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India Grand Tour - Exodus Travels
India Grand Tour - Exodus Travels
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Starts
New Delhi
Destinations
+23
Ends
London
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Highlights

  • Walk through Old Delhi
  • Marvel Varanasi on the Ganges
  • Visit Red Fort of Akbar with marble Pearl Mosque
  • Spoil your senses with a visit to Taj Mahal
  • Walk through the Ranthambore N.P.
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16 to 80 year olds
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Hotel
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Transportation
Coach / Bus
Start in New Delhi and end in London! With the discovery tour India Grand Tour, you have a 30 day tour package taking you through New Delhi, India and 23 other destinations. India Grand Tour includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

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  • India Grand Tour reviewer 1
    Written on January 20, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A long and at times exhausting tour - but great fun too!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?A visit (added to the tour by our leader) to a large step well, something I'd never seen or heard of before - stunning!What did you think of your group leader?Have to say he was great (10 out of 10 for him), he was always helpful added extras to the tour and kept everything rolling along (not always easy).Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Be warned, this tour involves long trips by road on coaches on mini-buses. Some of the roads in India are poor, especially south of Goa. It can be tiring and try your patience, but that said looking back all I remember is the great experience of travelling and visiting places in India.Is there anything else you would like to add?Don't be afraid to go, our leader Bhupesh always found places for us to eat and took care of us. Do be prepared for some fairly basic facilities, also on the sleeper trains you may end up sharing - there's 6 to a compartment (depending on booking arrangements). If it bothers you then India isn't the place for you. Hotels were generally of a high standard (some basic but clean - some also very comfortable).

  • India Grand Tour reviewer 2
    Written on January 20, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A long and at times exhausting tour - but great fun too!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?A visit (added to the tour by our leader) to a large step well, something I'd never seen or heard of before - stunning!What did you think of your group leader?Have to say he was great (10 out of 10 for him), he was always helpful added extras to the tour and kept everything rolling along (not always easy).Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Be warned, this tour involves long trips by road on coaches on mini-buses. Some of the roads in India are poor, especially south of Goa. It can be tiring and try your patience, but that said looking back all I remember is the great experience of travelling and visiting places in India.Is there anything else you would like to add?Don't be afraid to go, our leader Bhupesh always found places for us to eat and took care of us. Do be prepared for some fairly basic facilities, also on the sleeper trains you may end up sharing - there's 6 to a compartment (depending on booking arrangements). If it bothers you then India isn't the place for you. Hotels were generally of a high standard (some basic but clean - some also very comfortable).

  • India Grand Tour reviewer 3
    Written on December 10, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    This is a great trip and gives an excellent overview of India - a crazy colourful chaotic country! It really is a non-stop whirlwind tour, so as long as you are expecting that you will have a great time. Some advice: bring sleeping tablets for the overnight train journeys; if you can, arrive in Delhi a couple of days early as the first week is VERY full on; for the ladies - bring 3/4 length trousers as the toilets (outside of the hotels) are mainly 'squat' and rarely clean or dry; note that in the second half you spend a LOT of time in the minibus and the Trip Notes don't really make this clear; relax, enjoy, and let India wash over you!

  • India Grand Tour reviewer 4
    Written on December 10, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    This is a great trip and gives an excellent overview of India - a crazy colourful chaotic country! It really is a non-stop whirlwind tour, so as long as you are expecting that you will have a great time. Some advice: bring sleeping tablets for the overnight train journeys; if you can, arrive in Delhi a couple of days early as the first week is VERY full on; for the ladies - bring 3/4 length trousers as the toilets (outside of the hotels) are mainly 'squat' and rarely clean or dry; note that in the second half you spend a LOT of time in the minibus and the Trip Notes don't really make this clear; relax, enjoy, and let India wash over you!

  • India Grand Tour reviewer 5
    Written on July 15, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    It's a shame I can only give this trip a maximum of five stars. It defornatly opens your eyes and senses. So much that I'm returning to exploure Himalayan villages.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?To many to chose from except everything from day one to day 31. Meating the people on the trip (especialy my roomy A.K.A. Big boss) and the locals.Feeling like a celebrity with all the locals wanting to have there photo taken with you. Seeing tigers, caves. Celebrating my birthday. Opening the train doors to have a cigarette. Unexpected visit to exray shop/museum/department. Cheap and very enjoyable food and large beers. Being invited to someones home for the kite festival. Take your life in your own hands tuk tuk rides. Cookery lesson. The bumpy coach journeys. Laughter.What did you think of your group leader?Pravar was a good chap very knowledgable about his country. Very good during medical emergencies. Was with the group 24/7 always consulted with the group when choosing optunal extras.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Not wanting to repeat advice by other reviewers about trains and coaches etc. Go with a very open mind and be prepared to be amazed.Is there anything else you would like to add?Make sure you read the itinery and advice. It's not a phisicaly taxing trip unless you have travel dificulties. And be prepared for anything. View any crisis that may arise as all part of the journey, that way you'll allways enjoy and smile lots :)

