Iconic India

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Iconic India - Intrepid Travel
Iconic India - Intrepid Travel
16 reviews
New Delhi


  • Take a guided walking tour in Old Delhi
  • Enjoy the sunrise over the sand dunes
  • Visit Sadar Bazaar
  • Visit Sajjan Garh
  • Explore Taj Mahal
Age range
15 to 99 year olds
Hotel, Home-stay, Camping, Guesthouse, Sleeper Train
Max Group Size
Train & Rail, Boat, Local Transport, Private Vehicle, Plane
Physical Rating
Travel style
In-depth Cultural, Train & Rail
Start in New Delhi and end in Goa! With the in-depth cultural tour Iconic India, you have a 37 day tour package taking you from New Delhi to Goa and through New Delhi, India and 15 other destinations in India. Iconic India is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport.

16 Reviews

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  • Iconic India reviewer 1
    Written on November 27, 2017
    3.5 - Good

    I really enjoyed the tour. It was a long time in the road, 37 days, and we covered many of the must see place in India. I was glad that I saw the south as well as it is really beautiful there. Some of my feedback (I am not sure on the next pages what space I will have to write), this is for the North and South trips. - I think the camel ride into the desert should be more optional. Many people were upset as the ropes which turn the camel are frayed ropes through their nostrils, and if the camel in front goes a little faster and their nostrils and heads get pulled. If people are told, “we are going out to the desert to stay the night, you can ride on a camel or walk the 1 or 1 1/2 hours alongside them which will be the same walking pace as the camel guides”. - I think Pushkar is a waste of time. The city is not nice and far from holy. I think the time could be spent better elsewhere. - If we arrive at a location at 1pm, and we are told to meet at 4pm for an orientation walk, then dinner after that. A lot of time is wasted here and there. I think once people arrive in a hotel from an overnight train or car of whatever that they have 1 hour max for a shower then be ready to go to start the trip, if people are tired then they can nap and catch up later. There were quite a few hours here and there which could have been spent seeing the town. This was both in the north and south. - The hotels need a bit of a reminder to keep the linen cleaner, there were some dirty laundry being given out which isn’t nice. - Tuk Tuks should have one male in each one if the numbers work. And the members be told, “we are going to Hotel.....” so that is they have trouble with the driver that they are able to find their way there. - Healthier food options being available would be good. Maybe some of the 3,600 Rupees could go to getting a pineapple or watermelon rather than our dinner be biscuits and chips on the train platform. - My tour works out to be 3,600 Rupees so each day I look at that and see if I see I have got value for money. If it is a free day and I don’t see the tour leader or just for dinner and we paid for all of the activities ourselves then I wonder where my 3,600 Rupees goes. I know there is admin and advertising etc, but when we stay in accommodation which is not great and we share rooms then there is a big hole where I am not getting value for money. - I think in the first group meeting that the leader gives everyone some paper and asks them what their hobbies are. Then if there are photographers, craft type people, car fanatics, museum fans, that along the trip there can be extra things that can be customised to their hobbies/interests in the free days. - Maybe more effort could be put into each day we learn a new Hindu or local language phrase or word so that we learn more. - That on sleeper trains that people are placed together. Getting no sleep because babies are screaming all night or creepy men are staring at girls. We all have similar sleep patterns and where we get in and off so life is easier and safer if we are together. This is one of the things that angered people with sleeper trains. - That we get options for eating dinner or lunch. The restaurants at the hotels were expensive and that was a bit annoying as many people expect India to be cheap. Just because it is cheaper than our home country, doesn’t mean that is good, it should be lots cheaper. - If the tour is in areas where there are electric tuk tuks rather than petrol ones, supporting that concept where possible would look more environmentally friendly. - Maybe encourage the hotels to be more environmentally friendly. We went through a lot of water bottles and maybe say to them, “we will choose you as you recycle bottles” or similar. - something for techie dept. a Dropbox style thing for people to share and download group photos and it is active for a month or two after the trip. We did a lot of Air Dropping which is fine for Apple users but not for Android folk. - More time should be spent in Hampi, it is great there. I think this is most of what I had in my mind. I am sure I will think of more. But I enjoyed the trip. I think there is an end of tour curse as many people get sick on the last day, I was very sick in the Maldives afterwards, not good. Don’t know if this can be prevented.
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  • TS
    Written on July 25, 2017
    2.0 - Rather poor

