Step into India, a vivid world of remarkable cultures, delectable cuisines, warm-hearted locals, diverse landscapes, and stunning architecture steeped in history. Witness the everyday magic—from the sacred Ganges to the breathtaking Taj Mahal. Your journey starts in the vibrant heart of New Delhi. Join your guide for a welcome dinner, where you'll relish the authentic, rich flavors of Indian cuisine. Welcome to your Indian adventure!

  • Meals Included Dinner
  • Room Type Hotel
  • Activities Included Welcome Dinner
Day 2

Delhi Day Tour & on to Bikaner

After breakfast, we’ll head out with our local guide through the streets of Delhi and get our first real introduction into Indian life. Our first stop is a beautiful Sikh Temple, you’ll then step into the huge mass kitchen, where Sikh’s provide free meals daily to residents of the city. Watch how thousands of Chapatis are made and stir the giant curry pots yourself. After lunch, we’ll then head to the illustrious Lotus Temple. In the evening we’ll take an overnight train to the desert oasis of Bikaner.

  • Meals Included Lunch, Dinner
  • Room Type Overnight Train
  • Activities Included Delhi City Tour
Day 3

Safari in the Dunes & Camel Research Centre

Once we arrive in Bikaner, we’ll check in to our fantastic accommodation and grab some breakfast before we head out for the day to explore Camel Country. Bikaner is home to some fantastic sand dunes, so we’ll venture out on a jeep safari for an incredible and bumpy ride you’ll never forget! Afterwards we’ll visit the Camel Research Centre, Bikaner is home to some of the world’s best riding camels and one of the world’s largest camel research and breeding farms. We’ll finish the day with a delicious dinner before getting some well deserved rest.

  • Meals Included Breakfast, Dinner
  • Room Type Hotel
  • Activities Included Jeep Safari, Camel Research Centre
Day 4

On to Jodhpur

Today we take a train to the home of the blue city, Jodhpur. On arrival in the evening, we’ll transfer to our traditional Haveli accommodation. Our Haveli is situated in the middle of the blue city where the walls are painted blue throughout this labyrinth of buildings in the shadow of the ever imposing Mehrangarh Fort. After checking in, we’ll meet on the rooftop for dinner to catch our first glimpse of one of our favourite cities in Rajasthan.

  • Meals Included Breakfast
  • Room Type Hotel
  • Activities Included Sunrise Yoga
Day 5

Mehrangarh Fort & the Blue City

We’ll give you the morning free to relax after travelling yesterday. We’ll meet in the early afternoon and walk to the Mehrangarh fort together with our local guide. After, we’ll walk through the blue city and stop off at the Jodhpur stepwell, an impressive feat of ancient stone work before walking around the clock tower market to sample some famous Saffron Lassi and delicious samosas. We’ll then make our way back to our accommodation to finish the day.

  • Meals Included Breakfast, Dinner
  • Room Type Hotel
  • Activities Included Mehrangarh Fort, Blue City Tour, Jodhpur Step-Well visit, Food Tour
Day 6

Udaipur, Sunset Cruise on Lake Pichola

Today we’ll take a bus to Udaipur, the “White City” – also known as the city of lakes. It is also the location for filming the James Bond film, Octopussy! The lakes and architecture provide a perfect balance between the hectic and the tranquil and no better way to experience this is with a walk through the markets and old town and finishing with a private sunset cruise on the lake. Afterwards, we’ll then head to one of our favourite rooftop restaurants for dinner.

  • Meals Included Breakfast
  • Room Type Hotel
  • Activities Included Udaipur Orientation Walk, Sunset Boat Cruise on Lake Pichola
Day 7

Udaipur, Local Village & School Visit

An early start today as we head out of town to take a fantastic bike ride. Our guide is from the local village and so will introduce you to the ways the locals live, teach you about their culture and heritage as well as show us the local temples important to village life. We’ll also get to visit a local school during our time in this area. After, we’ll head back to town to check out and we’ll give you the rest of the day free to take one last trip around the markets or grab a beer on a rooftop.

  • Meals Included Breakfast
  • Room Type Hotel
  • Activities Included Bike Ride with Village Visit, School Visit
Day 8

Pushkar, Blessing on the Lake

After breakfast in the morning, we’ll take the train to Ajmer before transferring to Pushkar, known as one of the holiest towns in India. Pushkar is a backpacker’s paradise with amazing food, beautiful markets, rolling landscapes, hiking and unrivalled sunsets. Tonight we sleep in the desert on a gorgeous glamping site. In the afternoon, a local Brahmin will induct you to Pushkar properly with a blessing on the holy lake and we’ll then grab a drink at a lakeside cafe before heading back to camp to sleep under the stars.

