- Our saving
- US $ 1,975
- 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
- Rather Poor
- TracyWritten on November 27, 20173.5 - GoodI 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.Show detailed ratings
- TStinaWritten on July 25, 20172.0 - Rather poor37 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.Show detailed ratingsIntrepid Travel commented on this reviewDear 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: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks again and we look forward to hearing from you. Kind regards, Intrepid Travel
- AAnonymousWritten on January 11, 20115.0 - ExcellentTravellers 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.
- AAnonymousWritten on December 20, 20105.0 - ExcellentThe 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.
- AAnonymousWritten on November 5, 20105.0 - ExcellentGreat 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.
- AAnonymousWritten on October 8, 20105.0 - Excellentthe 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! :)
- AAnonymousWritten on October 8, 20105.0 - Excellentthe 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!
- AAnonymousWritten on October 5, 2010Amazing journey---way too short brilliant leader, group, itinerary!!!!!!!
- AAnonymousWritten on September 24, 20105.0 - ExcellentSPECTACULAR!!!!!!!! the leader, group, itinerary, were outstanding--loved it
- AAnonymousWritten on May 25, 20104.0 - GoodI 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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- Day 1: Delhi
- Day 2: Delhi - Overnight train
- Day 3: Thar Desert
- Day 4: Jaisalmer
- Day 5: Jaisalmer
- Day 6: Jodhpur
- Day 7: Jodhpur
- Day 8: Udaipur
- Day 9: Udaipur
- Day 10: Udaipur
- Day 11: Pushkar
- Day 12: Pushkar
- Day 13: Jaipur
- Day 14: Jaipur
- Day 15: Abhaneri
- Day 16: Fatehpur Sikri - Agra
- Day 17: Agra - Overnight train
- Day 18: Varanasi
- Day 19: Varanasi
- Day 20: Varanasi - Overnight train
- Day 21: Delhi
- Day 22: Trivandrum
- Day 23: Varkala
- Day 24: Varkala
- Day 25: Kerala Backwaters
- Day 26: Kochi
- Day 27: Kochi
- Day 28: Periyar
- Day 29: Periyar
- Day 30: Madurai
- Day 31: Madurai - Overnight train
- Day 32: Mysore
- Day 33: Mysore - Overnight train
- Day 34: Hampi
- Day 35: Hampi - Overnight train
- Day 36: Goa
- Day 37: Goa
AccommodationRated Average by past passengers
GuideRated Excellent by past passengers
MealsRated Rather poor by past passengers
TransportRated Average by past passengers
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- December 1, 2016
Does the tour price include airport transfers?
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- September 1, 2016
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- August 1, 2016
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- Recommended for India. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
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- Recommended for India. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
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- 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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