    37 days on India is too long especially during off season. The north was really hot, the south was cooler but not as lively due to monsoon season. As a basic trip nothing us included but transportation and hotel. The hotels don't all have AC or wifi and cleanliness is a big issue. I had great tour leaders but being a basic trip, optional activities are always being shoved in your face. There are basic things like the Taj Mahal, forts and palaces that can be included in the price to make this trip more worthwhile. Too many sleeper trains (3 back to back in the South) and not enough hotel stays to allow you to explore a city.
    Intrepid Travel commented on this review
    Dear Tina, Thank you for taking the time to share your comments with us. We were disappointed to read that your Iconic India trip did not meet your expectations. Our Basix trips are designed with budget travellers in mind, meaning we use local transport, stay in simple (but clean and central) accommodation, and include plenty of free time, with lots of optional activities, to allow passengers to spend their money as they like. This style of travel is not for everyone and we are very sorry to hear that you found it wasn’t for you. We would love an opportunity to more fully understand your experience as feedback from our passengers is essential towards improving all that we do. Please feel free to contact our Customer Relations team who will be happy to further address your concerns: Thanks again and we look forward to hearing from you. Kind regards, Intrepid Travel
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  • A
    Written on January 11, 2011
    5.0 - Excellent

    Travellers from HRC trip were indifferent to new people joining. I\'m not sure if this was just a one-time case or an issue that needs to be looked into.

  • A
    Written on December 20, 2010
    5.0 - Excellent

    The india unplugged is an amazing trip and very well organised. The trip exceeded my expectations. The itinerary provided the right amount of time to feel satisfied.

  • A
    Written on November 5, 2010
    5.0 - Excellent

    Great trip but I think on the first night the tour leader should stay withthe group and help everyone to get to know each other, he left us to fend for ourselves after giving directions. Other then this he was a very efficient tour leader.

  • A
    Written on October 8, 2010
    5.0 - Excellent

    the north and south are so diverse - this is an amazing way to get a taste of both and really get the most out of your trip! :)

  • A
    Written on October 8, 2010
    5.0 - Excellent

    the trip (both in the north and south) was amazing - i couldn\'t have seen as much if i had travelled alone or met as many wonderful people or experienced the real india in the way that this trip allowed! thank you!

  • A
    Written on October 5, 2010

    Amazing journey---way too short brilliant leader, group, itinerary!!!!!!!

  • A
    Written on September 24, 2010
    5.0 - Excellent

    SPECTACULAR!!!!!!!! the leader, group, itinerary, were outstanding--loved it

  • A
    Written on May 25, 2010
    4.0 - Good

    I found the local payment for this trip very expensive for a country like India where most things are very cheap. I think the money would have been better spent on more expensive hotels with A/C as there are so many power cuts, especially in the south.


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  1. Introduction
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  1. Day 1: Delhi
  2. Day 2: Delhi - Overnight train
  3. Day 3: Thar Desert
  4. Day 4: Jaisalmer
  5. Day 5: Jaisalmer
  6. Day 6: Jodhpur
  7. Day 7: Jodhpur
  8. Day 8: Udaipur
  9. Day 9: Udaipur
  10. Day 10: Udaipur
  11. Day 11: Pushkar
  12. Day 12: Pushkar
  13. Day 13: Jaipur
  14. Day 14: Jaipur
  15. Day 15: Abhaneri
  16. Day 16: Fatehpur Sikri - Agra
  17. Day 17: Agra - Overnight train
  18. Day 18: Varanasi
  19. Day 19: Varanasi
  20. Day 20: Varanasi - Overnight train
  21. Day 21: Delhi
  22. Day 22: Trivandrum
  23. Day 23: Varkala
  24. Day 24: Varkala
  25. Day 25: Kerala Backwaters
  26. Day 26: Kochi
  27. Day 27: Kochi
  28. Day 28: Periyar
  29. Day 29: Periyar
  30. Day 30: Madurai
  31. Day 31: Madurai - Overnight train
  32. Day 32: Mysore
  33. Day 33: Mysore - Overnight train
  34. Day 34: Hampi
  35. Day 35: Hampi - Overnight train
  36. Day 36: Goa
  37. Day 37: Goa

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      Transfers are not included in the package. You can have a chat to your tour leader during the trip to gain some support in organizing transport/from the airport, or we could add on purchased transfers for you

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    Covering a total distance of approx 6,483 km.
    • New Delhi (India)
    • 651 km
    • Jaisalmer (India)
    • 222 km
    • Jodhpur (India)
    • 201 km
    • Udaipur (India)
    • 230 km
    • Pushkar (India)
    • 131 km
    • Jaipur (India)
    • 222 km
    • Agra (India)
    • 537 km
    • Varanasi (India)
    • 679 km
    • New Delhi (India)
    • 2,237 km
    • Trivandrum (India)
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