  • India Grand Tour reviewer 6
    Written on July 15, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    It's a shame I can only give this trip a maximum of five stars. It defornatly opens your eyes and senses. So much that I'm returning to exploure Himalayan villages.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?To many to chose from except everything from day one to day 31. Meating the people on the trip (especialy my roomy A.K.A. Big boss) and the locals.Feeling like a celebrity with all the locals wanting to have there photo taken with you. Seeing tigers, caves. Celebrating my birthday. Opening the train doors to have a cigarette. Unexpected visit to exray shop/museum/department. Cheap and very enjoyable food and large beers. Being invited to someones home for the kite festival. Take your life in your own hands tuk tuk rides. Cookery lesson. The bumpy coach journeys. Laughter.What did you think of your group leader?Pravar was a good chap very knowledgable about his country. Very good during medical emergencies. Was with the group 24/7 always consulted with the group when choosing optunal extras.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Not wanting to repeat advice by other reviewers about trains and coaches etc. Go with a very open mind and be prepared to be amazed.Is there anything else you would like to add?Make sure you read the itinery and advice. It's not a phisicaly taxing trip unless you have travel dificulties. And be prepared for anything. View any crisis that may arise as all part of the journey, that way you'll allways enjoy and smile lots :)

  • India Grand Tour reviewer 7
    Written on May 28, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    If you want to get a real insight and feel for India, this is the trip for you. Be prepared to have your senses awakened and to immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, colour, light, energy, chaos, culture and history of India. This trip will take you from north to south and you'll see the touristy highlights as well as going off the beaten track and experiencing how locals live in this intoxicating country of contradictions. India stirs the soul like nowhere else I've ever been and I can't wait to return. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?There were so many for me....the culture shock of arriving in Delhi, the overnight train journey adventures, the peaceful calm of the sunset and sunrise boat trips on the spiritual river Ganges at Varanasi, a rooftop view of the kite festival and fireworks in Jaipur, seeing a tiger on safari at Ranthambore, exploring crazy Mumbai and sampling the best masala dosa, the stunning ruins at Hampi, the remote jungle retreat in the Niligiri Hills, the cooler mountains at Ooty, cookery lesson in Cochin, backwater cruise on a houseboat and the beautiful beaches of Kerala. The people were so friendly, welcoming and interested in us and meeting locals and children in villages was a great insight into the real India. What did you think of your group leader?Pravar made the trip for the group. He went above and beyond what is required of a group leader 24/7 for us. His passion and pride for his country shone throughout this trip and he did everything in his power to ensure that we experienced the real India, not just the tourist trail. This, combined with his sense of humour, and occasional crisis management, was so impressive and the group could not have had a better group leader. Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Ease yourself into spicy foods, only drink bottled water, use antibacterial hand gel, keep your personal possessions with you at all times, take a padlock chain to secure your rucksack or suitcase on the overnight trains. Be prepared for some very long coach journeys on bumpy roads. This isn't the most active of trips as you cover so much of the country by train or coach so make the most of the time available to explore and walk. Is there anything else you would like to add?I'd go as far as saying that this trip was life changing for me and I'm about to start a new job working for a small, sustainable, international development charity working directly with children, young people and communities in India to enable them to change their lives and take control of their future. 

  • India Grand Tour reviewer 8
    Written on May 28, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    If you want to get a real insight and feel for India, this is the trip for you. Be prepared to have your senses awakened and to immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, colour, light, energy, chaos, culture and history of India. This trip will take you from north to south and you'll see the touristy highlights as well as going off the beaten track and experiencing how locals live in this intoxicating country of contradictions. India stirs the soul like nowhere else I've ever been and I can't wait to return. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?There were so many for me....the culture shock of arriving in Delhi, the overnight train journey adventures, the peaceful calm of the sunset and sunrise boat trips on the spiritual river Ganges at Varanasi, a rooftop view of the kite festival and fireworks in Jaipur, seeing a tiger on safari at Ranthambore, exploring crazy Mumbai and sampling the best masala dosa, the stunning ruins at Hampi, the remote jungle retreat in the Niligiri Hills, the cooler mountains at Ooty, cookery lesson in Cochin, backwater cruise on a houseboat and the beautiful beaches of Kerala. The people were so friendly, welcoming and interested in us and meeting locals and children in villages was a great insight into the real India. What did you think of your group leader?Pravar made the trip for the group. He went above and beyond what is required of a group leader 24/7 for us. His passion and pride for his country shone throughout this trip and he did everything in his power to ensure that we experienced the real India, not just the tourist trail. This, combined with his sense of humour, and occasional crisis management, was so impressive and the group could not have had a better group leader. Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Ease yourself into spicy foods, only drink bottled water, use antibacterial hand gel, keep your personal possessions with you at all times, take a padlock chain to secure your rucksack or suitcase on the overnight trains. Be prepared for some very long coach journeys on bumpy roads. This isn't the most active of trips as you cover so much of the country by train or coach so make the most of the time available to explore and walk. Is there anything else you would like to add?I'd go as far as saying that this trip was life changing for me and I'm about to start a new job working for a small, sustainable, international development charity working directly with children, young people and communities in India to enable them to change their lives and take control of their future. 