  • Meals Included Breakfast
  • Room Type Hotel
  • Activities Included Pushkar Orientation Walk & Brahmin Blessing by Holy Lake
Day 9

Pushkar, Local Cooking Demonstration

Take an optional sunrise hike to a temple for imperious views of the city and lake at sunrise or take up some yoga on the deck of the infinity pool, the morning is truly yours. Around noon, we’ll shuttle everyone into Pushkar for free time to explore the town at your leisure. Browse the markets, take a yoga class, or simply read a book on the steps by the lake. We’ll then head back to camp at sunset to work with some local villagers learning how to cook traditional Indian cuisine.

  • Meals Included Breakfast, Dinner
  • Room Type Hotel
  • Activities Included Cooking with Locals
Day 10

Jaipur, Bollywood Movie

Today we grab breakfast and head to Jaipur to complete our visit to the Golden Triangle. On arrival to Jaipur we’ll make our way to our stunning traditional accommodation in the heart of the old town and then watch a Bollywood movie the way the director intended it to be watched, in one of the grandest theatres in the world.

  • Meals Included Breakfast
  • Room Type Hotel
  • Activities Included Bollywood Movie
Day 11

Pink City, Hawa Mahal & Local Cooking

After breakfast in the hotel, our guide will meet us to take us on an orientation walk of the old town. We’ll get to visit the local market, understand the origins of the “Pink City”, meet some locals and market traders, learn all about the spices that are synonymous to Indian cooking and view the excellent Palace of the Winds. We’ll then all jump in Tuk Tuks to visit Galta-Ji, or otherwise known as the Monkey Temple. A temple built into the hills that is the home to hundreds of grey long tailed Asian monkeys. We’ll then come back to Jaipur where we’ll enjoy a delicious cooking demonstration in the evening!

  • Meals Included Breakfast
  • Activities Included Jaipur Orientation Walk, Galta-Ji Monkey Temple, Cooking Demonstration
Day 12

Agra, Sunset at the Taj Mahal

After breakfast we’ll check out and jump on a train to Agra. On arrival we’ll check into our hotel and relax, then in the afternoon we’ll take Tuk Tuks to a quiet garden south of the Taj to view this magnificent structure away from the crowds at sunset. Tomorrow we’ll head inside, but today is all about enjoying the beauty that this building has to offer. We’ll grab dinner in the evening and get an early night as we are up for sunrise tomorrow.

  • Meals Included Breakfast
  • Room Type Hotel
  • Activities Included Sunset at the Taj Mahal
Day 13

Agra, Sunrise Taj Mahal & Rickshaws

Start at dawn, exploring the Taj Mahal in tranquil silence with a local guide. Return to New Delhi, step back in time in Old Delhi, feasting on Indian sweets and savory delicacies. Navigate Chandni Chowk by rickshaw, relishing Mutton Street's skewers and Islamic cuisine. End the evening at a local bar, before resting back at your accommodation. A day filled with culinary delights and unforgettable sights.

  • Meals Included Breakfast, Dinner
  • Room Type Hotel
  • Activities Included Taj Mahal Sunrise Viewing, Old Delhi Food tour, Rickshaw Rides
Day 14

Depart

Your local guide can help you arrange transport to the airport to whatever destination you are off to next. We hope we have shown you why India is a dream location and should be at the top of everyone’s bucket lists. Have a safe journey to wherever you are off to next and always remember to #exploremore.

  • Meals Included Breakfast

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Optional Extras

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All This Included & More!

  • Traditional Welcome Dinner
  • Yoga Class
  • Camel Safari
  • Sunrise Hike
  • Delhi City Tour Including Sikh Mega
  • Kitchen & Lotus Temple
  • Jeep Safari in Bikaner
  • Camel Research Centre
  • Sunrise & Sunset at the Taj Mahal
  • Bollywood Movie
  • Jaipur Market Tour
  • Monkey Temple
  • Pushkar Brahmin Offerings
  • Desert Glamping With Pool
  • Interactive Cooking Demo
  • Jodhpur Blue City Tour
  • Cooking Demonstration in Jaipur
  • Mehrangarh Fort Visit With Audio Guide
  • Udaipur Sunset Boat Cruise
  • Bike Ride & Walks Through Local Villages & Farms
  • Heritage Haveli Stays
  • Guided Delhi Food Tasting Tour
  • Wedding Street Walk