Delhi to Mumbai tour of India

“Twenty two day tour of Northern India, travelling in a small group, and staying in good hotels as well as a sleeper train. Culture vultures will simply devour this itinerary. ”

Highlights

Old Delhi | New Delhi | Varanasi | Boat trip on Ganges River | Sleeper train to Jhansi | Orchha | Khajuraho temples | Agra | Taj Mahal | Fatehpur Sikri | Ranthambore National Park | Two game drives | Jaipur | Shekhawati | Junagarh Fort, Bikaner | Jaisalmer | Jodhpur | Udaipur

Description of Delhi to Mumbai tour of India

This India holiday is a twenty two day tour from Delhi to Mumbai and many of Northern India’s highlights in between. Travelling in a small group, with an expert local guide and using a mixture of private minibus, an internal flight, sleeper train, boat and rickshaws to get around, you cover some good ground. And take in some of the most memorable cultural and natural highlights that India has to offer.

Starting in Delhi, we take time to see Old and New, with its top three UNESCO World Heritage Sites and busy streets, this is also time to adjust to the Indian city pace of life. From here, we fly to Varanasi, for a very different experience, reminding us that India is a country of contrasts. This is India’s main holy city, where you will see Indian people take part in religious rituals along the banks of the Ganges.

After a visit to the iconic Taj Mahal, we head to the state of Rajasthan where the natural wonders are, for some, like religious experiences in themselves, and where we enjoy two game drives in Ranthambore National Park. Famously a habitat to the Bengal tiger, we will also have a chance to see monkeys, deer, crocodiles and superb birdlife, from an open sided truck known locally as a ‘canter’.

Rajasthan is also packed with cultural gems, the most famous being the splendid palaces and forts of Jaipur, but also less known ones such as the uniquely painted ‘haveli’ houses of the Shekhawati region of eastern Rajasthan, and then back to see the famous sites of Jodhpur. These include the mammoth Mehrangarh Fort that oversees the city and its stunning blue painted architecture.

Udaipur is the final stop on our tour of Northern India where, again, you experience something very different to the rest of the Desert State of Rajasthan. Because Udaipur is known as ‘Venice of the East’, with a complex lake system that winds its way around palaces, temples and ancient waterside dwellings . Tour around the City Palace or just enjoy your final views of this wonderful country, the green Aravelli hills providing the perfect final setting over the town in a desert that is floating on water.

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Delhi to Mumbai tour of India

Environment

Accommodation & Meals
This trip sees you spend 19 nights in standard city tourist hotels with en suite facilities and one night in an overnight train with air conditioning from Varanasi to Agra. You will notice that our hotels employ locally and use local produce from markets in the area wherever possible. The hotels are waste and energy conscious and have their own policies like asking guests to turn off the power when leaving a room in order to save electricity. Where meals are not supplied, our group leaders always encourage people to try local restaurants and street food vendors. They can make recommendations which will help boost small businesses and celebrate local specialties. In Jaipur, Varanasi and Delhi, clients can even see how the food is made e.g. Masala Chai (tea), Samosa (mashed potato snacks), Jalebe (Indian donuts), Lassi (yoghurt drink), etc.

Activity
We visit a number of temples, palaces and forts including the Khajuraho complex, the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, the City Palace, the Amber Fort, Junagarh Fort and Jain Temple. By making donations, buying souvenirs or paying entrance fees, we financially contribute to the upkeep of these magnificent sites. Similarly, at Ranthambore National Park, the fees we pay to enter the area go towards paying the wages of those who work there, development of park facilities, wildlife research and protection projects. Ranthambore is a tiger reserve under Project Tiger- a conservation effort which has now been running with progressing success for over 40 years. We understand that it is important for us to operate with a strict ‘leave no trace policy.’ This extends to our activity in and out of game drive territory and means we are vigilant with disposing of litter properly and careful not to intimidate or harm flora and fauna.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Community

Local Craft & Culture
We are keen to encourage guests to engage with the culture of Northern India and to purchase local crafts and services where possible. Your local guide will be able to recommend the best of the area’s colourful and vibrant markets and small businesses and through our commerce, tourist wealth is more evenly distributed. You might pick up some street food in Delhi or in Varanasi take the opportunity to explore the emporiums specialising in silks and brocades, have a massage by the banks of the Ganges or buy block printed material and pottery in Jaipur. There are locally crafted gifts and souvenirs available by most of the landmarks we visit, and your guides will be able to advise you on which to buy and which to avoid. For example, some bangles and other decorative items in Jaipur claim to be made of ivory and, although this is mostly fake, we are against the popularisation of this kind of product and make a point of including a warning in the briefing.

Charity
For years we have been involved in campaigning for tiger conservation in Bandhavgarh. In late summer 2014 we teamed up with The Corbett Foundation, an Indian charity dedicated to conservation-oriented research. They have proved instrumental in enabling us to get the funds to where they are needed. Through this we have now completed the building of a community hall at Tala Village, solar pumps in the park for wildlife and staff in the dry season, bio gas plants and smart stoves for villagers and provided the salary for 2 full time teachers at the government school. Our work in India continues to be of great significance and most recently we have been able to purchase a 4 wheel drive medical vehicle and pay for outreach medical support.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

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