  • India Grand Tour reviewer 9
    Written on May 9, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    I believe that we were able to experience Incredible India not only due to the length of the trip but due to the organization of Exodus and the leadership of the group. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The most inspirational moment of the trip were many but the caves at Arangabad were unbelievable. The boat trip on the Ganges river with Sitar players and with the burning crypts in the background was a unique experience. What did you think of your group leader?The tour was lead by an excellent guide who was attentive, looked after people's needs, and basically spent 24/7 with us ,well beyond the call of duty. There were a few repeat travellers who used Exodus in the past on other trips which speaks for itself.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?We did not pay enough attention to the temperatures prior to leaving. The trip was in January and relatively cold notably at 7000 feet. We would highly recommend the trip but be prepared for 3 overnite train rides that are not comfortable and therefore tiring. There are long bus rides which also take a toll on your body. Whis is part of the experience going thru villages, it is taxing. At the end in the South you have time to catch up and relax .The other disappointment was that we expected to lose 10 Lbs. because of the spicey food, unfortunately we gained 10 Lbs.Is there anything else you would like to add?I woud say that if you could reduce the overnite train rides, at least schedule them at a better hour the trip would be less gruelling. Maybe even cut out part of what you see to make it easier. Out of the 10 people on the trip there were only a couple who did not have issues. 

  • India Grand Tour reviewer 10
    Written on May 9, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    I believe that we were able to experience Incredible India not only due to the length of the trip but due to the organization of Exodus and the leadership of the group. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The most inspirational moment of the trip were many but the caves at Arangabad were unbelievable. The boat trip on the Ganges river with Sitar players and with the burning crypts in the background was a unique experience. What did you think of your group leader?The tour was lead by an excellent guide who was attentive, looked after people's needs, and basically spent 24/7 with us ,well beyond the call of duty. There were a few repeat travellers who used Exodus in the past on other trips which speaks for itself.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?We did not pay enough attention to the temperatures prior to leaving. The trip was in January and relatively cold notably at 7000 feet. We would highly recommend the trip but be prepared for 3 overnite train rides that are not comfortable and therefore tiring. There are long bus rides which also take a toll on your body. Whis is part of the experience going thru villages, it is taxing. At the end in the South you have time to catch up and relax .The other disappointment was that we expected to lose 10 Lbs. because of the spicey food, unfortunately we gained 10 Lbs.Is there anything else you would like to add?I woud say that if you could reduce the overnite train rides, at least schedule them at a better hour the trip would be less gruelling. Maybe even cut out part of what you see to make it easier. Out of the 10 people on the trip there were only a couple who did not have issues. 

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  1. Day 1: Start Delhi; afternoon free.
  2. Day 2: Morning sightseeing; overnight train to Varanasi.
  3. Day 3: Morning arrival; free to explore temples and markets.
  4. Day 4: Boat ride on the spiritual Ganges; sightseeing; overnight train to Agra.
  5. Day 5: Arrive Agra; visit the Red Fort.
  6. Day 6: Sunrise visit to Taj Mahal; to Jaipur via Fatehpur Sikri.
  7. Day 7: Visit City Palace, Jantar Mantar and Amber Fort.
  8. Day 8: Drive to Ranthambore N.P.
  9. Day 9: Morning and evening game drives.
  10. Day 10: Morning game drive; optional visit to ancient forts and villages; overnight train to Mumbai.
  11. Day 11: Free day.
  12. Day 12: Optional trip to Elephanta Caves; afternoon free.
  13. Day 13: To Aurangabad; visit Ellora Caves.
  14. Day 14: Explore Aurangabad; visit Ajanta Caves.
  15. Day 15: To Bijapur.
  16. Day 16: Sightseeing of Bijapur; afternoon drive to Hospet.
  17. Day 17: Full day exploring ruins at Hampi.
  18. Day 18: Drive through hills to Goa.
  19. Day 19: Free day or optional excursions.
  20. Day 20: Free day or optional excursions.
  21. Day 21: To Udupi, pilgrimage site of Shri Krishna; continue to Mangalore.
  22. Day 22: Drive to Mysore.
  23. Day 23: Guided city tour of Mysore; afternoon visit Maharajah's Palace.
  24. Day 24: To Ootacamund hill station.
  25. Day 25: Relax, walk or ride the miniature steam railway.
  26. Day 26: Descend the Nilgiri Hills to Cochin; evening free.
  27. Day 27: Morning tour of Cochin; evening Kathakali dance show (optional).
  28. Day 28: To Alleppey; board houseboat for backwater cruise.
  29. Day 29: To tropical beaches of Kovalam.
  30. Day 30: End Kovalam.

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    Covering a total distance of approx 13,279 km.
    • New Delhi (India)
    • 679 km
    • Varanasi (India)
    • 537 km
    • Agra (India)
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    • Fatehpur Sikri (India)
    • 187 km
    • Jaipur (India)
    • 123 km
    • Ranthambore National Park (India)
    • 857 km
    • Mumbai (India)
    • 273 km
    • Aurangabad (India)
    • 25 km
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    • 25 km
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